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From staff reports | August 3, 2012
We've decided to stop allowing anonymous comments on our websites. Users will need to log into Facebook to sound off on stories in the Daily Pilot , Coastline Pilot and the Huntington Beach Independent . This should put a name and a face to the opinions below our stories. Our hope is that a lack of anonymity will encourage accountability and reduce some of the boorish behavior exhibited on our website pages. In turn, we will stop pre-approving comments before they are published.
By Michael Miller | April 4, 2013
If Chip Michael's orchestra ever plays a massive concert hall, the members may need an hour before curtain time to get acquainted with each other. For that matter, they may need to say hello to their conductor, too. Michael, the web coordinator for the Pacific Symphony, launched a project last March that brings musicians together through social media. The campaign, known as TwtrSymphony, initially sought a makeshift orchestra to play a composition of Michael's — and it succeeded, as more than 300 musicians answered the call.
By Britney Barnes | October 18, 2012
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District held a presentation Wednesday evening educating parents about online issues to keep their children's Internet time safe and smart. The all-schools parent Cyber Smart presentation coincided with the beginning of student Cyber Smart week to discuss with parents why students need to protect their privacy, the importance of parents starting a conversation with their children and what steps parents can take to keep their kids safe. Despite how tech savvy a child is, "they're not at the level to understand all the implications of their actions," said Jenith Mishne, the district's director of educational technology.
By Leigh Steinberg | January 19, 2013
It was a love story for the ages, and America was transfixed. Superstar Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o meets a beautiful Stanford coed after a game there and over the succeeding years they fall in love. There are reports of her visiting his family in Hawaii. But later, in 2012, she falls victim to leukemia and dies. Her last wish is that he not come to her funeral but instead excels in the game that Notre Dame has that Saturday. He calls her "the love of his life" and shares his grief with the nation.
By Patrice Apodaca | March 24, 2012
When I was in fourth grade, I slipped a note on my teacher's desk asking to speak with her about a girl who was bullying me. It wasn't physical bullying; it was the "mean girl" variety of cruel remarks, dirty looks and social exclusion. I was miserable. But when the teacher took me aside, she told me the problem was all in my head, and that I needed to get over it. I sat, staring at my shoes for a long time, and silently vowed never to ask a teacher for help again. In my eyes, she was now part of the problem.
By Julia Keller, The Chicago Tribune | January 12, 2012
During an appearance in late December on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," Jane Fonda was asked which man from her past she would choose to accompany her to a desert island. Would she select a famous ex-spouse like Ted Turner or Tom Hayden? Or would this be the moment when Fonda spilled the beans about some long-ago liaison with a heretofore unknown beau for whom she still pines? To Morgan's obvious disappointment, Fonda chose: none of the above. "My girlfriends," she replied.
By Michael Miller | February 13, 2014
Mason Melcer attached his GoPro camera to a boogie board in summer 2012 and paddled out into the ocean, hoping to snare some remarkable shots of the waves. It turned out to be the camera's last voyage. Mason, an 11-year-old Newport Beach resident who had saved up to buy the GoPro on eBay, mounted it on a board that was too soft to stay adhesive, and when the sea got rough, the device promptly disappeared. But the footage Mason captured that day got an unexpected denouement a year and a half later.
By Jim DeBoom | September 8, 2009
“Using New Social Media to Effectively to Communicate with your Congregation” is the subject of the Sept. 16 luncheon meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, according to Greg Kelley, program chairman. “The presentation should familiarize all with an understanding of the ABCs of using Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social media as an effective communication tool,” Kelley said. The guest speaker is Eric Chevalier, new media consultant at S3RUM, experienced in the social media for getting the message out. Nonprofit organizations would probably find the subject helpful as well.
By Holly Schwartz | April 19, 2010
  Costa Mesa, CA - One of Torelli Realty's Costa Mesa listings in Mesa Verde has a rare and unfortunate issue - it is for a family whose owner passed away. The owner had an affectionate cat who desperately needed a home. All alone and in need of affection, the clock has been ticking to find her a home. Torelli Realty made it a mission to help.                 Dealing with real estate is more than just buying and selling homes.
By Jill Cowan | January 14, 2014
Newport Beach police have arrested two men who could be tied to more than 20 residential burglaries in the city and neighboring Huntington Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The arrests, a Newport Beach Police Department news release said, came after a Dover Shores resident reported seeing the driver of a white Jeep Rubicon on Saturday stop outside her home, write something on a piece of paper and drive away. The woman took a cell phone picture of the Jeep, which she recalled matching a description NBPD Det. Tracy McKenzie had posted earlier that week on neighborhood social network , according to the release.
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