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By Brianna Bailey | December 15, 2009
Last Christmas, Dana Point resident Kerri Larson bought a pair of over-the-counter reading glasses after she noticed that she had to strain to see her computer monitor. A year later, she can’t drive, see friends waving to her on the street or read a book. Aggressive cataracts are rapidly cutting off Larson’s vision. Each day, colors are less vivid, faces less distinct. Larson, 39, lost her job as an executive assistant after the company she worked for went out of business in June, leaving her without health insurance.
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FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | November 26, 2009
In February of 2008, Sarah Keddington went under. For nearly six hours, the Corona del Mar High senior lay on a hospital bed as doctors cut into her back, trying to repair the damage. Her spine had been taken over by scoliosis and all that was left was an S-curve and nightmares that a promising running career could be over. But Keddington never wanted it to end. As a sophomore she wanted to return to the track and somehow to the cross country course. “I think the easy way out would’ve been just to give up, but I didn’t want to take the easy way,” said Keddington, a runner on the CdM girls’ cross country team that will compete in the CIF State Championships Saturday at Fresno’s Woodward Park.
FEATURES
By Candice Baker | October 1, 2009
Jennifer Kugies, the mother of Reef Kugies, a 9-year-old boy who died Sept. 23 of complications from foot surgery, has created a website in his memory. New fundraisers also have been announced to raise money for his memorial fund. Reefkugies.com contains a blog, photos, memorial fund information and ways for people to get in touch with Reef’s family. Reef was born with Schizencephaly, an extremely rare developmental birth disorder characterized by clefts on one or both sides of the brain, his mother said.
SPORTS
By John Reger | September 30, 2009
Apparently the world’s No. 1 golfer is not excused from diaper duty or middle-of-the-night feedings. Tiger Woods looked exhausted Monday, when he appeared via video from his Florida home to promote his upcoming Chevron World Challenge. Heavy eyes and a fatigued voice, the part-time Corona del Mar resident looked like he would have gladly traded the $10 million he had won the day before at the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup for a full night’s rest. “Yeah, I am a little bit tired, there’s no doubt,” Woods said.
FEATURES
By Ron Vanderhoff | September 25, 2009
Since I’m not paid to write this column, I can pretty much express my gardening opinions and say what I want. Besides, I’ve got a day job. My children ridicule me for often driving through unknown neighborhoods, looking at plants and exploring for interesting gardens, curious of what I might find. Sometimes I participate in this odd habit with full, premeditated intention, weaving through the neighborhood. Perhaps you’ve seen me. Other times I’m going someplace in particular, but to get there, I’ll avoid the main streets and weave through unknown neighborhoods, so I can see what’s going on in the gardens.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 18, 2009
A 12-year-old boy was in serious condition and another boy suffered minor injuries after they were hit by a car while walking to Wilson Park in Costa Mesa, police said Tuesday night. About 6:42 p.m. the pair were crossing Wilson Street northbound from Fordham Drive when a car westbound on Wilson hit them, said Sgt. Joyce LaPointe. Police said the 12-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury and had bleeding in his brain and was in emergency surgery Tuesday night at Mission Hospital’s trauma center in Mission Viejo.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | August 14, 2009
For years, Angela Mendez, whose husband is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. at Camp Pendleton, couldn’t wear low-cut tops or certain kinds of T-shirts. The breast implants Mendez, a registered nurse and mother of three, got several years ago were covered in painful scar tissue. The implants were lopsided, and one began to shift, eventually almost protruding out of her chest. “A lot of military families can’t afford surgery like this,” Mendez said.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | August 13, 2009
A defibrillator machine saved Costa Mesa resident Angela Edgerly’s life after her heart stopped beating while undergoing surgery in January at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. “I went home and hugged my son after it happened,” Angela, 39, said from the Costa Mesa home she shares with her husband, Chris Edgerly, 5-year-old son, Dylan, and several pets. “I feel lucky in that I’ve kind of been given a second chance at life,” she said. A registered nurse at Hoag, Angela is now on a mission to raise money to buy defibrillation machines for schools, day care centers and swimming pools.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | July 22, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH — Maria Sharapova appeared as if she was trying to come off as modest, humble, homely even, during a press conference before she took to the court with the Newport Beach Breakers Wednesday night. It didn’t work. The cameras flashed, the reporters fired questions and Sharapova tried to handle it with grace. Her rise to fame started the same, minus the cameras and media surrounding her, of course. But, the down-to-earth part, yes. Part of Sharapova’s beginning started with World Team Tennis, back when she was 15 in 2000 when she played for the Delaware Smash.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 24, 2009
Police continue to look for the man who broke into a home in the 2000 block of Pomona Avenue and stabbed a man inside before escaping. About 9:30 a.m., directly across the street from Pomona Elementary School, about the time the younger kids are coming to school, police said a man entered a Pomona Avenue home to burglarize it. The burglar walked into a bedroom and encountered one of the home’s residents, sparking a fight in which the...
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