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By JOSEPH N. BELL | October 5, 2006
Did anyone else notice that nearly the entire front page of Sunday's Pilot was devoted to the last rites of Rupert, the black swan who got done in by a Harbor Patrol boat? According to our reporter, dozens of locals in kayaks, boats and gondolas watched while Rupert 's ashes were sprinkled in the ocean and he was canonized in services seldom bestowed on humans. All of this reminded me of an essay I wrote for a national magazine some years ago called "The Ultimate Therapy." My thesis was that the best way to keep from going batty in a world apparently dedicated to battiness is to care deeply about some terribly unimportant thing.
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NEWS
October 1, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH $2 million raised in 15th Race for a Cure More than 24,000 men and women gathered at Fashion Island last Sunday for the 15th annual Race for the Cure, which raises money to combat breast cancer. The event started at 7:30 a.m. and lasted all morning. Organizers said they were confident they surpassed their goal of raising $2 million. Release of swan to replace Rupert is blocked The California Department of Fish and Game has banned the release into the Upper Newport Bay of an Australian black swan, bought by an anonymous donor to replace the one killed last month.
NEWS
September 30, 2006
A Hawaiian paddle-out ceremony will be held today for Rupert, the black swan accidentally killed this month by a Harbor Patrol boat rushing to an emergency call. The ceremony is organized by the Imua Outrigger Canoe Club. The group will meet at 8 a.m. at the United States Coast Guard station, 1911 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar. The procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremony at the mouth of the bay scheduled for 9 a.m. American Legion garage sale today The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 291 in Newport Beach is holding a garage sale today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 E. 20th St. in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Amanda Pennington | September 29, 2006
An unnamed male Australian black swan meant to replace the beloved Rupert, who was accidentally killed this month, will indefinitely remain in an animal hospital after the California Department of Fish and Game put a stop to plans to release the bird into Upper Newport Bay. An anonymous local man bought the swan to essentially replace Rupert, the Australian Black Swan killed by a Harbor Patrol boat racing to an emergency call, said Dr. Jim Rich,...
NEWS
September 28, 2006
The accident that killed Rupert the swan could have been avoided. The Harbor Patrol boat should have slowed down to avoid hitting the swan, the same way they would slow down to avoid hitting a kayak, canoe or any boat. The rules should be changed to allow the patrol boat operator to slow down when they see a possible collision with a large bird. CHRIS GEOHEGAN Balboa I agree that the Harbor Patrol speeds around the harbor too often. I live in Irvine Terrace, and I hear their sirens going all the time.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
Woman's life worth more than swan's I was wondering if anyone noticed that a woman was found dead the same day that Rupert died?   I was amazed that the two stories were even boxed together on the cover of last Thursday's Daily Pilot; and the article in the Los Angeles Times' California section is headlined "Newport's Black Swan Is Killed" without a reference to the real loss of human life. Are we saying that Rupert and this slain woman have equal value? I am sad that Rupert is gone and acknowledge that he put a smile on many faces, my family's included.
NEWS
September 17, 2006
After surviving so many near misses, Newport Beach's unofficial mascot, Rupert, finally ran out of time last week. Rupert, the black swan who made a pleasant nuisance of himself — gently attacking swimmers, floating up to boats in search of hand-outs and getting in various misadventures during the 15 or so years he was here — finally was done in by his curiosity. Always attracted to red boats, Rupert swam in front of a Harbor Patrol cruiser on its way to a crime scene Wednesday afternoon and was killed.
FEATURES
September 17, 2006
"I personally grabbed the congressman in front of me, and I said, 'Look, the two of us are going to sing "God Bless America" right now,' and he said, 'I'm with you.' It was almost like a movie ? everybody starts turning around and coming back and joining hands?. We sang 'God Bless America' right there on the Capitol steps." ? U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher , remembering Sept. 11, 2001, when he and some 300 congressional officials gathered on the Capitol steps just hours after the terrorist attacks "Because of you, arts and music will continue to flourish in California."
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