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By Barry Faulkner | March 4, 2009
COSTA MESA — The Irvine Valley College men’s volleyball team took a bite out of Pacific Coast Conference rival Orange Coast Wednesday night. But not before — and Lasers coaches said afterward, perhaps not unless — 5-foot-9 freshman outside hitter Brandon Directo took a bite out of the host Pirates’ floor while diving for a ball beyond the end line near the end of OCC’s Game 2 victory that put them on the verge of a sweep. Instead, IVC, which had earlier drawn motivation from freshman middle blocker Corey Brophy quickly returning to the match after dislocating his left pinkie finger, seemed to respond when Directo, whose post-match grin revealed a vacant arch in his two chipped front teeth, shook off the injury and returned quickly to the court.
FEATURES
By Michael Miller | August 26, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Rhonda Forst has difficulty sometimes getting her dental patients to behave. Some of them, particularly the smaller ones, squirm and refuse to sit still. In a few cases, Forst even needs an assistant to get them to open their mouths. Still, it beats working with humans. Forst, the owner of Gentle Dental, makes a living cleaning the teeth of cats and dogs. She worked as a dental assistant with people for more than 25 years, but branched into pet care a dozen years ago. By the time she made her monthly visit to the Muttropolis store at Fashion Island Saturday, she had long since made up her mind to stick with animals.
NEWS
November 7, 2007
Editor Tony Dodero advocates fluoridation (“Fluoride plot doubtful,” Oct. 31) because he trusts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who pat themselves on the back by proclaiming fluoridation as one of their 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Yes, it’s quite an achievement to sprinkle fluoride drugs into two-thirds of U.S. public water supplies, afflicting 170 million people, when 60 years of research fails to prove fluoridation is safe or effective.
NEWS
February 15, 2000
We asked seventh-graders at TeWinkle Middle School what they thought about cigarette smoking. Here's what they had to say: "I think people shouldn't do it because it is bad for you. You can get lung disease and cancer. I know one or two people who smoke and if we are out and they light up a cigarette, I tell them to go in a different place." RAEANNE PFEIFER, 12 Costa Mesa "I think it is bad for your life because it will make you die soon.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 14, 2006
On Thursday at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa, 60 third-graders sat in the multipurpose room and sang a song about sharks. The lyrics were written by Ken Watson, a science teacher who visits schools around Southern California, and the students wanted to learn the song before he came to visit them the following week. It was a pretty wordy song, too — especially considering that most of the students were English-learners. At one point, the lyrics addressed the fact that sharks were becoming an endangered species: Misunderstood and misaligned, your numbers dwindle fast/From shark-fin soup to cowboy boots/You're marketed and taxed/Teeth and jaws and cartilage, stacked and sold as jewels/The food chain breaks, the top end shakes/No conscience and no rules.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 4, 2009
While viewing “The Skin of Our Teeth” at Vanguard University, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is, “Is this the same playwright who wrote ‘Our Town’?” Indeed it is. In fact, Thornton Wilder actually won the Pulitzer Prize for this darkly comic allegory back in 1942, four years after his other Pulitzer winner, “Our Town,” premiered. And even though the college had scheduled this production about a year ago, current events have made it even more topical today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 1, 2013
If you know me, it's likely not for my level of dexterity. Rewind to Wednesday, when I was tasked with stacking dominoes and Jenga tiles - fast. The white 80-by-120-foot Fun Zone tent, which houses an assortment of games and a stage, was a site of sugar-induced mayhem. The "minute to win it" contest required participants to create vertical piles of blocks. This posed quite a challenge for some younger entrants, seeing as their constructions rose above the tops of their heads.
NEWS
August 11, 2000
Andrew Glazer WEST SIDE -- In the blue dusk of a cool Thursday evening, six girls with damp, perfumed hair pulled back in ponytails sat on the pavement between two townhouses on Shalimar Street, coloring with pastel markers. Twelve children, ages 4 to 14, played separate baseball games in the middle of the street, running bases chalked onto the asphalt. Five boys and girls perched on a broken wooden fence. Their teeth and tongues were dyed orange, pink and blue by the Popsicles they bought from the ice cream man who passes there at roughly 5 o'clock each evening.
NEWS
June 2, 2003
It's kind of like pulling teeth. And not the kind you glue in with some Poly-Fix-It, or whatever. Raising money for a seniors is like pulling real, rooted, non-denture teeth. Costa Mesa Senior Center executive director Aviva Goelman was reminded of that Thursday morning at a very, uh, cozy fund-raising breakfast. "It was nice and intimate," Goelman said later that afternoon. "You know, we are going to have to work hard. We are going to have to work really hard to make people realize the seniors need help."
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | April 29, 2013
It's what grandfathers do. I sat in my easy chair the other morning, savoring a cup of muddy java while reading the newspaper. Our youngest daughter, Melissa, sat across from me with her 9-week-old son tucked snugly in her arms, feeding him a bottle. She was busy cooing to him, talking baby talk and singing snippets of favorite 1960s Top 40 hits. Oops, my bad! Those weren't the tunes of her misspent youth; they were the tunes of mine! My wife Hedy and I, exhibiting suitable responsibility, inculcated those songs into her childhood experience.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | August 1, 2013
If you know me, it's likely not for my level of dexterity. Rewind to Wednesday, when I was tasked with stacking dominoes and Jenga tiles - fast. The white 80-by-120-foot Fun Zone tent, which houses an assortment of games and a stage, was a site of sugar-induced mayhem. The "minute to win it" contest required participants to create vertical piles of blocks. This posed quite a challenge for some younger entrants, seeing as their constructions rose above the tops of their heads.
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NEWS
By Jim Carnett | April 29, 2013
It's what grandfathers do. I sat in my easy chair the other morning, savoring a cup of muddy java while reading the newspaper. Our youngest daughter, Melissa, sat across from me with her 9-week-old son tucked snugly in her arms, feeding him a bottle. She was busy cooing to him, talking baby talk and singing snippets of favorite 1960s Top 40 hits. Oops, my bad! Those weren't the tunes of her misspent youth; they were the tunes of mine! My wife Hedy and I, exhibiting suitable responsibility, inculcated those songs into her childhood experience.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 5, 2010
If what police say is true, it’ll be a lot longer than six months before a Costa Mesa pair ever see the inside of a dentist’s office again. In what authorities hope will be the end of a two-month string of dentist’s office burglaries, Anaheim police arrested Matthew Marchman, 38, and Shawna Lerer, 29, both of Costa Mesa, in Anaheim on Sunday morning. Police said the two were responsible for up to 18 burglaries in Orange County, including many in Anaheim and one in Costa Mesa, that left dental offices without precious metals and basic drugs, tools and electronics.
FEATURES
By Jamie Rowe | January 2, 2010
The holidays are over. I don?t know about you, but I?m grateful. I?m grateful that the stress is gone and that my family is out of my hair. But most of all I?m grateful that I even got to spend the holidays with my family. As a journalist, it?s hard to have a ?normal? life because the news never sleeps. My family has gotten used to moving Christmas to different parts of December to accommodate my schedule, if I can even make it back to Bishop, which yes, does have that famous bakery with the best bread ever halfway between here and Tahoe.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 4, 2009
While viewing “The Skin of Our Teeth” at Vanguard University, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is, “Is this the same playwright who wrote ‘Our Town’?” Indeed it is. In fact, Thornton Wilder actually won the Pulitzer Prize for this darkly comic allegory back in 1942, four years after his other Pulitzer winner, “Our Town,” premiered. And even though the college had scheduled this production about a year ago, current events have made it even more topical today.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | March 4, 2009
COSTA MESA — The Irvine Valley College men’s volleyball team took a bite out of Pacific Coast Conference rival Orange Coast Wednesday night. But not before — and Lasers coaches said afterward, perhaps not unless — 5-foot-9 freshman outside hitter Brandon Directo took a bite out of the host Pirates’ floor while diving for a ball beyond the end line near the end of OCC’s Game 2 victory that put them on the verge of a sweep. Instead, IVC, which had earlier drawn motivation from freshman middle blocker Corey Brophy quickly returning to the match after dislocating his left pinkie finger, seemed to respond when Directo, whose post-match grin revealed a vacant arch in his two chipped front teeth, shook off the injury and returned quickly to the court.
NEWS
November 7, 2007
Editor Tony Dodero advocates fluoridation (“Fluoride plot doubtful,” Oct. 31) because he trusts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who pat themselves on the back by proclaiming fluoridation as one of their 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Yes, it’s quite an achievement to sprinkle fluoride drugs into two-thirds of U.S. public water supplies, afflicting 170 million people, when 60 years of research fails to prove fluoridation is safe or effective.
FEATURES
By Michael Miller | August 26, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Rhonda Forst has difficulty sometimes getting her dental patients to behave. Some of them, particularly the smaller ones, squirm and refuse to sit still. In a few cases, Forst even needs an assistant to get them to open their mouths. Still, it beats working with humans. Forst, the owner of Gentle Dental, makes a living cleaning the teeth of cats and dogs. She worked as a dental assistant with people for more than 25 years, but branched into pet care a dozen years ago. By the time she made her monthly visit to the Muttropolis store at Fashion Island Saturday, she had long since made up her mind to stick with animals.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 14, 2006
On Thursday at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa, 60 third-graders sat in the multipurpose room and sang a song about sharks. The lyrics were written by Ken Watson, a science teacher who visits schools around Southern California, and the students wanted to learn the song before he came to visit them the following week. It was a pretty wordy song, too — especially considering that most of the students were English-learners. At one point, the lyrics addressed the fact that sharks were becoming an endangered species: Misunderstood and misaligned, your numbers dwindle fast/From shark-fin soup to cowboy boots/You're marketed and taxed/Teeth and jaws and cartilage, stacked and sold as jewels/The food chain breaks, the top end shakes/No conscience and no rules.
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