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By Lauren Williams | October 27, 2011
COSTA MESA - Signs outside the Rags to Riches store run by reality TV "mogul" Dave Hester have been defaced. Black letters across the red and white consignment store's sign read "davehesterfraud.com," and a sign announcing the store's move to Orange was pasted over with a sign reading "Newport con gallery has moved. For more information, go to davehesterfraud.com. " The website urges people not to do business with the TV star. Hester, who stars on A&E's " Storage Wars," ran the thrift store at 1941 Newport Blvd.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 27, 2011
COSTA MESA - In an effort to keep residents abreast of City Hall events, the city has launched daily newscasts online and on public-access television. Called "Costa Mesa Minute," the two- to three-minute videos can be watched on Costa Mesa TV (Channel 24 on Time Warner Cable and 99 on AT&T U-verse), the city's website, http://www.costamesaca.gov , and on the municipal Facebook page. Programming is written by city spokesman Bill Lobdell. Dane Bora, who heads the city's video department, serves as the on-air anchor.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | September 12, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Interior designer Lindsay Espinoza aims to make beautiful homes available to the masses, but she never envisioned that her audience would be comprised of thousands of viewers tuning into reality TV. The 1995 Newport Harbor High School alumna will be featured in a new HGTV series that was scheduled to premiere Monday evening. "Showhouse Showdown" puts interior designers in competition, leaving the judging up to the viewing public. "It's a full design show packed with design knowledge," said Executive Producer Dawn Stroupe.
SPORTS
June 15, 2011
Pat Bennett faces Kenny "Deuce" Garner in Costa Mesa July 8, part of a night of fights that will air live on Showtime. The rematch of the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Tournament heavyweight finalists is the featured fight of a mixed martial arts event titled "M-1 Challenge: Bennett vs. Garner" in the Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center. M-1 GLOBAL in association with Roy Englebrecht made the announcement today. Garner (6-3) last faced Bennett (4-2) in the 2010 M-1 Selection Amercias tournament finals, where he won a convincing first-round TKO. Garner has four knockout wins and is seeking another.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, lauren.williams@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
Comedian Bill Skiles, one half of the Skiles and Henderson comedic team with Newport-Mesa roots who went on to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show" and other TV programs in the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 79. Skiles died of kidney cancer in St. Cloud, Fla., on Monday at a hospice, said Pete Henderson, the other half of the duo, in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Branson, Mo. Their partnership started at Disneyland in 1958 and lasted 52 years.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 13, 2011
IRVINE — When Peggy Tanous was a little girl, she told her mom she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. Tanous could be living out the beginning of her dream as the newest blonde bombshell to enter the cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," now in its sixth season. Although the new season premiered last week, Sunday's episode will mark the Irvine mom's first appearance as a housewife. Tanous, a mother of two little girls named Capri and London, prides herself as being the only housewife who grew up in O.C. She was raised in Tustin, attended Foothill High School and has a degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
The late Paul Johnson, a longtime traffic reporter for KNBC-4 TV news and a Newport Beach business financier, now has a segment of the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway named after him. Johnson died in June after a long entertainment career, which included 28 years of reporting on Los Angeles-area road conditions. His wife Nancy, who owns a hair salon in Newport Beach that Johnson paid for, said she drives along the Paul Johnson Memorial Freeway every day. It stretches from Katella Boulevard in Orange to Chapman Avenue, near where the couple lived.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, a 2001 graduate of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, is one of 10 contestants vying for their own TV show to be presented by Oprah Winfrey. "Your Own Show," which started airing on Jan. 7, and broadcasts Friday nights on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is a reality series that features 10 contestants and their own show genres. The winner will be awarded a show airing on Winfrey's cable channel. After Friday's episode aired, Kuzmic-Crocco was still in the contest.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
"Discover Orange County" has become quite popular for its detailed take on the region, whether it's the old cottages at Crystal Cove State Park, tracking where your trash goes from the garbage can to the dump, or checking out Old Town Orange. Now comes another program. Only this time it's going to give viewers a sneak peek into the Upper Newport Bay and introduce them to all sorts of wildlife that live there — from the flora and fauna to migratory birds. Called "Upper Newport Bay," the segment will premiere at noon Sunday and again at 9 a.m. Tuesday on KOCE-TV, the PBS station that airs from Ventura to San Clemente to Palm Springs.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | June 25, 2010
An extravagant evening in Newport Beach unfolded last Saturday at The Island Hotel on behalf of KOCE-TV Public Television. The grand gala, co-chaired by Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George , was themed "That's Entertainment." The party certainly lived up to its title. Super-generous underwriter John Tu , chairman of Kingston Technology Corp., and his 28 - member band, known as "California Dreamin'" (with Tu on the drums ), absolutely blew away the 250 black tie-clad guests who had gathered to support KOCE-TV.
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