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By Brianna Bailey | April 27, 2010
When the new documentary “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” makes its North American debut today at the Newport Beach Film Festival, it will culminate a decade’s worth of work for filmmaker Brian Gillogly. The 60-minute film takes a look at the life of Kathy Zuckerman, the real woman behind Gidget, the mythic teen-girl surfer character from books, television and film. “She didn’t set out to be an influential or noteworthy person, but she was,” Gillogly said.
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LOCAL
By Steve Smith | April 26, 2010
The advantage of having well-informed readers is that they are always there to support you, even when you are wrong. In my case, I offer two corrections, thanks to the sharp eye of Laura Boss, Newport-Mesa Unified School District spokeswoman. Boss pointed out that the dates of the two school bonds, Measures A and F, were passed in 2000 and 2005, not 2002 and 2004, as I reported. And that dollar amount I stated, $492 billion, is actually $492 million. No excuses other than rushing to beat a deadline, though that is no excuse at all, really.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brianna Bailey | March 3, 2010
A few curious beachgoers craned their necks as director Dan Murphy wrapped up filming a shiny new Infiniti sedan parked on the Balboa Pier. Using a large crane-like piece of filming equipment called a jimmy jib, Murphy used the pier to shoot footage for a commercial for Toyo Tires, a luxury and sports car tire manufacturer, on a recent morning. Murphy has used Newport Beach to film several car commercials over the years. “A lot of my clients are based back East, and they love the footage of the beach and the piers,” Murphy said.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | January 15, 2010
Students from teacher Nelson Rojas’ Spanish classes jumped up and down on the wooden bleachers in the gym at Corona del Mar High School on Friday. They were shrieking and cheering in excitement as several contestants from the hit CBS reality show “The Amazing Race” leaped out of a storage room. These included season 15 winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney. The contestants visited Corona del Mar on Friday to talk to Rojas’ students about the importance of learning foreign languages.
FEATURES
By Ron Vanderhoff | January 15, 2010
I don’t watch much television. But, as a career gardener and horticulturist, I still regularly scan the channel guide in the hope of a worthwhile gardening show. I seldom find one, but like hunting for snipe, I keep searching. When HGTV launched more than 15 years ago, I had great hopes, but the “G” seemed to be nearly invisible from the channel’s programming. What few gardening shows are on TV are usually so off the mark and regionally incorrect that I can’t bear to sit through them.
LOCAL
January 8, 2010
Newport Harbor High senior Cecil Whiteside is possibly playing in his final high school football game today. It won’t be just any game. The UC Berkeley-bound linebacker is the lone player from Orange County participating in the 11th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The game, which will be nationally televised by NBC at 10 a.m., boasts many of the nation’s elite seniors in a West vs. East matchup. Whiteside, the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Player of the Year, is the first player from Newport Harbor to earn a spot in the prestigious event.
NEWS
December 2, 2009
Sending 30,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan will not make us any safer. Focusing a strategy around the central government in Kabul will not work, especially with a government as corrupt as the Karzai regime. Sending more American combat troops into Afghanistan just means more of those troops will be doing more of the fighting instead of the Afghans themselves, who are more than willing to defend themselves as long as there are given the resources to do so. I expected President Obama to be a little more hesitant before buying into the same failed strategies, however, I am disappointed because he has come up with nothing new or creative.
LOCAL
August 5, 2009
Misty May-Treanor won’t compete in the Hermosa Beach Open, yet she’ll be playing at that beach Sunday, taking on the “Big Sand-eater.” May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High star, will team with Kerri Walsh for a television show, playing against Shaquille O’Neal. “I just now added Hermosa Beach sand to my salad. I eat sand,” O’Neal said during a news conference with May-Treanor and Walsh, according to the Los Angeles Times.
FEATURES
June 26, 2009
The Catholic Church does have married priests. Our Eastern-rite churches have always allowed married men to become priests. Our Latin church requires celibacy but dispenses from this when married ordained Protestant ministers and Episcopalian priests are accepted into our priesthood. Celibacy is not essential to the Catholic priesthood; but it is a long-established spirituality that supports the sacredness of marriage and human sexuality. Priests who are whole, happy and pastorally zealous can be a challenging sign in the community that even a beautiful family is not the ultimate value.
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