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By Leigh Steinberg | July 23, 2011
Writing a column on the final negotiation process for the NFL collective bargaining agreement on Friday for the Sunday paper may be an act of extreme recklessness, given the roller coaster of events occurring hourly. But as they say, no guts, no glory. So how does a deal agonizingly close to completion become unhinged at the end? I've said before that closely monitoring sports negotiations is like watching the process of sausage being made. You may love the final product but will be driven to distraction by seeing the bloody preparations.
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John Canalis | May 29, 2010
A nyone around here knows that getting one of those beach cottages that creak with charm and memories in the making at Crystal Cove State Park can be a challenge. Rental spots open at 8 a.m. the first of every month for a period of seven months out. Bargain-hunting would-be guests rush online to book them, and the better weekends go especially quick. My wife and I know a couple who have mastered the online reservation system. They consistently book choice cottages on seemingly perfect days.
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September 11, 2004
STEVE SMITH Timing is everything. In last Monday's Los Angeles Times, there was a story about the lack of vocational training in local high schools and how this has affected the attitude of students toward school. In a nutshell, the story said what appeared here three weeks ago -- namely, that many kids going through the school system are not candidates for college. But with the demise of shop and other vocational classes, they have fewer choices and thus get turned off. So, what turned out to be an effort to save money by cutting vocational courses winds up costing us kids -- kids who are so disenchanted with the "one size fits all" school system that they perform poorly on the many mandated tests or drop out or both.
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January 17, 2009
It?s always refreshing to see people exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully. So a thumbs up to the effort put forth by Moveon.org recently. The group fanned out across the country urging members of Congress to support President-elect Barack Obama?s economic stimulus plan. Locally, about 20 of them showed up at Rep. John Campbell?s district office in Newport Center, only to be greeted with bottled water and doughnuts. ?He is for it. He supports it,? said Lou Penrose, district director for Campbell.
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February 8, 2003
Steve Virgen Father. Husband. Associate head coach. Scout. Recruiter. Schedule-maker. Players' confidant. These are the many hats of UC Irvine's Todd Lee. Soon, a new hat may come to Lee: NCAA Division I head coach. It's only a matter of time. That's the statement, the phrase, which rings in the back of Lee's mind. This past summer, Eric Musselman was hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors and became the youngest coach in the NBA. Musselman put together his coaching staff as his first order of business.
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March 2, 2003
Timing is everything. When photographer Don Leach was assigned to cover the story on the French exchange students leaving Newport Beach on Friday, it was to be a portrait-type photo sometime in the morning. But with the morning swamped with assignments, we rescheduled it for the last moment possible, just before they headed to Los Angeles International Airport. So, when Don arrived, everyone was saying goodbye and bidding farewell. With emotions running high, there were picture opportunities everywhere.
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September 6, 2003
June Casagrande As soon as next week, motorists on Jamboree Road could enjoy an easier commute. Jamboree is the first site for the city's new traffic signal synchronization plan. MacArthur Boulevard will be next to get synchronized signals, about two weeks later. The two roads will serve as test sites for what City Manager Homer Bludau said will be a widespread program of smarter street signals. "We're going to change the timing sequence on traffic signals along Jamboree and then Macarthur in order to accommodate a smoother flow of traffic that will require fewer stops at red lights," Bludau said.
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April 22, 2007
Doesn't it figure that in the days after the Costa Mesa City Council took a pass on funding an anti-gang program at the schools that police rounded up nine people, six of whom are under 18, in connection with a shooting on Costa Mesa's Westside? It's bad timing, to be sure, but it doesn't prove anything yet. It doesn't necessarily mean that the council did the wrong thing when it turned down a $65,000 grant to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for a gang-intervention specialist.
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March 1, 2003
Steve Virgen Timing has been the basis of success for Corona del Mar High senior Alivia Mazura. Her blossoming as a true scorer proved to be opportunistic for the Sea Kings' girls soccer team this season. Last year, timing seemed to Mazura's enemy because she endured nagging injuries. But this season, Mazura stayed away from the injury bug for the most part. She led the Sea Kings with 12 goals and 11 assists, as she took advantage of her health, while preserving strength from last year's experience.
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August 13, 2001
It's been six years now since my beloved Los Angeles Rams packed up and left California, and specifically Orange County, for St. Louis, tearing my heart out in the process. Six years later, I continue to be a hopeless and rabid fan of the team, which has become a little easier these days thanks to their success. So imagine my delight a few months back when, at a local athletic awards breakfast, I got to sit at the same table as Rich Saul. I know, I know, Rich Saul's name probably doesn't ring the same bells with many of you as say a Kurt Warner or a John Elway would, but his greatness is immeasurable just the same.
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By Matt Szabo | May 1, 2014
Estancia High senior Nikkie Blinn could feel Costa Mesa junior Lauren Smith breathing down her neck. Blinn and Smith were perhaps the two best girls' water polo players in the city of Costa Mesa last winter. But they were battling in the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at Wednesday's Orange Coast League swim meet at Costa Mesa High, and Smith was closing fast in the final 25 yards. Blinn said after the meet that she found a second wind. She held off Smith, touching in 1 minute, 52.45 seconds, with the Mustangs close behind in 1:52.78.
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By Michael Miller | April 30, 2014
It's the time in a movie when most audience members take their attention off the screen - when they begin talking, checking their phones and shuffling out of the darkness. For Carl St.Clair, it's sometimes the best part of the film. The Pacific Symphony music director often stays through the end credits if the film features music by a composer he admires. During the movie, the score lingers in the backgrounds of scenes or between snippets of dialogue, and it sometimes isn't until the long final scroll that the composer gets a chance to work uninterrupted.
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By Matt Szabo | April 29, 2014
IRVINE - Do not underestimate the girls' water polo contingent on the Corona del Mar High girls' swim team. Two weeks ago it was junior Grace Morgan stepping in on the "A" relays, helping CdM win the Battle of the Bay for another year. On Tuesday afternoon at University High, sophomore Bridgett Storm took center stage. Storm sure picked a great time to win her first 200-yard freestyle race of the season. She gave her team some early-meet momentum, helping CdM accomplish something it hadn't done in eight years.
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By Bradley Zint | April 29, 2014
Ants not native to California have moved into Costa Mesa, but the danger they pose is not to the residents. A colony of Pheidole megacephala - a reddish-brown, "bigheaded ant" species native to Africa but found in Florida and Hawaii - was recently documented at some Mesa Verde homes. Now state and local officials must determine how widespread the exotic ant population is and what to do about it. While this species of ant poses no significant threat to humans - it doesn't sting or cause painful bites - Pheidole megacephala could displace native ant populations and pose problems for other insects and agriculture, said Richard Tiffer, a plant pathologist with the Orange County agricultural commissioner's office.
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By Jim Carnett | April 28, 2014
We humans measure our threescore and 10 in disparate ways. I had a short-timer's calendar in the U.S. Army, marking off my final 365 days of service. Each morning I'd dutifully scratch off another day. The count of Monte Cristo painstakingly marked the passage of time on the granite walls of his prison cell. For many, time measurement is simply the annual accrual of birthdays. Like logs at the bottom of a sluice, they pile up. For others, it's the inexorable drip-drip-drip of TGIFs.
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By Brian Crosby and By Brian Crosby | April 26, 2014
The high school experience includes several rites of passage for students: getting a driver's license, going out on a first date and taking the SAT. Now the SAT journey has just gotten a little smoother. The College Board, the organization behind the SAT as well as the Advanced Placement exams, recently announced major changes to the most feared test a teenager has to take: no more mandatory essay, no more penalties for wrong answers, no more difficult vocabulary. In other words, the kinder, gentler SAT coming in 2016 resembles more the ACT, the SAT's closest testing competitor.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 24, 2014
Filming "Brahmin Bulls" was not a breeze. Director Mahesh Pailoor valiantly balanced budgetary issues and his cast's schedules while shooting the entire movie out of order. He even faced an unexpected foe - the 85th annual Academy Awards. "We only had one day to shoot in a hospital and that day happened to be the day of the Oscars, which Mary Steenburgen was presenting at," he recalled. "We were running up against the clock and only had time to do a few takes per shot. Mary and Roshan [Seth]
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By Billy Graham | April 18, 2014
Q: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn't he? — M.J. A: Yes, of course God wants us to take care of the bodies he has given us, and proper exercise is certainly part of that. The Bible says, "You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). At the same time, I urge you to take seriously what your wife is saying, and ask yourself why you're spending so much time at the gym. Frankly, the reasons may be hard for you to face honestly, but you need to do it anyway, for your sake and the sake of your marriage and family.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 17, 2014
The Battle for the Bay tends to open the track and field season for the Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools. They pushed the meet back a month this season because the teams in their respective leagues are on spring break this week. With no one else to face, the Sailors traveled to CdM on Thursday. One school ended a streak and another continued one in the Back Bay rivalry. The Newport Harbor boys pulled out a 65-62 win, beating CdM for the first time in five seasons.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 11, 2014
In the desert, in triple-digit heat, and on asphalt, Nic Sargeant has the urge to play basketball. He misses the sport that much. Sargeant is spending spring break in La Quinta, where he and a half dozen of his closest friends rented out a house with a pool. A volleyball net is set up in the back, but if it were up to Sargeant, there would also be a portable basketball goal. Sargeant last suited up for the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team on Feb. 21. Almost two months have passed since the Sailors' season ended in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs.
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