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June 30, 2011
The Bard is coming to Newport Beach for two nights in July to showcase both the tragedy and comedy of William Shakespeare's work. The Arts Commission is hosting the 10th annual Shakespeare by the Sea with performances of "King Lear" and "Much Ado About Nothing" July 9 and 10, respectively, at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. with pre-show activities starting at 6:45 p.m. Attendees should bring blankets, beach chairs and a picnic dinner.
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By John Canalis | March 18, 2011
I am not sure why I expected to find answers Thursday evening at Costa Mesa City Hall, but I felt compelled to visit 77 Fair Drive after a city worker expecting a pink slip leaped from the rooftop and died. I wasn't the only one searching. Plenty of people were there, pulled in by tragedy. I didn't find an explanation — only grief. And the grieving. Normally not one to shoegaze, I couldn't bring myself to look up at the roof five stories up. It would have felt like prying.
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By Patrice Apodaca | April 5, 2014
Frances Saldaña is a petite woman with a soft smile and big, kind eyes. But behind her gentle demeanor lies a will of iron that has proved essential to enduring a life of unimaginable tragedy. Saldaña generously shares her story with anyone willing to listen, an act of courage in itself. Yet her decision to speak out, while for the most part an attempt to marshal action against the scourge that has decimated her family, can also be seen as an act of self-preservation. It is perhaps the only truly effective means to keep grief from consuming her. The demon against which Saldaña fights is Huntington's disease, a devastating degenerative brain disorder that robs the ability to walk, talk and reason.
FEATURES
November 27, 2005
This Thanksgiving week was one to try the community's ability to give thanks. Family and friends of Jason Baldwin and Dan Neuman were stunned and grief-stricken by their deaths, along with two others, in a small plane crash into deep coastal waters Nov. 19. They, and their aircraft, have at last been brought to shore, and the process of determining how such a tragedy could happen will commence. We know thus far that Neuman, the 51-year-old pilot of the single-engine, fixed-wing Cessna 210, did not suffer a medical emergency that caused the crash.
NEWS
January 8, 2005
Often when a catastrophe hits a person or a nation, they cry out: "How could a loving God allow such a thing to happen?" When a tragedy is absent of reason, people will often turn to religious figures for explanation and comfort. Even for us (religious leaders), it is very difficult to explain the reasons why God does what he does, because humankind is limited in his or her understanding and does not know what the future holds. For some, events that seem tragic and difficult to comprehend may be a blessing in disguise.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | November 17, 2006
The traditional symbols of the theater are back-to-back masks — one comic, one tragic. Yet few plays explore both avenues of the craft quite so fully as the latest production at UC Irvine, an obscure Spanish saga from the late 15th century. "La Celestina," written as a novel by Fernando de Rojas in 1499 and translated in 1631 by James Mabbe, is indeed a total theatrical experience — bawdy comedy in its first act and murderous tragedy in the second. UCI director Keith Fowler thrusts both elements into the face of his audience.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | May 18, 2009
Baseball is a game of failure, but college baseball isn’t supposed to come with tragedy. The tragedy that befell the Orange Coast College baseball program this season — the death of redshirt sophomore catcher Jourdan Watanabe on Feb. 27 — brought sadness, a dose of cold, stark reality, and the lesson survivors hope to take from any fatality: that life is not to be taken for granted. Pirates’ sophomore star Brett Wallach said Watanabe’s death also brought togetherness and a sense of purpose to this team (34-13)
NEWS
By Michael Villani | August 11, 2008
We awoke here in Beijing to an overcast sky and light rain, a fitting environment for the somber mood felt by everyone who had heard about the stabbing death of American Todd Bachman, father of former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman-McCutcheon and father-in-law to USA men?s volleyball Coach Hugh McCutcheon. After a successful opening Saturday night on the court, where the American women defeated Japan in four games, I came back to my hotel room very late. My dear friend Vince had e-mailed me about an incident at the Drum Tower and had I heard anything?
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 1, 2013
A father and son from Orange County have both died after their hunting trip to New Mexico went tragically awry last month. The son, Steve Lockhart, 43, of Costa Mesa, was separated from the hunting party in Gila National Forest about midnight Oct. 20, according to New Mexico law enforcement officials. Lockhart died Sunday, shortly after he was found alive a week after he disappeared. Officials had suspended the search for Lockhart days earlier, calling off the air and ground searches, which involved dozens of personnel, according to New Mexico State Police.
NEWS
October 12, 2001
A month after the Sept. 11 attacks, as the nation paused to reflect on the tragedy, many in Newport-Mesa say they have a renewed appreciation for life and a desire for some sense of normalcy. But for others, the uncertain duration of U.S. war on Afghanistan and the threat of another attack remains unsettling. "I've thought about relocating but I'm not sure," said Gina Schofield of Costa Mesa, who said she was worried that Southern California could be the next target.
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Dr. Joshua Bobko and Dr. Joshua Bobko | April 11, 2014
Another killing at Ft. Hood, Texas, reminds us that these horrific acts of violence can occur anywhere, at any time, even on a secured Army post. Sadly, the shootings also highlight that our responsibilities as citizens have changed forever. These events again demonstrate that there will be situations when everyday citizens will have to help themselves. People waiting in line at the bank, watching a movie or just eating their lunch will have to act before the traditional first responders can arrive to help them.
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By Patrice Apodaca | April 5, 2014
Frances Saldaña is a petite woman with a soft smile and big, kind eyes. But behind her gentle demeanor lies a will of iron that has proved essential to enduring a life of unimaginable tragedy. Saldaña generously shares her story with anyone willing to listen, an act of courage in itself. Yet her decision to speak out, while for the most part an attempt to marshal action against the scourge that has decimated her family, can also be seen as an act of self-preservation. It is perhaps the only truly effective means to keep grief from consuming her. The demon against which Saldaña fights is Huntington's disease, a devastating degenerative brain disorder that robs the ability to walk, talk and reason.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 1, 2013
A father and son from Orange County have both died after their hunting trip to New Mexico went tragically awry last month. The son, Steve Lockhart, 43, of Costa Mesa, was separated from the hunting party in Gila National Forest about midnight Oct. 20, according to New Mexico law enforcement officials. Lockhart died Sunday, shortly after he was found alive a week after he disappeared. Officials had suspended the search for Lockhart days earlier, calling off the air and ground searches, which involved dozens of personnel, according to New Mexico State Police.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan and By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | May 28, 2013
Newport Beach public safety workers on Tuesday grappled with the aftermath of what appeared to be an historic tragedy, trying to understand how a fast-moving luxury sedan veered from a busy thoroughfare and into a tree, where it caught fire and claimed the lives of five high school students. Police and firefighters could not recall a car accident, at least in the last three decades, that ended so many lives. "I've been on duty for almost 30 years, and I've seen some terrible vehicular accidents," Newport Beach Fire Capt.
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By Carrie Luger Slayback | April 16, 2013
A marathon brings tens of thousands of runners to a single spot in a celebration of human energy, work ethic and common joy. I have stood, packed together with marathoners at the early-morning start line, feeling strong, secure and anticipatory. What could touch us? I stood at the start of the Boston Marathon in 2008 in the town of Hopkinton, shivering with excitement. Invited to run the Boston Marathon, I began to feel like a real runner. I had to qualify. Friends sent me off with a party.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | April 15, 2013
Tragedy knows no bounds in this broken world of ours. It springs forth from every gaping fissure, dark alley and murky recess. It metastasizes in a host of ways: bad medical reports, alarming diagnoses, grinding auto crashes, assaults, strokes and heart attacks, and myriad accidents and infirmities. No one is immune. Tragic episodes occur daily all around us. The 27-year-old son of my pastor and his wife committed suicide less than two weeks ago. Why? Media reports tell us Matthew Warren, son of Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
NEWS
By Len Bose | March 14, 2013
I have an abundance of what I think is important information to share with you this week. Most of you have read about the tragedy that took place in the Islands Race this last weekend, when one soul was lost while competing in a sailboat race around our local island. I competed in the race, and on my return home, I was greeted with plenty of hugs and attention from both my wife and son. While assuming my king's chair in front of the TV, I reflected on the personal mistakes I had made during the race.
NEWS
By Geoff West | February 20, 2013
According to reports, on Feb. 15, the father of an Estancia High School student went to the administration office and asked to take his daughter off campus. A check of school records determined there was a restraining order in place prohibiting the father from taking his daughter from the campus, so he was refused permission to remove her. The father became irate and told the staff he had a gun, and apparently produced what turned out to be a replica gun, which he pointed at Assistant Principal Mike Sciacca and, according to reports from the scene, then issued a death threat.
NEWS
By Mark Wiley | December 20, 2012
The Christmas story ends too soon. Oh, I don't mean Christmas ends too early. We have found ways to keeping the presents coming, the tree up and the lights on long after Christmas Day is finished. If we time it right, we can keep spending the Christmas gift cards throughout the whole year. And God alone knows how long the fruitcake will last! But the Christmas story, the nativity story, ends too early. We know the story by heart; the angel appearing to Mary, the travel to Bethlehem, the inn that had no room but a stable, the birth of a baby born to save us all, the angelic chorus, the shepherds, the star and the three Kings.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | November 6, 2012
It was just a line in last week's column, but it prompted several responses, most of which were positive. The line mentioned that I had someone new and special in my life and in most circumstances, that would not be a big deal for a single man. The difference here is that my late wife died five months ago and for some, there is not enough distance between her death and the start of another relationship. Those people are wrong, but trying to convince them is nearly impossible because they have some idea in their head that I need to wait a certain amount of time before I start dating.
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