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By Britney Barnes | October 20, 2012
When Alex Posa, 12, was asked if he wanted to meet the president, he didn't hesitate to say yes. The experience didn't disappoint. "I was pretty excited," Alex said. "I couldn't wipe the smile off my face for the next week. " The Ensign Intermediate School seventh-grade student played hooky with his mother, Carol Seguin, Oct. 8 to meet President Obama. After meeting the president, Alex wrote a report about the experience for his teachers to make up for the absence. "It was a chance of a lifetime to meet the president of the United States and the leader of the free world," Seguin said.
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By Jill Cowan | October 15, 2012
The space shuttle Endeavour wasn't the only massive object traversing Southland streets this weekend. South Coast Plaza's 96-foot Christmas tree finished its own arduous trek Monday morning, about 650 miles from near Mt. Shasta in Northern California to arrive at Town Center Park, across the street from the mall. The white fir - which rolled into town on the largest trailer allowed on the road - will be prepped in the coming weeks with about 20,000 multicolored lights for the Plaza's 31st annual tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 15. The ceremony always falls on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, which this year required such an early installation date, South Coast Plaza publicist Lee Healy said.
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From the Los Angeles Times | September 13, 2012
For a short while Tuesday evening, Kobe Bryant drove far away from his Newport Coast mansion and completely abandoned his opulent lifestyle. He arrived at skid row. It's a place filled with garbage and littered with human waste — but among the despair, he found hope. "You get to hear the stories, you get to see firsthand what's going on," Bryant said Wednesday at an event in Hollywood to promote his work with homeless people. While walking around downtown L.A., Bryant met one man in particular who seemed to have a deep effect on the Lakers guard.
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By Brittany Woolsey | September 1, 2012
A father's dream of providing his son's youth baseball team with its own field came true Saturday. After two years of work, Sun Devil Field opened in Costa Mesa with a Labor Day tournament. The privately funded, four-acre youth sports complex, at 3370 Harbor Blvd., features a two-story announcer's booth, batting cages and a basketball court, among other amenities. Bob Klein founded the Orange County Sun Devils, a travel baseball team, in 2008 with the help of his wife Bita, and son, Trevor, 11, who plays on the team.
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By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 30, 2012
The engines of approximately 30 classic cars revved outside Eat Chow restaurant Saturday morning as a group of Eric Doran's closest friends prepared for a ride down Pacific Coast Highway to commemorate Doran's passing. Doran, a Newport Beach resident and co-owner of Eat Chow in Costa Mesa, died in Thousand Oaks on May 27, 2011 when a truck rear-ended his classic Model A Roadster as Doran slowed for construction on the 101 Freeway at about 5:16 a.m. He died at the scene. Pelle Klein, Doran's friend, organized Saturday's event for the second year in a row. The group made the same cruise last year following Doran's passing.
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By Sarah Peters | May 19, 2012
When Kate Batstone came home from a service learning trip to Ecuador two years ago, she struggled to re-adapt to Orange County's culture of affluence. "It's really hard to come home when you're leaving behind so many problems," Batstone, 18, said. "You really want to stay. Orange County is so nice. There's unbelievable shopping and spending. I was so angry at the wastefulness. " Batstone, a student at the Jewish community day school Tarbut V'Torah in Irvine, is going on her second service learning trip with 23 other classmates next month.
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By Lauren Williams | May 17, 2012
Costa Mesa's former police chief, who left the department in 2011 amid concerns that he used city resources for personal travel to Arizona, is among five finalists to become police chief in Washington state. Chris Shawkey is applying to become the top cop in Des Moines, a suburb of about 29,000 located about 15 miles from Seattle. He resigned from the Costa Mesa Police Department in 2011, telling the Daily Pilot at the time that he "never shied away from the difficult issues" and was "proud of the job [he did in his]
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May 10, 2012
A pair of roommates who stole a check from a Newport Beach law firm were convicted and sentenced to three years of formal probation and 305 days in jail Thursday, authorities said. Alexa Antonella Polar, 35, and Robin Johzen Pabello, 34, lived together in Garden Grove in 2011 when they stole a $19,500 check and changed the amount to more than $285,000, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The women used the money to charter a private jet to fly them and several friends to New York, pay for five hotel rooms near Times Square, and go on a spending spree at Tiffany & Co. and Montblanc, prosecutors said.
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 22, 2012
For the Record: This story has been corrected to say Thursday's Fair Board vote was 6-1, not 7-1, and that board member Ali Jahangiri was also absent. In addition, it was board member Gerardo Mouet, not Jahangiri, who seconded Berardino's motion and who has toured the Have Trunk Will Travel facility.   After 25 years, elephant rides will no longer be offered to Orange County fairgoers, the Fair Board ruled Thursday during a packed, long and emotional meeting. With more than 120 people in attendance at the fairgrounds' administration building in Costa Mesa, the majority of whom provided public comment, the board voted 6-1 not to renew the contract for Have Trunk Will Travel Inc., a Perris-based elephant training company that has provided rides at the fairgrounds for more than two decades.
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February 3, 2012
Newport Beach residents don't have to travel far for the Los Angeles Times Travel Show's top-rated domestic destination. In fact, they don't have to travel at all. With more than 10 miles of beaches and a population of about 85,000, Newport was recognized as the Best Domestic Destination during the Jan. 27 to 29 travel show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "As residents, I think we often forget about how many wonderful things there are in this town," Mayor Nancy Gardner said.
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