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December 31, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH From being near to death to being new mother On Christmas Eve, Amanda Edwards gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This wasn't the only blessing bestowed on Amanda during her life.   In May 1997, Amanda was seriously injured in a car accident that left one of her friends dead when the Chevy Blazer she was in flipped on a curve on Irvine Avenue. Amanda, whose last name was Arthur before her marriage, was in a coma for over four months. After waking up, Amanda struggled to recover.
By Alicia Robinson | December 28, 2006
When word of an earthquake and a tsunami warning spread through Newport Beach on June 14, 2005, the city Police Department received more than 600 calls, and people trying to leave the Balboa Peninsula caused a two-hour traffic jam. City officials don't want that to happen again, so they've updated their disaster plans, posted new warning signs, and taken other steps that will culminate in the city's official recognition on Jan. 9 as "tsunami-ready" by...
By Lauren Vane | May 5, 2006
Government officials gathered at the Newport Police Department on Thursday to test the city's first tsunami-preparedness plan. The plan was prompted in part by a June 2005 tsunami warning that left many residents wondering what to do if a giant swell were actually headed for Newport Beach. "We have to be tsunami-ready because we are a coastal city, and even though the chance of occurrence is low, the impact is high," said Katie Freeman, emergency services coordinator for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
By Dan Beighley | April 23, 2006
A new film from young Orange County surf star Timmy Turner will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, but not as part of the festival's action-sports series. Turner's film, co-directed with Kristian McCue, has less to do with surfing and more to do with good works. "Tsunami Diaries" documents a trip to Indonesia to give aid to villagers whose homes were destroyed by 2004's massive tsunami there. The "Tsunami Diaries" tells the story of Turner and his friend as they head to Indonesia on a relief mission six days after a tsunami devastated the country.
By By Andrew Edwards | December 13, 2005
City's south-facing shoreline makes it less vulnerable to a deadly surge.Although California's coastline faces a "significant threat to life and property" in the event of a tsunami, according to a study released Monday, Newport Beach appears to be in better shape than most of the state's coastal areas. The city's geography reduces its risk from tsunamis that originate from the north, and Newport's emergency response plan includes a plan to respond to a tsunami. The study, prompted by the disastrous Indonesian tsunami last December, found that 1 million Californians live in coastal areas that are vulnerable to tsunamis.
By: Elia Powers | August 6, 2005
The news crews, civilian volunteers and aid workers have slowly departed from the devastated areas of Southeast Asia, where throngs of people continue to live without means after December's tsunami. Michael Simonoff and Phillip Bailey have returned from their trips, as well. But the two college friends said they are determined to stay active in relief work at a time when disaster victims need them the most. "There are so many people still without housing," said Simonoff, 21, a Costa Mesa High School graduate.
July 2, 2005
STEVE SMITH The loudest fireworks you'll hear this three-day weekend won't be from the safe-and-sane version that happy residents of Costa Mesa will be exploding on Monday. The noise will be from residents all over the Southland who are outraged at the disappearance of dunes along a stretch of West Newport Beach. In case you missed it: In April, someone or some people (I suspect the latter) are suspected of secretly hiring people and equipment to flatten the dunes in West Newport Beach to improve the view of the ocean from the ground floor of their expensive beachfront homes.
June 30, 2005
AT ISSUE: Was this month's tsunami warning in Newport Beach effective? I do not think people need to worry about the Eureka fault. They should worry more about the Catalina fault. In the case of evacuation, I think that Balboa Boulevard should be made into a one-way street so that everyone can get off the peninsula quickly. I think the police did a wonderful job of warning residents. JOSEPH CLEARY Balboa Peninsula No, it was not effective.
June 29, 2005
Michael Miller Children in Phuket, Thailand, are not a world apart from those in Corona del Mar. They live by the ocean in areas popular among tourists. They, on occasion, enjoy water fights with their friends -- although in a Buddhist country, such as Thailand, getting wet is a symbol of spiritual cleansing as much as a way of beating the weather. After the tsunami in December, however, the two cities had a significant difference: One had just been leveled by tragedy, and the other was eager to give.
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