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By John Depko and Susanne Perez | July 3, 2013
Director Roland Emmerich is the master of action movies high in calories but low in nutritional value. "Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012" are among his previous credits. Great production values and cinematography are utilized only to present a mindless demolition derby of mayhem and wanton destruction. "White House Down" is no exception to his repetitive formula. It's also a virtual retread plot from March's "Olympus Has Fallen. " In both films the White House is taken over by terrorists, and a lone government agent is thrust into the role of superhero savior of the nation.
NEWS
March 6, 2004
USC senior and former Newport Harbor High standout April Ross, who earned national Player of the Year honors after leading the Trojans to the NCAA women's volleyball championship, will be honored by President George W. Bush on March 23 at the White House. The ceremony, part of the White House's 2003 NCAA Fall Sports Champions Day, will also include USC football. The USC football team includes a trio of walk-ons who starred at Back Bay high schools.
NEWS
February 19, 2001
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- Just in time for Presidents Day, history came alive at three schools as some of the White House greats walked again. Last week, Students at Our Lady Queen of Angels School clamored to speak with George Washington when he put in an appearance at their campus. "Did you chop down the cherry tree? Was that you?" asked Christy Roberts, 13. In his guise as the nation's first president, Hal Pisors of Newport Beach visited first Eastbluff Elementary School, then St. Marks Preschool, and finally he met up with two other patriots at Our Lady Queen of Angels.
NEWS
January 28, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- While many presidential hopefuls are pushing each other for camera time in the blustery New Hampshire cold, Republican candidate Joe Schriner played with his family in sunny Balearic Park. "Who do you think the sane candidate is?" asked Schriner, 44, who wore two days of stubble and a flannel shirt with rolled-up sleeves. "Average Joe" Schriner and his staff -- wife Liz, feisty daughter Sarah, 4, and sleepy son, Joseph, 2 -- have traveled the country since April, when he declared he would seek the Republican Party's nomination for presidential candidate at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 28, 2005
Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit committed to serving the impoverished and working poor populations in Orange County, announced Tuesday it has teamed up with the White House to become a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The national program recognizes Americans who demonstrate commitment to volunteer work and was created by President Bush to honor individuals, families and groups who meet the requirements. As a certifying organization, Share Our Selves will be responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award.
SPORTS
June 26, 2008
This time there was no need for sightseeing in Washington D.C. For Brittany Fullen, she had been there done that. This time, she and her teammates relaxed. No itinerary per se, just be at the White House at noon. That’s where Fullen, the Corona del Mar High product, and the rest of the players from the UCLA women’s water polo team were honored Tuesday for winning an NCAA championship, along with 19 other teams. Anne Belden, a former Newport Harbor standout who will be a senior for the Bruins, and UCLA assistant Sam Bailey, a former Corona del Mar coach, were also recognized.
FEATURES
December 25, 2009
If President Obama is a Christian as he claims to be, he should decorate his home with a Christian theme, if for no other reason than to educate his daughters about the true meaning of Christmas: God, in his love for humanity, coming to us as a child, making himself dependent and weak, in need of our love, so that rather than fearing him, we would love him. Interestingly, the New York Times recently reported that the Obamas were strongly considering not...
LOCAL
July 21, 2008
Next month in Beijing, China, Misty May-Treanor hopes to experience the thrill of winning her second straight Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball. But, on Monday, the Newport Harbor High product got a different kind of thrill. She and partner Kerri Walsh met with President George W. Bush, as they were among the attendees at a USA Olympic ceremony at the White House. May-Treanor, 31, and Walsh also defeated fellow Sailors alumna April Ross and partner Jen Boss, 21-14, 21-15, in the final of the Assn.
FEATURES
By Paul Anderson | July 14, 2008
When Edith Sandoval and Tony Figueroa heard Barack Obama planned to be at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Sunday, they knew they had to be there. Problem was it cost a lot of money to meet the Democratic presidential contender. If you wanted to shake his hand and get a picture taken with him, it would cost you $28,500. If you just wanted to hear one of his stump speeches in person and see the man, that would cost $2,300. Why the difference? Because the maximum an individual can give a presidential contender is $2,300 in the general election.
FEATURES
By RON VANDERHOFF | March 27, 2009
Let’s be sure — this is a gardening column, not a political column. But, whatever your politics, gardeners across the country are celebrating last Friday’s groundbreaking of an organic vegetable garden at the White House. On the first day of spring, First Lady Michelle Obama put her shovel into the ground and removed a small piece of lawn. The White House vegetable garden was begun. With the help of about 25 fifth-graders from a local elementary school, a portion of the south lawn of the White House was removed.
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SPORTS
March 7, 2014
Kaleigh Gilchrist, a former Newport Harbor High standout, is definitely excited to visit the White House with the rest of her USC women's water polo teammates on Monday and she has made special plans for the event. She posted Friday as her status on Facebook: "Flying to the White House to meet President Obama on Sunday! Goal for the trip is to get a selfie of us throwing up shakas together. " Fans and friends can check out to see if Gilchrist does get that coveted selfie with the President showing the Hawaiian sign most know as the "hang loose" gesture.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | August 20, 2013
When I saw the original "Kick-Ass" in 2010, I called it a disturbing new movie category. It starts as a sarcastic look at the whole superhero genre. But it clearly targeted younger teens with a strange mix of cute, profane and truly violent parts. Amplify the worst R-rated aspects of that description, add lots of juvenile stupidity and you have the weird sequel that is "Kick-Ass 2. " Geeky teenagers and psycho adults continue to don silly costumes. They join ranks with other wannabe heroes or villains to act out their childish fantasies of domination.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | July 3, 2013
Director Roland Emmerich is the master of action movies high in calories but low in nutritional value. "Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow" and "2012" are among his previous credits. Great production values and cinematography are utilized only to present a mindless demolition derby of mayhem and wanton destruction. "White House Down" is no exception to his repetitive formula. It's also a virtual retread plot from March's "Olympus Has Fallen. " In both films the White House is taken over by terrorists, and a lone government agent is thrust into the role of superhero savior of the nation.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | October 9, 2012
What started as a simple demonstration in Lake Arrowhead for abused children has turned into a decade of helping many more children for one Costa Mesa man. Bob White is among a group heading to Chile this week to demonstrate Kenpo karate and donate the first installment of $10,000 to start a camp for Royal Family Kids, which helps children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Cox Communications named Santa Ana-based RFK its top nonprofit in 2011, and White has been assisting the group for nearly a decade.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 31, 2012
Last month, Juninho of the Los Angeles Galaxy spent a day at the White House to honor the team for winning the Major League Soccer championship. Juinho was in a different type of house Thursday night and he filled the house with fans waiting to meet him. The Galaxy player visited Macy's South Coast Plaza men's store in a meet-and-greet with fans. He signed soccer balls, T-shirts and towels. He posed with fans for photos. Nearby the MLS Cup stood for viewing and picture taking. Most fans wanted to take their picture with the soccer champ.
FEATURES
December 25, 2009
If President Obama is a Christian as he claims to be, he should decorate his home with a Christian theme, if for no other reason than to educate his daughters about the true meaning of Christmas: God, in his love for humanity, coming to us as a child, making himself dependent and weak, in need of our love, so that rather than fearing him, we would love him. Interestingly, the New York Times recently reported that the Obamas were strongly considering not...
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | September 7, 2009
My dislike of the style and substance of the Obama administration is no secret. I wrote long before he was elected that his inexperience would hurt the country, and it has. One need look no further than the administration’s rookie attempt to reform health care. Apparently the folks in the White House really believed that an industry valued at nearly $3 trillion was going to give up profits or market share because “it’s the right thing to do.” Then he was caught riding a bike with his kids without wearing a helmet, one of those “do as I say, not as I do” moments that kids like to call us on. There’s another thing: I want my president to be presidential.
SPORTS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | August 11, 2009
Tennis immortal Billie Jean King Billie Jean King will be among the 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom today at the White House. It is so deserved. This year’s recipients were selected as “agents of change.” Billie not only changed tennis, she changed the way women think of themselves and are treated in the workplace, in education and in politics — at least in this country. Maybe it isn’t perfect, but it is a hell of lot better because of her. I first met Billie more than 40 years ago. She was a force to be reckoned with then and she still is. One of my favorite memories of her was the night before a singles final at Wimbledon.
NEWS
August 5, 2009
President Obama blundered his way into the situation by commenting on an incident he admitted he didn’t know all the facts about. That’s not a good way for a president to decide how to spend his limited time. This was an unfortunate distraction at a time when there were other more pressing issues, like health-care negotiations, that needed his personal attention. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) [Did not respond.] Rep. John Campbell
LOCAL
By Paul Anderson | April 2, 2009
A tour of the RVCA (often pronounced “RUCA,” which sounds like “Rooka,” to reflect the brand’s balance of yin and yang, or opposites) clothing company offices on the Westside makes you feel like you’re eavesdropping on a warehouse for an artists colony. But you know what’s even cooler? PM Tenore, RVCA’s chief executive and founder, recently visited with President Obama as part of the White House’s rollout of its plan to revitalize small businesses.
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