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News | September 4, 2003
The class started out with 34 recruits -- upon graduation, there were only 20. "It takes a lot of effort, heart and help to complete this course," said Gary T. Knostman, graduate of Golden West College's Criminal Justice Training Center. "I couldn't have done it on my own." The 125th graduating class of Golden West College's Criminal Justice Training Center held its ceremonies in the larger and more spacious Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 25, 2010
Patrick Cottle does most of his work in a small shop in Norwalk, but he stays on call 24 hours a day. After all, he never knows when somebody is going to need a drum. Cottle, the owner of BoneYard Drums, has had bands call him at 10 p.m. en route to a gig, needing a small part for their drum kit. He’s had producers phone him at odd hours from the recording studio. Sometimes, drummers land at the airport and call him to provide an entire set for their upcoming show. For nearly three years, Cottle has made a living finding old and beat-up drums, outfitting them with new parts and selling them back to the music industry.
NEWS
By: Chris Yemma | July 26, 2005
His nickname could be "Aqua Lung." His slogan could be: Banker by day, world-class swimmer by night. He is Richard Saeger, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist who has recently delved, or dived, back into the pool, breaking records all over again. Saeger, 41, who regularly trains at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High school pools, is fresh off a world-record performance in the 100-meter freestyle in the 40-44 age division at the Mission Viejo Masters Meet July 3. An Irvine resident since 1999, Saeger got back into competitive swimming in 2000 after taking a 14-year hiatus to focus on his career -- banking, basically.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Cops aren't like regular people -- at least that's what most people seem to think. It seems that most people have a bad opinion of cops, or none at all. I have to admit that I haven't always had a very good opinion of them. That changed when I got into journalism. My first job at a newspaper put me in contact with police officers on a weekly basis and I learned a lot about them. They are just like everyone else. They have families, they have lives outside of the police department and the same things that bother us, bother them.
NEWS
October 31, 2002
Mike Sciacca Supernatural forces and spirits of the dead are certain to stumble around Downtown today and into the night as children and the not-so-young dress the part in celebration of Halloween. Most Halloween festivities, based on folk legend, tell of supernatural beings from the dark side: ghosts, witches, vampires and werewolves. All figure to be on the prowl tonight, some seeking candy, others simply trying to put up a fright. But every day, toward the east end of Main Street, where ghouls and goblins figure to roam sidewalks freely, a different kind of supernatural force can be found.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said. Damian Frierson Jr., 19, was pulled from the water by Huntington Beach city lifeguards and transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died at around 7:21 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner. Family members told authorities that Frierson was not a swimmer and might have gotten caught in the strong rip currents, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said. It took about 25 lifeguards - 15 from the city and additional units from Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach - about 47 minutes to locate Frierson, who was found submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Beuerlein said.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
A bicyclist from Costa Mesa died after she was struck by a vehicle in Huntington Beach, authorities said. Kathy Sieberhein, 44, succumbed to her injuries at 12:47 a.m. Thursday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Huntington Beach police responded to a report of an accident on Adams Avenue near Ranger Lane at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and found Sieberhein lying in the street and a red 2001 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck nearby, according to a statement from police.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 16, 2014
Huntington Beach city officials had a jarring glimpse last year of what their pension contributions would look like over the next seven years. They bit the bullet again at an April 7 study session, where they learned how much the city's contributions to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) will increase over three decades. Actuary John Bartel of Bartel Associates explained what it would take the city to pay off its unfunded liabilities - money not currently budgeted to pay toward pensions - by the 2044-45 fiscal year.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
The three nonprofit groups that oversee the Bolsa Chica wetlands and mesa recently banded together to educate the public about the area's natural resources. Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust hosted their annual Earth Day event Saturday at the reserve's interpretive center, where dozens of people learned about the area's history, animal life and vegetation as well as how to be more environmentally conscious. "The idea behind Earth Day is to get the whole community to have a better understanding of the world we live in, the natural resources, our connections to it, and what we do as individuals to live in it and protect it," said Grace Adams, executive director of the conservancy.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
A Huntington Beach man rescued his elderly neighbors from their burning house Monday after he heard noises indicative of a fire. Joey Falzon was able to help the older couple out of their home in the 6000 block of Crista Palma Lane at about 1:30 a.m. Monday before firefighters arrived, according to a Huntington Beach Fire Department statement. The male resident suffered from burns and was transported to UCI Medical Center. His wife escaped injury, according to fire Capt. Bob Culhane.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | April 15, 2014
It started in 2003, in St. Louis, after a man named Patrick Van Der Tuin saw a bicyclist fatally struck by a car. At the accident site, Van Der Tuin placed a bicycle painted white and a hand-painted sign that read "Cyclist Struck Here. " The tribute deeply affected many passersby, and so Van Der Tuin, along with several friends, placed 15 more white bicycles around St. Louis where cyclists had recently been struck by cars. Thus was born the concept of the "ghost bike. " Over the course of the next several years, similar efforts took place in various U.S. cities and in other countries.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 21, 2014
When Caterina Serato heard that children at the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim weren't being served dinner, she told her son to make them pasta. Huntington Beach resident Bruno Serato has continued to do so since the chef's concerned mother visited the club April 18, 2005. Last Friday, CNN was set to air a story on Bruno, who was awarded the CNN Hero's Award in 2011 for his work in Orange County, and his mission to feed underprivileged children around the United States. "I didn't want to stop, so I've done that every day since then," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 15, 2014
Climate change seems to be one of the hot topics (no pun intended) of our time. For the most part, the naysayers - faced with ample scientific works suggesting that climate change is having an effect on every ecosystem from the equator to the poles - are finally coming around. What aspects of this phenomenon are going to affect, or are currently affecting, our food? More importantly, what can we do about it? Many scientists are pessimistic, but others are working on finding solutions.
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