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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
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.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 9, 2014
Three Sunset League players, seniors Paola Roa and Stephanie Louie of Huntington Beach, and senior Danielle Kennedy of Marina, have been selected to play in the Orange County North-South All-Star girls' basketball game. Roa and Louie will play for the South, and Kennedy for the North, when the teams tip Saturday at 5 p.m. at Concordia University. The North-South boys' All-Star game follows at 7:30 p.m. The North-South 12th-Grade All-Star Games, now in its 49th year, is sponsored by the Orange Coast Optimist Club Richard Yoon, head coach at Rosary, will coach the North.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Epting | August 6, 2012
"A cement-covered marshmallow. " That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging. On Goldenwest Street right near the 405 Freeway is Illusion Motorsports, the world this couple (along with Rusty's business partner, Rodrigo Requejo) has been building for more than a decade. They call it "the premier motorcycle customizing shop of Orange County," and after a tour, it's obvious why. Though they'll do tune-ups and other bike maintenance here, it's the design and building that they're primarily focused on. Several dozen bikes in various stages of creation and design are on display, including one $80,000 beauty that Rusty is customizing for a local businessman.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 8, 2014
The executive producer of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach stuck to his word and presented to city officials last week a plan for a considerably smaller event this summer. The July surfing competition would do away with the live-music stage, significantly limit the number of vendors and disallow alcohol in the VIP areas, said James Leitz, IMG Action Sports vice president and executive producer. During a meeting April 3 of the city's Specific Events Committee, its members — from various departments including police, fire, business development, public works and community services — provided suggestions for how to make this summer's surfing competition tamer than last year's.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | April 9, 2014
It's hard to imagine a more depressing setting for a play than a "retirement" home in Idaho that is about to be closed down and where its inhabitants are just marking time in their waning lives while waiting for the blizzard to diminish. Yet the playwright, Samuel D. Hunter, and his director, Martin Benson - who teamed on the riveting, offbeat drama "The Whale" last season - have combined to spin this apparent dramatic straw into theatrical gold with "Rest," now taking the stage in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory.
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