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By Britney Barnes and Michael Miller, ; | January 19, 2011
Two glasses of water were overshadowed by four baskets filled with identical "skyscraper" pastrami sandwiches — exactly 12 ounces of meat straddled by rye bread and weighed for accuracy — that were the center of the eating competition Friday at Tommy Pastrami New York Delicatessen. Preparing himself to devour two sandwiches as quickly as he could, Daniel Fraley, 27, immediately took the crust off the rye bread and stuffed it into a small container of au jus. He and his competitor, Chris Staggs, 26, topped the enormous sandwiches with mustard and soaked it all in the au jus. Then they ate. The two stuffed pastrami and soggy rye bread into their mouths, using two hands, as friends, employees and customers cheered them on and shouted advice.
By Michael Miller, | December 29, 2010
In the coming months, KOCE-TV will move to Costa Mesa, change its name and become the new full-service PBS station for most of Southern California. And that means finding a new home for the cat. The station, which has operated at Golden West College since 1972, adopted a feline two years ago when rats began invading its studio. The cat, named Koce (pronounced "COH-see"), took care of the rat problem quickly but still lives there full time, in part because the crew got attached to her. "Now she's a part of the family," said news director Mike Taylor.
By Joseph Serna, | December 1, 2010
With a drunk driving conviction already on his record, Jeffrey David Kirby of Costa Mesa chose to drink and drive again in March 2009, a decision that contributed to the death of a mixed martial arts icon, prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday. Kirby, 53, is accused of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after getting into a collision with Charles "Mask" Lewis of Huntington Beach on March 11, 2009, in Newport Beach. Lewis founded the TapouT clothing brand, which is popular in the world of mixed martial arts.
By Michael Miller, | December 1, 2010
COSTA MESA — KOCE-TV, the Orange County's PBS station that has operated for nearly four decades at Golden West College, will move its facilities to Costa Mesa in the coming months, President and Chief Executive Mel Rogers announced Wednesday. The station plans to move its offices to a building at 3080 Bristol St., near South Coast Plaza, on Dec. 30, Rogers said. The announcement came shortly after PBS declared that KOCE will replace Los Angeles-based KCET on Jan. 1 as the new full-service public station for Southern California.
October 16, 2010
Brent Bazzell scored in sudden-death overtime to lift the Edison High boys' water polo team to a 10-9 win over Fountain Valley and the championship of the inaugural Newport Rib Co. Classic at Costa Mesa High's new pool Saturday. Bazzell scored five goals. His game-winning goal came with some controversy, said Costa Mesa Coach Justin Taylor. It was hard to tell if the goal went in, he said. Bazzell's shot, from about five meters out, hit off the left bar, bounced off the right bar and apparently floated just inside the cage.
By Greer Wylder | July 28, 2010
Autism Care and Treatment Today! will launch a national campaign Saturday to benefit military families with autistic children. Hosted in a Newport Beach home at 2006 Marlin Way, the nonprofit is hosting a food and wine tasting for "ACT Today! For Military Families." Concerned that health insurance for the military covers only a fraction of the research-suggested intensive therapy needed for autistic children, the campaign hopes to bridge the gap for military families until the policy can be addressed.
July 22, 2010
The Costa Mesa-based restaurant chain Beach Pit BBQ has taken over a downtown Huntington Beach barbecue joint. Beach Pit BBQ has acquired Smokin' Mo's BBQ, 301 Main St., and opened Tuesday. The new restaurant will offer its signature all-you-can-eat ribs Wednesday nights, wine night Thursdays and Philly cheese steak Fridays, and kids will eat for free Tuesdays. The Beach Pit, which started in Costa Mesa, has expanded to Tustin and Old Towne Orange. It is expected to open locations in Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.
By Joseph Serna | June 16, 2010
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Daniel Wozniak, the Costa Mesa man accused of killing and beheading his neighbor then killing a friend of the neighbor to cover up the first crime, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Thursday. The Wozniak case marks the first this year in which the county's top prosecutor and his team are seeking the death penalty. It is the second murder case in Costa Mesa in 2010. "Some murders are committed with such a depraved heart and in such a callous manner that the only punishment that fits the crime is the death penalty," Rackauckas said at a news conference in Santa Ana. On Thursday morning, Rackauckas and his office's Special Circumstances Committee decided that the details behind the slaying of Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23 — both Orange Coast College students — warranted death for their suspected killer.
By Joseph Serna and Michael Miller | June 10, 2010
Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley's representatives had a mixed showing in Tuesday's primaries, with one winning easily and two others having varied success in seeking higher office. Meanwhile, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor appeared poised to run in November for the seat soon to be vacated by Assemblyman Van Tran, whose district includes Fountain Valley. Even though all precincts had reported by Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the Orange County Registrar of Voters said the results were still unofficial and could take up to 28 days to certify.
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