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  • Reader Report: Remembering a naval disaster

    Reader Report: Remembering a naval disaster

    It was mid-morning on Tuesday, July 19, 1960, and two 376-foot U.S. Navy destroyers, foghorns blaring, were groping their way through a dense fog bank five miles off the coast of Newport Beach. Both ships, the USS Ammen (DD-527), which was heading to San Diego from the Seal Beach Naval Weapons...

  • Mailbag: City Council isn't Congress; it's time to cooperate

    City Council isn't Congress; it's time to cooperate I have read, with interest, the recent commentaries from Mayor Diane Dixon, Councilman Keith Curry and Councilman Duffy Duffield, evidencing the animosity among Newport Beach City Council members. This is unfortunate and not in the best interests...

  • Mailbag: 'We were turned away because we were of Mexican ancestry'

    Mailbag: 'We were turned away because we were of Mexican ancestry'

    'We were turned away because we were of Mexican ancestry' What a great article ("Mendez vs. segregration," April 17). As children, my siblings and I had attended one of those segregated schools. Our parents bought a home in Garden Grove in the 1940s. We were moving from Huntington Beach. Our dad...

  • Commentary: Theme parks haven't changed much but my center of gravity has

    We're never too old to stop learning. About stuff, about life, about ourselves. If you've been to Disneyland recently, and you saw a prematurely old lady being hauled out of a boat from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride by two burley men and a forklift, that might have been me. It's been 20 years...

  • Commentary: Many celebrate, but few understand the meaning of Cinco de Mayo

    Today there is much confusion about Cinco de Mayo — the battle against the French in Mexico and their victory at Puebla on May 5, 1862, the Mexican War of Independence from Spain — where Independence was gained on Sept. 16, 1821, and the Mexican-American War, which was fought 1846-48. Following...

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  • Fitness Files: More consultation, fewer medical tests

    Fitness Files: More consultation, fewer medical tests

    Years ago, our parents hauled sick kids to the doctor, returning home with an antibiotic prescription. Now we know antibiotics, meant for bacterial infections, did nothing if it was a virus that brought us in. Still antibiotics were wellness magic for a certain generation, and maybe that perception...

  • Parkinson's disease a clawing, snarling brute in my life

    Parkinson's disease a clawing, snarling brute in my life

    Ten years ago this spring I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I'm resigned to the fact that this condition will be my traveling companion for the remainder of my life. Ultimately, it may take me down. But not today. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder with no known cure. It...

  • A Word, Please: There's correct, and then there's standard

    A Word, Please: There's correct, and then there's standard

    Is it canceled or cancelled? That's what a friend who contacted me recently through Facebook needed to know. It was 3:45 a.m. and she was finalizing a legal brief. I'm not sure what she meant by "finalizing." I don't even know if she's a lawyer. Such is the nature of friendship these days. All...

  • The Crowd: Culinary stars come together for two worthy nonprofits

    The Crowd: Culinary stars come together for two worthy nonprofits

    Two nonprofits, though not well-known to many in Orange County, took a giant leap forward recently as the beneficiaries of the annual fundraising effort of Table for 10, Orange County. Vocational Visions and the Teen Project, led by Joan McKinney and Lauri Burns, respectively, were overwhelmed...

  • Fitness Files: Osteoporosis? How is it possible?

    Fitness Files: Osteoporosis? How is it possible?

    "Fracture risk likely," says my bone-density lab report, diagnosing osteoporosis. At the gym, I bench-press 45 pounds right next to the 30-year-old with the bulging tattooed bicep. I glare at another muscle-bound idiot, texting and hogging the bench where I want to military press 35 pounds. I'm...

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