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November 6, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
Both local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday were investigating the death of a man who fell from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. The Orange County coroner's office reported that the man “jumped from a helicopter in-flight. " Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet into the ocean. McFadden had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
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November 4, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The public relations director of Newport Beach's tourism bureau was fired Monday after sending out a tweet encouraging travelers to come to the beach city and escape the “chaos” of the fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The tweet was sent out on the bureau's Twitter account hours after a shooter opened fire at the airport, killing a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounding several others. A short time after it was posted, the tweet was deleted and a subsequent tweet apologized for the message and paid “respects to the victim's family.” “Was focused on closure and hearing reports of ppl stuck,” it read.
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November 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Those pressed to defend John Wayne's legacy in Newport Beach are quick to point to the evidence that his name still stands strong in the seaside town: He's buried here, his old boat still bobs in the water, and the county airport is named in his memory. But Wayne's burial place remained unmarked for nearly 20 years. His boat has been sold off. And the airport has been a source of annoyance to his old neighbors for decades. Now another, smaller piece of Wayne's legacy is being erased in the city where he once lived and partied.
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October 28, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Another piece of John Wayne's legacy is being erased in the seaside town where he once lived and partied. Duke's Place, a Balboa Bay Club lounge known for its strong drinks and pub-style fare, is shedding the actor's name . When the tavern opened, long after Wayne's death, it was seen as an ode to the actor, its walls decorated with his image, its martinis strong, as he would have preferred. Wayne was a regular at the members-only club in Newport Beach and lived nearby in a mansion that overlooked the harbor, where he anchored his 130-foot boat, a former mine sweeper he christened the Wild Goose.
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October 27, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Emily Foxhall and Joe Mozingo
The denizens of the Wedge live to flirt with catastrophe. They are a subculture within a California subculture. A normal surfer cruising down the coast during a big south swell doesn't say to his friends, "Hey, let's check out the Wedge. " But the ones who do go there - including a cadre of kneeboarders who are generally viewed as insane - check nowhere else. Now a fight has intensified over who gets to spend the most time being pummeled by the venerable summer monster. The Wedge is actually a man-made phenomenon, created by two waves coming together.
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October 23, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Board surfers want more time allotted to riding the storied waves off Newport Beach. That was one of several messages delivered to officials at a meeting Monday in Newport Beach, where rules have long put time limits on board surfers versus bodysurfers riding waves at the Wedge off Newport Beach. A spot at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, where the west harbor jetty extends from shore, the Wedge has set the stage for world-famous waves that can create  massive walls of water reaching heights of 20 to 30 feet - a dream for surfers - that break close to the shore.
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October 20, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
An old surfing battle is resurfacing in Newport Beach. A city panel, the Blackball Working Group, will take the first step toward a possible review of surfing regulations at a public meeting Monday night. This has set off murmurings among surfers over one particular place: the Wedge. A storied spot at the end of the Balboa Peninsula, where the west harbor jetty extends from shore, the Wedge has set the stage for world-famous waves that have brought thrills to generations of surfers and spectators.
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October 14, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
A man suspected of killing a woman and dumping her body in Newport Beach after shooting another woman in the face has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Irvin Tellez, 25, of Garden Grove faces one felony count of murder for allegedly shooting 28-year-old Nancy Hammour of Santa Ana twice in the face, killing her, and then leaving her body under the Newport Bay Bridge on Labor Day. Prosecutors also charged Tellez with one felony count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting another woman in the face earlier that same night.
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October 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit. In his suit, Zachary McEligot alleged that the Island Hotel in Newport Center would give officers freebies worth thousands of dollars in exchange for easing the license process for massage therapists and turning a blind eye to parking violations.
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