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November 11, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
In a region dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the peninsula provides.
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November 8, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
When installing a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island - for a fee of roughly $1,000 per foot - one certainly hopes it will stand straight. The tree's arrival this week to the Newport Beach shopping center kicked off the preparations for an influx of holiday shoppers and the more than 10,000 people expected each night for the Disney-themed tree lighting ceremonies Nov. 15 and 16, the Daily Pilot reported . Over the coming weeks, 4,000...
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November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Jose sex crimes detective pleaded guilty to committing a sex crime and will serve at least six months in jail, prosecutors said Friday. Tony Fregger, 34, who has worked as a San Jose police officer since 2005, turned himself in last July after his computer was seized by authorities. The investigation into Fregger showed he had solicited and received explicit photos on Facebook from a girl he knew was a minor, according to the San Jose Mercury News . "Certainly as a police officer in the sex crimes unit, he knew what he was doing was illegal," said Santa Clara County prosecutor David Ezgar.
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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 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean. As customers strained to get a look, rescuers who rushed to the shoreline made a grim discovery. The object seen dropping from the sky Tuesday was actually the body of a man who had paid $310 for a tour of the Orange County coastline, only to tumble from the chopper's door, falling 500 feet to the water below.
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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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