On average, 22 vets kill themselves every day in the U.S. On Jan. 18, one of them was my friend Chris
I've had a soft spot for Corona del Mar High School since the late, great newspaper adviser (and Newport-Mesa teacher union president) Linda Mook asked me to volunteer as a mentor for The Trident staff years and years ago. But it's become increasingly difficult to fly my CdM High freak flag given th ... More >>
Last year, Newport Harbor High School students were blasted for posting to Facebook photos of dead cats that had been dissected in science classes. Today, students at Corona del Mar High School, the cross-town rival of NHHS, are being blasted for posting on social media disturbing photos of a diffe ... More >>
Ron Martin, the drama teacher who was at the center of Corona del Mar High School's Rent controversy in late 2008/early 2009--and who had been on paid leave following battery allegations from a student in June--resigned over the summer, the school district disclosed. After having taught at CdM High ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the Newport-Mesa Unified School District confirming Ron Martin is on paid leave because of a report of battery involving a student.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 11, 1:10 P.M.: A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher has been on paid leave since Wednesday because ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on page 3 about a recently concluded press conference giving a complete overview of the latest events in Trabuco Canyon.See Update Nos. 3-6 on page 2 about the man being found alive, the search resuming for the woman, Kyndall Jack being found and airlifted out and how it all happene ... More >>
Former Corona del Mar High School teacher Mathew Macul Fahey pleaded guilty in Santa Ana recently to molesting two girls years ago.The 51-year-old, who also copped to possessing child pornography, could be ordered locked up for nearly 11 years at his looming sentencing hearing.
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 3:46 P.M.: The Orange County coroner's office has ruled Katherine Darmer's death a suicide. Questions remain as to why she would want to end her life. ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 21, 12:32 P.M.: Katherine Darmer, a Chapman law professor and a founding member of the Orange Cou ... More >>
One easy 'A', please. It's always astonishing what you can find on Amazon -- creepy books, helpful books, engagement rings, and, if you're a student at Corona del Mar High School, an A on your history exam. About 10 sophomores purchased test answers from the online marketplace, the Daily Pi ... More >>
The Reverend Fred Phelps' God-Hates-Faggetry that plays out outside military funerals, political conventions and Rent productions at Corona del Mar High School won U.S. Supreme Court protection this morning.Justices voted 8-1 to uphold an appeals-court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment ... More >>
Those who come down with the sniffles whenever there are wide temperature fluctuations hopefully stayed out of Southern California the past couple weeks. On Sept. 27, a record was set for the hottest recorded day in 133 years. By Oct. 5, chilly rain blanketed the region. No where had a more radi ... More >>
Peace Corp back in the dayGeorge Fryer is still pissed. Maybe you've seen the former Peace Corp frontman in his more recent, unperturbed project, the George Fryer Combo. He spends Sundays nursing others' hangovers at King Neptune's, or Saturday nights singing sweet love to trophy wives at places ... More >>
Photo by Matt Coker Karyl Ketchum and Mike Wiggins talk about the hell their 17-year-old daughter Hail endured at Corona del Mar High School last school year.Three varsity football players at Corona del Mar High School posted a video on the school's Facebook page in January in which they describe ... More >>
Photos by Professional Services Responder George Ridley Olszynski, Lewellyn, Palmer and Hutchens play hardball.This week's Weekly round-up of local police calls is illustrated with a photo of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Anaheim Police Sgt. Greg Palmer, who is president of the Anaheim Pol ... More >>
Photos by Bleu Cotton The scene at Fashion Island.The 10th Newport Beach Film Festival opened Thursday night at Edwards "Big Newport" with "celebrity" arrivals, flashing cameras and my exclusive red-carpet interview with Oscar-nominated film composer Marc Shaiman of Hairspray! and South Park: ... More >>
Corona Del Mar High School officials' initial decision to cancel the student production of Rent and their subsequent failure to address a growing atmosphere of intolerance at the school created "a breeding ground for homophobic attitudes" that is bringing the Rev. Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags" group ... More >>
It'd be great if there was some great reporting assignment in a far-off jungle with an unreliable wireless connection that caused IaQR from appearing yesterday. The truth is, the author forgot to write it. And, judging by the avalanche of response from disappointed readers--an avalanche that surely ... More >>
Longtime Orange County Register theater critic Paul Hodgins is a good guy, great critic, and someone whom was once on the same panel with me judging a dog show. Yesterday, he wrote a blog post about how Westboro Baptist Church (they of "God Hates Fags" infamy) plans to protest outside Corona del Mar ... More >>
Courtesy of Plug Ugly FilmsStraight from the horse's mouth with Michael Slàdek.Though Norma Desmond only lived at the cineplex (and now Netflix), she famously said, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." Filmmaker and one-time Newport Beach resident Michael Slàdek is not yet big, but he is ... More >>
MOVING UP AND UPDATING WITH DISTRICT REACTION, MORE BACKGROUND.Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials say they were attempting to resolve a complaint stemming from the staging, cancellation and re-staging of the musical Rent at Corona del Mar High School when they learned today the American ... More >>
Orange County Register: Classes sizes will balloon, up to 254 teachers will lose their jobs and frogs will rain down from the sky if Capistrano Unified School District goes through with plans to slash $25 million from its budget. But deputy superintendent Ron Lebs seems more intereste ... More >>
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Irvine Mayor Beth Krom just might be unmade in Taiwain. As reported in OC Register's blog and print edition, as well as The Blotter, Irvine recently set up a sister-city in China, after agreeing to ignore Taiwanese sovereignity. They can't partake in Taiwanese National Day celebrations and civic lea ... More >>
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