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Crab Cooker Torn Down

Crab Cooker Torn Down, photo by Robert J Tandler Jr

As we reported was about to happen, Yesterday morning at 8am, the Crab Cooker was torn down. The tear-down of the Crab Cooker began yesterday, a sad ending to a wonderfully historic restaurant in Newport.  Here are some videos of the teardown occurring:   By noon yesterday, the building was gone: Now, the building is completely gone, but separated from …

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Newport Reality TV Star and Girlfriend Potentially Accused of Drugging and Sexual Assault

Grant Robicheaux, a Bravo TV star orthopedic surgeon (38, of Newport), and his girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley (31 of Brea), were arrested September 12th on charges of “rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, and other crimes”, said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Apparently the first report happened on April 10 and stemmed from an …

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Killer Whales Spotted off Newport Beach

Killer Whale by Paul Hansen

Late last week for several days, killer whales were spotted in Newport Beach!  A pretty rare site here, these hunters seek another beloved animal as their main meals: dolphins. Despite their name, no killer whale has ever killed a human before in the wild (Sea World deaths by these animals in a caged setting are not counted) This pod was …

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What the Heck is Happening at our School Board?

I don’t usually get involved in our school board races and I try to stick to Newport Beach alone, but when blatant criminal activity is occurring, it’s time for someone to speak up. Basically, we have Karen Yelsey, who is currently on the school board.  She’s being challenged by newcomer Dr Gina Nick, who says she can do a better …

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What is Happening with the American Legion?

As the American Legion has shut down their Yacht Club, they have also taken the highly unusual step of sending out letters to the other yacht clubs in the area, notifying them that reciprocated memberships are hereby cancelled. Lots of questions abound: Why did this happen?  Who is to blame? While this site does not generally focus on private business …

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Rocket Launch with Glowing Smoke Trail– Third Time’s a Charm?

This Saturday morning at 5:46am, a Delta II rocket launch will be powering the NASA’s ICESat-2 spacecraft in orbit from the Vandenberg Airforce Base. The last two launches have faced delays and we didn’t get the amazing show that was promised from the pictures (like this one, featuring SpaceX’s satellite launch).  Computer models show that if the launch takes place …

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In Remembrance of the Fateful Tuesday, 17 Years Ago

On September 11th, may we remember all the lives lost on this day 17 years ago, also on a Tuesday.  The memory of that day seems so crystal clear in my mind that it is difficult for me to believe that it was truly so long ago. On that Tuesday, the attacks took between 8:46am and 10:28am eastern time (or 5:46am …

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Secret Summer Begins!

Well, we all know that the peninsula’s “Summer” ends every year on Labor Day, but even while the official season doesn’t end until September 22nd, we see all the seasonal changes already, from the parking lots to the beaches!  So if you survived the parking, the traffic, and the tourists jamming up your favorite establishments, those days are over this …

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Rescue Operation

UPDATE: *FANTASTIC NEWS* They found her alive. She was found on Linda Island working on another boat, unaware that the search efforts were for her. Today at around 1:30pm, a person was reported missing from the anchorage in between Bay, Lido, and Harbor islands.  This anchorage is a temporary anchorage and not a permanent mooring.  It is not yet known …

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Strange Bugbites? New Mosquito Types Invade Newport Beach

The buzz around town is that in the past month the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) confirmed 26 new Aedes Mosquito infestation locations, including inside Newport Beach.  Bites from these mosquitoes may look familiar to people who have spent time in the South, most often looking like “chigger” bites– but far more painful. These non-native and aggressive day-biting …

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