2014 Rotator Archive Stories

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  • O.C.'s 'Amazing Race' couple talk dating, how the show starts, but not how it ends BY PETER LARSEN
    Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour focused hard on the goal. Three times they’d auditioned for “The Amazing Race,” their favorite show since they were students at Chapman University, back when they were just good friends, not yet a romantic couple. Twice they’d gotten nowhere but earlier this year, as the
    Tue Sep 30, 2014
  • Demi Lovato focuses on the future BY PHILIP COSORES
    It’s been said before, but there isn’t anything Hollywood likes better than a comeback story. And Demi Lovato had all the opportunity to milk that angle for all it was worth with her headline set at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Instead, Lovato used one of her addresses to the audience, which filled the lower tier of
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Canines carve the waves at Surf City Curf Dog competition
    The sport of dog surfing is riding high. The sixth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach on Sunday was the most popular in its young history – attracting approximately 2,500 people, raising an early estimate of more that $6,000 for its nonprofit partners and throwing about 65 dogs into the ocean to vie for the t
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' tops weekend box office By JAKE COYLE
    Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disa
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “Castle” 10 p.m. ABC Spoiler alert: Richard Castle isn’t dead. I hope it doesn’t ruin the resolution of last season’s cliffhanger to learn that the lead character, whom the show is named after, no less, did not die in that fiery car crash. That’s a big problem with
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Sport, sentiment converge at Race for the Cure BY MARCIA C. SMITH
    NEWPORT BEACH – Before many of them ran or walked in the 23rd Orange County Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday morning, they made their lists. The lists were on hot pink sheet paper – the same size as a racer’s bib – and headed with “I race in celebration of” or “I race in memory of.&rdqu
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Corky Carroll: Ready to race? Let the Battle of the Paddle begin BY CORKY CARROLL
    I am so happy to be telling you all that it is time for the annual Rainbow Sandals’ “Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle.” It will be held Oct. 4 and 5 at Salt Creek Beach, just north of Dana Point. This is one of my very favorite events anywhere, and I am looking forward to being there again this year as a guest announcer
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Tip 'em or stiff 'em? Our guide on how much to give BY DEEPA BHARATH
    Mike De Pinto, a longtime car wash employee in Newport Beach, has seen it all when it comes to tipping. There’s the customer who does the right thing and hands at least $2 to the car wash attendant. There are those who offer 25 cents or 50 cents, “an insult,” according to De Pinto. And then, there are those who tell
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Could Angels move to Tustin? Anaheim talks with team break down BY ART MARROQUIN and MARTIN WISCKOL
    ANAHEIM – After more than a year of contentious bargaining, the Angels on Friday terminated negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new stadium lease. Angel officials said that they are now “exploring all options,” and the Tustin City Council will hold a special closed-door meeting Tuesday night solely to discu
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Miller: Ladera Ranch's Cole Custer a new NASCAR star at age 16 BY JEFF MILLER
    He had just won the biggest race of his life and made history doing so, a development so profound even the royalty of his sport was moved to react. Believe me, it’s a huge deal for a fellow driver when Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives you a shout out on Twitter, huge and far-reaching; Earnhardt Jr. has more than three-quarters of a mil
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Rescue pup goes from streets to Surf City surfing dog competition BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Ryan Rustan looks for just the right wave, as the water on the north side of Huntington Beach sloshes around with strong currents and whitewash. The perfect one comes and he propels Sugar, his sweet little white dog, toward the shore. She drops in, claws clinging onto her 5-foot bright green shortboard soft top, flying down the face
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • They're back: Disneyland's subs resurface BY REBECCA KHEEL
    ANAHEIM – Richard Nixon, then vice president of the United States, was on hand for the fleet’s initial launch. Walt Disney wanted to show off his fleet to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who had a fleet of his own, but security concerns tripped that up. Just last year, rumors circulated that the fleet was go
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • New cats on the prowl: Sculptor talks about Chapman's panther statues BY ETHAN HAWKES • staff writer
    The six panther statues around Chapman’s campus depict the school’s mascot with a stylized and yet realistic look. The bronze statues were created by the one-named, Colorado wildlife sculptor Rosetta. Rosetta was contacted by President James Doti in 1994 when the university needed a piece of art during a time of heavy landsca
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Critic's Notebook: Good news, bad news at Ruby's Dinette BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    Here’s a cautionary tale about two Ruby’s Dinettes. I stopped eating at Ruby’s several years ago after being severely disappointed with the burgers at a couple of locations. But a colleague recently told me that the newly revamped Ruby’s on 17th Street in Costa Mesa was actually quite good, so I ventured back in.
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Focus: The Queen Mary
    Eighty years ago today, the RMS Queen Mary – which would become known as one of the world’s fastest passenger liners – was launched in Clydebank, Scotland. See Focus on the Queen Mary.
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • O.C. treasures: We've got sand and surf at our state parks BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Patricia Villagomez sits on a bluff at the Moro Campground at Crystal Cove State Park, looking out at the crisp blue ocean and cars whizzing past on Coast Highway. It wasn’t easy to sleep the night before, with waves crashing so close. The Fullerton camper couldn’t take her eyes off the moonlight on the ocean, or the stars br
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • 'Devil's Knot' makes a bungled case BY NEELY SWANSON
    “Devil’s Knot” is a misguided attempt to tell the story of the West Memphis Three, something that was told infinitely better in the brilliant documentary “West of Memphis” by Amy Berg. That her name should even be mentioned in the same paragraph with that of Atom Egoyan, the director of “Devil’s Knot&rdq
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • 'Moms' Night Out' is a reason to stay in BY ANN HORNADAY
    A few minutes into “Moms’ Night Out,” its aim becomes clear: to be a wholesome, earnest alternative to such crude sisterhood comedies as “Bridesmaids” and “The Other Woman,” as well as an antic portrait of modern families to rival, well, “Modern Family.” But this strained, clunkily or
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Director Gia Coppola comes of age with 'Palo Alto' By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Gia Coppola, the writer- director of “Palo Alto” (based on James Franco’s short story collection), has a talent for evoking multiple possibilities – a great gift to have when you’re depicting adolescence. This movie about teenagers bumbling through intense friendships, casual sex and possible love in upscale
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Does 'Now' pull back too much curtain? BY MICK LASALLE
    “Now: In the Wings on a World Stage” documents the development and subsequent world tour of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” as directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey. As a documentary, it is very much what it set out to be – a celebration bordering on propaganda. Yet enough slips through to keep it inte
    Fri May 09, 2014
  • Spoof surf contest draws goofy riders By FRED SWEGLES
    A day after the surfing world saluted Greg Long for Ride of the Year at the 2014 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, he slipped into a long white dress, a wig and a self-effacing smile to play bachelorette on a few waves at his local beach. It was part of a spoof on surf contests that San Clemente’s Dowell family hosts every year in mem
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Dana Point Harbor plan up for review Monday BY TAYLOR HILL
    Plans to demolish and reconstruct much of Dana Point Harbor’s “commercial core” will be reviewed by the city Planning Commission at a hearing Monday. The commission meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. If approved, a coastal development permit would allow c
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • San Clemente paddler Emmy Merrill wins gold at world championships By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    San Clemente’s Emmy Merrill missed last year’s world stand-up paddle championships because of school. But she was back this year, looking to reclaim the women’s title she won two years ago. Merrill, who captured gold at the International Surfing Association World Stand-Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, aga
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Fed Up' doesn't sugarcoat its message about our food BY MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Advocacy documentaries as artless and pile-driving as “Fed Up” are usually hard to swallow, but Stephanie Soechtig’s attack on Big Food for sweetening us to death goes down like a tart, stiff drink. It says that American food giants hijacked the health establishment’s war on fatty foods to cover for their woefully unhealt
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • 'Chef' too sweet to swallow By MICHAEL SRAGOW
    Writer-director–star Jon Favreau, who wrote the script for “Swingers” and directed “Iron Man,” returns to indies with this excessively ingratiating foodie/family movie. He plays Los Angeles chef Carl Casper, who regains his edge when a critic (Oliver Platt) pans his gilded-cage restaurant, where he’s paid well
    Thu May 08, 2014