Ex-NFL Linebacker Convicted In California Millionaire's Murder Loses Appeal

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Naposki: NFL player turned Newport Beach bar doorman turned convicted murderer
A California Court of Appeal this week rejected a four-prong effort by Eric Naposki, a former NFL linebacker with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, to overturn his July 2011 conviction for the 1994, ambush murder of an ultra-wealthy Newport Beach businessman in a financial gain plot.

An appellate lawyer working for Naposki told a three-justice appellate panel based in Santa Ana that there were four errors in the trial, including the government's 15-year delay in filing charges, faulty jury instructions, biased jury and improperly excluded evidence.

But Justice WIlliam Rylaarsdam's 18-page opinion backed by colleagues Raymond Ikola and David Thompson analyzed and then rejected each point, saying they found "no prejudicial error."

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Wesley Goldenhar, Huntington Beach Man, Dies While Surfing

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Surfers at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach resident Wesley Goldenhar, 46, died Thursday morning while surfing, according to the Orange County Coroner. He had been surfing approximately 100 yards south of lifeguard tower number 20 when he fell and hit his head, according to Surfline.

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UFC Hall of Famer Suggests "Boring MMA Fights" Are a Symptom of "Tito Ortiz Virus"

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No outward signs of a virus.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer says he is coming out of retirement to stop the spread "of the virus that's known as Tito Ortiz," something Stephan Bonnar claims is manifested by the Bad Boy of Huntington Beach's "boring fights for too many years."

S to the NAP, girlfriend. This is like Arnie Palmer calling out Jack Nicklaus!


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Family Says Danielle and Devin Scelsi Were Forced to Drink Booze, Request Privacy: Update

See the update at the end of this post with a statement from the Scelsi family.

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University of New Mexico (left); SoCal Developmental Soccer League
Danielle and Devin Scelsi played at Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 8:46 A.M.: Fraternal twins from Trabuco Canyon have withdrawn from the University of New Mexico after a women's soccer initiation ritual involving alcohol sent one of the freshmen to the hospital. Campus police were sent to a dormitory Sunday night after Danielle Scelsi reported her 18-year-old sister Devin was having trouble breathing and appeared to be vomiting.

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Irvine is No. 5 Best U.S. City for Soccer Moms and Dads; Which OC Cities Cracked the Top 20?

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Who do I listen to, my coach or my mom?

Irvine has been named the fifth best place in the country for soccer moms (and dads), which shouldn't surprise anyone who has had a kid on a club team from elsewhere in Orange County. Seems like they were always playing games in Irvine or against a team from there. A couple other OC cities cracked the Top 20 in the NerdWallet rankings; can you guess which ones?

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Skate Legend, San Clemente Resident Jay Adams Passes Away in Mexico

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Adams at the 2013 Skateboarding Hall of Fame Awards in Anaheim

Skateboarding legend and San Clemente resident Jay Adams passed away today from an apparent heart attack while surfing in Mexico, according to this manager.

He was 53.

Adams grew up in Venice and Santa Monica, where he began surfing at an early age and was eventually introduced to skateboarding by surfers who would frequent Jeff Ho Surf Shop and Zephyr Productions. a local surf shop. He joined the Zephyr Surf Team, which would eventually become a skateboarding team.

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Did HBPD Go Overboard in Enforcing the U.S. Open of Surfing?

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The only alcohol at the U.S. Open.

As previously reported in our 2014 U.S. Open of Surfing cover story, Huntington Beach significantly scaled back the event, barring music, alcohol, vendors and side activities while upping police manpower and enforcement--changes that reflect an overall attempt to clean up downtown. Now that the event is over, it's clear that the Huntington Beach Police Department took the effort to heart.


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Teen Allegedly Makes Threats Before U.S. Open of Surfing Begins; 45 78 Weekend Arrests

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 upping the number of arrests downtown during the U.S. Open of Surfing's opening weekend.

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Illustration by Luke McGarry; cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 28, 6:31 A.M.: It's unclear if a 16-year-old boy took our "Surf Bros Must Die" cover story literally, but Huntington Beach Police accuse him of making credible threats against the U.S. Open of Surfing via social media before a search of his home produced a handgun and a shotgun.

The alleged threats were posted Thursday, the kid was booked into juvie Friday night, the nine-day event opened Saturday morning and by Sunday night police had made more than 45 78 more arrests, mostly for booze-related offenses. [See update!]

But no riots. So far ...

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Former Superman vs. Former Superstud: Dean Cain and Matt Leinart Trade Barbs

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Dean Cain: from Superman to life on the D list?

Dean Cain, who played Superman on the ABC series Lois & Clark in the 1990s, told TMZ Sports that Johnny Manziel should be careful about running with the Hollywood crowd because he wouldn't want to end up out of the NFL like Matt Leinart. Guess who took the Twitter after that?

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Daniel Pohl Was Electrocuted While Working for Mission Viejo High School Football Booster

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post about who the late Daniel Pohl was working for at Mission Viejo High School. Update No. 1 identified Pohl as the deceased.

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A responder travels by bucket to investigate electrocution at Mission Viejo High School

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 9:44 A.M.: A man in his early 20s was electrocuted and a second was badly shocked during a construction accident at Mission Viejo High School Thursday afternoon.

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