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Six O.C. residents summit Mount Everest

May 25, 2010 |  4:30 pm

The Orange County Register is tracking seven local residents who are attempting to summit Mt. Everest, the world's highest mountain.

The climbers include Costa Mesa resident Bill Burke, 68, apparently the oldest American to have climbed Everest. The others included Cindy Abbott, who is nearly blind from a degenerative disease; John and Ryan Dahlem, a father-son team; Denise and Paul Fejtek, raising funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation; and Mike Chapman, a Mission Viejo grandfather, the Register reports.

All but Burke, who has climbed Everest once before, reached the peak. Burke said he was only a few hundred feet from the top when he "ran out of gas." The Register reports:

Consider what Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary once said of summiting Mount Everest: "It's not about who summits. It's about who gets down."

The Register includes links to the climbers' personal blogs and websites.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a87eb774970b-500wiFood trucks get political: About 64 food trucks have banded together to form the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Assn., and they're throwing their weight behind Democrat Betsy Butler, a candidate for the 53rd Assembly District, reports LAist.

The Association contacted all the candidates and chose Butler because "she sees the benefits of food trucks in that area," said the Association's Matt Geller.

Dodgers want Hollywood folks to pay up: The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed suit against comedian Jon Lovitz and filmmaker Steve Marlton for failing to pay for season tickets. The two separate complaints, filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accused the men of slacking off on their contracts, according to KPCC.

Lovitz failed to pay $95,400 for three premium seats for the current season. Marlton, producer of "Rescue Dawn," owes $304,800 for two dugout club seats for the 2010-2014 seasons.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Yoshino is a Times assistant city editor. Have news for Linking L.A.? Email it to newstips@latimes.com

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