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Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Dennis and Tas Watts lured a pregnant cat to their garage from the park across the street and listed the kittens with Community Animal Network for adoption. The rescuers were surprised when the kittens grew to be 9 pounds by 6 months of age.

Laguna Beach artist's work now at the Vatican

Laguna Beach artist's work now at the Vatican

There's the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo.

Here's how you can help during the holidays

Here's how you can help during the holidays

During the holidays, many community groups put together Thanksgiving feasts and assistance programs for those in need. Here are some...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen.

On Theater: No smoke, but plenty of steam in 'Anna'

Simmering passions boil and bubble underneath the ennui of the manufacturing of Cuban cigars at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, where the...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Max is often described by volunteers as a perfect gentleman, because his behavior around people and other animals reveals a maturity...

Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a...

Reel Critics: The sober side of Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart skewers our culture and politics on cutting edge broadcasts of "The Daily Show." We expect raucous laughter from his...

Winter is coming to Sawdust Festival

Winter is coming to Sawdust Festival

In her classic song "River," Joni Mitchell laments having to spend the holidays in a temperate climate. "But it don't snow here / it stays...

$10,000 raised for bar bouncer's medical bills

$10,000 raised for bar bouncer's medical bills

Patrons gathered at Marine Room Tavern on Monday to offer support and raise money for the bar's beloved bouncer.

Hollywood and Disney costume designer Marilyn Sotto dies at 83

Hollywood and Disney costume designer Marilyn Sotto dies at 83

Marilyn Sotto, a costume designer for Hollywood movies who later transitioned to a career with Disney theme parks, has died. She was 83.

Adopt a family for the holidays or help in other ways

Sponsors are needed for the annual South County Outreach Adopt-A-Family program, which has paired the adopters with families since 1997 to...

On Theater: 'Romeo and Juliet' updated (again)

Modernizing Shakespeare is nothing new — directors have been doing it forever. Scissoring the script so the play checks in at under...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This petite puppy with the confident gait was found as a stray.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great food, same old decor at Forno

Chef Ali Kihanmahd has worked in the restaurant business for 25 years, including 15 spent in top Italian restaurants in New York, and he...

Retail Therapy: Hello Kitty, hello holidays

As we enter the holiday warehouse sale season, heed a few tips: Many clothing sales don't offer dressing rooms, so ladies are reminded to...

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Dining Reviews

Festival pops its first cork

"Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach...