Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

A firefighter was injured battling an Eastside Costa Mesa house fire on Wednesday morning, officials said.

New and old combine at film festival

New and old combine at film festival

Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama whose most famous moment features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!"

New state junior lifeguard program is open for business

New state junior lifeguard program is open for business

Two years after a privately run junior lifeguard organization ended its operations at Sunset Beach, a new state-funded program has set up at Bolsa Chica State Beach and is looking for students.


Woman crashes Jeep into Upper Newport Bay

An intoxicated Costa Mesa woman drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve before crashing into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday morning, police said.

Council members join the fun at Newport library

Council members join the fun at Newport library

Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros donned a Batman costume Monday night for "Pajama Storytime" at the Newport Beach Central Library.


Police: no clear link to serial killings

Newport Beach police are looking for connections between an unsolved homicide in their city and recently revealed serial killings in Orange County but have not found any links, a department official said Tuesday.


Senior center retains counsel

The Costa Mesa Senior Center has retained an attorney to guide its board through financial negotiations aimed at keeping the troubled organization afloat.


Teen drowns off Sunset Beach

A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said.


Event celebrates upcoming Newport to Ensenada race

The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork.


Accrediting body visits Coast colleges

Representatives from the body that oversees accreditation for community colleges in California visited the Coast Community College District's three campuses last week to track the district's progress.

Instructor Janet Fitzgerald leads a class at SoulCycle in New York. Arm weights are a part of the class.

SoulCycle spins toward Newport Beach

SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach — its first Orange County location.

Artist Mike Beanan hangs up a fish, made from a cardboard box, as he helps set up a kelp forest during Kelpfest 2013 at Main Beach.

Kelp is on the way

Laguna Beach's annual Kelpfest was born out of frustration.

District removes Mesa High trees

Costa Mesa High School students and staff returned from spring break this week to a much sunnier parking lot.

CdM upsets state's top team

It was a tough assignment for a Corona del Mar High girls' lacrosse team coming off spring break.

Police seized 51 pounds of illegal explosives from a Newport Beach home over the weekend.

Teen detained in illegal-fireworks case

A 15-year-old Newport Beach resident was detained Sunday on suspicion of attempting to sell 51 pounds of illegal explosives on Craigslist, authorities said Monday.

Jimmy Webb.

Concert Review: Webb, McGovern play spirited show

Last summer in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Summer at the Center program, which provides musical training for at-risk teenagers, the instructor taught the class a medley of songs with wordless choruses: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and the like.

Man saves neighbors from burning home

A Huntington Beach man rescued his elderly neighbors from their burning house Monday after he heard noises indicative of a fire.

Jeff Alter happily shows guests the early surfboard made for him as a kid during a memorial service for his father, Hobie Alter, at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course on Thursday.

Photo Gallery: Memorial service for Hobie Alter

Friends and family gather at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course to say goodbye to Hobie Alter, the popular surfboard and sailboat designer who died at age 80.

Paul Wilson, who lost his wife Christy in the Seal Beach salon shooting, prepares to release a dove during Saturday's monument design unveiling.

'A place for contemplation and peace'

Orange County officials this week unveiled the winning design for a monument to crime victims planned for Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

Apodaca: Initiative aims to reinvent community colleges

I've written frequently about the shift toward matching education with job-market demand, a trend that continues to gain momentum.