Newport's Wedge lives up to its reputation: 1 hurt in thundering surf

Newport's Wedge lives up to its reputation: 1 hurt in thundering surf

A day with big surf in Newport Beach is like a snow day in New England, Newport Beach Deputy Police Chief David McGill explained.

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Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie that have begun battering the Southern California coastline this week as surfers size up what are expected to be the summer's biggest breaks.

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Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

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Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

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Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl in Los Angeles County, according to authorities.

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Trying out tomatoes

Trying out tomatoes

The crowd at Roger's Gardens on Saturday morning gasped with excitement when they learned 90 different varieties of tomatoes were waiting for them in a nearby tasting area.

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Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Police this week arrested two men and a woman who they say operated brothels at apartments in Irvine and Los Angeles.

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Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

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Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

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Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

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From left, Stephen Orlick, Michelle Mercado, Vanessa Holliday, Kim Malachowski, Yoshi O'Connor, Rachiel Macalistaire, and Rebecca Judy of Sourced Collective in Laguna Beach, which celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Tucked into an A-frame cottage on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach is a business that feels like a home run by entrepreneurs who seem like a family.

Ralph Rodheim, who was diagnosed with ALS, left, dumps a bucket of ice water on his friend Bill Jacoby after a group of community members participated in an ALS ice bucket challenge at the Newport Beach Athletic Club.

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

Ballerinas Zoe Monroe, center, and Luca Watson, left, both 3, participate in a demonstration of the upcoming summer dance camp, Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy,  at Studio Fusion Dance in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Angelina Ballerina, the dancing cartoon mouse from a PBS Kids television series, is quite the big cheese these days.

Some Costa Mesa seniors concerned about where foundation money will be spent

A group of Costa Mesa seniors is concerned that money from a non-profit memorial foundation could be used in the coming months to benefit the outgoing Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation instead of the center itself.

Costa Mesa councilwomen call toll-lane ballot measure political

In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.

Connie "Jinkie" Modnick blows a kiss after swimming across Newport Bay on Friday in Newport Beach. Swimming across the bay is one activity Modnick can now cross off her bucket list. She will celebrate her 80th birthday in September.

Bay swim is woman's 80th birthday gift to herself

For 28 years, Connie Modnick vowed that she would one day swim across the Newport Bay channel outside her condominium complex on the Lido Peninsula.

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal star in "Once," coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Aug. 19.

An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.

Participants gather around the fire and dance to a tribal drum beat at sunset at Aliso Beach on Sunday.

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

As the daytime crowds at Aliso Beach packed up and the sun started its descent into the sea Sunday evening, the beat rose.

Emily Reyes, right, styles the hair of manager Kimmy Breeding on the first day of business at the Belo Blow Dry Bar in Laguna.

No color or cuts at Laguna's new blow-dry hair salon

Laguna Beach now has a place specifically dedicated to braids and up-dos.

Virgen: Steinberg definitely ready for radio

At 65, and having experienced some of the highest of highs and the depths of rock bottom, Leigh Steinberg paused before answering a non-sports question while he sat at his desk near a window that overlooks Lido Isle.

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