Theater facing an unusual problem

Wanted: three adult males with impressive vocal ability. Must love community theater and be willing to rehearse and appear in a show without monetary compensation. Historical savvy and ability to handle period pieces a plus.

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 'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son's left foot.

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La Vida moves into The Triangle with a spin on authentic flavors

La Vida moves into The Triangle with a spin on authentic flavors

On a clear summer afternoon perfect for margaritas and ribbon cuttings, invited guests welcomed the newest restaurant at The Triangle.

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Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Two weeks after Ronnie Urquiza turned 18 on June 6, he sat down to write the hardest four paragraphs in his life. It took him two days to finish.

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Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

"There he is!"

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Have they got a vacation rental for you

In the past few months, Pat Chamberlain has had to tell dozens of would-be renters that the great price they just paid to rent a Newport Beach vacation cottage was part of an online scam.

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Residents fear 1928 church's sale will put history at risk

Residents fear 1928 church's sale will put history at risk

One of Costa Mesa's oldest churches is up for sale, and Eastside residents are worried about new development and closing the book on a page of local history.

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Most of Allergan's 1,500 job cuts will be in Southern California

Most of Allergan's 1,500 job cuts will be in Southern California

Most of the 1,500 job cuts that Botox maker Allergan Inc. announced Monday morning will be made in Southern California, the company’s chief executive said.

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Tiny Balboa T-shirt shop folding up after 30 years

Tiny Balboa T-shirt shop folding up after 30 years

Among the boutique shops on Balboa Island's main drag, a small store called Family T's has long offered a tourist basic.

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FPPC role in campaign finance will go to vote

Orange County voters will be asked whether they want the state's Fair Political Practices Commission to enforce local campaign finance rules, a unanimous Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

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Could a new developers' fee fund parks? Costa Mesa takes a look

Costa Mesa may start acquiring more money to put toward parks under a proposal making its way through City Hall.

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OCC considers ways to maintain Neutra's vision

OCC considers ways to maintain Neutra's vision

The business education building has sat nestled in the interior of the Orange Coast College campus for the past 61 years.

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OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

For all the many temptations that the OC Fair offers, Lynsee DiMiceli sometimes enjoys nothing there more than air conditioning, a water cooler and a comfortable couch.

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Musician, entrepreneur strikes a chord online at Fiverr.com

Musician, entrepreneur strikes a chord online at Fiverr.com

Ryan Heenan hopes to be a guru in the online business world. But Wednesday afternoon, at his Newport Beach studio, he offered a crash course in a decidedly more low-tech device.

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Wasting water can cost you $500

Wasting water can cost you $500

While state water regulators approved fines of up to $500 per day to encourage California residents to turn off the tap, several local Orange County water agencies don't have plans to dole out the punishment just yet.

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Law aimed at campaign signatures moves forward

An ordinance barring county employees from gathering campaign signatures in the workplace was pushed forward Tuesday.

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County approves site for year-round shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter — filling what homeless advocates have long called a gaping hole in services, but also drawing ire from neighbors of the property.

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Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

The paddle-out Sunday morning created a circle wider than Newport Beach had ever seen. By evening, supporters had drawn tighter on shore, with many thousands coming together for a celebration of the life of Ben Carlson.

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Girl, 15, hit in crosswalk by man suspected of drunk driving

A man suspected of driving while intoxicated fled the scene after he hit and injured a 15-year-old girl in a crosswalk at Fairview Road and Baker Street in Costa Mesa early Monday, police said.

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Photo Gallery: Friends, family remember lifeguard Ben Carlson at Sunday ceremony

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Photo Gallery: Ben Carlson Paddle Out

Photo Gallery: Ben Carlson Paddle Out

The Station Master's House, believed to be the oldest house in Costa Mesa, was recently sold. The new owner says he plans to keep it intact but do some renovations inside.

Historic home in Costa Mesa is sold

A tiny abode — believed to be the oldest house in Costa Mesa — has been sold to a local businessman who says he plans to keep the quaint structure intact.

[Updated] Officer-involved shooting in Newport Beach leaves suspect in critical condition

Police shot an armed man after an outburst of gunfire at the beach Friday night, leaving the man hospitalized and a pool of blood outside his Newport Beach home, according to authorities and witnesses.

Josh Gomez, 15, with the Westminster High School FFA, gets kisses from his short horn dairy steer, Ken, on the opening day of the OC Fair on Friday, July 11.

Flying start at the fair

Thousands flocked to the Orange County Fair on Friday afternoon to get their hands on deep-fried concoctions, slabs of meat wrapped in bacon and, of course, oversized stuffed animals.

Collin Zborowski, left, and Daniel Lubach.

2 suspected of using heroin at Chuck E. Cheese's

Costa Mesa police arrested two men who they say smoked heroin in a Chuck E. Cheese's bathroom Tuesday night.

Hobie the sea lion, named after surfing icon Hobie Alter, is released to the ocean after a three month rehabilitation at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Hobie the sea lion released after rehab

After three months of rehabilitation, a sea lion named after the late surfing icon Hobie Alter was released by Pacific Marine Mammal Center staff into the ocean Wednesday, according to a news release.

Local businesses have honored the life of Ben Carlson with messages on their sign marquees from all around Newport Beach.

Aloha Ben Carlson: Newport mourns lifeguard

After a lifeguard died Sunday rescuing a swimmer who survived, the town of Newport Beach has together mourned its lost hero.

Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and his band, The Offspring, will kick off the OC Fair's Pacific Amphitheatre concert series on Friday.

The Offspring to kick off concert series

When Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman takes the stage on the OC Fair's opening night Friday, he may play to some audience members for whom he played a vital role in childhood.

Drug-sniffing dogs coming back to campuses

Dogs able to sniff out drugs, alcohol and gunpowder will return to Newport-Mesa Unified middle and high schools in the fall.

Santa Ana Police Animal Services supervisor Sondra Berg holds a python found alive among more then 300 snakes discovered in January at the home of William Fredrick Buchman.

Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

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