Mayor asks blogger to apologize for Hitler reference

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer during Tuesday's council meeting demanded an apology from a local blogger who posted online comments comparing the way he runs the city to Adolf Hitler.

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Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

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

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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!"

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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.

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Driver crashes Jeep into Upper Newport Bay

An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of Upper Newport Bay early Wednesday, police said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Teen drowns off Sunset Beach

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

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Event celebrates upcoming Newport to Ensenada race

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.

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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.

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SoulCycle spins toward Newport Beach

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.

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Kelp is on the way

Kelp is on the way

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

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District removes Mesa High trees

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

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CdM upsets state's top team

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

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Teen detained in illegal-fireworks case

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.

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Concert Review: Webb, McGovern play spirited show

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.

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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.

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Photo Gallery: Memorial service for Hobie Alter

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.

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 'A place for contemplation and peace'

'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.

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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.

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Daily Pilot Boys' Basketball Dream Team: Sargeant an example of all-out hustle

Daily Pilot Boys' Basketball Dream Team: Sargeant an example of all-out hustle

In the desert, in triple-digit heat, and on asphalt, Nic Sargeant has the urge to play basketball. He misses the sport that much.

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It's only a drill

It's only a drill

John Wayne Airport practiced its response to a major emergency Friday.

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Newport Beach hires Citizens United attorney

A former U.S. solicitor general who has argued dozens of prominent cases before the Supreme Court has agreed to represent Newport Beach in its bid for judicial intervention in the city's years-long legal battle with sober-living homes.

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A dose of Common sense

A dose of Common sense

Lonnie Lynn led his son to believe that his middle name, Rashid, means childhood love.

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Finding a 'pathway' to Common Core math

Finding a 'pathway' to Common Core math

The seventh-grade boy looked down at his blank work sheet, unsure how to begin solving the multistep algebraic equation that the teacher had written on the white board.

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 'She was always laughing'

'She was always laughing'

Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in.

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Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Politicians speak at Tea Party event

Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening.

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Civic center lends itself to debate

Civic center lends itself to debate

When the expensive new civic center opened in Newport Beach last year, some claimed it as a symbol of an irresponsible government out of touch with the people it represented.

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'Problem motels' less of a problem

A task force focusing on quality-of-life issues in Costa Mesa says the city has made progress in curbing the number of times police are called to so-called problem motels.

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Council holds off on possible post office move

Council holds off on possible post office move

The Newport Beach City Council isn't ready to send off its Mariner's Mile post office just yet.

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Daily Pilot Girls' Soccer Dream Team: Brown did plenty for CdM

Daily Pilot Girls' Soccer Dream Team: Brown did plenty for CdM

Junior midfielder Shelby Brown called the end of the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer season "crazy," and nobody who saw the games would argue.

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Proposed storage facility met with opposition

The prospect of a self-storage facility being built in Laguna Canyon took center stage at Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting, but the reception was less than welcoming.

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Reporter's Notebook: All aquiver over archery

I woke up one Saturday morning with a pain. Glancing at my left forearm, I saw a 4-inch bruise and was quickly reminded why it hurt. Then I smiled.

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City deconstructs 60th anniversary party

During an occasionally tense three-hour meeting Wednesday, members of the 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, Costa Mesa residents and other interested parties sounded off about what went right, what went wrong and what remains unresolved about the city's bash last summer.

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No conflict of interest in commissioner's live-work vote

Laguna Beach Planning Commissioner Linda Dietrich's comments during a public hearing on a proposed artist live-work project in September did not constitute a conflict of interest, according to a memo sent by City Atty. Phil Kohn to city staff and the council Wednesday.

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Motorcyclist injured in Newport Beach crash

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday night in Newport Beach when he and an SUV crashed near Fashion Island, police said.

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Home decor stores multiplying at South Coast Collection

On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd — young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards.

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'Orange' stirs creative juices

Pamela Martinez approached Sarina Shohet with a proposition late last year.

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Mysterious rumbling along L.A. coast tied to supersonic Navy flight

The mystery over rumbling along the Los Angeles and Orange County coast that many believed was an earthquake appears to have actually been caused by a supersonic Navy flight.

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Daily Pilot Boys' Soccer Dream Team: Pineda knows perseverance

Three years ago, Marco Pineda played much bigger than his size as a freshman at Estancia High. Pineda, then 4-foot-10, made sure no one pushed him around on the soccer field.

Judge moves mayor-union lawsuit forward

A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved forward Wednesday when a judge ruled that some of the alleged acts against the officials were not protected by the 1st Amendment.

Ivy Ho, left, and Melissa Ludlow pause and share stories about Jon Ludlow at his gravesite at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach.

He battles, but disease defeats him

Third of three parts. In Part 2 on Wednesday, Orange Coast College student Jon Ludlow decided to stop following his medication schedule, skipping some doses. His behavior became erratic when he stopped taking the prescriptions altogether. He hailed a cab but failed to pay the fare. His parents, Melissa and Dave, started searching for him.

Woody's Wharf is a favorite spot amongst people who go out on the Newport Peninsula.

No dancing at Woody's

An Orange County Superior Court Judge this week banned dancing at a quintessential Newport Beach restaurant — at least for the time being.

Officer Bryan Gregson with the Newport Beach Police Department shows off one of two electric bikes that the department has purchased for use on patrols of the peninsula.

Crime fighters mount trusty e-bikes

With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and down the crowded streets of the Balboa Peninsula faster than ever before.

A motorist appears to be texting while driving through an intersection. Local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on distracted driving in April.

Officer targets distracted drivers

It took less than two minutes for Officer Kha Bao to spot someone talking on a cell phone.

Employees from Ortiz Enterprises prepare to move the top half of a toll booth onto of a truck bed at Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza along California State Route 73.

73 Toll Plaza to close May 14

A date has been set for the transition away from cash payments on Orange County toll roads.

Supes want state of emergency declared after earthquake

In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary step toward unlocking state and federal disaster relief funds.

The Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church.

Council rejects effort to save Wintersburg

Local preservationists tried convincing Huntington Beach council members Monday to support efforts to save the buildings on the Wintersburg site.

The BCS National Championship Coaches Trophy was on display at the Newport Sports Museum in January.

Newport Sports Museum ends its run

John Hamilton expressed remorse and disappointment, yet pride during an interview Tuesday afternoon in his Newport Beach office. It's what happens when he announces Newport Sports Museum has closed its doors after 18 years and he will begin to sell its prized items.

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