Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Fire Department personnel vent the roof of a house that caught fire in the 200 block of Sherwood Street in Costa Mesa on Wednesday.

Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

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

Gregg Schwenk, left, and Todd Quartararo,  co-founders of the Newport Beach 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!"

Chris Egan, junior lifeguard coordinator, will lead the new junior lifeguard program at Bolsa Chica State Beach this summer.

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.

Newport Beach councilman Tony Petros plays a convincing Batman as he volunteers to read "Batman: Story of the Black Knight" on Monday at the Newport Beach Central 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.

Cynthia Kostylo, left, and Raziah Roushan complete a portrait as part of the Strada Dell'Arte:Spectacular Chalk Murals during the Newport to Ensenada Race Kickoff Fiesta held Sunday in Balboa Village.

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.