A motorist cruises along Back Bay Drive, near Eastbluff Drive in Newport Beach on Wednesday.  Local groups are debating on whether or not to allow bicyclists access through Back Bay Drive.

Teeming with traffic?

A popular cycling route alongside the Upper Bay that helps connect Newport Beach to Irvine has come under scrutiny.

Runners participate in the 2012 Costa Mesa Community Run. This year's event is April 26 at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High School.

Annual run to benefit schools

Regular runners and students from across the city will line up at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High School on April 26 for the seventh annual Costa Mesa Community Run to raise money for schools.

Steven DeZwart, 45, of Garden Grove looks through vinyl records accompanied by his son Andy, 5, bottom center, at Dr. Freecloud's Record Shoppe in Fountain Valley on Tuesday.

'Everything we do is pro-vinyl'

To vinyl collectors, Record Store Day is the equivalent of Christmas morning. And with the seventh-annual event being celebrated Saturday, audiophiles will flock to their local record store to try to get their hands on great deals and limited-edition LPs and Eps, some of which are only available that day.

A Costa Mesa woman died after being struck on her bicycle at Adams Avenue and Ranger Lane on Wednesday night.

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

A bicyclist from Costa Mesa died after she was struck by a vehicle in Huntington Beach, authorities said.

Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman is the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year for girls' water polo.

Girls' Water Polo Dream Team: CdM's marvelous Maddie

Corona del Mar High sophomore Maddie Musselman can't help but notice all of the Olympians helping out with the CdM water polo program.

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.

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.

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.