O.C. better off in dealing with drought, expert says

Orange County is in better shape than most areas when it comes to dealing with California's increasingly dire water woes, a longtime water policy expert said at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday morning.

Estancia High football players celebrate with the trophy after beating Costa Mesa, 28-3, in the Battle for the Bell on Friday at Jim Scott Stadium.

Battle for the Bell: Estancia rises to challenge, earns bragging rights against Costa Mesa

Estancia High football Coach Mike Bargas said he didn't eat all day Friday.

Newport Beach resident Jenni Martin, left, developed "The Golf Gapper" to analyze a golfer's physical abilities and goals to empower their game.

Jenni Martin, golf's doctor of the green, helps older players improve

Dr. Jenni Martin looked at her computer screen and pointed to the videotaped golfer as he hit a ball.

OC Weekly editor Nick Schou's book "Kill the Messenger" is being made into a film.

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark Alliance," which alleged that a California drug ring had sold crack cocaine to gang members and funneled the profits to a CIA-backed army in Nicaragua.

Costa Mesa Fire Department Capt.Darren de Fluiter demonstrates how to operate the fire hose to children during an open house  Saturday.

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Eleven-year-old Hector Garcia pulled back the handle on a fire hose and blasted water into the pavement.

Susan Boyle performs at the Balboa Theater on Oct. 8 in San Diego. The concert was the first of Boyle's 21-date city tour in the United States.

Susan Boyle chases her dream to Costa Mesa

Five years ago, Susan Boyle took to the microphone on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" and regaled the crowd with a soulful — and, judging from many on-camera reactions, startling — rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," the lament of an ill-fated prostitute from the musical "Les Miserables."

A BMW traveling south on the 5 Freeway near the 133 toll road veered out of lanes and up an embankment where it caught fire around 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Five teens killed in fiery I-5 crash in Irvine; driver apparently unlicensed

When three of his players didn't show up for their 8 a.m. soccer match Saturday, coach Billy McNicol of Mission Viejo Soccer Club assumed they were simply running late.

Merry-go-round fundraiser today at South Coast Plaza takes aim at cancer

It's a ride worth ponying up for. Festival of Children Foundation, a nonprofit coordinating the efforts of charities to improve the lives of children, will host its "Carousel of Possible Dreams" fundraiser to benefit Friends of Cathryn Fund, a Laguna Beach-based organization raising money for neuroblastoma cancer research.

Taeko drum and dance performers kick off the opening to Uniqlo, a Japanese casual-wear brand, at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Shoppers won't need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

Oak Grill Chef Marc Johnson, shows off his Togarushi Crusted Ahi, backed by his kitchen crew, during the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival at the Newport Beach Civic Center on Saturday.

Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen.

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