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Apodaca: Variety of school scandals all victimize students

Newport-Mesa residents may be wondering if there's something inherently different about our school district that makes it prone to scandal. It sometimes seems as if we roll from one mishap to another without pause — from controversies over student cheating to a former administrator's recent...

Corona del Mar Today: Shop owner tapes suspected shoplifters

Corona del Mar Today: Shop owner tapes suspected shoplifters

A Corona del Mar boutique owner said two alleged shoplifters hit her shop Wednesday for the second time — but this time she caught them on camera.

The God Squad: Shepherd, sheep both work for God

Q: When the current pastor arrived, our Catholic parish was a vibrant, singing community. Now, after many of his changes, it is not. Many parishioners have left. After a few attempts to speak to the pastor about what's been going on, I wrote a letter to Pope Francis, on which I copied both...

My Answer: Prayer not the only cure to depression

Q: My wife seems to be getting more and more depressed. A friend of hers says she just needs to pray more and have more faith, but I'm not sure if that's right. Is depression just a spiritual problem, like her friend says? — J.W.

The Crowd: Piling up dollars to fight Duchenne

The Crowd: Piling up dollars to fight Duchenne

Napa came to Newport in March, and $680,000 was raised at a wine dinner and auction benefiting young boys suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Some 350 donors converged in the ballroom of the Balboa Bay Resort for the lively evening, which presented attendees with a phenomenal wine tasting,...

Venezia: Peotter campaign finances latest wrinkle

You could say newly elected Newport Beach Councilman Scott Peotter is "the gift that keeps on giving," at least for those of us who follow local politics.

Reel Critics: 'Young' captures the restless

Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") takes us to unexpected places in his new offbeat dramatic comedy. "While We're Young" provides a revealing and very clever look at the life and times of two couples on the cusp of America's generational divide.

A Word, Please: Some commas can give an editor pause

A lot of people are taught that a comma goes anywhere you want to indicate a pause. On the surface, that system appears to work out fine. Commas often do just that. But not always.

The Crowd: Putting a dent in diabetes

The Crowd: Putting a dent in diabetes

They called on donors to "Join the Revolution" to end diabetes — in particular, Type 1 diabetes (T1D), affecting some 3 million Americans, including a large number of children.

Carnett: 60 years later, LeBard Stadium still precious to community

In my view, it's the most elegant structure in Costa Mesa.

Apodaca: More transparency and accountability needed

I've heard from many readers regarding my last column about a whistleblower's accusations of wrongdoing at Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

The Crowd: The gentlemen's club of the future

The Crowd: The gentlemen's club of the future

The fashionable residence of Julie and Jay Rutter in the Newport Heights was opened recently to the junior class (2016) of the National League of Young Men and the young ladies from the junior class (2016) of the National Charity League. It was an evening of...

The Harbor Report: Movement on the moorings front

By now, "moorings" might start to sound boring to you, but that's still the hot topic around the harbor.

A Word, Please: There's a thin line between right and wrong

Like everyone who lives in Los Angeles County, I've spent the last several weeks picturing myself in a jury selection pool for the Robert Durst trial.

The Crowd: Dancing for tomorrow's stars, today's needs

The Crowd: Dancing for tomorrow's stars, today's needs

It's almost as long running as the successful ABC television show from which it takes its name.

Reel Critics: 'Fast & Furious' and formulaic

Faster and more furious than the previous six films, "Fast & Furious 7" offers manic action at breakneck speed.

Venezia: Pet expo at fairgrounds has changed lives

Venezia: Pet expo at fairgrounds has changed lives

The America's Family Pet Expo returns to the Orange County fairgrounds Friday to Sunday.

The Harbor Report: Cabo race becomes my wild ride

I hope you are all starting to smile a little more knowing that our summer weekday sailing nights will start the first of May. Let's not forget about April, which is always the most active month of the year for sailboat racing. Before I jump into this month's main event, I thought I would review the...

Fitness Files: Writing the future of treating children at CHOC

Imagine difficult years when a girl's epileptic seizures sent her to the hospital frequently and the family's annual hospital bills totaled nearly $20,000.

Carnett: Life has been good in the nine years since diagnosis

Nine years ago this spring I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Friends of the Libraries: Show support for library renovation

A meeting to discuss the feasibility of expanding Costa Mesa library space by converting the Neighborhood Community Center will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 in the center, 1845 Park Ave. It is important that residents from all parts of Costa Mesa attend.

The Harbor Report: Wild winds, waves make for exciting race

I hope you are all starting to smile a little more knowing that our summer weeknight sailing will be starting May 1. But let's not forget about April, which is always the most active month of the year for sailboat racing. First I'd like to review the Newport Harbor Yacht Club Cabo San Lucas race.

Apodaca: Time to speak up about allegations in district

Parents of Newport-Mesa Unified students might understandably be suffering from scandal fatigue. Allegations of improper behavior have arisen with such depressing regularity in the district over the years that it's hard not to be jaded. I know I am.

The God Squad: You can only see the Messiah with the eyes of faith

Q: At this time of year, I love to watch TV shows about the Bible, and a recent program sparked some questions. The Old Testament contains many prophesies that God will send a Messiah. Christians believe the Messiah has already come, while those of the Jewish faith are still waiting. For...

A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

They say marriage is all about give and take. Compromise. Meeting each other halfway.

Health Q&A: Multiple tests may be needed to determine cause of abnormal bleeding

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 40 years old. After having a period that lasted nearly two months, I had tests done that showed a small, hyperechoic lesion within the endometrium. What exactly does this mean? My primary care doctor suggested a hysterectomy as treatment. Are there other ways to treat...

Venezia: Curry takes on Peotter's fiscal folly

Newport Beach Councilmen Keith Curry sent an email March 25 stating, "Last night, during a 30-minute stretch in our council meeting, we came within one vote of creating lasting fiscal damage to our community."

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