Venezia: Reading tea leaves as election day nears

As the election season starts to wind up, and mail-in ballots hit mailboxes, it's time for voters to make their choices.

Apodaca: Technology in the classroom is inevitable, but let's proceed cautiously

For many years now we've heard predictions that technology would transform education. But that expected transformation has evolved in fits and starts, faced major obstacles and been beset by numerous mistake-prone rollouts.

The Harbor Report: Commissioner is leaving his mark on the harbor

This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.

The God Squad: Treasure holy moments of connection

Q: This question is asked from a contemplative place in my heart after reading your recent column on atonement. Have you ever had a "born again" experience — where you prayed or were in the midst of praying when you actually felt God's presence, love and pardon for your sins and suddenly...

Corona del Mary Today: Bus incident will not result in criminal charges

The Orange County district attorney's office has rejected a criminal case against the owner of a party bus that was transporting Corona del Mar High School students when one fell from the moving vehicle onto the 73 toll road.

My Answer: Divorcing friend needs someone to lean on

Q: How can I help my friend? She found out recently that her husband has been unfaithful, and now he's moved in with his lover and is filing for divorce. My friend is devastated. How can I encourage her when her future looks so bleak? I feel so inadequate.

The Crowd: SPIN in need of matching funds

Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life necessities, will gather advocates Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Huntington Beach for its 26th annual gala. Celebrity Chef Antonio Cagnolo of...

A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

London is a place that gets a lot of rain.

Fitness Files: What to glean from gluten news

I like curling up with a good health article, including the ones in magazines from my neighborhood health food store.

Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

"The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. create a memorable look at a father-and-son crisis situation.

Check It Out: Roping in the reluctant reader

As a librarian, one of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to children. There is something exciting about connecting a young person with the perfect book. This is not as easy as it sounds. Everyone's tastes are different. Sometimes it is difficult to explain what you like about a book...

Carnett: Seeing my lost son in children who came after

Though I hadn't thought about it in decades, I remember it as if it were yesterday. It's a moment frozen in time.

Corona del Mar Today: Home tour to feature Roger's Gardens home

Corona del Mar Today: Home tour to feature Roger's Gardens home

The Corona del Mar Home Tour, the Corona del Mar High School PTA's only annual fundraiser, will take place Tuesday and feature seven homes, including the owners of Roger's Gardens' Cameo Shores home.

Apodaca: Sufficient sleep is essential for healthy minds and bodies

When my younger son was a junior in high school, his packed schedule left appallingly insufficient time for a basic human need: sleep.

The Harbor Report: Lots of high points in High Point series

Over this last week, we wrapped up the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. We have a new Harbor 20 Class champion and Harbor 20 High Point winners.

My Answer: Be there, but give niece room in bad relationship

Q: My niece is trapped in a really bad relationship (not married, but living together). It has no future, but she refuses to see this. We've tried to tell her to get out of the relationship, but she just gets mad. How can we help her? — K.W.

The God Squad: Do animal sacrifices negate sin?

Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus' crucifixion was the (ultimate) atonement for sin. Has Judaism abandoned animal sacrifice? If so, did the crucifixion have anything to do with this change? — G.,...

City Lights: Pointing out music that's worth discovering

The late rock critic Paul Williams once wrote that, when dealing with works of art, praise amounts to pointing at something, declaring it "great" and hoping that readers agree.

The Crowd: Celebrating champions of disease prevention

The Crowd: Celebrating champions of disease prevention

Here are some sobering facts. Despite all of the advances in science and medicine, more than 7,000 types of rare diseases affect the human condition.

Fitness Files: Inside the medical wheat field

"Do you see 'Complaint Department' written across my forehead in flashing neon?" I asked my husband as I hung up from my niece's call. She was in pain as usual, bloated, cramping and working in a very small space. "Co-workers can hear every bathroom noise!" she wailed.

Reel Critics: 'Left Behind,' but not far enough

The "Left Behind" book series promoted the controversial biblical theory of the Rapture. The premise is that on a day of God's choosing, all true believers will suddenly vanish from the Earth. They will be transported instantly to heaven and leave behind everyone who did not qualify for the mass...

A word, please: Some confusion over jobs that pay well

Tom in Glendale had an interesting question about a newspaper headline that mentioned "well-paying jobs."

Carnett: Everlasting love for Dodgers ran its course

The Dodgers had hoped to make a deep run into postseason play this year.

Friends of the Libraries: Come meet your district candidates

As we read about the many places around the world where citizens have little or no choice in selecting leaders, we should be thankful that we have the opportunity to vote for candidates to our many levels of government — from school boards to sanitation and water districts, up through county,...

Corona del Mar Today: City to replace dolphin topiaries with slimmer versions

Corona del Mar Today: City to replace dolphin topiaries with slimmer versions

Corona del Mar's dozen dolphin topiaries will be replaced with younger, svelte versions, probably in November, a city spokeswoman said.

Apodaca: Teachers walk a blurry line in sharing opinions

A former Newport Harbor High School English teacher has reportedly sued the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, alleging that administrators retaliated against her because she raised objections to cat dissections in science classes.

The God Squad: Do what you love? Not always

The Jewish people are now in between the New Year, Rosh Hashana and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. As I wish my Christian readers Merry Christmas and Happy Easter each year, and wish my Muslim readers a blessed Ramadan, today I'd like to send out to all my Jewish readers my blessings for a good...

My Answer: Are children too young for church?

Q: What good does it do to bring our young children to church? They're too young to get anything out of it and I know their constant squirming must be a distraction to others.