Calls to more aggressively address what some call a "truancy crisis" in California schools have not been lost on Phil D'Agostino, Newport-Mesa Unified's director of student services.
What began as a common theme in a Corona del Mar student's college application essays in 2012 became fodder for a just-published book about the U.S. government and Constitution.
Q: My husband died in April of this year after a three-year battle with cancer. At the wake, the priest asked us to pray for his soul. Other than, "May he rest in peace," what prayers did he have in mind? In mourning. — C., Melville, NY
Q: My husband says he loves me, but all he's really interested in is his job. He always brings work home and often spends weekends working, and no matter how much I get after him, things never change. Is it time for me to move on? — Mrs. K.G.
I have written about the Harbor Commission special meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.
Americans have become somewhat numb to the constant barrage of disasters, natural and manmade, blasted across the media. Sadly, the media seldom follow up on the aftermath. It's on to the next headline.
We are on vacation, we're hiking Zion National Park's spectacular trails. Two-hundred-million-year-old sandstone shoots up 7,000 feet in sheer cliff and spire, sporting colors of orange, rose, toast, salmon and purple in geometric striation.
This week in Newport you can just smell the crazy in the air as Election Day approaches.
On Nov. 11, we honor the brave men and women who have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is a chance to reflect on our freedoms and to thank everyone who has fought to keep us free.
Listicles are all the rage these days, or so young folks tell me.
The Costa Mesa High School Madrigal Choir performed the perfect song Saturday night.
I was a student when the Newport-Mesa Unified School District unveiled what was considered at the time the grandest advance in classroom technology in decades.
In 1958, psychologist E. Paul Torrance developed a novel idea for a test, which he and his fellow researchers administered to about 400 Minneapolis children.
Q: If I become a Christian, will I have to be perfect? A friend of mine is urging me to ask Jesus to come into my life, but I don't think I'd ever be able to do what God requires. — P.C.F.
Q: I was raised in the Episcopal Church, and even though a good Christian will forgive someone who's hurt you, I'm having a very difficult time forgiving my ex-husband for all he did to hurt our two daughters. He's never asked for my forgiveness. However, last year, at his stepson's wedding, he...
On Oct. 14, Newport Beach resident Gary Wykidal, an attorney, sent a letter to Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Newport Beach City Atty. Aaron Harp.
"What I want to be when I grow up" is the topic of this year's essay and photography contests sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation.
Some causes are unique to life on the Orange Coast. Protecting and preserving the beach and ocean would surely be at the top of this list.
Does the passive voice lend itself to biased, manipulative writing? A reader named Richard wanted to know after witnessing a discussion about a news article.
Relatives on my mother's side of the family tend to be as restive as a double shot of espresso.
"The Book of Life" is a rip-roaring animated adventure. Producer Guillermo Del Toro also directed the unconventional fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth," which got Oscar attention in 2006.
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.
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...
This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.
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.