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  • Teacher who questioned cat dissections sues school district, claims retaliation

    A former Newport Harbor High School English teacher is suing Newport-Mesa Unified, alleging that district administrators retaliated against her after she publicly questioned the need for students to dissect cat carcasses in class.
  • Scholars debate the meaning of the 2nd Amendment

    Two legal scholars went head to head over the legality of gun regulations Tuesday at Orange Coast College. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, argued in favor of allowing the government to regulate firearms, consider banning citizens...

    Costa Mesa supports Newport in sober-living case

    Five Southern California cities, including three in Orange County, have filed supportive legal documents toward the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court review Newport Beach's sober-living homes ordinance. Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, San Clemente,...

    Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

    Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family
    In a notebook, Steve Herr keeps a list of every court hearing for the man accused of murdering his son. As of Aug. 29 — four years, three months and eight days after Sam Herr's death — there have been 40 in the case against Daniel Patrick...

    Concealed-weapons permit holders concentrated in Huntington and Newport, records show

    In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed-weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval. More than 700 new permits have been...