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  • Police union tells appeals court that mayor's lawsuit is a political attack

    Costa Mesa's police union, facing a lawsuit from the mayor, fired an opening salvo in California's appeals court Friday, calling the litigation "a strategic political attack" that influenced a recent election.
  • Supreme Court refuses to hear group-home case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Newport Beach's request for a hearing on its group-home law, a move that will effectively force the city back into trial court to defend its ordinance. Newport Beach submitted a petition to the Supreme Court in...

    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...

    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. Karen Coyne claims...