| Nov 1, 2013
| 10:27 AM
One of the most noble public servants in our society is a police officer. These men and women have often-difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.
When I was a child, my parents drummed into me that "if I was...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Today we begin a short series about some of America's greatest patriots. We start with the greatest: George Washington.
At a funeral oration for Washington, which was given to both houses of Congress on Dec. 26, 1799, Gen. Henry "Light Horse Harry"...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:39 PM
The city of Costa Mesa could soon be in the middle of a legal battle between two councilmen and the police union.
For weeks, the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. has requested that the city pay for its legal defense against a lawsuit filed by Costa...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:29 PM
Woody's Wharf filed court papers Wednesday seeking to invalidate a City Council decision to ban dancing at the longtime Balboa Peninsula restaurant, court records show.
Woody's filed what's known as a writ of mandate — a directive seeking to...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams.
Fortunately, with the fairly recent publication of David McCullough's book "John Adams" (Touchstone, 2001), this somewhat crusty but likable American is finally...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:17 PM
A bloody slaying in June captured the attention of a rural swath of northwestern Alabama, but the crime went largely unnoticed in Costa Mesa, even though events in the city could help determine the accused killer's fate.
About 55,000 residents live in...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:41 PM
The man accused of slaying a woman whose body was found in Newport Beach last week did not enter a plea Tuesday when he briefly appeared in court.
Jaime Prieto Rocha, of Santa Ana, is charged with murdering Nancy Hammour, 28, of Santa Ana, whose body was...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 6:07 PM
Police on Wednesday arrested a homeless man suspected of slaying a Costa Mesa resident who was working on renovations at a sober-living home earlier this week.
Christopher Ernest Leovy, 34, of Los Angeles, used a heavy, blunt object to bludgeon to death...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 9:12 PM
My wife never had a dog before she bought one as a companion for her then-6-year-old son, Morgan.
After some investigation, she got a white golden retriever, and they named her Devonshire Cream, or Devon, for short. The problem was, as I got to know...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Parishioners from St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach wiped tears from their eyes as they exited the church after its final service Sunday, leaving behind a building that housed many memories for them and their families.
Jim Dale, 63, said he has...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:09 PM
The homeless man accused of killing a handyman at a vacant home in Costa Mesa pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Christopher Ernest Leovy, 34, is charged with killing John Kubat, a 54-year-old Costa Mesa resident, who was working on renovations at a soon-to-...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:31 PM
A video that takes aim at a Costa Mesa political organization appeared on YouTube on Wednesday afternoon.
Kent Mora, who serves on the city's Pension Oversight Committee, made the nearly two-minute segment that contains a slide show of participants in...