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  • Aegean sailor's relatives sue GPS maker

    Aegean sailor's relatives sue GPS maker
    Family members of one of four men killed during the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race two years ago have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the boat's GPS manufacturer and distributor. Loren Mavromati, the widow of Theo Mavromatis (their...
  • Firefighters knock down Harbor Blvd. blaze

    Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a fire in a three-story commercial building on Harbor Boulevard, authorities said Thursday. Fire Capt. Mike Hurd and his crew responded to a report of a structure fire in the 2700 block at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday,...
  • Commentary: Let's focus on safety of Back Bay Drive, not restricting use

    Recently the Daily Pilot published a commentary regarding traffic along Back Bay Drive ("Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic," April 22). Its author used a set of statistics and personal observations to conclude that Back Bay Drive should be closed...
  • Crews battling brush fire off toll road in Irvine

    Crews battling brush fire off toll road in Irvine
    Firefighters were trying to control a 3-acre wind-driven brush fire Wednesday in Irvine off the southbound lanes of the 241 toll road, authorities said. The fire at the Portola Parkway exit of the toll road was reported at about 1:10 p.m., said...
  • Back Bay fire leads to evacuations

    Back Bay fire leads to evacuations
    A vegetation fire that broke out near Newport Beach's Back Bay on Wednesday burned between 3 and 5 acres and caused a brief evacuation of a nearby apartment complex and car dealership, authorities said. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at...
  • Track: Keith climbs to the top

    Track: Keith climbs to the top
    Spencer Keith used to be a serious rock climber. With no rock climbing team at Corona del Mar High, Keith ran. Three years ago, Keith joined the boys' cross-country and track and field teams at school. During the first two seasons, he still found time...
  • Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

    Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire
    A firefighter was injured battling an Eastside Costa Mesa house fire on Wednesday morning, officials said. About 30 Costa Mesa firefighters responded to reports of a house belching out smoke on Sherwood Street, off Santa Ana Avenue. When the first crews...
  • DUI suspect captured before 2-story drop at South Coast Plaza

    DUI suspect captured before 2-story drop at South Coast Plaza
    A DUI suspect who was running from police nearly fell two stories at South Coast Plaza before officers detained him and possibly saved his life, authorities said. Costa Mesa police said Francisco Novela, 37, of Santa Ana crashed his 1972 Ford Ranger...
  • Commentary: Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic

    On Friday, the Daily Pilot reported the death of a female cyclist on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach ("Bicyclist dies after being struck by car"). The accident occurred where Adams, a three-lane, 45-mph road, transitions from having a bike lane to no...
  • Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI hit-and-run

    Laguna Beach police arrested an Aliso Viejo woman on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run after she allegedly struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk late Friday. Sherry Lynn Vitalone, 42, was taken into custody after the collision at 11:17 p.m. at Brooks...
  • Mailbag: Thanks to all our safety officers

    Re: "Police officer revives 4-year-old swimmer," (May 1): "He who saves a life is as if he has saved the entire world." All of us can be grateful to all the safety personnel who participated in reviving little Nina following a near-drowning. We owe equal...
  • Cyclist's widower files claim against city

    The husband of a 58-year-old cyclist who was killed while biking in Newport Beach has filed a damages claim against the city. In August, Debra Deem of Laguna Beach was riding west on East Coast Highway when she and a white minivan collided just east...