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Disasters and Accidents

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  • It's been a 17-year educational journey for Maria Saldana

    It's been a 17-year educational journey for Maria Saldana
    Editor's note: This corrects what Maria Saldana did with her classes. COSTA MESA — Maria Saldana cried when she applied for graduation — and after picking up her cap and gown — but the moment still wasn't real for her. It wasn't...
  • Lifeguards in hot water

    Lifeguards in hot water
    He could be working in any major Southern California hospital, with his master's in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and bachelor's from UCLA. Instead, Kevin Selna, 33, chose a different public health setting: the beach. Selna, who patrols...
  • Students get reality check

    Students get reality check
    Jordan Pickard spent time "in jail" on her 17th birthday. The Newport Harbor High School student participated in a mock drunk-driving crash staged Tuesday morning on campus in front of about 1,200 juniors and seniors. Her parents, Scott and Kim Pickard,...
  • Sweet's name defined her, friends say

    IRVINE — Silkscreened on their matching green T-shirts was a photo of their friend at a birthday party. It was taken just hours before a car crash that led to her untimely death. Krista Merassa, Parisa Ghaemi and Alison Rivas, all 15, wore the...
  • One injured, family displaced after Costa Mesa fire

    COSTA MESA — One person was sent to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries after an apartment fire early Sunday morning, police and fire officials said. Damages from the fire were estimated to be about $75,000. Three adults and a child were...
  • Sharing, caring and cooking for 25 years

    Sharing, caring and cooking for 25 years
    COSTA MESA — There was no money to buy a ladle large enough to stir a 30-gallon pot in the beginning years of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, so founder Merle Hatleberg used a boat oar. People were hungry, and the late Hatleberg wasn't one to back down...
  • Payout doesn't affect budget

    COSTA MESA — Ears perked up last month when city officials mentioned during a City Council budget study session that Costa Mesa had made a $6 million settlement related to a car crash. Residents, workers and the usual council critics wondered...
  • 'When you find a pet, there's hope to go on'

    For Valerie Schomburg, animals are more than a job. She has worked with the Newport Beach Police Department's animal control unit for 10 years, but often uses vacation days to help animals who have been separated from their families because of natural...
  • Dog walker alerts residents to fire

    A roof fire at a Newport Beach home late Tuesday night caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, authorities said. Forty firefighters responded about 11:59 p.m. to Harbor Ridge Drive, near San Miguel Park, after a neighbor walking a dog reported seeing...
  • Contract could save city up to $2.9M

    COSTA MESA — The city could save $412,000 to $2.9 million over the next five years if it contracts out fire and paramedic services to the Orange County Fire Authority, according to a study released Friday by the city. Initially, implementing the...
  • Newport's Junior Lifeguard fees eclipse other cities

    Newport's Junior Lifeguard fees eclipse other cities
    NEWPORT BEACH — Every summer, school-aged children from neighborhoods like Dover Shores and Corona del Mar board the Balboa Island Ferry and travel together to the beach. They wear massive backpacks and matching red and blue clothes — all from...
  • Car fire spreads to Costa Mesa home

    Car fire spreads to Costa Mesa home
    Fire from an engulfed car spread and damaged a Costa Mesa home late Wednesday morning, officials said. Firefighters from Costa Mesa and Santa Ana extinguished the blaze at 2072 Phalarope Court some 20 minutes after receiving the report at 11:36 a.m....