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  • The DP 103: Our list of 2013's newsmakers

    The DP 103: Our list of 2013's newsmakers
    1.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa's police chief celebrated the 60th anniversary of his department — one he leads with a steady, capable hand, despite the tension between his officers and a majority of the City Council members.
  • Commentary: Put Lucille Kuehn's name somewhere on the library

    An appropriate tribute to the late Lucille Kuehn, one of the most important women in Newport Beach's 106-year history, would be to name something in her honor at the Central Library. Lucille, who passed away peacefully last week at 89, was the...

    Commentary: Newport-Mesa architecture is unimaginative

    Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design. Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...

    The Crowd: Remembering an exceptional friend

    The Crowd: Remembering an exceptional friend
    She was a movie star from the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood celebrating life in her eighth decade. I was a 30-something former network TV producer writing a column for the Daily Pilot. It was an unlikely alliance, but in spite of the obvious...

    DP 103

    DP 103
    1.) Our Olympians: No one made us prouder this year than the capable athletes, coaches and announcers from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine who represented Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London. They grew up, trained or live here. Costa...