| Nov 12, 2013
| 1:42 PM
When Martin Short was a young man, he set out on a career in show business, but first he had to convince a tough critic — himself.
So, he gave himself one-year contracts. If, at the same time the following year, he'd made a living, he'd renew it....
| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Newport Beach prides itself on providing a high quality of life, but the City Council defied the pleas of numerous residents by voting Tuesday to approve a contract to outsource one of its few remaining in-house public works services: trash pickup.
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:34 AM
MTV has agreed to make changes to its controversial new reality series “Scrubbing In” after several nonprofit nursing organizations protested how the show depicts the profession.
The remaining episodes will be edited to include more scenes...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 5:28 PM
Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist who founded Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian TV network, died Saturday, according to the network's website. He was 79.
The church reported in October that Crouch had...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:22 PM
Mesa Water District board members Thursday approved a series of rate increases, contending that the extra revenue will be needed as district expenses continue to rise and capital improvement projects costing millions take shape.
The board voted 4 to 1...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Director Peter Jackson gets his mojo back in the latest installment of the "Hobbit" series. "The Desolation of Smaug" recaptures the alluring mixture of mythical adventure, fantastic landscapes and epic struggle that made Tolkien's books into the enduring...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:20 AM
The threats came quickly.
Alix Lambert had only just released a trailer about "Mentor" when she began getting unwanted attention by way of tweets, emails and YouTube messages.
The director, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the HBO...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 8:30 AM
While wading through his personal archive of film footage, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali came upon a snippet of the band horsing around offstage. On the soundtrack, lead singer Kevin DuBrow can be heard boasting, "This is gonna be in a Quiet Riot...
| May 3, 2014
| 5:15 PM
A dual-language charter school for English-language learners on Costa Mesa's Westside could be on the horizon, if Caryn Blanton has her way.
Blanton has spent the past decade working as the youth development director for Mika Community Development Corp....
| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.
The roughly hourlong debate in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center featured...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners.
That's not to say he won't help an organization, initiative or individual get closer to victory. But, when that doesn't work, he has no misgivings about cutting loose or moving on.
"My energy goes to...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:45 AM
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy.
From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" — played by actor Matt LeBlanc — has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying...