| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:16 PM
Lonnie Lynn led his son to believe that his middle name, Rashid, means childhood love.
Turns out, that's not true.
But that didn't stop Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known by his stage name, Common, from running with it.
"I believe that love is the...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 5:59 PM
On a typical school day, Asher Windberry struts like a rock star into the main office at Mariners Elementary School.
Donning his trucker hat and favorite pair of neon shades, he smiles, raising his hand to high-five school staff as he makes his way, mom...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:10 PM
The Berns Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park opens to the public Saturday with festivities that also kick off a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks.
The free event, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Moro Canyon,...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Earlier this month, I interviewed my two youngest sources: 10-year-old Maxx and 7-year-old Helena Solomonian.
Standing on the porch of his Corona del Mar home, Maxx blurted, "I knew you're Indian because I watched 'Life of Pi' and you sound like him."...
| May 16, 2013
| 4:44 PM
Hope in Sight
Aisha Simjee, MD
White Spruce Press; 240 pages
Aisha Simjee is a tough cookie. On her first mission trip as an ophthalmologist, the Newport Beach resident flew to Guyana and set up her equipment in an unused school building. Shortly...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Several students at Costa Mesa High School are pondering a question that could affect the next four years of their education.
Does Advanced Placement calculus or marching band look more impressive on a college application?
Students at Mesa are...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 11:32 AM
When Daniel Tello realized his four-piece band couldn't be called the Originals — because the name belonged to a '60s R&B and soul group — he added "ites."
It wasn't an arbitrary decision, though. Tello took inspiration from legendary ska...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 7:34 PM
Editor's note: The following is a set of 20 questions with Yard House founder Steele Platt.
Q: You said you wrote a business plan in 1994 called the Yard House while tending bar in Huntington Beach. The Yard House sold to Darden Restaurants for $585...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 8:27 PM
At least on paper, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra seems like the underdog among the recent visiting orchestras that have come or are yet to come to Costa Mesa.
Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, the Mariinsky, the fabled Vienna Philharmonic ...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 1:21 PM
This weekend, Rick Conkey plans to showcase several causes that he holds dear — not the least of which is celebrating reggae music.
The host of KX 93.5's "Music Matters" radio show is set to launch the American Reggae Hall of Fame by honoring...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:03 AM
Locals will have another place to shop for retro and vintage-inspired clothes when Unique Vintage opens in downtown Huntington Beach.
Unique Vintage is hosting a grand opening party starting at noon March 9 at its shop, 155 Fifth St., next to Forever...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 3:42 PM
Young at heart. Irreverent. A riot.
These are some descriptions that pop up when Common Sense comes to mind.
What's even better is their own tag: "Six-year-olds in big person's bodies."
As the band members primped for a photo shoot outside Jean...