| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:28 PM
After spending Labor Day weekend on Catalina Island, Valinda Martin boarded a ferry for the short trip back to Newport Beach.
The vessel bounced on the choppy water. Martin, seated in the back, landed hard as the boat rose and fell. Suddenly, she lost...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Instructor Kathy Andruss, 67, takes the stage at 9 a.m. sharp, donning her headset and best workout clothing. She turns up the dance version of a '90s hit tune and the seniors halt their conversations, hurrying to the center of the floor, eager to get...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 1:12 PM
My heart goes out to one of my all-time favorite singers, Linda Ronstadt.
I'm a bigger fan of hers today than ever.
A superstar pop artist of the 1970s, her smash hits include "You're No Good" and "When Will I Be Loved." She later segued into such...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 9:12 PM
My wife never had a dog before she bought one as a companion for her then-6-year-old son, Morgan.
After some investigation, she got a white golden retriever, and they named her Devonshire Cream, or Devon, for short. The problem was, as I got to know...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 10:55 PM
The fall semester is only a few weeks old, but already soccer players at local universities have experienced one of the great joys of collegiate life: an eventful road trip.
The men's and women's teams at both UC Irvine and Vanguard came away with...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:06 PM
The chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County told the O.C. Fair Board on Wednesday that his event management firm has "nothing to hide" when it comes to its contract with Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary party.
Scott Baugh said he was responding...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Melissa Mead says she likes to run. She especially enjoys longer distances.
She thrives on long courses. It's as if she finds extra energy when the ground converts from pavement to grass, to dirt, to hills toward the finish line.
She's also no...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 11:17 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Chanelle Sladics posed a question to second- and third-graders at Newport Elementary School Thursday morning.
"Are you guys excited to plant some seeds?" Sladics, the pro snowboarder, asked the kids.
"Yes," the 23 Newport El...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 5:48 PM
A request for more funds has prompted the Irvine City Council to launch an investigation into the construction costs for a community center at Northwood Community Park.
Saying the project, which started in 2012, "really represents a first of its kind...
| May 31, 2013
| 3:48 PM
The Orange County Great Park is rolling out free fitness classes on Saturdays in June.
The "Great Park in Motion" series kicks off this Saturday at the Terraced Lawn.
The outdoor routines begin at 7 a.m. with Health Walking, which is led by A Snail'...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 9:07 AM
Love and loss. Desire and despair. Infatuation and irony. All these are ingredients in the Costa Mesa Playhouse's latest production, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris."
Chances are you haven't heard of Jacques Brel, unless you've...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 2:56 PM
We returned from vacation to learn our neighbors were organizing a group garage sale the next morning.
Did we want in? asked one.
We did. Need the space, we said.
Our tidy block of tiny homes was to become an open-air bazaar — OK, a flea...