| Oct 26, 2013
| 11:52 PM
I love the game of football. It is America's passion for a reason.
Athletes learn invaluable life lessons from their participation in football at whatever level they participate. The ability to stay self-disciplined, put hard work ahead of immediate...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 3:55 PM
The words "Common Core" don't hold special meaning to students in Terri Clarke's second-grade class at Newport Elementary.
Unbeknownst to them, the lessons Clarke is implementing will have a profound effect on the way they are taught for the rest of...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:07 PM
Blood trickles down 11-year-old Hope Martin's arm, staining her white T-shirt and streaking her leg as she bends down to tie her shoe.
She turns to her classmate John Paul Bottazzi, whose arms, legs and face are covered in white body paint, to ask for...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:12 PM
A new city study indicates that while Costa Mesa's municipal workforce feels disheartened at work, there is still momentum for positive changes.
The 10-page report by Chip Espinoza, a Trabuco Canyon-based management consultant, was posted Thursday on...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:10 AM
There it is.
Chapter 5 of Owen Barder's "Running for Fitness" describes age-related declines in muscle mass, lung elasticity and stride length and a loss of 9% to 10% aerobic capacity per decade. All this points to slowing down as we age.
So when I...
| 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...
| 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 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 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 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...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:05 PM
The nick of time was unkind to the UC Irvine men's soccer team last season.
But a closer look at the average time of the winning goal in the Anteaters' 10 one-goal defeats — the 91st minute including five overtime goals — indicates that it...