| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:29 PM
The onset of World War II transformed Costa Mesa's quiet farmland into a military zone preparing for battle.
This, it was noted during Thursday's Fair Board meeting, forever changed the area and paved the way for the population growth to come.
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:03 PM
I don't suppose one can expect Stars and Stripes forever.
I refer not to Old Glory, America's cherished red, white and blue national symbol, but Stars and Stripes, the ubiquitous and venerated daily newspaper published for eons by the U.S. military....
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:18 AM
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.
2.) Keith Curry: The...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:40 PM
About a year and a half and some 510 man hours later, there's a cannon again on West 18th Street.
Well, it's not technically a cannon, but folks in Costa Mesa have been known to call it that. It's actually a M1902 U.S. Army field gun, built in 1911. Now...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:44 PM
A group of Orange County attorneys is calling for the removal of Mississippi’s state flag from a display at Santa Ana’s Civic Center, saying its Confederate design symbolizes racism and hatred.
The Mississippi flag is the last to feature the...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 2:32 PM
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the "war to end all wars," World War I.
Alas, mankind's record since 1914 hasn't been stellar.
Did Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, have any idea that his assassination of Austrian Archduke...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:51 AM
California is home to one of the largest Armenian populations in the world, from the fertile farmlands of the Central Valley to Southern California. The Armenian Genocide and subsequent diaspora affect the community's sense of identity and perseverance to...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Digging Too Deep
Mainly Murder Press; 207 pages
Jill Amadio's "Digging Too Deep" is the sort of book that will have you casting the movie version in your head as you read.
Put the right director at the helm and these characters could...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 1:49 PM
It's my birthday this week, and I intend to ignore it.
I have the right!
I'll close my eyes, plug my ears and sing "la la la la la!" Whoosh! See. My birthday's gone.
Call it denial. Call it anything you like. But this birthday isn't going to...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:36 PM
The doughy LSTs, or landing ship tanks in military parlance, were the U.S. Navy's amphibious landing workhorses of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War.
Flat-bottomed and keel-less, the 328-foot LSTs, their guns blazing, crawled onto...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:37 PM
Ahoy! "The war to end all wars" ended Nov. 11, 1918, when Germany signed the armistice agreement and surrendered to the Allies on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The war didn't offically end until June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 3:05 PM
World War II veteran Thomas G. Riker has a morning routine, a short ceremony of patriotic clockwork.
He walks the front yard of his Flower Street home in Eastside Costa Mesa and hoists the American flag. Then the 95-year-old salutes and quietly...