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California students score better on state tests, but only slightly

If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, fewer than half of public school students in California are on track to be ready for college after graduation.  The good news, if there is good news, is that’s an improvement over last year. Across...

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  • On Theater: Laguna Playhouse shows this season are all new productions

    On Theater: Laguna Playhouse shows this season are all new productions

    Theatergoers visiting the Laguna Playhouse during the upcoming season — the theater's 97th — are likely to notice the complete absence of a familiar show. Nothing by Shakespeare or Neil Simon. They're all new for 2016-17. Actually, the season already is underway, having started last month with...

  • Driver in hit-and-run that killed cyclist gets one year in jail

    Driver in hit-and-run that killed cyclist gets one year in jail

    A driver was convicted and sentenced Monday to a year in jail in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Laguna Beach in 2014. Laguna resident Dylan Thomas Rand-Luby, 21, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of hit-and-run with injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular...

  • Study into lights, turf at school fields gets NMUSD board's OK

    The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board approved an agreement Tuesday for a feasibility study to install permanent sports lighting and artificial turf at three Costa Mesa school sites. The district is paying Riverside-based architectural firm Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke $45,000 for the effort. ...

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  • Welcome home, local Olympians

    Welcome home, local Olympians

    The 2016 Summer Olympic Games closed Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, capping a successful run for the U.S. contingent, which includes many athletes and coaches with ties to the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa area. Here are the local Olympians: ATHLETES • April Ross (Costa Mesa resident and Newport...

  • Young artists honored in festival competition

    Young artists honored in festival competition

    The Festival of Arts honored young artists during an awards ceremony Aug. 14. A jury made up of representatives from California First National Bank, the Pimco Foundation and the Festival of Arts selected first-, second- and third-place honorees in photography and two-and three-dimensional artwork,...

  • Utility-line work to resume on Laguna Canyon Road

    Work aimed at the undergrounding of utility lines will resume Sept. 6 on the Big Bend portion of Laguna Canyon Road, according to a news release. Southern California Edison crews will install underground cables and remove overhead wires during this phase of the project. Both outbound and inbound...

  • Tiled courtyard adds to 'beautiful' veterans museum at O.C. fairgrounds

    Tiled courtyard adds to 'beautiful' veterans museum at O.C. fairgrounds

    A steady mechanized whir filled the air Monday as a construction crane lifted a massive concrete slab into the air above the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The crane slowly swung the piece into position. As it was lowered, a team of workers painstakingly guided it into place. "Watch your...

  • Former USC star Todd Marinovich arrested after being found naked with meth in stranger's backyard, police say

    Former USC star Todd Marinovich arrested after being found naked with meth in stranger's backyard, police say

    Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard by Irvine police investigating a call about a nude man wandering a nearby hiking trail, according to authorities.  Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo...

  • Anaheim won't fine short-term rental companies for hosts' violations

    Anaheim won't fine short-term rental companies for hosts' violations

    Anaheim officials say they won’t enforce a new law that imposes fines on short-term rental sites for listing homes and apartments that violate the city’s rental regulations. The policy change is the latest chapter in a heated battle between the city and hundreds of short-term rental properties...

  • Man dies after being run over by a car at his birthday party

    Man dies after being run over by a car at his birthday party

    A man who lay in front of a car because he didn’t want a friend to leave his birthday party died after being run over early Sunday morning, San Diego police said.  According to the police report, Jonathan Carlyle Merkley of Garden Grove was celebrating his 34th birthday and drinking alcohol with...

  • Applications being accepted for Cox Charities grants

    Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for grant money offered by Cox Charities, a charitable foundation of Cox Communications. Cox Charities will award $50,000 in grants to Orange County and Palos Verdes nonprofits that support initiatives regarding youth, education, conservation...

  • Two Cal State Fullerton students stabbed near fraternity house

    Two Cal State Fullerton students stabbed near fraternity house

    Two male students at Cal State Fullerton were stabbed on the school’s fraternity row early Sunday morning, the day before fall semester classes began, authorities said. Police responded to a call at approximately 12:25 a.m. about an altercation that had just occurred near the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity...

  • Loqhum, a new candy shop, brings Turkish delight to Garden Grove

    Loqhum, a new candy shop, brings Turkish delight to Garden Grove

    Loqhum, a Turkish candy shop in Garden Grove, opened inside Fresh Choice Marketplace in May, dazzling customers with spectacular candies straight from Istanbul. The candy is shipped in small batches regularly, specially made for shop owner Turkay Hot, who is also from Istanbul.  In Turkey, this...

  • Home of the Day: Divine dwelling in South Pasadena

    Home of the Day: Divine dwelling in South Pasadena

    Originally built as the caretaker’s cottage for a larger estate, this hillside home in South Pasadena was later remodeled to serve as a church. Divine details of note include rows of arching stained glass windows and cathedral-style ceilings. Character finishes, large formal rooms and sweeping...

  • Mother and her two children hit and killed by suspected drunk driver

    Mother and her two children hit and killed by suspected drunk driver

    A mother and her two young children were struck and killed Saturday night in Placentia by a motorist, who was later arrested on suspicion of murder and driving under the influence, authorities said. A group of Placentia police officers on patrol heard noises that sounded like a car accident at...

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