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San Diego Zoo's beloved elephant Ranchipur euthanized at age 50

The San Diego Zoo lost one of its elder statesmen Tuesday. Ranchipur, the zoo’s 50-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized after his health suddenly took a turn for the worse. The elderly mammal, who was the fourth-oldest male elephant in the Western Hemisphere, had been under veterinary care for...

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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...

  • Parts of Newport Beach included in proposed national monument

    Parts of Newport Beach included in proposed national monument

    More than 100,000 acres of Orange County, including sections of Newport Beach, could be designated as a national monument under a proposal heading to Congress next month. U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Garden Grove) is expected to introduce a bill that, if passed by Congress, would establish the Santa Ana...

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  • Costa Mesa man suspected of possessing heroin with intent to sell

    A man whom police found walking on a sidewalk in Costa Mesa was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia with intent to sell, authorities said. Blake Mathews, 29, of Costa Mesa was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of...

  • Tomas Quiroz kicks, does ballet, sings, plays guitar and is St. Francis' most interesting kid

    Tomas Quiroz kicks, does ballet, sings, plays guitar and is St. Francis' most interesting kid

    When it comes to most interesting teenagers on a football team, St. Francis has a top candidate in sophomore Tomas Quiroz, who's a kicker for the junior varsity team. Since he was 2, he has been training in ballet. Two summers ago, he spent five days a week, five hours a day at the Joffrey Ballet...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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