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Newport teen’s invention against school shootings: bulletproof skateboard

A Newport Beach teenager has come up with an unlikely invention to help protect students in case of a school shooting: a bulletproof skateboard. Griffin Burke, 19, had the idea after a former Ph.D. student killed a professor and himself on the UCLA campus last year. Burke, a political-science student...

OC Fair

  • Chiefs crush for fun and charity in O.C. Fair demolition derby

    Chiefs crush for fun and charity in O.C. Fair demolition derby

    It was high noon — or make that high moon — for a group of local public safety chiefs Saturday night at the Orange County Fair. But rather than ride in on trusty steeds, the police and fire chiefs rode rusty RVs as they tried to drive one another out of town — or at least out of commission in the...

  • From Skipper to steins, collectors bring meaningful mementos to OC Fair

    From Skipper to steins, collectors bring meaningful mementos to OC Fair

    Collectors, by definition, understand and appreciate widely and deeply. Collections on display at this year’s Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa include dragons, “Gremlins” memorabilia, slips of wisdom from fortune cookies, restored vintage radios, concert ticket stubs and more, representing individual...

  • OC Fair’s GameFest gives players a dose of virtual reality

    OC Fair’s GameFest gives players a dose of virtual reality

    Jonathan Edwards jumped and dodged as masked soldiers fired assault rifles at him. Though it might have seemed to the 14-year-old from Costa Mesa that he was in a war zone, the soldiers, fortunately, weren’t real. They were part of a virtual reality video game that Jonathan was playing at the iBuyPower...

  • Police and fire chiefs ready to rumble in OC Fair's Motor Home Madness

    Police and fire chiefs ready to rumble in OC Fair's Motor Home Madness

    Local police and fire chiefs are prepared to respond to mayhem on city streets, but on Saturday, the top brass will create their own chaos during the Orange County Fair’s Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby. Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis and Fire Chief Chip Duncan, Costa Mesa Police Chief...

  • Midway Moments: ‘Carnie priest’ makes time for the OC Fair faithful

    Midway Moments: ‘Carnie priest’ makes time for the OC Fair faithful

    It wasn’t a church in the traditional sense, but they made it one. On Thursday morning, before the rides were turned on and the barbecue grills lit up, about 30 workers at the Orange County Fair gathered below a white tent for a Catholic Mass. It’s been tradition for a few years. Father Leandro...

  • Retired teacher and engineer’s radio collection makes waves at OC Fair

    Retired teacher and engineer’s radio collection makes waves at OC Fair

    A single radio from high school was all it took for La Palma resident John Eng to hunt down the 28 radios now displayed at the OC Fair’s Collections — plus over 200 others in his home. Looking at the colorful plastic knobs and dials, Eng does not see what some call “dead technology.” He sees them...

Sports

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High School Football Preview: Barons striving for improvement in 2017

High School Football Preview: Barons striving for improvement in 2017

Jimmy Nolan is nothing if not honest. And, by Nolan’s estimation, last year’s Fountain Valley High football team was arguably the worst in school history. “I’m not too proud to say that it was led by me,” he said. Circumstances maybe worked against the Barons. Nolan was hired late in the game last...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Bootlegger's brews a location in Costa Mesa after Planning Commission approval

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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How should Huntington Beach plan for development through 2040? Public hearing on Tuesday

Laguna Beach

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Woman says she was attacked as she tried to intervene in brawl outside Laguna Beach bar

Life & Arts

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Calendar: Highlights from around town

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  • With school starting soon, be sure to thank a teacher

    With school starting soon, be sure to thank a teacher

    Did you know there is a certain smell to every classroom? I know it sounds gross; it’s not. Every teacher knows what I’m talking about. It's a reminder of all the past students who have sat in the classroom: the ones you worried about, the ones you knew would be successful, the ones who made you...

  • Newport wise to raise its sea wall as global temperatures rise

    Newport wise to raise its sea wall as global temperatures rise

    Re. “Newport takes steps to add 9-inch cap to Balboa Island seawalls,” (Aug. 9). Thanks to the Pilot for this item. There is no question Newport Beach will need to raise the seawall to protect from rising sea levels. The latest draft of the federal climate report has just been released. Most of...

  • Traffic control outside the Orange County Fair baffles this driver

    Traffic control outside the Orange County Fair baffles this driver

    At 7 p.m. Aug. 5, I was asked to drop off some people at the O.C. Fair. They wanted to avoid the congestion in the parking lot, the long walk and the parking fee. The fair has accommodated drop-offs near the main gate for many years. In fact, I had just done it a week prior for some family members....

  • Fairview site provides infrastructure to continue helping those in desperate need

    Fairview site provides infrastructure to continue helping those in desperate need

    The Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa is a remnant of a recent past when people with developmental disabilities were essentially warehoused and kept away from mainstream society. But it can have a bright future. For one, we have changed the way we view and interact with people with developmental...

  • Orange County needs temporary and permanent housing solutions for the homeless

    Orange County needs temporary and permanent housing solutions for the homeless

    Somewhere in cars, on streets or in shelters across California, more than 20,000 homeless families — infants included — will sleep tonight. Among them will be unaccompanied homeless children and youth too. Californians are used to trending, but here’s one category where our leadership shows our...

Crime

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  • Man with 4 DUI convictions arrested in Costa Mesa on suspicion of drunk driving

    Man with 4 DUI convictions arrested in Costa Mesa on suspicion of drunk driving

    A 29-year-old man with four previous DUI convictions was arrested Saturday in Costa Mesa on suspicion of drunk driving after officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle, with open beer cans, police said. A driver called 911 at about 7:50 p.m. to report that another car was swerving...

  • Woman killed in crash on 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa

    A 22-year-old San Diego woman was killed late Saturday while riding in one of three vehicles that crashed on the southbound 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa. California Highway Patrol officers responded at 11:58 p.m. to a report of a three-vehicle crash on the freeway near the Bristol Street exit. CHP...

  • 2 teenage housesitters suspected of stealing guns from Costa Mesa home

    Two 18-year-old housesitters were arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing guns from a Costa Mesa home, police said. The pair had been housesitting for a resident in the 3100 block of Cork Lane while the homeowner was out of town on vacation. However, the resident asked them to leave Sunday after...

  • Fountain Valley garage fire temporarily displaces 2 townhouse residents

    Fountain Valley garage fire temporarily displaces 2 townhouse residents

    A blaze that broke out in a Fountain Valley garage Saturday temporarily displaced two townhouse residents, fire officials said. Fountain Valley firefighters were called to 17693 Los Jardines West at about 5 p.m. The fire began in a garage and spread to a wall adjoining another garage. Crews from...

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