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90-year-old stained-glass window broken by brick, church says

A vandal with a brick shattered part of a 90-year-old stained-glass window at Costa Mesa's First United Methodist Church, church leaders said Tuesday. The act occurred sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday, according to the Rev. Amy Aitken. The window, known informally as the Shepherd's...


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  • Commentary: Consider outsourcing city services to the private sector

    At this point, arguing over the dangers and unintended consequences of any Banning Ranch development is pointless. As is rehashing the countless stories of how the residents of this neighborhood have been misled and ignored by all those who stand to benefit by their vision of progress. As a middle-class,...

  • Mailbag: Another fine photo by Pilot photographer Don Leach

    I realize sports is rich in photo opportunities. But Don Leach's photo of the Mustangs' bench is outstanding! I think this photo alone is worthy of another award for Don. We are lucky to have him. Dan Rycroft Costa Mesa * Photograph showed players' reaction The photo in Thursday's Daily Pilot by...

  • Commentary: Let's give up violence, home and abroad, for Lent

    Each year, during the 40 days and Sundays leading up to the celebration of Easter, Christians throughout the world observe the season of Lent. Lent is often perceived as a time of testing one's will — perhaps trying to go 40 days without a cigarette, alcohol or chocolate — in order to discipline...

  • Commentary: Try falling in love with God on Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day comes and goes with a flurry of cards, flowers, chocolates and jewelry. But is that all there is to love? Of course not! Sure, these are all sweet symbols designed to express our love. But our hearts hunger for more depth. Instead we are bombarded with product advertisements that...

  • Commentary: Early diagnosis gives dementia patients better chances

    We're at the beginning of the era of "curing" Alzheimer's disease. No more slipping into oblivion. No more loss of dignity. One day – not too long from now – degenerative cognitive conditions will be as manageable as high blood pressure, a disease that requires vigilance to keep at bay but doesn't...


Life & Arts

Under the big top at Cavalia's 'Odysseo,' where the 65 horses are the stars

Under the big top at Cavalia's 'Odysseo,' where the 65 horses are the stars

The 58,397-square-foot big top off the 405 freeway in Irvine may seem curiously large until it's clear what goes on inside. Essentially, the 25-foot-tall white tent for Cavalia's "Odysseo" show holds a small village of 65 horses, 48 performers, 200 additional staff and a 17,500-square-foot stage...



Police Files for Feb. 5

Costa Mesa Brookline Lane and Vanguard Way: Auto theft was reported at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bristol Street: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1300 block at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mesa Drive: Petty theft from a vehicle was reported in the 100 block at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mesa Verde Drive East: Carrying...