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O.C.’s first small-format Target store opens near UC Irvine

Orange County’s first small-format Target opened this week across from UC Irvine. The 20,000-square-foot store, tucked between a Chipotle Mexican Grill and Blaze Pizza in the University Center off Campus Drive, replaces a 24 Hour Fitness. Target officials said the store is among 45 nationwide that...

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CdM football seniors make a splash

CdM football seniors make a splash

Nobody can usually say this about the Corona del Mar High football team, last year’s CIF Southern Section Division 4 finalist. But on Wednesday morning, the players seemed overmatched even before the game began. They were about to dive in the pool and play water polo against the CdM girls team,...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Midway Moments: O.C. Fair's fruit and vegetable contests are ones to beet
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Midway Moments: O.C. Fair's fruit and vegetable contests are ones to beet

Under the watchful eye of scarecrows and the occasional piercing call of a peacock, Mary Potempa paced around a tent at the Orange County fairgrounds’ Centennial Farm carrying a clipboard Tuesday morning, taking note of the best, the biggest and the bizarre of the fair’s fruit and vegetables. Hobbyist...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Huntington Central Park to get pavement and irrigation work, City Council decides

Laguna Beach

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Laguna Beach police seek suspect in cellphone theft
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Laguna Beach police seek suspect in cellphone theft

Laguna Beach police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing a cellphone from a vehicle last month on Blumont Street. A man was seen in video surveillance footage riding up to an unlocked vehicle on a skateboard, opening the door and making off with a cellphone at...

Life & Arts

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First-timer at a D23 campout: Enjoying and surviving the Disneyland expo
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First-timer at a D23 campout: Enjoying and surviving the Disneyland expo

As many Disney fans were preparing to head home from the first day of the D23 Expo, I and about 7,000 others were calling the Anaheim Convention Center's basement our home for the night. Instead of warm beds, we lay upon the cold cement in a windowless room where the lights and air conditioner...

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  • Amelia Earhart, subject of new documentary, had ties to O.C.

    Amelia Earhart, subject of new documentary, had ties to O.C.

    Three summers ago, I was standing in a secluded jungle clearing on Saipan, the capital of the Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory in the remote western Pacific about 6,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States. Before me lay the crumbling stone ruins of the notorious Japanese Jail,...

  • Concerns about parking, pedestrian safety persist in Laguna

    As frustrating as parking can be, and as our transit management in Laguna Beach can hardly be accused of competent community service, let me share a few ideas: 1. The signal light at the art school in the canyon is causing a nuisance and severe traffic backup. There is no reason to have this signal...

  • O.C. Iranian Americans attend dedication of Freedom Sculpture

    O.C. Iranian Americans attend dedication of Freedom Sculpture

    Two distinct historical events that are about 2,300 years apart, and yet amazingly share common principles, stand out in human history. One is the first declaration of human rights known as the “Cyrus Cylinder” by Cyrus the Great. He was the just and kind ruler and the father of Persian empire,...

  • What the dickens are fidget spinners?

    What the dickens are fidget spinners?

    All of a sudden, I am hearing about fidget spinners everywhere. Even in the funny papers! When I first saw the gadgets on the counter, they reminded me of the replacement heads for Norelco shavers. I saw them in Lido Pharmacy recently and ignored them. But my son Mark was with me, and he asked...

  • Consider vaccines, repellents and other precautions before traveling overseas this summer

    Consider vaccines, repellents and other precautions before traveling overseas this summer

    Small talk during the course of an office visit sometimes turns to the topic of summer vacation plans. My patients might be seeing me for nausea, but when they tell me about their upcoming trips to distant locales, I’m the one who turns green. Envy aside, I want them to enjoy their excursions to...

Crime

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  • Residents escape H.B. home after car catches fire in garage

    Three residents escaped injury as they evacuated a Huntington Beach home early Tuesday after a car parked in the garage caught fire, authorities said. Huntington Beach fire officials responded to 16852 Marina Bay Drive at about 3 a.m. after receiving a report of a residential structure fire. Heavy...

  • Robber takes cash from 7-Eleven in Huntington Beach

    A robber made off with cash from a 7-Eleven in Huntington Beach early Wednesday, police said. Huntington Beach police were called to the store at 9502 Hamilton Ave. shortly after midnight after receiving a report that a man had robbed it, Officer Angela Bennett said. It isn’t clear whether the...

  • 2 Costa Mesa residents displaced after car crashes into their apartment

    2 Costa Mesa residents displaced after car crashes into their apartment

    Two Costa Mesa residents were displaced after a car crashed into their apartment Tuesday, causing significant damage, authorities said. Costa Mesa fire officials were called to the Sus Casitas Apartments at 2110 Newport Blvd. at about 10 a.m. after receiving a report that a car had crashed into...

  • High surf, rip currents and crowds keeping lifeguards busy

    High surf, rip currents and crowds keeping lifeguards busy

    Big crowds seeking relief from the summer heat, paired with large surf and strong rip currents, kept area lifeguards on their toes with hundreds of rescues over the weekend, and more turbulent surf is anticipated Tuesday and Wednesday. Hurricane Eugene, which is swirling in the Pacific Ocean off...

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