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Teacher from Irvine suspected of sexting 16-year-old high school student

A high school teacher was arrested Monday outside his Irvine home on suspicion of exchanging sexual text messages with a 16-year-old female student, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Justin Verducci, 25, teaches math at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, where the...


Aces trump 'Eaters

Evansville rallies in second half for commanding win over fellow mid-major at Wooden Legacy.


  • Commentary: Scammers and phishers prey upon seniors

    As soon as I hear, "Congratulations, you have been selected," or "You have won," or "You have qualified for," I hang up. These old tricks apparently still work, despite the fact that we are expected to send big money (to some sleazebag) before we get the trip to Hawaii, or the car, or the big cash...

  • Mailbag: Why can't City Council majority solve hardest problems?

    The Costa Mesa City Council majority continues to struggle with several tough problems that affect all residents. These are the problems of the pension's unfunded liability, police staffing and affordable housing for low- and very low-income families. Our council majority can't seem to make tough...

  • Commentary: This year's flu shot appears highly effective

    It works. It's more effective than last year's. And really it doesn't hurt that much. So if you're still on the fence about getting your flu shot, you've run out of excuses. The flu is one of the more-vexing viruses we deal with as physicians — a sometimes-fatal disease that is preventable with...

  • Mailbag: Developer fees should pay for new city library

    The City Council has decided it's time to build a new library. It's also time to raise part of the money by a development fee rather than unduly burdening current residents. Funding options presented by staff involve either debt or a tax increase or both. However, a fairer funding mechanism is available...

  • Mailbag: Can gratitude survive Black Friday?

    Can gratitude survive Black Friday? This is one of the best weeks of the year on my calendar, as Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's a time to gather family together and slow down, to step away from life's busyness and immerse myself in the love of family, country and God. But wait...


Life & Arts

Storymakery shop lets children create their own books

Storymakery shop lets children create their own books

As a child, Payal Kindinger loved writing her own stories. To her, writing was an escape from everyday life to a place found only by the sheer power of her imagination. But reality got in the way, and the once-budding writer ended up choosing a profession in the steadier technology industry. "Writing...



Police Files for Nov. 27

Costa Mesa Grace Lane: Grand theft was reported in the 2900 block at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Placentia Avenue: Shoplifting was reported in the 2100 block at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday. Superior Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1600 block at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fairview Road and Pirate Way: Driving...