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Newport boat parade lights up the night to begin 109th run

Newport Harbor was aglow Wednesday evening as the 109th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade began its five-night stand. Cheerfully and intricately decorated yachts, sailboats, small electrics and even canoes and kayaks converge on the water for the holiday tradition, which draws thousands...

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Everything goes Wright for Fountain Valley

Everything goes Wright for Fountain Valley

The Fountain Valley High boys’ soccer team started a freshman in its back line on Wednesday in a nonleague match against Dana Hills. Cantor Wright started alongside his older brother, sophomore Connor Wright, and everything went right defensively for the Barons in their 3-0 shutout at home. Senior...

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Las Vegas man sentenced to 8 years in prison for pimping 16-year-old girl in Costa Mesa

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Coastal Commission to weigh in on Laguna’s short-term lodging rules
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Coastal Commission to weigh in on Laguna’s short-term lodging rules

Laguna Beach must prove its case to the California Coastal Commission if it wants to officially change city rules for short-term lodging. Commission staff members recommend the state agency’s board deny Laguna’s request to ban stays of 30 consecutive days or less in residential areas for property...

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On Theater: A bittersweet yet joyful ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ at SCR

On Theater: A bittersweet yet joyful ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ at SCR

South Coast Repertory's intriguing production of “Sugar Plum Fairy” on its Julienne Argyros Stage is the ideal antidote for the abundance of holiday compassion generated by its 38th incarnation of “A Christmas Carol” on the adjoining Segerstrom Stage. Playwright Sandra Tsing Loh, who stars in her...

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  • Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

    Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

    I am appalled at the assertion by a recent letter writer that the Colorado cake baker “has every right . . . to run his small business as he feels appropriate” (“Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom”). Actually, that is not true. The right of religious freedom,...

  • Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    On Dec. 7, the Newport Beach Planning Commission heard the community’s concerns about the height and bulk of a new home at 2607 Ocean Blvd. (“Blufftop Corona del Mar house gets go-ahead, with more changes”). The owner of the irregularly shaped property had asked to build a 5,200 square-foot house...

  • Effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter is a solution in search of a problem

    Effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter is a solution in search of a problem

    Groucho Marx was right when he famously said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” The Scott Peotter recall is the wrong remedy. Defeated City Council candidate Michael Toerge and recall proponent Lynn Swain...

  • Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom

    Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom

    I respect the rights of David Mullins and Charlie Craig to have a ceremony they believe is appropriate. I respect the right of Ms. Halverson-Cano to support them (“Commentary: O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights,” Dec. 1). I do not agree with Ms. Halverson-Cano’s disrespectful...

  • O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights

    O.C. faith community to eat cake in support of LGBTQ rights

    When the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council held its September luncheon at the Baha’i church in Costa Mesa, we invited the mayors of each of our three cities. It was an opportunity to connect with one another and the religious community to ask questions of our elected officials. It caught most...

Crime

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  • Ex-employee of Newport Beach bar charged with selling ecstasy resulting in overdoses

    A former security manager at the American Junkie bar and nightclub in Newport Beach was charged Friday with multiple felonies on allegations of sales of ecstasy to bar patrons that resulted in multiple overdoses, including a fatal one in November 2016. Sean Robert McLaughlin, 43, of Aliso Viejo...

  • 2 companies reach $7.7-million settlement over allegations of selling fetal tissue

    Two bioscience companies that once operated in Costa Mesa have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district attorney’s office over allegations that they illegally sold fetal tissue to companies around the world, prosecutors said Friday. According to the settlement signed...

  • Brush fire extinguished at Talbert Park in Costa Mesa

    Firefighters knocked down a fire Thursday night at Talbert Regional Park after it consumed about an acre. The fire was reported after 9 p.m. near the BMX track, Costa Mesa fire Capt. Chris Coates said. No structure damage or injuries were reported. “We recommend if someone sees smoke out there...

  • Newport man pleads not guilty in attempted liquor store robbery

    Newport man pleads not guilty in attempted liquor store robbery

    A Newport Beach man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trying to rob a Costa Mesa liquor store last weekend. Jamieson Wallace MacKenzie, 39, faces a felony charge of attempted robbery, according to court records. Officers responded to Powers Liquor at 1888 Placentia Ave. shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday...

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