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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.


  • 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...

  • Commentary: Coast to Cleveland corridor brings connectivity to wildlife

    A wildlife corridor provides a link for wildlife to move between habitat areas in a landscape fragmented by human developments. The Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor, located in Irvine, will link 22,000 acres of habitat in and around the cities of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo and...

  • Commentary: I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

    With Thanksgiving and the holidays fast approaching, I thought it might be a good time to mention that for which I'm thankful this and every year. As a mayor, I'm thankful to represent the exceptional citizens of Costa Mesa. I'm thankful for all those individuals who reach out to me and share how...

  • Commentary: It's time for Costa Mesa to employ a 'Smart Growth' approach

    Earlier this year, after years of voicing opposition to the City Council majority's continual deviation from the city's General Plan and the Westside urban plans, a group of residents came together to write an initiative to give the people of Costa Mesa control of their future by allowing the electorate...


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...