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Peñaloza: Weber should be Mesa's permanent coach

Peñaloza: Weber should be Mesa's permanent coach

Twenty-six is the number of boys' basketball games Phil Weber has coached so far at Costa Mesa High. Twenty-six is also how old Weber, an interim walk-on coach, is. At this point in the season and at his young age, Weber has made the case to be the Mustangs' permanent coach. Weber has Costa Mesa...


  • 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...

  • Commentary: City Hall interference is 'dog beach overreach'

    Mayor Diane Dixon and the Newport Beach City Council are scheduled Tuesday to take up the issue of enforcement of the leash law on "Dog Beach," which is essentially the tiny strip of county land where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean on the north side of the breakwater. This area has...


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...