Inventors test their creations during 'Astounding Inventions' competition at Irvine Valley College

Inventors test their creations during 'Astounding Inventions' competition at Irvine Valley College

More than 450 young inventors in kindergarten through eighth grade put their creations to the test Saturday in the 28th annual "Astounding Inventions" competition at Irvine Valley College.

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Pacific Symphony to pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Carl St.Clair can pinpoint the last moment he saw Leonard Bernstein. The two had just conducted a show together at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts, and Bernstein, who had trusted his own composition to St.Clair's baton, urged him to attend a recording session a few months later.

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Celebrating for the love of popcorn

Celebrating for the love of popcorn

If you just can't get your fill of popcorn, you can find plenty of it this weekend at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa — and it's free.

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Girl Scouts warm up for cookie season at UCI rally

Girl Scouts warm up for cookie season at UCI rally

It's almost Girl Scout cookie season again, and more than 1,000 Orange County Girl Scouts celebrated at a rally Saturday at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.

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District to discuss Signature Academies, teacher negotiations

Student admission policies and publicity for a series of Signature Academies are set for discussion in a study session Tuesday by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board.

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Jazz singer Dianne Reeves heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves heads to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dianne Reeves knows her way around a jazz song.

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Newport Beach woman helps deck White House halls

Newport Beach woman helps deck White House halls

Tom Goethals had a secret.

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Girls' Cross-Country: Season ends on a high note for Laguna Beach

Girls' Cross-Country: Season ends on a high note for Laguna Beach

The Laguna Beach High girls' cross-country team completed another successful campaign on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Breakers finished in fourth place among 23 teams competing for the Division 4 team title at the 2014 CIF State Cross-Country Championships.

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50 Christmas trees light the bay at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina kicked off its holiday celebration Saturday evening with the annual Lighting of the Bay, during which Santa Claus lights 50 Christmas trees on Newport Bay.

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Boys' Water Polo: Corona del Mar edges Long Beach Wilson to reach CIF semifinals

LONG BEACH — They say that duct tape can fix just about anything, but whoever came up with that saying probably didn't have the right ankle of Corona del Mar High senior Jack Trush in mind.

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Shoppers browse crafts at the Sugar Plum Festival at the OC Fair and Event Center on Saturday.

Sugar Plum Festival offers shoppers a winter wonderland

For Fred Richter and his wife Camilla Richter, what started as a project to earn some extra cash for the holidays has turned into a winter wonderland tradition that people have been attending for 37 years.

Costa Mesa DUI arrests plummet after special police team is disbanded

Costa Mesa police describe their city as an ideal incubator for drunk drivers.

Righeimer maintains lead against Humphrey in Costa Mesa City Council race

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the ongoing ballot counting in the race for City Council.

According to police, John Roger Alcorn, 65, was crossing the street with his son at about 7:15 p.m. Friday when a Mazda 3 struck them near the intersection of Burwood and West Yale Loop, shown Monday morning. Alcorn died of his injuries and his son was injured.

Car crash in Irvine kills man while he was trick-or-treating with son

An Irvine man was killed and his 4-year-old son was seriously hurt when a car crashed into them while they were trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Kids play soccer during the City of Irvine and FivePoint Communities ceremonial breaking of the concrete runways of the old El Toro Marine Base to make way for the Great Park neighborhoods and parks on Oct. 9. A Great Park consulting firm claims its reputation has been damaged during audits of the park.

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

A consulting firm battered by allegations of cronyism and inefficiency in reviews of Irvine's $200-million effort to develop the Orange County Great Park has asked a state agency to force the city to apologize, claiming it besmirched the company's reputation.

Sandy Dvore, an Emmy-winning artist, will have an exhibition retrospective of his career at Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.

The art of movies, TV

The conversation moves — on foot, since Sandy Dvore doesn't sit down for long — to a small room in the back of this West Hollywood apartment, where the resident reaches into a pile of old artifacts and holds up an old black-and-white photograph in a plastic frame.

County GOP gives $50,000 to PAC supporting 4 Newport council candidates

In the final stretch toward Election Day on Tuesday, the Republican Party of Orange County has funneled about $50,000 into a political action committee that's supporting the Newport Beach City Council slate known as "Team Newport," according to recent campaign disclosures.

Police: Driver trying to flee triggers chain-reaction crash; 6 hurt

A man suspected of drunken driving who was trying to flee from Costa Mesa police caused a chain-reaction crash that sent six people to hospitals Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

Vanguard U. pulls out of county tuition program after bias complaint

Vanguard University ended its participation in a reduced-tuition program with the county after a complaint was filed alleging that the religious school's guiding principles violate the county's non-discrimination policy.

Passengers delayed at John Wayne airport as sick child is treated

The evacuation of a toddler suspected of having meningitis caused delays for other passengers disembarking a flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, to John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

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