Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Under the glare of lights in a room typically kept dark for performances, David Worthington took the microphone and gave voice to a man who hadn't been heard that evening — not in person, anyway, in this theater half a world removed from his home in Iran:

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O.C. better off in dealing with drought, expert says

Orange County is in better shape than most areas when it comes to dealing with California's increasingly dire water woes, a longtime water policy expert said at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce event Wednesday morning.

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Battle for the Bell: Estancia rises to challenge, earns bragging rights against Costa Mesa

Battle for the Bell: Estancia rises to challenge, earns bragging rights against Costa Mesa

Estancia High football Coach Mike Bargas said he didn't eat all day Friday.

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Jenni Martin, golf's doctor of the green, helps older players improve

Jenni Martin, golf's doctor of the green, helps older players improve

Dr. Jenni Martin looked at her computer screen and pointed to the videotaped golfer as he hit a ball.

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Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark Alliance," which alleged that a California drug ring had sold crack cocaine to gang members and funneled the profits to a CIA-backed army in Nicaragua.

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Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Eleven-year-old Hector Garcia pulled back the handle on a fire hose and blasted water into the pavement.

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Susan Boyle chases her dream to Costa Mesa

Susan Boyle chases her dream to Costa Mesa

Five years ago, Susan Boyle took to the microphone on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" and regaled the crowd with a soulful — and, judging from many on-camera reactions, startling — rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," the lament of an ill-fated prostitute from the musical "Les Miserables."

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Five teens killed in fiery I-5 crash in Irvine; driver apparently unlicensed

Five teens killed in fiery I-5 crash in Irvine; driver apparently unlicensed

When three of his players didn't show up for their 8 a.m. soccer match Saturday, coach Billy McNicol of Mission Viejo Soccer Club assumed they were simply running late.

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Merry-go-round fundraiser today at South Coast Plaza takes aim at cancer

It's a ride worth ponying up for. Festival of Children Foundation, a nonprofit coordinating the efforts of charities to improve the lives of children, will host its "Carousel of Possible Dreams" fundraiser to benefit Friends of Cathryn Fund, a Laguna Beach-based organization raising money for neuroblastoma cancer research.

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Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Shoppers won't need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

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Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen.

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Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

The GMC Yukon trundled past a barbed-wire fence and up a dry grassy hillside — the brush scratching loudly against its underside — toward a peak with sweeping views.

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Newport Beach businessman jailed for dodging taxes

A well-known Newport Beach philanthropist who ran a power plant refurbishing business was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison for dodging taxes on more than $180 million of unreported income.

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Golf: Tallent wins out

Golf: Tallent wins out

Four years ago Patrick Tallent watched Paul Simson jump out to an early lead in the finals of the 2010 U.S. Senior Championship and eventually win.

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King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

Engelbert Humperdinck has a few rituals to perform before his upcoming show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

With the 36th annual Lido Boat Show about to begin, organizer Duncan McIntosh was buzzing about at Lido Marina Village on Tuesday morning.

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16 partygoers make it back to Newport after riding out Mexico hurricane

A group of Newport Beach residents who were stranded for two days in hurricane-torn Pedregal, Mexico, arrived home safely late Tuesday.

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Hurricane strands Newport Beach residents in Cabo

A group of Newport Beach area residents got a firsthand look at Hurricane Odile, one of the strongest storms to strike the Baja California peninsula, as it tore through their vacation rental in Cabo San Lucas. Friends and family members are now trying to help them get home.

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Solar panels coming to most Newport-Mesa schools

In an attempt to rein in energy costs, schools across the Newport-Mesa Unified district will begin using solar energy as early as next fall.

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Visitors walk by "Pretty Boy," a sculpture by David Buckingham made with welded recycled steel.

Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

Los Angeles artist Gerardo Hacer says public art changed his life.

Dennis Holland Jr. shows off his father's collection of cars, including a 1931 Ford Model A, left, at the family's barn in Newport Beach on Wednesday.

Late boatbuilder's labors show his love of history

There is a quiet street in Newport Beach where a bright red barn stands as an eye-catching oddity, wedged between a small beige house and a small yellow one.

With new lease, O.C. Market Place looks to recharge

As retail trends change, open-air markets in great cities of the world — London, Barcelona, Munich, Paris — continue to prosper like they have for ages.

Dennis Holland spent 13 years building the Pilgrim of Newport. The ship will visit Newport Harbor on Friday.

Dennis Holland's Pilgrim of Newport ship comes home to visit today

Before Dennis Holland began restoring a boat called Shawnee next to his home, before his Newport Beach neighbors started to grumble about it and before the city pressured him to take the vessel apart in 2012, Holland built a 118-foot replica of a Revolutionary War-era ship.

The Newport Beach City Council approved the Lido House hotel project Monday night.

Newport City Council OKs Lido House Hotel project

The Newport Beach City Council unanimously approved the Lido House Hotel project Tuesday night, eliciting whoops and applause from the audience.

Angela Jackson-Brunning with Little Dude, the 33-pound cat she was looking after. Little Dude died Saturday. He was 10.

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

Little Dude, the portly 33-pound rescue cat who earned a fan base as the feline's foster family worked to get his health and weight under control, has died of pneumonia.

Mark Poletti, 25, right, spars with Sebastian Castellanos, 26, during a demonstration by South Coast Martial Arts at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court on Saturday.

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

Students from South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa performed demonstrations Saturday afternoon at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court as part of the Festival of Children, which continues every weekend through September at South Coast Plaza.

Hurricane Norbert is expected to bring high surf to local beaches this weekend, a little more than a week after Hurricane Marie, off the west coast of Baja California, brought big surf to Southern California beaches. Here, a surfer at Laguna Beach's Brooks Street beach comes out over the top of a wave on Aug. 27.

Hurricane-related waves expected Sunday

Some Orange County beaches got a preview Friday of the high surf expected this weekend as Hurricane Norbert churns in the Pacific.

Costa Mesa ex-official to get $170,225 settlement after city party woes

A City Hall administrator who was placed on paid leave following Costa Mesa's troubled 60th anniversary party has reached a settlement agreement with the city.

Angela Jackson-Brunning picks up Little Dude, a 33-pound domestic shorthair cat that she has fostered in her Costa Mesa home until he can get in shape for adoption.

33-pound cat: Little Dude faces a big problem

They call him Little Dude.

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