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'

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

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

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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Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

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

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Late boatbuilder's labors show his love of history

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Newport City Council OKs Lido House Hotel project

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.

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33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

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.

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The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

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.

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Hurricane-related waves expected Sunday

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.

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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.

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 33-pound cat: Little Dude faces a big problem

33-pound cat: Little Dude faces a big problem

They call him Little Dude.

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Fountain Valley High classes canceled after explosives threat, police say

Fountain Valley High classes canceled after explosives threat, police say

An investigation was underway Wednesday after an email from a student’s account apparently threatened violence on campus, police said.

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Concealed-weapons permit holders concentrated in Huntington and Newport, records show

In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed-weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval.

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Body pulled ashore at Corona del Mar

Newport Beach police are investigating as a possible drowning the death of a 70-year-old man found on the main beach at Corona del Mar State Beach on Tuesday morning.

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Newport mobile home park's fate: 'Our people cannot downsize. They are down.'

Rumors were already circulating among residents at Ebb Tide Mobile Home Park when a letter arrived that confirmed their fears.

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A surrogate's journey: Her body of work is creating new families

Second of two parts.

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Lawsuit alleges bias, fights, public sex at Balboa Bay Club

A Newport Beach businessman filed a lawsuit against the Balboa Bay Club and its owners Thursday, alleging the beachfront resort routinely ignored drunken escapades by its members but kicked him out after one incident when he accidentally mixed painkillers and alcohol.

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2 dead as O.C. West Nile outbreak grows

Two Orange County residents have died of West Nile virus in the past week as the county's number of human infections has grown fivefold this month and appears to be "spiraling out of control," health officials said Thursday.

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A surrogate's journey: Laura liked being pregnant

First of two parts.

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Newport's Wedge lives up to its reputation: 1 hurt in thundering surf

A day with big surf in Newport Beach is like a snow day in New England, Newport Beach Deputy Police Chief David McGill explained.

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Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie that have begun battering the Southern California coastline this week as surfers size up what are expected to be the summer's biggest breaks.

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Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

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Elvis impersonator Bill Parenteau entertains the crowd during the "Creme de la King" singing competition as part of the Elvis Festival,held Sunday at the OC Marketplace.

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

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Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl in Los Angeles County, according to authorities.

Tomato expert Steve Goto speaks as he welcomes tomato and pepper enthusiasts to the 14th annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting on Saturday at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach.

Trying out tomatoes

The crowd at Roger's Gardens on Saturday morning gasped with excitement when they learned 90 different varieties of tomatoes were waiting for them in a nearby tasting area.

From left, Jin Woo Park, Heung Soon Kim and Miyoun Kim.

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Police this week arrested two men and a woman who they say operated brothels at apartments in Irvine and Los Angeles.

Chefs prepare truffle and pork xiao long bao during a media preview at the Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza on Aug. 15.

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

Groundwater well No. 1, foreground, is 128 feet deep and 8 inches wide and extracts up to 800 gallons of raw water per minute at South Coast Water District groundwater recovery facility in Dana Point.  Sand in the groundwater is removed through a filter here.  SCWD board of directors last week approved a construction contract for a pipe that will connect a second well, No. 2, which will be 10 ft. deeper, to the district's groundwater facility.

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

Orange County Sheriff's Department personnel collect marijuana plants found in the Muddy Canyon area of Laguna Wilderness Park at Coastal Peak Park in Newport Beach on Friday.

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

From left, Stephen Orlick, Michelle Mercado, Vanessa Holliday, Kim Malachowski, Yoshi O'Connor, Rachiel Macalistaire, and Rebecca Judy of Sourced Collective in Laguna Beach, which celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Tucked into an A-frame cottage on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach is a business that feels like a home run by entrepreneurs who seem like a family.

Ralph Rodheim, who was diagnosed with ALS, left, dumps a bucket of ice water on his friend Bill Jacoby after a group of community members participated in an ALS ice bucket challenge at the Newport Beach Athletic Club.

Ice challenge warms hearts

Holding bright-orange buckets filled with ice water, Newport Beach community members began to count down from 10.

Ballerinas Zoe Monroe, center, and Luca Watson, left, both 3, participate in a demonstration of the upcoming summer dance camp, Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy,  at Studio Fusion Dance in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

Young dancers find inspiration from mouse

Angelina Ballerina, the dancing cartoon mouse from a PBS Kids television series, is quite the big cheese these days.

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