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The God Squad: After church murders, forgiveness a mighty sword against hate

We've been here before and we'll be here again. But how should we respond?

Fitness Files: A cat scratch should be checked out

Opened Pam's email Sunday morning to see a mountain-shaped diagram of the Oakland half-marathon her daughter had completed minutes before. This race had an elevation gain of 1,752 feet.

In the Pipeline: A cultural gem in the midst of an office complex

In the Pipeline: A cultural gem in the midst of an office complex

When it comes to local historical discoveries, I had quite a surprise recently, as you'll read in a bit.

A Word, Please: English users need to rein in the mistakes

The hardest thing about English grammar isn't grammar. Not in the strictest sense of the word, anyway. Narrowly speaking, grammar has to do with the way we order and inflect words to make sentences.

The Crowd: AnQi presents at James Beard dinner

The Crowd: AnQi presents at James Beard dinner

Costa Mesa's glamorous restaurateur Elizabeth An, of South Coast Plaza's AnQi, was invited to present its signature Asian fusion cuisine at the James Beard House in New York.

The God Squad: Hope encapsulates the meaning of life

Q: In a recent column on deism, you said that hope is far more important to you than truth, which I liked. A story: My mother, a non-smoker, died of lung cancer. After her priest offered her last rites, he asked if she had anything else that she'd like. This woman, with no remaining lung...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great Japanese food, grilled by you

The Gossiping Gourmet: Great Japanese food, grilled by you

It is always a treat to find a wonderful, small restaurant in some tiny shopping mall.

A Word, Please: There exists more than one form of there

"A man is walking down the street." "There is a man walking down the street."

A Word, Please: Readers punctuate grammatical concerns

Some interesting stuff landed in the mailbag for this week. Let's dive in.

Hansen: Birding culture is full of color and concern

Hansen: Birding culture is full of color and concern

Like any hobby, birding has rules.

Hansen: Nostalgic stain of oil horses fades slowly

Hansen: Nostalgic stain of oil horses fades slowly

For something so mechanically simple, the pumpjack is called many things.

The God Squad: Dispute over surrogacy a bad start for any marriage

Q: My companion and I are both 54 and have known each other for 15 years. We started dating three years ago. When we met in 1999, the timing was not right since we were both in relationships with others.

The God Squad: Deism embraces reason, but does not reject God

Q: I'm a 75-year-old man who's never followed any formal religion but have always tried to do what I thought was right. As of late, I've been reading (with great interest) about something called Deism. What are your thoughts on this topic? — G., via cyberspace

The God Squad: Jews are justifiably worried about their declining numbers

Q: What's the big deal about marrying "in the faith" with Jews? Furthermore, why does being born into a particular faith impose a duty to preserve the traditions of the religion? I was raised as a Methodist but feel no obligation to advance the mythologies on which Methodism is...

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

It felt like a glimpse into the future. As my 18-year-old daughter took my arm and I began to escort her, I thought maybe this is what it will be like on her wedding day. And then, of course, I got a lump in my throat.

A Word, Please: The dummy word that holds things together

Have you ever thought about the word "do"? My advice is don't.

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

The group may get smaller each year, but it's no less passionate in its enthusiasm. That's what happens when a bunch of old players and fans get together to talk baseball. And not just any baseball, but the charming and mythical Pacific Coast League.

A Word, Please: Even people diligent about use of 'affect,' 'effect' get this wrong

A recent Google search for the phrase "affect positive change" turned up about 101,000 hits. Here's one near the top of the list, a December 2014 story by Monica Middleton on the Guardian website: "Social investment: a powerful tool to affect positive change."

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Bangkok Avenue is a modern take on tasty Thai fare

The Gossiping Gourmet: Bangkok Avenue is a modern take on tasty Thai fare

Bangkok Avenue recently opened in Huntington Beach and is being billed as a modern Thai restaurant.

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