| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:14 PM
She does not look like a sex slave. Pretty, with coffee-colored skin, looking perhaps 17 years old, she could be a cheerleader, or volleyball player, or a dancer — anything but what is seems she is.
But we found her photo online, someone in our...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 3:05 PM
Last week, I wrote about my experience going undercover with Greg Reese, president of Clear Image Investigations, a local private detective firm.
The 20-year veteran of the Huntington Beach Police Department started his business last May and, since then,...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 4:31 PM
A couple of timely homecomings I thought I'd make you aware of — that of an athlete and also an actress.
Glenn Parker graduated from Edison High School in the mid-1980s. After playing football for the University of Arizona, he was drafted as a...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 9:55 AM
There's a concert I'm looking forward to nearby in Laguna Beach this Saturday.
Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere: the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer, Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 2:13 PM
One of the coldest cases on record has been solved. Call it "justice served, a la cart."
Back in May, I wrote about Mike Guidicianne, the 34-year-old Boston transplant/entrepreneur who owns and operates Orange County Slush here in Huntington Beach....
| Sep 4, 2012
| 4:24 PM
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever wrote a strong editorial in the Daily Pilot last week calling out the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for its "audacious scheme" that would "use billions of Measure M2 freeway congestion-improvement tax dollars to...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 10:55 AM
Next week, we're fortunate to have not one but two special author appearances at Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra.
At 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Martin J. Smith, editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Wild Duck Chase:...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 10:35 AM
"H.B. Champion Standards Win 3 to 2! Fastest Game of Baseball Witnessed Here! 2000 See Game! Gate receipts over $609!"
So trumpeted the local headlines one summer day in the late 1920s after a ballgame in Huntington Beach.
For many fans, baseball...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 1:31 PM
While I was driving down Bushard Street in Fountain Valley recently, just after crossing Talbert Avenue, something caught my eye near the Taco Bell parking lot — a small, square-shaped green sign fixed to a metal post.
What drew my attention were...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 2:20 PM
"The hardest things are questions about the time — about what she endured in the last eight, 12 hours. He has admitted to nothing. And that is hard because the imagination is worse than any reality — and then there is the place where she was...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 5:02 PM
I can never again drive past hole No. 6 of Meadowlark Golf Club (on Heil Avenue between Graham and Springdale streets) without thinking about Bradley Smith.
At Mass at St. Bonaventure several weeks ago, Father Angelos Sebastian (whom I've written about...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Jay Asher was never involved in bullying in school, either as a victim or a perpetrator. At least, he thinks he wasn't.
But after the emotional journey the author went through in crafting his young-adult novel, "Thirteen Reasons Why," he can't entirely...