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Man killed in single-car crash identified as 75-year-old Milpitas resident

Authorities have identified a man who died Wednesday afternoon after crashing his car into a traffic signal pole in Huntington Beach as Hwa Chen, a 75-year-old resident of Milpitas. Officers responded to the area shortly after noon after receiving a report of a single-vehicle traffic crash, the...

Sports

Tom Shields qualifies for first Olympics

Tom Shields qualifies for first Olympics

Tom Shields, the former Edison High swim standout, finished second in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. Wednesday, to qualify for his first Olympics. Shields, 24, who also starred at Cal, touched the wall in 1 minute, 55.81 seconds. Michael Phelps qualified...

Life & Arts

On Theater: Playhouse plans 52nd year and hopes for a 53rd

On Theater: Playhouse plans 52nd year and hopes for a 53rd

The Costa Mesa Playhouse has been staging local theater productions since about this time in 1965. I remember it well, since I made my acting debut in that very first show. Spearheaded by the late Pati Tambellini, who guided the theater's artistic fortunes for a quarter of a century, the playhouse...

Opinion

  • Mailbag: Heroes worth honoring? Not necessarily

    I read with interest the article about state Assemblyman Matt Harper's grandstanding ploy to honor John Wayne ("Harper's day for 'Duke' nixed," May 5). This is typical election-year theatrics. Harper (R-Huntington Beach) is running for reelection and is being challenged by a Republican, Katherine...

  • Commentary: Californians work too long each year to pay their taxes

    As the song goes, everybody's working for the weekend. But if you are a California taxpayer, you are working for the government until April 30. According to the Tax Foundation, that is the day tax freedom comes to us here in the Golden State. While most of the country will be celebrating sooner,...

  • Commentary: Think before closing off libraries on Sundays

    Literacy experts have established the notion and proved the fact that literacy skills are positively correlated with easy access to a library. USC professor Stephen Krashen and other researchers have found unequivocally that the presence and accessibility of a library is consistently aligned with...

  • Mailbag: People need low-cost housing

    People need low-cost housing I have just one question for those Huntington Beach residents who oppose any plans for adding low-income housing in our community ("Low-cost housing again is a no-go," March 10): You know those people who make your coffees, wash your cars, prepare your meals, wash your...

  • Commentary: Lester's firing is a great loss

    In trying to present the argument for firing the Coastal Commission's executive director, Charles Lester, David Hansen made a number of unsupported assumptions and presented conclusions that were not factually based ("Tiptoeing around panel shake-up," Feb. 18). First, he said the firing would likely...

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