Eric Licas, Los Angeles Times

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Past articles by Eric:

FDA widens door to research on psychedelics like ketamine, LSD for treatment of PTSD, depression

Daniele Piomelli of UC Irvine's Center for the Study of Cannabis notes that millions of people across the U.S. suffer from conditions that might benefit from treatment with psychedelic drugs. → Read More

Friends celebrate life of Newport Sailor who invited hundreds to discover joys of sailing

Tim "Skipper" Bercovitz made it his mission to teach as many people as he could to sail, and welcomed practically everyone aboard his prized 40-foot wooden ketch, Fairwind. → Read More

1 person dies after car collides with SUV in Huntington Beach

Preliminary investigation suggests a silver car went into an intersection against a red light and was hit by a gray SUV, police said. → Read More

1 killed in Newport Beach crash at Crystal Cove

Several people called 911 to report the collision involving a sedan and a truck at around 10:15 a.m., police said. → Read More

Man arrested after barricading himself inside Huntington Beach home

A SWAT team, drone and K9 unit were dispatched as negotiators attempted to coax him out of the residence. → Read More

Church trying to leave United Methodist Church amid schism over LGBTQ+ stance say they're being held for ransom

Southern California congregations who disagree with United Methodist Church's acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors are being asked to pay millions to cut ties. → Read More

Cat saved from home that caught fire in Newport Beach

No one was at home at the time the blaze on Heliotrope Avenue started except for the cat, which was found hiding beneath a bed. → Read More

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley congregations fight to stay open amid schism over LGBTQ+ stance

More than 20 Southern California congregations who disagree with United Methodist Church's acceptance of gay and lesbian pastors are being asked to pay millions to cut ties. One church in Huntington Beach wasn't given the option. → Read More

Homeless encampment near Newport Beach preschool and transit center cleared out

The cleanup was unrelated to a proposed city ordinance banning camping on public property, which is set for a final vote on July 11. → Read More

Edison High principal resigns, denies move is tied to controversy over student-made clip for Pride month

The move was unrelated to the reaction of some parents and conservative outlets to a student-made video celebrating Pride month, the educator said. → Read More

Motorcyclist dies in single-vehicle crash in Huntington Beach

Police described the man who died as a 33-year-old from Fountain Valley. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. → Read More

Fire destroys residence at Costa Mesa mobile home park

Crews from Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach encountered downed power lines and other issues that complicated their efforts to put out the fire. → Read More

'Trauma-informed' approach improved support for O.C. survivors of human trafficking, but more funding needed

Two nonprofit groups helped 357 people who had been trafficked in Orange County between 2019 and 2020, according to a report from the Orange County Grand Jury. → Read More

Sea lions suffering seizures and dying on Orange County beaches due to neurotoxin-producing algae bloom

"We're kind of losing count right now because they're coming in nonstop," Dr. Alissa Deming of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center said. "We rescued four animals this morning already, and we're kind of getting inundated with calls." → Read More

Study finds a third of Orange County residents struggle to make ends meet

Roughly half of Orange County households with children under 6 aren't paid enough to cover the average cost of basic necessities, according to a study by United Way. → Read More

2,800 pounds of illegal fireworks confiscated since late May by Costa Mesa police

Most of the fireworks were seized in just two operations, police said, and one bust was so large it required the assistance of the Orange County Bomb Squad. → Read More

O.C. Mosquito and Vector Control takes a bite out of the buzzing pest's population

A team of 12 staff set traps and monitors the mosquito population of Orange County year round to screen for the presence of diseases spread by the pests. → Read More

Marina's Class of 2023 proclaim triumph over high school and challenges at the height of the pandemic

"We faced darkness and isolation, and we prevailed," senior speaker Jake Lauper said Thursday. "Our proof is in our caps and gowns." → Read More

306 seniors bid farewell to Ocean View High School ready to meet the challenges ahead

"They're ready for their next phases," ceramics teacher Zayra Favares said. "I can see it in their faces, all shining and bright." → Read More

Antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+ fliers left near Edison High School morning after Pride video stirs debate

A rainbow font was used on the fliers carrying the words "The LGBTQ movement is Jewish." Huntington Beach Mayor Tony Strickland called the message "completely unacceptable." → Read More