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Posts Tagged ‘News’

History of Logo Design: from Ancient Times to Modern Era

posted by admin @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Logo - graphic mark or emblem that's used by commercial and non-commercial companies. But how it started? Check out the article to find the history of logo designs.
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Best Things Happened at CES 2013

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, January 17, 2013
CES 2013 shaked the ground with thousands of product, so let's speak about the best of the best.
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Hot Drupal Events That Won’t Let You Freeze in Winter 2013

posted by Helga M. @ 4:00 AM
Friday, December 28, 2012
The blog post highlights the best and the most interesting Drupal events planned for winter 2013. They annually gather Drupal enthusiasts sharing their inventions and contributing into the software development.
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Customization Contest Tally: 6 Most Successfully Reworked Themes

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The blog post includes Top 6 examples of works from the Customization Contest. Check them out!
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Ho-ho-ho! Merry Christmas dear TemplateMonster Community!

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas dear TemplateMonster community! We are glad to be with you, thanks for your contribution.
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“Season’s Deals” or How to Save Big Buying in Bulk

posted by Lilian Rigo @ 1:00 AM
Monday, December 24, 2012
This Christmas TemplateMonster brings you some nice wholesale deals. Buy templates in bulk – the right way – and save yourself some serious cash. Here are the tips on how to stock up on quality website designs.
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How to Recruit Guest Writers

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012
Do you have a blog? Time to call on guest writers, and here is how to do it!
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Joomla Evolution – CMS + Themes, How it Happened?

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, December 7, 2012
Do you know how Joomla CMS evolved? Here is a brief excursion into the past together with an evolvement of TemplateMonster's Joomla themes.
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“Creative Sandbox” is a Place for Intelligence to Have Fun

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Need some inspiration? Visit the Creative Sandbox newly developed project by Google.
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The New Word In Creating Drupal Stores

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Meet, Drupal Commerce, the new word in creating online stores.
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The blog post is dedicated to Black Friday at TemplateMonster. Check out the discount inside.
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Happy Thanksgiving Day Dear TemplateMonstrian Community!

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, November 22, 2012
TemplateMonster team would like to congratulate its beloved audience with Thanksgiving Day. Happy holiday!
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TemplateMonster’s Castle: “LOST SOULS WELCOME”!

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Happy Halloween dear TemplateMonstrians. Ready to experience dark and mysterious corners of the web we've prepared something interesting for you, check out the blog post!
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“Spooky Halloween Facebook Cover” Contest

posted by Alex @ 6:55 AM
Friday, October 19, 2012
Trick or treat at TemplateMonster blog. We are glad to tell you guys, that you can present your designer skills to the whole TemplateMonster community. We are starting the “Spooky Halloween Facebook Cover” contest. Halloween is one of our most beloved holidays that’s why we decided to give you an opportunity to make face-lift for [...]
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Make Your Magento Store Multi-Device Friendly

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
TemplateMonster initiated the production of Responsive Magento Themes, check them out!
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Key Reasons Why TemplateMonster Will Help You Get Ahead

posted by Lilian Rigo @ 3:00 AM
Friday, October 12, 2012
This is just a brief summary of the key reasons to choose TemplateMonster.
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TemplateMonster’s Neophytes: Responsive Prestashop Themes Set Off

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
TemplateMonster released the new product line - responsive Prestashop Themes, check them out!
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MotoCMS HTML Keeps Getting Better: Version 1.1 is Out

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MotoCMS team shook the ground with another one improvement releasing an update 1.1 of the HTML control panel. Check it out!
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TemplateMonster Announces Jigoshop Themes Launch

posted by Alex @ 5:00 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
TemplateMonster released the new product line - Jigoshop themes. Based upon Responsive WordPress templates these eCommerce solutions would be the best choice for an online store.
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Bootstrap Templates Launched at TemplateMonster

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
TemplateMonster's templates collection is filled in with Bootstrap templates. The new product combines native Bootstrap functionality and unique add-ons created by TemplateMonster.
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Get Loaded with Design Freebies from Freepik.com

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, September 28, 2012
The blog post includes brief review of the designer's must use resource Freepik. It contains millions of free files to be used in various design projects.
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Enroll Me: New Booking Forms in TemplateMonster’s WordPress Themes

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The blog post includes description of the new functionality implemented into TemplateMonster's WordPress themes.
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TemplateMonster’s CEO, David Braun, will attend E-Commerce Paris 2012 meeting tomorrow. If you have any business questions, please be sure to contact him face-to-face or via his email (mentioned in this blog entry).
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Meet Your Business Target with New Moto CMS HTML5 Templates

posted by Ann @ 2:00 AM
Friday, August 31, 2012
Look through our great collection of powerful Moto CMS HTML website templates that please with their beautiful design, simple structure, user-friendly control panel and overall functionality.
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Minor Steps to Big Changes: Opencart Themes Improvements

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
The blog post includes the information on the recent Opencart updates. Feel free to get in to the blog post to find out what great features you will get with one of these Opencart templates.
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Blend Well but Do Not Stir. CSS Blending Method by Adobe

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
CSS blending is one of the latest achievements of Adobe company. This great feature allows developers and designers create beautiful effects without using the so-loved Photoshop.
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Reasons Why You Should Try WordPress Jigoshop eCommerce Plugin

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Today we’ve put up together several reasons why you should give preference to Jigoshop. Hop on to blog post to see why Jigoshop plugin is so popular in WordPress community.
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No matter how great your Magento powered website is you will definitely envy those who will get one of these restyled Magento Website Templates one of the first. For you to understand what you are missing, we've visualized those great improvements you will get with any of these restyled themes.
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New Domain Names: Aye or Nay

posted by Alex @ 1:00 AM
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What is now happening is going to turn upside down the whole Internet structure. ICANN launched the program aimed at increasing the amount of top level domain names form 20 to 1,000. Due to this program almost any word can be stated virtually as a top level domain.
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TemplateMonster filled its collection with Moto CMS HTML5 Templates, the new generation of MotoCMS based themes that are made as complete HTML5 websites. An invariably astounding built-in control panel makes these templates really outstanding.
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TemplateMonster Launches Responsive Joomla 2.5 Templates

posted by Alex @ 2:00 AM
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We're proud to announce that TemplateMonster already launched new high-class Responsive Joomla! Templates and added them to our existing variety of website templates with responsive design.
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OAKLAND – Oakland City Hall is open for business after a group of “Occupy” protesters broke into the historic building and smashed glass display cases and windows, spray-painted graffiti and burned the American and California flags.
On Monday city…

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Woman wants at least $75,000 after fall in H.B.

posted by By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER @ 1:55 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012

A Huntington Beach woman wants at least $75,000 to cover medical expenses and lost wages after she says she tripped and fell on a sidewalk that was raised.
Rosa Herrera, 56, filed a claim against Huntington Beach on Jan. 23 alleging that the roots of…

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Thousands celebrate at last day of Tet Festival

posted by By SEAN GREENE @ 1:50 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012

GARDEN GROVE – Thousands came Sunday to the final day of the Tet Festival, which celebrated the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon.
Visitors watched a mock wedding, played games, checked out rides and watched the moves on a human Chinese…

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Woman in her 90s crashes into doughnut shop; 4 hurt

posted by By DENISSE SALAZAR @ 1:35 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012

ORANGE – An elderly woman crashed her Cadillac into the patio of a doughnut shop as she tried to back out of a parking space, injuring herself and three others, police said.
The crash was reported at 10:45 a.m. when the driver was in the parking…

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A judge has just denied a petition by John Williams, Orange County’s locked-out public administrator, for immediate reinstatement.
Williams was locked out of his office last week, after he failed to retire on the day he said he would retire.
Facing…

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Renowned marine-life artist Wyland will give art lessons via video starting this weekend as the Wyland Foundation and Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching begin “Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure,” a series of ocean cruises Saturdays and…

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Unmasked: $101.8 billion mystery redevelopment debt

posted by By TERI SFORZA @ 11:08 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

We told you last week that California’s 425 redevelopment agencies will soon be handing off $29.8 billion in unpaid long-term debt to their successors, according to the latest figures from the state controller’s office.
We also told you that…

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Barbara Ann Kelley, a longtime San Clemente resident before moving to Vista in 2002, died peacefully Dec. 17 at age 80 with her family beside her, four days after suffering a massive heart attack and stroke.
She grew up in Whittier, attended…

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Ever wonder how a volcano erupts? Maybe you want to know how a lava lamp is made or how nuclear power works or how to capture motion through a photograph.
Kindergartners through fifth-graders at Marblehead Elementary School in San Clemente have the…

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Smoke from Paramount fire can be seen in O.C.

posted by By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ @ 10:54 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

Smoke can be seen to the west of Orange County as firefighters battle a commercial fire in Paramount Monday morning.
Firefighters were called to the 16200 block of South Orange Avenue at about 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department….

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ANAHEIM – A man who was driving on the wrong side of the 91 freeway and crashed head-on with another vehicle Sunday morning was arrested on suspicion of DUI, authorities said.
The crash killed a 53-year-old woman from Buena Park, and three other…

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Man struck by 2 hit-and-run drivers ID’d

posted by By DENISSE SALAZAR @ 10:50 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

SANTA ANA – A 55-year-old man fatally struck by two hit-and-run drivers as he tried to cross Broadway Street has been identified as Jose Javier Diaz, police said Monday.
Diaz was crossing in the 400 block of South Broadway just south of Chestnut…

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10 people displaced by apartment fire

posted by By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ @ 10:50 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Three families were displaced after a fire tore through a three-unit apartment building early Monday morning, authorities said.
No injuries were reported, but firefighters did have to help a man get out of a unit on the second…

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Thief makes off with WWII vet’s bike

posted by By MICHAEL MELLO @ 10:50 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

LA HABRA – The bicycle, Bob Laher insisted, was practically an arm’s length away.
But for just a few minutes, the 86-year-old World War II veteran turned his back to the bike while he got his hair trimmed.
And in those few minutes, someone made off…

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LADERA RANCH – Ending a 4½-year court battle that rewrote state law, a Ladera Ranch family tormented by grisly accident photos of their daughter on the Internet has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for leaking images that…

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Alert-siren testing today, Tuesday in San Clemente

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 9:00 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

If you hear any of San Clemente’s 19 community-alert sirens sounding Monday or Tuesday, don’t be alarmed. They’re all scheduled to be given a 20-second test during those two days, one siren at a time.
It’s a quarterly test. In a real…

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CSUF: School implements cost savings to manage new dynamic

posted by By FERMIN LEAL @ 8:13 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

FULLERTON – Several straight years of budget volatility at Cal State Fullerton have forced the county’s largest university to shed jobs, increase class sizes, limit enrollment and scale back course offerings.
Those cuts have made it increasingly…

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Tinker Bells take over Disneyland

posted by By IAN HAMILTON @ 8:10 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

One hour, 27 minutes and 52 seconds into the inaugural Tinker Bell half marathon run in Anaheim, Kellie Nickerson broke the ribbon. The New Mexico resident flew out for the race and hoped to finish among the top racers.
She finished first.
Wearing…

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Garage fire hits Placentia home; 1 injured

posted by By JON CASSIDY @ 8:05 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

PLACENTIA – A man was injured after a fire destroyed the garage of a house at 346 Eagle Drive in Placentia Sunday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 5:06 p.m., and 25 firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, Fullerton and Anaheim fire…

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Public administrator asks judge today to reinstate him

posted by By ANDREW GALVIN @ 7:57 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

John S. Williams, Orange County’s public administrator, goes to court this morning to ask a judge to reinstate him to his elected position after he was locked out of his office last week.
Facing accusations that he had mismanaged his department and…

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Short cool-down, then midweek warmup

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 7:27 AM
Monday, January 30, 2012

Orange County should see a brief return of cooler weather, then highs could push back into the 80s by midweek, the National Weather Service says.
Back-to-back “troughs” of low pressure air are expected to move inland through Southern California…

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ROP boat sends signal 18 hours after going missing

posted by By DAVID BRO @ 11:09 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

A model boat thought lost at sea late Saturday transmitted a GPS signal Sunday evening from San Clemente Island, where it ran aground after traveling some 60 miles off the south Orange County coast.
The WikiWiki’s onboard GPS tracking device pinged…

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For one night on Sunday, the Angels and the Texas Rangers were on the same side with major leaguers including Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Beltre bowling to raise money for autism.
Former major league reliever Eddie Guardado helped…

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Group protests husky rescue at Brea Petco

posted by By SONYA QUICK @ 4:54 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

BREA – About 35 people gathered in front of Petco Sunday to protest what they call unfair treatment of rescued huskies.
Some of those attending were from the Occupy Orange County movement, there to protest against companies such as Petco.
Henry…

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Bicyclist airlifted out of El Moro Canyon

posted by By SONYA QUICK @ 4:06 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

LAGUNA BEACH – A 40-year-old man was rescued by helicopter out of El Moro Canyon at about 2 p.m.
The unidentified man was mountain biking by himself when he somehow crashed in the El Moro ridge area, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt….

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Accident stalls northbound 405 traffic

posted by By SONYA QUICK @ 2:48 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

WESTMINSTER – A Sig-Alert was issued for the northbound 405 Freeway just north of Springdale Street, but has been cleared.
According to early California Highway Patrol reports, a gray sedan was involved in an accident at 1:02 p.m., causing the No….

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Girls ages 5-18 helped a Saddleback Valley Christian High School student from San Clemente put on a pair of dance shows Saturday to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jake Esten’s “Dance for a Cure Benefit Showcase” at the San…

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Wrong-way driver leaves woman, 53, dead

posted by By SONYA QUICK and JON CASSIDY @ 11:04 AM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

ANAHEIM – A person who caused head-on collisions on two different freeways early Sunday left one woman dead and three other people possibly injured.
A passenger who died as a result of the first collision, which was on the westbound 91 Freeway, was…

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Jeannette “Jay” Irene Gill Lewis, a resident of San Clemente, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22.
She was born in San Diego on Feb. 25, 1938, while her father, John Clifford Gill, was serving in the Coast Guard. She grew up in Boston and moved…

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Tet celebrates Year of the Dragon

posted by By MICHELLE THOMAS @ 10:35 AM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

GARDEN GROVE – Phuong Le, draped in vivid pink satin robes and sparkling jewel earrings, knelt on stage in front of a table of colorful offerings as part of a Vietnamese ancestral ceremony.
The ceremony was part of the opening events of the 31st…

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Marines became lean, clean, washing machines Saturday outside San Clemente’s Walmart store, washing cars for donations to send members of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment to Las Vegas after the unit arrives home to Camp Pendleton from…

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UCI faculty: Quality eroding as class sizes swell

posted by By SCOTT MARTINDALE @ 1:01 AM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

IRVINE – Instead of two teaching assistants for a class of about 50 students, UC Irvine professor Mark LeVine now gets one.
Instead of being able to lead intimate seminar classes of just a dozen or so students, LeVine is under pressure to teach…

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Much-maligned Fullerton seeks turnaround

posted by By LOU PONSI @ 1:01 AM
Sunday, January 29, 2012

FULLERTON – The up-close photo of a bloody and bruised Kelly Thomas in a hospital bed, along with reports that the injuries that would turn fatal were pounded upon the unarmed, mentally ill homeless man by Fullerton police officers, circulated…

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Santa Ana hosts Graffiti Clean-up Day

posted by By THERESA CISNEROS @ 5:55 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

SANTA ANA – More than 130 teens, residents and community leaders gathered at Memorial Park on Saturday to take part in a graffiti removal project aimed at fostering neighborhood pride.
Participants congregated in front of the stage before fanning…

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Homeless slaying victim remembered

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 4:02 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

CYPRESS – They came to remember Paulus Cornelius Smit, the man they said marched to a different drummer’s beat.
He was “Dutch” to some, “Paul” to others, and “Papa” to his daughters.
Among the 75 or so gathered Saturday in the worship hall at…

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Ladera Ranch bank robbed

posted by By VIK JOLLY and MARIE EKBERG PADILLA @ 3:25 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

LADERA RANCH – Authorities evacuated a supermarket midmorning Saturday to search for a bank robber they said later was confirmed to have already walked out.The 11:15 a.m. robbery occurred at the US Bank inside the Pavilions at 25636 Crown Valley…

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Barbershop quartets offer singing valentines

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise someone with a singing valentine?
South County Sound, the south Orange County chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is offering to send a barbershop quartet to the address of your choice to deliver a serenade. It’s…

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About 40 Dana Point music lovers gathered at the home of Keith and Barbara Johannes on Friday night to help celebrate the upcoming inaugural season of the Dana Point Symphony.
The symphony, led by artistic and executive director Berenika Schmitz and…

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High winds raise wildfire danger

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 11:00 AM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

High winds and low humidity are raising the risk of wildfire in Orange County and the surrounding region, with a red-flag warning from the National Weather Service in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday.
The warning covers coastal areas and the mountains…

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Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams will host a tour of the mission from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.
The cost is $20 per person, including admission to the grounds. All proceeds will benefit mission preservation….

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I-5 signs honoring slain policeman to be dedicated Feb. 3

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 8:00 AM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Feb. 3 is set as the date for state Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, San Clemente city officials and former San Clemente Police Department personnel to gather to dedicate a pair of freeway signs designating I-5 through San Clemente as the “Officer Richard…

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Foreclosures down in fourth quarter

posted by By CATHY HANEY @ 1:00 AM
Saturday, January 28, 2012

The number of California homes going into foreclosure dropped in the fourth quarter of 2011 to the second-lowest level in more than four years according to San Diego-based real estate analytics company, DataQuick.
Industry analysts speculate that the…

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Deputies arrest naked man armed with shovels after crash

posted by By SEAN EMERY @ 9:08 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

LAKE FOREST – A naked man who ran from a traffic accident was arrested Friday afternoon after arming himself with shovels that he used to keep sheriff’s deputies at a distance, authorities said.Vu Xuan Do, 49, was taken into custody after leading…

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Tet Festival under way in Garden Grove

posted by By SEAN GREENE @ 8:41 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

GARDEN GROVE – The Tet Festival will hold its opening ceremony Saturday as its moves into its second day of celebrating the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon.
The ceremony will be held from noon to 2 p.m., followed by a children’s pageant,…

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27 O.C. students nominated for top national award

posted by By SCOTT MARTINDALE @ 8:16 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

Twenty-seven Orange County high school seniors have been named candidates in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their perfect or near-perfect SAT and ACT scores, or for a nationally recognized artistic talent.
The students, who hail from…

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Dognappers swipe $600 chow puppy

posted by By DOUG IRVING @ 8:11 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

A dognapping duo swiped a chow puppy worth nearly $600 from a Stanton pet store this week, distracting store clerks but apparently not paying enough attention to a running surveillance camera.
Sheriff’s deputies have “very vivid” video of the crime,…

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Ex-teacher facing charges of sex with student

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 5:44 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH – Prosecutors charged a former JSerra Catholic High School teacher Friday with engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old student, accusations his attorney said are untrue.
Ricardo Aldana, 37, out on $100,000 bail, is expected to be…

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Proposed building brings historical objection

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 4:48 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

A Newport Beach developer is proposing a three-story building next to San Clemente’s “Historic City Hall” that the San Clemente Historical Society says would negatively affect that and other historic buildings in the heart of downtown.
Olen…

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SANTA ANA – Police continue to call on women who may have been assaulted by a man suspected in a series of rapes to come forward.
Police have linked Jose Luis Capacete, 39, of Baldwin Park to three Orange County rapes, but authorities believe he…

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A classroom crowded with more than 40 high school students got some lessons Thursday on preventing teenage domestic abuse. Laura’s House, an Orange County domestic-violence shelter, says it’s an often-overlooked problem.
As part of a series of…

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Obama targets college affordability in aid overhaul plan

posted by By FERMIN LEAL @ 3:01 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

President Barack Obama called on the nation’s public universities to control spiraling tuition costs or they may risk losing federal funding.
The president made his appeal during a speech Friday at the University of Michigan, while calling for an…

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Victim to rapist: ‘Time for some payback’

posted by By LARRY WELBORN @ 3:00 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

SANTA ANA – An Afghan man who hid out in Austria after he was accused of raping a woman in Tustin in 2004 was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison plus 21 years Friday for sexually assaulting two women and attempting to sexually assault a third….

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Council OKs hotel for Edinger in H.B.

posted by By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER @ 2:50 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

City officials will sell land for $3.3 million that will be slated for a hotel with up to 140 rooms as part of the plan to revamp the city’s major corridors, Edinger Avenue and Beach Boulevard.
At a special meeting on Friday, City Council members…

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ROP model-makers launch two boats toward Hawaii

posted by By DAVID BRO @ 2:49 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

An ROP model-making class at San Clemente High School was at it again Thursday afternoon, trying for the second year to launch handmade watercraft from Capistrano Beach on a course students hope will take the boats as far as Hawaii.
About 50 students…

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3 plead not guilty in San Clemente assault

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 2:49 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

Three men accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in a Jan. 6 brawl in San Clemente pleaded not guilty Friday.
Filiberto Thomas Cordova, 23, of Garden Grove, Gilberto Velazquez of San Juan Capistrano and Francisco Javier Sanchez…

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Man gets life for fatal bedroom bludgeoning

posted by By LARRY WELBORN @ 2:15 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

SANTA ANA – A Garden Grove man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for bludgeoning to death a Fullerton father of two after he was invited to a sexual rendezvous in the victim’s bedroom in June 2007.
Jaime…

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‘Pocketbras’ created by Newport entrepreneur

posted by By JON CASSIDY @ 2:15 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH – A local entrepreneur has launched a new line of bras with built-in pockets to be used everywhere a purse is inconvenient.
Designer Toni Ibabaza said the bra is especially useful when going out dancing or going for a workout.
“I…

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Jury deadlocked in baby-dumping case

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 2:15 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

SANTA ANA – A judge has told an Orange County jury to continue deliberations Monday after the panel reported it was deadlocked in the trial of a woman accused of secretly giving birth to a full-term baby girl in a restaurant bathroom, suffocating…

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Inmates get 15 years in jail-beating death

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 2:11 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

SANTA ANA – An Orange County judge Friday sentenced two more of the five inmates convicted of beating another prisoner to death to 15 years to life in prison.
While family members and supporters of defendants Garret Eugene Aguilar, 29, of Anaheim…

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Winds bring red-flag fire warning for O.C.

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 2:10 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

High winds began to blow in the Santa Ana Mountains early Friday, and there’s plenty more to come: Much of Orange County could see winds in the 25-35 mph range with mountain gusts over 60, said the National Weather Service, which placed the county…

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Man assaulted at San Clemente Pier

posted by By CIARAN McEVOY @ 1:05 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

A man was taken to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente after reportedly being assaulted at the San Clemente Pier. The call to the Sheriff’s Department was logged at 1:51 a.m. Thursday.
Here are other recent Sheriff’s Department reports…

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For the second consecutive year, San Clemente’s Bret Miller turned in a stellar performance at the 10th Annual Nike Chris Sailer National Kicking Event in Las Vegas, Jan. 14-15.Miller, a junior at SCHS, was listed as one of the Top 12 kickers in the…

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October trial set for Seal Beach shootings

posted by By LARRY WELBORN @ 12:28 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012

SANTA ANA – A Superior Court judge scheduled an Oct. 15 trial date for the Huntington Beach man charged in the deadliest shooting in Orange County – the massacre of eight people at a Seal Beach beauty salon – but he acknowledged that it will…

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State Supreme Court upholds Senate maps

posted by By BRIAN JOSEPH @ 11:48 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

New state Senate districts unpopular with Republicans will be used in elections this year, the California Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Republicans had asked the high court to block the districts because they have submitted a referendum for the…

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Sports park makes an early appearance

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 11:43 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

Although it won’t officially open until Feb. 25, San Clemente’s new $33 million Vista Hermosa Sports Park could see its first activities as early as Monday.People driving by on Avenida Vista Hermosa may notice AYSO soccer or other limited activities…

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Take our photo tour down San Juan’s memory lane

posted by By DAVID BRO @ 11:31 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

With the first 50 years of cityhood under San Juan Capistrano’s belt, the local Historical Society is working on the next 50.
The group’s president, Tom Ostensen, and volunteer Mike Forster, a descendant of original area landowner Marco Forster,…

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JURUPA VALLEY – A Riverside County man is defending his decision to obtain a temporary restraining order against a fourth-grader who he says threatened his son with a knife.
Robert Casteel tells the Press-Enterprise that “something needed to be…

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A 20-year-old man from Huntington Beach will serve one year in jail after pleading guilty to a crash that killed his cousin and injured a tow truck driver and his passenger three years ago on Christmas Eve.
Luicci Nader pleaded guilty to felony…

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LA HABRA – Two La Habra men shot and killed in a residential neighborhood have been identified, police said.
Nick Burresch, 24, and Phillip Reinig, 30, were fatally shot outside of a home in the 500 block of South Clifton Street, near Lambert Road,…

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Disney race closes roads, brings in millions

posted by By SARAH TULLY @ 8:57 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

A new Disney race may shut down streets for a few hours. But this weekend’s event is expected to open the road to millions of dollars for the region.
The inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon events are set to run Friday through Sunday at the…

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Wrong arrest costs county $375,000

posted by By Tony Saavedra @ 8:56 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

The county has paid $375,000 to end a federal lawsuit alleging that sheriff’s deputies arrested the wrong man, ordered him to strip naked and beat him while taking pictures with their camera phones.
The deputies were actually looking for his…

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New Cal State Fullerton president sets high goals

posted by By FERMIN LEAL @ 8:53 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

FULLERTON – Mildred García already has a plan to lift Cal State Fullerton as one of the nation’s premier comprehensive universities.
The school’s newly appointed president said Fullerton could reach that pinnacle by promoting undergraduate…

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Driver suspected of DUI takes down power pole

posted by By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ @ 8:45 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

COSTA MESA – A driver suspected of being drunk suffered multiple broken bones after crashing through a power pole late Thursday night.The crash took out electricity for several homes and businesses in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, officials…

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City of San Clemente honors its own

posted by By CARMEN ULLOA-DALTON @ 8:12 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012

The city of San Clemente hosted a luncheon Thursday at the Community Center to recognize 43 of its employees for their service.
UCLA flags and signs adorned the auditorium’s walls, and tables were decorated with chocolate softballs, Cracker Jack…

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Two dead in La Habra shootings

posted by By SEAN EMERY @ 11:38 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

LA HABRA – Two men died after shootings Thursday night in a La Habra neighborhood, authorities said.Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of South Clifton Street, near Lambert Road, about 7:15 p.m.They found two men outside…

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John S. Williams, who is disputing whether he retired from his elected position as the county’s public administrator, has sued the county to be restored to the post and to regain access to his office, from which he has been locked out.
A hearing is…

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Great Park to add soccer fields, basketball courts

posted by By SAMANTHA SCHAEFER @ 6:16 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Construction on the next phase of the $65.5 million Orange County Great Park Western Sector is expected to begin in March.
The $21.5 million project will include the South Lawn and Timeline West, with four soccer fields, basketball courts, a jogging…

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‘Birther’ case heard without Obama lawyer

posted by MARTIN WISCKOL @ 6:05 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

As promised, Barack Obama and his Atlanta-based lawyer skipped a hearing today in which plaintiffs argued that the president should be kept off Georgia’s March 6 primary ballot because there’s inadequate evidence that he’s a natural-born citizen,…

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Local Eagle Scouts lend wilderness a hand

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 5:44 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

San Clemente State Beach, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy are a little nicer this year, thanks to Eagle Scout projects completed by three members of San Clemente Boy Scout Troop 737.
Evan Stansel built, engraved, painted…

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JSerra falls short against Bosco again

posted by By DAMIAN CALHOUN @ 5:15 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – For the second time this season, the JSerra boys basketball team came up just a bit short against St. John Bosco of Bellflower.
The Lions, ranked fourth in the county, trailed by two with 21.8 seconds left.
On their next…

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Governor helps San Juan cap 50th anniversary

posted by By DAVID BRO @ 5:11 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown helped San Juan Capistrano’s 50th Anniversary Committee finish its yearlong festivities Thursday by attending a luncheon at El Adobe de Capistrano restaurant meant to thank 150 volunteers who worked on the cityhood commemoration the…

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Late artist remembered in San Clemente display

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 5:00 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The San Clemente Art Association is remembering the late Tom Cartt with a display devoted to the longtime Dana Point artist in the San Clemente Art Gallery.
Cartt died Nov. 30 at age 92. He had been a member of the San Clemente Art Association for…

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Tritons, Wolverines play to a tie

posted by By JASON EICHELBERGER @ 4:57 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

San Clemente – A showdown for first place in South Coast League girls soccer turned into a battle of wills between San Clemente goalie Sheridan Hapsic and Aliso Niguel goalie Sammy Prud’homme.
Hapsic recorded seven saves, while Prud’homme collected…

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Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident ID’d

posted by By DENISSE SALAZAR @ 3:55 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

SANTA ANA – A 39-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver has been identified as Elfego Lozano-Nicolas, authorities said Thursday.
The Santa Ana man was struck by a pickup truck on the 100 block of South Broadway just before…

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California poised to vote on new ‘clean car’ regulations

posted by By JASON DEAREN @ 3:29 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – The head of California’s air quality board on Thursday called proposed rules that would require automakers to build less-polluting cars and trucks by 2025 a historic move for a cleaner environment.
California Air Resources Board…

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The 2011 Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving raised $25,000 for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and $10,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, organizers said Thursday.
The 34th annual event, featuring 5K, 10K and…

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City may end lease with H.B. surf museum

posted by By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER @ 2:30 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach may partner with a new entity in Huntington Beach and look into possibly expanding the museum to draw more visitors downtown.
City Council members at a special meeting on Friday will consider…

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Freebies, $1 deal at new O.C. Burger King

posted by By NANCY LUNA @ 2:25 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

A new Burger King in Anaheim is celebrating its grand opening Friday with prizes and a cheap deal on a chicken sandwich.
The event takes place Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Address: 814 N. Brookhurst St., Anaheim.
Here’s the lowdown:

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City officials will consider selling land for $3.3 million that would be slated for a hotel with up to 140 rooms as part of the plan to revamp the city’s major corridors, Edinger Avenue and Beach Boulevard.
At a special meeting on Friday, City…

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Homeless man stabbed in fight

posted by By DENISSE SALAZAR @ 1:24 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

SANTA ANA – A homeless man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another homeless man during a fight Wednesday night, police said.
The men, who are friends, got into an argument while two Christian relief volunteers went to their encampment in the…

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Slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, who recorded five songs featured in the movie “The Descendants,” is coming from Hawaii to play two shows this weekend in south Orange County as part of the Lord of the Strings Concert Series.
Peterson will play at…

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Photos: NASA’s new ‘blue marble’ a stunner

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 12:10 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

The first ‘blue marble’ photo taken by Apollo 17 astronauts on their way to the moon in 1972 became an iconic image, and NASA’s follow-up seems likely to join it.
It’s a composite image made up of photos taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on Jan. 4….

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Teen, dance studio present MS fundraiser

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 12:00 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Saddleback Valley Christian High School student from San Clemente is teaming this week with a San Clemente dance studio to produce a pair of fundraising shows for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jake Esten’s “Dance for a Cure Benefit Showcase” will…

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Fire-weather watch issued with winds on the way

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 11:55 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

A fire-weather watch was declared for Orange County and much of the surrounding area Thursday with a forecast of high winds and low humidity as the weekend begins.
The watch, issued by the National Weather Service when critical fire weather is…

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San Clemente improves to 5-0 with win over El Toro

posted by BY LISA HOUK @ 11:54 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

LAKE FOREST – San Clemente High’s Kelsey Thornton and her fellow senior teammates were on a mission to make it a clean sweep.
Thornton scored five goals to lead the No. 7 Tritons in an 8-4 win against No. 9 El Toro in a pivotal South Coast League…

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Officers snag $847,000 in fake NFL jerseys

posted by By GREG HARDESTY @ 11:42 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Makers of counterfeit NFL jerseys have been sacked a total of 304 times since the season started in September, losing an estimated $847,000 worth of jerseys seized by Customs and Border Protection officers at Los Angeles and Ontario…

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San Clemente wrestlers save best for last

posted by By DAMIAN CALHOUN @ 10:54 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

SAN CLEMENTE – It isn’t often that San Clemente heavyweight wrestler Cody Cornish and 106-pounder Daniel Garcia follow each other in the lineup in a dual, but that was the case in Tuesday’s South Coast League match against Capistrano Valley.
The…

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The Dana Point City Council and the Planning Commission will have a joint public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the status of city plans to revitalize the Doheny Village area in Capistrano Beach.
The meeting, a follow-up to a public workshop…

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San Clemente aims for ‘complete streets’

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 9:03 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Visitors and locals may see San Clemente become dramatically more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly after the City Council adopts a new General Plan for the city this year.So suggests Pete van Nuys, executive director of the Orange County Bicycle…

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SAN DIEGO – Two men who police said are members of the Mexican Mafia are among 119 people charged in a San Diego-area gang crackdown, authorities said Wednesday.
There were 104 people arrested early Wednesday throughout San Diego County, with 15…

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Services Feb. 6 for man killed in plunge from overpass

posted by By ROB VARDON @ 8:32 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Services are scheduled for Feb. 6 for a 20-year-old San Clemente man who reportedly jumped to his death from a freeway overpass early Saturday.
The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella….

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Dismal return for CalPERS: Retirements at risk?

posted by By TERI SFORZA @ 8:18 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

So a raging debate in the pension wars has long been this: Just how much will the giant investment funds really earn over the long haul?
The more the investments earn, of course, the less that public workers — and the agencies  employing them…

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Marines to wash cars Saturday with eye on Vegas

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 7:00 AM
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday’s benefit car wash outside San Clemente’s Walmart store, where Marines will be washing cars for donations to send the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines to Las Vegas after the unit arrives home to Camp Pendleton…

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O.C. school closing to let charter school expand

posted by By SCOTT MARTINDALE @ 11:45 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A Mission Viejo elementary school that has been sharing its campus with a new K-8 charter school since September will be closed in June, as Oxford Preparatory Academy expands to fill the entire campus.
During an emotional,…

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IRVINE – A woman suspected of stealing another woman’s credit card information and using it to order high-end merchandise was arrested Tuesday afternoon as she waited for the items to be delivered to the Irvine resident’s home.
Detectives arrested…

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Pair arrested in laptop theft from Craiglist seller

posted by By SEAN EMERY @ 9:32 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

IRVINE – Two men suspected of robbing another man after agreeing to purchase his laptop were arrested early Wednesday when they were seen driving in South County, police said.
Investigators believe that the robbery occurred after Xavier Austin…

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San Clemente awaits response on I-5 sound-wall review

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 6:20 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

San Clemente’s elected leaders are waiting for Caltrans’ response to the city’s request to reopen an environmental review of two sound walls being added along I-5 through town.
The city contends the state agency didn’t comply with the California…

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Jury gets case of woman who put baby in trash bin

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 5:35 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SANTA ANA – An Orange County jury Thursday will continue weighing the fate of a woman accused of secretly giving birth to a full-term baby girl in a restaurant bathroom, suffocating her and then dumping the newborn into a trash bin.Jurors in…

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Obama attorney to boycott ‘birther’ hearing

posted by MARTIN WISCKOL @ 5:32 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Scoffing at a judge’s call for Barack Obama to appear in court Thursday, Obama attorney Michael Jablonski says that not only will the president not be on hand but neither will Jablonski.
The lawsuit, in which several Georgia voters are represented by…

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Gov. Jerry Brown will attend a luncheon at El Adobe restaurant in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday to help wrap up the celebration of San Juan’s 50th anniversary of cityhood, the city announced Wednesday afternoon. Brown was invited to the private…

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If you’re in San Juan Capistrano and hear sirens sounding for a few seconds Thursday, don’t fret. It’s just the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station conducting a “growl test” of its community alert siren system in town.
The nuclear plant does…

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New president named at Cal State Fullerton

posted by By FERMIN LEAL @ 4:06 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

California State University trustees on Wednesday named Mildred García as the new president for Cal State Fullerton.
García, now president of Cal State Dominguez Hills, will assume her position at Fullerton on June 1.
“I’m honored to be named…

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New Great Park balloon net requires crane, climbing

posted by By SAMANTHA SCHAEFER @ 3:56 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Three balloon pilots scaled the side of the Great Park’s 118-foot orange orb, carefully securing each foot in the outer net before taking a step. Attached to their belts were the ends of a 640-pound net they would slip over the balloon with the help…

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John S. Williams, the county’s embattled public administrator and former public guardian, is refusing to leave office as he had said he intended to do.
Williams in March signed a letter to  Bill Campbell, who was then chairman of the county’s Board…

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Report: Federal workers owe $1 billion in unpaid taxes

posted by By TERI SFORZA @ 3:25 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oops.
About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes to their employer, Uncle Sam, at the end of fiscal 2010, the Washington Post reports.
The total number of delinquent employees dipped slightly from…

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FAM to move to former San Clemente fire station

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 3:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A former San Clemente fire station at 1030 Calle Negocio will become the new home of Family Assistance Ministries, a charity organization that provides food and other services for south Orange County’s needy.
FAM could begin moving into the…

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Asphalt repair is scheduled for Monday in the Embarcadero parking lot at Dana Point Harbor. The county says a portion of the lot near the Wind & Sea restaurant will be replaced with new asphalt paving.
Work is scheduled to last just one day, the…

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O.C. family embraces Tet traditions

posted by By VIVIAN KHANH TRAN @ 2:45 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LADERA RANCH – As third-generation Vietnamese-Americans, it’s important for our family to remember where we came from, as well as the traditional values and customs of the Tet holiday.
My parents were “boat people” when they fled Vietnam after the…

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VILLA PARK – The flames of a contentious battle for the Orange County Board of Supervisors Third District seat got hotter Tuesday.
Villa Park councilwoman Deborah Pauly, facing a better financed and more experienced opponent in former Assemblyman…

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State panel to investigate 2 Newport council members

posted by By JON CASSIDY @ 2:45 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate allegations of conflict of interest made by Robert Hawkins, a former member of the Newport Beach Planning Commission, against City Council members Rush Hill and Mike Henn.
Hawkins resigned from…

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Supervisor Moorlach is pushing changes to term limits

posted by By BARBARA VENEZIA @ 2:35 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Time is running out for John Moorlach, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and he wants more.
Moorlach’s term is up in 2014. With just three years left, he feels another term would make a difference in reaching goals he’s set to accomplish during…

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Poll: Americans see illegal immigration as lower priority

posted by BY CINDY CARCAMO @ 2:06 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Americans are much less concerned with illegal immigration compared with five years ago, ranking it at a lower priority than other public-policy issues such as the economy, jobs and terrorism, according to a new survey.
A Pew Research Center poll…

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Applications are still available for adults interested in filling an adviser position on the San Juan Capistrano Youth Advisory Board.
The board, a liaison between youths and city government, submits recommendations to the City Council for special…

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Ex-Marine faces trial in car-crash death of friend

posted by By DOUG IRVING @ 1:55 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A former Marine faces trial on a manslaughter charge in connection with a high-speed crash that tore his car in half and killed a friend.Prosecutors say Andrew Stueber, 27, was drunk when he lost control of a Ford Mustang in August 2009 and slammed…

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Man charged in brutal rape, suspected in others

posted by By DENISSE SALAZAR @ 1:55 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SANTA ANA – Authorities seek the public’s help in identifying additional victims of a suspected serial rapist who has been linked to three rapes in Orange County.
Jose Luis Capacete, 39, of Baldwin Park, was arrested on suspicion of raping a…

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More than 1,300 without power in Santa Ana

posted by By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ @ 1:54 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SANTA ANA – More than 1,300 customers are without electricity after a power outage hit Wednesday morning, officials said.
The outage was first reported to Southern California Edison at 11:08 a.m., said Lauren Bartlett, spokeswoman for SCE.
The…

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Poll: Voters support governor’s tax plan

posted by By BRIAN JOSEPH @ 1:49 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sixty-eight percent of likely California voters support Gov. Jerry Brown‘s plan to raise taxes, according to a new survey released by the Public Policy Institute of California.
That’s up from 60 percent just six weeks ago, according to PPIC…

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Huntington Beach Woman’s Club to wait to rebuild

posted by By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER @ 1:39 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Woman’s Club will have to wait to rebuild until it can come up with a compromise with neighbors who have complained about a lack of parking and rowdy events at the clubhouse.
Planning Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday…

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The Rancho San Clemente Tennis & Fitness Club’s 14-and-under Intermediate tennis team recently won the Orange County Fall 2011 Championship.The victory marked the team’s second consecutive title, as it also won the 2011 Spring trophy. “I’m really…

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Roy H. Gobrogge, 67, beloved husband, father and brother, passed away peacefully Jan. 23 with his family at his side.
Roy grew up on a farm in Malinta, Ohio, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era and, after completing his service, became a…

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Auditions are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Dana Hills High School for the new Bellagio Strings Youth Orchestra for students in grades 4-8 who play string instruments.
Rehearsals will be Monday evenings at the school, 33333 Golden …

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2 men attacked while skateboarding

posted by By CIARAN McEVOY @ 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A man told the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that he and his friend were physically attacked as they were skateboarding on the street near Whispering Winds Apartments in San Clemente. The man said his friend suffered a bloody nose.
The incident…

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The San Juan Capistrano Community Services Department is offering beginning and intermediate tennis lessons for teenagers and adults starting this week.
Beginning and intermediate teen classes for ages 12-17 are held from 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8…

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ANAHEIM – Donny Hopkins says it was a twist of fate that left him face to face with a man suspected of stabbing a homeless man to death outside a Carl’s Jr., and pure instinct that led him to chase him until police arrived.
But while authorities…

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Evanne Smith passed away peacefully Jan. 20. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lesneski Mortuary, 640 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, with services in the chapel at 11 a.m.Evanne is survived by her loving husband, Walter A. Smith; her sister…

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Proposed stop signs rejected for downtown San Clemente

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 11:14 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unless the City Council decides differently, there will be no new stop signs along Ola Vista at Avenida Cabrillo in downtown San Clemente.
On a 6-0 vote, the city Planning Commission last week turned down a proposal to create a four-way stop at that…

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Rockefeller impostor ordered to stand trial in killing

posted by By LINDA DEUTSCH @ 10:28 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ALHAMBRA – The bizarre murder case against a man who assumed multiple identities including that of a Rockefeller is headed for trial and a lawyer for the defendant said he welcomes the chance to go before a jury.
“He views this as a beginning, not…

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DANA POINT – A man who was shot and killed after he apparently broke into a home Monday night had been in court earlier that day facing theft and burglary charges in an unrelated case, records show.
On Wednesday, authorities identified the man as…

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Fatherless owls – help feed them or not?

posted by By ERIKA I. RITCHIE @ 8:50 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

BELL CANYON – Owl cam viewers following the lives of baby barn owls that hatched earlier this month at the Starr Ranch are calling the disappearance of the father owl tragic but applaud ranch staff for helping supplement food.
The baby birds,…

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Bill would slam shut ‘revolving door’ at state regulator

posted by By BRIAN JOSEPH @ 8:34 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Once, Michael Peevey was president of Edison International and Southern California Edison Company.
Today, he is president of the California Public Utilities Commission, where he regulates his former company.
Is that a problem?
State Sen. Leland Yee,…

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Hubbard fired as Newport-Mesa chief

posted by By FERMIN LEAL and TONY SAAVEDRA @ 8:24 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

COSTA MESA – Trustees in Newport-Mesa Unified on Tuesday fired Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard, a day after his conviction for felony misappropriation of funds at his previous district.Trustees met at Newport-Mesa headquarters Tuesday afternoon for…

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Faced with another billion-dollar budget deficit, a weak economy and high levels of unemployment, Democrats in the State Legislature took decisive action Tuesday … to protect their own pocketbooks.
They sued State Controller John Chiang for…

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Marines, Japanese forces breach the beach

posted by By ERIKA I. RITCHIE @ 8:22 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON – There was an ear-deafening roar and a storm of sand as a Landing Craft Air Cushion hovered through the surfline at Red Beach.
In about 12 minutes, the 87-foot-long, 47-foot-wide hovercraft cruised to the beach from the horizon. By…

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Teen’s shoe drive runs into obstacle

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 8:00 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

For a 16-year-old high school athlete, what could be better than being part of a CIF Division I state championship team?
How about what Sara Kebede did in December, just weeks after San Clemente High School’s cross country victory, when she traveled…

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80s today, plus gusty mountain winds

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 7:47 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

More sun and warmer temperatures round out the week in Orange County, with highs in the 80s and gusty winds near the foothills, the National Weather Service says.
High-pressure air building from the eastern Pacific should keep things warm through …

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The Dana Point City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance to ban retail sales of cats and dogs in the city.
Irvine adopted a similar ban in October, and many cities around the country have done the same.
A poll at…

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Blood, marrow drive Saturday at San Clemente High

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 6:00 AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Be A Hero Become A Donor Club at San Clemente High School invites the community to a blood drive and marrow registry from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot in front of the school, 700 Avenida Pico.
Walk-ins are welcome, but…

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O.C.’s Democratic faithful gather to hear Obama

posted by By MICHAEL MELLO @ 11:02 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BUENA PARK Viewers across the United States on Tuesday watched a somber President Barack Obama talk about job growth, renewed energy and a divided Congress.
About 60 people had the similar, thoughtful looks on their faces as they watched this year’s…

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Anaheim backs tax incentives for hotels

posted by By SARAH TULLY @ 8:59 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Anaheim City Council approved Tuesday up to $158 million in tax incentives to build luxury hotels in the Disneyland area, despite opposition by city staff members.
Two hotel towers with 866 rooms are slated to go in the Anaheim GardenWalk mall…

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State of the Union: O.C. Congress members react

posted by MARTIN WISCKOL @ 8:58 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unsurprisingly, Orange County’s Congress members either hated or loved President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, depending on which side of the aisle they sit on.
“I thought the speech was nonsensical and contradictory,” said Rep….

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Former O.C. police helicopters to be sold

posted by By SEAN GREENE @ 8:57 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

COSTA MESA — The remnants of the Airborne Law Enforcement program will be put up for sale in the coming months by two independent brokers.
Jack Schafer Aircraft Sales and GovDeals were approved by the ABLE board on Monday to market and sell the…

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Police: Man tried to kidnap girlfriend

posted by By SEAN EMERY @ 7:56 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SANTA ANA – A man suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend was arrested Tuesday after bystanders saw the woman attempting to escape, authorities said.
Police received several calls about a man with a gun attempting to force a woman into a vehicle in…

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2 more horses at San Juan stable have herpes virus

posted by By ERIKA I. RITCHIE @ 7:27 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Two more horses at Rancho Sierra Vista Equestrian Center have the potentially deadly virus known as neuropathogenic equine herpes virus-1, bringing the total number with the disease to 11, state officials said late Tuesday…

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Obama not expected at ‘birther’ hearing

posted by MARTIN WISCKOL @ 6:15 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I reported that Barack Obama had been ordered to appear Thursday at a court hearing over a suit that attempts to block him from the Georgia ballot because of allegations that he is not a natural-born citize. The suit was filed by Laguna Niguel…

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Developers of two Disney-area hotels are asking Anaheim to give up to $158 million in tax incentives to help fund the construction of high-end rooms — a plan backed by business leaders and opposed by the city staff.
The City Council is set Tuesday…

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The Ark of San Juan is seeking adoptive homes for these animals:
Miss Mylo: “Miss Mylo is a mostly white 6-year-old Calico short-hair who lost her home due to a family member who developed allergies. She is a sweetheart, very talkative and gets along…

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State of the Union excerpts: economy, unity, equity

posted by MARTIN WISCKOL @ 4:44 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

President Barack Obama’s expected State of the Union focus tonight on the economy and income equality is in evidence in excerpts released by the White House, along with talk of “how to keep that promise alive” and bipartisan unity.

“Think about the…

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Solar storm? Earth dodges a bullet, mostly

posted by By PAT BRENNAN @ 4:41 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A strong solar storm that reached Earth early Tuesday mostly missed the planet, moving off into space far above the north pole.
Scientists had expressed concern that the coronal mass ejection, accompanying a bright solar flare Sunday night, could…

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Surfing Heritage Foundation gets new director

posted by By FRED SWEGLES @ 4:24 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bolton Colburn, former director of the Laguna Art Museum, is the new executive director of the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente.
Colburn, a surfer who won a U.S. amateur title in the 1970s, was at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum from…

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Honda Center to add private bar, public dining

posted by By EUGENE W. FIELDS @ 4:11 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ANAHEIM – Groundbreaking for a multi-million-dollar,12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment area at Honda Center is set for early February, an arena spokesman said Tuesday.
The Grand Terrace will be the largest improvement in the history of…

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Newport mulls smoking ban, permit for games in parks

posted by By JON CASSIDY @ 4:10 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NEWPORT BEACH – The City Council is set to consider new regulations in city parks that include banning smoking and could require permits for “any games” played in the city’s 73 parks.
The smoking law would forbid smoking within 100 feet of parks…

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Here’s how Dana Point looks through the camera lens of a local resident.
 
If you have a photo that represents Dana Point, please email it to rvardon@ocregister.com. Better yet, join our Dana Point/San Clemente/San Juan Capistrano Flickr group for…

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D.A.: Woman discarded newborn like ‘a piece of garbage’

posted by By VIK JOLLY @ 2:58 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SANTA ANA – A woman failed to do a mother’s duty when she secretly gave birth to a full-term baby girl in a restaurant bathroom, suffocated her and then dumped the newborn into a trash bin, a prosecutor told an Orange County jury Tuesday.
A mother…

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Books damaged in San Juan library flooding

posted by By JOSH FRANCIS @ 2:02 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Flooding was reported in the history room of the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library as a result of a rainstorm early Monday, causing damage to several books, an Orange County library official said Tuesday.
Cynthia Corderman, South Region…

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Marine to serve no time in Iraqi killings case

posted by By JULIE WATSON @ 1:52 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON – A military judge has recommended no time in confinement for a Marine sergeant who pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty in assaults by his squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqis after a roadside bomb killed a Marine in the…

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Crime in your San Juan neighborhoods

posted by By JOSEPH ESPIRITU @ 1:43 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Here are recent Sheriff’s Department reports from San Juan Capistrano. Details are provided when available:TUESDAYBurglary alarm-audible. 5:36 a.m. 33000 block Camino Capistrano.Suspicious person/circumstances. 5:17 a.m. 27200 block Ortega…

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Man chases burglary suspect in Dana Point

posted by By JOSEPH ESPIRITU @ 1:13 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A caller told the Sheriff’s Department that he chased a man wearing a black hat and jeans after hearing a window being smashed and a friend’s car alarm go off. The man ran into bushes, the caller said.
The incident was reported at 10:04 p.m. Sunday…

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Panel could OK H.B. Woman’s Club plan to rebuild

posted by By JAIMEE LYNN FLETCHER @ 12:55 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

City officials will consider giving the Woman’s Club in Huntington Beach the go-ahead to rebuild after a fire destroyed the historic building about nine months ago.
Planning Commissioners on Tuesday will consider issuing a permit for the Woman’s Club…

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Marine from Riverside killed in Afghanistan

posted by By ERIKA I. RITCHIE @ 12:54 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CAMP PENDELTON – A 23-year-old Marine has been killed in action. This is the second Marine death from the base this year.
Cpl. Christopher G. Singer, 23, of Riverside died Saturday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province,…

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