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  • Lucille Ball's Very First Los Angeles Home Is for Sale

    08/25/2016 11:40:22 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    House Beautiful ^ | August 24, 2016 | Lauren Smith
    Back in 1933, a 22-year-old Lucille Ball had just landed her first movie role in Roman Scandals and signed a contract with RKO. What's a soon-to-be movie star to do? Buy a house, of course. Which is why she snatched up this bungalow on the border of West Hollywood so she could be close to all the action.
  • Donald Trump coming to Anaheim next week

    05/21/2016 2:54:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 21, 2016 | Lily Leung
    ... Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, will make a rally stop at the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday, according to his campaign website ... Sen. Bernie Sanders will be making a campaign stop in Irvine on Sunday and another Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center ... Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, also is expected to be in Orange County next week, according to a campaign email sent Saturday. No other event details were immediately available ...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • Newport Beach Film Festival offers cinema variety

    04/18/2016 9:08:09 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 15, 2016 | Antonie Boessenkool
    Laguna Beach's LSD culture in the 1960s, a cranky widower befriended by his chatty neighbors and a man who's dealing with the fallout from his reality show days are all stories that will be told at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year. At this, the 17th annual festival, there are more than 400 features, short films and documentaries from 50 different countries. It's a chance to see things that likely won't appear elsewhere, especially in the United States. The festival starts this Thursday and runs until the following Thursday. "The largest misconception about any film festival is that these...
  • BROWN, CUOMO RACE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE -- KASICH TOPS BAY AREA IN NEW POLL

    04/09/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 136 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/2016 | Staff
    REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS: SoCal is head over heels for Trump (Trump 49 percent; Cruz 34, Kasich 13) , Central Valley leans Trump (Trump 39, Cruz 26, Kasich 18), and Inland Empire for Cruz (Cruz, 43, Trump 30, Kasich, 9). Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Kasich trounces Trump 43-36, with Cruz at 14.
  • 'Night Stalker' movie will premiere in Santa Ana, about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo site of ...

    04/03/2016 11:31:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 2, 2016 | Keith Sharon
    Full title: 'Night Stalker' movie will premiere in Santa Ana, about 20 miles from the Mission Viejo site of his last crime A new film – “The Night Stalker,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Richard Ramirez – is set to premiere in Orange County in early June after producers decided the movie should be seen in an area that the serial killer terrorized in 1985. “We wanted to open in a place where he had an impact,” producer Matt Brady said. The film will be screened at The Frida Cinema, the art house theater in downtown Santa Ana, about 20...
  • Digital First gets court OK to buy The Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise

    03/21/2016 3:56:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 21, 2016 | Jonathan Lansner and Brooke Staggs
    Digital First Media will be the next owner of The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise, a bankruptcy judge ruled Monday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mark Wallace approved a request from Freedom Communications to approve the newspaper company’s sale to Digital First Media, the second-highest bidder in last week’s newspaper auction, a deal worth around $52 million to creditors. None of the major players objected to the deal. Digital First Media, the nation’s second-largest newspaper company by circulation, won after the auction’s top bid by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times, ran into antitrust problems. Digital First...
  • Retro rehab: A new version of Watson’s is set to open Monday

    03/21/2016 3:17:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 21, 2016 | Brooke E. Seipel
    ORANGE – Jim Reeves grew up eating burgers at Watson’s. The 57-year-old, who says his family moved to Orange in 1893 “in a covered wagon ... before Watson’s opened,” says his parents also ate at Watson’s. So did his grandparents. Watson’s, which opened in 1899 as the drugstore in downtown Orange, is one of the county’s oldest businesses. It’s where Tom Hanks filmed part of “That Thing You Do!” It’s also where George W. Bush once stopped in for a malt. In Orange, Watson’s is an icon. Now, that icon and the town around it are about to change. A...
  • 3 former first ladies, current first lady among those attending Nancy Reagan's funeral

    03/08/2016 1:52:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | March 8, 2016 | City News Service
    LOS ANGELES -- A trio of former first ladies, including Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, and current first lady Michelle Obama will be among those attending Friday's funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum... Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are also expected to attend, along with former first lady Rosalynn Carter, according to officials at the Reagan Library. Former President Lyndon Johnson's daughters Luci and Lynda are expected to attend, along with Tricia Nixon Cox, a daughter of President Richard Nixon. The White House announced Monday that Michelle Obama will...
  • 96-year-old Laguna Woods man charged with molesting two girls

    03/07/2016 6:57:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 7, 2016 | Kelly Puente
    A 96-year-old Laguna Woods man has been charged with molesting two girls, ages 10 and 11, authorities said Monday. Kenneth Leroy Collins is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on four felony counts of lewd or lascivious act with a minor under 14, according to court records.
  • 3 people stabbed, 12 arrested at Klan rally in Anaheim (update from yesterday)

    02/28/2016 11:38:24 AM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | February 28, 2016 | Sean Emery
    Three people were stabbed, one with a flagpole, and 12 people were arrested during a brawl on Saturday morning between self-described Ku Klux Klan members and counter-protesters at an Anaheim park, police said. Initially arrested were five Klan members – four men and a woman – and seven counter-protesters – five men, a male juvenile and a woman. Seven people were booked in the Anaheim jail on assault or abuse charges. Police are seeking one additional suspect who can be seen in a video of the altercation punching a Klansman.
  • Chain-Reaction Crash Kills 3 [I-5 In California] truncated title

    02/27/2016 8:34:22 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 22 replies
    KTLA NEWS ^ | 2/27/2016 | TRACY BLOOM, KENNEDY RYAN, NERISSA KNIGHT AND ELLINA ABOVIAN,
    The 5 Freeway was expected to be closed until at least Saturday night, and possibly until Sunday, after a fiery chain-reaction crash triggered by suspected street racing left three people dead on the 5 Freeway in Commerce, authorities said. The fatal collision, involving up to eight vehicles, occurred shortly after midnight on the 5 east of Washington Boulevard and prompted the full closure of the heavily-traveled freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol's incident log. CHP Officer Doris Peniche told KTLA that witnesses saw two Dodge vehicles -- a Charger and a Challenger -- speeding in southbound lanes at approximately...
  • Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; 3 are stabbed and 13 arrested

    02/27/2016 6:59:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 27, 2016 | James Queally
    Three people were stabbed, including one who was critically wounded, and 13 were arrested when a Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupted in violence Saturday, police said.
  • High-pressure mass above Southern California keeps brunt of El Niño away

    01/30/2016 11:18:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los angeles Times ^ | 01/29/2106 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    "High pressure literally means there's more air in the atmosphere above you. And it pushes down on the air. And when it does that, it compresses it, and it literally heats up through compression," said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. That mass of high pressure "needs to flatten out and go away" for storms to return to Southern California, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno. But that doesn't mean hopes for an El Nino-style Southern California winter have been dashed. Experts say it might be simply too early for El Nino-influenced rains...
  • 'Oh my God, they let Hannibal Lecter out': Deputy D.A. says O.C. Sheriff too lax with escaped inmate

    01/26/2016 10:28:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | January 26, 2016 | Keith Sharon, Kelly Puente and Sean Emery
    Full title: 'Oh my God, they let Hannibal Lecter out': Deputy D.A. says O.C. Sheriff was too lax with escaped inmate A deputy district attorney compared one of the men who escaped Friday from the Central Men's Jail to a movie villain and contended the Sheriff's Department was too lax in its handling of the suspect after it was warned about his violent past. "He's diabolical," said prosecutor Heather Brown, who is handling the 2012 case against Hossein Nayeri on charges of kidnapping and torture. "My first reaction was: Oh, my God, they let Hannibal Lecter out. He is sophisticated,...
  • Does the full moon bring out more strange crime? Cops share their stories

    01/22/2016 6:58:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bill Alkofer
    At 5:45 Saturday evening, a full moon will rise over the Saddleback Mountains and shine down upon Orange County. As it does, will the moonbeams bring mayhem and madness with them? Maybe. But rest assured, the county's law enforcement officers will be more than ready to keep the peace. There has always been a perception among cops, firefighters and emergency room personnel that there's more (and often stranger) crime on the night of a full moon. "When something crazy or weird happens, I look up at the sky to see if the moon is full," says Newport Beach police Officer...
  • New El Nino storm slams into Southern California

    01/07/2016 12:46:37 AM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | January 6th, 2016 | TAYLOR GOLDENSTEIN, JOSEPH SERNA AND HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS
    LOS ANGELES Another El Nino-fueled storm soaked Southern California on Wednesday and brought with it flooding, mudflows and even a small tornado that struck Orange County in the early afternoon. Pea-sized hail and 45-mph winds made their way south from San Luis Obispo, forcing the region to recognize that the season of storms has commenced. As much as 5 inches of rain was expected to drop across the Southland. Still, Wednesday's rain was fickle, with clouds parting at times to allow the sun to shine. A flash-flood warning was issued for the Ventura County coast around Solimar Beach, and landslides...
  • Orange County's famously conservative activism is alive but faces a turning point

    01/03/2016 8:53:35 AM PST · by Pelham · 29 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/3/2016 | Martin Wisckol
    Throughout much of the 20th century, Orange County attracted white middle-class and upper-middle-class residents who were either fleeing an increasingly diverse and liberal Los Angeles or were relocating from the Midwest and the South and bringing conservative regional values with them.... Also helping focus the political energy was The Orange County Register's ardent libertarian slant, ... Republicans' share of county voter registration peaked in 1990, when they outpaced Democrats by 22 percentage points. The GOP's edge is now 8 points and shrinking, and its share of registered county voters fell below 40 percent for the first time in December. Non-Latino...
  • The elephant not in the room: Orange County's shrinking Republican Party

    12/10/2015 9:48:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 10, 2015 | Martin Wisckol
    In the latest milestone of Orange County's shifting political milieu, Republicans' share of voter registration has fallen below 40 percent for the first time in the county's history. That's 8 percentage points more than the Democrats' share but marks an ongoing slide from Republicans' 22-point dominance in 1990, the GOP's zenith in the county, according to county elections statistics updated this week. The growth in voters with no party preference -- at 24 percent, up from 10 percent in 1990 -- is a key part of the shift.
  • FAA says Santa Monica Airport must stay open until 2023

    12/05/2015 1:22:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2015 | Dan Weikel
    The Federal Aviation Administration ruled Friday that Santa Monica Airport must stay open at least until 2023 -- a decision that could frustrate the city's efforts to reduce flight operations and then shut down the historic facility in the near future. Santa Monica elected officials and anti-airport activists insist that the airport can be closed well before 2023 because, they say, all obligations to the federal government already have expired. Some have even claimed it could have been shuttered earlier this year, ending what they contend are the airport's noise, pollution and safety hazards.
  • 450 illegal pork tamales seized at LAX

    11/18/2015 9:57:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | November 18, 2015 | Beatriz Valenzuela
    LOS ANGELES >> U.S. Customs officials seized 450 illegal pork tamales from a passenger coming through LAX from Mexico earlier this month. "Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever," said Anne Maricich, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles in a written statement. "Every day CBP agriculture specialists prevent the intentional and unintentional introduction of harmful pests and foreign animal diseases into the U.S."
  • The lutefisk dinners are here! Time to head to Van Nuys for traditional fish, meatballs, aquavit

    11/13/2015 10:10:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | Eddie Lin
    With an unofficial slogan of Take the Risk, Try Lutefisk, it's a pretty safe assumption that dining on lutefisk is not your average meal. That's what's printed on the aprons at Sons of Norway, Norrona Lodge No. 50 in Van Nuys, and you can kind of see why. A traditional Scandinavian dish of lye-treated whitefish, lutefisk is found most places where there's a decent-sized Scandinavian population, and it's part of the seasonal table: Thanksgiving to Christmas is considered lutefisk season. Lucky for you, the dish is also available once a year at a lutefisk and meatball community dinner at the...
  • Hammerhead shark sighting prompts Newport to close beaches near pier

    10/19/2015 5:40:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | October 19, 2015 | Alma Fausto
    NEWPORT BEACH - The sighting of an 8-foot hammerhead shark off the Newport Beach pier led lifeguards to close nearby beaches Monday. Lifeguards were alerted to the shark around 11 a.m. near the end of the pier, according to Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department.
  • Queen selected to reign over 2015 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

    10/19/2015 8:59:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | October 19, 2015 | Brian Day
    PASADENA >> Pasadena's quirky and eccentric but mostly harmless weirdos flaunted their unconventional talents Sunday as they vied for a chance to rule supreme over the Rose Parade's "twisted sister," the 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. When the dust had settled, a cohort of drunken but discerning judges selected punk rocker Veronika MeowMeowz to represent the band of unrepentantly outlandish miscreants to the world as Doo Dah Queen.
  • A high-speed rail from L.A. to Las Vegas? China says it's partnering with U.S. to build

    09/17/2015 3:27:31 PM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 17, 2015 | Julie Makinen
    A long-discussed high-speed rail project linking Southern California and Las Vegas will be built by a U.S.-China joint venture, Chinese officials said Thursday, though many details about the agreement remained hazy. Announcement of cooperation on the XpressWest project adjacent to the 15 Freeway comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States. Financial terms of the agreement, and the cost of the project, were not immediately clear. XpressWest, a private venture formerly called DesertXpress, has been under discussion since at least 2007. Chinese officials described the project as a 230-mile train linking Las Vegas and...
  • Santa Ana pot stores off to a slow start

    09/13/2015 11:52:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 13, 2015 | Jessica Kwong
    SANTA ANA – Turns out, selling pot in Santa Ana isn’t going to be easy. Seven months after the city became the first Orange County municipality to hold a lottery to let small businesses sell medical marijuana, only two, South Coast Safe Access and OC3, are open. Reasons for the slow start are varied. Some landlords and neighboring businesses aren’t thrilled about the prospect of working with or near pot merchants. And those would-be pot sellers who have won over their neighbors say the city and local police – in spite of overwhelming approval from Santa Ana voters – aren’t...
  • Syrian refugees are coming here, too, and aid groups are getting ready (Orange County, California)

    09/05/2015 2:10:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 5, 2015 | Deepa Bharath
    As hundreds of thousands of Syrians make their way across Europe, some by foot, local agencies are preparing for some of those people to land here. “We are expecting a wave of Syrian refugees in Orange County,” said Nahla Kayali, founder and executive director of Access California Services, an Anaheim nonprofit that provides services largely to Muslim refugees and immigrants. “We don’t know when they will come. But we are getting ready to receive them.” In the past month, Access California Services has helped at least 30 Syrian refugee families moving to Orange County, providing everything from financial aid and...
  • Shirtless Man Claims to Be Tarzan, Tries Swinging Into Monkey Exhibit at O.C. Zoo...

    08/05/2015 10:31:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    ktla ^ | tracybloom
    Officers responded to the zoo — which is located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. — at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and discovered 37-year-old John William Rodenborn covered in mud, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. He told them he was the fictional character Tarzan. Before authorities arrived, a shirtless Rodenborn had allegedly attempted to get into the zoo’s bird exhibit before he tried to swing into the monkey exhibit, Bertagna said. Kent Yamaguchi, the director of the zoo, told KTLA that the man was initially walking through the bird aviary, but then walked over to...
  • After 20 Years, Naugles Is Open Again in Southern California

    07/30/2015 12:18:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    CNN Wire via KTLA ^ | July 29, 2015
    After a 20-year hiatus, Naugles, a popular Mexican restaurant that once had a cult-like following, reopened Tuesday in Southern California ... Naugles merged with Del Taco in 1988, and by 1995 all of its locations had been shut down and replaced with Del Taco restaurants ...
  • VIDEO: Disneyland's first kids: These two were the first boy, girl in the gate in 1955

    07/16/2015 4:50:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2015 | Joseph Pimentel
    They were supposed to be in Mexico that day, not at the opening of some amusement park. But 7-year-old Michael Schwartner persuaded his parents to take a detour. And then his cousin Christine Vess tripped and skinned her knee. And that’s how Michael and Christine became the very first official guests in Disneyland 60 years ago this week and unexpectedly received a lifetime of privileges. That’s how they were escorted past 15,000 people, how they met Walt Disney, and how they posed with Disney for a photograph beamed around the world.
  • What happened to Baby Alpha Beta? Did the newborn found behind a grocery find her birth mother?

    07/06/2015 11:31:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 6, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    Kayla Tovo paced next to her parked car, not sure what to expect. "Mom, what are you doing?" her little boy called out the window. "Give me a minute," she answered. A decade ago, Tovo manned a machine gun for the Army in Afghanistan. Yet the meeting she was about to go to, at a park in Huntington Beach, spooked her. On the drive over she'd stopped to buy a yellow rose. A yellow rose means friendship. A yellow rose means starting over. A yellow rose would express three words to someone she'd be meeting for the first time –...
  • Guinness record set for most surfers riding wave

    06/20/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 20, 2015 | Laylan Connelly
    Long-time Huntington Beach surfer Gary Sahagen had a prediction about how the world record attempt to get the most people riding one wave would go down. "It's either going to be spectacular, or a spectacle," Sahagen said, before joining 66 other surfers crammed onto a 42-foot board on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Turns out, it was a lot of both.
  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer Danny Villanueva dies at age 77

    06/20/2015 5:15:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | June 19, 2015
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77. Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week. Born to migrant missionary workers in eastern New Mexico, Villanueva went on to attend New Mexico State on a football scholarship. After graduating in 1961, he played for the Los Angeles Rams, where he was nicknamed "El Kickador." Bullfighting music was played...
  • 'Surf City' singer Dean Torrence, minus Jan, still rides the wave in his adopted hometown

    06/20/2015 9:46:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 20, 2015 | David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hits such as “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Ride the Wild Surf” and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” joining with their younger friends, the Beach Boys, in writing the anthems of the California coastal lifestyle. Skip forward more than...
  • San Bernardino: Broken City

    06/15/2015 6:43:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 37 replies
    Los Angles Times ^ | June 14, 2015 | Joe Mozingo
    San Bernardino, once a sturdy, middle class "All-America City," is now bankrupt, the poorest city of its size in California, and a symbol of the nation's worst urban woes.
  • Dodger Games (Finally) Coming To LA Area Charter Subscribers Beginning Tuesday

    06/04/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 4, 2015 | Maury Brown
    In the first major breakthrough to get Los Angeles Dodgers games carried on a major distributor outside Time Warner Cable, starting Tuesday, June 9th. SportsNet LA will be available on Charter Spectrum TV Select, Charter’s most widely subscribed to tier of service. The games will be shown on the Charter listing as channel 44 SD/ 789 HD in the LA designated market area. It will be on channel 44 SD / 773 HD in San Luis Obispo, and channel 44 SD in Porterville. For SportsNet LA’s Spanish-language game telecasts as well as its Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) will also...
  • Owner of dog, Rocky, who chewed off part of his leg to get free, won't face criminal charges

    06/01/2015 4:33:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 1, 2015 | Sean Emery
    A Westminster man whose alleged abuse of his dog forced the pup to chew off part of a foot to get loose of a tether had his criminal charges dropped last week, after he took part in an animal neglect prevention program. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss misdemeanor failure to care for animals and cruelty to animals charges after Samer Ibrahim took an active role in completing a 10-class program teaching the 23-year-old how to properly care for dogs. He also agreed to voluntarily provide his DNA to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
  • Angel Stadium food guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson offers what to eat (or not), how long it takes ...

    05/28/2015 11:42:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Brad A. Johnson
    Full title: Angel Stadium food guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson offers what to eat (or not), how long it takes and more I dined at every single food concession at Angel Stadium so that everyone else doesn’t have to. I found a great cheeseburger, some wretched barbecue and county-fair-worthy hand-dipped corn dogs. I learned that a fancy gourmet sausage topped with grilled onions is not better than the most basic, unadorned Angel Dog. I also realized that just because a concession carries the name of a famous chain, the product might bear little resemblance to the real deal. Here are...
  • Charter Communications to offer Dodgers TV channel (after buyout of Time Warner)

    05/26/2015 6:35:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | Meg James
    Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV ... "We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen," [Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom] Rutledge said ...
  • Move over, Angels: Chinese company wants to spend $500 million to reshape area near stadium ...

    05/09/2015 5:56:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 9, 2015 | Jeff Collins and Fermin Leal
    Move over, Angels: Chinese company wants to spend $500 million to reshape area near stadium in Anaheim ANAHEIM - A Chinese development company wants to build a $500 million, L.A. Live-style complex at the doorstep of Angel Stadium. LT Global Investment’s plan includes a 28-story condominium tower, a 26-story hotel-office building and a 460,000-square-foot retail center with a rooftop plaza. The plan calls for 600 condos and apartments, 300 hotel rooms and 60,000 square feet of office space. A pedestrian pathway would link the development to the ballpark.
  • Popular LA bakery built with embezzled money

    04/29/2015 9:20:06 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    AP via SF Chron ^ | Ap 28 2015 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — A thriving French bakery that helped revive a stretch of a major boulevard has become a symbol of betrayal for Robert Smylie. The women behind the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood’s La Maison Du Pain on Pico Boulevard said a trip to Paris inspired them to open a neighborhood bakery. Carmen Salindong and her sister said they took out second mortgages, sold property and pooled their life savings to do so. “It was a wonderful story — but it wasn’t true,” said Smylie, 67. Instead, court documents say the women embezzled $5 million from Smylie’s law firm, where Salindong’s sister-in-law...
  • Collapse of Time Warner-Comcast merger could extend Dodgers TV impasse indefinitely

    04/24/2015 1:25:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Lev
    It appears the long, frustrating wait for Dodgers fans hoping to see their team on TV will continue indefinitely. Multiple reports Thursday indicated the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable – distributor of the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA – was on the verge of collapsing. The merger between the companies had been viewed as a potential solution to the distribution impasse that has prevented about 70 percent of the local market from seeing the majority of Dodgers games since the start of last season. The collapse of that deal means "the status quo remains in place," said sports-media consultant...
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman's Brain During Surgery in LA

    04/23/2015 9:35:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles ^ | April 23, 2015 | John Cádiz Klemack
    An Indiana woman undergoing surgery in Los Angeles to remove a tumor experienced a twist worthy of a sci-fi plot when doctors discovered an embryonic twin in her brain. Yamini Karanam, 26, was unaware of what was happening in her head until she underwent a procedure designed to reach deep into the brain to extract the tumor. After waking up from the surgery, Karanam was surprised to learn of the "teratoma" -- her embryonic twin, a rarity in modern medicine, complete with bone, hair and teeth.
  • NBFF's Horror 2015 Showcase Gives Love to Indie Films

    04/16/2015 10:50:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 16, 2015 | Aimee Murillo
    It has been years since audiences have been given a horror movie that wasn't a carbon copy of another film—big-budget film producers aren't exactly flowing with ideas. Thankfully, the Horror Showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 23-30, aims to counter that fatigue with a new crop of filmmakers outside of the Hollywood milieu, presenting seven short films and one feature film that not only break the mold of clichés, but also eat their brains . . . or something. Because if there's one thing we can be mindful of, it's that some of the best, most memorable...
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • 'Dr. George' Fischbeck dies at 92; popular weatherman at KABC-TV

    03/25/2015 3:12:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Valerie J. Nelson
    George Fischbeck, a science teacher turned weatherman who joined KABC-TV in 1972 and spent nearly two decades exuberantly delivering the local forecast, has died. He was 92. Fischbeck, who was known as "Dr. George," died of natural causes early Wednesday morning at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, his daughter, Nancy Fischbeck, said. A trained meteorologist, George Fischbeck was so enthusiastic about his subject that he sometimes forgot to talk about the next day's weather.
  • Longtime KTLA reporter Stan Chambers dies at 91

    02/13/2015 12:18:43 PM PST · by jttpwalsh · 53 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 2/13/15 | OC Register Staff
    Stan Chambers, a local TV news reporter whose career at KTLA spanned more than six decades, died Friday. He was 91.
  • Gary Owens, Announcer of ‘Laugh-In’ Fame, Dies at 80

    02/13/2015 2:59:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Variety ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    Radio, TV and voiceover performer Gary Owens died on Feb. 12 at his home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Owens, who was 80, had been a diabetic since the age of 8. Owens was probably best known as the announcer on NBC’s “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1968-73), with his trademark hand-over-the-ear announcing style. On the show, John Wayne once imitated Owens announcing. The phrase Gary created on his KMPC radio show, “Beautiful downtown Burbank,” later became a nightly catchphrase on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Owens also lent his voice to more than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of...
  • Iconic Hodad's restaurant owner dies (Mike Hardin)

    02/06/2015 5:18:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | February 6, 2015 | Karen Kucher and Lori Weisberg
    SAN DIEGO — Mike Hardin -- beloved burger master, philanthropist and owner of Hodad's, an Ocean Beach institution -- has died, leaving the community in mourning. As news spread of his death, mourners gathered and left remembrances in front of the Ocean Beach restaurant on Newport Avenue, creating a makeshift memorial.