By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
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A video hosted by pastor Bobby Blakey of Aliso Viejo's Compass Bible Church preaches that those who are "trapped in the lifestyle" of homosexuality can be "freed" by Jesus. In response, students at Orange County High School of the Arts launch an impromptu Gay Pride Day Oct. 27, complete with rainbow flags and a dance party to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."
What we learned: Don't mess with jazz hands.
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Jason Alexander Mahoney, a member of PEN1, the white-supremacist criminal street gang, loved to yell pro-Hitler crap on the streets. But it's revealed Nov. 2 that when Mahoney was facing a life-in-prison term, he told a judge his Nazi leanings had been disingenuous efforts to gain the affection of fellow PEN1 hoodlums.
What we learned: There is a hope for a white supremacist's remake of Brokeback Mountain.
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David Whiting—The Orange County Register columnist who attacked heroic citizens for standing up to the Fullerton Police Department after cops savagely killed a homeless man—finally discovers something worthy of outrage: the floor mats at the Richard M. Nixon presidential library. A disturbed Whiting suggests in a Nov. 17 column the carpets are proof of a liberal conspiracy to smear the dead president.
What we learned: Stupid, stupid David Whiting, the real liberal conspiracy involves the presidential library's pink drapes.
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News on Dec. 8 that the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles are getting one of the best lefties in baseball to come home—Newport Beach-born pitcher C.J. Wilson—is preceded by the scoop that the Halos landed one of the best hitters in baseball, future first-ballot Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. The former St. Louis Cardinal first baseman shakes up not only the Angels' batting order, but also Christian-celebrity star power in a county that has produced Rick Warren, Chuck Smith, Robert Schuller, Kenton Beshore and Bishop Brown—okay, scratch that last one. . . .
What we learned: Pray for no rain!
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Members of Santa Ana and Irvine Occupy movements join hundreds of protesters from Pasadena, Las Vegas, Long Beach and Los Angeles in attempting to close the Goldman Sachs-owned SSA Terminal in the Port of Long Beach on Dec. 12. Though they don't succeed, activists show real chutzpah standing face-to-face with Long Beach Police armed with big sticks and later CHP officers rocking bright-orange shotguns.
What we learned: While restraint by both sides saw the day end peacefully, we now know for future reference that vinegar is a good thing to have in the event of a tear-gas assault.
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JSerra High School teacher and girls' volleyball coach Ricardo Aldana is arrested on Dec. 14 and fired the following day from the private Catholic school for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The victim's mother wonders what took so long, saying she informed the principal in the fall that Aldana was either a predator or inappropriate.
What we learned: You can be a private Catholic school not affiliated with the Diocese of Orange and still have pervert teachers.
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It's reported Dec. 16 that the fortune of a Newport Coast couple will soon be split in half with Vanessa Bryant filing for divorce from Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. The cause: philandering. WTF? Kobe? Cheating? Naaaaw!
What we learned: It'll take a helluva lot more than a huge diamond ring to settle this one, as Kobe has no pre-nup with former Huntington Beach video dancer Vanessa, the mother of his two children. Wish you were on that bus to Dallas with Lamar, don't you, Kobe?
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The city of Santa Ana, under pressure all year from animal-rights activists, announces Dec. 16 it's getting rid of the elephant ride at the city-owned Santa Ana Zoo. Officials say the decision is not based on animal abuse complaints, but on a change in Association of Zoos and Aquariums policy that calls for minimal direct contact between elephants and handlers.
What we learned: To go back to enjoying monkeys throwing feces.