Sunday News Notes

Sunday News Notes

Sunday highlights from the local media include:


NEW MOONING
The annual mooning of Amtrak train passengers happened yesterday in Laguna Hills and the OC Register was there to take pictures and video of the "nearly 100" participants. For the front page of the local section story, the Reg published a tame picture (only two people can be seen with their pants down) but a shot after the jump has the appropriate caption: "Trains get an eyeful of fanny . . . " According to the story by Fermin Leal, the sheriff's department had "dozens" of deputies patrol the event which resulted in "no incidents." No word on how much the deputies made in overtime pay for this dangerous event.

DEJA VU
It was three weeks ago when the Weekly's Spencer Kornhaber penned his cover story on Little Saigon's popular Paris by Night shows. Today My-Thuan Tran of the LA Times wrote her version of the story that mirrored all of Kornhaber's themes.

CONSERVATIVES FOR CHANGE!
Just today, Register opinion writers called for the abolishment of the U.S. Postal Service, increased gun ownership rights (found in hard copy edition) and the passage of the November ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.

BEST QUOTE:
"They'll have a redhead, an African American, an Asian, a lesbian." From a Times front page story, "Gossip girls get VIP access, then kiss and tell," which details how tabloids send good looking undercover correspondents into LA bars to secretly spy on celebrities for as much as $300 a night.

A SOFTER VAN TRAN? 
Reg reporter Dena Bunis, who covers Congress, writes that Van Tran, the Little Saigon Republican assemblyman who wants to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, worries that Arizona police will use racial profiling to enforce that state's new anti-Mexican immigrant law but he still supports the controversial legislation. Bunis, like our own Gustavo Arellano, also says that Sanchez is often a no-show on federal immigration issues.

OC DEMS SCORE LIBERAL HEAVYWEIGHT
According to TheLiberalOC.com blog, Orange County Democrats have secured feisty Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank as the keynote speaker for their annual Harry S Truman fundraising dinner. There was no mention when the dinner will occur. Last year, Nancy Pelosi was the honored guest who delighted local progressives and drew conservative protesters. 

WHAT COSTS $425,500,000?
Answer: The amount OC taxpayers paid last year to local government workers who didn't work a single hour because they'd retired, according to an alarming story by Tony Saavedra and Ron Campbell over on Grand Avenue.

OC-GROWN NYC PROSECUTOR GET NYT GLORY
This New York Times article was published on July 6 but it's still worth mentioning because it features the federal government's top terrorist prosecutor: OC native Jeffrey Haworth Knox. The paper describes the 37-year-old as "a prosecutor who looks like an altar boy, grew up in the conservative environs of Orange County, Calif., and Dallas, and has described himself as a traditional law-and-order Republican."
 
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly 

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