Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans heads the list of upcoming TED Talk speakers.
Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans heads the list of upcoming TED Talk speakers.
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Weekender Updater: TED Talker Janet Evans; Murderer Loses Bid for New Trial

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[BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] WINNER'S CIRCLE: Janet Evans, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer

Stories: TEDxOrangeCoast Announces Fall Conference to Have More Attendee Interaction with Talkers -AND- Weekender Updater: Gangs, Alleged Cruise Ship Killer, Discriminating Cops and TED Talkers Update: A couple weeks ago we told you about the first six speakers announced for TEDxOrangeCoast's fourth annual fall conference Sept. 19-20 at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. Now we know the rest: Jack Andraka, world-renowned teen researcher who invented an early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer; former Olympic medalists swimmer Janet Evans and fencer Tim Morehouse; Kevin Surace, Inc. magazine "Entrepreneur of the Year;" Chris White, SVP, Internet of Things at Cisco; Gregory Washington, dean of engineering at UC Irvine; textPlus President Nanea Reeves, recognized by Digital Media Wire as one of the "25 Executives to Watch in Digital Media;" Alex Dickenson, SVP at Illumina, the world's largest DNA sequencing company; Ronald Rotunda, former assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee and co-author of the most widely used course book on legal ethics; and Johnny Schillereff, founder and CEO of Element skateboards.

Previously announced were: Umi Garrett, a 13-year-old piano virtuoso; A.G. Kawamura, former California secretary of agriculture; Eric Chen, Harvard freshman and technology/biology activist; Judy Estrin, co-founder of eight technology companies and author of Closing the Innovation Gap; Dan Miller, managing director of The Roda Group, a seed-stage venture capital group focused on clean technology; and Clinton Wilborn, an award-winning author, acclaimed dancer and film and TV producer. Conference tickets start at $85, with discounts offered to students. To register visit TEDxOrangeCoast.com.

Story: Cesar Gerardo Marta Guilty of Murdering Santa Ana Man Who'd Fought with Killer's Daughter Update: Cesar Gerardo Marta lost his bid for a new murder trial on grounds that he had ineffective counsel because he was advised not testify on his own behalf. Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals agreed with Senior Deputy District Attorney Susan Price that there was no evidence 42-year-old Marta did not know he could request a new lawyer. The Omaha man is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the murder of 27-year-old Cesar "Danny" Gutierrez Hernandez, who was stabbed seven times in front of his Santa Ana home on May 26, 2010. Marta faces up to 30 years in prison.

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