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    November 12, 2014

    Is Riff Raff Serious?

    By: Jeff Weiss Riff Raff's hair is a crop circle of braids. His eyes are blue, dilated and deserted. Gold grills glint on his teeth. A boy-band-thin beard zigzags across his face. His chest and neck double as a tattooed billboard for MTV, BET, the NBA, Bart Simpson and Seagram's Seven. To complete ... More >>

  • Film

    February 9, 2012

    Sleepwalking Through 'Safe House'

    Denzel Washington's reliably creepy performance fails to elevate his latest action flick

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Inside the Mind of Luis Mijangos, Sextortion Hacker "Mistah X"

    ​January's GQ has a fascinating piece on a fellow who turned up in our crime coverage the past couple years: Luis Mijangos, the so-called "sextortion" hacker out of Santa Ana sentenced Sept. 1 to six years in prison for cyber-terrorism. The 32-year-old undocumented immigrant hacked into dozens of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon

    ​Stories of Joe Youkhan's arancini reached my ears long before his truck of many colors hit the road. I was invited to a couple of pre-launch events, but it was during a really busy period at work and I had my head buried in software design rather than in luxe lonchera launchesThe truck doesn't ke ... More >>

  • Film

    September 15, 2011

    'I Don't Know How She Does It' Sacrifices Nothing

    In the fantasy adaptation, working moms can have it all

  • Culture

    July 28, 2011

    MouseWait and More of OC's Best Apps!

    [Trendzilla] Download them now. Even better? They're FREE!

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    The Inquisitive Diner's Field Guide to Yelpers

    ​Yelp is a huge force in the restaurant review world. They've taken a motley assortment of amateur writers and given them legitimacy and a huge platform from which to express their opinions. The site is a huge trove of information, written by normal people who don't see their name splashed across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Controversy Over Smartphone Apps That List DUI Checkpoints

    The Checkpointer iPhone App ​Accidentally drank too many brewskies and now need to bypass the cops on the dangerous drive home?   There's an app for that. Several of them, actually, including the $4.99 iPhone "Checkpointer" by Baron Zweber, which lists DUI checkpoints in OC. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mexican Pop Singer Kalimba Jailed on Rape Charge

     Twenty-eight-year-old Mexican pop singer Kalimba Ibar, former member of band OV7 and the singing voice of Simba in the Latin American film version of The Lion King, was jailed on rape charges on Jan 20. According to the Associated Press, Kalimba was deported from the U.S. to Mexico after ... More >>

  • Film

    November 11, 2010

    Working Girl

    Rachel McAdams is married to her job and loving it in 'Morning Glory'

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Got Graffiti, Potholes or Weeds in Long Beach? There's an App For That

    ​After checking their e-mail and playing yet another round of Angry Birds, smartphone users in Long Beach can help de-fuglify the neighborhood.The city has launched "Go Long Beach," a free application for the iPhone and BlackBerry (the Android app will be released in December) that allows resident ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010


    Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona, deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Dreaming of the Parts of Freedom CEO Mitch Stern's Interview That Weren't Print to Fit

    ​Now that he's unloaded the U-Haul and settled into his new office in Irvine, Freedom Communications CEO Mitch Stern sat down for an interview with a reporter from his media company's flagship newspaper, the Orange County Register.This is important to Grand Avenue wags as Freedom emerges from banr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Starbucks to Offer Free, Easy Wi-Fi July 1

    ​Beginning July 1, all corporate-owned (i.e., not franchised) Starbucks locations will offer free, unlimited, registration-free Wi-Fi to all customers.

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    The Full Nelson

    Fourth District supervisor candidate Shawn Nelson says he, not GOP opponent Harry Sidhu, is a kindred spirit with tea partiers. Example: A big public-employees' union hates him

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Laguna Hills Company Says Its App Ends Deadly Texting-While-Driving Practice

    ​A Laguna Hills company that creates applications for mobile and stationary telecommunications, claims to have come up with an app to solve "the deadly texting-while-driving social epidemic."

  • Film

    January 7, 2010
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    October 30, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park

    Flickr user Malingering"Someone ran a stroller right into it. And I laughed."​Welcome to this week's Tweet's from the Park, our Friday feature where we gather the best and most interesting (and grossest. And weirdest. And most racist. And...) tweets from Disneyland Park for your reading pleasure. ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009
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    September 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Crime Time: Methed Mom, Nitrous Oxide, a Full Moon, a Gutted Black Cat and a Skateboarding Giant Ax Carrier

    It's our weekly Weekly roundup of Orange County police calls--with suspect mugs!TUESDAY, JULY 7Courtesy of Cypress Police DepartmentAlison Le Anne EbertAt Least She Left the TV On Officers responding to an anonymous, 4:45 a.m. report of child abuse in a home in the 8500 block of La Homa Street in Cy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Tweeters (Twits?) Of The World Unite: We're Now On Board Too!

    Yes, that's right--we're caving in to peer pressure delighted to be bringing our readers even more food news and commentary by joining the likes of Obama, Ashton and that bloke from the Mac ads.Our new account will be regularly updated by Gustavo, Edwin and myself.You can follow us at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    This Week In Food

    We may have been slightly distracted by Obama's visit to the OC this week, but that didn't stop us from blogging with gusto... Indeed, I tried to guess where the President might eat during his Southland trip (I'm still none the wiser).I also blew the lid off popcorn prices, which have risen an evil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    P. Diddy Needs Help

    "I'm a celebrity hip-hop media mogul. Seriously." And he's placed an ad on Media Bistro's joblistings site. Read the ad after the jump, with my translations of classified adspeak in brackets. Can I hate the playa and the game? I think so.

  • Culture

    September 27, 2007


    "These newfangled phones are incredibly handy—letting us respond to e-mails from the boss whenever and wherever we want."

  • Features

    October 20, 2005