Douglas Bates

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    The Great and Powerful Big Oz: Irvine's Afghan Rapper Delivers Battle-Tested Rhymes

    It didn't take long for Omar Azizi to establish himself as the biggest presence in a room. He easily outweighed his fellow newborns in a LA hospital nursery, tipping the scales at 12 pounds. Twenty-eight years later, the Irvine rapper known as "Big Oz" towers onstage, thanks to an imposing 6-foot- ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010

    Aliso Black on Life and Death

    The Aliso Viejo-based rapper rhymes about workin' the Great Recession

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    In Anaheim, Sticks And Stones Can Kill You

    **Update: Julian Alexander's family has released a statement expressing their disappointment over the DA's decision not press charges against Kevin Fagan. "The shooting represents an egregious act of excessive and unnecessary force, and the impact of this tragedy has devastated and irreparably harme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Mission Viejo Homeland Security Officer Not Guilty in Shooting

    While everyone's attention at the moment may be rightly focused on the Mike Carona verdict, it's worth noting the recent outcome in a different law-enforcer-as-potential-law-breaker case that the Weekly has followed:  that of Mission Viejo Homeland Security officer Douglas Bates. Superior Court ... More >>

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Not So Boring

    A brief history of crime in Orange Countys safest city

  • Features

    October 27, 2005

    OC's 31 Scariest People

    Now 25 percent more terrifying!

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    Neighbor-Involved Shooting

    The DA files charges against a customs officer who killed a Mission Viejo college student. The defense says its all politics

  • News

    March 10, 2005

    Indictment Imminent?

    DA to forward case involving federal agent who killed South County rapper to grand jury

  • News

    March 3, 2005

    No Justice for Bassim

    Why is fed who killed rapper still free?