A remote Arizona church, whose founder communed with LSD guru Timothy Leary, offers followers peyote-induced psychedelic trips
By describing the two boys who died along with three girls in a Newport Beach Memorial Day crash as "obsessed," "Middle Eastern immigrants" who "spoke Arabic together when they hung out, which was constantly," is the Associated Press displaying cultural insensitivity?If not, asks a media watchdog, w ... More >>
Ignoring racist emails is all in a day's work for the Democratic congressional candidate
In his day job, Mr. Bibteaches required undergraduate Composition at UC Irvine, where he works hard guiding students to read, write and think critically, to develop scholarly research and analysis skills and--you bet!--engage politically using their newfound civic literacy. Some deal! Despite ... More >>
The 'second fiddle' steps out on her own
Valerie Plame, whose career as an undercover for the CIA ended when the Bush White House blew her cover in 2003, comes to the UC Irvine School of Law Feb. 17 to give a free talk about her experiences.Now going by Valerie Elise Plame Wilson, to reflect her marriage to former Ambassador Joseph C. W ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 20, 5:07 P.M.: And then there were none. A week after Occupy Santa Ana ended its formal occupation of the Civic Center, Occupy Irvine has decided to do the same. According to activist D'Marie Mulattieri, who was responsible for setting up the original Occupy Orange County Fac ... More >>
SicatOliver Sicat, 32, was born in Santa Ana to Filipino immigrant parents, earned degrees from the University of Southern California and Harvard, created a successful non-profit education organization and is now is in the national spotlight for his role in Chicago's education reform efforts.Toda ... More >>
Maddie James, 2005-2011.UPDATE, JUNE 13, 2:04 P.M.: There were smiles, speeches and applause--and more than a few tears among the 100 invited guests. They were at a private dedication ceremony Saturday at Dana Point's Ocean Institute, on what would have been Maddie James's sixth birthday. The cer ... More >>
Maddie James, 2006-2011.It has a deceptive, scholarly name. The kind of name you'd expect to come across while flipping through National Geographic. Referring, maybe, to light diffraction in the farther reaches of the Milky Way. Or the unique manner in which rare Peruvian orchids attract hummi ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 29, 5:15 P.M.: Just finished watching the short documentary on Orange County naturalist Joel Robinson at Triangle Square and, I gotta tell you, it left me wanting to know more.Directors Jonathan Formica, Celesta Giaimo, Mj Lat and Alexandra Santoro present an eye-opening look at ar ... More >>
The Anaheim International Film Festival, which rolls through Sunday, previously announced that besides awards for entered films, special honors will be presented at Saturday night's black-tie gala to director Jonathan Lynn, actor Hector Elizondo and philanthropists Bruno Serato and Larry and Kris ... More >>
Labor complaints and HEI Hotels and Hospitality-owned properties go together like dinner mints and pillows. The latest wave comes from Long Beach Hilton workers who claim they are being denied 10 minute breaks required under state law.Like workers at the HEI-owned Embassy Suites in Irvine, the Oc ... More >>
At least as evidenced by this new Katie Holmes/Josh Duhamel/Anna Paquin/etc. ensemble pic
After 34 years in law enforcement Garden Grove Police Chief Joseph Polisar plans to resign his position at the end of the year. According to a press release issued today, Polisar is credited with reducing crime rates in the city to levels "not seen since the 1960's" and for maintaining "high stan ... More >>
A new study out of two Boston hospitals shows those ages 12 to 19 are suffering hearing loss, and a UC Irvine expert who has conducted his own research believes he knows why: the use of MP3 players like iPods.That is, Dr. Hamid Djalilian, director of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCI Medi ... More >>
Can the teenage rap duo live up to it?
[via Gawker]The biggest thing on the Interwebz this weekend was a story going around that President Obama was in Tag Team's 1993 hit song "Whoomp (There It Is)." According to Gawker, the whole conspiracy theory has appeared everywhere, from the hip hop message board Tha Corner, the message board ... More >>
The group brings their throwback pop sounds from around the world to the Orange County Performing Arts Center
A feature story by Colin Stack in today's edition of UC Irvine's student newspaper New University reveals that cotton sweatshirts with the familiar "U-C-I" capital letters across the chest have been effectively banned on campus since April 29.The ban has nothing to do with student self loathing--or ... More >>
People, places, politicos, lawmen, muckrakers, card sharps, & other assorted scalawags & neer-do-wells, plus tall tales & ghost stories.
The New York Times Magazine's Lynn Hirschberg ponders this crucial matter and concludes that Rubin, the Def Jam impresario/producer (Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Slayer, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash and 17,000 others) who's now employed by Columbia Records, just may be the mensch to prevent this Titanic from ... More >>
Does RATMs left hook still have punch?
Of Micks and McDonald's
Fullerton is certainly full of something these days. Last month the Fullerton Planning Commission approved a resolution to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their city. In fact, all the resolution woul accomplish is a violation of California law; that and a major buzz-kill to Jay's Paradise, the ... More >>
'The love that dare not speak its name except through the barrel of a gun'
Feds, Aryan Brotherhood come to paint the OC courthouse white
Sex, drugs and the American flag: The true tale of an Orange County family
How a former Huntington High drama student became a cultural insider
Rating the sides in the April 1 Arizona-Mexico border free-for-all
U.S. Plans to Boot OCs Thi Dinh Bui. How about the rest?
Al Franken makes me mad!
Gaspar Noes Irreversible and Lisa Cholodenkos Laurel Canyon
The Far Right was born in OC, which ought to scare the hell out of you
Is Cornel West the most hopeful man in America?
It can be downright ugly
The finer (and lesser) points of local institutions