• Film

    November 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Orange County Brother-Sister Duo Operated Hospital Drug Scam

    Conspiring with his sister who worked as a nurse, an Irvine businessman got rich selling stolen and mis-branded hospital supplies and drugs--including the horse tranquilizer and party drug Ketamine. Bahram Khandan, owner of United Capital Group Inc., profited more than $1.88 million during a two-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Fereshteh Shafiee, Her Mom and Co-Worker Allegedly Sting Senior Care Office for $150,000

    Two employees of the Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) and the mother of one of them are accused of participating in a fraud scheme that cost taxpayers $150,000. But only Fereshteh Shafiee, 52, of Mission Viejo, was arrested Wednesday. Her co-worker, Nahid Bijaripour Vakilian, a 55-year-ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Mark Lijek, Real-Life Embassy Worker Depicted in Argo, Held Hostage by Rick Reiff Tonight

    Argo won the Oscar, Sir Ben is back on top and all is right with the world, at least through the Hollywood lens.Or is it?That's what Rick Reiff aims to find out tonight, when the veteran Orange County journo has on his teevee show one of the American embassy workers portrayed in the potboiler.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Orange County Church's Sunday Marquee: "Thou Shalt Not Use Drones to Kill"

    Outside of Unitarian Universalist, the Catholic Worker, and Metropolitan Community Church congregations, O.C. churches are notoriously conservative--like, hate-the-queers/bomb Iran conservative. So color us shocked when a Facebook pal of ours posted the following picture of the marquee outside Brea ... More >>

  • Film

    January 17, 2013

    The Irvine International Film Festival Shows Off Its Good Eye

    The rambunctious lineup includes nine Oscar nominees

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    One Battleship Opens on OC Screens While Another Heads for Waters Off Seal Beach

    Peter Berg's $200 million alien action movie Battleship, which has already earned back $215 million internationally, opens nationwide today.But you can see a real battleship off Seal Beach.Without the aliens. Presumably.Oh, and that's three miles off Seal Beach.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Biola University to Hold Conference on Nuclear War, and How to Get Jews and Muslims Saved

    ​Nothing gets believers excited like the end of the world. To that end, Biola University this weekend will host a conference titled "Israel, the Church and the Middle East Crisis", featuring Calvary Chapel favorite Joel Rosenberg, a doom-and-gloomer in the Hal Lindsey mold, and author of "The G ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    Team 'Margaret'

    [Year In Film] Karina Longworth on why you've never heard of her favorite movie of the year, plus nine more bests

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Tavazo Dried Nuts & Fruits Store Opens in Irvine

    ​Tavazo Dried Nuts and Fruits opened quietly in Irvine last week, or perhaps the week before. Like I said, it was a quiet debut. This outlet of a mostly Ontario, Canada-based Persian goods purveyor can be found next to Smart & Final and Trader Joe's at Culver and Walnut.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    5 More Attraction Ideas for Ronald Reagan Great Park

    ​Between the time the reporting was done on this week's cover story and that issue hit the streets, more ideas for attractions at the future Ronald Reagan Great Park have been floated like a large orange balloon.Indeed, the brilliant stroke of naming Irvine's massive public-works project after "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    It's a Different Court for Mike Smith, Clippers Commentator Accused of Ripping Off Retiree

    ​Trial before a jury is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Santa Ana for Los Angeles Clippers color commentator Mike Smith, who pleaded not guilty in January to charges he stole $735,000 from a retired school teacher with an inoperable brain tumor.If Smith--a 44-year-old a former Clipper player who l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Dishney: Flash Mob at Disneyland Plaza This Thursday

    Paul Hiffmeyer/DisneylandFreeze frame!​In continued protest of the Iran Election, Twitter user @GreenThumbNails has organized a flash mob event for a two-minute freeze at Disneyland Plaza on Thurs., July 30 at 6:30 p.m. If you're not familiar with the flash mob phenomenon, it was recently popular ... More >>

  • News

    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Flags at Local Iran Street Protest Spark Debate

    Photos by Christopher VictorioThe controversial flag flies in Irvine Wednesday.Alexandra Zavis and Paloma Esquivel blog in the LA Times that the appearance of the pre-Islamic Revolution Iranian flag at U.S. rallies "is stirring tension between Iranian expatriates who come out to express solidarity w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Mahvash Mossaed: I Paint a Woman's Life Opening Reception

    Mahvash Mossaed: I Paint a Woman's Life Opening Reception

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Friday's Headlines & Surprises: All Big Money Issue!

    Yet Another USC Criminal: Laguna Beach billionaire Igor Olenicoff has pleaded guilty in a massive tax fraud scheme involving $346 million and Bahama bank accounts. A product of USC after fleeing the Soviet Union and Iran, Olenicoff lied to the IRS about the existence of the off shore accounts. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Ass Slapping Fun!

    Worm Attack in Dana Point? TMZ reports that Orange County police are investigating former Los Angeles Laker/Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for allegedly committing a “crime” inside the Hennessy's Tavern near PCH in Dana Point. The celebrity website says Rodman was accused of slapping a female custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Fishy Rohrabacher

    Fishy Rohrabacher? The Huntington Beach Independent features a visit by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty) to Coatings Resource Corp., a local company owned by Edward Laird. Michael Alexander's story says that the Chinese had nabbed Laird's paint contract with Mattel Toys. ... More >>

  • Film

    August 30, 2007

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the week: Baraka

  • Features

    June 28, 2007

    From Hunter to Hunted

    In his quest to free slaves around the world, Aaron Cohen thought hed seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    Friday's Haul

    An Irvine spy? Irvine businessman and peace activist Ali Shakeri has been imprisoned in Iran and charged with espionage. A State Department official denied that Shakeri was working for the U.S. gov't, though. Gobsmacked: Folks at Capistrano Unified can't fathom how a guy could turn down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2006

    Dry Rot, Fraud and Elections

    In today's New York Times, Bob Herbert surveys the state of democracy and the quality of elections in the US, and concludes, These are not scenes from a flourishing democracy. If you're looking to put a positive spin on the current state of politics and government in the U.S., you've got your work c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2006

    Odds and Ends

    Well, it was quite a weekend in Washington D.C. In a previous post, Alex did a fine job of spelling out the facts in the case of ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Predator). The only thing that can be added is that Foley has now headed down a familiar path-- as Josh Marshall puts it: "Ahhh, once again, the l ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    This Is the Voice

    The Gossip could follow a botched cockfight

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Cocaine Airways

    A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    We Forget

    Five years after 9/11, Cornel Bonca finds your memory wandering around Vegas

  • Culture

    August 24, 2006

    Here's the Story

    Ken Ruzics tikis give us back our very Brady childhood

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2006

    What Rough Beast...

    Given the horrifying carnage and grim prospects in Iraq, you'd think that the ideologues who pushed for the US to invade a country that posed no threat would have retired in shame from public life. But no. And now, some of the shameless are trying to midwife an attack on Iran, and they are trying to ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 25, 2006

    Looking for Muslims in the Comedy World

    The Ayatollahs of humor stick it to the Man

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2006

    Massively Penetrating in Vegas

    Looking for something new to do in Vegas? Something that involves breathing in massive amounts of particulate matter blown in from the desert? Something that involves watching yet another bit of idiotic Bush administration defense planning go up in smoke (literally)? Something a little mushroom clou ... More >>

  • Food

    January 5, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in the county, A-R

  • Food

    November 17, 2005
  • Columns

    November 3, 2005

    Bullet Dodged!

    I do not think that means what you think it means . . .

  • Culture

    August 4, 2005

    The Red-Light District of Language

    Maledicta 13 and the importance of telling World Trade Center jokes

  • Columns

    May 5, 2005

    Youre Welcome

    This is not a story about the filibuster

  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    Hell in a Shoebox

    Tentation's haughty, wealthy asshats and Anna Nicole look-alikes

  • Columns

    June 10, 2004

    Dog Day After June

    Reality: its not just for leftists anymore

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    My Laguna

    Feeling most at home at a place that's not

  • News

    May 1, 2003
  • News

    April 24, 2003
  • Unknown

    April 3, 2003
  • News

    March 27, 2003
  • News

    March 13, 2003
  • Columns

    September 12, 2002

    Learn or Burn

    Why education really matters

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Crack Cop

    New FBI documents add to the mystery surrounding a former Laguna cop who says he ran coke for the Nicaraguan rebels

  • Columns

    October 18, 2001

    Winged Monkeys!

    Our smoky links to unsavory characters

  • Columns

    August 2, 2001
  • Culture

    March 16, 2000

    Schindlers List of Art Exhibits

    Minus the Saccahrine ending

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Got Gas?

    25 things to consider on April 30

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