A former FBI official who resides in Huntington Beach pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank transactions to keep his employers from knowing about his gambling winnings at casinos in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia. Travis Raymond Wilson, 38, accepted a plea deal that had him co ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how do you impress a chica caliente?
Some McDonald's in Northern and Central California including those in Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto as well as a few in Northern Nevada, have started offering any size of their McCafe Premium Roast Coffee for just a buck. QSR Magazine reports that you can overcaffeinate yourself any time of the d ... More >>
Jean Ervin Soriano, the 18-year-old DUI driver accused of causing a crash that killed five people in Nevada, escaped March 1 from the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, according to a television news report.Further details on how Soriano managed to leave the juvenile-detention facility have not bee ... More >>
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but it's not turning out to be so for Dr. Kevin Ray Buckwalter.Following a Las Vegas newspaper investigation, the San Clemente physician is poised to lose his license to practice medicine in California.
We kept noticing a Fresh & Easy that was supposed to open off Valley View in Cypress but never did; now we know why. With at least 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, the chain is likely going to pull out of the US market, leaving upwards of 5,000 employees without jobs.Tesco, the bran ... More >>
On July 1, SB 1520 comes into force, which bans the production (including production-for-hire) and sale of products involving force-fed birds. Notice those words--you can't produce it, and you can't hire someone else to produce it, and you can't sell it to anyone.That leaves all sorts of great legal ... More >>
"Sir, I'm asking that you don't shop here today." This seemed to be an unusual request from a Fresh & Easy employee near the entrance of the Tesco-owned market chain's latest store, which only opened an hour earlier along Harbor Boulevard just south of the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa. As he wen ... More >>
Teens on a bus trip to Utah for what would be three whole days of parent-free debauchery in the snow were busted by cops this week for having a massive stash of marijuana. Party foul. Nearly 250 high school students from the Bay Area were heading to Salt Lake City on a trip organi ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles announced this afternoon that a federal grand jury has indicted six foreign nationals--including one in Costa Mesa--for operating an Internet-based sales scam that allegedly defrauded more than $4.2 million from unsuspecting shoppers since 2007.Accord ... More >>
A notary public who was to be the key witness against two Irvine title officers accused of orchestrating a massive mortgage foreclosure "robo-signing" fraud scheme was found dead in her Las Vegas home. Tracy Lawrence, 43, missed her sentencing hearing on a misdemeanor charge Monday, after which ... More >>
Costa Mesa Playhouse
Courtesy of OCDAPasquel Raul LoeraFifty-year-old Dennis Koire was in a coma for the 13 months after he was shot in the head on Feb. 14, 2010. The Westminster man succumbed to his injuries this past March.In announcing the death penalty will be sought for Pasqual Raul Loera, who is also accused of ... More >>
A Mission Viejo man who allegedly stole a SUV with a toddler strapped in a car seat out of an Aliso Viejo family's garage could get life in state prison based on the laundry list of charges against him. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) was asking for $1 million bail today at th ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 28, 2 P.M.: Sentences totaling 13 years for convictions in two cases have been given to Kenneth Joseph Lucas II, the "kingpin" of an international "phishing" operation that used spam e-mails and bogus websites to collect personal information used to defraud American banks. The 27- ... More >>
A former Rancho Santa Margarita accounting consultant is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana today for allegedly embezzling $822,000 from a longtime friend's company, using the ill-gotten money to pay off seven credit cards that racked up charges for gasoline, bar tabs, restaurant bills, cable ... More >>
No, General Cannabis isn't a Jamaican dancehall singer. It's a Nevada-based technology company that owns Weedmaps.com, CannaCare.com and other medical marijuana related concerns. The company is currently headquartered in Costa Mesa, but according to a press release today, it just moved into new o ... More >>
When federal indictments were announced in the fall of 2009 as part of Operation "Phish Phry," a multinational investigation conducted in the United States and Egypt that led to charges against 100 people, it was hailed as the largest number of defendants ever charged in a cybercrime case. Fiv ... More >>
I Can Haz CheezburgerHow can a food blog offend an entire nation? By creating a food-by-state map.My Food Looks Funny, the "noms" section of I Can Haz Cheezburger, took it upon itself to select a food to represent each state (click for the enlarged image). Some picks were easy-peas ... More >>
Orange County state Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is better than a handful of aces, if you ask the California Gaming Association.The group is praising Correa's proposed Senate Bill 40, which would legalize online poker in California and is opposed by--one guess--yes, greedy Nevada casino execu ... More >>
Robert Andrews reported his 1973 Chevrolet Camaro stolen in his hometown of Santa Ana on July 31, 1983.On Tuesday, the Nevada transplant was reunited with his sweet ride . . .. . . in West Los Angeles.
Should we credit/blame Latino voters for Jerry Brown returning to the governor's office, Barbara Boxer remaining in the U.S. Senate and Democrats not only holding the nation's upper house but picking up a seat in the California Assembly? Latino advocacy groups think so.
News highlights include:Relax, sir. It's only .000034 percent of your wealth.Is OC's Biggest Billionaire Stingy?Two of Donald L. Bren's children are expected to take their father to court this week in Los Angeles in hopes of winning $800,000 in retroactive monthly child support payments because, ... More >>
When we received a tweet that included this link: http://www.newspaperintegrity.com/paper.php?id=513. . . we here at the Weekly World HQ nearly flipped our Che berets. Who was this "Committee for Newspaper and Media Integrity" and where did they get off scoring us with a combined 57.1 for integr ... More >>
'Love Ranch' not fit for a queen
Flickr user egor.gribanovCoffee snootists look away! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is offering an array of free 12 oz. iced drinks today.
11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>
Three to 6 inches of new snow are expected in the next few hours to start falling in the local mountains--including Big Bear, where 5 feet of white stuff dumped during the last round of storms. Mammoth Mountain got 7 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 to add to its 8- to 12-feet base of packed p ... More >>
The kind of Orange County Republicans who would launch a recall of a Southern California politician from their own party tell you higher taxes are driving businesses out of California. They'll compare Cali's various tax rates with a backwater state like Nevada, or send their pupp ... More >>
No, not that kind of fish fry. Congratulations, Orange County! Some of your residents were among today's arrestees in the largest cyber crime case of its kind. "Operation Phish Phry," the first joint cyber investigation between Egyptian law enforcement authorities and United States of ... More >>
Bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh are hitting the stage as Sublime, just like they did in February. But unlike the previous gig, held at some tiny Mexican restaurant in a Nevada town no one's ever heard of, this show is actually pretty big.It's part of Cypress Hill's Smokeout, a gathering ... More >>
Dear readers, prepare to withstand some navel gazing about Navel Gazing, the OC Weekly staff news blog: It has won second-place honors from Best of the West, which was founded in 1987 to promote freedom of information and reward journalistic excellence, mainly through its contest for newspapers and ... More >>
Seems we're not even buying burgers any more. On the other hand, maybe we're starting to think that it's not all doom and gloom, and that we might live beyond 2010. Two divisions of the struggling Fatburger chain, Fatburger Restaurants of California and Fatburger Restaurants of Nevada, ha ... More >>
I know what you're thinking. Where's the club flier with a half-naked chick mashing her boobies together? Though I readily admit that a sexy flier is usually a key ingredient to a good club pick, tonight's awesome line-up at The Rhythm Lounge can't be ignored...even for a prominent pair of chesticle ... More >>
A guy can't take a shit these days without someone posting it on YouTube the next day. That being said, here are some clips from the Sublime reunion show Saturday night in Nevada with new singer Rome. According to his MySpace page, he's from Newport Beach. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrkfVlCM_SA
Three odd tales from Orange Countys domestic-violence files
Award-winning features writer Roy Rivenburg was one of two OC-based Los Angeles Times staffers who took the buyout, ending a decade and a half at the paper. (The other was Mai Tran.) Today, we quizzed him on the decision to kiss the LAT goodbye: Soooo . . . why'd ya do it? A combination of wantin ... More >>
This comes via those fine folks at LA Observed. It's Cal State Fullerton journalism professor and former Orange County Register reporter Jeff Brody beginning by lauding the Los Angeles Times' investigative series last week about judges being bought and paid for in Las Vegas--and then damning the Tim ... More >>
Never mind the photo: Sheriff Carona denies Mafia ties
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 >>
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