You know your publication is doing right when you become the talk of the local press club awards ceremony not just for all the awards you won, but also all the awards you didn't win--and also for the people in your paper who couldn't be in attendance, and for getting the keynote speaker to fuck up h ... More >>
Remember when the Orange County Register wondered if a stoned seaman caused the August 2012 wreck of the Aegean, a Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race entrant that crashed off the Coronado Islands, killing four men? Well, family members of the skipper, who was not on the pot, are suing the ... More >>
At this weekend's 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards in downtown Los Angeles, OC Weekly--while in competition with the likes of the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times--won eight awards*** in a range of categories including news, entertainment, business and sports reporting as well ... More >>
In 2006, Weekly managing editor Nick Schou published Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, a gripping, well-told tale about the reporter who more than anyone unveiled how the CIA played all sorts of dirty tricks during the 1980s drug war in South ... More >>
See the Update No. 2 at the end of this post on 300 groups calling on the president to close troubled immigrant holding facilities, including Theo Lacy's.See Update No. 1 on the ACLU of Southern California citing the Detention Watch Network report in calling for the closure of Orange County's immigr ... More >>
The nicest thing anyone ever wrote about your favorite infernal rag's news team was former Weekly writer Steve Lowery--oh, Lowery, how we miss you! Anyhoo, the occasion was the 2004 resignation of Huntington Beach Mayor Pam Houchen, after Nick Schou exposed her on a real-estate scheme that would lan ... More >>
Have I ever written about my best friend, Art? Actually, we have: he was one of the guys I name-checked in my infamous story about how porn kept my friends and us off the mean streets of Anacrime, and managing editor Nick Schou once profiled him when Art was seriously considering working in Colombia ... More >>
Celebrities and reporters gathered Sunday night at the Millennium Biltmore's Crystal Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles for the 54th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards and OC Weekly staffers grabbed seven honors.Three of the Weekly's awards were for first place: Michelle Woo for Best Persona ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Costa Mesa dive perfects Italian-American classics
On the heels of OC Weekly's dominant performance at the OC Press Club Awards, your favorite alt-weekly also made a strong showing on the national level, earning two second-place awards and a third-place nod from the Association of Alternative Newsweekly's 2011 AltWeekly Awards.
My Weekly colleague and lunch buddy Nick Schou has been on quite the tear recently for his latest book, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, which deals with Laguna Beach's Hippie Mafia of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Grea ... More >>
IBEW hall, nine-ish... Would-be Garden Grove City Council member Paul Lucas notices my "Vote for LYT" shirt... "What the hell's LYT?" "My initials" "Oh, are you Luke something something of the OC Weekly?" "That's me" "You're not what I pictured." "Dare I ask...?" "I thought you'd look like Nick Sc ... More >>
To Catch--and Pamper!--a Predator: Where the hell is Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC? Why do I ask? Well, in Orange County, authority figures--particularly cops--nabbed for outrageous sexual conduct either get re-elected, promoted or pampered. The latest example is Jason David Rosewarne. The marri ... More >>
No, really? You can finally relax. The Coastline Pilot decided it was time to voice its opposition to alcohol consumption by teenagers. “Drinks, teens shouldn't mix,” the Los Angeles Times-owned community paper serving Laguna Beach declared today. And just in case readers didn't comprehend the s ... More >>
‘We are launching a ‘Free Chokr’ campaign. T-shirts are being printed as we speak. Ballcaps will bear the insignia EHW (Evil Horny Women).’
Suspiciously similar: The Times runs a page-one feature on the death of handcrafted surfboards in Orange County. This story seems familiar. Hmm, could we be thinking of Nick Schou's October 2005 story on the death of handcraft surfboards in Orange County? Students on strike: Folks from UC Irvine and ... More >>
'I hold an ASS'
'And when I say "you," I am referring to white America. I purposely left that "white" uncapitalized'
'This article is CRAP. This interview never happened, and falsifying information in that way is wrong for so many reasons. Mickey Mouse is a household name. Its like slandering Jesus; you just dont do it'
'Next time before you try and make a witty pointGod forbid for all of our sakes you never try againmake sure to at least have some sort of idea about life.'
'Genius? That wouldnt be for me to decide. Reaching thousands of people from a dark little garage in Costa Mesa, that certainly takes talent.'
Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger
'Moxleys use of "wheelchair-bound" and one "confined" to a wheelchair has been recognized as journalistically incorrect in the Associated Press stylebook for over a decade now. Why go out of the way to be politically inco
'I Want a Refund on My Free Subscription'
State Senator Joe Dunn's (D-Garden Grove) investigation into the California National Guard's spying on political activists was featured on the KGO evening news yesterday. Whether the story on San Francisco's ABC affiliate will help raise the profile of the investigation remains to be seen, but this ... More >>
"Anyone with a brain knows the cop who shot the dog playing fetch in Drake Park isnt right in the head."