Lift your right hand, stretch your index finger as far as you can from your thumb and know that is about how close an accused, international "bath salts" drug kingpin from Newport Coast came to winning pre-trial release from custody. Facing a 16-count federal indictment and a potential mandatory li ... More >>
From kicking asses in the wrestling ring to kicking it in clubs all in the name of humor, Mick Foley is really starting to make a name for himself in the wide world of comedy. With his upcoming show "Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley" hitting The Ice House in Pasadena on Aug 12th, the Onta ... More >>
A looming trial in Los Angeles involves: five medical professional defendants, including a Huntington Beach resident; Medicare and Medi-Cal being stung for $2.7 million in Oxycontin reimbursements; billings for $4.6 million in medical procedures that were not needed or never performed; and 900,000 O ... More >>
The Happiest Place on Earth was the Sappiest Place on Earth--as in sapping a Disneyland cast member of wages, vacation and other compensation, according to the ex-employee's complaint.
Testimony by a former cellmate/lover put James Andrew Melton on death row in 1982 for the murder of a Newport Beach gay man who'd advertised in a magazine for a companion. But that conviction was later overturned by a federal judge who ruled Orange County jailers over-medicated Melton during his tri ... More >>
We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>
The Legends the of Summer feat. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z Rose Bowl 7/28/13 "West Coast, are y'all ready for a legendary evening?!" exclaimed Justin Timberlake. "You all ready to party, Rose Bowl?" Jay Z asked to thunderous cheers. Indeed they were. For one night only, the self-anointed Legends ... More >>
A call about a guy being beaten in a car parked in a Tustin residential neighborhood, and some follow-up police investigation, led to the discovery of an alleged conspiracy/kidnapping/attempted murder plot by an Arizona drug cartel.That's the spin from the Tustin Police Department, which claims the ... More >>
The award for mini-chain that took Costa Mesa by storm goes to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open since last spring, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey helped bring sexy back to a mild-mannered strip along 17th. With meals that are neither strictly vegan nor tasteless, Greenleaf's menu includes organic ... More >>
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but they are not from you. And though they are with you they belong not to you." Sweet Honey in the Rock, the great a cappella Civil Rights-lovin' all-woman, all-African Amer ... More >>
This Huntington Beach restaurant serves small plates with promising, if as-yet unfulfilled, results
The Costa Mesa City Council was legally in the right to twice remove immigrant-rights activist and punk rocker Coyotl Tezcatlipoca (a.k.a. Benito Acosta) from council meetings in 2006 under a municipal ordinance that makes it a misdemeanor for members of the public to engage in "disorderly . . . or ... More >>
Twenty years after social unrest gripped the city of Los Angeles, a new report on 2012 security force killings of Blacks in the United States has one rapper, Jasiri X, asking if no justice is done, "Do We Need to Start a Riot?" in a song and video released this week. The lyrics are provocative to be ... More >>
The performance artist's 'Radicalization of a '50s Housewife' still struggles for exposure and against assault
Screw Dean Koontz, T. Jefferson Parker, yours truly, and all the other "authors" who couldn't write a kindergarten tract if you gave them the "see" and the "spot": Victoria Patterson is our best writer, both in fiction and in writing about Orange County, and an awesome, awesome mind.She'll be spe ... More >>
Armored car guard Richard Chairez of Santa Ana has apparently found a unique way to relieve stress while on freeway runs.Make that unique and disturbing.The 25-year-old is accused of whipping open the passenger door while being driven on the Pasadena (210) Freeway through Glendora during the Mond ... More >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] Highlights from Orange County and Long Beach galleries for the summer
Jeff Hall, formerly of Haven Gastropub, forges his own path with a new restaurant
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMetallica at the Honda Center, Dec. 10, 2009There have been whispers all week about the Big Four Festival--that's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax at one festival--and details were announced just this morning.
[Trendzilla] The latest salon trend invades South Coast Metro
Frequent and extreme storms tied to global warming are causing more freshwater to flow into the Earth's oceans and sea levels to rise, concludes a team of researchers led by Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth system science professor."All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans fr ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick here for the Long Beach Street Food Fest slideshow!What do you get when you put a couple of thousand people, 21 new-style food trucks, a pretty good cover band, and a beer and margarita tent in a park near the ocean?If you're me, you get a belly full, an earful and a nasty sun ... More >>
QuakePrediction.comTwitter is all a-twitter with the revelation that a big earthquake will hit Southern California some time today through Friday, but those freaking out likely have no idea that the source of the ground-shaking news has been labeled a "Quake Quack."Luke Thomas has for years made ... More >>
Victoria Patterson's excellent work of fiction Drift--which is composed of 13 intertwining stories about people struggling to eke out existences in Newport Beach and surrounding communities--is a finalist for The Story Prize.
We all know U2 sucks. The songs are boring, Bono's a pompous ass and the rhythm section might be the worst in the history of rock 'n' roll. They've sold a bazillion records, yet no one I know has ever bought one of them, probably because my friends and I have good taste. But lame-os who own four ... More >>
Laguna Beach Independent city editor Andrea Adelson reports today the company behind 18-month-old Laguna Beach Magazine has agreed in principle to acquire the publication "at a time of financial difficulty for the weekly newspaper." Firebrand Media LLC will consolidate the Indy's operations with o ... More >>
ANNOUNCER: It's the hot new game show sweeping the country, What the Hell is Loretta Sanchez Talking About? Here's your host, Rock Pudding.PUDDING: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another thrilling chance to win four bucks, a bottle of Armor All and a job. Contestants, please look at the ... More >>
One perk for Penn State University players, coaches and fans who have already arrived in Southern California for the New Year's Day Rose Bowl is the traditional Disneyland visit, which is Friday. After all, who wouldn't want to escape the weather in University Park, PA (current temperature: 23 degre ... More >>
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