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As Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby knows and frequently reveals in her wonderful weekly column, Dive, Dive My Darling, some weird (and often times horrible) shit goes down at your local dive bars, from vagina-shaving discussions to the worst bruschetta in Orange County, and much more in between. Need more p ... More >>
The push to make Anaheim's Little Arabia a legal reality has been going on for a couple of years now, with the best examination being Gabriel San Román's treatise back in 2012. Last month, the Los Angeles Times took a crack at it; this week, I decided to take on the subject in my weekly "Orange Cou ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues ... More >>
Remember the first two seasons of The Great Food Truck Race? When they pitted actual working food trucks against each other? Remember when OC's own The Lime Truck won Season 2, which provided co-owner Jason Quinn some of the seed money for his now infamous brick-and-mortar, The Playground? Thos ... More >>
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The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. Where? Click on ...
What do you do when you're house is on fire? Throw anything wet you can find on it, including miso soup as was the case in Hawaii last Saturday. Hawaiian man Reuben Prensky woke up to the sound of fire Saturday, finding a plastic sink in flames when he went looking for the source of the noise, acco ... More >>
An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale just shook the area bordering Los Alamitos and Long Beach. Did you feel it?
A Fullerton man who was off-duty from his job as a Los Angeles police officer was arrested earlier today on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flew off an offramp and crash landed into a McDonald's restaurant drive-thru in Diamond Bar. Jonathan Chel was taken into custody at UC Irvine M ... More >>
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Finishing a contest in second place can sting a little. But for comedian Taylor Williamson, a former America's Got Talent contestant, the level of exposure made it was just as good (maybe better) than winning the damn thing. Bringing a boyish quality and a sarcastic and somewhat dry delivery, Willia ... More >>
Remember Bong Rip? He's the curly-haired Harpo Marx lookalike from Huntington Beach who likes to post streaming videos of himself smoking weed in his limousine. The last time we wrote about him, he forgot to show up for court after being cited for--you guessed it--smoking weed in his limousine. (A ... More >>
The California Assembly on Monday approved a bill that encourages the South Coast Air Quality Management District to work with beach cities on a compromise to tough restrictions on beach bonfires. The bill compels the AQMD to work with cities and oversight agencies like the state Coastal Commission ... More >>
Lake Forest has been named the ninth best city in California for job seekers. NerdWallet.com considered whether cities were growing, affordable and already home to a good number of residents to come up with the 20 best. Based on the same criteria, three other Orange County cities cracked the top 2 ... More >>
As if the Kelly Thomas trial needed any more drama, Judge William Froeberg interrupted Wednesday's closing arguments by defense attorneys to lash out at the audience over photos of jurors posted on Twitter. "If I find out who took this picture, you're going to jail," Froeberg said as he help up a p ... More >>
I'm still on the record as stating that Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner is heading toward a spectacular fall, especially given his recent announcement that he plans to open a Los Angeles edition of his paper. And the shoe seems to already be falling--not only has he told workers revenue a ... More >>
One man was stabbed to death in Buena Park and a second is clinging to life, according to police. Cops were called to the 6000 block of Fullerton Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Monday about a fight, and they arrived to find the two unidentified men down on the ground, police Cpl. Andy Luong said.
Garden Grove cops looking for drunken drivers will be more prevalent this holiday season than Santa Claus (and Justin Timberlake) soliciting donations on sidewalks. To that end, the first of six--count 'em--six DUI checkpoints in December will be staged Saturday night "at an undisclosed location wi ... More >>
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's Technology Committee could award a contract as soon as Friday to two companies that will create propane and natural gas beach fire rings along the Orange County coast. The panel's agenda for Friday's meeting at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar ... More >>
See the update at the end about how the guy responsible wasn't an intern but is now also not an employee. ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 1, 2013, 1:06 P.M.:Three hours isn't too soon to use a tragedy as a PR point, right? That's apparently the question the people behind the official Newport Beach Twitter acc ... More >>
Fullerton High School in--where else?--Fullerton is currently on lockdown, according to students who called the Weekly's office. And lest ustedes think we publish anything that high schoolers tell us, police are currently surrounding the campus, and a helicopter is flying above the scene. No offici ... More >>
By Ryan Cady It's getting easier to be vegan nowadays, but dating a vegan--especially if you're a carnivore--is still kind of shitty. Sure, you could be an asshole and drag your animal-loving significant other to a Korean barbecue place and force them to watch, horrified, as you consume pounds and p ... More >>
We were all set to discuss the ACLU's recent declaration of war against OC's eternal war against homeless in my "Orange County Line" commentary on KCRW-FM 89.9. And then word came that surfers were planning to speak at the Newport Beach City Council meeting yesterday so they could try and get decade ... More >>
The Orange County Ultimate Beerfest nearly became an Ultimate Fighting preview last Saturday due to poor logistical planning and the cancelation of the second half of the event. According to social posts by attendees, the event was mired by long lines, a lack of staff, missing vendors, ridiculousl ... More >>
A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of v ... More >>
Jenna Jameson has gone on another Twitter rant against her ex- and baby daddy Tito Ortiz, in yet another attempt to try to parlay public sympathy into more alone time with her twins the MMA legend is raising in Huntington Beach. Club Jenna claims in the first salvo to have covered up the Bad Boy of ... More >>
When it comes to Cleveland native Ricky Smith, this comedian, writer and editor for Adult Swim's Black Dynamite is as funny and as modest as they come. Also a do-gooder, Smith founded "Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere" (or R.A.K.E) because he just wanted to get out there and be kind. What a concep ... More >>
The breakdown: Hosted by Snoop Dogg, this year's BET Hip Hop Awards (randomly on a Tuesday) were filled with performances galore by rappers like French Montana, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Future, Yo Gotti, and even Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The kicker? They barely gave out awards. N ... More >>
A Costa Mesa resident got quite an eyeful recently: the sight of a strange, naked man who'd used the restroom, drank mouthwash and watched online porn in the home. The resident managed to hold down the intruder until police arrived and eventually booked the 26-year-old on suspicion of burglary and ... More >>
An Orange County marketing firm accused in 2012 by the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau with swindling them out of $100,000 is today touting a jury's Oct. 3 decision that "soundly rejected the allegations," according to officials at HyperDisk Marketing Inc. "We are very pleased with the jur ... More >>
A successful Fountain Valley screen printing company has agreed to settle an employee wage cheating case by paying more than $151,000 in back pay and damages plus $19,712 in penalties, according to a consent judgment written by a federal judge. Stephen Demko's Fashion Graphics, LLC shall also amend ... More >>
See the update at the end of the post about Irvine kids being safe from bees again. ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 4, 2:00 p.m.: It's pandemonium down at UC Irvine, where a bee swarm is apparently wreaking havoc. "Swarm of bees in the area of Aldrich Park and Physical Sciences area occurred at 1:00 PM," th ... More >>
Hopefully none of the schoolchildren went all Samuel L. Jackson on everyone, but they did scream after being startled by a rattlesnake at Big Corona Beach, according to a park officer. Officer DJ Ferris was on patrol Aug. 26 when the children's screams led the officer to a school bus that seemed to ... More >>
Given the events in D.C., think law enforcement on the Left Coast might be jumpy? Orange County sheriff's SWAT officers have been sent to a possible barricade situation in the 32800 block of Brookseed Drive in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Irvine Police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday at Culver Drive and Walnut Avenue, the department announced. The Orange County Sheriff's Department checkpoint in Dana Point ends at the same start but begins two hours earlier, at 6 tonight. Deputies aren't s ... More >>
This past Thursday, I was investigating...something...when KCAL-TV Channel 9 began broadcasting a report on the grisly murder of John Gerard Kubat, a handyman bludgeoned to death in Costa Mesa by a homeless transient. The story gave the details of the case before switching to a ghastly shot of the m ... More >>
A Newport Beach tech entrepreneur-turned-film producer has mounted a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 for a feature-length documentary on an "epidemic" of drug-related deaths of children and young adults. Mark Rapparport says he was inspired to make Enough Is Enough after meeting parents in hi ... More >>
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez may need her combat helmet Saturday afternoon as she leads a town hall meeting in Garden Grove dedicated to the oh-so-controversial Obamacare. The office of the central OC Democrat, whose party prefers to call it the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is actua ... More >>
A Garden Grove man who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested last week on charges of international arms trafficking. Wilfredo Maralit has company: his brother, Rex-Gene Maralit, a New York City police officer, was also arrested by fe ... More >>
Part of the Orange County Register's much-ballyhooed campaign to save journalism is a "trainee" program--instead of hiring a kid out of college full-time and throwing them into city council meetings, they're now paying them $10 an hour without benefits (until six months) and stacking them four to a ... More >>
The Buena Park Police Department set up one of those stings Thursday morning where they followed DUI offenders who'd just had their drivers licenses suspended or revoked at the North Justice Center. Of 13 people followed out of the courthouse, four were cited for allegedly trying to drive vehicles ... More >>
President Obama's Justice Department issued a memorandum today that confirms what's been obvious for years: the administration's war on marijuana will continue regardless of state laws allowing it to be smoked for medicinal or recreational purposes. The memo appears the same day as the Weekly publis ... More >>
It's not even a week old, yet the Long Beach Register--the five-days-a-week effort by the Orange County Register to expand into the LBC--is already proving itself the joke it was destined to be. See, on Friday they tweeted out this question: "Hey, readers, What do you think of vaccinating children? ... More >>
If it's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for me to appear on The Tom Leykis Show for my monthly ¡Ask a Mexican! segment from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.--the first hour devoted to Tom and I discussing the news of the month, the 4 o'clock hour devoted to a live version of "¡Ask a Mexican!" ... More >>
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have listed one of their Newport Coast estates for $8.6 million. Don't know if that means they'll be leaving Orange County as they've been reported in recent years to have built/purchased other pads up there. But if you'd like to gander at the 20,000-square-foot house that i ... More >>
The Anaheim Police Department is seeking two men (well, two in this particular case): one who snatched a purse and another who returned the handbag to the wheelchair-bound, 39-year-old woman who owns it. This is the result of an incident that went down around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, under the 9 ... More >>
State officials fined St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton $100,000 for a mistake in record-keeping that led to the removal of the wrong kidney from a patient. It was the hospital's fifth administrative penalty, according to the California Department of Public Health.
An Orange County businessman accused of defrauding online shoppers of more than $110,000 is in custody today. A federal grand jury indicted Daniel Peter Brucato of Newport Coast on six wire fraud counts for using a Yahoo email account and alleged wholesale prices to cheat buyers of items such as Ro ... More >>
"You know, never say never, But, I think things have to feel right and it doesn't feel right." -Mischa Barton, on why she doesn't see a reunion of The O.C. coming to screens, to US Weekly at the Cosmopolitan Summer Bash. Further complicating her return would be her Marissa Cooper character being k ... More >>