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  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    An Inconvenient Thirst: 9 Global Hot Spots

    What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Barkworks Dragged into Court Again for Allegedly Selling Dogs Bred at "Puppy Mills"

    If the latest lawsuit against Barkworks proves anything, it's that the Southern California pet store chain needs to do a better job of weeding out the animal activists from the puppy-buying public. Because those folks are now plaintiffs in a new lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court that all ... More >>

  • Film

    January 16, 2014
  • News

    December 5, 2013

    Anthony Colin Made El Modena High School a Safer Place

    He helped to create a haven for gay students such as himself. What happened next was heartbreaking

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Amazon Fresh Begins OC Service; Pants No Longer Needed for Groceries

    Some people in Orange County no longer have to wear pants while grocery shopping, as AmazonFresh, Amazon's home grocery delivery service, is now active in parts of the county. AmazonFresh debuted in Los Angeles earlier this summer and has been operating in the Seattle metro since 2007. "Since we la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    No. 37: Breakfast Tacos at Chelas Mexican Grill

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 23, 2013

    Hate-Watching 'Hating Breitbart'

    Fudging the truth with the late Tea Partier

  • News

    August 30, 2012

    Anaheim's Political Circus

    PETA-Ringling Bros. war spills into Anaheim council chambers, where a circus-animal ban is proposed

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Lorri Galloway, Anaheim Councilwoman, Seeks Exotic Animal Ban; Ringling Bros. Pushes Back

    Most serious discussions emanating from the Anaheim City Council chambers of late involve bulls on parade, but Councilwoman Lorri Galloway carved out some time Tuesday night to talk about elephants on parade, calling for a city ordinance to ban the use of exotic animals within city limits. Though br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    PETA Seeks to Stop Kangaroo Boxing at Costa Mesa Circus

    ​People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) today lodged an "urgent" complaint with the California Department of Fish and Game in a bid to stop kangaroo boxing in Costa Mesa this weekend, the animal rights group announced.Nancy Foley, Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division chief, is aske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Poor Muppet to Debut on Sesame Street

    ​Sesame Street announced that a new, "poverty-stricken Muppet" will talk about hunger struggles on Sesame Street. Named Muppet Lily, her family deals with "food insecurity,"  and will part of a prime-time special with country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Fruit Flies Back in OC to Bedevil Jerry Brown

    ​The bane of Jerry Brown's first go-round as governor is back.It's a teeny-weeny, eensy-weensy fruit fly. Actually, it's two of them, found in Westminster earlier this month. They join two more trapped in the Anaheim-Yorba Linda area near the end of June and start of July.How can four fruit flies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Recipe of the Week: Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

    Dave LiebermanA slice of the two-pan version with brandied cherries​Otis Spunkmeyer? Sara Lee? Entenmann's? This is what pound cake has become? Even the recipes available on the Internet contain all kinds of fillers, stretchers and leaveners. My grandmother, may she rest in peace, must be rolling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    An Open Letter to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart RE: Taco Bell

    The Daily Show - Back in Black - Meat EditionTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on FacebookDear Mr. Stewart,First of all, big fan. I am one of those who believe you are indeed "The Most Trusted Man In America." If I had a few hundred bucks and vacation ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    New UCI Research Will Have You Looking at Earthquakes and Lawns Differently

    UC Irvine researchers have discovered new ways to look at earthquakes and your front lawn. No, not how shakers rip up your green playground. We're talking one study that dispels notions about how experts estimate the potential for the next so-called "Big One," and a second that disproves the idea th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Morning After at Hurricanes

    Jessica Ford Morning After​Hurricanes in Huntington Beach attracts quite possibly the most eclectic group of people in Orange County with a mix of twenty-, thirty-, even forty-somethings crowding the bar and light-up dance floor. Following the organic trend, Hurricanes carries Filip vodka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    "Waiter, There's Too Much Salt In My Food!" "Dangerous" Denny's Sued Over High Sodium Levels

    ​A class-action suit filed in New Jersey by longtime Denny's patron Nick DeBenedetto and backed by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) alleges that "Most meals at Denny's restaurants meals are dangerously high in salt, putting the chain's customers at greater risk of hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    The $1.50 Costco Hot Dog: Hebrew National Out...Kirkland Brand In

    I don't usually read the Costco Connection -- the corporate propaganda Coscto puts out every month and sends to every member in the mail -- but this month is different. The cover story was all about the food court, its past and future. And I've gotta say: it was quite an interesting read -- espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Baby Hewie Attempts Stupidest Smear in History

    With his book subject Mitt Romney (thankfully) out of the presidential race, Orange County's own nationally syndicated yackmouth Hugh Hewitt is desperately trying to remain relevant in this year's presidential race by trotting out the lamest smear attempt since Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama' ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Beasts of Burnin'

    An outlaw animal-rights group targets a local bank branch in its war on animal testing

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    ND Beats CA

    If, as the governor recently asserted, California is both the new Athens and the new Sparta, where the future of America is busily being created, then what the hell is North Dakota? Because in one patch of the future, North Dakota is set to leave California in the dust. The state best known for fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2006

    The Game Goes On

    You may remember this Arnold Schwarzenegger commercial from the recall election, which described how Sacramento works: "Here's how it works. Money goes in. Favors go out. The people lose. We need to send a message. Game over." Well, if you thought you were sending a message by voting for Schwarze ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Toll Road Rage

    Hey, Porter! New firm cashes in on bad toll-road PR

  • Columns

    July 29, 2004
  • Columns

    April 22, 2004

    Earth Daddy

    Denis Hayes organized the first Earth Day, and all he got was this lousy planet

  • Food

    March 4, 2004

    You Want Christ With That?

    Chick-fil-A sticks God in the deep fryer

  • News

    May 15, 2003


    Ironite is your silent, potentially dangerous friend in the garden

  • Features

    September 27, 2001

    Villa Park

    Beat it . . . please.

  • Features

    September 27, 2001


    Not full of hot air

  • Features

    February 1, 2001
  • News

    January 4, 2001
  • Food

    June 29, 2000
  • Food

    March 23, 2000
  • Food

    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    Part Two

  • Supplement

    July 1, 1999
  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Hail, Caesar Salad

    Budget's stuck, so Wilson scrambles for egg bill