Irvine is the best run city in the country, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, my hometown, San Bernardino, is ranked the worst-run city. I think I'm more surprised by Irvine's placement on the list than Smog Berdoo's.
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
The Orange County Film Society kicks off its summer programming Wednesday evening with Unfinished Song, which veteran actor Terence Stamp has called "probably the best experience of my career." Other summer society offerings include Still Mine, which features a Q&A with star Genevieve Bujold on June ... More >>
As they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Not even boycotts and same-sex make-out sessions can pry people away from Chick-Fil-A, apparently. Three months after company president Dan Cathy openly proclaimed an anti-gay stance, setting off a torrential PR shitstorm for the chikin chain, bus ... More >>
A Huntington Beach company that tracks medications used by NFL players reportedly claims its been cleared in a federal investigation that followed the May 2010 arrest of former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who had 100 painkillers illegally in his possession when his car was stopped in R ... More >>
So maybe it isn't a new team, unfamiliar American League pitching and/or since-fired batting coach Mickey Hatcher that are preventing Albert Pujols from hitting out of his $250 million Angels cap.Perhaps it's home cooking--or the lack thereof.
Beach season unofficially begins Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to the best beach on this blue planet, Huntington Beach has been Hasselhoffed.See what former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has to say about Surf City after the jump . . .
"I had to pee so bad. It was unbelievable. I had to go relieve myself. Superstition had to go out the window."-Jered Weaver, after pitching the Angels to a 9-0 no-hitter vs. Minnesota last night at the Big A, explaining his mad dash out of the dugout after the eighth inning (via USA Today).
According to USA Today, the Los Angeles County coroner's office has declared Whitney Houston's official cause of death: It's "drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." The coroner's office ruled her manner of death as an accident, but the toxicology report said "co ... More >>
The good news: kids are not being bullied as much online.The bad news: bullying by text messages is on the rise.That's the takeaway from a study whose lead author is Michele Ybarra, president and research director of the nonprofit Internet Solutions for Kids in San Clemente.
Taking $120,000 in weekend box office generally won't raise a Hollywood bean counter's eyebrow. It's certainly was not enough lucre for Santa Ana-bred filmmaker Drake Doremus' Like Crazy to crack the top 10 in overall estimated box office for the weekend past. But playing on only four screens in ... More >>
The 1984 Summer Olympics was a shining moment for Southern California, while Mary Lou Retton's gold in the all-around in those games shined brightly on all athletics, gymnastics and certainly the U.S. women's team. You'd think nothing could come along 27 years later to tarnish either of those, bu ... More >>
Promoting a new movie at the Toronto Film Festival that has him playing the head of a household victimized by intruders, Nicolas Cage has been recounting for various ink-stained wretches the break-in into his former Newport Beach mansion. Cage, who was sleeping in his bayfront bedroom with his wi ... More >>
You'd think that it's an opportunistic marketing move for 7-Eleven to pick today, 7/11, as the day for its annual Slurpee® giveaway; but according to its corporate website, July 11th is its actual birthday.It was also once their operating hours (from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.), as everyone knows. So natura ... More >>
It's been a whole year! KROQ announced just this morning the full line-up for their 2011 Weenie Roast, and the roster--as usual--is a nice little mix of the mainstream with the not-exaaactly-mainstream. Headliners? Linkin Park, Rise Against, the Strokes and Bad Religion. But on the same lin ... More >>
The music world lost another female force today; the New York Times reports that Phoebe Snow, bluesy singer and guitarist, died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., from complications of a brain hemorrhage she had in January 2010. She was 60. Most famous for her song "Poetry Man," Snow was nominated for ... More >>
CNN, USA Today and other media organizations got fooled
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media
Despite Republicans gaining 63 House seats and six Senate seats in the November elections, its National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the USA Today says, had a worse year than President Barack Obama, MSNBC and the National Review agree Steele is a baffoon and all indications are he ... More >>
As if there weren't already things to worry about when you fly, USA Today has done a report on airport food being hazardously unsafe. Their main concern are those grab-and-go sandwiches which they say are kept at an unsafe temperature. Other problem areas are basically the same kinds of vio ... More >>
So, just in case you've been fooled by the deceptively good weather, we're smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Yes, it's December and Dave proves it by butting nogs against each other in thick, creamy taste test. If eggnog isn't your thing, Jessica also salutes the holidays with a Spic ... More >>
Picture from Dead Homer SocietySo by now you've heard that USA Today published an expose that revealed the meat bought by the USDA for use in school lunches wouldn't pass quality standards at Burger King or McDonald's.
First, a copy-paste: Please contact USA today and demand that they provide the readers with info about January 26 trial. If they refuse, report them to FCC, as defrauding the public in connection to electionsThat's right, folks: On her blog, Dr. Orly Taitz says that USA Today would be ... More >>
When he wasn't running for governor, Fountain Valley's George "Nick" Jesson was associated with the We the People Congress, an anti-tax group that bought an ad in USA Today in 2001 challenging the government's right to tax income. Indeed, Orange County used to be crawling with anti-tax crusade ... More >>
UPDATED WITH FORBES' CORRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE BOOK. As I've blogged here incessantly, Matt McCarthy wrote Odd Man Out, a Viking Press tell-all I adored about his lone year as a lefty pitcher in the Angels minor league baseball system. Articles doubting the veracity of many salaci ... More >>
I don't know where to start with this story I saw in the USA Today. I think it's best to just give you the headline. It goes like this: "More fast food workers think it's a good idea to bathe in kitchen sink". "MORE fast food workers"? Was this a trend people were already a ... More >>
Ever since my cover story last Thursday hit the online conspiracy websites, my inbox has been bombarded with emails from folks obsessed with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as they pertain to the U.S. Pentagon and an American Airlines jet that either did or didn't hit the building, depending on what th ... More >>
Car Booting Violence: The folks over at Universal Guaridan Holdings, Inc. in Newport Beach are smiling today because their Cobra StunLight (pictured) “was successfully used to help disable an armed assailant” recently in downtown Atlanta. They say Jeremiah Day was booting illegally parked cars ... More >>
Last week, we noticed that a photo of me watching a 3-D presentation made it into USA Today. Earlier this morning, I was told the photo was also on AOL. And then today, I see it on Time Magazine's website (thanks KT for the tip-off!) Be nice if they actually identified me in the pic. But anonymous ... More >>
Weekly investigative reporter extraordinaire Scott Moxley just informed me that our fab Comic-Con blogger - LYT - made today's edition of USA Today. His rainbow 'do is apparently a camera magnet. That's not too surprising. Couldn't help snapping a few of him myself. And Luke was sitting at Hall H ... More >>
Here in Orange County we've got every reason to fear voter fraud. There's that time back in 1988 when Tom Fuentes, then head of the OC Republican Party, authorized the use of poll guards to scare off Latinos. There's the 1996 election when Loretta Sanchez won from nut-bar Bob Dornan (now with extra ... More >>
From this morning's USA Today, a report on your tax dollars in action: The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore. Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in ... More >>
July 19 - July 25
USA Today has the story of Jade Jurdi's three-day ordeal to leave bombed-out Lebanon. The 21-year-old Harvard senior grew up in Orange County.
USA Today, the newspaper designed for people who'd rather be watching television, brings us news of a new survey ranking the two hundred largest American cities in terms of driving safety. Compiled by Allstate Insurance, the survey measures the average rate at which drivers in a city are involved in ... More >>
Ah, the Starbucks at UCI. There are few better places to score (or, in my case, just scope) erudite chicks. Right now there's a blonde sitting nearby who could pass for Galadriel: tall, willowy, with eyes like emerald searchlights. Or maybe they're hazel - to find out would require exceedingly cree ... More >>
May 3 - May 9
March 1 - March 7
SPECIAL FOOD-ISSUE EDITION
Vacation, time to get away
Brave Dinesh DSouza comes to country club, worries about diversity
Horrifying stories ripped from the pages of todays newspapers