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  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Newport Coast Thief Stole $120,000 To Live Big But Doesn't Want Prison

    A brazenly obnoxious Newport Coast con man duped innocent small business owners into funding his cushy lifestyle, but is hoping this week a federal judge rejects a request by federal prosecutors to give him a 15-month prison punishment. In 2011, Daniel Peter Brucato, 55, tricked his victims into se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Newport Coast Man Arrested For Alleged Online Con Games

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Nik Richie Vows More "Dirty" Weiner Coming

    What a couple weeks it's been for Nik Richie, operator who lost a high profile court case over content on his "slutshaming" website based in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, flew into his current home of Orange County from Kentucky sick as a dog and now may have cost Anthony Wiener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Kid Rock Drops Rhymes and Prices For Summer Tour

    As the ever increasing cost of living continues to careen down the highway dragging the corpse of the American dream along the crumbling asphalt, white trash superstar Kid Rock is sparking a revolution. The Detroit-born rapper-turned-rocker, known for such gems as "Bah Wit Da Bah" and "American Bada ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    [UPDATED with I.D., Condition:] Nam Q. Thieu Sets Self on Fire in Costa Mesa Nail Salon

    See the update at the end of this post identifying the burned man and giving his condition.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 25, 10:13 A.M.: There's already a fake reality show (aren't they all?) called Burning Love (hilarious!) on Yahoo and the E! channel, so a fellow who walked into a Costa Mesa nail salon Sun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Muscle Music: A Schwarzenegger Soundtrack Retrospective

    Today, veteran action icon and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie The Last Stand hits theaters. Being the face of pulse-pounding action for almost four decades, Schwarzenegger's butt-kicking (and occasional comic mischief) has often been accompanied by the most bombastic mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Subway Customer Fights Over Lack of Ketchup on Cheesesteak

    While Edwin reported the creamy sriracha testing in Santa Ana yesterday, other news was going down in Orange County-- Orlando, that is. A disagreement erupted inside of a Subway outlet at Wal-Mart, resulting in a 911 call.Luis Martinez was ordering at his local sandwich chain yesterday when he made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Orange County Congressional Candidates Took Contributions of $2.3 Million In Recent Weeks

    All of Orange County's major congressional campaigns recently filed mandatory financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. and there are interesting nuggets of information about the candidates and the notable interests that support them.For example: Which OC ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 23, 2012

    How Can DREAMers Convince Know Nothings Their Cause is Noble?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And does this column make good toilet paper?

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    [UPDATED with Twitter War:] Jenna Jameson Spreads Her (ahem) Wings for Mitt Romney

    See the update at the end of this post about the Twitter war between Jameson and supporters of President Barack Obama.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 3, 3:23 P.M.: Retired porn star Jenna Jameson took a break from proclaiming her innocence in her recent DUI crash in Westminster and running around her Huntington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    What We Learned, March 31-April 13

    It's another double installment, the last for a while one hopes, of stuff that happened and what we gleaned from it.MARCH 31: It's disclosed that Arthur Palomino, one of the children in Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al,, Orange County's most famous civil rights case, passed away. What We Learned: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Craigslist High School Prostitution Freak Gets Stiff Prison Sentence

    A Southern California man arrested last October for using the "Casual Encounters" section of Craigslist to brazenly lure high school girls into prostitution changed his plea to guilty this week in U.S. District Court.Leo James Zabala Jr. of Whittier acknowledges that in 2011 he used a Yahoo email ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Make Michael Jackson's Sweet Potato Pie, Liberace's Sticky Buns With The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

    ​You can tell a lot about a person by what they cooked for themselves and their families, so for Hollywood buffs, this cookbook is a gem. The irreverently-named Dead Celebrity Cookbook is a collection of 145 recipes from actors, musicians and other famous figures who've passed. Did you know Kathar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Lex Land Eliminated from 'The Voice,' Vows to Keep on Singing Anyway!

    ​If it weren't for Lex Land, who was born and raised right here in Orange County, I wouldn't have bothered watching NBC's 'The Voice.' The sultry, dynamic singer made her presence known making an appearance on the show in late February and impressing the coaches with her rendition of Bonnie Raitt' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    This Week In Food: Gratuitous Use of the Fuck Word, Beer is the Fountain of Youth!

    ​So it looks like the Dec. 16 edition of This Week in Food offended a reader. I regurgitated a post Michelle did about a nifty little website called "Where the Fuck to Drink." Because the work fuck and alcohol always catches eyes, mine included, I included it in the headline as a featured story. D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Feds Bust Alleged Internet Auto/Boat Sales Scam By Russians

    ​The U.S. Department of Justice in Los Angeles announced this afternoon that a federal grand jury has indicted six foreign nationals--including one in Costa Mesa--for operating an Internet-based sales scam that allegedly defrauded more than $4.2 million from unsuspecting shoppers since 2007.Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    [UPDATED with Arraignment Continued:] Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr., OC Homicide No. 57: Body Found Outside His Mobile Home

    ​UPDATE, DEC. 7, 12:41 P.M.: 34-year-old Robert Eugene Vasquez is being held without bail as his defense attorney got his arraignment continued to Jan. 6 in the alleged special circumstances murder of his San Juan Capistrano mobile home park neighbor and the assault on a second man with a metal ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Newport Beach Named the Country's Second-Best Spot For Holiday Lights

    ​Thanksgiving is dunzo -- at last, it's socially acceptable to bring out the Christmas decor!  Yahoo! Travel has named Newport Beach the No. 2 destination for holiday lights. (The top spot predictably went to New York City.) Writer Elissa Richard hails the city's boat parade:&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Cup Noodles Museum Opens in Japan

    You Offend Me You Offend My Family​The Cup Noodles Museum opens today!  And no, I don't mean my old dorm room closet. Forty years ago, Nissin Foods introduced to the world what would become a food staple of college students, stoners, kitchen klutzes and overworked cubicle rats. To celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Olive Tree to Open Second Location After Ramadan

    Photo by Das UbergeekOlive Tree's amazing lamb​Olive Tree is a magnificent Middle Eastern restaurant, the one Little Arabia location that best fuses all of the region's distinct specialties under one restaurant, and it's reputation is just growing. Foodies from Los Angeles continue to make weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    WTF: Former Iron Maiden Singer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    Aled Thomas​WTF:Perhaps this week's post is a more pathetic cautionary tale than a bonafied WTF. In any event, it demonstrates that iconic stars everywhere might benefit from the stern benefactoring of MASH's own Mike Farrell, who once consulted fallen stars on how to manage their fortunes. 

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Foodily: A Great New Recipe Aggregator Site To See Who's Ripped You Off

    Foodily, a recipe aggregator and search site launched recently by some former Yahoo! execs, promises to be a great tool for all. It culls its content from, Epicurious, AllRecipes, Serious Eats, and just about every available outlet for recipes on the web, allowing you to filter o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Al Qaeda Wants To Poison Our Salad Bars?

    Todd Barnes/OC Weekly​It turns out those trusty salad bar sneeze guards might be just a tad inadequate.  CBS News broke the news that Al Qaeda contemplated targeting US salad bars and buffets at hotels and restaurants, sprinkling poisons such as ricin and cyanide over our food. They cited a " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Official Trailer Debuted, But You Can Still See It

    ​Time was, the premiere of a movie would be a big deal. Now, the huzzahs surround the premiere of the official trailer of a movie--or, at least, the trailer for a cash-cow picture like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A teaser to the official trailer of the fourth picture in the Disney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show Goes Downhill Fast

    ​Have you ever seen the YouTube videos of the annual Big Wheel races down Lombard Street in San Francisco? Adults in costumes get behind the handlebars of the kiddie scoot-scoots before putting their lives at risk on one of the world's most-windy streets. No wonder the sacrificial ritual is held a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    The Scary Tale of The Undead McDonald's Happy Meal

    ​Surely by now you've heard about the bizarre results of the McDonald's Happy Meal experiment that hit the web this week. If you haven't, here's the story in a nutshell: New York-based artist Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal back in April, brought it home, but didn't eat it. Instead she put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Racism May Be Least of Problems With M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender

    ​Protests greeted last night's opening of The Last Airbender as folks in Seattle, Los Angeles and perhaps elsewhere publicly complained M. Night Shyamalan's new movie discriminates based on race. This is based on the production's selection of white lead actors to play characters widely acknowledg ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 1, 2010

    Little Games Are Big Business at Armor Games

    These guys take 'casual' games very seriously

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Today Only: More Tickets For Gleeks

    ​If you cared, you'd probably already know this. But as expected, tickets to Glee Live 2010, the live version of my favorite guilty pleasure on TV, sold out in like 10 seconds. For those of you that don't care, Glee is a High School Musical-esque show that breathed mucho life into J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Irvine Architect Inducted in Design Hall of Fame

    Home Front - Robert Hidey @ Yahoo! Video Irvine architect Robert Hidey was inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design during the 29th annual Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards gala recently held in Washington, D.C.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Crime Time: Is Tobias Fünke the "Blue Note Bandit"?

    It's the Weekly's weekly crime round-up--now with more blatant Arrested Development imagery.Could Tobias Fünke be the "Blue Note Bandit" (Wednesday) or the man making "blown" offers (Thursday)?​TUESDAY, DEC. 1Nice Racks! After pulling over a silver 2004 Acura TL four-door at Newport Boulevard and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Just in Time for the Holidays: Secondhand Porn Under, On and Above Ground

    Monica Hesse has an interesting story in today's Washington Post on ​a new breach of etiquette sweeping this great land of ours: the secondhand porn that travelers are subjected to as they, well, sweep across this great land of ours.

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    2009 Postseason Throwdown: 5 Drugs the Ump Could've Been On Before Making the Worst Call of All Time

    McClelland. McDipShit.​In the top of the fifth inning of the Angels' 10-1 loss to the Yankees last night, umpire Tim McClelland made what Yahoo! Big League Stew blogger Duk has labeled "the worst call of all time."  ​"Yes, you read that right," Duk declares. "The worst call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Former UFC Fighter Kimo Leopoldo: Not Dead, Says Attorney

    Tustin Police DepartmentIrvine-based former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo, who was sentenced on Monday to 10 days of community service following a February arrest in Tustin, is not dead, Yahoo! reports--despite articles to the contrary published earlier today from sources including TMZ, the Huffington P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2009

    Reminder: Kogi in Santa Ana Today, at the Santiago Art District Artwalk. Makes it to Yahoo's Front Page and MSNBC.

    Keith MayAs you may already know: One of the Kogi trucks will be at the Santiago Art District Artwalk today,Saturday May 16th, 7-10PM.Rest assured: This one won't get cancelled or broken up by police. All the proper permits have been secured, etc.However, since Kogi made it to the front page of Ya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Panera Is Out Of The Danger Zone--But Other Chains Aren't

    It's hard to keep on top of the glut of depressing news about the economy, especially when it comes to restaurants--that is, which ones are struggling and which ones appear to be financially robust. Although fast-food chains are so far weathering the storm better than many high-end eateries, several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Landis sues MJ over 'Thriller' dues

    Usually, breaking news of Michael Jackson's legal troubles manages to escape this blog. But since most of you probably find yourselves unemployed these days, there is a slight chance that you spent a little extra time flipping through the entertainment section of your slowly extinguishing newspaper ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    Blowing Up

    Didgeridoo Jam Session

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    The Resurrection Of an “Antibanalification Device”

    Jennifer Maerz has fine, inspirational piece about the imminent return of Los Angeles-based Arthur magazine in this week's issue of SF Weekly. More than “merely” a great (free) music publication, Arthur was one of the few widely distributed media organs to give substantial coverage to esoteric/o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Re: Press Club Awards

    Some highlights: - Yahoo's open bar and their token Yahootinis (basically Lemon Drop martinis with some strange medicinal aftertaste). And their nuclear ice cubes. (See photo.) - Gear from the L.A. County Coroner's Office gracing the silent auction - and becoming a major draw. - Arianna Huffington ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 8, 2005
  • News

    June 9, 2005


    Extremists rejoice after Laguna Beach landslide

  • Columns

    March 10, 2005
  • Film

    August 26, 2004

    Back to the No Future

    The War of the Worlds and the evolution of doomsday

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Star Crossed

    Celebrity-bashing thrives, gets its own search engine

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    News for Nerds

    And other great news sites

  • Columns

    July 8, 1999
  • News

    April 29, 1999

    The Stock Detective

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of online stock tipsters?

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Tourists, Go Home Page

    OC ain't the box Disneyland came in

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Shut Up, Again

    Senate takes another whack at free speech online

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