Sunday highlights from the local media include:
The annual mooning of Amtrak train passengers happened yesterday in Laguna Hills and the OC Register
was there to take pictures and video
of the “nearly 100” participants. For the front page of the local section story, the Reg
published a tame picture (only two people can be seen with their pants down) but a shot after the jump has the appropriate caption: “Trains get an eyeful of fanny . . . ” According to the story by Fermin Leal, the sheriff's department had “dozens” of deputies patrol the event which resulted in “no incidents.” No word on how much the deputies made in overtime pay for this dangerous event.
It was three weeks ago when the Weekly
's Spencer Kornhaber penned his cover story
on Little Saigon's popular Paris by Night shows. Today My-Thuan Tran of the LA Times
wrote her version of the story
that mirrored all of Kornhaber's themes.
CONSERVATIVES FOR CHANGE!
Just today, Register
opinion writers called for the abolishment of the U.S. Postal Service
, increased gun ownership rights (found in hard copy edition) and the passage of the November ballot initiative
to legalize marijuana.
“They'll have a redhead, an African American, an Asian, a lesbian.” From a Times
front page story, “Gossip girls get VIP access, then kiss and tell
,” which details how tabloids send good looking undercover correspondents into LA bars to secretly spy on celebrities for as much as $300 a night.
A SOFTER VAN TRAN?
reporter Dena Bunis, who covers Congress, writes that
Van Tran, the Little Saigon Republican assemblyman who wants to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez, worries that Arizona police will use racial profiling to enforce that state's new anti-Mexican immigrant law but he still supports the controversial legislation. Bunis, like our own Gustavo Arellano, also says that Sanchez is often a no-show on federal immigration issues.
OC DEMS SCORE LIBERAL HEAVYWEIGHT
According to TheLiberalOC.com blog, Orange County Democrats have secured feisty Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank as the keynote speaker
for their annual Harry S Truman fundraising dinner. There was no mention when the dinner will occur. Last year, Nancy Pelosi was the honored guest who delighted local progressives and drew conservative protesters.
WHAT COSTS $425,500,000?
Answer: The amount OC taxpayers paid last year to local government workers who didn't work a single hour because they'd retired, according to an alarming story
by Tony Saavedra and Ron Campbell over on Grand Avenue.
OC-GROWN NYC PROSECUTOR GET NYT GLORY
This New York Times
article was published on July 6 but it's still worth mentioning
because it features the federal government's top terrorist prosecutor: OC native Jeffrey Haworth Knox. The paper describes the 37-year-old as “a prosecutor who looks like an altar boy, grew up in the conservative environs of Orange County, Calif., and Dallas, and has described himself as a traditional law-and-order Republican.”
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.