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August 17, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Red Knight gallops onto the battlefield astride a chestnut horse. Fifty feet away, the Green Knight squares off against him. Lances at the ready, the two horsemen charge each other to the blare of trumpets and the cheers from hundreds of lords and ladies (many of them very small lords and ladies). This could be an English meadow 600 summers ago. Instead, it's a concrete facsimile of a medieval castle plopped down on a busy street in Buena Park. And the man underneath those crimson robes isn't really the Red Knight - he's William Elliot III, 35, who grew up in Orange County and once dreamed of becoming a magician.
July 10, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
But for a few "don't you have anything better to write about" comments, my column about illegal fireworks being set off by amateurs has generated many more complaints about - illegal fireworks. "How you could omit Highland Park from your article astounds me," wrote a resident of that community. "Hands down, the 90042 ZIP code wins the award for incendiarism. Our neighbors not only set off rounds upon rounds of illegal fireworks, they shoot guns. Being an ex-military family, we know our explosives!
July 10, 2013 | Steve Lopez
It's not that he isn't patriotic. But Shai Levy, a Mid-City resident, doesn't look forward to Independence Day. "On Fourth of July, it's like Beirut here. Or Falloujah," he said of the massive, deafening illegal fireworks displays launched by his neighbors near Fairfax north of the 10 Freeway. And he's not alone. "I was driving home on the Fourth, on Pico, and thought I was in a war zone," said another Mid-City resident, L.A. city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan, who saw people setting off fireworks from the middle of the street.
June 3, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Knott's Berry Farm has restored a theme park attraction considered groundbreaking in its time to a technological level its legendary creator could have only imagined when the ride was conceived more than four decades ago. Photos: Timber Mountain log ride at Knott's Berry Farm The 1969 Timber Mountain log ride , still the most popular attraction at the Buena Park theme park, reopened Friday after a multimillion-dollar renovation that...
April 28, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
He was a smooth-talking swindler who operated Orange County's most notorious and lucrative strip club, the Mustang Topless Theater. Born James Stockwell, he rebranded himself Jimmy Casino and lived the extravagant lifestyle of a character from an Elmore Leonard novel. Expensive cowboy couture. Luxury cars. Enemies who wanted him dead. After years of staying a step ahead of the law and the people whom he owed money, Casino, 48, was ambushed at his Buena Park condo Jan. 2, 1987.
April 27, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
There's magic afoot in Orange County that has nothing to do with a giant mouse or a legendary berry farm and everything to do with George Esquivel and his band of craftsmen who, for more than a decade, have been hand-cobbling high-end shoes for a who's who of the well-heeled, including rock stars, NBA players, politicians and Hollywood heavyweights of every stripe. In a nondescript building off I-5 in Buena Park, pieces of white leather destined to become booties for singer Janelle Monae are being meticulously hand-stitched at one table.
April 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Opening statements were set to begin Wednesday in the trial of a 20-year-old man accused of killing a Buena Park father and son while driving drunk in 2010. Rafael Lopez of Anaheim faces felony murder charges in the Dec. 18, 2010, crash , the Orange County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years to life in state prison. Lopez was 18 when he allegedly ran a red light on Buena Park's Crescent Avenue and crashed into a Buick driven by Steven Uselton, 44, prosecutors said.
March 19, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The days when parents could drop kids off at Disneyland for the day, leaving it up to Mickey and Goofy to watch over the youngsters, are over. Walt Disney Co. has unveiled a new admission policy requiring that children entering any of its U.S.-based theme parks be accompanied by a visitor at least 14 years old. In years past, parents living near theme parks would often use them as day-care facilities during summer vacation and spring break....
December 25, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Denise Mullins went to pick up her son from the Speech and Language Development Center in Buena Park, where he was newly enrolled, and was moved by what she saw. Several kids walked toward Mullins' son, who uses a wheelchair, and yelled, "Hi, Giovanni!" The non-verbal 11-year-old responded by signing "Hi. " "I said, 'You know, that's the setting I want my son in,' " Mullins said. "It was a really good moment to see your kid be part of a social network. " Before attending the Buena Park center, Giovanni needed some prompting to respond to others, his mother said.
December 24, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Shortly after Christmas, the same question arises every year: What are we going to do on New Year's Eve? Here's what some California amusement and theme parks have planned for the last night of 2012: Disneyland in Anaheim will stay open until 2 a.m. with live bands, DJs and midnight fireworks. Across the way, Disney California Adventure will remain open until 1 a.m. with live bands, the Mad T Party dance party and a midnight showing of the "World of Color" nighttime water spectacular.
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