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February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Verizon Wireless is closing five of its customer-service call centers in the U.S. and consolidating seven others in a move that will affect about 5,200 workers. "The company is closing a few call centers, and we are relocating those jobs to make best use of these open seats that we have," said Ken Muche, a spokesman for the New Jersey company. It has open seats and desks at many of its call centers, he said. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy In California, Verizon Wireless will close its call center in Irvine in May, a move that will affect 1,075 employees.
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April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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July 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
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March 19, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Cannen Cunningham scored 17 points to lead SMU to a 68-54 victory Wednesday night over UC Irvine in the first round of the NIT and give Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown his first college postseason victory in 26 years. Ben Moore added 11 points in the Mustangs' first NIT since 2000. Nick Russell chipped in 10. SMU (24-9) used a 23-7 run in the second half to erase a 35-29 deficit, scoring inside and hitting free throws to balloon the lead to 52-42 with 8:16 left. However, less than two minutes later, the refereeing crew determined the Mustangs inadvertently were given a one-and-one opportunity too early, and they removed a point from the hosts to make it 51-44 with 7:24 left.
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August 24, 1999 | Kristiane M. Ridgway, (949) 764-4309
Irvine's investments in federal securities and money markets earned the city close to $10.4 million during the 1998-99 fiscal year, according to the treasurer's annual report for fiscal year 1998-99. The report, which has been unanimously approved by the Investment Advisory and Finance Committee, will be reviewed by the City Council tonight. Following Irvine's loss of more than $212 million in the county's 1994 bankruptcy, the council drafted a more conservative investment policy. Still, Irvine's current gains are expected to be partially offset by principal losses of $1.741 million.
SPORTS
March 13, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
UC Irvine's big advantage in the Big West tournament became clear at Thursday's tipoff at Honda Center. UC Riverside trotted out 6-foot-7 Taylor Johns to jump center against the Anteaters' 7-foot-6 shot eater, Mamadou Ndiaye. College basketball's tallest player won the tip and top-seeded Irvine was off and churning to a 63-43 quarterfinal victory over the bottom-seeded Highlanders. The workmanlike effort earned Irvine a trip to Friday's 6:30 p.m. semifinal game against seventh-seeded Cal Poly, a shocking 31-point winner over No. 2 UC Santa Barbara.
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March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Colker
Newspaper veteran Larry Burrough, who was the city editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and then a deputy editor at the Orange County Register where he oversaw a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series, died Monday in Yakima, Wash. He was 66. Burrough had surgery in December to remove a cancerous brain tumor and never fully recovered, said his sister, Nancy Yuckert. "He was a huge personality, born for the news business," said Ed Stover, who worked with Burrough at three newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.
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March 10, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Regular season champion UC Irvine seeks to earn its first-ever NCAA tournament berth when the Big West Conference Tournament begins play Thursday at the Honda Center. The top-seeded Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) play eighth-seeded UC Riverside (10-20, 5-11) in the 6 p.m. game.  UCI's 22 wins are three shy of the school record of 25 set by the 2000-01 team. The winner of the three-day Big West tournament receives an automatic bid to next week's NCAA Tournament. "Everyone restarts now at the same point," UCI Coach Russell Turner, the Big West coach of the year, said Monday on a conference call.
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March 10, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
An attorney representing a group of Muslim students found guilty of disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador said she will appeal the case, which she said tests whether “peaceful, measured student protests” should be a crime. "We are confident that a higher court will overturn the convictions and protect this important right for every individual," said Jacqueline Goodman, who represents some members of a group of students who became known as the “Irvine 11.” Ten of the 11 students were convicted in 2011 of disrupting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UC Irvine on American-Israeli relations.
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March 10, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A man trying to cross the southbound 405 Freeway in Irvine was hit by a car and killed Monday night. Officials of the Orange County Fire Authority say the accident occurred at 9:06 p.m. north of Lake Forest Drive. Arriving paramedics pronounced the 52-year-old man dead at 9:18 p.m. His name has not been released. A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said it was not immediately known why the man was trying to cross the freeway. Officers shut down southbound freeway traffic at Bake Parkway and issued a SigAlert.
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March 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
An Irvine woman who stole $285,000 from a group of nuns and then spent it all in just 64 days was sentenced Friday to 37 months in federal prison. Linda Rose Gagnon, 59, had promised to help the Roman Catholic sisters buy a retirement home, but instead used the money in a spending spree, paying for pet-sitting services for her dog, gourmet meals and lease payments for an Audi TT sports cars, according to the U.S. attorney's office. The Irvine resident was found guilty in November of three counts of wire fraud for defrauding the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus & Mary, an order devoted to educational and charitable work.
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March 4, 2014 | By Jason Song
UC Irvine officials have decided to hold a series of smaller graduation ceremonies, in addition to one at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, at which they hope President Obama will be the keynote speaker.  Administrators have invited the president to give the main address at the baseball stadium on June 14. A UC Irvine vice chancellor visited Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to deliver about 10,000 letters from students and alumni, asking Obama to attend....
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