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August 17, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A third young man arrested this week in connection with the gruesome May slayings of an Anaheim Hills father and daughter had performed community service work at the Irvine park where their charred bodies were discovered, according to court documents. Charles Anthony Murphy Jr., 22, of Mission Hills was taken into custody Wednesday at the Irvine Spectrum's Adidas store, where he had worked almost a year as a part-time sales associate, company officials said.
January 26, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Orange County's Great Park will begin taking shape this summer with helium balloon rides and the digging of a massive canyon, according to a proposal unveiled Thursday. At a meeting of the park's board of directors at Irvine City Hall, park architect Ken Smith outlined the first two years of his plan for 1,350 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base.
October 24, 2006 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Times Staff Writer
A couple of thousand Muslims gathered Monday at the Boomers amusement park in Irvine to celebrate the end of Ramadan -- a holy month of fasting and prayer -- with rock climbing, go-karts and cotton candy. The Islamic holiday, called Eid al-Fitr, is a time to gather with friends and family after a month of spiritual growth, said Mohammad Aladra, a volunteer for the Muslim American Society of Orange County, which sponsored the event and reserved the park for it.
October 13, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Great Park will have a botanical garden, museums and a stream-fed lake that will transform an old Marine base in the midst of suburban sprawl into a bold "social and cultural experiment," the park's New York design team said Thursday.
March 3, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
When planners looked over the barren El Toro Marine base and tried to envision a sprawling park, one thing was clearly missing. Trees. The center of the closed base is flat, crisscrossed with runways and planted sparsely, a utilitarian piece of land that looks nothing like a park.
November 1, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Four of the five Irvine City Council members leave today for an all-expense-paid, nine-day trip to Barcelona, Paris and New York City as part of their role in planning a 1,000-acre park at the former El Toro Marine base. The cost of the trip is still being calculated, but the itinerary includes two nights at the five-star Grand Marina Hotel in Barcelona. Traveling are seven members of the Orange County Great Park Corp.
October 14, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles real estate investment trust Maguire Properties Inc. announced Wednesday that it had agreed to buy a 16-acre office campus in Irvine occupied by Washington Mutual Inc. for $151.2 million. Maguire, the largest office landlord in downtown Los Angeles, is purchasing four four-story office buildings totaling 415,597 square feet from an affiliate of the Seattle-based bank, which will remain as a long-term tenant.
July 3, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Irvine police have again found aspirin tablets scattered in the playground sand at a neighborhood park, officials said Friday. Thursday's incident is the fourth time since March that pills have been found in play areas, said Police Cmdr. Jeff Kermode. Two piles of painkillers -- about 20 aspirin in all -- were found at Racquet Club Park in the 4000 block of Robon Drive, Kermode said, by a mother who took her child to play there. One pile had been placed near a slide.
July 1, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Irvine officials now estimate that the city will need an additional $40 million to build roads and utility lines for their planned Great Park because of delays in the sale of the land, site of the former El Toro Marine base. The extra cost will not jeopardize Irvine's efforts to turn the 4,700-acre former airfield into a mix of homes, recreational facilities, offices and parkland, officials said.
June 7, 2004 | David McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A slow-moving brush fire burned 55 acres in Irvine Regional Park on Sunday, but no structures were threatened and there were no injuries reported, authorities said. Full containment was expected by midnight, said Capt. Stephen Miller, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. About 100 firefighters were working on the blaze. "The terrain is steep, and we've had to do most of the work from the ground," Miller said. "It was even hard for the helicopters to get in there."
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