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September 3, 1991 | LANIE JONES and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hours after President Bush opened full diplomatic relations with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, a Mission Viejo couple and their three small children visited Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles to offer prayers of thanks to the children's great-grandparents--Lithuanian freedom fighters who died without seeing their country liberated.
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April 24, 2005 | Scott Duke Harris, Scott Duke Harris last wrote for the magazine about San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris.
In the 50 years since Walt Disney built "the Happiest Place on Earth" in a land where suburbia was crowding out citrus groves, Orange County has evolved into a metropolis fit for a marquee. Once a humble supporting character in the great American drama, it now comes across as an action hero on steroids, all pumped up and shiny for the 21st century with a swaggering prime-time sobriquet: "The OC."
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January 13, 1991 | ALLISON SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County celebrations honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin this year on the civil rights leader's actual birth date, Jan. 15. Though the federal observance for King's birthday falls on the third Monday of January--this year, on the 21st--UC Irvine will kick off the largest local celebration, its seventh annual King Symposium, with a schedule of activities Tuesday through Friday.
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July 2, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
As patriots across Orange County get ready for Independence Day festivities, one North County community is going all out to make its celebration memorable. Canyon Hills Community Council's ninth Fourth of July activities are themed "Celebration International," a reflection of the diversity of the neighborhood, said event co-chairwoman Janis Farrell.
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June 13, 1996 | MATT LAIT and SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Only 18 months after going bust, Orange County officials Wednesday stood outside one of the few public landmarks not mortgaged to announce that the county has made good on its debts and is no longer bankrupt. "It's as if you were informed by your physician, after a protracted illness [and] taking all your medicine like a good patient, you were cured," Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger R.
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July 30, 1998 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like most teens, Tawny Hale, 16, and Cuauhtli Arvizu, 15, like to dance, listen to music and hang out with friends. On weekends, though, they are not so typical. Both grew up learning the rhythms and songs that have been passed down by their ancestors: for Hale, the Navajos of the Southwest, for Arvizu, the Aztec Indians of Mexico. The Hales, of Pico Rivera, and the Arvizus, of Garden Grove, spend almost every weekend performing indigenous dances at schools, powwows and public events.
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September 11, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM and LILY ENG, Times Staff Writers
Just as leaders of Orange County's burgeoning gay movement anticipated its finest hour, an outside group known for its militant, headline-grabbing stunts stole the spotlight Sunday. And the result was bittersweet for those seeking to win recognition--and broader rights--for county gays.
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April 4, 1993 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Medicine Man John (Grandpa) Whitecloud, wearing blue jeans and a green T-shirt, his gray hair tied in a braid, walked around the dance arena carrying a container of burning sage Saturday. He fanned the incense with the sacred eagle feather, and with his head bowed, Whitecloud prayed in his native tongue. The 80-year-old American Indian elder was blessing the ground before the start of a powwow at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.
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July 9, 1989 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
Elmer Fudd would cringe. For the 97th annual Orange County Fair, it's going to be here a wabbit, there a wabbit, everywhere, a wabbit, wabbit. A pair of white Flemish giants, Bud and Blossom, will be the mascots for the 12-day event that begins at noon Wednesday. Each weighs about 17 pounds and, being members of the largest of the rabbit breeds, is about twice the size of your average hopper. In addition, there will be about 75 other, smaller rabbits hippety-hopping around in the rabbit tent.
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July 5, 2001 | JERRY HICKS and ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Elaborate floats, a big crowd and marching bands aren't always essential for a grand Fourth of July parade. With tradition as a guide, you can get the same effect with a little greasepaint, costumed youngsters, and hand-pulled vessels covered with aluminum foil and built in the family garage. For 36 years, Los Alamitos' five-block Suburbia Estates has put on its own Independence Day parade that is the neighborhood event.
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January 31, 2001 | MAI TRAN and TAMI MIN
The 21st annual Orange County Black History Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Santa Ana, kicking off Black History Month festivities in cities, colleges and communities throughout the county. This year's parade theme is "Unity Through Diversity." The event will feature celebrities and people of various cultures wearing historical and traditional dresses and performing in marching bands, drill teams, equestrian units and groups of clowns. Scouts also will participate.
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January 16, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though Monday was a school holiday, Mercy Blumberg, a Cypress High senior, rose early. She and about 110 of her peers marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a chilly Garden Grove warehouse, where they packed cans of fruits, vegetables and meat for the needy. "Martin Luther King stood for civil rights, nonviolence, service to help his community and to help the world be a better place," the 18-year-old said. "There are little things we can do to help the world be a better place.
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July 5, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With celebrations on land and sea, helicopters and fireworks in the air, Orange County observed Independence Day with old-fashioned parades, barbecues and a star-spangled flotilla in Newport Beach's Lido Channel. Under sunshine and blue skies, people remembered old warriors, and young children learned lessons about their country's history.
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July 3, 2000
It's never too early to celebrate freedom in Southern California. Here's a roundup of festivities and fun for the Fourth of July: Today LONG BEACH Red, White and Blue Fourth of July Weekend. The Queen Mary hosts fireworks each night through Tuesday, 9 p.m.; carnival in the Queen Mary Events Park on Monday, 1 to 11 p.m. Carnival, fireworks and live music included in Queen Mary general admission, $13. 1126 Queens Highway, end of Long Beach Freeway. (562) 435-3511. ORANGE Fireworks show. 4 p.m.
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May 23, 2000 | Raul Gallegos, (714) 520-2512
City officials have changed the location of the annual Heritage Parade. This year's October parade and festival will be at Tri-City Park, a larger recreation area. The move from Kraemer Park, decided the Heritage Parade Committee, has sparked disapproval from some residents who believer the community was not consulted before the decision was made. "This is our parade. It's a tradition to have it here," said an angry Crystal Tobar, a longtime Placentia resident.
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January 27, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawing a lesson from the past, Vietnamese community leaders in Orange County say they have put aside their personal and political differences to stage only one festival commemorating the coming lunar new year. Over the years, different groups have staged their own Tet celebrations and have fought over bragging rights, with each group claiming to be the official festival of the new year.
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March 4, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
With a theme highlighting the spirit and heritage of Laguna Beach, the 28th annual Patriots Day Parade will roll through the city on Saturday. Among the floats will be an offering from residents burned out in the October fire--the Mystic Hills Homeowners Assn.'s rendition of a house under construction. Other highlights include eight school marching bands and a bagpipe group. Maj. Gen. Drax Williams, commander of the El Toro Marine Base, will serve as the grand marshal.
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April 24, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a week before the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, members of Orange County's Vietnamese community are still scrambling to get city permits and reconcile competing plans to mark the day when many were driven into exile. The Vietnam War, which claimed the lives of 58,000 American and about 300,000 South Vietnamese soldiers, ended April 30, 1975. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled to start a new life in a new land.
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January 27, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawing a lesson from the past, Vietnamese community leaders in Orange County say they have put aside their personal and political differences to stage only one festival commemorating the coming lunar new year. Over the years, different groups have staged their own Tet celebrations and have fought over bragging rights, with each group claiming to be the official festival of the new year.
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