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April 6, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The youngest son of Pastor Rick Warren, a world-famous Orange County evangelical pastor, has committed suicide, according to a statement sent by Warren and his wife to his congregation. Matthew Warren, 27, the son of the leader of Saddleback  Church in Lake Forest, died after battling depression for much of his life, the statement said. Matthew was an “incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate man. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room.
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February 17, 2009 | DANA PARSONS
To improve my chances of winning an annual Oscar-picking contest with friends, I went to see "Milk" the other night. Aside from providing key information for my ballot, the movie about one of America's first openly gay men elected to public office gave me a glimpse into an Orange County that seems like a long time ago. At least, I think it was a long time ago. On paper, it was.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It's almost impossible to avoid cliched driving metaphors to describe what happens repeatedly to the proposal to build a toll highway in southeastern Orange County - and happened again Wednesday evening. The plans for the shorter and renamed Foothill South extension hit another roadblock. A red light. They were slowed, or possibly ground to a halt. In any case, the San Diego Regional Quality Control Board delivered an unexpected "no" to a project that was just a fraction of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' original plan to build 16 miles of turnpike from eastern Orange County through San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
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March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
When Warner Bros. wanted to shut down a highway for a scene from “The Hangover Part III” last month, they filmed the action not on the 405 Freeway but on a stretch of California 73 between Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Despite complaints from some, the two-day film shoot -- which took three months of planning -- was a high profile boost to Orange County, which has been trying to recover some of the film and TV business it lost over the last several years because of the recession and the migration of work to other areas outside of California.
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December 20, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In addition to Constitution Week, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Wear Red for Women Day, Harvey Milk Day will now be officially recognized in Orange County. The decision marks a reversal for Orange County supervisors, who twice previously refused to set aside a day to honor the birthday of the slain gay rights activist, who was a supervisor in San Francisco when he was gunned down in 1978. Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a yearly list of proclamations that included Harvey Milk Day. Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who helped activists get the day on the list of more than 90 proclamations, said he understands that the recognition is symbolic.
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February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs, such as death threats. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
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June 7, 2013 | By Anh Do
Metrolink lines in Orange County remained closed Friday morning after a freight train fatally struck a person on the tracks near the Norwalk station, officials said. The victim was struck about 4:45 a.m. by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, which shares tracks with Metrolink, Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said. Details about the victim were not immediately known, but Whittier police are investigating, Lustgarten said. The incident shut down all Orange County lines except for one at the 91 Freeway in the Inland Empire, where Lustgarten said trains must travel "at greatly reduced speeds.
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July 23, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A 17-year-old driver involved in a collision that killed a motorcyclist over the weekend in Orange County did not have a driver's license or a learner's permit, police said Tuesday. Police and firefighters responded to the collision at 9:33 p.m. Saturday at 3151 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa. The motorcyclist was identified as Gregory McNally, 30, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. The 17-year-old Costa Mesa girl, who was driving a van, sustained injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to police.
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September 16, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
When the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute opens its doors to the public Tuesday,  UC Irvine  will become home to Orange County's first academic eye institute. The 70,000-square-foot eye health institute, which is part of UC Irvine Health, includes 34 patient exam rooms with the latest technology and equipment, an outpatient surgery center, an optical shop and optometry services, a Lasik refractive surgery center, faculty offices and teaching spaces, the Daily Pilot reported . "A lot of innovation will originate here, so Orange County residents will have access to that first," said Dr. Roger Steinert, the institute's founding director.
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