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January 30, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who walked onto the northbound 57 Freeway in Orange County late Wednesday night was struck by a car and killed, authorities said. The incident occurred about 10 minutes before midnight on the freeway just north of Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was traveling about 65 mph when "for unknown reasons" the man walked into the lane in front of the car, and the driver was unable to swerve away, the CHP said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
When it opened during the 1990s, Orange County's $2.4-billion tollway system was touted as an innovative way to build public highways without taxpayer money. Today, the roads offer smooth sailing for gridlock-weary commuters willing to pay the price. But far fewer people are using the turnpikes than officials predicted, which means the highways generate far less revenue than expected to retire their debts. There have long been questions about the long-term financial viability of the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill-Eastern corridors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
In a drive to go cashless, construction crews have begun to remove the old-school tollbooths planted along Orange County's vast network of toll lanes. A metal-and-glass tollbooth on the San Joaquin Hills toll road, which winds along coastal Orange County, was symbolically plucked from the highway's toll plaza Thursday, the first step in switching the pay-to-drive highway to a cashless system. Come May, at a specific date still to be determined, traffic on all Orange County toll roads will be routed through automated lanes, where customers can make payments with the existing FasTrak transponders or the new ExpressAccounts, which can be pre-paid, hooked to a credit card or generate monthly bills that are mailed to motorists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The staggering backlog of applications for concealed weapons permits in Orange County has grown to almost 3,000 and some applicants said they've been told it may be years before their paperwork is fully processed. The flood of applications was triggered by a pro-gun appeals court ruling that relaxed the restrictions on who could carry weapons. Most counties in the state have opted to wait for a likely appeal, but Orange County has gone the other way - taking applications from those who claim they need to carry a weapon for their own protection or safety.
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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.
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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