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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.
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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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December 19, 2009 | By Paloma Esquivel
Every year around Thanksgiving, Sheriff's Special Officer Cynthia Guerrero heads to the basement of Orange County Superior Court's Central Justice Center, unpacks a worn-out, faded artificial Christmas tree, dusts it off and sets it up in the main lobby. She hangs lights and multicolored angel-shaped tags from its branches, soliciting gifts for needy children and adults. The tree, which court workers have taken to calling the Charlie Brown tree, is a well-worn tradition at the courthouse, Guerrero said.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ted Mullen, who was a successful high school football coach for 18 years at Villa Park, Irvine University, Santa Ana Foothill and Anaheim, died on Friday morning. He was 81. He won two Southern Section titles and was inducted into the Southern Section Hall of Fame in 2013. Mullen is survived by his daughter, Jodi. Funeral arrangements are pending. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
IMAGE
April 27, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
There's magic afoot in Orange County that has nothing to do with a giant mouse or a legendary berry farm and everything to do with George Esquivel and his band of craftsmen who, for more than a decade, have been hand-cobbling high-end shoes for a who's who of the well-heeled, including rock stars, NBA players, politicians and Hollywood heavyweights of every stripe. In a nondescript building off I-5 in Buena Park, pieces of white leather destined to become booties for singer Janelle Monae are being meticulously hand-stitched at one table.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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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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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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