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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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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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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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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.
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