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Week In Review

August 12, 2007

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR

Fair sees record-breaking attendance this year

The 2007 Orange County Fair closed up shop Aug. 5 with a record-breaking attendance of 1,069,052.

Fair staffers are already planning for next year, when the theme will be "Say Cheese."

Since opening day:

  • $275,000 raised from the cattle drive went to Orange County public schools.

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  • 45,247 unlimited ride bracelets were sold.

  • 9,243 fairgoers donated more than 22 tons of nonperishable food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on July 18. This will feed roughly 88,000 people.

  • 36,409 new and used books were donated by 13,200 people and given to Orange County Public Elementary schools.

    PUBLIC SAFETY

    Newport Beach police show off their equipment

    Newport Beach police showcased their best gadgets and tools when they with the public for the annual National Night Out Tuesday, which was held in Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

    Hundreds of area residents stopped by to get to know their local law enforcement officials. Kids crowded around booths where Crime Scene investigators showed them how they lift fingerprints off of a clear surface.

    The team also displayed a number of their techniques, including a magnetic fingerprint powder that almost stands on end when magnetized and ultraviolet flashlights that are used to detect harder-to-see evidence, such as traces of blood.

    Three men arrested in alleged credit card fraud

    Costa Mesa police arrested three men on suspicion of credit card fraud at South Coast Plaza on Thursday evening.

    The men were stopped by police after fleeing Bloomingdale's and stepping into a getaway car, police said. Investigators found about 30 fraudulent cards and credit and debit card counterfeiting equipment in their vehicle, police said.

    EDUCATION

    Harbor High landmark Robins Hall comes down

    The walls finally came tumbling down at Newport Harbor High School Thursday morning, as a construction crew began demolishing Robins Hall, the iconic building that has dominated the Newport Beach campus since 1930.

    The rest of the building, including the famous clock tower, waited to be torn down at a later date. Craig Scaringi, the project manager for McCarthy Building Co., said the entire demolition should be complete by September.

    BUSINESS

    Triangle Square to undergo major renovations

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