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Week In Review

December 30, 2007

Moorlach said he supports improving medical care for the uninsured in Orange County, but he thinks the funding should come from other sources.

The plan allows the county to collect an additional $2 for every $10 in fines from traffic tickets to pay for emergency medical care for the uninsured.

“Everyone should pay evenly,” Moorlach said. “Not people who are already paying.”

 A teenager was arrested Christmas Day after using his new Christmas present in an inappropriate manner.

The 15-year-old boy got a laser pointer as a gift and, unwisely, pointed it at a Skywest airplane, according to police.

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When police sent a helicopter to locate the origins of the laser, the boy again pointed the laser to the sky, this time at the police helicopter, according to Newport Beach Sgt. Evan Sailor.

The boy, a Las Vegas resident in Newport with his family, was charged with a felony, but the ultimate charge will be determined by prosecutors.

BUSINESS

Sales up on Christmas Eve, but down day after Christmas

Last-minute Christmas shoppers on Christmas Eve gave a much-needed boost to some local businesses that have struggled in a slumping economic climate this past year.

Nationwide, sales reached $9.36 billion Saturday, up 7.6% from $8.7 billion the same day a year ago, according to ShopperTrak RCT Corp., which tracks sales at more than 50,000 stores.

Many holiday shoppers held out until only one shopping day remained, scrambling around town to pick up the last few presents for hard-to-shop-for parents or spouses.

People streamed in and out all day at Humanitaire, the vegan shoe and accessory shop. Many of the businesses in the SoBeCa shopping district off Bristol Street noticed a boost in business the day before Christmas. Arth, a hat shop in the Lab anti-mall, had many customers leaving with gifts for their own heads on top of their other purchases.

The upscale hat boutique offers decadent head gear ranging from straw fedoras to snake skin trucker hats.

By the day after Christmas, often the busiest shopping day of the year, the buzz wore off for retailers who largely suffered as the economy continues to sputter. Customers reported the slumping housing market and soaring gas prices kept them on the lookout for bargains.

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