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By Lauren Williams | July 5, 2013
After 24 minutes of deliberation, an Orange County jury decided Wednesday that a Costa Mesa sex offender is dangerous and should remain in a state hospital, according to a court official. Jurors began deliberating about whether to release Cary Jay Smith, 52, at 10:13 a.m. and reached a verdict by 10:37 a.m., according to Orange County Superior Court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau. In 1999, Smith went to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino on a 72-hour hold after his wife gave his psychiatrist a letter in which he described sex acts he wanted to perform on a boy, according to authorities.
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By Jill Cowan | July 3, 2013
A little more than a year after her death and days after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for same-sex marriage in California, members of the Orange County Lavender Bar Assn. will honor the memory of Chapman University law professor Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer with a scholarship for a local law student. Darmer, who lived with her husband and two children in Newport Beach, was remembered as a fierce legal ally in support of same-sex marriage. She committed suicide in February 2012 at age 47, according to an Orange County coroner's office report.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 3, 2013
Newport Beach police will roll out a notification system specifically for the Fourth of July this year. Newport residents and beach visitors can sign up for text message alerts about road closures, traffic advisories and other information specifically for the holiday, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach police spokeswoman. Anyone can activate the service by texting NBJULY4TH to 888777. Although police had the ability in past years, this is the first time the department is pushing for people to sign up and actually sending notifications, according to Manzella.
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By Bradley Zint | May 31, 2013
The Crossroads of the West gun show returns to the Orange County Fairgrounds this weekend, and gun enthusiasts are expected to be out in force buying up weapons and ammo amid concerns of ever-tightening gun legislation. Earlier this week, California lawmakers advanced new gun-control measures that include new requirements for buying ammunition. If Senate Bill 53 were enacted, residents would have to submit personal information and undergo a background check conducted by the state.
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By Bradley Zint | May 29, 2013
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission this week recommended that the City Council adopt an ordinance aimed at fighting problematic properties, such as transient motels and dilapidated homes. The public nuisance abatement ordinance would expand the city's ability to rectify quality-of-life problems, such as crime, hoarding and graffiti. It broadly defines "public nuisances" to include, among other things, a property that is a fire hazard, structurally unsafe, abandoned or dangerous for children, or that has a garage converted into a temporary or permanent living space.
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By Lauren Williams | May 13, 2013
Newport Beach's city attorney said Monday that the city plans to ask a judge this week to close seven recovery homes found to be operating outside of the law. The proposal comes after an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Morningside Recovery in Lido Village operates in violation of a city ordinance barring commercial recovery centers in residential areas. Morningside Chief Executive Mary Helen Beatificato did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 3, 2013
WESTMINSTER - A burgeoning relationship between a small Christian college in Costa Mesa and a public university in Iraq could help shape the Middle Eastern country's response to gender-based violence in its northern region. Over the span of 15 days, a small team of Iraqi government officials and academics are touring Orange County and studying the local justice system's procedures for crimes against women. Wednesday, the group of about half a dozen Iraqis gathered at Westminster's police headquarters.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 27, 2013
A Costa Mesa law school hopes to ease the stress on the California court system, which has suffered severe budget cuts, by offering its newly christened practice courtroom on campus for official legal proceedings. In response to belt-tightening within the state's legal system, Whittier Law School plans to invite authentic trials and arbitration to its facility. Such a setup would benefit students, as well, allowing them to observe the proceedings in the school's fully functioning 4,400-square-foot courtroom, which opened this month.
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By James P. Gray | April 19, 2013
The 2012 platform for the Democratic Party promised to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 per hour and to tie future changes to inflation. Just as with arguments for a "living wage," this sounds like a good and compassionate idea, but it has a false allure. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 70% of minimum wage workers are teenagers, college students and secondary earners who are in households that, for the most part, are not poor. Thus, only about 30% of the extra income generated by minimum-wage laws goes to people below the poverty line.
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