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By David C. Henley | January 22, 2014
The doughy LSTs, or landing ship tanks in military parlance, were the U.S. Navy's amphibious landing workhorses of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. Flat-bottomed and keel-less, the 328-foot LSTs, their guns blazing, crawled onto enemy-held beaches through sand, mud and coral reefs, opened their two massive "clamshell" bow doors and sent ashore deadly loads of tanks, jeeps, heavily armed troops, weapons and ammunition....
By Paul Leon | January 17, 2014
While we live in a tranquil county surrounded by world-renowned beaches, mountains and first-class shopping and dining, it's time for Orange County residents and city officials to face the facts: We share this idyllic region with tens of thousands of homeless individuals. This surprisingly high number is due to a shortage of affordable, permanent housing options in Orange County, in which a minimum wage worker must work 128 hours per week to afford a permanent one-bedroom apartment.
January 11, 2014
Orange County supervisor candidate Michelle Steel announced Friday that District 5 Supervisor Pat Bates has endorsed her. Steel, who is running for Supervisor John Moorlach's seat in District 2, now has majority support from current supervisors, according to a news release. Shawn Nelson (District 4) and Janet Nguyen (District 1) have also endorsed her. "Michelle Steel has the energy, passion and commitment to be a very effective voice on the Board of Supervisors," Bates said in a prepared statement.
By Michael Miller and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 8, 2014
Elaine Redfield, a longtime Orange County arts advocate whose campaign for a local performance center led to the creation of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has died at the age of 96. The coroner's office did not have information available on the cause of death, but the county Public Health agency confirmed Thursday that Redfield died Sunday. A New York City native, Redfield grew up three blocks from Carnegie Hall and honed her love of music by listening to her mother play the piano, according to a statement on the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's website.
By Jill Cowan | January 1, 2014
A group of Orange County attorneys is calling for the removal of Mississippi's state flag from a display at Santa Ana's Civic Center, saying its Confederate design symbolizes racism and hatred. The Mississippi flag is the last to feature the Confederate battle cross - a symbol “inextricably linked to a legacy of racism, exclusion, oppression and violence,” the Newport Beach-based Orange County Bar Assn. said in a statement. The association recently passed a resolution seeking the flag's removal from Santa Ana's Plaza of the Flags, where the banners of all 50 states ripple in a civic center that also includes the county's central courthouse.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 31, 2013
Brooke Allen was a late talker who blossomed into a young vocalist. Despite demonstrating speech delays as a toddler, the Newport Beach resident couldn't wait to turn 5 - the minimum age requirement for Young Singers of Orange County - so she could be just like her older sister, Bailey. Now 7 and 12, respectively, the two are enthusiastic members of the choir, which offers music education and performing opportunities for youths across the county. "It was really nice to see [Brooke]
By Paloma Esquivel | December 23, 2013
On a barren stretch of road on the edge of Irvine, a tasteful brown sign topped with a whimsical orange bicycle announces that a long-anticipated addition to the city is finally underway: the thousands of elegant new homes around the perimeter of the city's planned Great Park. The park itself will also soon grow, now that a plan to build 688 acres has been approved. And a long-awaited high school nearby is expected to open in 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times . Just down the road, another long-stalled project is also finally underway - the addition of hundreds of jail beds to a county lockup once so rustic it was known as "The Farm.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 18, 2013
Corona del Mar High's perfect run began one week after a scrimmage got out of control four months ago. The Sea Kings wound up on the other end of illegal shots, as well as shoves long after the whistle blew. Then their coach, Scott Meyer, blew up. "I kind of lost my cool a little bit there," Meyer said with a grin, remembering how the opposing coaches celebrated with their players on the field after every defensive play. "I don't know why. It was so early in the season. " The scrimmage against Fountain Valley turned out to be more of a circus to Meyer.
By B.W. Cook | December 17, 2013
It was a grand night on the Orange Coast. The 40th anniversary celebration of Candlelight Concert on Dec. 6 exceeded all expectations, raising an impressive $2.2 million for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The remarkable financial milestone is a testament to the skill and talent of Candlelight chairwoman Betty Huang and her partner and vice chairwoman, Dee Higby . The dynamic pair rallied 400 of the most influential citizens in Orange County to support the Segerstrom Center and honor the past chairs of the Candlelight Concerts.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 12, 2013
Ariel Vapor was disheartened when he received the news, but not particularly surprised. He was HIV-positive. Seated at the UCI Medical Center, with his skin pockmarked by MRSA [methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus] infections, he knew his "promiscuous" lifestyle was to blame. The Costa Mesa resident, who identifies as gay, recalled thinking, "Thank God it's 2006 and not 1986 or 1996. " Having improved significantly over the past two decades, HIV/AIDS medications are now saving lives.
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