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By Mike Whitehead | December 6, 2013
Ahoy! December has arrived along with a plethora of Christmas parades, whether by land or by sea. However, the signal lanterns from Paul Revere's Ride for one if by land and two if by sea have been replaced by thousands and thousands of Christmas lights decorating the floats and boats in parades for the next few weekends throughout the world. Looking locally, the boat parades in Orange County's three harbors begin this weekend and continue for a few weekends. Let's begin with Huntington Harbour, which is the county's most northerly.
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OCNOW
By Kate Linthicum | December 5, 2013
Orange County probation officials say they will launch a review of their juvenile detention policies after the release this week of a report that faults the county for referring hundreds of immigrant youths to federal immigration authorities. The report, published by theĀ  UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic , took aim at an Orange County Probation Department policy that requires intake officers at juvenile detention centers to determine the immigration status of youths in their custody.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 21, 2013
For nine years, they were known as the Newport Beach Breakers. For the past two years, they were the Orange County Breakers. Now, they've just made a break for it. World Team Tennis' Orange County franchise has been sold to Canadian entrepreneur Lorne Abony and will be relocating to Austin, Texas, the league announced Thursday. The team will be renamed the Austin Aces and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, who lives in Austin, will be on the roster. The move ends an 11-year run in Orange County for the Breakers.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
Supporters cheered as volunteers rode King Arthur's Carrousel at Disneyland last week on behalf of 10 local nonprofits. The early morning event, dubbed "The Carousel of Possible Dreams," raised $208,575 for Orange County charities that benefit children. "How fitting to host Carousel of Possible Dreams at the place where dreams come true every day," Disneyland spokeswoman Jill Bolton said in a news release. "We are honored to host this program, which aligns with our focus on promoting the happiness and well-being of kids and families.
OCNOW
By Richard Winton | November 12, 2013
The Orange County Crime Lab produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year - mistakes that could affect outcomes in dozens of cases. Prosecutors in recent days sent letters to people charged with driving under the influence, including 900 whose cases resulted in convictions. The letters advised them that their cases were among those with miscalculations. Crime lab officials said the "human error" occurred over nearly five months and led to mistakes in the forensic examination of blood alcohol content.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 12, 2013
They came in droves Monday to the Orange County Fairgrounds, many proudly wearing white stickers that read, "I'm a veteran. " The free Veterans Day event, part of a union-led effort called Veterans + Labor: Partners in Service, brought together Southern California veterans young and old, active-duty service members, veterans' support groups and families to celebrate the holiday. Officials called it the largest Veterans Day event in recent memory. An estimated 3,000 people came to hear the live music, speak to veterans, visit the information booths, learn about American military history and enjoy free hot dogs.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | November 7, 2013
A Riverside man dubbed the Snowboarder Bandit pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing banks throughout Orange County, including one in Newport Beach and three in Irvine. Michael Brandon Franks, 30, was convicted of 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Franks was nicknamed the Snowboarder Bandit because of his ski-type clothing and youthful appearance, authorities said in a news release.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | October 30, 2013
The last of three speakers during the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's presentation of its 2014 Economic Forecast on Wednesday put plainly for the crowd what many in Orange County have long hoped to hear: The crisis is over. "We have to get out of that reality," said David Young, founder and chief executive of financial consulting and investment advisory company Anfield Group, referring to a lingering concern if not pessimism about our recovery from the recession. "It's over.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | October 30, 2013
Last month, Jim Abbott visited KidWorks in Santa Ana. Abbott, the former Major League Baseball pitcher, says he stays busy these days, speaking to various people and motivating many about the story of his life and about succeeding despite being born without a right hand. The Newport Beach resident has fast become known for someone who gives back and does his best to help others in Orange County. So it makes sense that he was at KidWorks, the non-profit charity that serves at-risk children, teens and families.
NEWS
October 28, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Officer Monique Beckner was among 22 honorees recognized by the Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County for displaying compassion while on the job. The Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County recognized law enforcement, firefighters and hospital personnel "who went above the call of duty in the past year to provide compassionate support to citizens in crisis" during its annual Heroes With Heart Awards dinner Friday, according...
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