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April

San Jose moves forward with suit over luring Oakland A’s south

Posted  April 19, 2014  by  shelley

Spring is in the air, Major League Baseball games are being played (not cryingly badly, in the case of the Dodgers and Angels), and San Jose continues its legal efforts to force Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to let the City sweet-talk the Oakland A’s away from its northern neighbor. The Dodgers, at 10-7 and .588, […]

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April

Baseball: an app for that!

Posted  April 15, 2014  by  shelley

The first day of Spring was last month, and Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has already proved disappointing locally — but you can still download and install software that allows you to dream big, or follow the ups (and downs) of your favorite team. So, if you can’t go out to the ballgame — even […]

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April

Springtime is decluttering time

Posted  April 14, 2014  by  courtesy

Today I stood on-line at the market, surrounded by magazines, almost all aimed at women (hey, market manager – men shop too!). It is springtime and most of the cover stories are about losing weight for bathing suit season or about spring decluttering. That’s easier than losing weight — or is it? Clutter happens when […]

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April

A Catholic looks at Passover

Posted  April 14, 2014  by  shelley

I would like to wish all our Jewish readers a solemn and joy-filled celebration of Passover among family and friends. As a Catholic Christian, I am taught that God did not abrogate the Old Covenant when Jesus Christ established the New Covenant. We are, therefore, obligated to accord our Jewish brethren all due respect as […]

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April

What you can do about the California drought

Posted  April 13, 2014  by  courtesy

Earlier this week, I spent three days with nearly 100 fellow agriculture-related business owners, bankers, ranchers, farmers and interesting speakers to study a few companies in the agricultural sector. Every two years, I attend the UC Davis Agribusiness Executive Seminar which focuses specifically on agricultural issues and enterprises in California. Besides the usual business issues […]

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Local locations for Easter Week services

Posted  April 12, 2014  by  shelley

The following list of local churches is meant to help our readers find a house of worship for Holy Week or Easter Day. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 5761 East Colorado St., Long Beach 90814 Bay Shore Community Congregational United Church of Christ 5100 The Toledo, Long Beach 90803 Bethlehem Lutheran Church 3352 Katella Ave., Los […]

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April

Spotlight for April 2014

Posted  April 12, 2014  by  shelley

We apologize for the late appearance of the April Spotlight section, which should have been published on Monday, March 31. Our graphics station hardware fried, and it took a while to replace the hardware and restore all our files. Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below […]

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Participants at the Surfrider Foundation Ohana Day dump trash in a receptacle. Photo by Surfwriter Girls.
April

Celebrate Mother Nature in April

Posted  April 12, 2014  by  Surfwriter Girls

The month of April’s name comes from the Romans and means “to open.” It refers to the season when trees and flowers begin to open and bloom. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel think that this makes April the perfect month to celebrate Mother Nature. And, fortunately, there are two special days to do […]

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Blue Moon Boutique’s charity for April

Posted  April 11, 2014  by  shelley

Blue Moon Boutique supports local charities by donating a certain percentage of proceeds from our monthly sales. For the month of April 2014, Blue Moon will donate a percentage of sales to support the Illumination Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent […]

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Spotlight for March 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014  by  shelley

We apologize for the late appearance of the March Spotlight section, which should have been published on Monday, Feb. 24. Articles in the Spotlight will appear in the Spotlight section of the homepage and linked below as they are published. Blue Moon Boutique’s charity for March Ancestry, Experiences and Customs by Sandra Rodriguez The Luck […]

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Construction preparing for the installation of a new signal on Katella Ave. in front of Los Alamitos Medical Center (LAMC). Photo courtesy of LAMC.

Katella Avenue to lose lanes to construction starting Monday morning, April 21

Drivers who normally travel through Los Alamitos via Katella Ave. will want to use alternate routes starting Monday morning, April 21. After completion of underground foundation work for installation of a new traffic signal, co...
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California State Senator Huff opposes mandated transitional kindergarten

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement regarding SB 837, a bill that would require California school districts and charter schools that offer kindergarten, to also offer transitional ki...
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California Chrome works out at Los Alamitos Race Course

TVG provides a jockey’s-eye view of a workout by Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome at Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC) — “jockey cam” is hard to watch if you’re prone to motion sickness, but the onboard view is...
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San Jose moves forward with suit over luring Oakland A’s south

Spring is in the air, Major League Baseball games are being played (not cryingly badly, in the case of the Dodgers and Angels), and San Jose continues its legal efforts to force Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to let the City s...
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Compton man convicted of human trafficking based on LBPD investigation

A defendant recently charged with multiple charges relating to human sex trafficking has been convicted and is now facing multiple years in prison. In March 2012, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Youth Services S...
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A race horse works out on the completed track expansion at Los Alamitos Race Course. Photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course.

LARC reported in talks to increase dates of thoroughbred racing

Two publications have now reported that Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC) is talking with Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair to purchase the Fairplex September racing dates and bring them to Orange County. T...
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Anaheim Police to conduct DUI checkpoint on Saturday evening, April 19

Anaheim Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on April 19, 2014, at Euclid St. and La Palma Ave. between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a p...
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Today’s weather forecast for Holy Saturday, April 19

Today’s local weather forecast: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 75. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
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Front row: Veronica Gomez and Garden Grove K-9 dog Strauss. Back row: Garden Grove Police Officer Vanessa Brodeur (Veronica’s big sister) and Master Officer Omar Perez, Strauss' handler. Courtesy photo.

Girl Scout Silver Project raises money for Garden Grove K-9 vest

Last Summer, Veronica Gomez, a 12-year-old resident of Garden Grove, saw a program on television covering police service dogs and the need to obtain bullet-proof vests for these dogs to help keep them safe in their dangerous li...
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Public comment sought on Orange County plan to improve health

The Orange County Health Care Agency and its partners announce a plan to help improve the health of everyone who lives, works and plays in Orange County. Orange County’s overall health fares well compared to other counties in...
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Westminster man found guilty of special-circumstances murder of his wife

A husband was convicted yesterday of the 2004 solicitation-murder of his wife. Magdi Faiz Girgis, 61, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury April 17, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count...
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Multiple agency DUI saturation patrol nets 10 arrests

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section in cooperation with the “Avoid the 100” multiple agency DUI Task Force conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol throughout Long Beach. The operati...
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Safely dispose of old prescription drugs at National Drug Take-Back Day

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. This ...
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Some Orange County Parks to raise parking fees for Easter Sunday

Parking fees for some regional parks will increase for Easter Sunday, April 20. Large crowds are also expected for the holiday, so please plan your trip accordingly. Parking lots fill early and additional vehicles may not be b...
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Costa Mesa woman killed while bicycling in Huntington Beach

On Wednesday, April 16, at about 8:15 p.m., the Huntington Beach Police Department responded to the area of Adams Ave. and Ranger Lane regarding an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a bicyclist. Arriving officers...
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Three suspects arrested in 2013 Long Beach murder

Three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection to a 2013 murder. On April 28, 2013, at approximately 3 a.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a report of gunshots heard in the area of Spaulding St. and Junipero...
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OC Breeze World HQ closed for Good Friday

Orange County Breeze World Headquarters will be closed today, Friday, April 18, to allow our staff to observe the Easter Triduum.
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Unplanned power outages in Orange County as of Friday, April 18

As of this morning, Southern California Edison is working on the following power outages: Costa Mesa, Red Hill Ave. between Kalmus Dr. and Fischer Ave.: Started at 7:57 p.m. April 17. The cause was equipment problems. Edison ha...
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