2014 Archive Stories

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  • On Bike Share expands service in Orange County
    In the last ten years, more than 200 cities around the world have launched and embraced bike share programs as a means to promote healthy and sustainable transportation. Using a pool of shared bikes, participants can opt to pedal to their destination instead of using a car, bus or train. However more quietly, bike share has become a growing stap
    Mon Nov 10, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that: 'Newsroom' offers too much op-ed, 'Dr. Who' wraps up season BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOWS “The Newsroom” 9 p.m.; “The Comeback” 10 p.m.; “Getting On” 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO Even Aaron Sorkin’s’ best shows – “Sports Night” and some of “The West Wing” – can be tough to take. His need to hand his characters l
    Thu Nov 06, 2014
  • Disney has another winner with 'Big Hero 6' BY ROGER MOORE
    “Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. Based on Marvel comic book characters, it’s a story-driven, kid-pleasing mashup of plots, situations and ideas from scads of earlier tales of misfits battling a super villain. It’s lig
    Thu Nov 06, 2014
  • Rob Lowe ad peeves shy bladder group
    Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad in which a “painfully awkward” actor Rob Lowe says that he can’t urinate in public. The satellite TV company suggests its critics should be able to take a joke. Part of a campaign to encourage people to switch from cable, the ad features tw
    Thu Nov 06, 2014
  • The mounds of kelp washing up on O.C. beaches? It's a good thing, experts say BY AARON ORLOWSKI
    The mounds of kelp that recently washed onto local beaches point to a thriving offshore ecosystem created by restoration efforts over the past decade, experts say. Ten years ago, there was practically no kelp off Orange County’s coast. Pollution and an overabundance of predators such as sea urchins had decimated the kelp forest
    Mon Nov 03, 2014
  • 'Nightcrawler,' 'Ouija' tie for top spot BY JAKE COYLE
    In a scary close finish, the Jake Gyllenhaal crime thriller “Nightcrawler” and the board-game adaptation “Ouija” tied for first at the box office with $10.9 million each over the Halloween weekend. That was according to estimates Sunday from each film’s distributor. Studios can predict a film’s Sunday
    Mon Nov 03, 2014
  • Oakley partners with Garmin BY HANNAH MADANS
    Outdoor sports apparel manufacturer Oakley Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, has partnered with GPS navigation maker Garmin International Inc. to upgrade the video capability on its Airwave 1.5 alpine ski and snowboard goggles. The software update became available Monday and will allow goggle users to download a Garmin app. This app allows
    Mon Nov 03, 2014
  • Day of the Dead/Noche de Altares: Where to attend events in Orange County BY THERESA CISNEROS
    SANTA ANA – A swath of Fourth Street will come alive Saturday with Aztec dancers, bright orange marigolds and intricate altars honoring the deceased during Noche de Altares, an increasingly popular Day of the Dead festival. The 12th annual event – organized by Calacas Productions and community group El Centro Cultural de
    Sat Nov 01, 2014
  • Need a shortcut? Leave traffic behind with these time-tested freeway detours BY KELLIE MEJDRICH
    Every driver knows the frustration of whizzing along the freeway and then – gah! - a sea of brake lights. We’re here to help with that. We’ve explored traffic jams that pop up on Orange County roads and freeways, jams that make locals more than a little crazy. Better, we’ve found possible drive-aro
    Sat Nov 01, 2014
  • 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' a brisk biopic BY TIMOTHY MANGAN
    “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” from Warner Bros. in 1942, is a fast-moving biopic on the life of George M. Cohan, who dominated Broadway in the early part of the 20th century (he had as many as five shows running at one time) and who gave us such still hummable songs as “Over There,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” an
    Sat Nov 01, 2014
  • Airborne Toxic Event billows through the Greek Theatre BY GEORGE A. PAUL
    For a band that regularly tours nationally like The Airborne Toxic Event, being back on home turf provides an extra spark. Barely one song into the popular Los Angeles quintet’s exhilarating 95-minute set at the Greek Theatre, leader Mikel Jollett exclaimed, “Isn’t it great to be alive?!” Indeed, the swelling alt-
    Sat Nov 01, 2014
  • Honk: What does 'END: NONE' mean on driver's licenses? By JIM RADCLIFFE
    Q. Hi, Mr. Honk: My wife recently renewed her California driver’s license. She did it online, paid the fee and received her new license in the mail. We noticed on her license that it shows “END: NONE.” That is on other licenses, too. What does that mean? – Mike Heaslet, Newport Beach
    Sat Nov 01, 2014
  • 'Citizenfour' shines a harsh light on U.S. surveillance BY THOMAS LEE
    “I’m not the story,” Edward Snowden insists to his journalist handlers in the absorbing, thrilling “Citizenfour.” Too late. Directed with deft technical touch by Laura Poitras, “Citzenfour” is the much-anticipated documentary on how Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • After battling cancer and facing paralysis, H.B. man uses Halloween to lift everyone's spirits By STEFAN WEICHERT
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Outside the Tucker family home, more than a dozen spiders sit atop the roof, ready to strike at any time. Gravestones with zombies digging their way out dot the yard, and a welcome sign made from bat wings greets visitors. It doesn’t get any less scary inside the one-story home, where Jim and Lisa Tucker li
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Marilyn Manson acts up at Observatory BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Marilyn Manson does whatever the heck Marilyn Manson wants to do. He’s dramatic, likes to be mysterious and has exhibited some of the most annoying diva-like behavior in past performances in the area. The 45-year-old frontman had The Observatory in Santa Ana absolutely packed to the gills Wednesday night for arguably his most intimate gig
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Wine Wednesdays: 5 favorite restaurants to get discounted bottles BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    I don’t know when or where it started, but Wine Wednesdays have become a thing. And I like it. I like it a lot. Here’s what’s happening: Every Wednesday, a bunch of restaurants throughout the county are bringing date-night back to the middle of the week by offering full bottles of wine at a huge discount, typically half the nor
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that: 'McCarthys' has one joke and it isn't funny, 'Skyscraper' toys with death BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “The McCarthys,” 9:30 tonight, CBS Football exits CBS’s Thursday lineup, but even one night with this grating lineup of “comedy” will have us begging Roger Goodell for a few more games. Trophy series “The Big Bang Theory” starts the evening, and while signific
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Danny Elfman reprises 'Music From the Films of Tim Burton' BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    When performer and composer Danny Elfman stepped out onstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London last year for the very first run of “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” he was absolutely terrified. It had been 18 years since Elfman, who fronted Los Angeles’ beloved rock/new wave band Oingo Boingo f
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Lifestyle expert Kelly Lam guides Newport Beach residents & tourists toward active lifestyles with “Active Me” video series By: Register Wire Service
    Kelly Lam, Founder of The Whole Purpose, a company that creates Mindful Wellness programs for individuals and corporations for optimal overall well being will be featured as host in a new series of videos called Active Me, which will appear on Newport Beach Television (NBTV) beginning in November (check local listings). The five-part video serie
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Barbara Bui visits Orange County BY LISA LIDDANE
    If being able to wear one’s creation and assess how it makes one look and feel is an advantage for a designer, then Barbara Bui leverages that whip hand with a deft stroke. During her first-ever visit to her 2-year old signature boutique recently at South Coast Plaza, Paris-based Bui arrived in black, skinny leather pants straight out of h
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Rare pilot whales spotted off Dana Point BY KELLY ZHOU
    Leslie Kretschmar was amazed to see a pod of pilot whales, rare in Orange County waters, swim up to the Ocean Institute’s boat. She was leading a group of 30 elementary-school students from San Clemente on a Friday morning educational trip when the dark black-gray cetaceans, about 18 feet long, came right up to the Institute&rs
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • 5 minute recipe: This fudge is so good, it should be illegal BY CATHY THOMAS
    Felony Fudge is an irresistible combination of chocolate, peanut butter chips, nuts, butter and sweetened condensed milk. It was sent to the Register more than 10 years ago by reader Donna Zager of Ontario. It takes less than five minutes to prepare if you use a microwave oven, a little longer if you melt the ingredients in a double boiler. Zage
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Want a big scare without having to go to Knott's? Try these Orange County Halloween haunted houses BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    LAGUNA HILLS – Just before they walked into The Empty Grave Haunted House, Lance Reyes had one request of his older brother Jeremy. “Don’t leave me alone.” Inside, Jeremy Reyes, 28, lost track of Lance. The 17-year-old, a senior at Tesoro High, was left to fend for himself in the dark, foggy maze.
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Has TV utopia arrived? Not so fast BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Good news keeps coming for consumers staggering under cable TV bills that are rising much faster than inflation – or so it seems at first glance. Those hoping to “cut the cord” and trade their cable subscriptions for cheaper Internet-based service got a boost this week when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Throwback Thursday: Revisiting the ghosts of Halloween past By ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    A hundred years ago a house on G Street in Santa Ana was the place to celebrate Halloween. “An amazing game called Goo-Goo was played in which everyone who laughed paid a forfeit by feeding someone else popcorn from a spoon while blindfolded or biting an apple from a string or some other Halloween stunt,” a brief in the Santa
    Thu Oct 30, 2014