2014 Rotator Archive Stories

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  • Buy your drink while you pump BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
    A Temecula gas station is the first in California to feature a new type of vending machine next to the pump. It offers beverages to customers, who can order and pay along with their gas. The vending machines at the Unocal-Circle K station at 28903 Rancho California Road are linked to the pump and don’t take cash or coins.
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Surfboard maker gets creative with moving Santa BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    SAN CLEMENTE – Bill Stewart wanted something that would make his shop stand out.The holidays are a tough time for smaller shops, with people heading to the malls and outlet centers to hunt for gifts. So the surfboard maker wanted a way to remind shoppers that the little guys can add some holiday cheer to their day.S
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Boats for $20? At 'Storage Wars' by the sea, anything's possible BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Johnny Cizek pulls up to the docks in an inflatable gray dinghy, just minutes before the action starts.Buzzing nearby on wooden walkways are about 50 people looking to pick up a deal, bargain-hunters who have shown up on a recent chilly morning to scour old, beat-up boats that over the past few months have washed up or been abandoned
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • More than 1,000 pounds of trash wash up on O.C. beaches after winter storm By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    A recent beach clean up effort in central Orange County yielded the usual expected items: cigarette butts, Styrofoam and plastic. But it also led to some shocking finds: A television, lots of shoes, a laundry hamper, a tire and five sharp syringes.Even Orange County Coastkeeper clean up coordinator Dyana Pena - who’s attended d
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Been There Forever: El Adobe is a taste of times past BY LAWRENCE CHRISTON
    You may not make conscious note of the ring of venerable trees that surround and overhang the parking lot. Or the well-worn bricks that lead up the path to the restaurant entrance, situated behind a low eave and a line of square brick pillars. Inside, the bar is loud and festive even on a weeknight. Earth tones – blush wine, terra cotta, r
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Here are recipes for holiday success without stress BY CATHY THOMAS
    For decades, cooking for Christmas at my house meant preparing behemoth rib roasts and whipping up the English-themed trimmings to accompany the beef. The menu was easier to prepare than a traditional turkey dinner. That’s what I thought, before I had a chat with Ina Garten.The best-selling cookbook author and star of the &ldqu
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Citing its incredible popularity, Irvine's Cars and Coffee club shutting down BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    It’s a sad truism that all good things must come to an end, even an automotive institution like Cars and Coffee in Irvine.On Wednesday, an official representing the car enthusiast gathering that, since 2006, has drawn increasing numbers of rare, collectible, exotic and generally jaw-dropping cars to Ford Motor Co.’s Irvin
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Short Order: Two French-style delis evoke traditional European corner stores BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    A couple of French delis popped up in recent months. In July, longtime O.C. chef Pascal Olhats opened Pascal in San Juan Capistrano, a slight reincarnation of Pascal Épicerie, which he operated in Newport Beach but closed this year. Meanwhile, that space that Olhats vacated has been transformed into Moulin, a concept not all that differen
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • O.C. Film Fiesta returns for a fifth foray BY RICHARD CHANG
    People in Orange County love movies, and they love free stuff. So what could be better than a free film festival? The fifth annual O.C. Film Fiesta starts tonight and runs for three weekends, ending Oct. 5. The Santa Ana-based festival kicks off at 7 with “Volando Bajo,” a new Mexican comedy directed by Beto G
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 release By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW YORK — Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film. In a statement, Sony said it was cancelling “The Interview” “in light of
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Happy for Pappy: Would you pay $145 for a shot of rare bourbon? By PAUL HODGINS and NANCY LUNA
    The legend continues to build around Pappy Van Winkle, a rare bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky that some say is America’s finest example of the genre. It’s hard to find a bottle or even a sip. Only a select number of bars can wrangle Pappy each year. In Orange County, we’ve uncovered a few locati
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Costa Mesa to craft marijuana ordinance, delays pot initiative vote until 2016 BY JORDAN GRAHAM
    Costa Mesa could legalize medical marijuana as early as February, after the City Council directed staff on Tuesday to craft an ordinance to bring pot shops to town. The council convened to address two successful petitions that called for an early 2015 special election to vote on medical cannabis stores in Costa Mesa. Instead, the council
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Avoid these pricey tourist traps BY MARLA JO FISHER
    When was the last time you walked out of an attraction and thought, “Wow, that was a huge waste of time and money”? Tourist traps have been around as long as there have been tourists to spend money on them, and the appellation is somewhat in the eye of the beholder. My feeling that I was just ripped off could be your cherishe
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Which O.C. surf spots deserve to be part of National Surfing Reserves? By: LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Research is being conducted to determine whether surf sites in California - among them, three Orange County surf breaks - deserve to be on the list of National Surfing Rese
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • 'Celtic Holiday' mines spirits past and present BY ERIC MARCHESE
    Writing a new holiday show from scratch in less than a year is a huge undertaking, and an amibitous one – but that was the task facing Chance Theater when “Striking 12” was taken off its December schedule earlier this year. Chance resident artists Jocelyn A. Brown, James McHale, Karen O’Hanlon and Jennifer Ruckman
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Rain helps, but California needs 11 trillion gallons to get out of drought BY AARON ORLOWSKI
    California is 11 trillion gallons of water away from recovering from the drought. For 12 years, NASA researchers have compiled data on water storage levels in groundwater, reservoirs and snowpack. Those levels cycle during the year &ndas
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Moving forward with marriage and a new last name BY SUZANNE BROUGHTON
    I knew it was coming. My boyfriend, Tim, and I have been dating for over a year. Both of us have two kids each – his are ages 6 and 8, and mine are 10 and 13. We began the process of “blending” our families at Christmastime last year and things have gone as well as anyone could hope. So, I knew it was coming. We talked
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Chargers staying put for 2015 season BY JIM ALEXANDER
    The Chargers will remain in San Diego in 2015. The club made it official Tuesday evening, announcing in a statement by special counsel Mark Fabiani that it would not exercise the termination clause in its Qualcomm Stadium lease. The Chargers would have been obligated to pay the city of San Diego $17.6 million, the remaining amount of ind
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Will L.A. get 3rd Olympics? USOC will make bid to host 2024 Games BY SCOTT M. REID
    REDWOOD CITY - Los Angeles' quest to host a third Olympic Games took a significant step forward with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision Tuesday to bid for the 2024 Summer Games.While the USOC said it has not decided which of four U.S. cities to submit to the International Olympic Committee as a candidate for the 2024 Games,
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • MOVIES: AMC to test ticket subscription service BY TIMOTHY GUY
    [image1] AMC Theatres has unveiled plans to revolutionize the movie going experience. The theater chain has partnered with Movie Pass to offer a subscription package, which will allow guests to see movies an entire month of movies for a set price. Yes, you'll be able to see a movie once a day for the month for a pretty lo
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Solid surf boosts OC surfers at Salt Creek By FRED SWEGLES
    Strong December swells continue to roll into Orange County, and top-ranked surfers from up and down the West Coast took full advantage Sunday at a Surfing America Prime invitational. The point at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point provided the juice as Griffin Colapinto, Tia Blanco, Ryland Rubens, Bethany Zelasko and Jett Schilling picked up
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • To mark 90 years, here are 10 things you didn't know about Walt Disney By: STAFF
    Contrary to urban legend, Walt Disney was not cryogenically frozen after he died for later re-animation. It's the 90th anniversary of the Walt Disney Co., the animation company he founded which
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Goodwill's latest experiment: A 'rare' boutique targeting the hipster crowd BY LILY LEUNG
    Goodwill of Orange County’s new shop in downtown Anaheim is like a cross between an Urban Outfitters store and a Williamsburg hipster’s fantasy loft. Old-timey typewriters are perched above rows of curated men’s hats, sneakers and boots. Three turntable stations let customers play any of the boutique’s large selec
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SAN FRANCISCO — Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat n
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Annual sleepovers for 60 years? High school friends share their lives over food, drinks and cards BY SHANE NEWELL
    TUSTIN – Some friendships are built to last a lifetime. Just ask a small group of vibrant, pajama-clad women who got together last week – just as they have for nearly 60 years. Roughly a dozen high school friends – all of whom graduated from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale in 1951 – meet seven times a year f
    Tue Dec 16, 2014