2015 Archive Stories

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  • Galaxy signs Liverpool star Gerrard BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Galaxy has again reeled in a big catch.It was confirmed Wednesday that the club had signed Liverpool FC and England star Steven Gerrard as a Designated Player. Gerrard will join the Galaxy when the Major League Soccer transfer window opens in July.Gerrard will join Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez as Designated Players
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Coachella music festival passes sell out in record time By: VANESSA FRANKO
    The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival smashed another record today. The festival, which has its twin editions set for April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, sold out in less than 40 minutes. A pre-sale for Coachella 2015 took place in 2014 just after the festival wrapped. The remaining tickets went o
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • 'The Whipping Man' examines slavery from a Jewish perspective BY AMERICA HERNANDEZ
    Fresh stories about the Civil War are scarcer than hen’s teeth. But Matthew Lopez’s “Whipping Man,” on stage at South Coast Repertory through Jan 27, takes a new look at postwar freedom through the eyes of Jewish slaves – and slaveowners. The date is April 9, 1865, and General Robert E. Lee has just
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Willie Nelson a timeless legend in Anaheim By: ROBERT KINSLER
    No living country music performer has thrilled audiences at such creative heights for as long as Willie Nelson.Now 81, the legendary Texan and his five-member troupe performed a fast-paced and never-less-than-thrilling 75-minute concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on Tuesday night. The night saw Nelson perform two dozen selecti
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • Today's cartoons: French cartoonists bet lives that pen mightier than sword
    Also: Hopes for Cuban democracy nailed by Obama.
    Wed Jan 07, 2015
  • First look: New 'Frozen' attractions open today at Disneyland, California Adventure BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    ANAHEIM – The moment Vince Ducusin stepped inside Olaf’s Snowfest, he was speechless.Inside Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure is a replica of the kingdom of Arendelle’s town square from Disney’s hit movie “Frozen.”The clock tower where Princess Anna and Prince Hans of the Southern
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Bourque, Smith-Pelly are competing for time at left wing BY JANIS CARR
    ANAHEIM – The Ducks are healthy for the first time in months. They don’t have any serious strains, sprains or mumps viruses that would keep players on the bench. While hearty bodies are a good thing, it presents Coach Bruce Boudreau with tough decisions – who does he play? One such spot is at left wing on the Du
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Johnson, Martinez lead group of four into Hall of Fame BY PEDRO MOURA
    For the first time in a long time, baseball writers elected four players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, lessening but not eliminating the ever-increasing backlog of candidates qualified to be honored in Cooperstown.Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected Tuesday, Biggi
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Homeless near Santa Ana railroad tracks upset over removal from camp BY ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    SANTA ANA – Slashed tents, old Christmas decorations and potted plants are what remained of a homeless encampment Tuesday, after authorities told residents Monday to vacate an area along railroad tracks near Main Street and Dyer Road.“You’ve got to cut people some slack. Instead of saying, ‘Get your stuff out,
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Miller: Like pizza toppings, Hall of Fame voting a matter of taste BY JEFF MILLER
    I covered a chunk of Mike Piazza’s prime, and, at the time, was certain I was covering a Hall of Famer.I covered the end of Lee Smith’s career, and, at the time, was sure he, too, was a Hall of Famer.More than both those players, however, I covered a bunch of Gary Sheffield’s career, and, the whole time,
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Angels finalize deal for Cuban infielder Baldoquin BY JEFF FLETCHER
    Roberto Baldoquin is all set to begin his path to the major leagues, and the Angels don’t believe it will be a long one.“We have very little doubt he’ll move at an accelerated pace,” General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday, after the Angels announced the long-anticipated deal with the Cuban infielder. &ldquo
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Lakers' Nick Young spices up rivalry with Clippers BY BILL ORAM
    Nick Young enjoyed his brief time with the Clippers. He spent 22 regular-season games with the franchise in 2012, went to the playoffs and was part of one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history. “I was really one of the reasons that happened,” said a grinning Young, who never lacks for confidence. But when it
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Check your bill: Time Warner Cable fees are heading up BY HANNAH MADANS
    Time Warner Cable customers: Check your next bill closely, as the cable and Internet giant is rolling out monthly fee increases for its modem lease and sports and local channel lineup.In total, TWC fees will go up $5.26 per month. The company added $2.75 for sports channels and increased its modem lease fee to $8, a 34 percent increa
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Fender's axe sale will benefit young musicians BY PETER FISCHETTI
    The sounds of music that filled the Fender Center for the Performing Arts in Corona for 12 years have been silenced, but later this week the sound of swiping credit cards will be heard.On Friday and Saturday, the Fender Museum will sell more than 1,000 items, many of them memorabilia and signed guitars from the center, which closed i
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • New Los Rios resident is earning his stripes By MATTHEW FLEMING
    A new resident recently moved into San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios historic district.He’s young. He’s spry. He struts around his property in a black-and-white striped onesie. And he’s likely the only one in the neighborhood brazenly donning a mohawk.His name is Mr. Fancy Pants, a 5-month-old Grevy&r
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Rosen: 'Flaws' in others are often our own BY MITCHELL ROSEN
    In periods of self-doubt I seem to become more judgmental. Those times I feel confident, judging others appears a self-indulgent waste of time. I don’t think I’m alone here. Those who make it a point to be self-righteous often turn out to be plagued by personal demons. Most of the times I get on my high horse, it is a
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Coachella festival: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake to headline; tickets on sale Wednesday BY VANESSA FRANKO
    For those about to rock, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival salutes you.Australian rock act AC/DC, rock renaissance man Jack White and rap/R&B charmer Drake will headline the 16th year of the festival, organizers announced Tuesday.Coachella will take place April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Today's cartoons: What's ahead (not that 2014's big events were predicted)
    Also: Obama in a congressional sand trap.
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Watch this, skip that BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “NCIS” 8 p.m., CBS Episodic crime drama has never been less fashionable than it is today, when serials with complex stories and adult themes are all the rage, collecting the critics’ plaudits and gobbling up all the available hardware at awards shows. But someone forgot to tell &ldqu
    Tue Jan 06, 2015
  • Quick Getaways: Camping along the Southern California coast BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    I looked down from the cliff where we pitched our tents, our surfboards set up against a fence between us and the water. The waves were pumping, with sets rolling in one after another as the sun glistened off the ocean where surfers looked like small ants from above.On a recent surf camping trip with friends and family at San Elijo S
    Mon Jan 05, 2015
  • Winter chill gives way to warmth this week BY ALMA FAUSTO
    After the shock of chilly days, cold nights and even snow in some areas, Orange County residents are feeling a familiar heat this week.According to the National Weather Service, the warming trend that started Monday will peak today and hold until Wednesday but will start to gradually cool by the end of the week in most areas. The day
    Mon Jan 05, 2015
  • At midyear point to TV season, here's five best (and worst) new shows premiering By MICHAEL HEWITT
    Yes, it’s strange that in the world of television, “midyear” starts in January, but we’re not going to complain.Even if it’s in the wrong place on the calendar, the midyear is time for celebration for TV fans.The best of the fall season is still going strong, and the worst – well, some
    Mon Jan 05, 2015
  • Photos: Costa Mesa Street Style By: TEXT BY EVELYNE MARKS
    Welcome to “Street Style,” where we chronicle the fashionable figures and the chic characters of Orange County. This week, blogger Evelyne Marks from the fashion blog “Everything Evelyne” and her photographer Cathy Cordas visited Costa Mesa to capture the laid-back style of the stylish town. Visit
    Mon Jan 05, 2015
  • Golden Globes celebrate TV, too BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    You’d never know it by most of the coverage in the press, but the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday will hand out trophies for movies and television.The film awards get the attention – not because we are so interested in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s choices but because they are seen as cl
    Mon Jan 05, 2015
  • Coto de Caza boy appears on 'MasterChef' BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Someone who has been an avid chef since age 7 sounds like the perfect choice for a cooking competition. Even if he’s 10. Such is the case with Kyler, a fifth-grader at Wagon Wheel Elementary School in Trabuco Canyon, who will take part in the third season of “MasterChef: Junior,” Fox’s cooking contest that feature
    Mon Jan 05, 2015