2014 Archive Stories

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  • Graphic: With 'Frozen' staying hot, yes, Disney wants to build a snow land BY MARK EADES, HEATHER SKYLER AND KURT SNIBBE
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    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • No Doubt pinch hits with power at Almost Acoustic Christmas BY PETER LARSEN
    Among the many lessons learned on the second night of the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas – the joyfulness of Imagine Dragons, the power of Weezer, the ease with which a distracted DJ can fall off the stage – was this: It’s important to have a really good back-up plan. Because this could have been awkward. Ti
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • A walk in the (crowded) Woods BY JAY BERMAN
    As many as 6,000 visitors head for Muir Woods on a single summer day, where they compete for one of roughly 250 parking spaces. You don’t need advanced math skills to figure how that works out. In all, nearly a million people visited the famed redwood forest near San Francisco last year, and that number is expected to hit seven fig
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Fido the photographer: 'Pet Cam' offers tips for owners BY WILLIAM HAGEMAN
    It used to be enough to take a photo of your pet. But with advances in technology, now the animal can be the photographer, with little Flapdoodle’s owner relegated to a supporting role. Chris Keeney, a San Diego photographer, demonstrates that with his new book, “PetCam: The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends&r
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • When a passion pays off BY HANNAH MADANS
    Marlene Hutchinson has always been interested in music. As a child, she played piano and clarinet. Twelve years ago, the Laguna Hills mom decided to learn guitar as a New Year’s resolution. Shortly after that resolution, Hutchinson “fell in love with the guitar.” Friends started asking her to show them a few things and
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • BIG BEAR: Suddenly, it’s ski season BY DAVID DOWNEY
    It was the break they were hoping for. With nearly a foot of glistening snow, Big Bear Lake resorts welcomed thousands of skiers and snowboarders Saturday under a partly cloudy but mostly blue sky. Nearby, other ski areas remained closed while workers added manmade snow to the powdery mantle Mother Nature spread in Friday’s
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Reel Big Fish casts first festive EP BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett has a soft spot for classic holiday tunes. As he reminisces about all of his warm, fuzzy and brightly lit Christmas experiences, chillin’ around the house in his pajamas, feverishly unwrapping presents under the tree and listening to “The Dean Martin Christmas Album,” the now 40-year-old voc
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Rain on track to arrive tonight BY PETER SUROWSKI
    A chance of showers is in the forecast starting Monday night, Dec. 15, and going through Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service shows. Precipitation should be light on Monday night, but it will get a little heavier through Tuesday morning,
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Surfers, friends, family pay tribute to 'Doc' Paskowitz BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz was a man who lived life the way he wanted, a pied piper who led by example, had a zest for life, and challenged everyone around him to be better people. “He taught us to try to explore and not be afraid of things, and try not to let other people tell you how to live your life,” said friend
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • Communities Spread Holiday Cheer
    Three communities came out Sunday to support holiday causes and spread cheer.   Two-thousand runners took part in the Santa Hustle at Knott’s Berry Farm, children and families received presents from Project Give a Christmas and land-locked boaters showed their spirit with a dry boat parade through the streets of Villa
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • Netflix a new landing spot for popular U.K. series BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    We usually think of the better series from the United Kingdom ending up on PBS or BBC America, but video streaming services have opened up even more avenues for shows from across the pond. Case in point: “Peaky Blinders,” a drama that in years past might have made its way to BBC America – it’s a bit too bloody and
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' conquers BY LINDSEY BAHR
    After three weeks of box office dominance, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” ceded its reign to “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak’s Sunday estimates. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • Cloudy and drizzly week ahead, starting Monday night BY SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
    Don’t tuck away that umbrella just yet: It’s going to be a cloudy and drizzly week. Scattered showers are expected to linger through the week, but forecasters don’t expect the rain totals to be as high as last week’s storm. Yet starting Monday evening, the National Weather Service expects cloudy skies, col
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • Special Olympics athletes show they've got game BY ANGIE MARCOS
    Athletes tend to devote themselves to a single sport, but not Special Olympics athlete Jeffrey Scott. “Many times an athlete will be very good at one sport, but can’t grasp the aspects of a different skill,” said Keith Brigman, Scott’s head coach for the past 20 years. “That’s not the case with
    Sun Dec 14, 2014
  • O, Christmas tree: A guide to choosing and caring for the real thing By LISA LIDDANE
    Alatheia Bowling grew up celebrating Christmas with a faux tree even though she pined for the real thing. “My mom didn’t want the mess (of a real tree),” she said. Now a mother of two – Zion, 8, and Scarlett, 5 months – Bowling is determined to maintain her own tree tradition. Thi
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Melissa Etheridge digs deep at SoCal show BY GEORGE A. PAUL
    A heavy rainstorm and small tornado tore through Los Angeles on Friday, but when Melissa Etheridge arrived, she was a force of nature all her own. Wrapping up a full band tour at the Orpheum (which followed a solo acoustic jaunt), the tireless performer spent more than two hours onstage. The powerful proceedings were shot for later broad
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Many post offices open Sundays for holiday rush BY LOUIS CASIANO JR.
    Post offices across Orange County are opening their doors on Sundays to quell the expected rush of shoppers mailing packages during the holidays. Some large branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21, and the Postal Service will make Sunday package deliveries this month. Postal Service officials decided
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Gallery: Twelve days of Christmas cartoons
    Also: Hopes for gift of peace come up empty.
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • On your mark, get set, ski! BY JAN SEARS AND SUZANNE HURT
    A much-heralded storm brought more snow than anticipated to Inland mountains on Friday, along with wind and occasionally heavy rain in the valleys. About a half an inch of rain fell in the valleys Friday morning and showers continued into the afternoon. Though skies were beginning to clear by mid afternoon,
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • A fresh flavor for your Hanukkah traditions By JUDY BART KANCIGOR
    If there’s a run on potatoes at your market, blame it on Hanukkah. The holiday begins Tuesday night, and Jewish cooks will prepare mountains of latkes – those addictively crisp fried potato pancakes. How did the tradition begin? In 164 B.C.E., Judah Maccabee and a tiny band of Jewish freedom fighters overthrew the enemy S
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Viral pet antics come to print with two new magazines BY HANNAH MADANS
    Move over dog fanciers and cat ladies, the king of the pet publishing world is shuttering Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy and launching two new millennial-friendly magazines. People are cashing in on pets – at least online. There’s the viral Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, whose estimated worth is in the millions; Henri the Existe
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Surfer lost his kidneys to cancer, but he's still hitting the waves By LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Marcus Walton paddled out alone on the north side of the Newport Beach Pier, unsure about how he’d emotionally hold up as he rode his first wave in more than a year. That’s how long he had to stay out of the water after having his right kidney removed, when cancer destroyed it. Every other morning, he heads to
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • 10 cool things to do this weekend, Dec. 12-14 By: ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL
    This weekend, there are tons of holiday events to enjoy, from a Santa-themed pub crawl to craft fairs for one-of-a-kind gifts. But if you’ve already heard enough Christmas music, check out Reverend Horton Heat at The Observatory. Friday Be lulled by holiday tunes and sweet and soft contemporar
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Why are sea turtles washing up on beaches? By: STAFF
    A deluge of endangered sea turtles stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod Bay are stretching thin the resources of aquariums that can't handle the flood of young turtles washing up on shore. Volunteers searching for stranded sea turtles discovered some 1,200 since mid-November--three times as many compared with the last record year, reports
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Ex-partner sues LA KISS executive BY ART MARROQUIN
    A federal lawsuit filed this week claims the managing partner of the LA KISS Arena Football League team mismanaged and diverted funds from the Florida team he previously owned. The suit, filed in the Central District of California Southern Division, contends that Brett Bouchy committed fraud by profiting from tickets sold by scalpers
    Sat Dec 13, 2014