2014 Archive Stories

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  • Woody cars roll out for show BY KELLY ZHOU
    In the 1950s and ’60s, a surfer could buy a wooden car for cheap. Carmakers had switched to steel bodies, which were more durable and didn't get warped by rain. So young surfers who didn’t care about a sandy car could pick up an inexpensive set of wheels, throw a surfboard in the back, go down to the beach and ride the waves.
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Huntington Beach's Surfboards on Parade event raises $100,000 for charities BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    More than $100,000 was raised at a gala Saturday night that brought surf and art enthusiasts together, with funds from the event going to various charities. Surfboards on Parade came to a close at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach, where hundreds gathered for the auction. The top bid of $11,500 went to a board collaboration betwe
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Remember Naugles? Trademark battle with Del Taco to decide fate of iconic chain By NANCY LUNA
    Two decades after the disappearance of Naugles, fans of the Mexican fast-food chain continue to crave its red sauce-slathered combo cups, steamy cheese burritos and thick spicy taco sauce. “People have been pining to have Naugles again,” fan Doug Hall, 53, said. Pending the outcome of a trademark battle, Hall
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Christmas in October: South Coast Plaza gets its 96-foot tree BY JORDAN GRAHAM
    A towering tincture of Christmas rose high above Costa Mesa on Tuesday morning when a 96-foot, 10-ton white fir was hoisted into place at Town Center Park, across the street from South Coast Plaza. The massive evergreen is the first Christmas tree of the season to be displayed at a Southern California shopping center, organizers said.
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • Long Beach musician Ikey Owens dies while on tour with Jack White BY ANGELA RATZLAFF
    Acclaimed Long Beach keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens has died while on tour with Jack White in Mexico. Owens was the keyboardist for White and band The Mars Volta, as well as a member of Long Beach bands Free Moral Agents and Long Beach Dub All Stars. The 38-year-old Lakewood native was found dead this morning in the
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • 'Gone Girl' tops for second week BY SANDY COHEN
    Four new films couldn’t catch “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing was poised to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Also starring Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl&rdq
    Mon Oct 13, 2014
  • John Severson's book shows how the multi-talented surfer shaped his sport By: story and photo By FRED SWEGLES
    A journey through the pages of John Severson’s richly illustrated new book “Surf” can lead a reader to wonder how differently worldwide surf culture might have evolved if Severson’s father hadn’t had a midlife crisis and quit his job in Los Angeles at the close of World War II, moving his family to San Clemente.
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Tesla does zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds – without hands BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    The questions that have been circulating for the past week about Tesla’s “Big D” and its “something else” are now answered. The “D,” it turns out, stands for a dual motor Model S that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds, while simultaneously improving handling with a d
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Eureka, Brio, Del Frisco’s: Renewed appetites have restaurants on a rebound BY NANCY LUNA
    In today’s post-recession economy, Orange County’s dining culture is flourishing, but what’s emerging is a dining culture far different than previous boom years. Instead of peppering shopping centers with cookie-cutter chains, developers are looking for snazzy players with trendy street food and garden-to-table menu
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that: 'Affair' looking irresistible, 'Cristela' not funny enough BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “The Affair” 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime The beginning of “The Affair” leaves us uneasy; it’s absurdly dramatic and filled with the sort of overstuffed dialogue a bad novelist might pen. But stick around. As we soon learn, it is indeed being told by a novelist, Noah Solloway
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Johnny Rockets coming soon to a freezer near you BY NANCY LUNA AND JOANNA CLAY
    Johnny Rockets announced plans this week to bring a variety of chain-branded foods and merchandise such as frozen patties to retailers and grocery stores next year. “We are looking at a wide spectrum of products,” Chief Development Officer James Walker said. The Aliso Viejo burger chain has partnered wi
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • A taste of Dracula's 'Untold' origin BY ROGER MOORE
    So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western Civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries. It was Prince Vlad, hero of the Transylvanians, a misunderstood warrior with fangs and a taste for Turkish type O. That’s the premise of “Dracul
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Ozzy shares 'Memoirs of a Madman' BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Ozzy Osbourne has had an illustrious musical career. The 65-year-old performer released several albums in the ’70s with his influential metal band Black Sabbath, as well as the group’s most recent effort, “13,” which debuted last year. He’s also had a successful solo run that includes 11 studio albums, spread over t
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Shooting a sunset? Here's how to outdo your friends BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Catherine Gregory tries to sit back and enjoy the sky’s beauty when the colors pop like a vibrant painting. But she can’t. Any time a great sunset appears, the San Clemente photographer reaches for her camera, points it toward the ocean-bound sun, and clicks. “It’s like Mother Nature&rs
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Tom Petty rocks out in Anaheim BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Tom Petty was in top form Tuesday night at Honda Center in Anaheim during the first of his series of O.C. and L.A. dates. Petty and the Heartbreakers also perform at Honda Center on Wednesday before heading to the Forum in Inglewood Friday and Saturday. The current tour (which kicked off on Aug. 3 in San Diego) is in support of the band&
    Wed Oct 08, 2014
  • Screenwriter's happy to do film the old-fashioned way for Hallmark channel BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Gary Goldstein doesn’t write a movie for Hallmark every week – it just seems that way. The Los Angeles-based screenwriter will see his seventh and eighth productions for Hallmark come to the screen in a rare celestial conjunction, their premieres separated by less than a week. “Along Comes a Nanny,&rdquo
    Wed Oct 08, 2014
  • New Downtown Disney store unleashes a 'Frozen' frenzy By LISA LIDDANE
    ANAHEIM – Karley Sweer wanted only one thing for her birthday: a “Frozen” makeover. At half past 10 on Monday, the 8-year-old from Litchfield, Ariz., got her wish when her hair was styled and sprinkled with glitter, her lips dabbed with gloss and her nails painted pale blue, all inspired by the characters of the animated blockb
    Tue Oct 07, 2014
  • How cute are these kids? Check out the latest Halloween costumes they'll love BY NOEL BESUZZI
    Children often live in the world of imagination, and costumes play a huge part of their adventures. Toddlers are often spotted running through the aisles of the local supermarket in superhero capes long after Halloween is over. This month is the perfect time to stock up on all the creative characters your children will enjoy throughout t
    Tue Oct 07, 2014
  • What you need to know about Stagecoach 2015 tickets, camping, performers BY VANESSA FRANKO
    On Monday, concert promoter Goldenvoice announced the headliners and ticket information for the 2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio April 24-26, 2015. Here’s what you need to know to go:
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Shelton shines bright in sold-out Bowl concert BY GEORGE A. PAUL
    As Blake Shelton neared the end of his sold-out, first headlining show at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night, he looked at the crowd and marveled, “Nobody would’ve believed how many country fans are here now in Hollywood.” Truth be told, Southern California has long been a popular bastion for recorded country music an
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Elton John brings all the hits in return to L.A. BY PETER LARSEN
    When Elton John walked on stage at Staples Center on Saturday night and flipped the tails of his sparkly blue frock coat behind him as he sat at the piano to play “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” his customary show opener, it marked the start of his first proper arena show in Los Angeles in more than 13 years. Hard
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Kareem to Kareem
    Q. Thank you for talking to me again so soon after our last interview. A. I always look forward to your thoughtful questions. Q. It’s just that last time, I, uh, may have been responsible for your toilet overflowing. A. That was you! (Kareem jumps up and storms out of the room.)
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • Football poll shakeup: UCLA drops 10 spots, USC out of top 25 By RALPH D. RUSSO
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi and Mississippi State are tied for third in The Associated Press college football poll after a wild day of unexpected results brought major changes to the Top 25. Just about the only thing that didn’t change this week was No. 1: Florida State is still top-ranked, with 35 first-place votes.
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • Wilson, Angels in must-win situation BY JEFF FLETCHER
    KANSAS CITY – If the good version of C.J. Wilson shows up on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, it will erase a lot of the damage done this summer by the bad version. The Angels enigmatic left-hander, whose performances have been all over the spectrum this year, is starting Game 3 of the division series against the Kansas City Royals.
    Sun Oct 05, 2014
  • A trip to Santa Barbara needn't exhaust your savings BY MARLA JO FISHER
    Most people know that Santa Barbara is a beautiful, quaint, charming city that attracts visitors from around the world. And, if you’ve ever stayed there, you also know you can spend a fortune without blinking an eye. But here’s the good news: It’s low season right now, even though the weather’s still great. No
    Sun Oct 05, 2014