2015 Archive Stories

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  • 'Hobbit' conquers box office for third weekend BY JAKE COYLE
    Hollywood kicked off the New Year on a positive note, with three films vying closely for the weekend box-office title that nevertheless remained with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” for the third straight week. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth finale took in $21.9 million for Warner Bros., according to studio e
    Sun Jan 04, 2015
  • Costa Mesa man arrested in Disneyland ticket scam By ALMA FAUSTO
    A 26-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of selling fake Disneyland tickets, police announced Friday. Jonathan Olsen was arrested after a woman reported to police that the tickets she had bought from him through a Craigslist advertisement were not real, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department.  Th
    Fri Jan 02, 2015
  • How to see art from famous court cases BY KELLY PUENTE
    NEWPORT BEACH – From O.J. Simpson to Charles Manson, courtroom illustrators have had front-row seats to some of the country’s most famous trials. Now the public can view the work of three award-winning courtroom illustrators – Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and Aggie Kenny – in a special exhibit that opened Frida
    Fri Jan 02, 2015
  • Playing the man behind the piano BY AMERICA HERNANDEZ
    For 15 years Hershey Felder has made a career of introducing audiences to great composers, pulling from artists’ melodies and memories to tell stories of the men behind the music. He returns Tuesday to the Laguna Playhouse, where he premiered his Franz Liszt show last year, this time transforming into iconic American songwriter Irvi
    Fri Jan 02, 2015
  • Donna Douglas, star of 'Beverly Hillbillies' as Elly May Clampett, dies at 81 By: STAFF
    Donna Douglas, best known as the perky, but stubborn Elly May Clampett on 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' has died in her Louisiana home, reports said. She was 81.  Douglas' gra
    Fri Jan 02, 2015
  • 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