2014 Archive Stories

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  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR: Chomp. Spin. Cheer. Repeat. BY AARON CLAVERIE
    Grab some overalls, put the kids in the van and load up on the sunscreen. An Inland tradition, the Southern California Fair returns to Perris on Saturday. Organizers have added some new rides, including the Big Splash log flume that should be especially popular during the very hot weekend, and new culinary options, including Cold
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Full scream ahead on Queen Mary BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    The ghosts, ghouls and freaks have waited all year to come out and play at the Queen Mary’s annual Dark Harbor in Long Beach. The horror-themed event kicks off today and runs on select nights through Nov. 2. Last year, the boisterous Ringmaster made her grand entrance, and, along with her demonic circus, struck a deal with the
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Neon Trees strut their stuff at the Observatory BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    A stop in Orange County wasn’t going to be one that pop rock band Neon Trees were willing to skip while out on their First Things First Tour in support of third album “Pop Psychology,” which dropped in April. The band was forced to cancel several dates on this jaunt – mainly in the Midwest – so bassist Branden Campb
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Angels-Royals Division Series Preview
    The Angels, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, will send ace Jered Weaver to the mound for Game 1 of their American League Division Series in Anaheim on Thursday night. After finishing with the best record in baseball, can they continue their run in search of the franchise's second World Series title? Here are li
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Disney's Napa Rose gets a refreshed culinary stage By NANCY LUNA
    On Day 2 of Napa Rose’s rebirth, the staff is running at half speed – serving a limited number of diners as line cooks and chefs put their new culinary playground to the test. The award-winning fine dining restaurant at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa closed temporarily in early August to renovate its ico
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • OC International Auto Show makes it 50 years and counting BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    The first time the OC Auto Show threw open its doors, the Beatles dominated radio, hamburgers cost 19 cents and the Ford Mustang had just come on the market. Fifty years later, musical tastes have changed, as have McDonald’s prices, but the Mustang will again be parked on the show carpet – this time in both its 1965 and 2015 model ye
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • 7-Eleven jumps onto health food bandwagon By NANCY LUNA
    7-Eleven, best known for its giant sugar-packed Slurpees and grab-and-go junk foods, is testing a line of healthful meals in Southern California. Partnering with fitness guru Tony Horton, 7-Eleven is adding a line of sandwiches, salads, wraps and cold-pressed juices at 104 stores in the Los Angeles area. The items are being made in 7
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Riders stranded for two hours on Ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure By DOUGLAS MORINO and JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    The iconic Ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure Park malfunctioned Thursday afternoon, stranding riders for nearly two hours. It is not clear how the ride, known as Mickey’s Fun Wheel, temporarily broke down. The last rider exited the wheel around 6 p.m. after workers were able to manually restart it. No injuries were report
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Larry the giant lobster returned to sea By KELLY ZHOU
    DANA POINT – Brendan Dirks said goodbye to Larry the lobster on Wednesday, saluting and then dropping him back into his ocean home two days after catching the nearly 16-pound whopper. The 26-year-old seasoned spearfisher was free-diving in 20-foot waters with friend Ace Wallace at the Dana Point Headlands when he spied the Cali
    Thu Oct 02, 2014
  • Coffee lounges, marbled restrooms and massages at five fab gas stations in Orange County BY MORGAN COOK
    Let’s get real. The best gas station is the closest one when you’re running on empty. But if you’re hankering for something specific – say, an unbeatable price, a Squeegee-clean bathroom, a giant aquarium, a free massage chair or a marble sink – we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks based o
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • O.C.'s 'Amazing Race' couple talk dating, how the show starts, but not how it ends BY PETER LARSEN
    Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour focused hard on the goal. Three times they’d auditioned for “The Amazing Race,” their favorite show since they were students at Chapman University, back when they were just good friends, not yet a romantic couple. Twice they’d gotten nowhere but earlier this year, as the
    Tue Sep 30, 2014
  • Demi Lovato focuses on the future BY PHILIP COSORES
    It’s been said before, but there isn’t anything Hollywood likes better than a comeback story. And Demi Lovato had all the opportunity to milk that angle for all it was worth with her headline set at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Instead, Lovato used one of her addresses to the audience, which filled the lower tier of
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Canines carve the waves at Surf City Curf Dog competition
    The sport of dog surfing is riding high. The sixth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach on Sunday was the most popular in its young history – attracting approximately 2,500 people, raising an early estimate of more that $6,000 for its nonprofit partners and throwing about 65 dogs into the ocean to vie for the t
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer' tops weekend box office By JAKE COYLE
    Flexing his star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller “The Equalizer” to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Sony-Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, surpassing some expectations for the film. Washington plays a former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disa
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “Castle” 10 p.m. ABC Spoiler alert: Richard Castle isn’t dead. I hope it doesn’t ruin the resolution of last season’s cliffhanger to learn that the lead character, whom the show is named after, no less, did not die in that fiery car crash. That’s a big problem with
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Sport, sentiment converge at Race for the Cure BY MARCIA C. SMITH
    NEWPORT BEACH – Before many of them ran or walked in the 23rd Orange County Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday morning, they made their lists. The lists were on hot pink sheet paper – the same size as a racer’s bib – and headed with “I race in celebration of” or “I race in memory of.&rdqu
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Corky Carroll: Ready to race? Let the Battle of the Paddle begin BY CORKY CARROLL
    I am so happy to be telling you all that it is time for the annual Rainbow Sandals’ “Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle.” It will be held Oct. 4 and 5 at Salt Creek Beach, just north of Dana Point. This is one of my very favorite events anywhere, and I am looking forward to being there again this year as a guest announcer
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Tip 'em or stiff 'em? Our guide on how much to give BY DEEPA BHARATH
    Mike De Pinto, a longtime car wash employee in Newport Beach, has seen it all when it comes to tipping. There’s the customer who does the right thing and hands at least $2 to the car wash attendant. There are those who offer 25 cents or 50 cents, “an insult,” according to De Pinto. And then, there are those who tell
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Could Angels move to Tustin? Anaheim talks with team break down BY ART MARROQUIN and MARTIN WISCKOL
    ANAHEIM – After more than a year of contentious bargaining, the Angels on Friday terminated negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new stadium lease. Angel officials said that they are now “exploring all options,” and the Tustin City Council will hold a special closed-door meeting Tuesday night solely to discu
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Miller: Ladera Ranch's Cole Custer a new NASCAR star at age 16 BY JEFF MILLER
    He had just won the biggest race of his life and made history doing so, a development so profound even the royalty of his sport was moved to react. Believe me, it’s a huge deal for a fellow driver when Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives you a shout out on Twitter, huge and far-reaching; Earnhardt Jr. has more than three-quarters of a mil
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Rescue pup goes from streets to Surf City surfing dog competition BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    Ryan Rustan looks for just the right wave, as the water on the north side of Huntington Beach sloshes around with strong currents and whitewash. The perfect one comes and he propels Sugar, his sweet little white dog, toward the shore. She drops in, claws clinging onto her 5-foot bright green shortboard soft top, flying down the face
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • They're back: Disneyland's subs resurface BY REBECCA KHEEL
    ANAHEIM – Richard Nixon, then vice president of the United States, was on hand for the fleet’s initial launch. Walt Disney wanted to show off his fleet to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who had a fleet of his own, but security concerns tripped that up. Just last year, rumors circulated that the fleet was go
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • New cats on the prowl: Sculptor talks about Chapman's panther statues BY ETHAN HAWKES • staff writer
    The six panther statues around Chapman’s campus depict the school’s mascot with a stylized and yet realistic look. The bronze statues were created by the one-named, Colorado wildlife sculptor Rosetta. Rosetta was contacted by President James Doti in 1994 when the university needed a piece of art during a time of heavy landsca
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Critic's Notebook: Good news, bad news at Ruby's Dinette BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    Here’s a cautionary tale about two Ruby’s Dinettes. I stopped eating at Ruby’s several years ago after being severely disappointed with the burgers at a couple of locations. But a colleague recently told me that the newly revamped Ruby’s on 17th Street in Costa Mesa was actually quite good, so I ventured back in.
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Focus: The Queen Mary
    Eighty years ago today, the RMS Queen Mary – which would become known as one of the world’s fastest passenger liners – was launched in Clydebank, Scotland. See Focus on the Queen Mary.
    Sat Sep 27, 2014