2014 Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • Broughton: Here's how I would organize a grocery store BY SUZANNE BROUGHTON
    I always thought that grocery stores are organized in entirely the wrong way. In my opinion, it would be more logical to arrange the products not by likeness – the vegetables together, all the crackers with the crackers. Instead, it makes more sense to line up the shelves according to cooking skill. So the risotto and Kraft mac and
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • 12-13-14: A date you can remember BY DEEPA BHARATH
    You don’t have to be a numbers person to look at the calendar, at today, and see the magic. Apparently, a lot of people have looked. The Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office expects to marry roughly 150 couples today at the Santa Ana, Laguna Hills and Fullerton courthouses, strong business for a Saturday.
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • 'Idol' champ Phillip Phillips wins over O.C. crowd BY GEORGE A. PAUL
    For Phillip Phillips, the live show is all about the jam. On Wednesday night at City National Grove of Anaheim, the 2012 “American Idol” champ got into an extended groove with his five-piece band whenever possible. Among the more successful winners from the Fox TV singing competition in recent years, Phillips saw his
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Too much to drink? There's an app for that By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A new federally funded cellphone app allows people who may have had one too many to get an idea just how drunk they are — and hail a ride home. Users enter their sex, height, weight and the number of drinks consumed to help figure out their blood-alcohol level. They also can play two interactive games to test reaction time and cogn
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Food report: Gourmet waffle shop opens in Newport Beach By NANCY LUNA
    At first glimpse, The Waffle Affair could look like another Bruxie or Iron Press knockoff. But there’s no bold fold here. Instead, the boutique Newport Beach bakery is all about the waffle – offering more than 20 different flavors infused into the batter. “We are so different from everything else,”
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • 'Magic of Christmas' lives up to its name BY ERIC MARCHESE
    The 52-year history of the Young Americans is a storied one that could easily fill the space meant for this review. Suffice it to say that it’s a success story of a non-profit organization dedicated to singing that has grown in size and scope from regional to national, with global outreach to dozens of nations. Christmas is
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Photos: The fifth annual Surfing Santa competition for a cause BY LAYLAN CONNELLY
    The fifth annual Surfing Santa competition held at Salt Creek on Saturday brought out surfers who want to give back. The event benefits Surfer’s Healing, a nonprofit run by surfer Izzy Paskowitz that allows autistic children to get in the water. The foundation was formed after Paskowitz and his wife, Danielle, took their autistic s
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Surfers shine in biggest WSA contest By FRED SWEGLES
    Surfers from San Clemente, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo were among the winners at the biggest-entry contest in the history of the Western Surfing Association. More than 500 competitors turned out for the two-day event last weekend in San Clemente. Of the tournament’s 25 division winners,
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Ryan Adams cranks out another strong show BY PETER LARSEN
    When you’ve put out 14 albums over the last 14 years, as Ryan Adams has done, you get a reputation for being prodigiously talented and ridiculously prolific. From interviews and rumors of troves of unreleased tracks in the vault there’s the impression that Adams can pretty much knock off a song over breakfast, an EP by lunch, an albu
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Storm update: Silverado Canyon residents still waiting to go home; some in Orange remain without power BY ALYSSA DURANTY AND TOMOYA SHIMURA
    Heavy early-morning rainfalls led to a brief period of chaos around the county, including evacuations, power outages and traffic delays, but the storm is making its way into an easy afternoon with gray skies and only small showers. More rainfall is expected after an afternoon lull, but officials said late Friday morning that the wors
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Anaheim movie director's films being aired by Turner Classic Movies on Friday BY HEATHER McREA
    It is a secret that shouldn’t be kept. The late Charles Walters, an Anaheim High Class of 1930 graduate, is credited with iconic musical sequences in several Hollywood classics. Janet Brown, a dedicated member of the school’s alumni association, hopes more people know it after Turner Classic Movies spends this
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • 'Antarctica': Ordinary life in an extraordinary place BY WALTER ADDIEGO
    Every year, several thousand people prove their intestinal fortitude by taking jobs at the research stations in Antarctica. Even more remarkable are the handful of workers who gut it out through the long winters in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. The highs and lows experienced by these intrepid souls, combined with some as
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Disney CEO: New 'Star Wars' films will inspire park attractions BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    ANAHEIM – The hit movies about a galaxy far, far away appear to be coming closer and closer to Disneyland. In another strong hint that “Star Wars” attractions, or even lands based on the wildly popular film franchise, are coming to Disney’s theme parks, Disney CEO Bob Iger told Variety that the inspiration for
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • OC Metro: Northgate Gonzalez Market found its niche, and keeps growing By HEATHER SKYLER
    It was 1980. Miguel González was working at a Garden Grove wire factory and his father was a dishwasher at the Biltmore Hotel when they decided to pool their money and invest in an apartment building. Instead, the real estate agent showed them a grocery store for sale called Northgate Market. The price had been drastically reduced, so Mig
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • The Register's Holiday Hub: Your guide to the holidays in Orange County
    For those truly in the spirit of the season, this is your home base.  From the best and brightest Christmas lights to holiday guides on shopping, gift ideas, food, family, travel, scams and more.  There's even festive photos you can add to your desktop.
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Today's storm: Evacuations for Silverado Canyon residents; Orange power outage; road closures BY ALYSSA DURANTY AND TOMOYA SHIMURA
    The brunt of the storm hit Orange County early Friday morning and the heavy rainfall caused mandatory evacuations for some Silverado Canyon residents, knocking out power for more than a 1,000 Orange residents and causing traffic accidents and road flooding around the county. RELATED:
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • MOVIES: AMC Theatres unleashes 'Hobbit' marathons BY TIMOTHY GUY
    Where the story ends, the fun begins. With the release of the last "Hobbit" movie "The Battle of the Five Armies," AMC Theatres will be having a marathon of the three films in the franchise Monday, Dec. 15 starting at 12:30 p.m. The marathon will include "An Unexpected Journey," "The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Battle of the Fi
    Fri Dec 12, 2014