• O.C. food banks get first of daily deliveries from USDA coronavirus program

    O.C. food banks get first of daily deliveries from USDA coronavirus program
    Jasmine French, Food and Fund Drives Coordinator, checks one of about 33,000 boxes of produce that arrived at Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County in Irvine, CA on Monday, May 18, 2020. Each box, from the USDA Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, holds about 20 pounds of food and will be distributed weekly through December. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Workers unload the first truckload containing about 33,000 boxes of produce at Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County
  • Restored Fox Theatre and a food hall could become downtown Fullerton’s north anchor

    Restored Fox Theatre and a food hall could become downtown Fullerton’s north anchor
    A bar, a brewery and a food hall akin to the Anaheim Packing House could be on the way around the soon-to-be-restored Fox Theatre in downtown Fullerton.
    The City Council on Tuesday, May 19, will vote on entering into an exclusive negotiation agreement with Newport Beach-based Frontier Real Estate Investments for the development of a 3.3-acre lot known as the Fox Block on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue.
    Meanwhile, workers in late August will start a $2.5 million construction to
  • Beverly Berekian is reaching for the stars … from her junior high classroom

    Beverly Berekian is reaching for the stars … from her junior high classroom
    Like all of us, educator Beverly Berekian is learning to deal with isolation. Unlike all of us, she’s found the perfect source of advice.
    “I got lucky — I was on a Zoom meeting with Scott Kelly,” she says.
    Scott Kelly being the Scott Kelly who was up in space for a year on the International Space Station and a man who knows his way around being stuck in one place.
    “There are so many parallels between what astronauts have had to deal with and what we’re going t
  • Southern California’s drizzle is the week’s last rainfall

    Southern California’s drizzle is the week’s last rainfall
    Southern California saw a drizzle Monday, but the forecast calls for no more rain the rest of the week.
    The precipitation started early Monday morning and by the afternoon most areas in the Inland Empire and in Orange and Los Angeles counties had received less than a quarter-inch, National Weather Service meteorologists said.
    The mountains in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties got up to a half-inch of rain by the afternoon.
    “It’s been kind of off and on throughout the
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  • Disneyland gets another new president in latest Disney executive shuffle

    Disneyland gets another new president in latest Disney executive shuffle
    The Disneyland resort will get a new president as the Anaheim theme park’s current leader moves into a new role overseeing the company’s Disney+ streaming service and Disneyland’s former president takes over the reigns of Disney’s theme park division.
    Walt Disney World president Josh D’Amaro was named the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences And Products. D’Amaro was the Disneyland president before moving into the Disney World role in September.
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  • Disneyland gets another new president in latest Disney executive shakeup

    Disneyland gets another new president in latest Disney executive shakeup
    The Disneyland resort will get a new president as the Anaheim theme park’s current leader moves into a new role overseeing the company’s Disney+ streaming service and Disneyland’s former president takes over the reigns of Disney’s theme park division.
    Walt Disney World president Josh D’Amaro was named the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences And Products. D’Amaro was the Disneyland president before moving into the Disney World role in September.
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  • Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies at 76

    Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies at 76
    LOS ANGELES — Ken Osmond, who as a teen landed the role of wily troublemaker Eddie Haskell in the 1950s-era television comedy “Leave It to Beaver” and went on to serve as a Los Angeles police officer, during which he survived two close-call shooting incidents, died Monday, his family announced.
    Osmond died at his Los Angeles home. He was 76 and had suffered from respiratory issues, Henry Lane, his former partner at the LAPD, told Variety.
    FILE – This Dec. 10, 1982 file ph
  • More coastal parking opens up at county-run beaches, including Salt Creek, Strands, Aliso and Baby Beach

    More coastal parking opens up at county-run beaches, including Salt Creek, Strands, Aliso and Baby Beach
    More beach parking lots opened up on Monday, giving greater access to Orange County’s coast for people who want to exercise on the sand or in the surf.
    Limited parking at county-operated beaches, including popular areas Salt Creek, Strands, Baby Beach in the Dana Point Harbor and Aliso Beach in South Laguna, is now available, officials said.
    The move follows the county opening up parking again over the weekend at the parks and wilderness areas it operates, including a limited opening of tw
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  • Let’s eat: Preparing s’mores cookies and a tasty camp-inspired hash

    Let’s eat: Preparing s’mores cookies and a tasty camp-inspired hash
    By Stephanie Nguyen
    Whether you’re gearing up for a grand trip to the woods, or just getting ready for a night under the stars in your own backyard, camping is one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors. With so many big adventures ahead, make sure your appetite is satiated with these camp-inspired dishes. Try making this hearty hash in a traditional cast-iron skillet. Also, bring along these delicious s’mores cookies which put a fun spin on the classic campfire treat.
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  • Coronavirus: Pro sports could return in California by June, Gov. Gavin Newsom says

    Coronavirus: Pro sports could return in California by June, Gov. Gavin Newsom says
    Rejoice, sports fans, their return to California may not be far off. Well, maybe.
    Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is eyeing the first week of June to begin to allow live pro sporting events, as well as “a number of other sectors” of the economy, “if we hold these trend lines.” But upon being asked for more details, Newsom clarified that discussions were ongoing and didn’t seem to think he had said anything revelatory about the June timeline.
    Whenever they are allow
  • USC football adds home-and-home series with Ole Miss

    USC football adds home-and-home series with Ole Miss
    USC football announced on Monday that it has scheduled a home-and-home series with Ole Miss for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.
    The first game will take place at the Coliseum on Aug. 30, 2025, with the Trojans making the return trip to Mississippi in on Sept, 19, 2026. The games will be the first-ever meetings between the two programs.
    Despite the lack of a historical connections between the programs, there is a little personal history.
    This offseason, Ole Miss hired Lane Kiffin to be its new head co
  • Most counties may reopen in-store retail, hairdressers within weeks, Newsom says

    Most counties may reopen in-store retail, hairdressers within weeks, Newsom says
    Most California counties will have the opportunity to reopen a slew of new businesses like in-store retail and hairdressers within the next few weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.
    The latest loosening of the statewide stay-at-home order could sweep across 53 of California’s 58 counties, Newsom said in his daily news briefing, but would depend on those counties fulfilling various criteria, such as no more than a 5% weekly increase in hospitalizations and maintaining a positive test rate o
  • Laguna Woods musicians play, veterans tend flags and residents feed the homeless … Bravo!

    Laguna Woods musicians play, veterans tend flags and residents feed the homeless … Bravo!
    Musical duo lightens mood with outdoor concerts
    Laguna Woods residents Ana Shu and Phil Silverman have joined musical forces to bring a little light and song to Villagers weary of staying indoors. The duo’s most recent performance was a Cinco de Mayo concert on Tuesday, May 5, at the intersection of Avenida del Sol and Miembro, in Gate 11. People brought lawn chairs, beverages and appetizers and even did a little dancing, Shu said.
    Laguna Woods Village resident Phil Silverman performs in a
  • 5 men nabbed in bust of alleged Southern California burglary ring linked to $2 million in stolen cash, guns, jewelry

    5 men nabbed in bust of alleged Southern California burglary ring linked to $2 million in stolen cash, guns, jewelry
    Five men have been arrested in a probe into a burglary ring suspected of carrying out at least 44 residential break-ins across Southern California, law enforcement officials announced Monday.
    Investigators allege that nearly $2 million worth of cash, jewelry and guns were taken during the dozens of burglaries in Orange and San Bernardino counties, with authorities also suspecting that the burglars may have operated in Los Angeles County as well.
    During a news conference Monday morning at the Ora
  • California relaxes some criteria for reopening

    California relaxes some criteria for reopening
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California Gov. Gavin Newsom relaxed county reopening criteria on Monday, a move he said will allow most of the state’s 58 counties to begin allowing dining in restaurants and other services.
    “Bottom line is: People can go at their own pace, and we are empowering our local health directors and county officials that understand their local communities and conditions,” Newsom said.
    The new criteria he outlined applies to counties that
  • Coronavirus: Uber to cut 3,000 more jobs as pandemic hits ride-hailing business

    Coronavirus: Uber to cut 3,000 more jobs as pandemic hits ride-hailing business
    Uber said Monday that it will cut another 3,000 jobs as the San Francisco-based ride-hailing leader deals with more fallout from the ongoing coronavirus crisis upon its business.
    Uber made the job cut announcement in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the company, the cuts will involve full-time staff members and are being made to “reduce its operating expenses in response to the economic challenges and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.&rdquo
  • Underwater search resumes around Marina del Rey for former WWE wrestler whose son was rescued

    Underwater search resumes around Marina del Rey for former WWE wrestler whose son was rescued
    MARINA DEL REY — An underwater search resumed Monday around Marina del Rey for a former professional wrestler whose 10-year-old son was rescued from the surf.
    The boy and his 39-year-old father, identified by his wife as former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard, were reported missing at 3:56 p.m. Sunday near 4200 S. Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
    County lifeguards pulled the boy from the water. He was evaluated by LAFD paramedics but did not requir
  • Coronavirus: Creativity key to having fun, entertaining during lockdown

    Coronavirus: Creativity key to having fun, entertaining during lockdown
    They met on bicycles.
    It was 2003, Claudia Ried and Alan Kraemer were in a Tustin cycling club. They were in the midst of a difficult uphill ride when Kraemer broke into song.
    “The hills are alive with the sound of music,” he sang without a hint of irony.
    That’s all Ried needed to hear. A show tune lover, she joined in.
    “We just clicked,” Ried said.
    Now, 17 years later, they are still singing show tunes, and Beatles tunes, and Elton John tunes, and Little Richard tu
  • Anaheim offers $10,000 loans to keep small businesses afloat

    Anaheim offers $10,000 loans to keep small businesses afloat
    Anaheim is inviting the city’s small businesses to apply for loans of up to $10,000 to help them retain or rehire workers and pay their bills, offsetting the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Businesses with five or fewer employees can apply Thursday and Friday, May 21 and 22, for the microloan program, and the city will randomly choose recipients from among the applicants. Officials expect about 100 businesses will receive loans, according to a city news release.
    The loans are
  • J.C. Penney bankruptcy plan includes closing 242 stores

    J.C. Penney bankruptcy plan includes closing 242 stores
    By Jordyn Holman, Bloomberg
    J.C. Penney Co., the department-store chain that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, said it will close about 29% of its stores.
    The retailer will reduce its store count to about 604, down from the 846 it currently has across the U.S., according to a company filing on Monday. In fiscal 2019, those locations brought in $9.2 billion in net sales. With the smaller store fleet, it expects net sales of $7.5 billion. It will also close two of its distribution centers
  • California undocumented immigrants can apply for COVID-19 relief starting Monday

    California undocumented immigrants can apply for COVID-19 relief starting Monday
    California is home to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants who aren’t eligible to receive unemployment or stimulus checks from the government.
    But the state has set up funding to help support them during the coronavirus crisis, providing $125 million through a public-private partnership. It’s been touted as the first fund of its kind to support undocumented immigrants. The state will contribute $75 million to the fund, with the remaining $50 million coming from private philant
  • More access to Orange County’s great outdoors, just keep distanced

    More access to Orange County’s great outdoors, just keep distanced
    Pack up your fishing pole, tent or hiking shoes, the great outdoors is back open to explore.
    Shuttered parking lots at popular county-run parks and wilderness areas have reopened making access easier for much more of Orange County.
    Amy Winget and Brendon Bustamante enjoy the reopening of Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley where they rent a Surrey bike on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Although they came for the swan paddle boats which was still closed, they didn’t let it dampen their mood. “
  • Coronavirus: ‘More tests now!’ And here, perhaps, is how

    Coronavirus: ‘More tests now!’ And here, perhaps, is how
    Getting annual blood work for cholesterol? Diabetes? High blood pressure?
    How about COVID-19 as well?
    “When patients come in for routine checkups, and we order labs electronically, I check the box for ‘COVID serology’ as well,” said Alexander J. Sweidan, director of the Strong Families Medical Group and clinical instructor at UC Irvine. “It’s that easy.”
    The low number of tests conducted to date suggests Sweidan is one of the few doctors doing this.
  • How to talk to your kids about earthquakes … without scaring them

    How to talk to your kids about earthquakes … without scaring them
    There’s no time like the present to talk with your kids about earthquakes and, while you’re at it, disaster preparedness in general. You’ll be setting up good safety practices and, as a hidden bonus, the very process of learning about disaster prep is itself comforting.
    As the great sage Mister Rogers put it: “Anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary. The people w
  • Listening to the coronavirus ‘experts’ has led to death and despair: Ron Paul

    Listening to the coronavirus ‘experts’ has led to death and despair: Ron Paul
    On April 21st the Washington Post savaged Georgia governor Brian Kemp’s decision to begin opening his state after locking down for weeks. “Georgia leads the race to become America’s No. 1 Death Destination,” sneered the headline.
    The author, liberal pundit Dana Milbank, actually found the possibility of Georgians dying to be hilarious, suggesting that, “as a promotion, Georgia could offer ventilators to the first 100 hotel guests to register.”
    Milbank, who is
  • Celebrate graduation with these catering restaurants

    Celebrate graduation with these catering restaurants
    With this new normal it seems like we’re missing out on many celebrations that would usually bring some kind of party – including high school and college graduation. With so many students working so hard, they deserve some recognition and congratulations. What better way to celebrate than with food? When someone in your family graduates this semester, check out these restaurants offering catering for everyone in the household. Call ahead and order for pickup and delivery!
     
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  • How to help your teen get organized and control the chaos

    How to help your teen get organized and control the chaos
    By Chelsea Schreiber
    Helping your teenagers manage their busy schedule, organize their mountains of homework and get from place to place on time can feel like a full-time job. Figuring out how to help them keep on top of day-to-day expectations without engaging in constant battle can sometimes feel impossible.
    Control the chaos and help them take ownership of their lives by building a color-coordinated battle station in a central location where the entire family can see important dates, chores a
  • Coronavirus fallout: 771,427 Southern California jobless claims in March

    Coronavirus fallout: 771,427 Southern California jobless claims in March
    The coronavirus economic fallout forced 771,427 Southern Californians to file unemployment claims in Match, up almost 10-fold vs. the start of the year.
    My trusty spreadsheet looked at the Employment Development Department’s latest county-by-county jobless claims, which have skyrocketed because of business limitations designed to halt the pandemic’s spread. Local data, tracked to a claimant’s home address, trails statewide counts by roughly two months.
    Claims in the four counti
  • ‘Sweetbitter’ author Stephanie Danler talks ‘Stray,’ her new memoir of addiction and love

    ‘Sweetbitter’ author Stephanie Danler talks ‘Stray,’ her new memoir of addiction and love
    Stephanie Danler could have written anything she wanted after the critical and commercial success that greeted her debut novel in 2016.
    “Sweetbitter,” a coming-of-age story about a young waitress at a fancy Manhattan restaurant gobbling up life — and love and other drugs — didn’t just end up a bestseller or on that year’s best-of lists. The Starz network made it into a series, employing Danler as a writer for its two-season run.
    So now comes her second book, &
  • Power of pets: Exploring psychological effects of adding a dog to the family

    Power of pets: Exploring psychological effects of adding a dog to the family
    tails, slobbery kisses and furry cuddles are some of the joys associated with pet ownership. The healthful benefits of owning a pet have been well documented, and a growing body of research shows the psychological impact pets can have on families.
    A recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that being around dogs at an early age can lessen one’s chances of developing schizophrenia. Interestingly, cat ownership did not have the same effects. There seems to be something special about the
  • Status Update: Orange County’s jobless can apply for $800 from workforce program

    Status Update: Orange County’s jobless can apply for $800 from workforce program
    Orange County residents who lost jobs because of the pandemic can apply for help and $800 as part of a workforce program funded with a state grant.
    The Orange County Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act program is designed to help job seekers upgrade skills, obtain employment, improve job retention and increase earnings.
    The county is using a $900,000 grant from the California Employment Development Department to support roughly 1,500 Orange County residents who have been financially impacted by
  • Feeling stressed? Practicing this formula can bring peace of mind

    Feeling stressed? Practicing this formula can bring peace of mind
    You know what M&M’s are … and you’ve probably used a 3M product. How about the 4Ms formula for pandemic stress relief? During recent segments on the Today Show and MSNBC, psychiatrist Sue Varma presented a 15-minute mental health habit designed to motivate and energize caregivers with the practice of mindfulness, meaningful engagement, mastering and movement.
    Right now, we’re all caregivers — to ourselves and for our families. We’re also keeping an eye on
  • Spring wrap-up Q&A: Newport Harbor volleyball coach says ‘dream’ match would be against Corona del Mar in the finals

    Spring wrap-up Q&A: Newport Harbor volleyball coach says ‘dream’ match would be against Corona del Mar in the finals
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowEditor’s note: The Orange County Register is having the area’s spring sports coaches take part in a Q&A about the 2020 season that was cut short by the coronavirus crisis.
    Eric Vallely, Newport Harbor volleyball
    Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring? 
    A: There’s no doubt it’s been difficult. I really miss being in the gym with the guys. Fortunately,
  • Why keeping a coronavirus journal has benefits for you — and the future

    Why keeping a coronavirus journal has benefits for you — and the future
    Prior to the pandemic, L.A.-based tattoo artist Misha used her journal for work.
    It’s where she kept track of appointments, drawings and social media posts, filling the pages with her art. In early March, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit California and stay-at-home orders went into effect, her journal took a different turn: She began to fill it with information about the pandemic, and how the news was making her feel.
    “Every time we get a new piece of news, I have to add what I heard fro
  • Fire agencies prepare to battle wildfires during a pandemic

    Fire agencies prepare to battle wildfires during a pandemic
    As Southern California approaches the start of what is traditionally peak fire season, crews now are tasked with an additional challenge: preparing for how to battle large-scale wildfires in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
    Safely bringing raging wildfires under control will remain the primary focus, fire officials say. But social distancing is expected to play a key role in keeping firefighters healthy, as well as in providing services to residents forced out of their homes by fla
  • Official: FBI finds link between Pensacola gunman, al-Qaida

    Official: FBI finds link between Pensacola gunman, al-Qaida
    By ERIC TUCKER
    The FBI has found a link between the gunman in a deadly attack at a military base last December and an al-Qaida operative, a U.S. official said Monday.
    Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray were set to hold a news conference to announce developments in the shooting late last year at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, in which a Saudi Air Force officer killed three U.S. sailors and injured eight other people.
    The FBI declined to comment ahead of the news conferenc
  • After years in prison for attempted murder in Pasadena, he graduates from Cal State LA with honors

    After years in prison for attempted murder in Pasadena, he graduates from Cal State LA with honors
    In a midnight-blue graduation gown, Raul Zarate pounded his chest and held a hand to the sky, waving and screaming, “I love you!”
    A parade of 20 honking cars led by a police cruiser, just for him, rolled by Pasadena’s Walnut Street and Daisy Avenue. They held his parents, other relatives, Pasadena Unified School District officials, a pastor, co-workers, classmates, friends.
    On Thursday, 28-year-old Zarate completed his final course at California State University, Los Angeles to
  • After years in prison for attempted murder, he graduates from Cal State LA with honors

    After years in prison for attempted murder, he graduates from Cal State LA with honors
    In a midnight-blue graduation gown, Raul Zarate pounded his chest and held a hand to the sky, waving and screaming, “I love you!”
    A parade of 20 honking cars led by a police cruiser, just for him, rolled by Pasadena’s Walnut Street and Daisy Avenue. They held his parents, other relatives, Pasadena Unified School District officials, a pastor, co-workers, classmates, friends.
    On Thursday, 28-year-old Zarate completed his final course at California State University, Los Angeles to
  • Rain — yes, rain — is likely to fall today in Southern California

    Rain — yes, rain — is likely to fall today in Southern California
    LOS ANGELES — Rain will douse Southern California Monday amid a cooling trend.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Stewart said the rain and falling temperatures are the product of a cold front spawned by a low-pressure system off Northern California. Temperatures, expected to be several degrees lower than last week’s, will be 4 to 10 degrees below normal Monday, according to the NWS.
    The chance of rain is forecast to be 40% to 60% in most areas.
    Between a 10th and a quart
  • Newsom, Legislature should prepare to downsize state government further

    Newsom, Legislature should prepare to downsize state government further
    In light of the deep and long-term projected impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and government-ordered lockdowns, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise budget proposal predictably calls for significant spending cuts while also holding out hopes for a federal bailout.
    As much as it goes against their instincts, Newsom and the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature must prepare to downsize state government further and maybe even work with Republicans in the Legislature to figure out how to do
  • AB5 relief bills voted down in committee

    AB5 relief bills voted down in committee
    Assembly Bill 5 is one of the worst pieces of legislation to make it out of Sacramento in recent years, a distinction that is no small feat.
    The law, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, restricts the circumstances under which workers can work as independent contractors.
    Ostensibly done in the name of workers, but mainly about making it easier to unionize workers and give the state further control over the gig economy, the law has deprived countless numbers of Californians of
  • Business targets COVID-19 bills as ‘job killers’

    Business targets COVID-19 bills as ‘job killers’
    A quarter-century ago — rather suddenly — California began shifting rapidly from a two-party state into what became utter dominance by one party, the Democrats.
    The reasons for that transformation are still being debated, but it is a political fact of life in the nation’s most populous state, nowhere more evident than in the state Capitol, an arena for duels between competing economic interests.
    Business groups found themselves playing defense against a quartet of foes closely
  • ‘American Idol’ crowns Just Sam the winner during finale

    ‘American Idol’ crowns Just Sam the winner during finale
    Just Sam (Samantha Diaz) is officially 2020’s “American Idol” winner. The 21-year-old Harlem native was crowned during the virtual season finale on ABC Sunday, May 17.
    Local favorite Jonny West from Murrieta, who was the last Southern California performer, made it to the Top 5.
    Due to the spread of novel coronavirus, “American Idol” fans were given a strange, shortened season. The show pivoted to remote performances from contestants and at-home judging from Katy Per
  • Clippers plan to reopen practice facility Monday for voluntary workouts

    Clippers plan to reopen practice facility Monday for voluntary workouts
    The Clippers announced Sunday evening that they will be the latest NBA team to reopen their practice facility on a limited basis, opening the doors at the Honey Training Center in Playa Vista on Monday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic suspended the NBA season March 11 and subsequently shuttered team practice facilities.
    The Clippers’ training center will be open on a limited basis, for voluntary workouts as well as rehabilitation and physical wellness activities.
    The NBA h
  • ‘Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’: Hear firefighters’ calls for help from downtown L.A. fire

    ‘Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’: Hear firefighters’ calls for help from downtown L.A. fire
    Firefighters were already en route when dispatchers received confirmation of heavy fire coming from a smoke shop on the 300 block of Boyd Street in downtown Los Angeles at about 6:37 p.m. Saturday, May 16.
    “Everybody off of the roof!” one firefighter shouted into his radio moments later, at 6:39 p.m., as a massive explosion erupted.
    Just seconds after that urgent warning, “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday” rings out in a recording of radio traffic during the fire.AUDIO:"Everybody o
  • ‘Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’: Hear firefighters’ calls for help

    ‘Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’: Hear firefighters’ calls for help
    Firefighters were already en route when dispatchers received confirmation of heavy fire coming from a smoke shop on the 300 block of Boyd Street in downtown Los Angeles at about 6:37 p.m. Saturday, May 16.
    “Everybody off of the roof!” one firefighter shouted into his radio moments later, at 6:39 p.m., as a massive explosion erupted.
    Just seconds after that urgent warning, “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday” rings out in a recording of radio traffic during the fire.AUDIO:"Everybody o
  • You can protect Santa Ana even if the police union won’t, vote ‘No’ on the recall

    You can protect Santa Ana even if the police union won’t, vote ‘No’ on the recall
    At precisely the moment when Santa Ana faces a financial crisis, the head of the Santa Ana police union is leading a crusade costing taxpayers’ $700,000 to kick me off the City Council — all because I voted against a budget-busting pay hike for city police.
    The election takes place May 19.
    This all has a been a smear campaign of everything police union boss Gerry Serrano could throw at me. But among his many dubious claims, the most ridiculous may be that this recall effort — n
  • Butane can be dangerous at Southern California hash oil operations

    Butane can be dangerous at Southern California hash oil operations
    A new focus on the dangers of butane and its role in producing hash oil emerged on Sunday, a day after a fiery blast injured 12 Los Angeles firefighters.
    The explosion came around 6:30 p.m. in the vicinity of SmokeTokes, a downtown L.A. supplier for makers of what is sometimes called “honey oil” but is also known as “butane hash oil.”
    Arson investigators have not pinpointed an official cause, but it was clear there was focus on small butane canisters on the street and ins
  • US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

    US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine
    By ELANA SCHOR, MIKE STOBBE and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.
    In separate stark warnings, two major European leaders bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by a vaccine.
    “We are confr
  • Coronavirus: How we decide the risks we’re willing to take to venture out

    Coronavirus: How we decide the risks we’re willing to take to venture out
    As an infectious disease expert, Dr. George Rutherford knows all about the horrors of COVID-19.
    But there’s one risk that the UC San Francisco professor, wearing a mask, is willing to take: hugging his 2-year-old granddaughter.
    For two months, we’ve been diligent about staying home. But, as Bay Area residents start to venture out with parts of the state gradually loosening lockdown restrictions, how do we navigate this new landscape of peril and promise? We can’t stay isolated

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