• Alexander: Angels legend Rod Carew peels back the curtain

    Alexander: Angels legend Rod Carew peels back the curtain
    There was a time in his life, during his incomparable baseball career, when Rod Carew wasn’t particularly keen on revealing a lot about his thoughts or feelings, especially with the writers who covered baseball on a day-to-day basis.
    “It’s funny,” he was saying the other day in a phone conversation. “I didn’t talk to the print media much. But the TV, radio (interviewers), I always spoke to those guys because, you know, you tape a session with them, at least th
  • Huntington Beach police declare pier protest an unlawful assembly

    Huntington Beach police declare pier protest an unlawful assembly
    Facing a growing crowd of demonstrators at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier with some people spilling into PCH, city police declared an unlawful assembly just before 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31.
    Protesters began gathering by midday near the pier, holding signs opposing racism and remembering George Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis after being restrained by an officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck.
    Earlier Sunday, Huntington Beach Police spokeswoman Officer Angela Bennett said the de
  • These Southern California cities will have curfews in place for Sunday night

    These Southern California cities will have curfews in place for Sunday night
    In response to the violence stemming from the George Floyd protests across the nation, these Southern California cities have announced curfews for Sunday night, May 31:
    L.A. County
    • Los Angeles: From 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Monday
    • Beverly Hills: From 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Monday
    Orange County
    • Santa Ana: From 10 p.m. Sunday until 5:30 a.m. Monday
    It is the second day of curfews for some L.A. County cities, including Los Angeles.
    The curfews have been ordered after days of viol
  • Whicker: Dale Earnhardt’s death devastated NASCAR and, ultimately, improved it

    Whicker: Dale Earnhardt’s death devastated NASCAR and, ultimately, improved it
    Race car fans aren’t just there for the rubble, not any more than hockey fans are there for the fights.
    But it is easier, these days, to gawk at a guy like Ryan Newman, going grille-first into the wall at Daytona in February, then wearing Casey Lajoie’s airborne car on his hood, then lighting up the track with his sparks as he rides on his roof.
    Your gut told you that Newman was in serious trouble. The data told you that he really wasn’t.
    He and Lajoie were ribbing each other,
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  • The Heroes Act just rewards bad behavior and poor governance

    The Heroes Act just rewards bad behavior and poor governance
    “That which gets rewarded, gets repeated” is a principle equally applicable in business management, dog training and public policy.
    As to the latter, when politicians and bureaucrats are rewarded with more money after wasting the taxpayer dollars they already receive, what makes anyone think their behavior will change?
    The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has passed a staggering $3 trillion stimulus plan called the Heroes Act. Nearly a trillion of that is slated for state
  • National Guard patrols fan out across LA after protests shatter businesses

    National Guard patrols fan out across LA after protests shatter businesses
    Armed California National Guard troops on Sunday morning, May 31, were fanning out to patrol parts of Los Angeles, a day after being summoned by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to support efforts to quell days of violence amid protests in the city.
    Those protests — unfurling outrage in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer — turned to violent outbursts of looting, vandalism, fires and arrests in downtown L.A. and the Fairfax District on L.A.
  • Santa Ana mayor declares curfew after night of violence at George Floyd protest

    Santa Ana mayor declares curfew after night of violence at George Floyd protest
    Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido announced a citywide curfew in Santa Ana on Sunday, May 31 after a night of violence and looting amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
    The curfew goes into effect at 10 p.m. Sunday until 5:30 a.m. Monday.
    Five people were arrested from the disturbance that began Saturday night in the area of at Bristol Street and Wilshire Avenue, where several hundred protesters turned out. The arrest numbers were from 2 a.m. Sunday, and could change,
  • Where USC stands at offensive line entering the 2020 season

    Where USC stands at offensive line entering the 2020 season
    With the early departure of Austin Jackson to the NFL and the graduation of Drew Richmond, USC is left with both tackle positions to fill this coming season. Here’s a look at where the Trojans stand at offensive line entering the 2020 season:
    On the roster
    USC returns three starters from last season: guards Alijah Vera-Tucker and Jalen McKenzie, and center Brett Neilon.
    Both guards are candidates to move to tackle in 2020. Vera-Tucker practiced at left tackle in USC’s lone spring wor
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  • Downtown LA wakes up to devastation after George Floyd protests

    Downtown LA wakes up to devastation after George Floyd protests
    Parts of Downtown Los Angeles were in shambles Sunday morning, May 31, as the sun rose on weary business owners surveying the carnage of a day — and night — of protests, looting, vandalism, a lockdown and a state of emergency.
    “Everything was broken, but thankfully they didn’t go through it, so that’s a plus,” said Carlos Tejada, 32, a resident of Los Angeles, who with his father owns a shop on Broadway and 5th Street downtown.
    Tejada described a dramatic even
  • Target closes 19 stores in L.A. County, 3 in Orange County due to violence

    Target closes 19 stores in L.A. County, 3 in Orange County due to violence
    LOS ANGELES — Nineteen Target stores in Los Angeles County and three in Orange County were closed Sunday because of violence associated with the protests tied to the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
    The Target store in the Beverly Grove shopping center was looted Saturday, a day after its store at Seventh and Figueroa streets in downtown Los Angeles was hit by looters.
    Target officials said they anticipate most of the closures will be temporary. Employees impacted by store
  • “We’re sick of it”: Anger over George Floyd’s death, other police killings shatters U.S.

    “We’re sick of it”: Anger over George Floyd’s death, other police killings shatters U.S.
    MINNEAPOLIS — Americans awoke Sunday to charred and glass-strewn streets in dozens of cities after another night of unrest fueled by rage over the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police, who responded to the violence with tear gas and rubber bullets.
    Tens of thousands marched peacefully to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. But many demonstrations
  • Massive protests around world raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

    Massive protests around world raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks
    LOS ANGELES — The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by massive protests, has a message for demonstrators: “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week.”
    As more beaches, churches, mosques, schools and businesses reopened worldwide, civil unrest in the United States over repeated racial injustice is raising fears of new coronavirus outbreaks in a country that has more infections and deaths than anywhere else in the w
  • CSUF alumni profile: In a crisis, reputation at stake? Holly Baird could help

    CSUF alumni profile: In a crisis, reputation at stake? Holly Baird could help
    Need some help in the court of public opinion? Call Holly Baird.
    If you’re a celebrity or other high-profile person or company and you get into trouble — big trouble, like the kind that shows up on Access Hollywood — you might pay a visit to Holly Baird, a crisis and reputation management expert and the president of Geragos Global Communications in Los Angeles.
    No matter what has gone down, Baird will come up with a plan.
    “We’re drafting media talking points. We&rsq
  • Generous drivers stop by Huntington Beach church with donations for single parents in need

    Generous drivers stop by Huntington Beach church with donations for single parents in need
    Cars queued next to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach midday Saturday, where giving people pulled up to drop off mid-pandemic household necessities — cleaning supplies, face masks, hand sanitizer, grocery store gift carts — for single parents in need.
    Also accepted were fun indoor actives for their kids — things like coloring books, board games and puzzles.
    Beth Jackson-Pardo, right, executive director of Project Self-Sufficiency of Huntington Beach, speak
  • SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station

    SpaceX’s astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company.
    With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. The linkup occurred 262 miles above the China-Mongolia border.
    Once the caps
  • Norco ’80, part 13: Heavily armed officers descend on gunmen

    Norco ’80, part 13: Heavily armed officers descend on gunmen
    Norco ’80
    The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history
    Parts
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14May 10, 1980. San Bernardino National Forest, California.
    George Wayne Smith woke with a start. A dusting of snow fell from his green military poncho as he slowly sat up on the steep hillside and looked out over the blackness of Coldwater Canyon. He remembered waking up earlier in darkness, seeing the crystals of ice and snow sparkling as they fell around him and thinkin
  • Joe Biden and the Museum of American Politics

    Joe Biden and the Museum of American Politics
    Joe Biden’s long career, now capped by a careening and testy performance as the soon-to-be Democratic nominee for president, is a virtual Museum of American Politics.
    We’ve been walking through the exhibits ever since last June’s Democratic debate, when Sen. Kamala Harris called Biden out for making “very hurtful” comments about having worked with two senators who supported racial segregation.
    Peer through the glass at this display and you’ll see the history o
  • ‘Some people’ say the most ridiculous things: Doug McIntyre

    ‘Some people’ say the most ridiculous things: Doug McIntyre
    Some people think President Trump is a malicious imbecile, a grifter, a con man. Some people even say the president is insane.
    Mind you, I don’t think these things. I’m just putting them in my newspaper column.
    But some people do think these things, just like President Trump frequently quotes what “some people” are thinking. Recently, the president tweeted out, “When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida(?) Did he get away with m
  • Photos: Turbulent day careens into a violent night in Southern California

    Photos: Turbulent day careens into a violent night in Southern California
    During the day, some protests proved boisterous and passionate. Others turned turbulent, confrontational and violent. And much of the chaos endured into the evening as lawlessness ruled after dark in scattered communities around Southern California.
    A large building burns along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020.A protest erupted into looting and rioting and face-offs with police leading to a curfew at 8pm due to violence throughout the city.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles
  • Top Workplaces 2020: What does ‘new normal’ look like at the office?

    Top Workplaces 2020: What does ‘new normal’ look like at the office?
    The new normal.
    It’s a tiresome phrase that seems to crop up every time we face a new challenge. But for businesses grappling with required safety protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic, “the new normal” is very real.
    The pandemic has prompted companies to revamp the way they operate by providing masks, gloves — and in some cases temperature-taking stations — in addition to ensuring social distancing and frequent sanitizing of hands, countertops and other surfaces.
    As
  • Nominate a company, organization for Top Workplaces 2020

    Nominate a company, organization for Top Workplaces 2020
    The Orange County Register has launched its 13th annual Top Workplaces program for 2020.
    Last year, 1,780 companies and organizations participated and 191 were invited to join the survey to determine Top Workplaces. In the end, 140 were chosen as the best of the best in Orange County.
    Last year’s top winners were Seven Gables Real Estate, Marque Medical and Sidepath. You can check out all of the 2019 honorees here.
    So, what kind of company, nonprofit or organization is eligible to particip
  • Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks at police; officers respond with teargas and rubber bullets

    Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks at police; officers respond with teargas and rubber bullets
    With the smell of gun powder thick in the air, several hundred protesters threw fireworks and other explosives Saturday night at police while marching in Santa Ana, walking into traffic and shouting “black lives matter” in remembrance of George Floyd.
    Some in the crowd at Bristol Street and Wilshire Avenue begged the rowdy demonstrators about 8:30 p.m.to stop hurling the explosives, saying, “what are you accomplishing?”
    Michelle Usher stood in front of the officers shouti
  • Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks at police; officers respond with tear gas and rubber bullets

    Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks at police; officers respond with tear gas and rubber bullets
    With the smell of gun powder thick in the air, several hundred protesters threw fireworks and other explosives Saturday night at police while marching in Santa Ana, walking into traffic and shouting “black lives matter” in remembrance of George Floyd.
    Some in the crowd at Bristol Street and Wilshire Avenue begged the rowdy demonstrators about 8:30 p.m. to stop hurling the explosives, saying, “what are you accomplishing?”
    Michelle Usher stood in front of the officers shout
  • Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks and explosives at police, officers declare an unlawful assembly

    Protesters in Santa Ana throw rocks, fireworks and explosives at police, officers declare an unlawful assembly
    With the smell of gun powder thick in the air, several hundred protesters threw fireworks and other explosives Saturday night at police while marching in Santa Ana, walking into traffic and shouting “black lives matter” in remembrance of George Floyd.
    Some in the crowd at Bristol Street and Wilshire Avenue begged the rowdy demonstrators about 8:30 p.m.to stop hurling the explosives, saying, “what are you accomplishing?”
    Michelle Usher stood in front of the officers shouti
  • Protesters in Santa Ana throw fireworks and explosives at police, officers declare an unlawful assembly

    Protesters in Santa Ana throw fireworks and explosives at police, officers declare an unlawful assembly
    Protesters numbering several hundred threw fireworks and other explosives Saturday night at police while marching in Santa Ana, walking into traffic and shouting “black lives matter” in remembrance of George Floyd.
    Some in the crowd at Bristol Street and Wilshire Avenue about 8:30 p.m.begged the rowdy demonstrators to stop hurling the explosives, saying, “what are you accomplishing?”
    Michelle Usher stood in front of the officers shouting, “Stop throwing things at th
  • Dismal cap and trade auction is another reason to nix high-speed rail project

    Dismal cap and trade auction is another reason to nix high-speed rail project
    The results of the latest California cap and trade auction are in, and they are not good —especially for the state’s high-speed rail project.
    After February’s auction of pollution licenses brought $613 million to state coffers, the haul for the quarterly auction in May was a paltry $25 million. The low figure was expected due to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders reducing travel and thus the demand for emissions allowances.  But since the high-speed rail
  • Peaceful day of protests in Orange County leads to uneasy night

    Peaceful day of protests in Orange County leads to uneasy night
    Hundreds of demonstrators marched in downtown Fullerton and the historic Orange Plaza on Saturday afternoon, chanting words of anger and pain. Some spoke from experience, the victims of excessive police force.
    Except for a couple of tense standoffs with riot-geared officers in Fullerton, the daytime demonstrations in memory of George Floyd — killed when a Minneapolis police officer jammed a knee into his neck — passed without violence in Orange County. But this fourth day of nationwi
  • Protesters converge on White House for second straight day

    Protesters converge on White House for second straight day
    By ASHRAF KHALIL, KEVIN FREKING and MICHAEL BALSAMO
    WASHINGTON — Shouting “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe,” hundreds of people converged on the White House for a second straight day Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and President Donald Trump’s response. In several instances, pepper spray was used to disperse the crowd as pockets of violence erupted.
    Trump did not talk to reporters as he returned to the White House af
  • Tear gas and burning cars in US cities as unrest over George Floyd death continues

    Tear gas and burning cars in US cities as unrest over George Floyd death continues
    By TIM SULLIVAN and AARON MORRISON
    MINNEAPOLIS — Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country lurched toward another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.
    The protests, which began in Minneapolis following Monday’s death of George Floyd after a police officer pressed his knee on Floyd&rsq
  • Protests over police killings rage in dozens of US cities

    Protests over police killings rage in dozens of US cities
    By TIM SULLIVAN and STEPHEN GROVES
    MINNEAPOLIS — Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black people grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country convulsed through another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.
    The protests, which began in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death Monday after a police officer pressed a knee on his neck until

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