• Costa Mesa United will buy $15,000 in gift cards to support 15 local restaurants

    Costa Mesa United will buy $15,000 in gift cards to support 15 local restaurants
    Costa Mesa United, a non-profit that raises money for school athletic programs and facilities, has always counted on local restaurants for its two annual fundraisers. Now it’s giving back to those restaurateurs in their time of need. CMU is buying $15,000 worth of gift certificates from 15 restaurants such as Descanso in Costa Mesa on Thursday, November 1, 2018.(Register file photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)
    Costa Mesa United, a non-profit that raises money for school at
  • UFC 251: Usman, Volkanovski, Yan leave Fight Island with belts

    UFC 251: Usman, Volkanovski, Yan leave Fight Island with belts
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday.
    Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the vacant UFC bantamweight championship with a fifth-round stoppage victory over José Aldo on Yas Island, the UAE tourist destination turned into a secure bubble by the UFC during the corona
  • Costa Mesa sex offender, kept on mental health hold for more than 20 years, may be released

    Costa Mesa sex offender, kept on mental health hold for more than 20 years, may be released
    A court order that has kept a former Costa Mesa man and registered sex offender inside a mental health hospital expired Saturday, signaling alarm from Orange County officials who have fought for decades to keep him detained.
    It was not clear whether the man, identified by officials as Cary Smith, was released from Coalinga State Hospital on Saturday.
    Department of State Hospitals officials were not immediately available for comment.
    Orange County officials said they were unaware of Smith’s
  • Reject federal proposal to require backdoor to encryption

    Reject federal proposal to require backdoor to encryption
    Federal law enforcement officials have long lamented the challenges that encryption of digital information pose to law enforcement investigation and have pushed in various ways for the creation of “backdoors” or other mechanisms to bypass encryption. New federal legislation from a trio of Republicans seeks to make this bad idea into reality.
    Late last month, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, introduced the Lawful Access
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  • Don’t let the FPPC gut due process: Susan Shelley

    Don’t let the FPPC gut due process: Susan Shelley
    “Political reform” needs reform in California, but instead, it’s about to be made even worse.
    On Monday, a committee of the Fair Political Practices Commission, the independent state agency created by the 1974 ballot measure that enacted the Political Reform Act, will consider a staff recommendation to wipe out certain protections that currently are required as part of the process of protecting the rights of people who may be wrongly accused.
    For example, one change would end t
  • Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike pulling off challenging balancing act in the ‘Wubble’

    Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike pulling off challenging balancing act in the ‘Wubble’
    Asked what it would mean to succeed in the “Wubble” — WNBA players’ term for their version of the NBA bubble — the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike cited teammate Candace Parker, who said last week: “This season doesn’t have an asterisk next to it, it’s an exclamation point.”
    “For me to walk away with anything, most importantly really just a championship, it’s gonna be extremely well-earned,” Ogwumike said. “This is going
  • This CBD stuff really seems to work: Doug McIntyre

    This CBD stuff really seems to work: Doug McIntyre
    My old gym is now a pot store. Is there anything more Californian than that? And not just any pot store, this place is the Neiman Marcus of marijuana, with curbside pickup, an attractive and helpful staff and the look and feel of an Apple store.
    This was my very first trip to a pot store — which makes me late to the party — but I don’t smoke pot, so I’ve never had the need. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last time I bought anything marijuana-related was from
  • Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday July 12

    Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday July 12
    The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Sunday, July 12 for racing at opening day at Del Mar.
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  • Coronavirus: Orange County reports 1,251 new cases and 9 new deaths

    Coronavirus: Orange County reports 1,251 new cases and 9 new deaths
    The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported another 1,251 cases of the coronavirus as of Saturday, July 11 pushing Orange County’s total to 23,901 since local testing began in March. There were nine new deaths reported, bringing the total to 421.
    Of the 421 deaths, 212 were in skilled nursing facilities, 15 in assisted living facilities and two were listed as homeless.
    There were 671 registered hospital patients with 231 in ICU. The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard show
  • Southern California temperatures reach triple digits; more heat coming Sunday

    Southern California temperatures reach triple digits; more heat coming Sunday
    A heat wave began cooking most of Southern California with triple-digit temperatures in most areas Saturday, July 11, but spared the region of much fire activity by mid-afternoon.
    The heat wave was anticipated to last through Sunday and into early Monday, meteorologists said, as a high ridge of high pressure over Arizona and New Mexico continued to impact the region.
    A heat advisory was in affect for parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties until 8 p.m. Sunday evening,
  • Clippers’ Lou Williams goes from on the bubble to in the ‘bubble’ in Orlando

    Clippers’ Lou Williams goes from on the bubble to in the ‘bubble’ in Orlando
    With so much movement happening on the social justice front, last month Lou Williams said he wasn’t sure whether playing basketball this summer would distract from those issues. And, he said, he didn’t know whether he should join the Clippers in Orlando as they seek to finish off what they hope is the organization’s first championship season.
    “This is a whirlwind of a time we don’t know what’s the right decision now, we’re trying to figure out on the fly
  • Race horse euthanized after morning workout at Del Mar

    Race horse euthanized after morning workout at Del Mar
    DEL MAR (CNS) – A 3-year-old filly suffered a fatal injury during a morning workout today at the Del Mar.
    Lovely Lilia pulled up after the workout at about 5 a.m. and veterinarians said the horse could not be saved and was euthanized, according to Mac McBride, Del Mar’s director of media.
    Lovely Lilia was eased in her final race, a mile turf race at Santa Anita Park June 12, which she led at the halfway point.
    Lovely Lilia made seven starts, winning twice and finishing second once, e
  • Now’s a good time to scrap civil asset forfeiture

    Now’s a good time to scrap civil asset forfeiture
    The killing of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide uproar has rightfully forced needed conversations about law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
    While Congress has so far fumbled on working toward tangible, passable legislation, Sens. Rand Paul, R–Kentucky, Mike Lee, R–Utah, Mike Crapo, R–Idaho, and Angus King, I–Maine, have reintroduced legislation to limit the use of civil asset forfeiture.
    Through the practice, law enforcement is able to seize cash an
  • LeBron talks more than basketball as Lakers return to practice court

    LeBron talks more than basketball as Lakers return to practice court
    LeBron James emerged Saturday from NBA-mandated quarantine at the league’s coronavirus bubble headquarters in Orlando, Florida, dropped into a chair in front of a camera and began to speak about the two great passions in his life: basketball and social equality.
    His first practice with the Lakers in four months was minutes away, but first he spoke with beat reporters for the first time since April, addressing a number of issues during an 11 1/2-minute Zoom call.
    Yes, he said he was ready t
  • Angels’ Albert Pujols feeling healthy after time off

    Angels’ Albert Pujols feeling healthy after time off
    ANAHEIM — The start to Albert Pujols’ 20th season in the majors will be delayed by nearly four months. One positive to that is that Pujols will have had more time to put his injury issues behind him.
    By the time the season starts, it will have been about 22 months since Pujols had the third of three surgeries he had at the end of the 2018 season. He has had two full offseasons, plus what was essentially a third mini-offseason, for his body to recover.
    “I think being healthy bro
  • Mission San Gabriel consumed in fire as California missions’ legacies face criticism

    Mission San Gabriel consumed in fire as California missions’ legacies face criticism
    After a fire ripped through the church at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel on Saturday, July 11, firefighters said there was no immediate evidence to indicate arson.
    But the blaze came as the legacy of missions throughout California have been called into question.
    The San Gabriel Mission, founded in 1771, was the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in modern-day California, all established with the goal of converting Native Americans to Christianity and expanding the Spanish empir
  • California’s iconic missions have become focal points for debate

    California’s iconic missions have become focal points for debate
    While California’s missions are still beloved by many people of faith, Saturday’s blaze at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel came as their legacy throughout California have been called into question.
    The missions are one of the state’s most familiar icons. For many years, students in the state’s classrooms constructed miniature missions as part of history lessons.
    The San Gabriel Mission, founded in 1771, was the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in modern
  • California’s iconic missions have become flashpoints for debate

    California’s iconic missions have become flashpoints for debate
    While California’s missions are still beloved by many people of faith, Saturday’s blaze at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel came as their legacy throughout California have been called into question.
    The missions are one of the state’s most familiar icons. For many years, students in the state’s classrooms constructed miniature missions as part of history lessons.
    The San Gabriel Mission, founded in 1771, was the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in modern
  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finds counseling role heightened

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finds counseling role heightened
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has a lot on his plate.
    He is getting his team ready for a shortened 60-game season that will begin July 23 against the Giants. He’s doing so amid a coronavirus pandemic that is not going away, as well as nationwide civil unrest spurred by the death of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.
    It’s a nervous, even scary, time for many people, and professional athletes are not immune to those emotions. Roberts therefore fin
  • Angels manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani’s stiff back is ‘nothing alarming’

    Angels manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani’s stiff back is ‘nothing alarming’
    ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani has been slowed over the past few days by some back stiffness, but Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t concerned.
    “He’s feeling good,” Maddon said Saturday. “Obviously we’re going to be cautious with him now. I’m optimistic he’ll be able to take his turn next turn next week. Nothing alarming. Just felt a little stiffness. Yesterday, he felt he was in a pretty good place.”
    Ohtani is set to resume his role as a two-w
  • Ducks, Kings play waiting game as NHL resumes coronavirus-delayed season

    Ducks, Kings play waiting game as NHL resumes coronavirus-delayed season
    If all goes as planned and the NHL concludes its coronavirus-delayed 2019-20 season by awarding the Stanley Cup in the opening days of October and starting 2020-21 in late November or early December, then the Ducks and Kings will have been sidelined for up to nine months.
    “So be it,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday of making drastic scheduling adjustments in order to complete the coronavirus-delayed ’19-20 season as outlined in a return-to-play plan ratified by the
  • Ex USA Gymnastics national team coach Terry Gray arrested on lewdness charges

    Ex USA Gymnastics national team coach Terry Gray arrested on lewdness charges
    A former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coach has been arrested in Las Vegas and charged with 14 counts of lewdness with a child under 14, according to Clark County inmate records and two people familiar with the case.
    Terry Gray, who also coached at high profile gyms in Southern California and Ohio, was arrested late Friday night, nine months after he was suspended from the sport for two years by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct with a minor.
    Gray continued to coa
  • Steve Johnson excited to lead Orange County Breakers into World TeamTennis season

    Steve Johnson excited to lead Orange County Breakers into World TeamTennis season
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowSteve Johnson is looking forward to some normalcy the next few weeks.
    The former Orange High and USC standout will return to competitive tennis by helping lead the Orange County Breakers in the World TeamTennis season, which begins Sunday, July 12 at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
    The resort in the Allegheny Mountains is serving as the WTT’s version of a sporting bubble during the coronavi
  • The short-timer president and the foreign college students

    The short-timer president and the foreign college students
    The short-timer current president wants all schools in the land to open “quickly and beautifully” this fall.
    If you hadn’t read that he briefly and inconsequentially attended a military academy, Fordham and the University of Pennsylvania, you might well think: Is this a person who has ever stepped foot on a campus?
    I love schools. But there is nothing quick and beautiful about them.
    Of course, the short-timer in question has no more power than you or me to have any effect whats
  • Whicker: Jimmie Johnson puts coronavirus behind him, but not the concern

    Whicker: Jimmie Johnson puts coronavirus behind him, but not the concern
    Physically, he is one of the survivors. The other day, he biked up to 10,500 feet in the mountains near his Colorado home, no problem at all.
    On Sunday, he will crawl through the window of his Chevrolet at Kentucky Speedway and rejoin the chase, stopping his absent streak at one.
    Mentally, Jimmie Johnson isn’t sure.
    “It’s a big problem, it’s a pandemic,” Johnson said Friday. “I’ve learned that my challenges are watched closely by my kids (Genevieve and L
  • Bicyclist in Irvine killed after struck by car near 405 Freeway off-ramp

    Bicyclist in Irvine killed after struck by car near 405 Freeway off-ramp
    IRVINE — A bicyclist was struck and killed by a motorist Saturday, July 11 near a freeway ramp from the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Irvine.
    The crash occurred about 9:43 a.m. near the freeway off-ramp at Jeffrey Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
    Paramedics transported a person with a leg injury to an area hospital.
    A representative from the Orange County coroner’s office was dispatched to the crash scene at 10:26 a.m.
    No other information was immediately availab
  • Recipe: Fresh fennel, with its licorice notes, pairs nicely with smoked salmon in this salad

    Recipe: Fresh fennel, with its licorice notes, pairs nicely with smoked salmon in this salad
    If you like a mild anise flavor, more than likely you will love this easy-to-prepare salad. Fresh fennel combines crisp texture with scrumptious licorice notes. It makes a welcome counterpoint to thinly sliced smoked salmon.
    Of course, you can serve this dish with cocktails (a summertime gin & tonic comes to mind), but it can also be a dinner entree if just serving two. Heat up a baguette to accompany it.
    Smoked Salmon and Fennel Salad
    Yield: 2 as a main course, 4 as an appetizer or first co
  • Old school pizza joint run by fine-dining vets opens on Long Beach’s Retro Row

    Old school pizza joint run by fine-dining vets opens on Long Beach’s Retro Row
    With years of fine-dining restaurant experience between them, Long Beach residents Jonathan Strader and Jack Leahy were thinking of going in that same higher-end route as they planned their new restaurant earlier this year.
    But when the pandemic hit and made the already tough restaurant business even tougher, they decided their best bet was to keep it simple and go with a concept that has been around for decades — a classic pizza joint.
    “We wanted something that stands the test of ti
  • NFL about to learn the coronavirus is hard to tackle

    NFL about to learn the coronavirus is hard to tackle
    In a normal year, a verbal riff like this by Sean McVay might have been funny, since his tone of voice brought to mind Allen Iverson’s rant about “practice.”
    McVay, the Rams’ coach, was on a media conference call with Anthony Lynn, the Chargers’ coach, promoting the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and talking about the NFL’s efforts to keep training camps and games safe from the coronavirus.
    “We’re really sitting here talking ab
  • Alexander: College athletics landscape experiences one temblor after another

    Alexander: College athletics landscape experiences one temblor after another
    The dominoes began to fall in college sports this past week. Who knows where the process stops?
    • Was it the Ivy League postponing all of its fall sports until spring 2021 that snapped you to attention? The Ivies may have a low athletic profile, but they could again set a nationwide trend as they did in March when they were the first, but not the last, to cancel a conference basketball tournament as the impact of the novel coronavirus began to sink in.
    • Was it, maybe, the Big Ten cutt

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