• Dwight Howard’s status remains uncertain as Lakers wrestle with NBA’s fluid plans to return

    Dwight Howard’s status remains uncertain as Lakers wrestle with NBA’s fluid plans to return
    On Tuesday afternoon, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was back at work, in his office in El Segundo with a large clear window that overlooks the practice court.
    But the familiar surroundings belie the singular circumstances that Pelinka, the Lakers and the NBA find themselves in just a month out from a planned restart in Walt Disney World — and most of the questions he’s facing are completely new.
    Most pressingly, the Lakers are still waiting to confirm that Dwight Howard will joi
  • Former UC Irvine chancellor Drake to lead statewide UC system

    Former UC Irvine chancellor Drake to lead statewide UC system
    Michael V. Drake, the former head of UC Irvine, was unanimously selected Tuesday to be president of the University of California by regents, who emphasized his experience, innovation, collaborative approach and likability as well as the diversity he brings as the 10-campus system’s first Black leader.
    Drake, who turns 70 Thursday, just retired last month after six years as president of Ohio State University and will replace retiring University of California President Janet Napolitano.
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  • Newsom’s budget serves union leaders at the expense of students

    Newsom’s budget serves union leaders at the expense of students
    Gov. Gavin Newsom has once again sacrificed school-age children at precisely the moment they need him most in order to help the largest of his political backers, the state’s powerful teacher’s union.
    Last week, Newsom signed a state spending bill that guarantees pay and benefits for teachers and other union education employees – adults, it goes without saying – regardless of whether their schools open this fall, open part-time, or don’t open at all; whether students
  • Lakers brace for the ‘bubble,’ but say they’re prepared

    Lakers brace for the ‘bubble,’ but say they’re prepared
    Every season has its ups and downs, its wild twists and its doldrums. But usually, Danny Green said, you can see where you’re going.
    The Lakers have run the gamut this year on unprecedented events beyond their control: a tense political situation in China; dealing with the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant; and now trying to restart a stalled season in a pandemic. In one sense, Green thinks, the team that can best handle the unforeseen may have the best shot at winning a championship in thi
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  • Investigators: Fireworks may have started blaze at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

    Investigators: Fireworks may have started blaze at Irvine Regional Park in Orange
    Officials suspect fireworks are linked to the cause of a blaze that scorched 21 acres of the Irvine Regional Park in Orange over the weekend, investigators said Tuesday, July 7.
    The fire began in the area of Peters Canyon Road at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the day after the July Fourth holiday. Details regarding its specific point of origin and exactly how it started were not immediately released.
    “The probable cause of the fire at Irvine Regional Park is due to fireworks,” Orange Coun
  • Laguna Woods Village discusses coronavirus surge, four board vacancies

    Laguna Woods Village discusses coronavirus surge, four board vacancies
    Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker noted the surge in COVID-19 cases countywide in his report during a regular board meeting of the Golden Rain Foundation on Tuesday, July 7.
    “Yesterday we had 634 new COVID-19 cases in Orange County,” he said, citing the Orange County Health Care Agency. “This morning’s report is that it’s now up to 1,028 (new) cases.”
    The number — breaching the thousands in a single daily tally — is a first for the county
  • Orange County football coaches disappointed by postponement of summer conditioning programs

    Orange County football coaches disappointed by postponement of summer conditioning programs
    Sunny Hills football coach Pete Karavedas received the phone call from his school leadership as he walked off the practice field Monday at about 5:20 p.m. The news wasn’t good.
    After nine modified, strength and conditioning workouts since June 22 and no positive tests for COVID-19, the reigning CIF-SS champion Lancers were advised to postpone their summer workouts until further guidelines from health officials.
    Karavedas soon delivered the news that rocked football programs across Orange C
  • Justice Department says investigation of FBI’s handling of Larry Nassar case remains ongoing

    Justice Department says investigation of FBI’s handling of Larry Nassar case remains ongoing
    The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against former U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, according to department’s inspector general.
    Michael E. Horowitz, the inspector, in a letter to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) stated that the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General’s 22-month investigation “of the allegations concerning the FBI’s han
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  • Coronavirus: Another 1,010 positive cases reported in Orange County as of July 7

    Coronavirus: Another 1,010 positive cases reported in Orange County as of July 7
    The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported another 1,010 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed as of Tuesday, July 7.
    That follows 1,028 new cases added to the county’s stats as of Monday’s update.
    The cumulative case total has reached 18,892 since testing began in March. (You can see the increase in case totals by city since June 7 in the map below.)
    There were three new deaths recorded as of Tuesday, bringing the total number of Orange County residents who have
  • Allyson Felix, Mt. SAC part of virtual world class track meet

    Allyson Felix, Mt. SAC part of virtual world class track meet
    On Feb. 21 there were no reported coronavirus cases in Europe.  A few weeks later there would be nearly 38,000 reported cases a day on the continent. European Union nations and Great Britain had reported nearly 400,000 cases and almost 24,000 deaths by the end of March.
    It was during this period that Christoph Joho, co-director of Zurich’s Weltklasse, the most important and richest annual track meet in the world, came to the realization that event would likely have to be canceled.
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  • Santa Ana man charged with stealing retirement funds from Boeing employees

    Santa Ana man charged with stealing retirement funds from Boeing employees
    A Santa Ana man accused of using stolen identifies to siphon money from the retirement accounts of Boeing employees was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.
    Hoa Vo, 30, is facing three counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft related to a series of fraudulent money transfers adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to  U.S. Attorney’s office statement.
    Prosecutors allege that Vo – who is also known as Hoa Thanh Tran Vo and Andy Vo &nda
  • Major League Soccer season set to resume amid uncertainty caused by COVID-19

    Major League Soccer season set to resume amid uncertainty caused by COVID-19
    Major League Soccer had unveiled plans for its 25th season celebration back in January.
    However, the celebration never got on track as the season was shut down after two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Tonight, after a near four-month hiatus, MLS will resume its season in a “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with the MLS is Back Tournament.
    What happens after that is anybody’s guess.
    Leading up to the start of the tournament, there have been pos
  • A Restaurant in Newport Beach will close temporarily

    A Restaurant in Newport Beach will close temporarily
    A Restaurant in Newport Beach has decided to close temporarily, a decision brought on by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new guidelines prohibiting indoor dining.
    “Given the new state mandate restricting restaurant operations from offering dine-in service for the next three weeks, A Restaurant has made the very difficult decision to close to the public until dining room service can resume,” read a Facebook message to its customers. The note was signed by Joseph “McG” Nichol and
  • USC, UC, CSU, Loyola Marymount praise international students in wake of ICE directive

    USC, UC, CSU, Loyola Marymount praise international students in wake of ICE directive
    LOS ANGELES — Southern California university officials said Tuesday they are reviewing a directive from federal immigration authorities that could force thousands of international students out of the country if schools offer only online courses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students cannot remain in the country if they are taking solely online courses.
    “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visa
  • USC, CSU praise international students in wake of ICE directive

    USC, CSU praise international students in wake of ICE directive
    LOS ANGELES — Southern California university officials said Tuesday they are reviewing a directive from federal immigration authorities that could force thousands of international students out of the country if schools offer only online courses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students cannot remain in the country if they are taking solely online courses.
    “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visa
  • Alexander: Are the odds now against having full seasons?

    Alexander: Are the odds now against having full seasons?
    As we begin to ramp up the return of our major sports leagues … well, the early reports seem discouraging. The more we see, the less we like:
    For example, MLB botched its own coronavirus testing protocol on the first weekend of its do-over training camps. Supposedly the firm with which it had contracted to process the tests claimed the Fourth of July holiday held things up. Maybe an enterprise that customarily works on holidays should have emphasized that it expected the same of its partn
  • Mortgage injustice: Blacks twice as likely to get rejected for a loan

    Mortgage injustice: Blacks twice as likely to get rejected for a loan
    Blacks hear “No” from mortgage lenders twice as often as a typical American borrower.
    A report from LendingTree shows a huge racial gap in rejection rates for loans to buy a home. Stats compiled by the online loan marketplace reveal 12.64% of mortgage applicants from Blacks were rejected in 2019 vs. 6.15% for all purchase-loan submissions.
    Yes, this analysis of the latest federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data tells you Blacks are 105% more likely to get turned down for a home loa
  • Commissioner Adam Silver: NBA prepared to deal with some positive coronavirus tests

    Commissioner Adam Silver: NBA prepared to deal with some positive coronavirus tests
    There will be more positive tests among NBA players. Of that Commissioner Adam Silver is relatively certain.
    It’s how many and when they occur that will make the difference.
    “That’s more a representation of what’s happening around the country … virtually none of them were in Florida at the time that testing began,” said Silver, referring to the announcement last week that 25 of 351 players tested for the coronarvirus between June 23 and July 2.
    “And so,
  • Collins Aerospace moving Anaheim facility to Kansas, fueling 200 layoffs

    Collins Aerospace moving Anaheim facility to Kansas, fueling 200 layoffs
    Collins Aerospace is shifting its Anaheim refrigeration operation to Lenexa, Kansas, in a move that will put an estimated 200 employees out of work.
    In a recent Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification sent to the state, the company, which makes and services systems for commercial aircraft, said the initial layoff of 155 workers will begin Aug. 21 and be completed within two weeks.
    “Additional separations will occur thereafter,” Debbie Nakamura, Collins’ senior manager of
  • Enjoying a drive-in movie night in San Juan Capistrano

    Enjoying a drive-in movie night in San Juan Capistrano
    One boy sits alone atop the cab of a pick-up truck as he watches The Lego Movie during a pop-up drive in movie event hosted by the City of San Juan Capistrano at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Club on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
    Movie-goers practice social distancing while watching The Lego Movie from their vehicles during a pop-up drive-in movie event, hosted by the City of San Juan Capistrano, in the parking lot of the Rancho Mission Viejo Ridin
  • Petition asks O.C. Health Care Agency to report COVID-19 in restaurants

    Petition asks O.C. Health Care Agency to report COVID-19 in restaurants
    Reports are always available about rats and roaches in restaurants, so why not regularly post a list of eateries closed when employees have contracted COVID-19, which can be deadly?
    That’s the thinking behind a new petition by activist Eva O’Keefe that has attracted more than 260 signatures since it was first posted during the last week of June. She hopes to garner at least 1,000 signatures before presenting it to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
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  • Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of president

    Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of president
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JILL COLVIN
    NEW YORK  — President Donald Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday that credits a “perfect storm of catastrophes” for exposing the president at his worst.
    Mary L. Trump, a psychologist, writes that the coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of an economic depression and deepening social divides have brought out the “worst effects” of Donald Trump&rsq
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

    Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post
    PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend.
    “My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. “I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person,
  • What Disney World’s reopening could mean for Disneyland

    What Disney World’s reopening could mean for Disneyland
    The reopening of Walt Disney World starting later this week after an extended COVID-19 closure offers a first look at the new normal coming to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in the coronavirus era once Disney’s Anaheim theme parks eventually swing open their gates.
    The reopening of Disney’s Florida theme parks with additional health and safety measures including mandatory face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, social distancing and enhanced sanitization is ex
  • What if I have a dispute with Amazon over returned items? Ask the lawyer

    What if I have a dispute with Amazon over returned items? Ask the lawyer
    Q: I ordered some clothes from Amazon but two items do not fit. Now what? I paid, but what if they won’t take them back?
    -M.M. Rancho Palos Verdes
    A: In your web browser, type “Amazon, our return policies.” There you will find many details on handling Amazon returns. Research indicates that used or open box items purchased and shipped from Amazon can in most cases be returned within 30 days of receipt; however, Items that have been resized, damaged or otherwise altered after de
  • Virtual event with authors Michael Connelly, Karen Grigsby Bates, Attica Locke, Joe Ide and Tod Goldberg

    Virtual event with authors Michael Connelly, Karen Grigsby Bates, Attica Locke, Joe Ide and Tod Goldberg
    Best-selling author Michael Connelly – and creator of the popular Amazon TV series “Bosch”now entering its seventh season – will join the all-star lineup this Friday for the Mystery andCrime episode of Southern California News Group’s virtual “Lit Up: Summer Reading Series” hosted by NPR commentator, author and performer Sandra Tsing Loh.
    The weekly salon-style program, held via Zoom Friday at 5 p.m., features wide-rangingconversations on books, ide
  • Virtual event with authors Michael Connelly, Karen Grigsby Bates, Attica Locke, Joe Ida and Tod Goldberg

    Virtual event with authors Michael Connelly, Karen Grigsby Bates, Attica Locke, Joe Ida and Tod Goldberg
    Best-selling author Michael Connelly – and creator of the popular Amazon TV series “Bosch”now entering its seventh season – will join the all-star lineup this Friday for the Mystery andCrime episode of Southern California News Group’s virtual “Lit Up: Summer Reading Series” hosted by NPR commentator, author and performer Sandra Tsing Loh.
    The weekly salon-style program, held via Zoom Friday at 5 p.m., features wide-rangingconversations on books, ide
  • Dodgers still seeking a championship; Would the sprint title be legitimate?

    Dodgers still seeking a championship; Would the sprint title be legitimate?
    LOS ANGELES — It’s a sprint, not a marathon.
    The reverse has always been true with a 162-game regular season annually challenging major-league teams, making sure only the truly deserving (in theory) earn a chance to play for a championship in October. This year, however, a 60-game mini-season is all MLB will attempt. Is that enough to make for a legitimate champion?
    “That’s a good question. I’ve thought about it a little bit,” Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kersh
  • DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic

    DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic
    By COLLIN BINKLEY
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    Anything less, she says, would fail students and taxpayers.
    DeVos made the comments during a call with governors as the Trump administration launched an all-out effort to get schools and colleges to reopen. Audio of the call was obtained by The Associat
  • Brethren Christian school in Huntington Beach will close after 73 years, letter to school community says

    Brethren Christian school in Huntington Beach will close after 73 years, letter to school community says
    Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach will close after 73 years, with school officials saying there is a financial shortfall amid declining enrollment.
    With Brethren Christian facing a $650,000 deficit for next year’s budget, keeping the school open would mean additional staff and teacher cuts, “which would compromise the excellent education BCHS has always provided,” the school’s board chair, Lee Wilhite, said in a letter to the school community sent Monday,

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