• Editorial Board endorsements for the March 3, 2020 election

    Editorial  Board endorsements for the March 3, 2020 election
    Here are our Editorial Board’s endorsements for the upcoming election.
  • ‘I heard the roar’: 6.5 earthquake hits Idaho

    ‘I heard the roar’: 6.5 earthquake hits Idaho
    By REBECCA BOONE
    BOISE, Idaho — An earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.
    The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
    More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming i
  • State superintendent issues grim prediction that spring sports season is likely over because of coronavirus

    State superintendent issues grim prediction that spring sports season is likely over because of coronavirus
    The prospect of the high school spring sports season resuming grew dimmer Tuesday with a prediction from the state superintendent of public instruction that schools likely will not physically re-open this academic year because of the coronavirus crisis.
    State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond made the prediction in a letter to school district superintendents but didn’t issue a mandate to keep campuses closed. He instead focused on strengthening distance or on-line learning
  • State superintendent issues grim outlook for spring sports the rest of this school year because of coronavirus concerns

    State superintendent issues grim outlook for spring sports the rest of this school year because of coronavirus concerns
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowThe prospect of the high school spring sports season resuming grew dimmer Tuesday with the state superintendent of public instruction saying that schools likely will not reopen this academic year because of the coronavirus crisis.
    State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond made his comments in a letter to local school districts, but he didn’t issue a mandate to keep campuses closed. He ins
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  • Orange County girls basketball player of the year: Asia Avinger, Rosary

    Orange County girls basketball player of the year: Asia Avinger, Rosary
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowAsia Avinger fell in love with basketball when she was just 4 years old, playing on lowered baskets at the YMCA.
    “The color of my (first) team was red and black,” she recalled. “I loved it, every bit of it. All the travels. All the air balls. All of it.”
    Avinger’s passion ran so deep, she soon couldn’t wait to develop her skills and grow as a player.
    Rosary’s Asia Avi
  • All-Orange County girls basketball 2019-20: First Team through Fourth Team

    All-Orange County girls basketball 2019-20: First Team through Fourth Team
    The Register’s All-County girls basketball teams for the 2019-20 season.
    FIRST TEAM
    Asia Avinger, Rosary, Sr., PG
    The Register’s player of the year.
    Jimmy Valverde, Esperanza
    The Register’s coach of the year.
    Kaylee Byon, Rosary, So., PG
    The 5-foot-6 Byon led the Trinity League co-champions in scoring by averaging 14.7 points. She scored 18 second-half points in a 65-55 victory at Mater Dei, which snapped the Monarchs’ 90-game winning streak in the Trinity League. The fir
  • Orange County girls basketball coach of the year: Jimmy Valverde, Esperanza

    Orange County girls basketball coach of the year: Jimmy Valverde, Esperanza
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowEsperanza’s girls basketball team returned just one starter from its 2018-19 squad, considered by some the best team in school history.
    The Aztecs didn’t have a player taller than 5-foot-11.
    They didn’t have a talented transfer ready to fill any of the voids.
    Esperanza did have Jimmy Valverde, a coaching veteran with an appetite for up-tempo play and a competitive fire tucked below his outgo
  • Coronavirus: Trailers coming to Orange County to help isolate, quarantine some homeless

    Coronavirus: Trailers coming to Orange County to help isolate, quarantine some homeless
    The state is sending 78 trailers to Orange County to help house homeless people who need to be isolated or quarantined away from shelters because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The bulk of the trailers, many of which originated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are being distributed by the state, will go to Anaheim and Santa Ana, with other cities getting small allotments.
    Anaheim and Santa Ana have the county’s two largest homeless populations, in shelters and on the s
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  • Orange County preparing medical resources for projected surge of coronavirus cases

    Orange County preparing medical resources for projected surge of coronavirus cases
    Expecting a spike in cases of COVID-19 within two to four weeks, Orange County healthcare officials said they are marshaling available resources now to ensure hospitals have enough beds for ill people and healthcare workers have vital equipment and supplies.
    All hospitals in the county have been asked to activate their existing “surge plans,” which gives the county a total of 5,376 beds, and a decision is expected within days on whether more capacity will be added at the Fairview Dev
  • Map shows coronavirus cases in Riverside County cities

    Map shows coronavirus cases in Riverside County cities
    Riverside County’s health department is releasing how many people have tested positive for the coronavirus in cities and unincorporated communities. Here is the latest from Tuesday, March 31.
    As of Tuesday, there have been 371 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County residents since the outbreak began. That’s up 27% from the day before and 529% from the week before. Officials say 30 patients have recovered.
    Four more deaths were announced Thursday, bringing the county’s
  • State prisons to release 3,500 nonviolent inmates early because of coronavirus threat

    State prisons to release 3,500 nonviolent inmates early because of coronavirus threat
    California’s prison system will release an estimated 3,500 inmates early to keep the novel coronavirus from spreading behind bars, state officials announced Tuesday.
    The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the first batch of nonviolent prisoners will be released to parole up to 30 days early, while the next group will be released up to 60 days early. Ineligible for early release are violent offenders, sex offenders and those serving time for domestic violence.
    “We
  • New Chargers Chris Harris Jr., Bryan Bulaga are fans of team’s talent, versatility

    New Chargers Chris Harris Jr., Bryan Bulaga are fans of team’s talent, versatility
    Free-agent acquisitions Chris Harris Jr., Bryan Bulaga and Nick Vigil won’t get to adjust with their new Chargers teammates anytime soon, but they’ve been learning new roles at home.
    Harris has spent most of his time keeping his daughters entertained while in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. They’re doing homework, arts and crafts and watching movies.
    “Just trying to find enough fun stuff,” Harris said Tuesday during an introductory conference call wi
  • Coronavirus help: $349 billion in loans coming soon for small businesses

    Coronavirus help: $349 billion in loans coming soon for small businesses
    A $349 billion, low-interest loan program for small businesses dealing with the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak could be up and running by week’s end.
    The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help small businesses meet payrolls and avoid layoffs, was unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department. It’s expected to go into effect as early as Friday, the agencies said.
    “Our goal is to position lenders as the sing
  • Q&A: How is the VA Long Beach Healthcare System handling coronavirus?

    Q&A: How is the VA Long Beach Healthcare System handling coronavirus?
    The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is prepared for a potential surge in coronavirus cases, if and when the time arises.
    That was the general message that representatives from the VA hospital gave in a Tuesday, March 31, phone interview with the Press-Telegram.
    Along with confirming that the hospital has treated more than one coronavirus patient (but less than five; officials declared to share a specific number) and that as of Monday, the hospital now has the ability to run a “high capacit
  • Navy secretary visits hospital ship Mercy in Port of Los Angeles

    Navy secretary visits hospital ship Mercy in Port of Los Angeles
    As with anyone who gets near the USNS Mercy – the Navy hospital ship sent to free up Los Angeles area hospitals that need to take on an increase in coronavirus patients – the Navy’s top civilian leader had his temperature checked.
    Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly made a surprise stop at the 1,000-bed Mercy docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 31, taking a tour of the premises near the pier.
    Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly has his temperature
  • Census outreach efforts hampered by coronavirus pandemic

    Census outreach efforts hampered by coronavirus pandemic
    When members of the Orange County Herald Center saw their face-to-face census outreach campaigns screech to a halt with the coronavirus pandemic and statewide lock-downs, they got creative.
    The Christian nonprofit, which largely engages the Chinese community, quickly shifted gears by getting their youth, most of whom are home because of school closures, engaged in a texting campaign, said Sarah Middleton, census consultant with Charitable Ventures in Costa Mesa, which partners with several nonpr
  • Alexander: Boxing changed Alicia Doyle’s life

    Alexander: Boxing changed Alicia Doyle’s life
    Alicia Doyle sizes up her opponent during the second round of her first (and only) professional fight against Lisa Valencia on Sept. 16, 2000 at the Castaic Brickyard. Doyle, a two-time Gold Gloves champion, lost the right by unanimous decision and stepped away from the ring shortly thereafter. She has written a book, “Fighting Chance,” about her two years in boxing and the effect the pursuit of the sport had on her life. (Photo courtesy of Alicia Doyle)
    Alicia Doyle, right, instruct
  • Superintendent: Coronavirus likely to keep schools shuttered for academic year

    Superintendent: Coronavirus likely to keep schools shuttered for academic year
    SACRAMENTO – California schools are likely to remain closed for the rest of the academic year as the fight to contain the novel coronavirus continues, the state superintendent of public instruction told local officials Tuesday.
    “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year,” state Superintendent Tony Thurmond wrote in a letter rele
  • Mountain High shuts lifts for season amid coronavirus outbreak

    Mountain High shuts lifts for season amid coronavirus outbreak
    Pack up the snow gear, Mountain High has called it quits for the season.
    The Wrightwood resort posted the update Tuesday, March 31, citing the extension of federal guidelines for social distancing through April 30.
    Like other mountain resorts in the region, the popular Southern California snow resort temporarily shut down as restrictions on gatherings tightened a few weeks ago – just as back-to-back storms dropped heaps of new snow after a dry February.
    “To our guests and staff, we t
  • Walmart to begin temperature checks on workers amid coronavirus crisis

    Walmart to begin temperature checks on workers amid coronavirus crisis
    In yet another sign the coronavirus reality, Walmart said Tuesday it will soon begin taking the temperature of all employees as they arrive for work at company stores, clubs and distribution centers.
    “We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks,” President and CEO John Furner said on the company’s website. “Any associate with a temperature of 100 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return
  • Buy a burrito, get a free one during El Pollo Loco’s National Burrito Day promotion

    Buy a burrito, get a free one during El Pollo Loco’s National Burrito Day promotion
    You know what’s better than having one burrito? Having two burritos for the same price.
    El Pollo Loco will have a promotion Thursday, April 2, for National Burrito Day where customers who buy one of its fire-grilled chicken burritos, plant-based “Chickenless Pollo” burritos or BRC burritos will get another one free.
    “We recognize that it is a tough time economically for everyone, and we’re grateful that we can be there for our community during this time,” Bern
  • Whicker: Horse racing is suddenly the only game we have

    Whicker: Horse racing is suddenly the only game we have
    All these trips down Memory Lane are nice, maybe even necessary.
    But at some point, you know Kirk Gibson will reach the seats, Christian Laettner will make the shot, Pete Carroll will call the play. You don’t need to see it again.
    You need the surprise.
    The Florida Derby did not surprise Saturday, not with Tiz The Law winning as a 6/5 shot. It didn’t matter. Ratings on NBC Sports Network jumped 46% over last year, drawing 177,000 viewers between 3-4 p.m. Pacific time.
    That does not m
  • Three more people die from coronavirus in Orange County; total number up to seven

    Three more people die from coronavirus in Orange County; total number up to seven
    Three more people – two of them younger than 45 – have died from COVID-19 in Orange County, increasing the number of reported coronavirus-related fatalities to seven as of Tuesday, March 31.
    Tuesday was the first time county health officials reported deaths among people younger than 45 from COVID-19, including someone who was between the ages of 25 and 34.
    Orange County had 42 new confirmed cases of coronavirus reported on Tuesday, with a total now at 502. Tuesday marked the third st
  • These charts forecast coronavirus deaths in California, the U.S.

    These charts forecast coronavirus deaths in California, the U.S.
    The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine has created a forecast of the COVID-19 impact on hospital bed days, ICU days, ventilator days and deaths by U.S. states in the next 4 months.
    The model was most recently updated at 6 a.m. Pacific time, March 31, and estimates for the U.S. point to April 15 as the peak day for hospital use.
    The model assumes continued social distancing until the end of May 2020. Click on the chart below to s
  • The problems of crony capitalism and moral hazard

    The problems of crony capitalism and moral hazard
    After the 2008 financial meltdown, President George W. Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which authorized the federal government to spend up to $700 billion to buy troubled assets that were at the heart of the mortgage crisis. The Obama administration followed up in 2010 with an $840 billion economic recovery act — measures that amounted to the largest “stimulus” packages in United States history since the New Deal.
    These federal bailouts have come to epitomize the
  • How to prep for (and spend) your government relief check

    How to prep for (and spend) your government relief check
    The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives and finances of millions. A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks.
    While you’ll have to wait for whatever money you might be eligible for, now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of this money depends on your individual circumstances. Here’s how to think it through.
    DO THIS PREP WORK, REGARDLESS OF YOU
  • Acclaimed Costa Mesa restaurant Taco Maria closes temporarily

    Acclaimed Costa Mesa restaurant Taco Maria closes temporarily
    Takeout wasn’t enough for Taco Maria.
    One of Orange County’s only two Michelin-starred restaurants has just announced a temporary closure, informing its customers in an announcement  on social media.
    “We’ve decided to stop takeout and temporarily close all operations with the health of our families and guests in mind. Thank you for the outpouring of support, and check back soon for news of our reopening,” read the statement.
    One of Orange County’s only tw
  • How the coronavirus consumer bailout can get you cash

    How the coronavirus consumer bailout can get you cash
    The unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package will provide one-time checks for most Americans and significant enhancements to unemployment benefits.
    Both will provide much-needed help to those recently laid-off and to financially stressed households as the coronavirus shuts down much of the economy.
    Here are some questions and answers about how the legislation can help you:
    WHO IS GETTING A CHECK?
    Everyone earning up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income — the income on your tax re
  • A cost-analysis of going back to work vs. California’s stay-at-home policy

    A cost-analysis of going back to work vs. California’s stay-at-home policy
    First with a tweet, then a news conference and interviews, President Donald Trump showed that he is considering trading American lives in the coronavirus pandemic for a healthier economy:  “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem.”
    The pushback to Trump’s statements was swift, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying that if the public must choose between public health and the economy, Americans will choose the former.  Others, including Trump e
  • A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

    A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due
    The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April’s bills are coming due.
    The good news is there is help available. Reach out immediately to your mortgage lender, student loan servicer or utility provider to see what’s available. Other assistance, such as stimulus checks or unemployment benefits, will take more time. The bottom line is that you need to take action to seek certain forms of relief.
    Here is help navigating the biggest issues:
    HOUSING
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