• Placentia puts firefighters for new department through six-week academy

    Placentia puts firefighters for new department through six-week academy
    With just weeks to go before launching the new Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department, the city has been putting recently hired firefighters, captains and other employees to the test with a fire academy program.
    Everyone hired already has some experience in the fire service, but the academy is a chance to brush up their skills, get to know their new colleagues and start learning to work as a team.
    “Every department does things differently,” Battalion Chief Jon Muir said at a recen
  • Patients use imagination to control pain with virtual reality program at Hoag Hospital

    Patients use imagination to control pain with virtual reality program at Hoag Hospital
    Teresa Lipot enjoys swimming as a way to connect with nature.
    Unfortunately, a medical condition has rendered the 62-year-old woman unable to go in the water for the past several years.
    By wearing virtual reality headsets, patients at Hoag Hospital can experience swimming underwater with dolphins and whales, along with several other scenarios. The technology is used to reduce pain and stress in patients. (Courtesy of Hoag Hospital).
    Dr. Robert Louis, a neurosurgeon at Hoag Hospital in Newport Be
  • Coronavirus state tracker: California nears 94,000 total cases as of May 25

    Coronavirus state tracker: California nears 94,000 total cases as of May 25
    California reported a total of 93,958 new coronavirus cases and 3,751 deaths on Monday, May 25. Los Angeles continues to account for roughly half the state’s new cases and deaths. Modoc County remains the only county without any cases.
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  • Suing Amazon will only feed greedy attorneys — and hurt consumers

    Suing Amazon will only feed greedy attorneys — and hurt consumers
    Whenever disaster strikes, the fight against price gouging is certain to strike up, too. California, of course, is no exception.
    Last month, plaintiffs represented by the Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP law firm filed a class action lawsuit in California against Amazon, claiming the giant corporation violated price gouging laws in the state during the coronavirus. Regardless of the way you feel about price gouging in general, the fact remains that if Amazon loses the lawsuit, customers across th
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  • Coronavirus: Orange County reported no new deaths and 133 new cases as of May 25

    Coronavirus: Orange County reported no new deaths and 133 new cases as of May 25
    On this Memorial Day, Orange County reported no new deaths attributed to COVID-19, with the total deaths remaining at 131.
    However, 133 new cases were reported.
    The county report shows 5,469 people tested positive for the virus since testing began in March. The cities with the two highest amounts of new cases were Santa Ana with 36 and Anaheim with 25.
    Of the 5,469 confirmed cases, 574 were residents in skilled nursing facilities and 365 were Orange County Jail inmates.
    With 24 of 25 hospitals r
  • Angels open facilities for limited workouts

    Angels open facilities for limited workouts
    The Angels have opened Angel Stadium and their minor league facility in Tempe, Ariz., for limited workouts for players on the 40-man roster, general manager Billy Eppler said on Monday.
    The workouts can be on the field or indoor facilities, but they are limited to four players per site at any time.
    At least six other teams — the Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays — have opened baseball facilities in the past w
  • Female cyclist killed in Irvine after being struck by car

    Female cyclist killed in Irvine after being struck by car
    A cyclist was killed Monday morning in Irvine after being struck by a car, according to Orange County Fire Authority.
    The call came at 10:01 a.m. near the area of Portola Parkway and State Route 241, said OCFA Capt. Thanh Nguyen.
    The cyclist, a woman, was found dead at the scene. Irvine Police Department also responded to the scene.
    “They determined there wasn’t anything they could do,” Nguyen said.
    The cyclist was not identified, pending notification of her family.
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  • Whicker: Every day was a little spicier when Pepper Rodgers was coaching

    Whicker: Every day was a little spicier when Pepper Rodgers was coaching
    Pepper Rodgers would somersault his way onto the field, his Kansas team running behind him.
    When he hired assistant coaches at Kansas, UCLA or Georgia Tech, he judged their recruiting skills by their wives and girlfriends. “If you’d married over your skis, you were in good shape,” Terry Donahue said.
    He would bring his ukulele to the office one day and brandish his miniature chess set the next.
    His Mondays were different from his Tuesdays, as were his Wednesdays, all the way un
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  • Newsom: California places of worship can reopen with limited capacity

    Newsom: California places of worship can reopen with limited capacity
    Amid mounting pressure from protestors and President Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled plans on Monday for reopening California churches and allowing in-person religious services.
    Under the governor’s new guidelines, places of worship could reopen, pending approval from their county public health officials, but must limit attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees — whichever is lower.
    After the first three weeks under these restrictions, the Californ
  • Fountain Valley presents small, socially distanced Memorial Day event for a virtual audience

    Fountain Valley presents small, socially distanced Memorial Day event for a virtual audience
    Fountain Valley Police Cpl. Brent Emmerson lowers the flag to half staff during a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Fountain Valley, CA on Monday, May 25, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    VFW Post 9557 Auxiliary members Joanne Sundell and Laura Chermak, from left, place a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Fountain Valley, CA on Monday, May 25, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)SoundThe gallery will resume insec
  • Trump’s federalist approach puts a spotlight on state power

    Trump’s federalist approach puts a spotlight on state power
    The Great Depression created a massive growth in the federal government’s power.
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt accumulated central authority never before asserted in our democratic republic of states. The New Deal stretched the federal government’s authority over “interstate commerce” almost beyond recognition.
    The U.S. Supreme Court acceded to this expansion, especially after its ranks were filled by eight FDR appointments to the court.
    One of their decisions allowed t
  • Map: Here’s the flight path for 18-plane flyover on Memorial Day

    Map: Here’s the flight path for 18-plane flyover on Memorial Day
    Eyes will be on the sky Monday as a flyover with 18 vintage-era aircraft wings its way “low and slow” across Southern California in a Memorial Day tribute.
    “To salute all veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to honor frontline COVID-19 Worker heroes of today,” reads a social media post announcing the flight path.
    The flyover will start in Riverside before soaring across Temecula Valley on its way to Orange County, where the planes will pass over Irvine toward the
  • While we’re staying at home, our outside living areas become the focus

    While we’re staying at home, our outside living areas become the focus
    As spring turns into summer, the innate desire for fresh air and natural surroundings is all the more pressing. In the age of social distancing, people are looking beyond the confines of their four walls at their yards, patios and porches. And if you are like most, you are surveying a scene that isn’t measuring up.
    In a recent survey for the top outdoor furnishings association, a resounding 88% of respondents said they were dissatisfied in some way with their outdoor space, citing a lack o
  • Pac-12 exhibition games: Our suggestion for opening the gates to spectators in the new normal

    Pac-12 exhibition games: Our suggestion for opening the gates to spectators in the new normal
    Momentum for an on-time start to the college football season has accelerated dramatically as Pac-12 presidents make  plans to reopen the campuses, athletic directors receive encouraging projections about the availability of coronavirus testing and health officials gain a deeper understanding of infection and transmission trends.
    So optimistic is the current outlook that discussions include the potential for spectators.
    Just last week, Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke noted the “tr
  • Cahuilla Casino Hotel moves past coronavirus setback, gets ready to open

    Cahuilla Casino Hotel moves past coronavirus setback, gets ready to open
    After roughly year and a half of work, the Cahuilla Band of Indians thought they would be ready to celebrate the opening of their new resort property, the Cahuilla Casino Hotel, on April 2, but the spread of the novel coronavirus forced them to make other plans instead.
    To protect the safety of their guests and employees they closed their original casino property on March 18 still hoping they could open the new replacement property in just a couple weeks. That didn’t happen either: The tri
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović injures calf while training with AC Milan

    Zlatan Ibrahimović injures calf while training with AC Milan
    MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović injured his calf while training for the anticipated restart of Serie A with AC Milan on Monday.
    The forward will undergo medical exams on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, the club said.
    Serie A has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13 if the government approves.
    The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in December on a six-month contract with an option for next seas
  • Status Update: Fairmont Private Schools buys south county campus for $22.75 million

    Status Update: Fairmont Private Schools buys south county campus for $22.75 million
    Fairmont Private Schools has completed its purchase of the Saddleback Valley Christian school campus in San Juan Capistrano for $22.75 million, according to CBRE.
    The two-building campus at 26333 Oso Road includes more than 60 classrooms for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education. Saddleback Valley Christian said previously it was relocating to the Bridge Church campus in Rancho Santa Margarita.
    The San Juan campus was built in 2006 and expanded in 2010. The sale includes all the furnitur
  • Spring wrap-up Q&A: Crean Lutheran volleyball coach will remember the missed opportunities for team’s seniors

    Spring wrap-up Q&A: Crean Lutheran volleyball coach will remember the missed opportunities for team’s seniors
    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.Glenn Henry, Crean Lutheran volleyball
    Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” 
(pre-coronavirus)?
    A: Being in the gym, motivating guys to be the best version of themselves day in an
  • Whicker: Rams hope new defensive boss Brandon Staley is a quick fixer

    Whicker: Rams hope new defensive boss Brandon Staley is a quick fixer
    It’s not a souffle or a roast duck. It’s football. The prep time is overrated.
    When Brandon Staley was coaching at John Carroll, there was no spring practice. At Hutchinson Junior College at Kansas, players constantly rushed through the turnstile, none available for more than two years.
    “When I got hired by the Bears, Khalil Mack showed up seven days before the first regular-season game,” Staley said. “And that was one of his best games. People wonder about it, but
  • Addiction rehab centers report small number of coronavirus infections

    Addiction rehab centers report small number of coronavirus infections
    California’s 1,736 licensed addiction treatment centers have reported only 14 coronavirus infections to regulators, officials said this week.
    The infections were reported at 10 different facilities, and both staff and clients were affected. The state did not name the facilities or say where they are.
    Treatment centers — typically, six-bed homes in residential neighborhoods —  are required to report all incidents of communicable disease to the state Department of Health Car
  • Race for coronavirus vaccine inspires hope — and a healthy dose of caution

    Race for coronavirus vaccine inspires hope — and a healthy dose of caution
    The feverish race is on: More than 100 coronavirus vaccines are in development.
    The stock market grew giddy because eight people — eight — showed signs of antibodies that can block infection.
    Officials vow to deliver a safe, effective vaccine at “warp speed,” backed by some $10 billion of public and private funding.
    Many are optimistic that a vaccine will eventually take the bite out of COVID-19 — and hope is good right about now — but even at warp speed, vacc
  • Orange County quietly honors Memorial Day while fighting an invisible foe

    Orange County quietly honors Memorial Day while fighting an invisible foe
    This Memorial Day, Americans are in the midst of fighting an invisible foe in their own backyards.
    Unlike traditional conflicts, the battle does not involve boot camp and barracks, nor bullets and bombs. And while people may be sick of their homes, at least they’re not homesick – from thousands of miles across an ocean.
    Today we honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their comforts, their safety and their lives to serve our country.
    As with everything else, the corona
  • Renewal of the Golden State: Steven Choi

    Renewal of the Golden State: Steven Choi
    Recession, economic downturns and hard times are no stranger to many of us in California.
    For the younger, the years surrounding 2009 and the recession stand as a reminder of those times, others might remember hard times from years past, like the gas shortages of the 1970s.
    This past week the governor issued and made public his budget for our great state, trying to address the economic recession that was caused by COVID-19 and the shutdown of almost every activity in California.
    Being raised in
  • Instead of restricting all Americans, reopen society and protect the vulnerable

    Instead of restricting all Americans, reopen society and protect the vulnerable
    Americans deserve a memorable Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a long few months since New Years Day — the last non-weekend day off for tens of millions of workers. Policymakers can help give us the holiday we deserve by ending the national grounding and reopening society.
    Over the last couple of months, the nation has been ravaged by the coronavirus. More than 90,000 Americans are dead and the economy has whipsawed from one of the best to one of the worst on record. The unemploy
  • Tax hikes in the midst of a recession?

    Tax hikes in the midst of a recession?
    It’s the multi-billion-dollar question of the moment:
    In the midst of a sudden recession that has erased, at least temporarily, millions of jobs, would Californians support a batch of new taxes to prop up state and local government services?
    Gov. Gavin Newsom implicitly posed the question in his much-revised 2020-21 budget. It assumes a $41.2 billion drop in revenues from the initial budget he unveiled in January, pegs the total deficit at $54.3 billion and makes wholesale reduct
  • Remembering their sacrifice: Political Cartoons

    Remembering their sacrifice: Political Cartoons
    Snorty, a kitten who is being cared for by Rebekah's Foster Farm in La Habra was brought in from Colton with its siblings. Matthew Shepard's name is written on the wall of a new art exhibit called "Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance" at the CSUF Grand Central Art Center. Shepard was beaten and killed for being gay in Laramie, Wyo.SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds A park officer and a worker set up the base for an electric fence, brought in by Ali Bongo Ondimba for the
  • Why California needs to invest in independent colleges and universities

    Why California needs to invest in independent colleges and universities
    The COVID-19 pandemic is fundamentally changing the way many industries and institutions operate – including higher education.
    In many cases, these changes will be for the better even if they don’t seem that way right now. We must be cautious about the lessons we draw from these first few weeks of disruption and displacement, so we don’t compromise one of the best investments in our future: California’s independent, nonprofit colleges and universities.
    Last month, the&nbs
  • Brad Keselowski wins 600 to extend Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak

    Brad Keselowski wins 600 to extend Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak
    CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to 102 races, holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early Monday in the Coca-Cola 600.
    Keselowski started in the back of the field, worked his way to the front at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gambled in not pitting when caution stopped Chase Elliott from winning with two laps remaining.
    Elliott pitted and Keselowski led a train of eight cars that stayed on the track. He lined up in front of Alex
  • Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning win a TV charity golf match as good as real thing

    Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning win a TV charity golf match as good as real thing
    Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match that made it easy to forget the rest of his swings. Tiger Woods didn’t miss a fairway and earned a small measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson.
    The PGA Tour is set to return in just over two weeks, and it has a tough act to follow.
    In the second and final charity match that brought live golf to TV, this exhibition was as entertaining as the real thing.
    Woods lagged a long birdie putt close enough that his partner, Peyton Manning, didn’t h
  • Santa Anita consensus picks for Monday May 25

    Santa Anita consensus picks for Monday May 25
    The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Monday, May 25 for racing at Santa Anita.
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