• Thomas Sowell, an underappreciated American scholar, turns 90

    Thomas Sowell, an underappreciated American scholar, turns 90
    Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century.
    On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1930. As part of the great black migration northward during the 1930s and ’40s, he and his family moved to Harlem, New York. Sowell attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School but dropped out. In 1951, he was drafted into the milita
  • Proposition 19 is latest assault on taxpayers

    Proposition 19 is latest assault on taxpayers
    The assaults on California property owners and taxpayers never stop. And once again the California Legislature has advanced a massive tax increase at the last possible moment when they thought no one was paying attention.
    Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 11 (ACA11), approved by the California Legislature, takes away Proposition 13 protections that California families have under current law and replaces them with a billion-dollar tax increase. Voters will have an opportunity to reject this s
  • ‘Rodham’ makes for a new kind of Hillary

    ‘Rodham’ makes for a new kind of Hillary
    Some people are obsessed with Hillary Clinton.
    I am not among them.
    It is mostly the many people who dislike all things Hillary Clinton for whom the ordinary mild interest in someone so connected, so famous, so accomplished rises to the O-word level.
    Years, decades, generations after alleged scandals involving commodities trading, real estate, a dead aide who just had to have been murdered, these people maintain a kind of Hillary cargo cult, re-hashing the old dust-ups and for all I know trading
  • Coronavirus: Orange County reported 413 new cases and 3 new deaths as of July 4

    Coronavirus: Orange County reported 413 new cases and 3 new deaths as of July 4
    The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported three new deaths as of Saturday, July 4, increasing the total number of people in the county who have died from the coronavirus to 363.
    Of the 363 deaths, 190 were listed as people in skilled nursing facilities and two were listed as homeless.
    There were 413 new cases of the virus confirmed on Saturday. In the last three days, there have been 3,127 new cases reported.
    The cumulative case total is now 16,191 since testing began in March. The sev
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  • Horse racing: Uncle Chuck earns easy win in Los Alamitos Derby

    Horse racing: Uncle Chuck earns easy win in Los Alamitos Derby
    Uncle Chuck and jockey Luis Saez win the Grade III, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Los Alamitos Race Course. (Benoit Photo).
    Jockey Luis Saez guides Uncle Chuck to the winner’s circle after their victory in the Grade III, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby, Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Los Alamitos Race Course. (Benoit Photo).SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUncle Chuck and jockey Luis Saez win the Grade III, $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at
  • Racehorse euthanized after suffering injury at Los Alamitos

    Racehorse euthanized after suffering injury at Los Alamitos
    CYPRESS (CNS) – This Is Us, a 3-year-old gelding, has been euthanized after suffering an unspecified injury while racing at Los Alamitos Race Course, officials confirmed today.
    He “bobbled” at the start of Friday night’s fifth race and was vanned off, according to the official racing chart.
    Video of the race shows the horse throwing jockey Jairo Rangel after finishing fourth.
    His death was confirmed by Mike Marten, public information officer for the California Horse Racin
  • Orange County celebrates a socially distanced Fourth of July

    Orange County celebrates a socially distanced Fourth of July
    There might not have been huge crowds awash in red, white and blue, or as many firework shows booming across the skies, but Orange County still wished America an exuberant  “Happy Birthday” on Saturday, July 4.
    Most Fourth of July celebrations were at-home affairs, but a few communities held scaled-back, socially distanced versions of their annual bashes.
    In Laguna Woods Village, residents decorated their homes and lawns as well their golf carts, many riding their patriotic tran
  • Man killed, driver arrested in Santa Ana hit-and-run crash

    Man killed, driver arrested in Santa Ana hit-and-run crash
    A pedestrian was fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash early Saturday, July 4, in the 2400 block of South Fairview Street in Santa Ana, police said.
    Around 1:20 a.m., police responding to several calls found the man in the road with major injuries, a Santa Ana Police Department news release said. The investigation found that a vehicle driving south on Fairview struck the man and then left the scene with a shattered windshield.
    Officers found the vehicle and traced it to a nearby home, where the
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  • Los Alamitos consensus picks for Sunday July 5

    Los Alamitos consensus picks for Sunday July 5
    The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Sunday, July 5 for racing at Los Alamitos.
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  • Shohei Ohtani eager to return to two-way role with Angels

    Shohei Ohtani eager to return to two-way role with Angels
    ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani has been waiting a long time to be comfortable again.
    Before missing three and a half months because of the sport’s coronavirus shutdown, Ohtani had spent more than 17 months rehabbing as a pitcher after Tommy John surgery.
    Now, he can finally see the finish line. When baseball season begins later this month, Ohtani will again be a two-way player.
    “Last year was a weird season for me, actually,” Ohtani said through his Saturday. “I’m go
  • How the Lakers are preparing for their chemistry to be tested

    How the Lakers are preparing for their chemistry to be tested
    In the Lakers’ locker room, he was one of the loudest voices. So it made sense that even though his team hasn’t shared a locker room in nearly four months, Jared Dudley doesn’t think his role has changed.
    While the coronavirus pandemic has shut down basketball and much of the world, Dudley still connected. He texted. He tweeted. He added Instagram so he could check in with teammates more: see LeBron James’ beard sprout grays around the edges; see Kyle Kuzma’s home f
  • Dodgers’ David Price opts out of playing in 2020

    Dodgers’ David Price opts out of playing in 2020
    LOS ANGELES — David Price has become the first Dodgers player to opt out of the 2020 season.
    The left-hander made his announcement on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, the second day of official workouts at Dodger Stadium.
    “Dear Dodgers Nation,” Price posted, “After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season. I will miss my teammates and
  • John Wayne Airport gets $4 million federal grant for infrastructure improvements

    John Wayne Airport gets $4 million federal grant for infrastructure improvements
    Orange County’s John Wayne Airport has received a $4 million grant to update airfield signs, navigation aids and runway lighting, the Federal Aviation Administration announced.
    The money is part of an $800 million package of safety and infrastructure funding awarded to 347 airports around the country.
    It comes in addition to the $10 billion awarded in April to help airports stay afloat amid plunging travel demand wrought by the coronavirus crisis. That go-around, JWA received $45 million i
  • Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by Giancarlo Stanton line drive

    Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by Giancarlo Stanton line drive
    NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout.
    Tanaka’s hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.
    Trainers tended to his head and appeared to check his vision.
  • Look up starting at 2 p.m., historic planes might fly over to celebrate July 4th

    Look up starting at 2  p.m., historic planes might fly over to celebrate July 4th
    Two different groups of pilots are planning Fourth of July flights over parts of Orange and Los Angeles counties Saturday afternoon, July 4.
    At 2 p.m., the “Willa Dean,” a C-47 military transport plane, and two Marchetti SF-260 aerobatic planes are scheduled to pass over the city of Orange, then fly over Buena Park at 2:15 p.m. and La Habra at 2:30 p.m. The spectacle was organized by the Lyon Air Museum and Air Combat USA in conjunction with the three cities.Also starting at 2 p.m.,
  • Whicker: Delayed, shortened season won’t help MLB get more colorful

    Whicker: Delayed, shortened season won’t help MLB get more colorful
    Baseball is no longer the national game because the nation’s best athletes aren’t playing it.
    Willie Mays learned it because his father Carl played in the Birmingham Industrial League. When Willie was in high school, he signed with the Black Barons of the Negro American League.
    Hank Aaron played in the streets in his Mobile neighborhood. His high school didn’t have baseball, so he played for the Mobile Black Bears, and later signed with the Indianapolis Clowns.
    Ernie Banks, Don
  • Liberty, under siege, must be cherished and defended

    Liberty, under siege, must be cherished and defended
    The Fourth of July is a day on which most Americans enjoy a holiday celebration with their family and friends. In normal years we all enjoy a day at the beach, a barbecue and parades. Flags are waved throughout our communities. Typically, at this time of the year, Californians are making plans to visit one of the dozens of fireworks shows put on throughout the state.
    This year, however, has hardly been typical, and most of the normal activities that would have otherwise occurred this weekend bee
  • Rusty Van Cleave hired as boys basketball coach at Ocean View

    Rusty Van Cleave hired as boys basketball coach at Ocean View
    Rusty Van Cleave has been hired as the boys basketball head coach at Ocean View.
    Van Cleave replaces Brendan Holmes, who resigned after one season as the team’s head coach.
    Van Cleave was the head coach at Foothill for 13 seasons (2004-2017), and led the Knights to two CIF Southern Section championships (2010, 2015) and four league titles. His teams averaged 23 wins per year in his final eight seasons at Foothill.
    He has also been an assistant coach at Estancia, Santa Margarita, Villa Park
  • As Bastiat would say, peer past the obvious with pandemic policies

    As Bastiat would say, peer past the obvious with pandemic policies
    This week marks the 219th birthday of the great 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat. It’s the perfect time to talk about his famous essay, “That Which is Seen, and that Which is Not Seen,” published in his book, “The Law.” This timeless work remains an essential guide to thinking about policymaking.
    In that essay, Bastiat writes: “In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series
  • NBA sets Lakers, Clippers scrimmage schedules before restart

    NBA sets Lakers, Clippers scrimmage schedules before restart
    The Clippers will tip off the NBA’s restart scrimmage schedule against the Orlando Magic at noon July 22, the first in a week of intersquad scrimmages among the 22 participating NBA teams. Each team will play three practice games ahead of the start of seeding games on July 30.
    The Lakers’ first scrimmage will be against the Dallas Mavericks at 4 p.m. July 23, with two more games – against the Magic at 9 a.m. July 25 and the Washington Wizards at noon July 27 – according t
  • Beaches closed across Southern California, but did holiday revelers stay away?

    Beaches closed across Southern California, but did holiday revelers stay away?
    The Wedge in Newport Beach was firing, drawing wave riders and crowds who showed up to watch, despite the beach being closed. (Photo courtesy of @surflick/ Brandon Yamawaki)
    Some people didn’t get the memo that the beaches were closed for the Fourth of July holiday – especially the surfers out to ride bombing waves without crowds as the summer’s largest south swell slammed the shore.
    Most beaches were clear of holiday revelers hoping to post up on the sand early Saturday. A har
  • The original Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Seal Beach closes after 14 years

    The original Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Seal Beach closes after 14 years
    They sold their house in Arizona and their Apple stock. Then they took out loans from their parents. Gabe Gordon and Lena Perelman were only in their late 20s, but determined to open a restaurant in Seal Beach. For 14 years they had a hit with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, one of Orange County’s first gastropubs.
    Sadly it came to an end with an announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, July 1 that they were calling it quits. “This decision has weighed heavy on us for over 100+ days. But
  • Police protests continue throughout Southern California on July 4

    Police protests continue throughout Southern California on July 4
    It’s a holiday weekend, but the marches, rallies, and other actions against systemic racism and police brutality continue across Southern California.
    The nationwide movement sparked by the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis now embraces a range of issues as it enters a sixth week.
    The protests continue despite a sharp rise in the spread of COVID-19, particularly in Southern California.
    Events on today’s schedule in Southern California include: 9:30 a.m. in Hollywo
  • Clean up in Newport Beach after big surf and high tides caused flooding, sailboat capsize

    Clean up in Newport Beach after big surf and high tides caused flooding, sailboat capsize
    Mother Nature wreaked havoc in Newport Beach as the Fourth of July weekend got underway, sending ocean water flooding into streets late night on Friday, July 3, also causing a 40-foot sailboat to capsize and shatter into pieces and a traffic jam that kept vehicles from leaving the Balboa Peninsula for hours.
    Beach closures put in place for the holiday weekend, similar to restrictions at most other Southern California stretches of coast due to coronavirus crowding concerns, gave workers breathing
  • Brandy Colbert explains how ‘The Voting Booth’ takes two teens on an election day adventure

    Brandy Colbert explains how ‘The Voting Booth’ takes two teens on an election day adventure
    It’s election day when two 18-year-old high school seniors, Marva Sheridan and Duke Crenshaw, first meet at the local polling place.
    When Duke learns that his name isn’t on the voter rolls, Marva is ready to drop everything in order to help him exercise his right to vote. It’s a chance encounter that sets off a daylong adventure in the midst of which the two teenagers will learn more about each other and themselves.
    In “The Voting Booth,” author Brandy Colbert alter
  • High tide, massive surf causes flooding along Balboa Peninsula

    High tide, massive surf causes flooding along Balboa Peninsula
    A combination of high tides and violent surf Friday night on the Balboa Peninsula flooded homes, reduced a sailboat to splinters and prompted several near-death rescues offshore, according to authorities.
    High tides and big surf caused flooding along the Balboa Peninsula on Friday, July 3, 2020
    The flooding was centered near A Street and East Balboa Boulevard, said Newport Beach police Sgt. Steve Oberon.
    Media reports on Twitter indicated the flooding was about ankle deep and had reached three b
  • Sparks assistant coach Fred Williams won’t join team in Florida

    Sparks assistant coach Fred Williams won’t join team in Florida
    With the L.A. Sparks’ support, assistant coach Fred Williams will work remotely during the 2020 WNBA season, the team announced Friday evening, citing precautionary health reasons related to the risks associated with coronavirus.
    “I truly appreciate the Sparks organization for their understanding in this unprecedented situation,” said Williams, 63, who will continue his duties — including scouting, film study, practice and game preparation — from home. “I look
  • Coronavirus: Orange County reported 713 new cases and 6 new deaths as of July 3

    Coronavirus: Orange County reported 713 new cases and 6 new deaths as of July 3
    The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported six new deaths as of Friday, July 3, increasing the total number of people in the county who have died from the coronavirus to 360.
    Of the 360 deaths, 184 were listed as people in skilled nursing facilities and two were listed as homeless.
    There were 713 new cases of the virus confirmed on Friday. In the last three days, there have been 2,714 new cases reported.
    The cumulative case total is now 15,778 since testing began in March. The seven-day
  • Dodgers open Summer Camp with precautions and protocols

    Dodgers open Summer Camp with precautions and protocols
    The Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)
    Los Angeles Dodgers coach Bob Geren gives the elbow tap to right fielder Mookie Betts (50) during the Los Angeles Dodgers first summer camp workout in preparation for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in Los Angeles on Friday, July 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasade
  • OC district attorney charges surgeon, girlfriend with sober living home insurance fraud

    OC district attorney charges surgeon, girlfriend with sober living home insurance fraud
    A Beverly Hills surgeon and his girlfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing nearly $52 million in an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that involved hiring body brokers to pay patients at Southern California sober living homes to undergo medically unnecessary surgeries, medical testing and other medical procedures, officials said Friday, July 3.
    Dr. Randy Rosen pleaded not guilty Thursday to 88 felony counts in two separate cases, while Rosen’s girlfriend — 41-year-old L

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