• Trump orders governors to open churches ‘right now.’ Newsom says guidelines coming Monday

    Trump orders governors to open churches ‘right now.’ Newsom says guidelines coming Monday
    With the prospect of thousands of California churches defiantly opening at the end of the month and President Donald Trump threatening to use unclear authority to make it happen even faster, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the state will soon release guidelines to resume in-person religious services.
    But Newsom, who said the guidelines would arrive no later than Monday, stopped short of offering a specific timeline for when religious institutions can start physically welcoming congregant
  • South Coast Plaza reopens Monday, June 1 with most amenities shut

    South Coast Plaza reopens Monday, June 1 with most amenities shut
    The carousel at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa will remain closed even as the retail center reopens June 1. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)
    South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is void of customers after a rise in COVID-19 cases on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSouth Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa is void of customers after a rise in COVID-19 cases on Monday, March 16, 2020. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley,
  • Protesters enter Minneapolis police station, set fires

    Protesters enter Minneapolis police station, set fires
    By TIM SULLIVAN and AMY FORLITI
    MINNEAPOLIS  — Protesters angered by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died while in police custody, gained access to a Minneapolis police precinct on Thursday, the third straight night of violent protests spreading beyond the city.
    Livestream video showed the protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set. Police appeared to have left the building located in the neighborhood not far
  • Grateful Dead: A look back at the band’s magical year of 1970

    Grateful Dead: A look back at the band’s magical year of 1970
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    The Grateful Dead released two albums in 1970 — “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” — and they changed the band’s trajectory forevermore.
    “These are the two albums that eventually really established the Grateful Dead for the long haul,” says Dennis McNally, the band’s official historian.
    After releasing a trio of albums that failed to meet commerci
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  • Protesters return to streets Thursday night in Los Angeles over killing of George Floyd

    Protesters return to streets Thursday night in Los Angeles over killing of George Floyd
    Dozens of protesters gathered again Thursday in downtown Los Angeles for a second night of demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.
    The group congregated in front of the LAPD headquarters on First Street in downtown about 5 p.m.
    But LAPD did not immediately deploy riot police as they had during a larger protest on Wednesday evening.
    “We’re not on tactical alert, and we’re closely monitoring what’s going
  • Orange County Democrats boot vice chair after he criticizes the party

    Orange County Democrats boot vice chair after he criticizes the party
    A divided Democratic Party of Orange County this week voted to oust one of its vice chairs in the wake of social media posts where Victor Valladares cursed the party for backing Joe Biden as the presidential nominee over Bernie Sanders.
    The move also came as reports spread on conservative blogs about past and pending criminal charges against Valladares.
    The Huntington Beach activist on Thursday owned up to some past mistakes. But he denied pending criminal charges of child abuse and endangerment
  • Can’t stay 6 feet away? Masks or face coverings now a must, OC health order says

    Can’t stay 6 feet away? Masks or face coverings now a must, OC health order says
    To mask or not to mask?
    Orange County has made it simpler to answer that question with a public health order that requires masks or cloth face coverings for everyone when they’re in public, in a store, restaurant or office, or anywhere else that they can’t keep a distance from people outside their family or household.
    The order, issued recently by County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick, is the latest directive intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, which can cause resp
  • With no events since March, OC fairgrounds sees potential deficit of at least $15 million

    With no events since March, OC fairgrounds sees potential deficit of at least $15 million
    The OC Fair & Event Center is looking down the barrel of a $15 million to $18.4 million deficit, and the smaller number would only be achievable if some events can be held before the end of the year.
    But fairgrounds officials aren’t in despair – they’ve got healthy reserves, CEO Michele Richards said, and they’re working on safety protocols to get the county health agency’s permission to bring back events that wouldn’t involve a large number of people.
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  • OC jail inmate backs Josh Waring’s claim that deputies were trying to kill him

    OC jail inmate backs Josh Waring’s claim that deputies were trying to kill him
    An Orange County jail inmate has testified in court that a sheriff’s deputy gave him a homemade knife with instructions to stab former inmate Joshua Waring, the son of a “Real Housewives” star.
    Korrell Cole, testifying under penalty of perjury, said he kept the knife but did not follow through on the attack. Waring eventually was slashed with a razor by another inmate and has sued deputies for allegedly trying to kill him.
    Cole’s testimony is the first independent corrobo
  • Orange County Sheriff: ‘The death of George Floyd was wrong’

    Orange County Sheriff: ‘The death of George Floyd was wrong’
    Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes published a memo Thursday, May 28, denouncing the actions of four Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of an unarmed African-American man on Memorial Day.
    The letter, directed toward OCSD staff and posted by the sheriff to social media, opens with the words “The death of George Floyd was wrong.”
    Floyd was seen in widely circulated cell phone footage with an officer pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck as the Minnesota man gasped, &ldqu
  • Ex-O.C. attorney denies saying he wanted his ex-wife killed on a cruise ship

    Ex-O.C. attorney denies saying he wanted his ex-wife killed on a cruise ship
    A former Orange County attorney accused of strangling one of his ex-wives and throwing her body off an Italian cruise ship during testimony on Thursday denied telling anyone that he wanted to have the woman killed.
    Lonnie Loren Kocontes, who is accused of killing 52-year-old Micki Kanesaki, took the stand as his ongoing murder trial resumed following a lengthy pause forced by the coronavirus pandemic, with his testimony live-streamed online as the need to spread jurors across the courtroom left
  • State calls for broad coronavirus tests for all residents and staff at skilled nursing homes

    State calls for broad coronavirus tests for all residents and staff at skilled nursing homes
    State health officials recently called for all residents and staff members at roughly 1,200 skilled nursing facilities in California be tested for the novel coronavirus.
    Officials say that by testing everyone, spread of the virus can be stemmed where it’s been most deadly. With further testing and isolation, the number of cases and deaths can be brought down, fast-tracking the road to recovery for the region as a whole, they say.
    The new recommendations issued Friday, May 22, go much furth
  • Santiago Canyon College president takes the lead job at Irvine Valley College

    Santiago Canyon College president takes the lead job at Irvine Valley College
    Santiago Canyon College President John Hernandez is moving his office 10 miles south to be the president of Irvine Valley College.
    South Orange County Community College District Chancellor Kathleen Burke has recommended her board of trustees appoint Hernandez after a nationwide search to replace Glenn Roquemore, who left the job in October 2019 and is now the president of California Southern University in Costa Mesa. If the board approves his contract, Hernandez will start his new job on Aug.1.
  • Fryer: Santa Margarita cross country making a run at being first county team to resume practices

    Fryer: Santa Margarita cross country making a run at being first county team to resume practices
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowThey’re off and running. Soon, that is.
    With social distancing.
    Santa Margarita’s boys and girls cross country teams plan to begin workouts June 15, running the hilly trails near the Rancho Santa Margarita campus. The Eagles would be among the first, or perhaps the very first, Orange County high school athletes to resume team workouts since the coronavirus outbreak shut down all school activi
  • A day after Long Beach announces reopenings, retail shops see customers inside for first time in 2 months

    A day after Long Beach announces reopenings, retail shops see customers inside for first time in 2 months
    It still wasn’t completely normal, but for some retail shoppers in Long Beach, being inside a retail shop may have even felt a little nostalgic Thursday as some retail stores allowed customers inside for the first time since mid-March.
    Small pockets of shoppers perused small businesses in Belmont Shore and Retro Row a day after Mayor Robert Garcia’s announcement that retail shops in Long Beach could reopen for the first time since the stay-at-home order was declared.
    The announcement
  • What Laguna Beach’s ‘Forest Promenade’ will look like in June

    What Laguna Beach’s ‘Forest Promenade’ will look like in June
    Laguna Beach’s iconic downtown Forest Avenue will turn into a pedestrian promenade by mid-June with art displays and outdoor places to eat and relax.
    The “Promenade on Forest” approved by the City Council this week will cost the city about $248,703, including $10,000 for security. Coachella organizers Choura Events will be responsible for the setup and design.
    The hope is having extra room outside for the street’s restaurants and merchants to use for customers to social d
  • Larger Southern California churches struggle with state’s coronavirus reopening guidelines

    Larger Southern California churches struggle with state’s coronavirus reopening guidelines
    Southern California megachurches are grappling with elaborate guidelines from the state that they say will make it impractical — and in some cases, impossible — to reopen their sanctuaries for in-person services.
    California’s houses of worship have been shuttered since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued stay-at-home orders on March 19 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    The new set of guidelines released Monday, which Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren says are 12 pages long, state
  • 2nd protester hurt in downtown LA Black Lives Matter protest when car drives through marchers

    2nd protester hurt in downtown LA Black Lives Matter protest when car drives through marchers
    Detectives on Thursday were investigating after a car hit one of several hundred activists marching in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 27, injuring him and prompting a search for the driver, police said.
    The man was walking with protesters angry over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday while in Minneapolis police custody, when they passed a car stopped at the light at First and Spring streets.
    How the collision occurred isn’t clear, but the man was left injured on
  • Kentucky Derby hopeful Nadal retired after injury

    Kentucky Derby hopeful Nadal retired after injury
    Unbeaten Kentucky Derby hopeful Nadal, one of three highly rated 3-year-old colts from the Bob Baffert barn, has been retired after he exited a 4-furlong breeze at Santa Anita on Thursday with a condylar fracture.
    Nadal was credited with a time of 48.80 for the breeze before X-rays revealed the fracture and the son of Blame underwent surgery. The injury is not life-threatening.
    “I always say to get my trophies — and I have three Eclipse Awards and one Cartier — you have to get
  • Tustin teacher packs up students’ stuff and classroom, bidding goodbye to school year

    Tustin teacher packs up students’ stuff and classroom, bidding goodbye to school year
    Fifth-grade teacher Margie Wright arrived with her dog, Dolly, at Loma Vista Elementary School in North Tustin on Thursday morning, May 28, for the final day of school.
    A teacher for the past 25 years, this year was different.
    Wright was cleaning out her classroom, placing her student’s belongings into paper bags with their names on them.
    “It’s so weird being in here without the kids,” she said. “We usually do this together.”
    Margie Wright, a fifth grade teach
  • Policing and the sanctity of human life

    Policing and the sanctity of human life
    This is so much bigger than personal accountability.
    Yes, the four police officers present at the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis were fired the next day. The case is being investigated by the FBI. And the mayor of Minneapolis and lots of other politicians are talking about “values.”
    But later that night, police fired teargas and rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters, showing us that the national divide remains deep and wide and nothing has
  • A taste of freedom in the Lone Star State: John Phillips

    A taste of freedom in the Lone Star State: John Phillips
    Galveston, Texas — After spending two months in Warden Newsom’s COVID-19 prison, I decided it was time to make like El Chapo, and escape to freedom.
    I was sick and tired of staring at the same four walls, watching Judge Judy reruns and eating Uncrustables — with no end in sight.
    First, they told us all we needed to do was flatten the curve and not overwhelm the hospitals. Now, we are expected to stay inside until there is herd immunity or we get a vaccine.
    But who knows how lon
  • New books by Redlands-area authors encourage families to talk about coronavirus

    New books by Redlands-area authors encourage families to talk about coronavirus
    A pair of new books, one written by Loma Linda medical students and one by a University of Redlands graduate, aim to help children make some sense of the novel coronavirus pandemic and what they can do to help.
    Both books came together quickly. For Loma Linda University students Devon Scott, who plans to specialize in orthopedic surgery, and Samantha Harris, who is pursuing pediatrics, “Why We Stay Home” took just two weeks to come together. “Little B Learns About Social Distan
  • Trainer Jonathan Wong makes his mark at Santa Anita

    Trainer Jonathan Wong makes his mark at Santa Anita
    Jonathan Wong, 31, has made himself quite at home in Northern California in a very short period of time. He’s been training only since the latter part of 2014, but already he’s the big cheese at Golden Gate Fields.
    Heading into Friday’s racing, Wong, a native of San Francisco, held a 68-35 lead over runner-up Isidro Tamayo in the trainer standings while winning with 29 percent of his 238 starters.
    On Monday, at Santa Anita, he showed he can play with the big boys and girls, too
  • Virus-impacted borrowers missing out on today’s record-low rates

    Virus-impacted borrowers missing out on today’s record-low rates
    Rates for a 30-year fixed mortgage just fell to all-time lows.
    But some COVID-impacted borrowers won’t be able to take advantage of today’s historically low interest rates because they haven’t made all of their mortgage payments on time.
    The Cares Act allows conventional, FHA and VA mortgage holders who are suffering financially from the coronavirus pandemic to forgo their payments for up to 12 months without penalty or damage to their credit — a feature called forbearanc
  • Editor’s Letter: Love a nurse, PRN

    Editor’s Letter: Love a nurse, PRN
    In this issue, for the second year in a row, we are bringing you our readers’ choice of some of the top women in health care in Orange County. I say “some” because although the women we are highlighting here are fantastic and deserving of the recognition, I know firsthand that there are countless others who don’t receive laurels, but are holding the world together.
    Let me tell you about my mom. Her name was Deanne, but everyone called her “Dee.” Dee served fou
  • Kristine Anigwe, newest Sparks member, looks forward to playing alongside ‘legends’

    Kristine Anigwe, newest Sparks member, looks forward to playing alongside ‘legends’
    By the time Kristine Anigwe fielded the question, she had already make it perfectly clear how excited she is to have become a member of such a talented Sparks team.
    Anigwe on Tuesday was acquired from the Dallas Wings for a second-round draft pick in 2021; the Sparks also received Dallas’ third-round pick in ’21. About 10 minutes into a Zoom conference with reporters Thursday, she was asked if she had been told by coach Derek Fisher what her role will be on the team.
    “I talked
  • SafeSport: Amy Nyman made gymnasts feel ‘scared, degraded and humiliated’

    SafeSport: Amy Nyman made gymnasts feel ‘scared, degraded and humiliated’
    As the temperature hit triple digits in northwest Ohio one day in 2002, Amy Nyman had the doors at New Heights Gymnastics closed and instructed the gymnasts she coached, some as young as 10, to do sprints in the sweltering heat inside the gym. No water breaks were allowed.
    The incident is listed among the findings in previously undisclosed confidential U.S. Center for SafeSport documents shared with the Southern California News Group that describe the “impossible conditioning” Nyman,
  • #OCtogether

    #OCtogether
    Hoag Hospital launched the social media campaign #OCtogether to create a chain of gratitude for the everyday heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities, from medical professionals to grocery store workers and good neighbors. Join in by posting about people you think should be acknowledged to your Facebook or Instagram accounts with the #OCtogether tag, and follow Hoag channels highlighting stories you share.
    “At the beginning of the pandemic outbreak, we started using enhanced pers
  • VR game takes players inside Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    VR game takes players inside Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
    A new virtual reality game set in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land at Disneyland will let players explore the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost village in a live-your-own-adventure experience while the Anaheim theme park remains closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The new Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge virtual reality game is designed to connect the stay-at-home gaming world with the real-world theme park experience.
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