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Alexander: At U.S. Open, rough (again) might be the story

It is a ritual, part of the tradition of the U.S. Open. The U.S. Golf Association, which runs this tournament, endeavors to make that year’s course as demanding (diabolical?) as possible. The players sigh, shake their heads but refrain from squawking as loudly as earlier generations of pros did. They know it’s coming, after all. And while some in the viewing audience nod their heads knowingly when the game’s stars get a taste of the difficulty everyday hackers routinely experience … well, don’t ...
Tags: Kentucky, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Farmers, Golf, Pga Tour, Patrick Reed, Pacific Ocean, Jordan Spieth, Pebble Beach, Southern California, Alexander, East Africa, Mamaroneck, Bryson DeChambeau


Alexander: At U.S. Open, rough (again) may be the story

It is a ritual, part of the tradition of the U.S. Open. The U.S. Golf Association, which runs this tournament, endeavors to make that year’s course as demanding (diabolical?) as possible. The players sigh, shake their heads but refrain from squawking as loudly as earlier generations of pros did. They know it’s coming, after all. And while some in the viewing audience nod their heads knowingly when the game’s stars get a taste of the difficulty everyday hackers routinely experience … well, don’t ...
Tags: Kentucky, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Farmers, Golf, Pga Tour, Patrick Reed, Pacific Ocean, Jordan Spieth, Pebble Beach, Southern California, Alexander, East Africa, Mamaroneck, Bryson DeChambeau


Statewide flex alert issued for Thursday evening as high temperatures continue in Southern California

An ongoing heat wave that descended upon much of Southern California this week is expected to linger, and prompted state officials to issue a flex alert for a few hours Thursday evening in an effort to conserve power. The flex alert, issued by the California Independent System Operator, asks residents to conserve energy from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday evening. California ISO officials said Thursday and Friday are expected to be the hottest days of the week, officials said, although some areas sa...
Tags: Weather, Crime, News, California, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, ISO, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Southern California, South Bay, Antelope, Riverside, San Fernando


Rewind: The improbable opponent in 2008 U.S. Open playoff

As the 2021 U.S. Open begins at Torrey Pines Thursday, the memories of Tiger Woods’ victory – pretty much on one good leg –in a Monday playoff will be (and already have been) dusted off and repackaged for the viewing audience. But what of the guy who took Woods not only to an extra day but to a playoff hole on that extra day? Rocco Mediate was not the first man anyone would suspect as the other player in that drama, but he not only assumed that role, he savored it. Here, from the June 17, 2008 P...
Tags: Hollywood, Sports, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Golf, Tiger Woods, Pga Tour, Woods, Alexander, Don, La Jolla, Rocco, Rocky Balboa, Irvine, Walter Mitty


A.J. McKee vs. featherweight champ Patricio Pitbull set for Bellator 263 at The Forum

One of the most highly anticipated MMA fights of 2021 is coming to Southern California. With $1 million on the line, Long Beach’s undefeated A.J. McKee and featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull will square off in the finals of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix at Bellator 263 on July 31 at The Forum in Inglewood. Tickets go on sale Friday at Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com, with a pre-sale set for Thursday. Pitbull is the winningest fighter in Bellator history, having gone 20-4 sin...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Long Beach, Pitbull, MMA, Ticketmaster, Inglewood, SAP Center, Deontay Wilder, Irvine, Bellator, McKee, Shakur Stevenson, Long Beach Poly


VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, June 18

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote. Click on the newspaper links bel...
Tags: Stanford, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Sonora, Esperanza, Suarez, High School Sports, Eagles, Monarchs, Irvine, Cynthia, Cajon, Buggs, Alemany, Beckman


The digital transformation from the pandemic for small businesses

The pandemic has been devastating for the small business community in the Los Angeles region. When Facebook surveyed hundreds of California’s small business leaders in February, nearly one in five said they were still closed. A third said they’d cut jobs because of the pandemic, and 59% said sales were down compared to the same time last year. Businesses led by women and minorities have been disproportionately impacted – yet another reminder that whenever crises hit, it’s the most vulnerable who...
Tags: Facebook, California, Opinion, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Sheryl Sandberg, Kevin Lin, Kevin, Stephanie, Irvine, Guest Commentary, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Maria S Salinas


Workers to picket Tenet hospitals over alleged understaffing, health insurance concerns

Workers plan to picket three Tenet Healthcare hospitals Wednesday, June 16, alleging the facilities are understaffed and have left some employees without health insurance while the company has received billions in federal COVID-19 relief funds and spent $1.1 billion to buy 45 surgery centers. The employees, including respiratory therapists, housekeepers, nursing assistants and medical technicians, are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). They will gather outside Founta...
Tags: Business, News, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Healthcare, Local News, Orange County, Federal Trade Commission, Southern California, Bayer, Los Angeles County, Irvine, Tenet Healthcare, Tenet, U S Health and Human Services


Chinese startup Pony.ai plans to launch a driverless robotaxi service in California in 2022

Pony.ai, the robotaxi startup that operates in China and the United States, has started testing driverless vehicles on public roads in California ahead of plans to launch a commercial service there in 2022. The company said the driverless vehicle testing, which means the autonomous vehicles operate without human safety drivers behind the wheel, is happening daily on public roads in Fremont and Milpitas, California. Pony.ai is also testing its driverless vehicles in Guangzhou, China. Pony.ai said...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, California, China, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, DMV, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu, Guangzhou, FREMONT


Sparks are flying from all directions this Fourth of July fireworks season

America may be divided on politics, race, gender, immigration, the economy, gun control, climate change, vaccine passports and myriad other issues, but at least we can all agree on how to celebrate our own nation’s birthday, right? Nope. Those “bonfires and illuminations” that future President John Adams encouraged citizens to light every Fourth of July are breathtaking bones of contention. If it isn’t fears over fires caused by misuse, it’s the nuisance factor or even a matter of health for tho...
Tags: California, China, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, John Adams, TNT, Pasadena, Orange County, Riverside County, Phantom, Gavin Newsom, Rice Krispies, Sparks, Ontario


Get freebies from Taco Bell and Chipotle with Vax for the Win program on June 15

Taco Bell and Chipotle Mexican Grill are both participating in California’s Vax for the Win incentive program on Tuesday, June 15. Participating Taco Bell locations in California will be giving away a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco to customers who are vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. No purchase is necessary, but diners will need to show their COVID-19 vaccination card, according to a news release from the Irvine-based company. The offer is good for one free taco ordered in-store...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lucy, Los Angeles Clippers, Nile Rodgers, Taco Bell, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Irvine, Newport Beach, Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco, LA Store, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Los Bukis to reunite after 25 years, will play SoFi Stadium

Los Bukis will reunite for the first time in 25 years to do a limited three-stop tour, with one of the venues being the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The stadium will be the group’s first stop on its “Una Historia Cantada” tour on Aug. 27. They will also perform at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 4 and AT&T Stadium in Arlington,  Texas, on Sept. 15. The Latin music group from Michoacan, Mexico, started 1976 and made music and performed live until 1996. Los Bukis produced many chart-topping an...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Morrissey, Livenation, Citi, Inglewood, ARLINGTON Texas, Irvine, AT T Stadium, Michoacán Mexico, Marco Antonio Solis, Pacific Amphitheatre, Top Stories LADN


OC Fair adds Flaming Lips, Colbie Caillat, Pepper to its 2021 Pacific Amphitheatre line-up

OC Fair has added more shows to its 2021 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Pepper with Pacific Dub and Common Sense will take the stage during the run of the OC Fair on Saturday, July 31 ($22.50); Colbie Caillat and Natasha Bedingfield will perform a post-fair show on Friday, Aug. 20 ($22.50-$62.50); Orange County’s Pacific Symphony will present a live-to-film “Toy Story” concert event Saturday, Aug. 21; rock band Flaming Lips with Greer will play a post-fair sh...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Morrissey, Cypress Hill, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Inglewood, Greer, Irvine, Natasha Bedingfield, Caillat, Pacific Amphitheatre, Top Stories OCR


Kiss announces Irvine concert as band returns to finish its The End of the Road Tour

Rock band Kiss announced it would finally complete the last leg of its The End of the Road farewell tour, which was cut short in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band rescheduled dates and added a few more stops for this year, including an evening at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine Thursday, Sept. 9. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18 at LiveNation.com. Upgrades and details for an exclusive presale for the Kiss Army can be found at kissonline.com. Kiss formed in N...
Tags: Music, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dubai, Kiss, Morrissey, Cypress Hill, Concerts, Inglewood, Simmons, Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Park, Devo


Cantlay heads to the U.S. Open buoyed by victory and possibility

Sunday on the PGA Tour is the province of stranger things. Scoreboards flip and golf balls disappear. But Patrick Cantlay, lifelong realist, stood in the 18th fairway at the Memorial Tournament last Saturday with his hopes well sheathed. He and the rest of the field were in the wake of Jon Rahm, who was shooting 8-under-par 64. “You thought Patrick was shooting 100,” said Steve, his father. “Jon was just lapping the field.” Then Jamie Mulligan, Cantlay’s coach, looked up at the green and saw unu...
Tags: California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Pga, Golf, Phil Mickelson, Pga Tour, Nba, Steve, Fedex, Kentucky Derby, Ucla, Bermuda, The New Yorker, Patrick


California's top education official helped an exclusive private boarding school in China aimed at getting the children of elite families into American universities

Yan Cong for Insider; Damien Maloney; Samantha Lee/Insider An Insider investigation has found that some of California's highest-ranking education officials and leading public universities worked closely with a swaggering entrepreneur who launched a private boarding school for elite families in China. Pegasus California School, in Qingdao, billed itself as part of the Val Verde Unified School District in Riverside County, California, and bestowed Val Verde diplomas on graduates to help...
Tags: California, China, Trends, Pegasus, UC, University Of California, Riverside, Ma, Fair Political Practices Commission, Qingdao, Irvine, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Val Verde, California Department of Education, QINGDAO China


Koat Keat leaves his mark on Crean Lutheran basketball’s championship victory over Agoura

IRVINE — Crean Lutheran boys basketball coach Nate Klitzing has told anyone willing to listen that Koat Keat is a “program-changing player.” Klitzing’s words came through loud and clear as the 6-foot-9 Keat scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Saints past Agoura 68-58 in the CIF-SS Division 2A final on Wednesday in front of a raucous crowd at Crean Lutheran High. The top-seeded Saints (18-2) won their second CIF-SS title in school history. Crean Lutheran’s Mich...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Chargers, Saints, High School Sports, James, Irvine, Alex Davis, Chaminade, High School Basketball, Agoura, CIF SS Division, CIF SS, Crean Lutheran, Marmonte League


In combating anti-Asian hate incidents, a growing debate in Southern California over law enforcement’s role

A racist verbal attack she endured while jogging through her Los Angeles neighborhood last year, just as the pandemic was about to take hold, left Khinn Ung frightened and confused, and prompted her to make a simple vow: Don’t go out alone. “Are you from Wuhan? Are you from Wuhan, China? Why do you bring the virus to us?” Ung, who is Asian American, recalled a man chasing and yelling at her during the February 2020 incident in Chinatown. Luckily, a bystander intervened, scaring off the culprit. ...
Tags: Asia, News, California, La, Virginia, New York City, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, United States, Cambodia, God


San Francisco-based Fastly blames global internet outage on software bug

LONDON — Fastly, the company hit by a major outage that caused many of the world’s top websites to go offline briefly this week, blamed the problem on a software bug that was triggered when a customer changed a setting. The problem at Fastly meant internet users couldn’t connect to a host of popular websites early Tuesday including The New York Times, the Guardian, Twitch, Reddit and the British government’s homepage. “We experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfa...
Tags: Amazon, London, US, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, SEC, Alexa, Irvine, Rockwell, Fastly, Related Articles Senate, The New York Times the Guardian Twitch Reddit, Nick Rockwell Fastly


AAG Moves Into New Headquarters, Adopts Hybrid Workforce Model

Leading reverse mortgage lender American Advisors Group (AAG) announced on Tuesday that it has completed moving its corporate headquarters to a new location in Irvine, Calif., expanding its footprint in the city’s Irvine Towers complex while consolidating its overall geographic footprint in its local community in order to reflect a new hybrid workforce model. This is according to an announcement from the company and outreach conducted by RMD. Overall, while the company has expanded its presen...
Tags: Featured, Finance, Orange County, Irvine, Irvine Calif, Santa Ana Calif, Lenders, John Wayne Airport, Orange Calif, Jahangiri, HECM, RMI, American Advisors Group, AAG, American Advisors Group AAG, Irvine Towers


UC Irvine baseball doomed by rough start in season-ending loss to Stanford

No matter how good a baseball team might be, it is very hard to win after spotting a talented opponent a seven-run lead in the first inning. That was UC Irvine’s reality on Monday night against Stanford in the championship game of the four-team Stanford Regional of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal pounced on the Anteaters for seven runs and eight hits before the Anteaters had a chance to grab a bat and held on for an 11-8 win. The loss ends UCI’s season at 43-18, with a Big West Conference reco...
Tags: Stanford, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Nevada, Texas Tech, UCI, Torres, Irvine, Bowser, UC Irvine, Dillon, Tatum, North Dakota State


USA Water Polo agrees to nearly $14 million settlement with sex abuse survivors

Former Olympic medalists and athlete safety advocates and called on Congress to overhaul USA Water Polo after the sport’s national governing body agreed for its insurance carrier to reach a nearly $14 million settlement with a dozen young women who alleged they were sexually abused for a five year period by a prominent coach. The $13.85 million settlement agreement that releases USA Water Polo, the sport’s Irvine-based national governing body, and International Water Polo, an Orange County club,...
Tags: Japan, Usa, News, Congress, California, US, Sports, California News, Sport, Soccer, Olympics, Connecticut, Tokyo, Orange County, Manly, Irs


‘Blizzard 2.0’: Exodus from WoW kingdom spawns new gaming hub in Irvine

By Jason Schreier | Bloomberg In recent years, a stream of developers and executives from top video game publisher Blizzard have left to create their own studios, seeking the creative freedom and autonomy they feel is no longer possible at a company chasing mega hits. Now an alumni network, affectionately dubbed Blizzard 2.0 by some in the gaming community, has sprung up in Irvine, the same city where Blizzard has a sprawling campus. Hundreds of ex-employees, including the company’s co-founder a...
Tags: Gaming, South Korea, Business, Technology, News, Bloomberg, Sport, Blizzard, Overwatch, Soccer, Andreessen Horowitz, Activision Blizzard, Activision, Amy, Warcraft, Chen


Car shooting temporarily shuts down southbound lanes of 605 Freeway in Irwindale

Authorities shut down southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway in Irwindale on Saturday evening after a shooting caused a car to crash, adding to a growing list of shootings along Southern California freeways. The California Highway Patrol received a call about the collision around 5:13 p.m. at Lower Azusa Road, said CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig. Officers found a wrecked, white BMW sedan and determined a shooter had fired into the vehicle prior to the crash. The driver of the BMW was not injured in t...
Tags: News, Shooting, Sport, Aiden, Soccer, California Highway Patrol, Bmw, CHP, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, Anaheim, 101 Freeway, Downey, Santa Ana, Irvine


Disneyland welcomes hunger fighting ‘superheroes’ as first visitors to Avengers Campus

Disneyland rolled out the welcome mat for 150 food bank “superheroes” who fight hunger in Orange County as the first visitors to Avengers Campus — the new Marvel themed land dedicated to Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America and other comic book heroes. Second Harvest Food Bank, Orange County Food Bank and Community Action Partnership of Orange County employees were among the first Disney California Adventure visitors to enter Avengers Campus on Thursday, June 3. Sign up for our Park Life ...
Tags: Disney, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Thor, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Herrmann, Southern California, Garcia, Anaheim, DCA, Irvine, Niles


Irvine 3rd best US city for families; San Bernardino 8th worst, survey says

”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards of geographic locations, noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: Irvine was ranked as the nation’s third-best big city in which to raise a family while San Bernardino was ranked eighth-worst and the lowest-ranked of 29 California cities. Source: WalletHub analyzed 48 economic and demographic factors to create relative scores for 182 cities in five key criteria — family fun, health and safety, education and chil...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Washington, US, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Glendale, Dallas, Demographics, Kansas City, Detroit, Baltimore, Bay Area


Refinance Lending Continues Powering Unusually Strong Home-Mortgage Activity Across U.S.

Total Lending Increases Quarterly 3 Percent in First Quarter of 2021; Refinance Activity Rises 12 Percent While Purchase and Home-Equity Credit Lending Drop; Increase in Total Activity During First Quarter Not Seen Since 2009 Irvine, CA – June 3, 2021 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database, today released its first-quarter 2021 U.S. Residential Property Mortgage Origination Report, which shows that 3.77 million mortgages secured by residential pro...
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Alexander: Irvine’s Rose Zhang takes aim at U.S. Women’s Open

When last we talked to Irvine’s Rose Zhang, in April of 2020, she was limited to hitting golf balls in her garage, idled because of the COVID-19 lockdown.  “I have a little range area in my garage,” she said then. “I just hit balls and then putt. There’s not much you can do.” Later in the year her left wrist started bothering her, with what was first believed to be tendinitis but turned out to be a wrist impingement, and she said earlier this year overdoing it in the garage probably had a lot to...
Tags: Utah, France, Stanford, Sports, San Francisco, Sport, Park, Netflix, Soccer, Hawaii, Arizona, Golf, Houston, Usc, Augusta, Creamer


Hollywood Bowl to allow full-capacity crowds and is waiting for updated mask guidance

LOS ANGELES — Single-event tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Hollywood Bowl’s summer concert season, with the famed venue planning full-capacity crowds thanks to the upcoming lifting of COVID-19 health restrictions. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association had earlier announced that the Bowl would be a “majority vaccinated venue,” with two sections reserved for non-vaccinated people who must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be admitted. But with the state and county set to lift the m...
Tags: Business, Music, News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Stagecoach, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil, Irvine, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association


‘America’s Got Talent’ favorites Angel City Chorale are performing a free virtual charity concert

After a year when live, in-person performances were put on pause, Angel City Chorale’s founder and artistic director Sue Fink said that pivoting to virtual performances had been imperative to the survival of the group. In December, the Los Angeles-based Angel City Chorale — which was a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018 and went viral for its choral rendition of Toto’s “Africa” — pulled off a virtual holiday concert that drew more than 45,000 viewers from around the world. Even with...
Tags: Music, California, Africa, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Southern California, San Pedro, Sam Cooke, Tina Turner, Santa Monica, Anaheim, Burbank