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'It was like the Willy Wonka golden ticket': Amazon customer reveals his first experience inside the tech giant's new grocery store that just opened to the public

Amazon opened its new grocery concept, Amazon Fresh, in Woodland Hills, California. Business Insider/Courtesy of Eric Wein We got an exclusive look inside Amazon's new grocery store from one of the few customers allowed inside. "It was like the Willy Wonka golden ticket," the customer said of getting invited to the store. He added that it's a very clean and "beautiful" store with the potential to be a big success.The store, called Amazon Fresh, was initially accessible to only a select grou...
Tags: Amazon, California, Trends, Coca Cola, Alexa, Amazon Fresh, Irvine, Woodland Hills, Willy Wonka, Woodland Hills California, Amazon Flex, Frito Lay, Brawny, Wein, Business Insider Amazon, Hayley Peterson


Hunt continues for suspect in shooting of Los Angeles County deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday, Sept. 16, that the investigation was continuing into Saturday’s ambush shooting of two deputies as they sat in a patrol SUV at a Compton rail station, and he said efforts were being made to transfer the pair from St. Francis Medical Center to a long-term care facility. “Both deputies remain in the ICU unit there,” Villanueva said. “We’re trying to see if we can transfer them to a place where they can get long-term care, but we obviously ...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Recommended, Sport, Soccer, United States, Wyoming, Ftc, Hunt, Compton, Los Angeles County, Irvine, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, LA County, Sheriff s Department, St Francis Medical Center


Online Trading Academy in Irvine to pay $10 million FTC penalty

An Irvine-based stock-trading school has agreed to pay what amounts to a $10 million penalty — a sum that includes the company founder’s Bentley — to settle a dispute with federal regulators over alleged “get-rich-quick” marketing practices. Online Trading Academy and the Federal Trade Commission announced settlements to lawsuits filed earlier this year in which regulators claimed the school misled its customers as “the company’s own surveys and third party trading data showed that most purchase...
Tags: Personal Finance, Business, News, Israel, America, Sport, Soccer, Bentley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cessna, Andrew Smith, Irvine, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Cadillac Escalade, SHAHAR


How Young the Giant’s Sameer Gadhia turned to radio to create a place for diverse music

Touring the world with alternative rock band Young the Giant, has met with a diverse group of alternative artists over the past decade. Most of these musicians and singer-songwriters have built up followings  — without major labels or a push on major radio stations — all on their own because they didn’t fit the stereotypical idea of alternative music. Though his Irvine-based band had found success with its single “Cough Syrup” in 2011 and went on to receive massive radio play with songs like “...
Tags: New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Jimi Hendrix, Pandora, Soccer, Giants, Black, Bakersfield, Jessica, Simpson, Irvine, San Francisco Photo, Young the Giant, Sameer Gadhia


Free speech, Meriwether, and Menkel-Meadow

Two cases of administrative punishment for the use of language in the classroom have been in the news.  One involves a professor’s insistence on treating a transgender student worse than others.  The other involves a professor who spoke the N word in a law school class about hate speech.  The free speech claim is silly in the first of these cases, quite strong in the second. Prof. Nicholas Meriwether of Shawnee State University, Ohio, refused to address a transgender student by the...
Tags: Ohio, Branding, J K Rowling, Brandenburg, Irvine, McConnell, Eugene Volokh, Andrew Koppelman, Michael McConnell, Volokh, Meriwether, Randall Kennedy, Deirdre McCloskey, U S Reports, Nicholas Meriwether, Shawnee State


Festival Pass: More drive-in concert news and reviews

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Is it just me or has it been a rough week? I hope wherever you’re reading this from, you’re safe from the fire and smoke blanketing Southern California and much of the West Coast. So let’s think about some good stuff, shall we? The Inland Empire is going to join Orange County, Ventura and LA as part of the drive-in show club with a pair of concerts from Cypr...
Tags: California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, West Coast, Jack, Cypress Hill, Tantrums, Rio, Erin, Southern California, San Pedro, Wayne Coyne


Comic Monty Franklin reveals how Irvine Improv’s drive-in series brings comedy to your car

Nearly six months into the pandemic, comedian Monty Franklin said he wasn’t feeling very funny. With touring and live events — especially those in intimate indoor comedy clubs — severely impacted by COVID-19, he hadn’t been able to get in front of a live audience and he’d stopped getting laughs at home from his quarantine crew. “I’d kept in contact with several comedians and every one I talked to in the last six months said they found it hard to be creative in this whole time,” he said during a ...
Tags: Comedy, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Williams, Joel Mchale, Iliza Shlesinger, Southern California, Ontario, David Spade, AARP, Robinson, Irvine, Franklin, San Fernando Valley


Lane closures on 101 Freeway for median barrier work beginning Sept. 8 from Hollywood to State Route 170

  Caltrans begins a concrete median barrier replacement on US 101 between Pilgrimage Bridge in Hollywood and the State Route 170/US 101 (Hollywood Freeway) connector on Sept. 8. The project will eventually span 19.3 miles between Hollywood and Woodland Hills.     Caltrans begins a long-range project on Sept. 8 to replace the concrete median barrier on US 101 (Hollywood Freeway/Ventura Freeway) between Hollywood and Woodland Hills. The entire median replacement is expected to be completed in...
Tags: Hollywood, US, Sport, Soccer, CalTrans, Local News, 101 Freeway, Irvine, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Highland Avenue, Hollywood Freeway, Top Stories LADN, Pilgrimage Bridge, Woodland Hills Caltrans, Hollywood Freeway Ventura Freeway


Taco Bell will remove Mexican Pizza from its menu this year

Fans of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza only have two months to enjoy it. The Irvine-based fast food giant is pulling it off the menu on Nov. 5 as part of a pledge it made in January to be more eco-friendly in its packaging, according to a news release. Packaging for the snack generates more than 7 million pounds of paper waste a year, according to the company. Mexican Pizza is a layer of ground beef and refried beans between to tortillas, topped with sauce, grated cheese and diced tomato. It has been...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Taco Bell, Southern California, Irvine, Oak Glen, Mexican Pizza, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Does ‘business interruption insurance’ apply in a COVID-19 pandemic?

In March and April, as businesses were suddenly forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners asked whether there was insurance coverage for the losses caused by the shutdown. Specifically, business owners asked whether “business interruption” and “civil authority” coverages typically found in Commercial General Liability policies potentially covered the staggering losses associated with the shutdowns. Business interruption coverage covers lost profits when a business cannot...
Tags: Business, Small Business, Congress, California, Sport, Soccer, Missouri, Michigan, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Legislative, Irvine, U S House of Representatives, New Jersey New York Pennsylvania, Best Best Krieger LLP, COVID


Let’s Celebrate Habana’s 25th Anniversary! Habana Costa Mesa or Irvine for DIVINE Cuban Food! 9/15-20

  CELEBRATE HABANA’S 25TH BIRTHDAY WITH A WEEK-LONG WAYBACK  LUNCH AND DRINKS SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 15-20 www.restauranthabana.com       The patio at the Costa Mesa Habana!     WHAT: Habana’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Habana’s menu features 1995 pricing for these among other dishes, including:   –Vegetable and Chicken Empanadas (both at $4.95); –The Cuban flagship shredded beef […] The post Let's Celebrate Habana's 25th Anniversary! Habana Costa Mesa or Irvine for DIVINE Cuban Food! 9/15-20 fir...
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‘Dangerous’ heat wave is here today, bringing triple-digits to Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A heat wave will settle on Southern California today — Friday Sept. 4, creating “dangerously hot conditions” that will threaten human health through the Labor Day holiday and cause an increased danger of wildfires, the National Weather Service said. “The very hot conditions through Labor Day will bring an increased threat of large fire activity including fires with large vertical growth,” the national Weather Service tweeted. “Dangerous heat” is expected, it warned on its website. ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Santiago, Long Beach, Gulf Coast, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Local News


Study Finds Sacramento, NorCal Cities Among The Worst To Drive In

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new study has found that Sacramento is one of the worst cities for drivers in the US – and one Northern California even ranked dead last. The study, released by WalletHub earlier this week, took into account 31 different indicators of “driver-friendliness” and compared them across the 100 largest cities in America. The factors include average gas prices, hours in traffic, as well as auto-repair shops per capita. Taking all those factors into account, not a single Californi...
Tags: Texas, News, California, US, Local, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Stockton, Oakland, Northern California, Irvine, WalletHub, Lincoln Nebraska, Sacramento News


'It was like the Willy Wonka golden ticket': Amazon customer reveals his first experience inside the tech giant's new invite-only grocery store that's nothing like Whole Foods

Amazon opened its new grocery concept, Amazon Fresh, in Woodland Hills, California. Business Insider/Courtesy of Eric Wein We got an exclusive look inside Amazon's new grocery store from one of the few customers allowed inside. "It was like the Willy Wonka golden ticket," customer Eric Wein said of getting invited to the store. He said it's a "beautiful" store and very clean, and that he thinks it will be a big success.The store, called Amazon Fresh, is currently accessible only to a select...
Tags: Amazon, California, Trends, Coca Cola, Alexa, Amazon Fresh, Irvine, Woodland Hills, Willy Wonka, Woodland Hills California, Amazon Flex, Frito Lay, Brawny, Wein, Business Insider Amazon, Hayley Peterson


Goodbye, 80s: Triple-digit heat is coming to Southern California for Labor Day weekend

LOS ANGELES — A fearsome heat wave is heading to Southern California for Labor Day weekend, with temperatures expected to climb as high as 112 degrees in parts of Los Angeles County. The National Weather Service warned that dangerous heat and fire conditions would exist nearly everywhere in the county all weekend, and issued an excessive heat watch from Friday morning through Monday evening. Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be the worst days, with highs of at least 111 degrees forecast for ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Chatsworth, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Ucla, Southern California


Galaxy’s Nick DePuy settled in at new defender position

Nick DePuy’s Major League Soccer career began as a first-round selection in the 2017 SuperDraft by the Montreal Impact. Unfortunately, things didn’t go smoothly in Canada for the Irvine native. “I was drafted as a forward with Montreal and my stint in Montreal was a little less than two years,” DePuy said Monday. “My first year (2017), I wasn’t really playing much, I would appear in a couple of games, but never really got into a good rhythm, never got into a good flow. “My second year, I actuall...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, Sport, Canada, Soccer, Portland, Mls, San Jose, Major League Soccer, Montreal, Lafc, UC Santa Barbara, Irvine, Los Angeles Galaxy, Depuy, Timbers


7 tips to overcome your fear of public speaking for virtual presentations

Public speaking doesn't have to be scary if you take time to practice and prepare. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Lesley Irvine is a lecturer in strategic speech communication at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.She explains that it's normal to still have a fear of public speaking, even if you're giving a presentation virtually while working or studying from home.Irvine recommends providing your audience an agenda and questions ahea...
Tags: Careers, Trends, Strategy, Research, Confidence, Public Speaking, Presentation, Nordic, Cicero, The Boston Globe, Irvine, Brisbane Australia, Queensland University of Technology, Contributor, The Conversation, Contributor 2019


Kamala Harris’ candidacy gives Tamil Americans a moment in the spotlight

During her speech accepting the vice presidential nomination, Kamala Devi Harris uttered one word in Tamil. “Family is my uncles, my aunts — my chitthis,” she said. Harris was using the word that describes her mother’s two younger sisters. Both women, she said, have been sources of strength and support, particularly after her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer researcher, died of colon cancer in 2009. Within seconds, social media was on fire. Harris’ mixed Jamaican and Indian heritage is ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, California, Senate, India, Narendra Modi, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, Brooklyn, United States, Judaism


Police costs in Southern California: By the numbers

In raw, inflation-adjusted dollars, some Southern California cities more than doubled spending on law enforcement over a recent 16-year period, according to data examined by the Southern California News Group. From 2003 to 2018, spending climbed 185% in Laguna Woods, 127% in Lake Elsinore, 123% in Temecula, 122% in Murrieta and 105% in Coachella. Other big jumps in raw-dollar spending were logged by Laguna Beach (81%), Big Bear Lake (70%), Newport Beach (68%), Glendale (66%), Laguna Niguel (60%)...
Tags: News, California, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Westminster, Coachella, Pasadena, Public Safety, Southern California, Maywood, San Bernardino, Huntington Beach, Anaheim


HOA Homefront: Our association stopped meeting. Is that OK?

Q:: Our board says that due to the pandemic they are suspending board meetings “until further notice.” Our bylaws state board meetings must be held at least every three months. They said if they do hold a meeting they will limit attendance to 10 members, but the Open Meeting Act says it must be open to all eligible members. The board refuses to hold a meeting outdoors because it’s “too much trouble.” Is COVID-19 a valid excuse for these restrictions?  Has the board overstepped its authority and ...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Hoa, Richardson, Irvine, HOAs, College of Community Association Lawyers, DeNichilo LLP, Best Kelly Richardson


Triple-digit heat hitting some Southern California communities

LOS ANGELES — Two LA County Valleys again will swelter in triple-digit highs Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region. Encino is forecast to hit 103 degrees and Palmdale and Lancaster 101. National Weather Service forecasters say that the weather LA County is experiencing this week is fairly typical August weather and not a heat wave, even though temperatures are above normal. The NWS Thursday morning issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Santiago, Long Beach, Local News, Nws, Southern California, San Pedro, Lax, Santa Monica


Amazon grocery in Woodland Hills offers sneak peek to select customers

Amazon previewed its long-awaited grocery store concept Thursday in Woodland Hills and plans to open the market to the public in the coming weeks. The e-commerce giant emailed invitations to thousands of local consumers to be the first to shop at Amazon Fresh. The 35,000-square-foot store at 6245 Topanga Canyon Blvd. is one of several cashier-less grocery stores the company plans to operate in Southern California. Additional Amazon Fresh stores in Northridge and Irvine are filling online food or...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Sport, Customers, Soccer, Costco, Alexa, Amazon Fresh, Northridge, Bezos, Irvine, Woodland Hills, Shoppers, Katherine Howe


Residential Refinance Mortgages Make Up Nearly Two-Thirds Of Home Loans In Second Quarter Of 2020

Homeowners Refinance Loans at Highest Level in Seven Years; Dollar Amount of Refinancing at 17-Year High; Purchase and Home Equity Lending Down From Second Quarter of 2019 Irvine, CA – Aug. 20, 2020 (PRNewswire) ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s premier property database and first property data provider of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), today released its second-quarter 2020 U.S. Residential Property Mortgage Origination Report, which shows that 1.69 million refinance mortgages secured by...
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Harvest Crusade reinvents itself as cinematic experience after annual Angel Stadium revival is canceled

Greg Laurie delivers his sermon during the opening night of Harvest Crusade at Angel Stadium in Anaheim in 2017. (File photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG) For three days each August, Angel Stadium in Anaheim is transformed from a baseball venue to a revival meeting. Tens of thousands have flocked each year over the past 30 years from all over Southern California to the three-day event, not just to hear Pastor Greg Laurie, who leads Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and I...
Tags: Apple, News, Colorado, Religion, Alabama, Sport, Soccer, Jesus, Jeremy, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, Erwin Brothers, Woodlawn, Anaheim


Engineers use “DNA origami” to identify vaccine design rules

By folding DNA into a virus-like structure, MIT researchers have designed HIV-like particles that provoke a strong immune response from human immune cells grown in a lab dish. Such particles might eventually be used as an HIV vaccine.The DNA particles, which closely mimic the size and shape of viruses, are coated with HIV proteins, or antigens, arranged in precise patterns designed to provoke a strong immune response. The researchers are now working on adapting this approach to develop a potenti...
Tags: Biology, Dna, Mit, Virus, Genetics, Harvard, Engineering, Innovation, Synthetic Biology, Caltech, Broad Institute of MIT, Ohio State University, Irvine, Ragon Institute of MGH MIT, U S National Institutes of Health, Aaron Schmidt


Southern California bosses hire 225,200 in July; unemployment down to 15.9%

An economic rebound added 225,200 Southern California   jobs in July, but employment overall remains at 88% of pre-pandemic levels with an unemployment rate of 15.9%. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with state job figures, found local bosses had 6.94 million employees last month in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. This staffing level, derived from a survey of employers, was up 3.4% from June when 254,500 workers were added. Still, employment is off 916,000 positions...
Tags: Business, Jobs, California, Housing, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Irvine, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Heat wave sticks around in Southern California — how long till it breaks?

LOS ANGELES — The heat wave broiling Southern California since last week is persisting Friday, and special alerts issued by the National Weather Service were extended by at least one more day — until Friday night. “Excessively hot conditions will continue through Friday, with areas of smoke (from wildfires) and dense fog over portions of coastal waters,” according to the National Weather Service. It will cool some this weekend into next week, but temperatures will remain above normal. Excessive ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Santiago, Long Beach, Pasadena, Orange County, Nws, Southern California, Lax, Santa Clarita


Taco Bell announces smaller, faster restaurants for mobile customers

Taco Bell has announced a new building design that reduces the space of its restaurants by almost half but adds a drive-thru lane for mobile pickups. The Irvine-based fast food giant calls the concept Go Mobile. As described in a news release, its most notable features are smaller buildings — 1,325 square feet as opposed to the current average of 2,500 square feet — and a dual drive-thru with a priority pickup lane for app orders. Other features are more familiar in recent months, including curb...
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Family Members Of Murder Victims Assail Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tearful family members of people killed by Joseph DeAngelo assailed him Thursday for stealing away their loved ones as he escalated his attacks from burglaries and rapes to a series of horrific murders that terrorized California four decades ago. “Today the devil loses and justice wins,” Debbi Domingo McMullan‏, the daughter of one victim, said during the third day of a sentencing hearing for the 74-year-old man known as the Golden State Killer. She called him a “pathet...
Tags: Crime, News, California, Local, Syndicated Local, Ap, Sacramento County, Rancho Cordova, Santa Barbara County, Orange County, Smith, Ventura County, Southern California, Northern California, Feb, Greg


Coronavirus unemployment: California jobless claims fall to lowest level in five months

The number of first-time unemployment claims in California fell to their lowest level in five months last week, the government reported Thursday. An estimated 201,600 California workers filed first-time jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 15, down 900 from the 202,500 who filed initial unemployment claims the previous week, U.S. Department of Labor data shows. Nationwide, the number of unemployment claims rose above 1 million, totaling 1.11 million for the week ended Aug. 15, an increase of 13...
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