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Southern California’s Santa Ana winds on track to peak Thursday

Santa Ana winds are on track to begin picking up around Southern California early Thursday and will pose an elevated fire risk to the region until Saturday, meteorologists say. Moderate strength wind gusts are expected to affect the inland areas of Orange County as well as Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said Bruno Rodriguez, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. He said that urban areas can expect gusts of up to 30 to 40 mph while areas near canyons and passes can...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Arizona, San Diego, Kristen Stewart, Orange County, San Diego County, Nws, Southern California, San Bernardino, Stewart


Holidays & Nights: Want socially-distanced holiday event ideas? We’ve got them!

Get updates on fun things to do for the holidays delivered to your inbox on Tuesdays with Our Holidays & Nights newsletter. Sign up here.  A couple and their dogs walk along giant holiday whale display during the first night of the 46th Holiday Harbor Lights in Dana Point on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) This holiday season is anything but typical. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, seasonal events have been modified at best and ...
Tags: Holidays, Beck, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Harry Potter, Pasadena, Orange County, Valencia, Gavin Newsom, Bay, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Universal Studios Hollywood


GOP congressional wins set stage for 2022

It is remarkable — even amazing — that as Democrat Joe Biden rang up a nearly 2-to-1 victory over Republican President Donald Trump in California this year, Trump’s party regained four of the seven congressional seats it lost two years ago. California’s outcome was a big share of the Democrats’ nationwide loss of congressional seats that reduced them to a bare majority. The GOP comeback was solidified this week when the last few votes were counted in the 25th Congressional District, one of the s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Navy, California, Opinion, Court, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Orange County, Donald Trump, Trump, Ventura


Pretty Ricky’s Spectacular Blue Smith Arrested for Punching Disney World Employee After COVID-19 Joke

Spectacular Blue Smith of the group Pretty Ricky was arrested Monday (Nov. 30) after he allegedly assaulted a Walt Disney World employee who asked him to stop joking about COVID-19. Orange County police said the 35-year-old was in line for a ride at the resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park Monday night when he walked past a Disney World employee, pretended to sneeze and said “coronavirus.” The employee told Smith that he didn’t think his joke was funny, to which the rapper allegedly responded: “I ...
Tags: Celebs, Crime, Celebrity Arrests, Mugshots, Hip Hop, Pop Culture, Jazz, Walt Disney World, Orange County, Smith, Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando Florida, Ricky, Mugshot Madness, Pretty Ricky


Hundreds of thousands of customers brace for power shutoffs because of Santa Ana winds

Hundreds of thousands of customers throughout Southern California are at risk of having their electricity turned off this week as local electric companies brace for what are anticipated to be stronger Santa Ana winds than last week. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Southern California Edison notified about 240,000 customers across eight counties that they are under consideration for a public safety power shutoff, said SCE spokesman David Song. Of those notified, 28,089 are in Los Angeles County, 21,053 are...
Tags: News, Fire, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Electric, Song, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, Lapd, Public Safety, Southern California, San Bernardino, Kern County


Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda continues to improve, moves out of intensive care

Hall of Famer and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda has been moved out of the intensive care unit at an Orange County hospital. Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener confirmed Lasorda’s status change. Lasorda has been hospitalized since Nov. 8 and spent some time on a ventilator. But the 93-year-old’s condition has improved recently. A long-time Fullerton resident, Lasorda traveled to Texas for Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 27 when the Dodgers won their first championship since the Lasorda-led ...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, California, Sports, California News, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Associated Press, Orange County, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers, Hall of Famer, Fullerton, Tommy Lasorda


November coronavirus surge a ‘train wreck in slow motion’

As the coronavirus pandemic took a steep turn for the worse in November, several Southern California counties ended the month with record numbers of cases and hospitalizations, and deaths have begun to increase in some areas as well. The increase in cases was “unlike anything we have seen since July when the mask mandates went into effect,” said Brandon Brown, an epidemiologist at UC Riverside. “Since we are transitioning into the colder months when more people will be congregating inside with p...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Biden, Pasadena, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino, Brown, Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino County


High winds, low humidity bring fire danger to Southern California

Santa Ana winds and low humidity are expected to roll into Southern California this week, meteorologists said Monday, bringing with them a moderate fire threat by midweek. Gusts of up to 60 miles per hour could hit some mountains and valleys in Los Angeles County, with relative humidity in the single digits, National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Stewart said. Fire warnings for the Los Angeles area will go into effect Wednesday, Dec. 2, through Friday, but that could change, she said. “I...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Kristen Stewart, Orange County, Public Safety, Southern California, Pomona, San Bernardino, Stewart, Los Angeles County, Carson, Santa Ana


Many high school teams continue modified workouts despite restrictions, uncertain future

Many high school athletic programs in the Southland continue to hold conditioning and skill training workouts that follow stronger restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 while there is growing uncertainty about the fall season beginning as scheduled. About 50 schools in the L.A. Unified School District, officials said, are holding the sessions in Los Angeles County, which on Monday, Nov. 30 began a three-week, stay-at-home order because of the rise in coronavirus cases. “All sch...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Orange County, Usc, High School Sports, Vaughan, Gavin Newsom, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Southland, Riverside, Barbara Jones, Olson, Whicker


As LA County coronavirus cases top 400,000, Newsom, Ferrer warn trend is ‘not sustainable’

Los Angeles County hit two more grim coronavirus milestones on Monday, Nov. 30, with hospitalizations reaching an all-time high and total cases since the pandemic began topping 400,000, underscoring how this second surge has become increasingly dire — to the point that Gov. Gavin Newsom said much of the state could return to stay-at-home orders similar to those in March if the current trajectory continues. For the second straight day, new coronavirus cases in LA County surpassed 5,000 and, healt...
Tags: News, La, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Associated Press, Tsa, Pasadena, Orange County, Anthony Fauci, Ucla, Transportation Security Administration, County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


USA Gymnastics opts for education over suspensions for Azarian coaches

USA Gymnastics, despite finding that dozens of allegations of physical, verbal and emotional abuse against three Orange County gymnastics coaches “disturbing” and “credible and substantiated,” will lift the coaches’ interim suspensions once they have completed educational training, according to a USA Gymnastics letters, emails and texts obtained by the Orange County Register. USA Gymnastics’ decision not to suspend or permanently ban and instead remove the interim suspensions of Azarian U.S. Gym...
Tags: Usa, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Olympics, Local News, Orange County, Soviet Union, Cal, Orange County Register, Gonzalez, Davies, Woodbury, Hensley, USA Gymnastics, Kranz


What Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris reclosures could mean for Disneyland

The on-again, off-again operations of Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris could forecast future frustrations for Disneyland and its die-hard fans once California theme parks are allowed to reopen under state guidelines. The stop-start restrictions seen at Disney’s Asia and European theme parks could become the norm for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as well once the Anaheim theme parks eventually reopen. Hong Kong Disneyland has been forced to reclose again after a spike in cor...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, California, France, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Netherlands, Shanghai, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Disneyland Paris, Gavin Newsom


Pogues singer Shane McGowan’s irascible life unfolds in Julien Temple’s documentary​, made with Johnny Depp’s encouragement

When the chance arose to make a documentary about Shane McGowan of the Pogues, director Julien Temple hesitated, not at all sure he wanted the challenge of capturing the irascible Irish-English folk-punk frontman on camera. “You’ve got to be prepared to put yourself through a special kind of experience with Shane McGowan,” says Temple, who, mind you, had previously subjected himself to the making of two films with the not-exactly-mild-mannered members of the Sex Pistols. “He does come with a war...
Tags: Music, New York, London, Movies, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, David Bowie, Johnny Depp, Sinn Féin, Dublin, Republican, Orange County, Gerry Adams, Primal Scream


The Aquabats announce ‘Kooky Kristmas Party!’ livestream event to spread holiday cheer

After successfully livestreaming “Kooky Spooky! Halloween Party!,” which included special guests and supervillains, Orange County-based punk rock band and TV superheroes The Aquabats are ready to celebrate the season with another livestream event, “The Aquabats! Kooky Kristmas Party!” The show will begin at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 11 and include a 60-minute live party and recorded sets produced exclusively for the event, as well as audience interaction and a few holiday surprises. The show wi...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Holidays, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Miami, Orange County, Hamilton, Concerts, Sam Cooke, Universal CityWalk, Leslie Odom Jr, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts, Kooky Spooky Halloween Party


Untethered from the office, urban tenants are flocking to the Inland Empire

Prophetess Branchcomb called her home office “my piece of paradise” before the coronavirus pandemic hit. But after shelter-in-place orders forced her husband and kids to study and work from home, their 2,000-square-foot rental house in Cerritos felt more like a tiny box. “Everyone else came home and took my piece of paradise,” said Branchcomb, finance director for a Hollywood entertainment company. “We needed more space.” On Saturday, Nov. 21, Branchcomb and her family of five moved to a house ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, New York, Hollywood, News, California, Housing, Washington, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Dallas, Watson, Silicon Valley


Families occupying Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno forcibly removed by CHP

Squatters were evicted Thursday from a vacant Caltrans-owned home near the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Squatters were evicted Thursday from a vacant Caltrans-owned home near the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds CHP officers stand by outside of a vacant Caltrans-owned home where squatters were evicted near the 710 Freeway Thursday. (Photo b...
Tags: News, California, Housing, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, Philadelphia, Oakland, CHP, Orange County, Tacoma


My tomato looks like an alien, is it safe to eat?

Q: I recently bought tomatoes that were still on the vine and brought them home. After a few days, I noticed what looked like little worms growing out through the skin. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the seeds must have sprouted while still inside the fruit. What causes this? Is the tomato still safe to eat? A: This phenomenon is called vivipary, which translates literally to “live birth.” Seeds will often begin to germinate while still inside ripe fruit. Chemical changes occur within o...
Tags: Gardening, La, Atlanta, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Grasshopper, Hawks, Laura, Los Angeles County


How many of these driving secrets do you know?

This Thanksgiving week Honk is thankful for his readers, who are the smartest, prettiest, handsomest, funniest, most creative and happiest people, and the sharpest dressers, too. Because of their questions during the past year, he has learned: “END NONE” on your driver license doesn’t mean the license, or you, won’t expire – it simply means “endorsements, none.” As in you, the license holder, don’t have an extra, rare driving privilege. … A sworn law-enforcement officer can issue a traffic citat...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Soccer, Driving, CalTrans, CHP, Orange County, Southern California, U S Department of Defense, San Diego Gas Electric, Honk, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


LA County reports another 5,087 coronavirus cases on Thanksgiving as dining bans kick in

Porto’s in Glendale was kept busy on Thanksgiving as customers used the bakery’s drive-thru service and sidewalk pickup to satisfy their hunger on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. The bakery set up the drive-thru service in their parking to help maintain social-distancing protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) A Porto’s employee in Glendale rolls out food to be delivered to people waiting in their cars on Thanksgiving as customers used the bakery...
Tags: Labor, California, Disney, US, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Davis, Long Beach, Tsa, Pasadena, Orange County, Charlie Brown, Porto


LA County reports another 5,087 coronavirus cases on Thanksgiving as dining restrictions kick in

As Los Angeles County’s rekindled ban on outdoor dining kicked in, many restaurants shifted their Thanksgiving serving strategy to takeout and delivery service on Thursday on a most unusual, pandemic-framed holiday. Daily statistics fueled by the relentless recent surge in coronavirus cases, meanwhile, showed no sign of letup. County public health officials posted another 37 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, Nov. 26, and another 5,087 cases, while 1,809 people were listed as hospitalized. ...
Tags: California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Tsa, Pasadena, Orange County, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Transportation Security Administration, Los Angeles County, Southland, Gladstone, Board of Supervisors


Delivered Feasts, Empty Seats As Coronavirus Changes Thanksgiving

(AP/CBS13) — Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table. That was before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and before it claimed the retired seamstress. While recovering at a nursing home from a knee replacement, Ana Martinez died at 78 on April 1. The family is having their traditional meal of turkey, yams, green beans and rice and beans — but Z...
Tags: Utah, New York, News, Thanksgiving, California, Alabama, Sacramento, Turkey, United States, Cbs, Associated Press, Kansas City, Orange County, Facetime, Southern California, Ogden Utah


‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ are tested by tequila, and not everyone passes

On the latest episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” we discover the Tequila Paradox of Real Housewifery in which the spirit of the blue agave plant can be both good and bad at the exact same time. The good came in the realization by Braunwyn Windham-Burke that she’ll be just fine without her old pal tequila, and that she’d had a blast at a party where others were drinking even as she is an alcoholic in recovery. “Old Braunwyn would have been drinking all day and would have already b...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ncaa, John, Orange County, Golden State Warriors, Palm Springs, Southern California, Elizabeth, Kelly, Rowan, Deb, Shannon, Jacob


Six Southern California areas to explore nature instead of shopping on Black Friday

Here’s something to be thankful for: Southern California is filled with outdoor sanctuaries to discover, tucked away trails that range from easy strolls in urban parks hidden from busy streets to challenging hikes in the vast wilderness, all of which will help burn off some of the calories consumed during Thanksgiving dinner. Already, there’s been a trend in seeking out the great outdoors rather than be a part of the Black Friday shopping rush, but even more so this year as nature remains one of...
Tags: Outdoors, News, California, Russia, Time, Sport, LA River, Soccer, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, San Bernardino Mountains, Pacific Ocean, Southern California, Leon, San Bernardino


The pandemic Thanksgiving: Gratitude, hope endure amid a thankless year in Southern California

Infection rates. Drive-thru testing centers. Hospitalizations, ventilators and intensive-care units. It’s a very different sort of holiday season for Southern California. Welcome to the pandemic Thanksgiving. This is the year our leaders asked us not to travel, dine away from home or gather in big groups — essentially, Thanksgiving’s tentpoles. So for many, that seat at the table for a beloved mom, a treasured uncle, a lifelong friend, a revered grandma … is empty this year. The months-long coro...
Tags: News, Disney, US, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Peru, El Salvador, Pasadena, Orange County, Facetime, Chris, James


Group gives halal certified turkey to a few families, and pays their bills

Chefs at the Fresh Choice Marketplace in Anaheim Hills marinate turkeys on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Rida Hamida) A handful of families in Orange and Los Angeles counties got a special treat for Thanksgiving: a holiday feast – and some of their bills paid in full. This is a Thanksgiving story – with a Christmas-like twist. But the community organizer who is making it happen wants people to know that her project is not about the holidays or charity. Instead, it’s about celebra...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Holidays, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Local News, Orange County, UC Berkeley, Norwalk, Downey, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Fernando Valley, Anaheim Hills


Turkeys and bills paid: a Thanksgiving surprise

A handful of families in Orange and Los Angeles counties got a special treat for Thanksgiving: a holiday feast – and some of their bills paid in full. This is a Thanksgiving story – with a Christmas-like twist. But the community organizer who is making it happen wants people to know that her project is not about the holidays or charity. Instead, it’s about celebrating families and their resilience, especially during difficult times. Rida Hamida, executive director of the Orange County-based Lati...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Holidays, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Local News, Orange County, UC Berkeley, Norwalk, Downey, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Fernando Valley, Anaheim Hills


Disney’s Carthay Circle restaurant starts taking reservations — but they’re going fast

Carthay Circle has started taking reservations after trying a virtual wait list with the reopening of Buena Vista Street and foodies are quickly snapping up all the available tables at the Disney California Adventure fine dining restaurant. DCA’s Carthay Circle restaurant is now accepting advance dining reservations through Jan. 3 with many available dates already sold out and just a few seating times left on many other days. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and inte...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Southern California, DCA, Downtown Disney, Simba, Cathay, Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, Disney California


Pasadena church petitions U.S. Supreme Court over coronavirus restrictions

Officials from Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry have filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting an injunction pending appeal in their federal lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom over COVID-19 restrictions. The ministries contend Newsom’s “tyrannical” executive orders placing restrictions on places of worship are unconstitutional and discriminate against churches. Harvest Rock recently sought to block Newsom’s ban on indoor singing and ch...
Tags: Hollywood, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Courts, Biden, Pasadena, Orange County, Lapd, Gavin Newsom, Mat Staver, Brothers, Liberty Counsel, U S Supreme Court, GSA


Two arrested in string of 13 robberies in Southern California

Two men have been arrested in connection with a spree of 13 robberies in Southern California. Kigmani Nejema Burris, 45, of Corona, and William Warren, 36, of Los Angeles, were arrested Nov. 19 after they robbed a business in Laguna Hills, the Fontana Police Department said. Fontana police began investigating the pair on Nov. 18 when a business in that city was held up. The investigation led them to look for and then watch a white Dodge Challenger, a news release said. On Nov. 19, police followe...
Tags: News, Theft, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Warren, Orange County, Orange, Southern California, Corona, Fontana, Fontana Police Department, Dodge Challenger, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, Burris


Looming Santa Ana winds whip up fire weather concerns for Thanksgiving day

Santa Ana winds are expected to blow into Southern California on Thanksgiving Day, prompting officials to warn residents of possible high fire danger conditions. The fire risk watch is a seemingly annual reminder of changing climate conditions, which bring dry weather at a time of year when historically, rain would give vegetation much needed moisture, weather officials said. Despite the continued relative cooling in the area of highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s, all other wildfire ingredients w...
Tags: Weather, Florida, National Weather Service, News, California, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, Southern California, Beaumont, Santa Clarita, San Fernando, Santa Ana