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The Register's 100 Most Influential People in Orange County

ocregister.com — The Orange County Register is highlighting people who changed lives in 2014. Some entertained; some educated; all, in some way, inspired. You know many of their names, but others will be surprises. Read about how the influencers were chosen. We are adding 10 influencers every day through Dec. 28.
Dec 18, 2014

So nice to see Oanh Nguyen of @chancetheater among The Register’s 100 Most Influential People in Orange County m.ocregister.com/articles/bio-6…

Whole Foods coming to La Floresta development

ocregister.com — The Whole Foods Market slated to be constructed in Brea will be the only one located in north Orange County. , FILE PHOTO: LM OTERO, AP Brea will soon be home to the only Whole Foods Market in northern Orange County.

San Clemente girl, 13, fighting for her life after skateboarding 'freak accident'

ocregister.com — MISSION VIEJO - Jessica Pearcy said her teenage daughter, Taylor, always left her a note when she was going to be gone.
Dec 18, 2014

.@AlmaFausto1 reports: San Clemente girl, 13, fighting for her life after skateboarding 'freak accident' ocregister.com/articles/taylo…

Dec 18, 2014

Touching story by @AlmaFausto1 San Clemente girl, 13, fighting for her life after skateboarding 'freak accident' ocregister.com/articles/taylo…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @ocregister: San Clemente girl is fighting for her life after 'freak accident' bit.ly/13AXFSs

Streetcar study due for release this month delayed to next year

ocregister.com — An anticipated environmental review won't be released until sometime next year for a proposed $320 million streetcar line known as Anaheim Rapid Connection, city officials said. The study was due out this month, but Anaheim's Public Works Department is following the City Council's request to evaluate options for the 3.2-mile route between the resort area and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center said city spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz.
Dec 18, 2014

Environmental study of proposed #Anaheim streetcar delayed to sometime next year. bit.ly/1C6DMhI

Incoming county CEO Mark Denny under scrutiny for $1 million in no-bid deals

ocregister.com — A longtime county administrator set to become Orange County's temporary chief executive faces a legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts issued by the county over the past five years.
Dec 18, 2014

Longtime @OCGovCA leader faces legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts: bit.ly/1AkDapa (h/t @VoiceofOC)

Mayor wants to further streamline process for opening small businesses

ocregister.com — Mayor Tom Tait said he wants to adopt additional measures aimed easing the way for small businesses to open to Anaheim, similar to his regulation-relief program that now allows breweries to more quickly set-up shop in the city.
Dec 18, 2014

Mayor wants to further streamline process for opening small businesses in #Anaheim. bit.ly/1wnfMq9

On the Road: Protected left-turn arrow needs to stay put

ocregister.com — Q. The city of Anaheim installed stoplights on westbound Lincoln Avenue near the shopping center at State College Boulevard. The wait for a left-turn arrow into the shopping center can be long, even when opposing eastbound traffic is very light.
Dec 18, 2014

On the Road column: Protected left-turn arrow needs to stay put at this #Anaheim intersection. bit.ly/1DQyaMY

Most influential 2014: Palmer Luckey

ocregister.com — Age: 22 Job: Founder of Irvine-based Oculus VR Bio: Luckey is a Long Beach native who founded Oculus, a virtual reality company acquired by Facebook this year for $2 billion. Why he's an influencer: The self-taught engineer created the Oculus Rift headset, which immerses users in virtual worlds.
Dec 18, 2014

Palmer Luckey makes OC Register's '14 Most Influential list bit.ly/1v4eJab / Can Oculus keep the momentum going in '15?

Line rushes: Ducks vs. Canadiens

ocregister.com — MONTREAL -- Here is the expected lineup that the Ducks (21-7-5) will start with against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at Bell Centre. Frederik Andersen (17-5-4, 2.46 GAA, .912 SV%) will try to bounce back from a shaky effort Tuesday against Toronto, where he was pulled after four goals allowed on 20 shots.
Dec 18, 2014

Expected lineups and some quick-hit notes ahead of Ducks-Canadiens tonight (4:30 p.m. PT) at Bell Centre. ocregister.com/ducks/straight…

Meadow Park Elementary kids donate a busload of toys

ocregister.com — Students at Meadow Park Elementary School donated more than 1,000 toys on Monday to Team Kids, a local nonprofit that will distribute the toys to underserved children in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Last year, the students collected 1,000 toys along with a local Remax office, but this year the students wanted to finish the job by themselves.

Jordan hits key free throws in Clippers' win

ocregister.com — Would it be a Blake Griffin dunk? A Chris Paul dime? A J.J. Redick 3? A Jamal Crawford buzzer-beater. Nope, it was going to be the most obvious thing Wednesday. DeAndre Jordan was going to make big free throws. Jordan drilled all three he attempted in the fourth quarter Wednesday, helping the Clippers capture a 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Dec 18, 2014

My story from Wednesday's Clipper win, when the big plays were obviously made by DeAndre Jordan at the FT line ocregister.com/articles/dwoik…

Local Cubans skeptical of deal

ocregister.com — As Jorge Erviti juggled plates of roast pork and other Cuban favorites, his lunch customers Wednesday sought his take on President Barack Obama's announcement to restore relations with his country.Erviti, manager of Felix Continental Cafe in Orange, didn't mince words."This will not translate to freedom for the Cuban people," said Erviti, 61, a Riverside resident who left Cuba when he was 15.While Miami's Cuban exile community spoke of betrayal, and congressional Republicans vowed to block the changes, Cuban Americans in Orange County said they were conflicted by the announcement.

At-risk students get a second chance

ocregister.com — ANAHEIM - For some students, having a run-in with police is a wake up call. In the year ending June 30, more than 550 students - 200-plus from Anaheim - have been given a second chance through a diversion program that aims to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
Dec 18, 2014

At-risk students get a second chance through Juvenile Diversion Program. bit.ly/1uVnkuG via @Salazar_Denisse

Dec 18, 2014

For some students in #OrangeCounty, having a run-in with police has kept them out of the juvenile justice system: bit.ly/1uVnkuG

Happy for Pappy: Would you pay $145 for a shot of rare bourbon?

ocregister.com — The legend continues to build around Pappy Van Winkle, a rare bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky that some say is America's finest example of the genre. that some say is America's finest example of the genre. It's hard to find a bottle or even a sip.
Dec 18, 2014

Happy for Pappy: Would you pay $145 for a shot of rare bourbon? ow.ly/G5lhK (by @FastFoodMaven .... I might!)

Dec 18, 2014

@curbedla Some bar charging as much as $145 a pour for rare bourbon out now in limited release ow.ly/G53zD

Dec 17, 2014

@HuffPostTaste Some bar charging as much as $145 a pour for rare bourbon out now in limited release ow.ly/G53zD

Dec 17, 2014

Happy for Pappy: Would you pay $145 for a shot of rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon? ocregister.com/articles/winkl…

Dec 17, 2014

Happy for Pappy: Would you pay $145 for a shot of rare bourbon? ocregister.com/articles/winkl…

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Black tar heroin suspected cause of 3 botulism cases in O.C.

ocregister.com — Three people in Orange County were hospitalized last month with a type of botulism likely contracted from injecting contaminated black tar heroin, the Health Care Agency said Wednesday.All three adults had wound botulism, one of three kinds of botulism caused by a potentially deadly bacteria more commonly associated with canned and preserved goods and improperly handled food.
Dec 17, 2014

Black tar heroin is thought to be cause of 3 new botulism cases in Orange County. bit.ly/1J5yBDf

Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Baha'i: Mission Viejo street is an intersection of faiths

ocregister.com — Drive through the intersection of La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo this month and you'll see more than a gas station and a Taco Bell.In one corner, there's a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene, plus an image of old-school Santa.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @bj_terhune: Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Baha'i: Mission Viejo street is an intersection of faiths ocregister.com/articles/viejo… @ocregister @reporterdeepa

Mayweather says he's ready to fight Pacquiao

ocregister.com — ADONIS STEVENSON vs. DMITRY SUKHOTSKY When: Friday Where: Quebec TV: Showtime, 9 p.m. (delayed) Outlook: Remember when Stevenson (27-1, 20 KOs) was the talk of the light heavyweight division? Well, now it's Sergey Kovalev, who unified three titles (WBA, IBF, WBO) when he defeated Bernard Hopkins last month.

Banged-up Beachemin wants his shot at Canadiens

ocregister.com — MONTREAL - Francois Beauchemin's ties to La Belle Province and Quebec's largest city run deep. The desire to play at the Bell Centre against the team he grew up rooting for remains as strong as ever.
Dec 17, 2014

Francois Beauchemin weighs emotion and reason in deciding if he's ready to return as the Ducks visit Montreal. ocregister.com/articles/ducks…

Lake Forest company's antiseptic sanitizer may help in Ebola fight

ocregister.com — Many-layered protective suits help health care workers who are treating patients avoid exposure to Ebola, but each time they disrobe, the risk of infection returns.Antimicrobial technology developed by an Orange County company may make that process safer for health care workers dealing with Ebola patients in West Africa, the United