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To no one's surprise, Ballmer is high-energy for Clippers opener

ocregister.com — LOS ANGELES - Steve Ballmer, high-tech guru and new Clippers owner, quietly took his seat on the baseline 15 minutes before tipoff. He didn't roll into Staples Center on Thursday like a rock star hyped up on Red Bull as he did at a fan rally this summer.

Kobe Bryant, Mike Trout, Loretta Sanchez and more: How are O.C. bigwigs celebrating Halloween?

ocregister.com — Bacon! FRY NIGHT Leave it to former Sugar Ray drummer Stan Frazier, co-owner of Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizza in Newport Beach, to get all cheffy for Halloween. He rolls through his Newport neighborhood pulling a little red wagon loaded with adult beverages and other treats.
Oct 31, 2014

How the OC's rich and famous (and semi-famous) celebrate Halloween bit.ly/1E8xQWz

Oct 31, 2014

OCRegister front page has cool illo of local stars as Haunted Mansion's Hitchhiking Ghosts -- ocregister.com/articles/hallo… pic.twitter.com/iqRn23cEXj

Harmonson: California Chrome chasing redemption at Breeders' Cup

ocregister.com — ARCADIA - California Chrome is ticked off. He hasn't won a race since May and he actually spent his summer on vacation instead of working like his competitors. One of his owners is even talking about retiring him and putting him out to stud, though he might not be all that bothered once he figures out what that entails.

Clippers hold off depleted Thunder to win opener

ocregister.com — LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, you just have to get through it. Over the course of a season, a team isn't going to play well. A team is going to miss open shots. A team is going to botch fast-break attempts. It's unavoidable.
Oct 31, 2014

Sometimes, you just have to get through it. My story on the Clippers' season-opening win ocregister.com/articles/thund…

Nearing 30, feisty Paul says he's still in his prime

ocregister.com — LOS ANGELES - It was a throwaway question near the end of shootaround, but it stuck with Chris Paul enough that he brought it up as he walked away. Someone mentioned that Paul would turn 30 this season, that windows in the NBA slam more often than they slowly close.

14 cars damaged in early-morning fire at apartments in Orange

ocregister.com — ORANGE - Four cars were destroyed and 10 more were damaged when an apartment complex carport caught fire early Thursday morning. The blaze was reported around 4:15 a.m. at 540 S. La Veta Park Circle in the Villa Point Apartments, said Capt. Casey Fieldhouse, spokesman for the Orange Fire Department.
Oct 30, 2014

Witness: Fire at apartment complex in city of Orange 'sounded like a bomb' ocregister.com/articles/fire-… reporting by @TheChalkOutline

Oct 30, 2014

Did you see smoke in #orange this morning? A carport caught on fire @ Villa Pointe apartments, via @thechalkoutline: ocregister.com/articles/fire-…

Leftovers: Scoring dries up throughout Ducks

ocregister.com — ST. LOUIS - Some notes, quotes and other musings from the Ducks' 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night ... -- A team that led the NHL goals last season and has its share of offensive skill doesn't get shut out very often.
Oct 31, 2014

Leftovers: Scoring dries up throughout Ducks, Gibson strong again, some slippage in faceoff circle, etc. ocregister.com/ducks/louis-64…

Clippers 2014-15: Success will center on Jordan

ocregister.com — Offenses are increasingly spreading out, taking players off the block and moving them to the perimeter to create space for driving and passing lanes. Still, there's an exciting crop of centers suiting up at the start of this season. Here's a look at the NBA's 12 best at the position: 1.
Oct 30, 2014

Oversight -- no mention of championship-quality interns. @DanWoikeSports: Get ready for Clippers opener by reading ocregister.com/articles/jorda…

Oct 30, 2014

ICYMI: Get ready for the Clippers opener by reading my season preview story about DeAndre Jordan ocregister.com/articles/jorda…

Oct 30, 2014

My story on DeAndre Jordan, the center of the Clippers' plans ocregister.com/articles/jorda…

Prop. 187 lives on today in a surprising way

ocregister.com — There's a ghost haunting next week's elections in California. It's been there 20 years. Proposition 187 - a measure Californians overwhelmingly voted into law on Nov. 8, 1994 - was never enacted. The law would have denied public services, including public education and non-emergency health care, to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Ducks caught 'standing still' by Blues

ocregister.com — ST. LOUIS - It was easy for the Ducks to get up to play Chicago on Tuesday. Who doesn't get motivated to play a team that's an annual Stanley Cup contender? The tough part arrived Thursday night. The Ducks, of course, have their own Cup visions, but they had to summon those same emotions against another who shares their desires.
Oct 31, 2014

OCR gamer on the Ducks being caught "standing still" in a 2-0 loss to injury-depleted St. Louis. ocregister.com/articles/ducks…

Quick healer Maroon may rejoin Ducks lineup

ocregister.com — ST. LOUIS -- Patrick Maroon won't play in his hometown when the Ducks take on St. Louis Thursday night but then he also never expected to be on their current road trip.
Oct 30, 2014

"@icemancometh: Blog: Encouraged by quick recovery, Pat Maroon is preparing to get back in the Ducks' lineup. ocregister.com/ducks/maroon-6…"

Oct 30, 2014

Blog: Encouraged by quick recovery from knee injury, Pat Maroon is preparing to get back in the Ducks' lineup. ocregister.com/ducks/maroon-6…

Boot Barn lassos NYSE

ocregister.com — Cowbells were rung, and Stetson hats were waved high. The scene at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday was more all-American rodeo than trading floor, as Western and workwear retailer Boot Barn celebrated its first day of public trading.
Oct 31, 2014

Did retailer Boot Barn get a warm Wall Street welcome or the investor boot? ocregister.com/articles/boot-… #OC

Overturned crane, fuel spill snarls traffic in South County

ocregister.com — An overturned crane halted traffic on the north- and southbound I-5 at Avenida Pico near San Clemente on Thursday afternoon and into rush hour, the California Highway Patrol said. At about 5 p.m., the CHP stated that the northbound 5 would be closed for 8 to 10 hours.

Girls testify of sexual abuse at author's trial

ocregister.com — SANTA ANA - Having recently arrived in an unfamiliar country, the girl at the center of a molestation trial involving a children's book author said at first she thought the man's alleged behavior was typical of her new culture.

Food report: Oyster house closes, Disney steakhouse revamps, Dunkin' debuts hybrid doughnut

ocregister.com — After celebrating its one-year anniversary in Old Towne Orange, Ways & Means Oyster House shut its doors Sunday. Co-owner Jennifer Delcham said she is relocating the restaurant to Newport Beach. She didn't disclose the location because there is currently another restaurant operating in the space.

A voter's guide to Measure Y

ocregister.com — Voters will decide next week on a divisive ballot measure that would move development from Newport Coast to Fashion Island. Measure Y is an amendment to the city's general plan that would allow 500 new apartments or condos and more than 550,000 square feet of office and commercial space at Fashion Island.

FBI: Santa Ana police committed 'felonious assault' against undocumented immigrant

ocregister.com — SANTA ANA - Santa Ana police committed a "felonious assault" in the beating of undocumented immigrant Edgar Vargas Arzate, according to a government document in which the FBI classifies Vargas as a crime victim. The document - certified by the FBI on Oct.
Oct 30, 2014

#FBI: Santa Ana police committed 'felonious assault' against undocumented immigrant bit.ly/1zON04M #SoCal #crime @ocregister

Ex-mafiso now serves God, not the mob

ocregister.com — ANAHEIM - After countless menial tasks to prove loyalty, Michael Franzese pledged his life to the Colombo crime family on Halloween in 1975. Six men took the oath that night inside a Brooklyn catering hall.
Oct 30, 2014

Ex-mafioso in #Anaheim Hills now serves God, not the mob. Movie about @MichaelFranzese's life premieres Friday. bit.ly/1nTqRgh

Oct 30, 2014

A good one by @Newsvato: Ex-mafioso in Anaheim Hills now serves God, not the mob ocregister.com/articles/franz…

Oct 30, 2014

Ex-mafioso and Colombo captain Michael Franzese talks about his life's turnaround and bio pic via @Newsvato ocregister.com/articles/franz…

Ramirez leads group of Dodgers into free agency

ocregister.com — With the World Series completed, 121 players officially became free agents Thursday morning. The list includes seven Dodgers - and odds are none of them will be back with the team in 2015. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitchers Roberto Hernandez, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez, Kevin Correia, Jamey Wright and Josh Beckett are officially free agents.
Oct 30, 2014

Start your shopping. Here is the full list of the 121 players who became free agents today. #Dodgers #Angels ocregister.com/articles/dodge…