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I'm crazy about animals! I ski and mountain bike. Love spicy food and enjoy living on the edge. Also report news for South County for The OC Register.

Irvine mayor wants action on animal shelter — IRVINE - Mayor Steven Choi said he's studying claims of abuse, inhumane euthanasia and questionable management at the city animal shelter and wants City Council to take action. "It was a big concern to see so many people voicing their concerns yesterday," Choi said Wednesday, the day after 50 people attended a council meeting to voice their concerns.

'They told me my daddy was brave': Heroes honored with Navy Cross, Bronze Star, two posthumously — To Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, everything seemed to happen in slow motion, but for everyone else, his actions were instant. When he heard the first explosion near an abandoned Afghan police checkpoint in Helmand province, he knew two Marines were in trouble. Staff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff, an explosives ordnance disposal Marine, and Staff Sgt.

Military families flock to Camp Pendleton to pick up free Thanksgiving fixings — CAMP PENDLETON - Isabelle McCallie wasn't going to leave getting a free turkey dinner to chance. The mother of four young children got to the base commissary early to make sure she wouldn't be at the end of a line where people waited more than two hours for the Thanksgiving staples.

Irvine animal shelter workers say center is no longer a model for care — IRVINE - Irvine Animal Care Center, once a model for life-saving practices and progressive pet adoption programs, is embracing euthanasia as a way to weed out animals that in the past would have been made adoptable, staff and volunteers say.

OC Animal Care director moving on — Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care, is leaving after more than a decade to oversee three shelters in Los Angeles County. Drabek, 39, started as an animal control officer with OC Animal Care 13 years ago. He became interim director for the animal agency in 2009 and for five years has been its director.

Irvine land gift accepted by county — Acres: 1,073.9 Santiago Hills II Acres: 16.2 East Orange Area I Acres: 469.2 East Orange Area II Acres: 936.5 A 2,500-acre land gift from the Irvine Co. to the county marks the developer's last large grant and nearly 100 years of open space partnership between the two.

Throwback Thursday: Remember those oil derricks on the beach? — A century ago, oil was discovered beneath Huntington Beach. Standard Oil struck oil near Goldenwest and Clay streets in December 1919. The well produced 70 barrels a day. Then on Nov. 6, 1920, Bolsa Chica 1 blew a gusher, making 1,742 barrels of oil.

Rick Warren preaches on marriage at Vatican — Pastor Rick Warren on Tuesday urged religious leaders to show their followers ways Christians can maintain their faith in a world with changing views about marriage. "Today marriage is ridiculed, resented, rejected and redefined," Warren said. "We cannot not do something." Warren was the 28th speaker in a three-day conference at the Vatican focusing on marriage and family.

Rick Warren attends Vatican conference on families — Rick Warren is among 30 global religious leaders taking part in a conference at the Vatican examining the changing roles of marriage and family. Warren joins leaders from 23 countries and 14 religions invited by Pope Francis on Monday at the kick-off to The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium.

'Barbaric' deer death spurs D.A. review — Kathleen Johnson couldn't sleep for days. She couldn't shake the image of a four-point buck writhing and shrieking in pain as it hung upside down, impaled on a black wrought iron fence in her upscale neighborhood in Anaheim Hills.
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