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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.

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.

Dog who chewed off his own foot to escape is on the road to recovery — Rocky, an 11-month-old German shepherd, came alive when veterinarian Matthew Wheaton entered the room. The pup, first timid and shy, tumbled over for a belly rub. Wheaton obliged. While Rocky licked his face, Wheaton checked the bandage covering the pup's stump leg. Wheaton concluded, based on ligature marks, the pup had chewed off his own foot.

USO lounge opens at John Wayne Airport — SANTA ANA - When military service members walk through the doors of John Wayne Airport's brand-new United Service Organization lounge, they get a hug and a "thanks for your service" handshake. At least that's what Jan Spriggs has planned for nearly 20,000 service members and their families expected to come through the Orange County airport in the next year.

Motorcycle ride revs up help for veterans in need — IRVINE - For retired Marines Sgt. David Martinez, the Harley-Davidson ride down I-5 to Camp Pendleton was much more than a chance to take his hog for a spin. It meant creating hope and awareness for thousands of wounded veterans suffering the after effects of recent deployments.

Throwback Thursday: Happy birthday Marines! How their look has changed over the years — From the shores of Tripoli to the forests of Belleau Woods, the sands of Iwo Jima, the jungles of Da Nang and the deserts of Afghanistan, Marines have fought the country's battles for 239 years. It's the Marines' birthday celebration, however, that most binds the Corps.
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