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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.

Corpsman monument rededicated — Raul Avina's Hospital Corpsman Combat Monument was re-dedicated Friday during a ceremony at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. The 17-foot-high sculpture was originally built by Raul Avina, a Marine injured in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Avina, forever grateful to the corpsmen who saved his life, created the monument at the age of 73.

Sea captain will explain how video of dolphins and whales shot with drone went viral — What: The global commercial drone community will converge at the LA Drone Expo. * Where: Los Angeles Sports Arena * When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today * Cost: $29, children 12 years and under are free.

Chief veterinarian leaving Irvine shelter — Irvine city officials took action on allegations of inhumane animal treatment and euthanasia of treatable animals two weeks after volunteers and shelter staff made their concerns public. City officials Thursday said Dr. Lawrence Kosmin, the Irvine shelter's chief veterinarian, will leave the shelter at month's end.

Throwback Thursday: Corpsmen monument gets a new look at base Naval Hospital — It was just three days into Raul Avina's first combat experience, the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, when shrapnel blasted through his back, arms and legs. As he lay there, several corpsmen ran up the hill to help him and another fallen Marine.

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.
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