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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.

Marines, sailors return from from Down Under — CAMP PENDLETON - Cpl. Travis Reynders couldn't believe what he saw through his night vision goggles in the pitch-black Australian Outback. He and a fellow Marine were standing post while hundreds of Marines slept under their watch. The stars were bright. It was hot and muggy. Mosquitoes and flies buzzed around them.

Everyday Heroes: When O.C. kid saw devastation, he went to his bag of tricks — RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - Noah Crouse couldn't shake the sad images, the destruction, the voices of children calling for lost parents. It was Jan. 12, 2010, and he had just watched a newscast showing what happened when a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. At least 3 million people were affected.

Throwback Thursday: Orange County's original great park — Cliff Cawood still remembers patrolling Irvine Regional Park as a ranger and looking for familiar spots where he played during childhood visits in the 1950s. The oaks were even bigger and the landscape had changed by the early 1990s. The picnic area was larger. Roadways were reconfigured.

Throwback Thursday: Anaheim's Halloween parade marches on — ANAHEIM - When Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily spotted a photo of a 1950s-era "Flying Sasser" entry in Anaheim's Halloween Parade, they were hooked. The pair, former Disney art directors, moved to Anaheim in 2009 after falling in love with the city's historic downtown.

Church officials struggle to assist those with mental illness — David Mandani heard voices telling him to kill himself. He was paranoid. He saw things others didn't. He was spiraling out of control. Mandani was hospitalized but ran away. Family members found him in a park and asked police for help.

Sperm whales spotted off O.C. coast in rare sighting — Diet: Carnivore Siz e: 49 to 59 ft (15 to 18 m) Weight: 35 to 45 tons (31.8 to 40.8 metric tons) Group name: PodProtection status:Endangered Did you know? Sperm whales and giant squid may be mortal enemies.

Throwback Thursday: Fair binds roughly hewn Silverado Canyon — When a neighbor couldn't give away a vintage oak piano, Brett Peterson grabbed it and plunked it in his garage, knowing he'd find a use for it. Two years later, it now will become the centerpiece for the opera house - Peterson's newest addition for the Silverado Country Fair cowboy town.

Throwback Thursday: The day a plane crashed in Fullerton — Tony Albanese can't use his legs. Burn scars cover three-quarters of his body. He lives in constant pain. "I saved many peoples' lives making that test flight," Albanese said. "If I had just left and said, 'The engine sounds fine,' that plane would have crashed with 14 people in it."

Rabbi stresses importance of Jewish heritage at launch of new Irvine educational program — Best-selling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was the featured speaker at the Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School in Irvine on Wednesday. The event, "An Evening With Rabbi Telushkin," was sponsored by the Samson Advanced Institute of Jewish Studies at Tarbut V'Torah and the Orange County Register.

Throwback Thursday: Staff Sgt. Reckless never saddled fear — CAMP PENDLETON - The tale of Staff Sgt. Reckless - a horse that Marines say is a heroic symbol of an often-forgotten conflict - by some accounts may be the greatest horse story ever told.
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Sep 19, 2014

Rabbi stresses importance of Jewish heritage at launch of new Irvine educational program - The Orange County Register…

Sep 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Staff Sgt. Reckless the greatest horse story ever?…

Sep 17, 2014

Silverado Canyon residents' concerns mount after fire - The Orange County Register…

Sep 16, 2014

Is your kid sitting in a boiling classroom - The Orange County Register…

Sep 15, 2014

Supporting Marines helps family stay in touch with fallen son - The Orange County Register…

Sep 11, 2014

Janet Nguyen, Jose Solorio debate in 34th state Senate District race - The Orange County Register…

Sep 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Bowers Museum started local and now is on world stage - The Orange County Register…

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