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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.

Crustaceans living on dry land? Meet the fairy shrimp and the people working to save them — Surfers packed the parking lot on a recent evening at the popular beach sites Old Man's, Four Doors, The Point and Dog Patch. As they drove toward San Onofre State Beach, they passed orange fencing, shielding dried-out vernal pools that serve as home to fairy shrimp, inch-long crustaceans that have been little more than a myth to surfers and longtime beach-goers in Southern California.

Throwback Thursday: The last spook for a popular South County Halloween haunt — PORTOLA HILLS - Chris Demerjian used lots of makeup to create scary wrinkles to transform herself into a corpse bride. That was 18 years ago. Now? Not so much. "You've got to do something with your age," the 53-year-old said laughing. "It's becoming easier and easier to create the look.

Photos: Marines, sailors receive homecoming on return 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."
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Sep 11, 2014

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

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