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Two power outages and one car crash leave 1,600 customers without electricity in La Palma and Cypress

Dual power outages, including one caused by a traffic collision, left more than 1,600 Southern California Edison customers in west Orange County without power Monday evening, Oct. 30.

In La Palma, 138 customers were without electricity after a car sheared a power pole around 6 p.m. near La Palma Avenue – where it turns into Del Amo Boulevard – and Bloomfield Avenue, officials for Southern California Edison and the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The pole was left hanging by its wires. An above-ground electrical vault was also damaged, causing SCE to shut off the power, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/30/two-power-outages-and-one-car-crash-leaves-1600-customers-without-electricity-in-la-palma-and-cypress/
Date: 1509435757

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You may not believe it, but the number of California wildfires has been going down

In a year that is already being called one of the worst ever for wildfires in the western United States , there is another fact that some may find remarkable: For nearly 40 years, the number of wildfires in California has been declining.

California wildfire data reviewed by a USGS research ecologist shows a trend that many may find hard to believe: Since a peak in 1980, there have been fewer and fewer wildfires in California. This is true across the entire state, according to researcher Jon Keeley, who is also a professor at UCLA.

According to his paper, co-authored with

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/14/you-may-not-believe-it-but-the-number-of-california-wildfires-has-been-going-down/
Date: 1505432817

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JSerra football players tackle a new role in the school’s 1st ever handbell choir

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Take 12 guys from the freshman football team, put them in a room with 37 handbells and a teacher, add a crash course in reading music and before you know it, they’re making beautiful music.

It’s a different kind of team building – creating the first handbell choir in JSerra Catholic High School’s 14-year history.

“I have wanted to start this program for the last six years,” says director of choral music Brian Dehn. “We are the only Catholic school in the diocese that doesn’t have (a handbell choir) so it was time. Creating

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/06/jserra-football-players-tackle-a-new-role-in-the-schools-bell-choir/
Date: 1504737098

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84-year-old man drowns in Yorba Linda home pool

An 84-year-old man drowned in a pool of his Yorba Linda home Sunday, July 30 authorities said.

The man’s body was found by a friend shortly before midnight, but it is believed he’d gone swimming hours earlier, said Lt. Steve Gil of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

He was pronounced dead by authorities at the home, in the 17000 block of Orange Terrace, after being found. The friend told authorities the man regularly went swimming and did laps in the pool, Gil said Monday, July 31.

It was unknown if he had a medical emergency while in the water, but authorities do

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/31/84-year-old-man-drowns-in-yorba-linda-home-pool/
Date: 1501517383

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Left Coast Brewery adding experimental craft beer hub in Irvine with a BBQ restaurant

San Clemente-based Left Coast Brewery is expanding to Irvine with a small-batch production facility, tasting room and barbecue restaurant.

“We want people to come in for the beer and be blown away with unbelievable barbecue,” said Tommy Hadjis, general manager for Left Coast.

The 5,300-square foot Irvine brewery and restaurant, set to open in December at Sand Canyon Plaza, will be an experimental arm of Left Coast’s larger 30-barrel brewery in San Clemente.

Irvine’s five-barrel system will allow Left Coast to produce more small batch beers including Hazy IPAs, a controversial style of pale ale that is exploding in popularity. These cloudy

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/31/left-coast-brewery-adding-experimental-brewery-in-irvine-with-a-bbq-restaurant/
Date: 1501517374

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The man who shot Osama bin Laden tells his story to a packed house at Nixon Library

YORBA LINDA — A thousand people at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum thundered with applause when Robert O’Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, took the stage to share his story Wednesday, July 26.

O’Neill’s talk, woven through with a sense of humor that surprised and delighted the audience, focused less on his encounter with bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and more on life lessons from his journey. One of the mentions he made of the incident was simple: “Bin Laden got what he deserved.”

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/27/the-man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-tells-his-story-to-a-packed-house-at-nixon-library/
Date: 1501169178

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$1,827 per month: Apartment rents continue 7-year climb

New construction may be making a dent in rent hikes in the region, but not by much.

Asking rent for apartments were up an average of $50 to $92 a month last spring throughout Southern California, continuing almost seven years of continuously rising rents amid job and population growth, data from apartment tracker Reis Inc. shows.

Average asking rents hit record highs during the spring quarter, the data firm reported: $1,293 a month in the Inland Empire, $1,827 a month in Orange County and $1,829 a month in Los Angeles County.

Rents were up 2.8 percent from the year before in Orange

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/25/1827-per-month-apartment-rents-continue-7-year-climb/
Date: 1500995208

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Man dies in crash after police pursuit; 9-year-old daughter in back seat critically injured

A 43-year-old man was killed and his 9-year-old daughter was critically injured in Santa Ana when their car crashed into a utility pole during a police pursuit Sunday, July 23. Police found $13,000 in cash, half a pound of drugs and a gun in the vehicle.

The chase began when officers got a call of a man pointing a gun at a security guard during a fight at Hector’s Mariscos on McFadden and Standard avenues, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. The caller gave police a description of the suspect’s vehicle as he fled the scene

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/24/man-being-pursued-by-police-dies-in-crash-passenger-daughter-seriously-injured/
Date: 1500907936

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Huntington Beach man’s death at Pechanga casino under investigation

The circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old Huntington Beach man on Monday, July 10, less than a day after he fell at Pechanga Resort and Casino are under investigation, according to the Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.

Robert Flores died at 1:20 p.m. Monday at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, according to coroner’s Sgt. Brent Sechrest.

Sechrest said the time of injury was about midnight Sunday, July 9, and it “looks like he fell from something and we’re still looking into it.”

The coroner’s office will determine the cause and manner of death as part of its investigation.

Michael Jauregui, who identified

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/10/huntington-beach-mans-death-at-pechanga-casino-under-investigation/
Date: 1499777002

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Costa Mesa police officer injured after patrol car hit; man arrested on suspicion of DUI

COSTA MESA — An officer was injured when a suspected drunken driver ran a red light in Costa Mesa and struck his patrol vehicle, authorities said Tuesday, July 4.

Two officers were traveling westbound on Del Mar Avenue at Newport Boulevard in a marked police car just after 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 3, Costa Mesa Lt. Greg Scott said. A man driving a Chevy Suburban northbound on Newport Boulevard drove through a red light and hit the police car broadside, Scott said.

One of the officers suffered a non-life-threatening shoulder injury, Costa Mesa Police said. He was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, Scott

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/04/costa-mesa-police-officer-injured-after-patrol-car-hit/
Date: 1499254697

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