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Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee homes in rural central California

BISHOP — A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said.

The blaze scorched 3½ square miles of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada that is popular for hiking, fishing, climbing and hunting. Firefighters made some gains against the flames, which they found had burned a slightly smaller area after doing more accurate mapping.

It comes as California has seen some record-high temperatures and little rain after emerging

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/the-latest-gains-made-against-rural-california-wildfire/
Date: 1519080750

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Dunn Deal: Reunion date set for Newport Harbor football coach Mike Giddings

First in a two-part series.

Quick: Name the Newport Harbor High football coach before Jeff Brinkley, who announced his retirement after 32 seasons last month.

The answer? Mike Giddings. And if you got it right, you’re probably an old-school follower of Tar Ball.

While Giddings only coached the Sailors for four years, his impact was legendary as he changed the fortunes of the school’s football program for decades to come.

Brinkley will go down as the all-time leader in most coaching statistical categories in school and Newport-Mesa Unified School District history. But Giddings created a new vibe following a series of down years

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/dunn-deal-reunion-date-set-for-newport-harbor-football-coach-mike-giddings/
Date: 1519080720

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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia asked staff to play ‘spin the bottle,’ new complaint says

The Cristina Garcia sexual-harassment scandal expanded when a former aide said the California assemblywoman suggested staffers join her in a game of “spin the bottle” and fired him after he complained.

First reported by Politico, the complaint filed Saturday with the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing by a former Garcia staffer identified as J. David Kernick follows allegations reported Feb. 8 that the Bell Gardens Democrat tried to grope a male legislative aide and a male lobbyist.

Garcia denied those accusations but volunteered to take unpaid leave while the Assembly Rules Committee investigates.

The charges have received particular attention

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/assemblywoman-cristina-garcia-asked-staff-to-play-spin-the-bottle-new-complaint-says/
Date: 1519080692

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Free Irish dance party at the Segerstrom arts center

Irish dance will be on display at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this weekend.

Dublin Irish Dance will take up the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza with an Irish céilí, also known as a traditional Irish gathering. The event in the plaza before the night’s show is free to attend.

The Reelers will perform live Irish jigs and folk music. Refreshments will be sold.

 

If you go

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24.

Where: Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Cost: Free

Information: scfta.org

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/free-irish-dance-party-at-the-segerstrom-arts-center/
Date: 1519080640

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Here is what’s offered at Irvine Barclay Theatre Feb. 22-28

Feb. 22-24: Dance Visions

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts dance department will present its annual production “Dance Visions,” featuring original choreography from the faculty, including Lar Lubovitch, Molly Lynch, Donald McKayle and Lisa Naugle. The shows start 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Feb. 25: Bumper Jacksons

The Bumper Jacksons paint America’s story from the sounds of New Orleans to the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains. Folding together early styles of jazz, blues and country swing, the Bumper Jacksons strike a balance between paying homage

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/here-is-whats-offered-at-irvine-barclay-theatre-feb-22-28/
Date: 1519080613

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Motorcyclist killed in Newport Beach crash

A motorcyclist was killed in a traffic crash in Newport Beach on Saturday morning, Feb. 17, near John Wayne Airport, police said.

Newport Beach Police Lt. Rachel Johnson said the crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle occurred at 10:12 a.m.

All southbound and northbound lanes of Irvine Avenue, between Bristol Street and Mesa Drive, were closed due to the traffic crash. They remained closed as of 12:45 p.m.

Police did not have further details on the victim or cause of the crash.

 

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/motorcyclist-killed-in-newport-beach-crash-2/
Date: 1518906787

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Fountain Valley homebuying drops 23%: 13 facts to know

Fountain Valley’s housing market looked mixed in the fourth quarter with prices warming but sales fell.

CoreLogic statistics for the October-to-December period compared with the same period a year earlier, show these five trends for Fountain Valley’s homebuying …

1. 94 homes sold this year vs. 122 a year ago.

2. That’s a one-year sales decline of 23 percent vs. a countywide homebuying loss of 1.3 percent.

3. Median selling price this year of $738,500 vs. $707,375 12 months earlier.

4. That’s a price gain of 4.4 percent. The countywide median was $698,000, up 5.7 percent vs. the year-ago period.

5. The Fountain Valley 92708

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/fountain-valley-homebuying-drops-23-13-facts-to-know/
Date: 1518906761

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Arrests made after lengthy investigation into brawl at popular downtown Laguna Beach bar

LAGUNA BEACH —  An Ontario man and two brothers from Arizona were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following a months-long investigation by Laguna Beach police detectives into a fight that occurred at a popular downtown bar last summer, police said Friday, Feb. 16.

The fight that began in the Saloon, at 446 South Coast Highway, at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 11, left two male bar patrons with multiple fractures and cuts, said Sgt. Jim Cota.

“It started in the Saloon and then went outside on the sidewalk,” he said. “That’s where it got ugly.”

A woman who had been a

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Date: 1518819900

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Sample craft beer and appetizers at Tustin’s Sip and Stroll

It’s fun to amble around Old Town Tustin any day of the week. But with Sip & Stroll, the streets and sidewalks become more festive.

Buy a wristband to pop into a variety of restaurants and bars to sample appetizers, craft beer and wine. Enjoy live music while checking out the shops.

The annual event raises money for Tustin Community Foundation, which supports local charities.

 

If you go

When: 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25

Where: Old Town, starting at 115 W. Main St., Tustin

Cost: $40, or two for $75

Information: 714-393-8506

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/16/sample-craft-beer-and-appetizers-at-tustins-sip-and-stroll/
Date: 1518819851

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Obituary: Barbara Lawrence Hill, Orange County’s first black teacher, was an educator on campus and off

Barbara Lawrence Hill’s epitaph will always highlight her pioneering role as Orange County’s first black teacher, hired by Santa Ana Unified in 1962 as a substitute grade school instructor in the midst of the civil rights movement and then full time the following year.

She got past the racial slights, threats and violence that came with breaking the color line to continue teaching for more than 30 years in Santa Ana and kept her focus on education for another decade in semi-retirement — substitute teaching, tutoring and volunteering.

Hill, who died Jan. 26 at the age of 82 from pneumonia, leaves behind

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Date: 1518819673

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