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Heart-stopping incident at the Irvine Improv leads to a happy ending, with laughter

Stand-up comics Jim Taylor of San Juan Capistrano and Richard Daryl Osborn of Long Beach had a special comedy routine ready for one of their biggest fans on Jan. 3 at the Irvine Improv.

But Elise Fellows, the 85-year-old birthday girl from Lake Forest who was sitting in the audience among a party of 18, never got to see the show.

As the comedy night was about to begin, she lost consciousness and slumped over.

Tustin teacher lets students shave half of his beard for boost in Dinosaur Dash sign ups

CAPTION:    Hicks Elementary second-grade teacher Joe Baran let two lucky students shave off 50 percent of his beard as a reward for helping the school boost its Dinosaur Dash sign ups by 25 percent. Second-grader Keigo Yoshida, left, and third-grader Davin Melin happily did the honors during a school assembly last week. The annual 5K/10K run, the district’s biggest fundraiser, took place in November. (Photo courtesy of John Garrett)

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/10/tustin-teacher-lets-students-shave-half-of-his-beard-for-boost-in-dinosaur-dash-sign-ups/
Date: 1515613337

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San Clemente news briefs: Commuters new, authors luncheon, climate change and more

Something new for L.A. train commuters

Area residents who ride Metrolink to Los Angeles now can use Metrolink’s mobile app to transfer onto Metro Rail lines at Union Station.

Just purchase a mobile Metrolink ticket on your phone, then on arriving at Union Station, scan the phone at a Metro Rail gate.

Officials said in a news release that nearly one-third of Metrolink’s riders transfer onto Metro Rail lines to reach jobs, schools or other destinations in Los Angeles. Conductors on Metrolink trains scan passengers’ phones to check mobile tickets.

Until now, passengers with mobile tickets had to use ticket vending machine

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/10/san-clemente-news-briefs-commuters-new-authors-luncheon-climate-change-and-more/
Date: 1515613317

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Man found dead in his car in Laguna Beach; drugs found on his lap

LAGUNA BEACH  A 34-year-old Huntington Beach man was found dead in his car with drugs and drug paraphernalia in his lap, police said.

Laguna Beach police were called to the rear of a building at 376 Cliff Drive at 6:22 p.m. on Saturday after someone reported seeing a man passed out in his car, said Sgt. Jim Cota.

“Officers arrived and found a man in the driver seat of a car in a carport,” Cota said.  “The man was unresponsive, so paramedics were called. Officers broke the side window of the car to gain entry.”

He was identified as Charles Mellon Jr.,

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/09/man-found-dead-in-his-car-in-laguna-beach-drugs-found-on-his-lap/
Date: 1515526378

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Photos: Rainbows from the year’s first storm in Southern California

Who needs experts? Use this do-it-yourself local housing forecaster!

How do I think the local housing market will do in 2018?

Let me be lazy and dodge an attempt at prognostication by offering up a challenge: a Southern California do-it-yourself home-price outlook!

This column will walk you through what I think are 11 key local variables that could impact the two bottom-line factors to any market’s health: a house hunter’s psyche vs. an owner’s willingness to sell.

Remember, no two markets are alike, so your local-local focus may very well result in a different score than others. And that’s why real estate benchmarks, like pricing, move in different waves even in

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/07/who-needs-experts-use-this-do-it-yourself-local-housing-forecaster/
Date: 1515352432

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Drone pilots search for clues on why 19-year-old student Blaze Bernstein vanished

Certified drone pilots are joining the search on Sunday, Jan. 7 for a 19-year-old college student who vanished in the Lake Forest area last week.

Blaze N. Bernstein disappeared after going to Borrego Park with a friend late Tuesday night, Jan. 2 to meet a third person. The person’s identity and the reason for the meeting wasn’t known, according to Bernstein’s family.

The pilots are combing through the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park area on Sunday. An announcement about the volunteer effort posted Saturday night on a Facebook page titled “Help us find Blaze Bernstein” reads:

“Orange County 107 Drone Pilots: My

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/07/drone-pilots-search-for-clues-on-why-19-year-old-student-blake-bernstein-vanished/
Date: 1515352374

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Hotter housing: Orange or Villa Park?

Here are homebuying highlights for Orange and Villa Park from ReportsOnHousing for October.

This house-hunting report tracks listing, buying and selling of existing detached and attached residences in the community. Analysis includes October trends based on closed sales: sale counts; average price vs. average list price; high and low price paid in the month; average cost per square foot and average size; plus, based on broker listing networks stats on Nov. 30 the “market time” metric comparing supply of listings to new escrows opened in past 30 days.

In Orange …

Sales: 108 sold vs. 96 a year ago.

Average sales

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/hotter-housing-orange-or-villa-park-2-2/
Date: 1515265389

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Young, gay and living on the street: LGBT youth face increased odds of homelessness

By CAROLYN JONES, EdSource

Throughout high school and college, Alicia slept in cars, tents, friends’ couches, benches, on the bus, on the train and in group homes. Almost anywhere but a shelter.

“My experience with shelters is that you’d go when it was raining. You’d go to San Francisco, wait in line and sleep on the floor, if you slept at all,” the serious, soft-spoken Oakland woman, who’s now 22, said last week. “It’s scary enough to be a young person there. But if you’re queer you just feel a lot more vulnerable. You definitely avoid them.”

Alicia is still homeless but lives

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/young-gay-and-living-on-the-street-lgbt-youth-face-increased-odds-of-homelessness/
Date: 1515265368

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Seal Beach police arrest arson suspect

SEAL BEACH >> Police have arrested a man suspected of starting a fire that damaged a two-story home under construction in Seal Beach, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 6.

The blaze, which was sparked at about 1 a.m. Friday in 700 block of Second Street, also caused some damage to neighboring homes and vehicles parked in the back alley, police said.

Orange County Fire Authority investigators deemed the blaze suspicious and subsequently arrested John Louis Maier Jr., 60, of Seal Beach on suspicion of arson.

Authorities did not say why he was suspected in the blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/seal-beach-police-arrest-arson-suspect/
Date: 1515265328

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