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Supreme Court sides with DA in battle over civil penalties for workplace safety violations, stemming from OC case

In a case that stemmed from a fatal explosion in an Orange County manufacturing plant, the California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local prosecutors can pursue civil penalties against employers accused of workplace-safety violations.

On March 19, 2009, workers Jose Jimenez, 51, of Garden Grove and Isidro Echeverria, 34, of Oceanside were killed when a water heater exploded at Solus Industrial Innovations, a plastics manufacturing plant in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office subsequently filed criminal charges against two Solus employees for violating state safety standards by unsafely operating the water heater. Carl Richardson, the plant manager,

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/08/supreme-court-sides-with-da-in-battle-over-civil-penalties-for-workplace-safety-violations/
Date: 1518123859

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Can marijuana help ease the opioid epidemic? New UCLA cannabis research center aims to find out

A question asked by some UCLA researchers might seem like an oxymoron for anyone raised on the now debunked “gateway” theory, the one that says using marijuana leads to using harder drugs:

Can cannabis play a role in easing the nation’s opioid epidemic?

That idea is one of many being explored at UCLA’s new Cannabis Research Initiative.

The university quietly launched the interdisciplinary research center four months ago, to study how cannabis impacts society. Experts are looking at everything from public health and the environment to the economy and the legal system.

“I think California is going to be a decisive area where

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Date: 1518123836

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Corky Carroll: Surfing as sport or art form — the debate continues

In surfing there has always been a sort of discussion, if you will, about the issue of surfing “the sport” versus surfing “the art form.” These might not be the perfect terms to describe it, but will work OK for this little rambling of mine.

What made me think of this was last night I was sitting with my guests, who are here this week at my surf retreat on Mainland Mexico, watching a movie one of them had made about surfing on Long Island in New York. The surfing was very good by the way. I was watching ride

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/08/corky-carroll-surfing-as-sport-or-art-form-the-debate-continues/
Date: 1518123811

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Summertime killing of Cerritos man who helped homeless remains unsolved

Gustavo Arteaga, 37, was shot to death July 28, 2017, at the San Gabriel Riverbed and Artesia Boulevard. The Cerritos man was known for helping the homeless. Authorities on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, asked for the public's help in solving the case. (Courtesy photo)
Gustavo Arteaga, 37, was shot to death July 28, 2017, at the San Gabriel Riverbed and Artesia Boulevard. The Cerritos man was known for helping the homeless. Authorities on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, asked for the public’s help in solving the case. (Courtesy photo)

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Date: 1518123740

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Why the 2018 Winter Olympics might be a little slower this year

The Olympic motto is ‘Citius, altius, fortius,’ Latin for ‘Faster, higher, stronger,’ but these Games might be slightly slower than others in several ways. Here’s a look at why.

Slip sliding away

Pyeongchang, South Korea’s Alpensia Sliding Center is the 20th sliding track in the world and the second in Asia. Its length is 6,092 feet, longer than the 5,951-foot track at the Sochi Olympics and the 5,577-foot track at the Vancouver Olympics. The track also features 16 curves, one fewer than on the Sochi track.

Experts rating the track say it might not be the longest, or fastest, but

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Date: 1518123463

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White House advances idea of military parade amid criticism

WASHINGTON — The White House pushed ahead Wednesday with plans to throw a grand military parade through the streets of Washington, brushing aside criticism that such a display could be an unnecessary show of raw military power.

In a briefing to reporters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the parade plan reflects Trump’s respect for the armed forces.

“We all know the president of the United States’ affection for the military,” Mattis said. He said the Pentagon has been “putting together some options” for the parade to send to the White House.

The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan Tuesday,

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/white-house-advances-idea-of-military-parade/
Date: 1518036497

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Homebuying runs flat in central Orange County. How did your ZIP code do?

Homebuying in Orange County’s midsection edged up 0.4 percent in 2017.

In 23 ZIP codes in central Orange County, CoreLogic data shows sales of 7,886 for all of 2017 vs. 7,857 a year earlier. Sales rose in 12 of the 23 mid-county ZIPs while prices rose in 22 of these communities.

Countywide, the 2017 median was $685,000, up 6.2 percent in a year with 38,351 sales, up 1.3 percent. Geographically, sales in southern Orange County rose 4.7 percent last year; rose 0.6 percent in beach towns; and fell 2.2 percent in northern Orange County.

Here’s a look at these 23 central county

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Date: 1518036447

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OCVarsity Photos: National Signing Day scenes, celebrations in Orange County

Check out the National Signing Day scenes in Orange County on Wednesday, as athletes, their parents, friends, coaches and teammates took part in the celebrations.

It was the first day of the February period when athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent with a college.

Go to the OCVarsity pages on OCRegister.com to get all of the Signing Day news.

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Fullerton chooses a plan for developing blocks around the historic Fox Theatre

A public parking structure, three mixed-use, residential or office building developments and several other improvements are now officially on the table for the “Fox Block,” the properties surrounding the historic Fox Theatre in Fullerton.

After a year of uncertainty and several plans put forth, Fullerton leaders decided late last year to pursue the plan with developer Pelican Communities that uses three city-owned parking lots for development: the surface parking lot east of Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante that fronts Ellis Place and two other nearby parking lots.

The city will sell two of the city-owned parking lots for development. Proposal for the lots include

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Date: 1517949426

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Capo Unified’s teacher of the year once struggled, like his students, in continuation school

Every day, David Pino negotiates the same challenge – trying to instill a new path in high school students who are facing obstacles.

He tells them to take a step forward this day, not backward. They could be like him. He was once one of them, a deeply troubled student.

Now he is the Capistrano Unified School District’s high school teacher of the year.

“I wouldn’t teach anywhere else,” said Pino, a member of the faculty at Junipero Serra Alternative High School.

District officials surprised him with “Teacher of the Year” Feb. 2 on campus in San Juan Capistrano. He is among 11

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Date: 1517949402

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