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To appreciate the majesty of Yosemite National Park, you need to visit often—and the 125th anniversary is a great time to start. Experience 360-degree views at Glacier Point or the imposing granite slabs surrounding the valley. Join a year-long celebration that commemorates Oct. 1, 1890, when President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation to make it the […]
It feels so incongruous. Yet it works so well. My wife and I are sitting at the rear counter of MRK Public in San Clemente, looking through picture windows past telephone poles and treetops to the distant ocean. With our backs to the room, we could be in some roadside diner, yet we’re enjoying a […]
The annual Silverado Country Fair strives to be a reenactment of 19th-century boomtown canyon life in Orange County, but it doesn’t stay on script. (We somehow doubt there were dog-kissing booths or hot rods at old-time country fairs.) But while the Silverado fair falls short as a replica, it’s close to achieving something better: an […]
A long time ago when we wanted to go to wine country we had to make an early morning drive up the coast to Santa Barbara County. Well, lo and behold we have a burgeoning community right underneath our syrah-sniffing noses. Save yourself the headache of fighting traffic and explore the Orange County Wine Trail. […]
Scientists see Orange County as a fossil hotspot, where every dig can reveal secrets of the region’s past. Though still an undergrad geology major at Cal State Fullerton, Michelle Barboza has mapped the magmatic systems of the Andes and worked on excavation sites along the Panama Canal. Back home, she spends most of her time […]
Now that we’ve officially entered October, I’ve been in the mood for some heartier cocktails, and I’ve got just the place and the fix for those seeking a little fall spirit. A Newport classic since 1926, the former Arches—now A Restaurant—with its low lighting, cozy bar, and plush booths, provides the perfect ambience for enjoying […]
Charis Kubrin is a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine, and her work examines aspects of urban life: race, crime, neighborhood dynamics, and the media. But she’s best known for her research into the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. She has been asked to testify […]
How does Foodbeast, the local bigfoot of food, commemorate National Cheese Month? In a typically over-the-top way, of course. Foodbeast Events is presenting Ooze Fest on Saturday, Oct. 10 in its downtown Santa Ana hometown, where among many other cheesy delights there’ll be an attempt at making the world’s tallest grilled cheese sandwich stack. This […]
Artists Naomi and Scott Schoenherr’s commute involves only a flight of steps from where they live to their ceramics studio. Mornings find them with time to read the paper, inspect the milkweed plants for monarch butterflies, or look for the bobcat family—a mom and three kittens—that frequents the backyard while looking for gophers. “Our time […]
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As soon as the federal ruling was issued this April, Skylar began talking about pursuing state-funded surgery for herself. But this is hardly a new quest; she has wanted such an operation for more than 20 years. Unknown to many people who followed the Hawks case, Skylar’s need to pay for the surgery was a primary motive for murdering the couple.
I read something on the internet one recent evening that made a brief and tangential reference to a serial killer preying on Marines in Southern California in the 1970s and early ’80s. Having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, I thought, “How come I never heard about this?” I had returned to the East Coast upon my discharge in September 1980, but still. So I searched “serial killer California Marines 80s” and came up with the name Randy Kraft.
Overlooked in the speculation about luring the NFL back to Southern California is the fact that two professional football teams are already here, both with ties to Orange County. So why does our Gridiron guinea pig think the term “professional” is misleading?
Laura Linsenmayer, a Laguna Beach native and cosmetologist, decided a few years ago that we should pay more attention to what’s in our beauty products. “It was a common-sense shift,” says Linsenmayer, 36. Her business plan included learning all aspects of the industry so she could open Roots: The Beauty Underground, a Laguna Beach boutique […]