Weekender Updater: TED Talker Janet Evans; Murderer Loses Bid for New Trial

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Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans heads the list of upcoming TED Talk speakers.

Break on through to the other side for updates on stories we've been following on Navel Gazing.

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Immigration Authorities Obstructed Justice For Man Clobbered By SAPD: DOJ Complaint

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Edgar Vargas Arzate was on his way to his August 18 court date for a previous run-in with police when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stopped their car and nabbed the undocumented immigrant at gun point. Now, Arzate's public defender, Frank Bittar, has formally requested an investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the ICE arrest alleging it was an obstruction of justice.

But the complaint doesn't stop there. As readers recall, Vargas appeared to be surrendering when cornered by Santa Ana police on the night of June 20. Cops pounded him with fists, batons and Tasers as he laid face-down on the driveway. Home surveillance cameras caught the incident in a viral video. Police arrested Vargas on suspicion of attempted burglary. He had every intention of fighting the charges until ICE detained him right before his preliminary hearing.

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Kent Wycliffe Easter's Monumental Drug Planting Retrial: Now with More Bombshells!

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Kent Wycliffe Easter, the cuckold attorney, ruined his wife's Valentine's Day with her lover.

The most monumental case in the history of Orange County--nay, MAN!*--opened Thursday with bombshell details!!! You want for instances, mild-mannered public? Check out these: Drugs were planted in the car of a mom volunteering at an Irvine elementary school because an attorney couple misunderstood her meaning when she referred to their 5-year-old son as being "slow;" the husband allegedly spoke with an Indian accent when he called police on the volunteer and identified himself with the name of an Indian neighbor; and the same hubby royally pissed off his scheming (and since convicted) wife by coming home sick the night of Valentine's Day, when she had planned a romantic night out with her firefighter lover--this revelation coming from the defense!

(* The most monumental case in the history of man is based on the number of emails I receive about the court dates changing amid unfounded fears the district attorney's office is secretly trying to dismiss the most monumental case in the history of man. Pound sand, O.J.!)

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Claude D. Wyman Held for Allegedly Yelling "White Power" and Trying to Stab Black Guy

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A 36-year-old Costa Mesa man is facing several charges and being held without bail after allegedly yelling "white power" at bystanders and trying to stab an African American man he did not know in front of a billiards hall.

This happened around 5 p.m. Thursday in front of Games Plus Billiards (a past Weekly Best Of winner) at 518 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. Cops had received a call about a man wielding a knife and threatening to stab people in front of the business, says Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott, who identified the suspect as Claude D. Wyman. (I'm guess he's not related to the Wyman of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.)

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Christine Reynolds, 71, Held in Fatal Shooting of Her 96-year-old Mother Gretchen DeStefano

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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Christine Reynolds and her mother apparently had a spat.
You don't read a sentence like this very often: A 71-year-old woman is facing a murder rap and being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail in the fatal shooting of her 96-year-old mother.

Christine Reynolds and her mother Gretchen DeStefano apparently had some kind of domestic dispute before the shooting that was reported around 4:20 p.m. Thursday in a residence at 11272 Wallingsford Road, Rossmoor, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Deputies and Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived to find the 96-year-old woman dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

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More Than $1 Million Worth of Pot, Coke, Meth, Heroin Seized in San Clemente Border Stops

Categories: Crime-iny

See the update on Page 2 about more than $1 million worth of meth, heroin and cocaine being seized Wednesday.

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Nine bundles of meth were hidden inside a Mustang's spare tire, border agents say.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the money lately, only the feds are catching alleged drug smugglers instead of alleged booze hounds.

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Indie Rom-Com Warren Screening/Q&A w/ Director Alex Beh TOMORROW at West Coast Film Festival!

Categories: Film and TV

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Years after giving up on making it in the Chicago improv scene, 20-something Warren Cavanee is getting by working as a barista. He's seemingly complacent yet stuck adrift in his own melancholia, between the throes of his parents' divorce, carrying a torch for the love of his life Emma (Sarah Habel), and his own uncertainty of his future. It isn't until Emma walks back into his cafe one night does he feel inspired to regain the momentum to move forward with his life.

So goes the storyline for writer-director-star Alex Beh's debut feature film Warren, screening this weekend at San Juan Capistrano's West Coast Film Festival. The film has already generated buzz on the festival circuit, garnering praise and attention to Beh's performance and for those of co-stars John Heard and Jean Smart (who play Warren's parents), as well as for the film's story. Audience members will get a chance to engage with Beh at this weekend's screening for a Q&A discussion after the film, so don't miss out!


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Anaheim Hauler Pays $10k Fine for Schlepping Hazardous Waste for 3 Years Without State OK

Categories: Environment

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All County Environmental & Restoration says it has 15 years experience working with various industries.

California's Environmental Protection Agency recently got an Anaheim hazardous waste hauler to pay a $10,500 fine and sign a consent order agreeing that it transported hazardous waste at least 370 times over a three-year period without state-required registration or other authorization to do so.

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Boozy Behavior of John Wayne and Alexis Bellino Cited in Suit Against Balboa Bay Club

Categories: Court, Film and TV

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John Wayne could allegedly count on stiff drinks and no blowback at the Balboa Bay Club.

I suppose what Steve George is trying to say in his lawsuit filed Thursday that alleges his lifetime membership from the Balboa Bay Club was wrongfully revoked is that because John Wayne, Alexis Bellino and other noteworthy folks engaged in boozy behavior that did not get them tossed from the tony private club and condos in Newport Beach, he should not have been disciplined either.

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Irvine, Santa Ana, Newport Beach Checkpoints and Orange Saturation Patrols TONIGHT

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

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It's Don't-Drink-Like-a-Fish Friday, so you know what that means (checkpoints).

The police departments in the cities of Irvine, Santa Ana and Newport Beach are scheduled to conduct DUI checkpoints tonight, while extra Orange cops will be out on patrol looking for impaired drivers.

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