What We Learned, Feb. 18-24
FEB. 18: A boozehound is busted at California Adventure after taking swings at Disney Resort employees near the Tower of Terror. The guest is then sprinkled with pixie dust, a.k.a. mace. As video from the encounter goes viral, The House That Walt Built issues a statement swearing such behavior is unusual at the Happiest Money Pit on Earth. What We Learned: Some Tinkerbells can take a punch.
FEB. 20: Rep. John Campbell, a Republican who has served his heavily Republican, Irvine-based congressional district since 2005, is not endorsed by the Orange County GOP Central Committee. Though Campbell is supported by the local party hierarchy, he is not trusted by hardline conservatives because he supported TARP and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." What We Learned: Mitt Romney's got a new stream-room buddy.
FEB. 22: The Orange County Coroner rules the death of Chapman law professor Katherine Karmer a suicide. The wife, mother and former prosecutor who passionately fought on the right side of LGBT and other civil-liberty issues, leaped from a Newport Beach structure on Feb. 17. What We Learned: Shock extends beyond those she helped, mentored and fought alongside.
FEB. 23: Former Costa Mesa-Newport Beach school chief Jeffrey Hubbard is sentenced to 60 days in jail for secretly giving a $20,000 bonus and car allowance to an underling from his days leading Beverly Hills schools. The educator, who sexted the official who got four years for her role in the scandal, also must serve probation and pay restitution. His lawyer calls the sentence excessive. What We Learned: The lawyer was right since Hubbard will be out of jail by mid-March due to overcrowding.