It's a Quick Read 9: Weekend and Monday Edition

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Orange County Register: 700 lbs. tires were flipped, hunks of steel were moved and a U-Haul truck was upended at Main Beach in Huntington Beach on Saturday. No, it was not another joy-riding HBPD cop. It was Southern California's Strongest Man competition. . . . Mexican immigrants are returning home because of the shitty economy. Look for the CCIR to get into the foreclosure/failing bank/insurance giant collapse/disappearing financial services firms/Ponzi scheme industry. . . . Mater Dei High School, which boasted the No. 1 boys basketball team in the nation, suffered its first loss of the season, in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA title game. The Monarchs are still alive in the hunt for the state championship, which they won the previous two seasons after also losing in CIF Southern Section title game. . . . The organic food business is growing, albeit more slowly, it was agreed at the Natural Products Expo West in the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend. . . . Dillow: O'Reilly has his No-Spin Zone, Gordo's got his No-Cussing Zone.

Los Angeles Times: A story about lavish gifts and trips given by lobbyists to state legislators amid the budget lockdown mentions that state Sens. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) received hundreds of dollars in tickets to Disneyland from Walt Disney Co. . . . Hoping to put behind past problems that have plagued UC Irvine Medical Center, a new $556-million facility opens in Orange this week. . . .  Cal State Fullerton's Irvine campus has been kicked out of the Great Park. Officials are scrambling to find a new home for their 2,000 students. . . . A math teacher at a private academy in Anaheim won a prize. . . . Angels starter Ervin Santana injured his elbow and will start the season on the DL. No timetable was set for his return.   


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