Henry T. Segerstrom, Co-Founder of South Coast Plaza and Performing Arts Center, Dies

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Henry T. Segerstrom, the managing partner of South Coast Plaza and founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center that has since been renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts, died a little more than an hour ago. He was 91.

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SoCal FBI: Cocaine Dealers Used Private Jets To Funnel Cash-Loaded Bags From New York

The FBI has arrested an alleged, major cocaine trafficker tied to an underworld operation that hired privately chartered jets to fly Duffel bags stuffed with cash from New York to Southern California.

Based on surveillance and the results of search warrants, agents took Canoga Park-resident Atta Arab, 50, into custody late last month and charged him with conspiracy to possess and distribute massive quantities of the drug in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, Assistant United States Attorney Joseph T. McNally said Arab is a flight risk and will remain locked up until his case is resolved.

Though the conspirators took counter-surveillance measures and telephonic security steps to evade detection, a 2011 tip to the FBI about the flights launched a federally-funded, joint task force probe that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Orange County Sheriff's Department and Santa Ana Police Department.

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KKK Party Bags Left on 40 Santa Ana Driveways

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A Santa Ana resident found a zip-lock baggy on his driveway this morning that contained a rock, candy, a flier with Ku Klux Klan propaganda and a KKK business card, according to police, who report about 40 similar bags were found in a four-block radius--just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Police Find No Bomb So Long Beach City College Classes Resume: Update

Long Beach City College dealt with a bomb scare this morning.
UPDATE, JAN. 15, 12:44 P.M.: No bomb was found at Long Beach City College so classes will resume at 2 p.m., the police department announced.

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Woman's Body Found at Big Bear Lake Positively I.D.'d as Lisa Ann Cimbaluk of Irvine

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Have you seen Lisa Ann Cimbaluk?
UPDATE NO. 2, JAN. 9, 10:19 A.M.: The San Bernardino County coroner has positively identified Lisa Ann Cimbaluk as the woman whose body was found at Big Bear Lake Thursday morning. "Examinations will be conducted in order to determine the cause of Cimbaluk's
death," reads a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, which is conducting the death investigation.

UPDATE NO. 1, JAN. 8, NOON: Deputies in a sheriff's helicopter spotted a woman's body around 10 this morning in water near Big Bear Lake's south shore.

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Freshman Stabs Another at Woodbridge High School: Irvine Police

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A Woodbridge High School freshman was stabbed during lunch at the Irvine campus this afternoon, but by the time the meal break had ended another freshman was in custody for alleged assault, according to police.

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Julius L. Pinson Had Texas and New Mexico Arrest Warrants Before Cop Shot Him Dead

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This is near the shooting scene based on the address given by the county coroner Wednesday.
UPDATE NO. 4, DEC. 18, 12:51 P.M.: The 48-year-old man fatally shot by a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday night has been identified as Julius L. Pinson of Costa Mesa, according to a statement that indicates the deceased had felony arrest warrants out of Texas and New Mexico.

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Robert Gabriel Rodgers Could Get Death for Fatal Stabbing at Volcano Tea House: Update

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Robert Gabriel Rodgers could face the ultimate punishment.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 2:11 P.M.: Robert Gabriel Rodgers could receive the death penalty in the fatal stabbing of Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove on Friday, based on the charges filed against the accused.

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New, Refreshing Day In Garden Grove: Bao Nguyen Captures Mayor's Office

Nguyen: Honest concern for residents outranked opponent's "communist" name game
A refreshing, new era in Garden Grove unofficially began tonight when the Orange County Registrar of Voters ended its Nov. 2014 vote counting and left young, upstart Bao Nguyen the victor over crusty, entrenched politician Bruce Broadwater in the race for mayor.

The result should mean Garden Grove--a city festering too often in grotesque backdoor dealings, questionable policy making, anti-immigrant sentiment and blatant nepotism thanks to Broadwater--is poised to enter an uplifting phase where residents don't take a back seat to national corporate interests luxuriously feeding financially off of nearby Disneyland.

While Broadwater seemingly couldn't resist any lunch or dinner with a wealthy developer or political hack, the Buddhist Nguyen--a UC Irvine graduate and son of parents who fled communist Vietnam and landed in Orange County's Little Saigon--has been known for years in Southern California's progressive communities for his mellow personality that defies an absolutely stern commitment to minorities, workers and everyday residents.

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California State Bar Fires Back At Joe Dunn's Version Of His Sensational Termination

The California State Bar issued a statement this afternoon defending its Nov. 7 firing of former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn as executive director and claiming Dunn's lawsuit response depicting himself as an abused whistleblower is "bewildering."

According to the announcement, Dunn was under investigation based on several complaints and the bar board carefully considered the situation before terminating his employment.

"On July 31, 2014, the board received a complaint from a high-level employee raising serious, wide-ranging allegations about Executive Director Joe Dunn and certain state bar employees," the statement declares. "Another complaint followed in mid-August from another high-level employee."

Following the investigation by an independent law firm, the board voted on Nov. 7 to fire Dunn.

The state bar has not yet disclosed specific accusations.

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