U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Buena Park Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs' Union-Dues Challenge

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Rebecca Friedrichs is the teacher at the center of it all.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a major challenge to California's public unions--and public unions all over, really--brought by a Buena Park teacher-turned-Fox News heroine.

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At Least Ex-Dentist Damian Newhart Did Not Get the Chair for Seven SoCal Bank Robberies

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Damian Newhart (left) is welcomed by Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce president Derek Quinn at the 2008 dental office grand opening.
A former Newport Beach dentist--who blazed a trail of theft convictions, prescription drug abuse, shoddy patient care and allegations of practicing without a license--was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for being the bank robber dubbed the "Rolled Sleeves Bandit."

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Theresa Fisher of Tustin Gets 3.5 Years in Scam That Gave Patients New Noses, Boobs, Tummies

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Their tummy tucks were billed as "hernia disc surgeries."
A Tustin woman has been sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $2.6 million in restitution for her part in an Orange plastic surgery center's scam that gave new noses, boobs and tummy tucks to patients whose insurance companies were fraudulently billed for covered, medically necessary procedures.

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Staci Simos of Newport Beach Sues Olympus Over Device Blamed for Superbug Outbreak

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Say, isn't that Carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)?
A Newport Beach woman is suing a medical device maker for allegedly causing her to be infected with a superbug last October at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

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San Francisco Corrections Officer Left Glock and Cocaine Behind on Family Disneyland Trip: DA

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Ye olde fanny pack
A fanny pack with a loaded Glock 20 handgun and .45 grams of cocaine that was accidentally left in an Anaheim hotel room earlier this month was linked to a San Francisco juvenile corrections officer who was on a family vacation to Disneyland.

Robert Dandrea Minor now could find himself on the other side of adult corrections officers, inside a prison cell for four years. That's what the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) essentially says in a statement this afternoon that indicates the 51-year-old resident of Hercules is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.

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Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Rallies in Santa Ana and Long Beach TONIGHT

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UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2:12 P.M.: In the wake of today's historic same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, rallies will be held in Santa Ana and Long Beach. The LGBT Center OC presents the Orange County rally at 7 p.m. in Plaza de Santa Ana, which is at the corner of Fourth and French streets in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ Center Long Beach has a gathering set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Plaza, where Robert Garcia, the city's first
openly gay mayor, was to have held a midday ceremony where he'd raise a Rainbow Pride Flag in response to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

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SoCal Identity Thief Wrongly Didn't Fear Bank Surveillance Cameras

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In December 2010, a Seal Beach woman went to a U.S. Bank in Huntington Beach near Golden West College to make a mortgage transaction and discovered $610,359 missing from her accounts.

Two weeks earlier, Zenobia Moore stole the woman's identity and, using a fake California driver's license, withdrew the money from a U.S. Bank near Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.

With the aid of a co-conspirator, Moore tried to convert her loot into 402 gold coins, but the plot collapsed with Southern California FBI and Homeland Security agents in pursuit.

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Marvin Jay Caukin Gets 135 Months in Prison for Flying Off with Gulfstream's $10 Million

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Gulfstream jet departs London Luton Airport in England.
The former director of finance and accounting at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s Long Beach facility was sentenced this week to 11 years and change in federal prison for embezzling more than $10 million from his employer over a 13-year period.

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Dana Rohrabacher's Scary Crisis: How Can I Buy Booze After Campaign Embezzlement?

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Rohrabacher: No, no, no! My campaign funds can't be missing. I need another couple of rounds of drinks, bartender!
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior, career politician--announced today that his longtime campaign treasurer allegedly stole more than $173,000 from his election coffers.

But Rohrabacher, a notorious cheapskate and slob known as the Loretta Sanchez of the California Republican Party, failed to mention who is likely most upset by the situation: the congressman's wife, Rhonda, who has in the past deposited about 50 percent of campaign contributions into the family's bank accounts by--cough, cough--acting as his campaign manager.

Nick Gerda at the Voice of OC broke the story and quoted Rohrabacher as claiming he's "disappointed and dismayed by this betrayal of trust" by Jack Wu, a surfing Newport Beach/Los Angeles tax accountant, past city council candidate and conservative political activist whose Twitter account description declares, "Kick ass for da Lord!"

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HB Attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's Proposed Slay Gays Away Initiative is Killed

Pride flag flaps prouder today.
Huntington Beach attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's proposed California voter initiative that would authorize the murder of gays and lesbians by "bullets to the head" or "any other convenient method" will not be on the November 2016 ballot--or any ballot in the future, apparently.

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