Dr. Sears, OC Republican Legislators Illin' Over Gov. Brown Signing Vaccinations Bill

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Too late for this boy, who was infected in 1963.
That late December/early 2015 outbreak of measles traced from Disneyland to other parts of Orange County, across California, over the border to Mexico and to other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington state prompted Golden State vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Tuesday--and then immediately blasted by Orange County Republican legislators and a pediatrician embraced by "anti-vaxxers" or those opposed to or skeptical of vaccinations.

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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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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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Dr. Bob Sears of Weekly Cover Fame Compares Anti-Vaxxers to Jews Under Nazis

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Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears is best known as the author of The Vaccine Book.
In a Facebook post titled "The Vaccine Whisperers," the onetime subject of a Weekly cover story seems to compare anti-vaxxers--a.k.a. parents who do not have their children vaccinated--to Jews during the Holocaust.

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Long Beach Mental Health Facility Sued by The Young and The Restless Star Issues Defense

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Kristoff St. John and Victoria Rowell in a scene from The Young and The Restless.
UPDATE, MAY 28, 2:23 P.M.: La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center issued a statement about Kristoff and Mia St. John's lawsuit over the death of their son in a restroom at the Long Beach facility.

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Two Chief Doctors at Orange County Hospitals Face Wrath of Medical Board, Prosecutors

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What do you mean I'm pregnant!?!
The chief of surgery at two Orange County hospitals has been disciplined by the state Medical Board for the third time since 2002 for negligence in his treatment of patients, and the chief of staff at a third OC hospital is fighting to stay out of prison for allegedly embezzling $220,000.

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Michael D. Drobot Says He Does Not Owe State $125 mil But If He Does Others Should Pay, Too

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Michael D. Drobot
Michael D. Drobot, the Corona del Mar resident accused in a $500 million kickback scheme involving risky spinal surgeries for injured workers, is adamant that he does not owe the State Compensation Insurance Fund $125 million despite the fund's racketeering lawsuit against him that argues otherwise.

But according to a recent filing by Drobot in the matter, if he is found responsible, 22 doctors, health executives, chiropractors and a lawyer he identifies should be on the hook financially with him.

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UC Irvine Student Health Center Doctors Ready to Strike Saturday

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Unhappy campers (who are doctors).
Doctors at UC Irvine's student health center plan to go on strike Saturday and stay off work until April 15 as part of a labor action by physicians at all 10 University of California campuses, their union recently announced.

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B-Real of Cypress Hill Wants to Bring Dr. Greenthumb to Santa Ana

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"Hello, My Name is Dr. Greenthumb. Have you ever had the problem of running out of weed and just can't find some anywhere?"

--B-Real, Cypress Hill, 1998

At about 7 a.m. on March 20, a fire alarm went off inside a nondescript warehouse in the 1100 block of East 17th Street in Santa Ana, near the 5 freeway. It's unclear if someone pulled the alarm or if something else triggered the device, but there was apparently no fire inside the building.

When Orange County Fire Authority units rolled up to the location, sirens blaring, they saw no flames or smoke, just five men jumping into separate vehicles and racing away from the scene. By 10:45 a.m., police had obtained a warrant to search the building, which was locked--even the fire-escape doors had been secured with 3-inch chains. "Had there been an actual fire, nobody would have made it out," remarked police spokesman Corporal Anthony Bertagna. "Those chains were huge."

The mystery of the disappearing men was quickly explained by what police discovered inside the warehouse: more than 1,600 marijuana plants divided into various rooms for different stages of development. The sophisticated grow operation had its own intricate lighting and irrigation systems and was still under construction, although, for obvious reasons, nobody had applied for city permits to do the work. The total worth of the haul, according to a state marijuana-street-value formula cited by Bertagna, was $2.9 million.

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Mike Huckabee Spreads the, uh, Word at the Nixon Library SATURDAY

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Mike Huckabee speaks at the 2014 CPAC Convention.
Possible 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Saturday morning to talk about and sign his New York Times bestseller God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. It'd be a good idea to purchase a copy from the museum bookstore rather than picking one up on a remainder table on the way to Yorba Linda (manners, folks). But you might also want to bring along a copy of the Huckster's 2005 work of fiction, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.

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