Jeb Bush Making Dough Run to Newport Beach

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Jeb Bush, a.k.a. "The Smart One," will be wound up in back and dropped on Newps.
You know Jeb Bush must be a serious contender for president when:

1) Mud is slung that he had a separate email account while governor of Florida (Rush was right, he is just like Hillary!).
b.) He's coming to Newport Beach next week to scoop up campaign cash.

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UCI OCEANS Initiative Aims for a Sea-Plus by Uniting University Disciplines and Community

There is much work to be done, students!
UC Irvine is crowing (albatrossing?) about "one of its boldest experiments yet: a brand-new research and education initiative called UCI OCEANS." No, the eggheads are not filling Aldrich Park with what those geeks in Chem 101 call "H2o." In this instance OCEANS stands for Oceans, Changing Environments, Arts and Nearshore Societies. Think of an interdisciplinary cooperative dedicated to the deep blue sea.

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Marvel at the Spider-Man Costume World Record Attempt in Anaheim THURSDAY

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Time to get pumped up.
Anaheim may be the site of a world record Thursday as the Honda Center tries to become the location where the most people are dressed head-to-toe in Spider-Man costumes at one time.

Making it into the Guinness Book of World Records is fine and all, but just make sure someone checks where those costumes came from lest we have a hazmat situation.

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Erin Gruwell Comes Back to UCI for Screening of Documentary on Her Freedom Writers

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Erin Gruwell and her kids
In April 2012, Erin Gruwell came back to a town she used to reside in for a Newport Beach Film Festival screening of Stories From an Undeclared War, Dennis Rice's documentary about Gruwell's experiences teaching at Long Beach's Woodrow Wilson High School and beginning her Freedom Writers Foundation.

On Wednesday, Gruwell comes back to her alma mater--UC Irvine--to do that same thing, although the picture now goes by Freedom Writers: Stories From an Undeclared War.

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Francisco Ayala, Distinguished UCI Biologist, to Speak on Separation of Church and Science

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John J. Templeton (left) and Britain's Prince Philip flank 2010 Templeton Prize winner Francisco Ayala at Buckingham Palace.
Francisco Ayala, the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine, shares "Darwin's Greatest Discovery: Design Without Designer" with the Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State on Saturday.

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District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' Letter to PreventingAbuse Conference: Update

Categories: Crime-iny, Events

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Tony Rackauckas (left) and Todd Spitzer won't meet at conference.
UPDATE NO. 2, MARCH 20, 8:30 A.M.: As mentioned in the first update, Tony Rackauckas will not attend the PreventingAbuse Conference in Santa Ana today and tomorrow. But the words of Orange County's district attorney will be there, in the form of a letter to be read that follows after the jump ...

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Top Sports Moments List Honors Mike Trout While Disrespecting Him and Orange County

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Mike Trout at No. 9? WTF?
If the UC Irvine men's basketball team, which won the Big West Tournament title game Saturday and the Anteaters' first NCAA bid since becoming a Division I program 38 years ago, continue their dream season by knocking off heavily favored Louisville this Friday, perhaps that will crack the top 10 list of 2015 greatest sports moments in the Los Angeles/Orange County region.

Because it sure ain't easy to make the list from this side of the Orange Curtain.

For 2014, we're represented by only one major shining moment--waaaay down at No. 9.

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Paging Richard Gere: The Dalai Lama to Celebrate 80th Birthday in Anaheim and Irvine

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The Dalai Lama will make his first visit to Anaheim and his third to Irvine in July.
The Dalai Lama will celebrate his 80th birthday in Orange County and the public is invited, it was announced Thursday.

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Headquarters Dedicated in Name of Fallen Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson SUNDAY

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Ben Carlson was the first Newport Beach city lifeguard to die in the line of duty.
At high noon on Sunday, the City of Newport Beach will dedicate the Benjamin M Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters, named after the 15-year veteran lifeguard who lost his life last July while rescuing a swimmer in distress.

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Dr Who Fans Time Travel to Disneyland This SUNDAY

Courtesy Amy McCain

If you go to Disneyland Sunday and find yourself wondering why you're seeing so many people wearing fezzes or what's the significance of that blue police call box you keep seeing in various forms, the answer to all of your confusion is Doctor Who.

Devoted fans of the British sci-fi television show with a cult following--naturally called Whovians--will converge en masse upon Disneyland proper for the third time on Sunday. The first Galliday gathering (named as a play on the Doctor's home planet Gallifrey) was titled "The Oncoming Storm" and took place in January of 2014. "The Next Regeneration" followed in September, and now the first Galliday of 2015 is entitled "Jelly Baby Jamboree"--a reference to the Fourth Doctor's beloved snack.

Galliday organizer and founder Amy McCain will be dressing up as a femme version the Fourth Doctor herself this weekend in honor of the theme. McCain took the time to speak with us in anticipation of this weekend's Whovian festivities which range from a photo scavenger hunt to Whovian speed dating at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar after hours. Allons-y!

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