Calvary Chapel Creation Conference Starts Today But Draws Atheist Protesters Thursday

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Galaxies colliding would have been on, what, Wednesday?
Those converging on Santa Ana for the annual creation conference kicking off today can expect two straight days of uninterrupted bliss at Calvary Chapel. "Uh, but isn't this a four-day conference?" ask the faithful in the back pews. Indeed it is. But on the third day, God ... I mean ... Orange County skeptics will be out to protest "the dumbing-down of science through the promotion of the creationists' belief of a divine six-day creation."

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Sunshine Cavalluzzi, El Dorado High Teacher: Being Honored by First Lady "Awesometastic"

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post where Sunshine Cavalluzzi describes her "awesometastic" day. Update No. 1 has what Michelle Obama said about her.

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Sunshine Cavalluzzi, teacher to "rock stars"
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 16, 7:01 A.M.: During the second day of a two-day swing through Los Angeles, first lady Michelle Obama will attend a luncheon where an Orange County teacher will be honored.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the Grammy Museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which was established by the family of the late public school teacher who recognized the critical importance of music in the education of students at all levels.

This year's award for the teacher from a public or private school, from kindergarten through high school, who successfully incorporates music into their classroom lessons is Sunshine Cavalluzzi of El Dorado High in Placentia.

The social sciences teacher is being recognized for what the museum calls her "innovative economics lesson plans."

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CASA Walk/Run Helps Keep Nonprofit for Abused and Neglected Kids Privately Funded

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA) is a nonprofit that recruits volunteers to mentor severely abused, neglected and abandoned children and advocate for them in court and other settings. Saturday's CASA WalkRun is a 5K event that helps keep the organization privately funded.

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You Can Get Up to 10 Free Lamps Saturday

Help will be on site for those needing assistance with their lamps.

Southern California Edison customers can exchange up to 10 old lamps each for new, free, energy-efficient fluorescent lamps at a swap event in the parking lot of a Santa Ana Home Depot store Saturday.

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The Big Lebowski Kicks Off Eclectic Regency Summer Film Series in Laguna Niguel

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The Dude and his rug kick off a summer film series.

Regency Theatres lost its lease at the historic Lido Theater in Newport Beach at the end of June, when a new company called Lido Live took over with promised book readings, live music performances, local philanthropic events and more in addition to movies. But Calabasas-based Regency is not packing up and leaving Orange County. It still has theaters in Santa Ana, Westminster, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, where a "Summer Flashback Film Series" kicks off Thursday night with The Big Lebowski. One might say Regency abides.

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One Man Critically Injured and Second Loses Thumb in Separate July 4 Holiday Blasts

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Uma Thurman's prosthetic thumb sure would come in handy about now.

If you have any stories from this Fourth of July holiday about mishaps with fireworks--safe and sane or unsafe and insane--let us know in the comments. We'll kick things off with injuries to two sad sacks, including one who lost a thumb.

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Richard Irvin Moore, High School Teacher in Irvine, Hailed as Hero from Maui Shark Attack

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You can see what draws folks to Maui's Palauea Beach, but sharks are some times in that water.

An Irvine high school's gym teacher who rescued a woman from a shark attack on Maui was honored with a medal for heroism Wednesday. Sadly, the woman was not there to cheer on 57-year-old Richard Irvin "Rick" Moore of Laguna Niguel; the German 20-year-old did not survive her injuries.

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Richard Nixon Appears Live at His Library

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Come, children ...

Richard M. Nixon will be dug up from his Yorba Linda grave this summer to entertain schoolchildren. First lady Pat, too!

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Rep. John Campbell Has a Special Delivery Inspired by UC Santa Barbara Shooting Coming

Will this guy's sick actions get Rep. John Campbell to act on gun violence?

Postcards will be hand delivered Tuesday to Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) that are signed by people who, inspired by the now-famous father of one of the students murdered by the Isla Vista shooter, have had with gun violence.

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Joe Simpson, Ambiguously "Not Gay" Dad of Jessica, Awaits Next Mr. Orange County Winner

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After the National Enquirer reported in 2012 that Joe Simpson, the father of singers Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, was gay, the minister/psychologist/talent manager vehemently denied it. Those rumors hit Mr. Simpson hard again in February, when he was seen celebrating his 56th birthday frolicking on a beach in Miami with a young hunk. "My modeling client, that's it!" Joe later tweeted of Jonathan Keith. Well now, the next Mr. Orange County California could become Joe Simpson's next (air quotes) "modeling client."

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