UCI Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy Examine America's War on Drugs SATURDAY

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
It just keeps coming, doesn't it?
UCI Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy examine America's war on drugs Saturday. I mean, they won't be examining war while on drugs, but examining the War on Drugs. You know, the one we're about as close to winning as any of those Choose Your Adventure wars in the Middle East.

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Calvin Tillman, Texas Mayor Who Moved Family Due to Fracking, Speaks in Brea Tonight

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Calvin Tillman is shown from his California speaking tour in August 2014.
Calvin Tillman is famous for having been the mayor of DISH, Texas, which changed its name from Clark in 2005 as part of a commercial agreement with the satellite television company. But he won't be in Brea tonight to advocate a name change to DirecTV, California. No, Tillman's current California speaking tour is connected with something else he is famous for: moving his family out of DISH due to his two sons experiencing nosebleeds that he blamed on oil fracking operations in his hometown.

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UC Irvine, UCLA and Labor Leaders Celebrate Orange County Reality Collaboration TONIGHT

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Orange County Labor Federation
I'm proud to be a union man.

There's much to celebrate in Buena Park tonight: the two-year-old collaboration between UC Irvine, the UCLA Labor Center and the Orange County Federation of Labor; the launch of the UCI Community and Labor Project (UCICLP); and the evening's honorees AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, UCI School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Santa Ana Boys & Men of Color.


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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum Coming to Long Beach to Debate Politics and Stuff

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum are coming to Long Beach to debate politics and current events.
Rick Santorum, who is famous for saying, "Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be," is coming to Long Beach to debate politics with Howard Dean, who is famous for saying, "Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York. ... And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! YEEAAHHUHAHHH!!!"

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Anti-Slavery Campaign Brings Author to Santa Ana and Life-Like Dolls Outside the Super Bowl

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Shared Hope
The name of this anti-human slavery campaign is "Children Aren't Playthings."
January is "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month," which continues Thursday with an author at Santa Ana Public Library sharing her memoir about being a modern day child slave. The commemoration also continues in and around the site of the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, where stark, seven-foot-tall pink doll boxes are popping up.

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Help Send Off James Theodore Johnson Jr. in a Manner Befitting a World War II Warrior

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World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
James Theodore Johnson Jr. died peacefully at the age of 90 on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and while the Weekly does not routinely run obituaries of the lesser-known, we are making an exception in time for the World War II-er's memorial service Friday in Newport Beach.

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CAIR Condemns al Qaeda Attack in France as CAIR-LA to Warn Locals About "Crisis of ISIS"

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As France deals with Wednesday's terrorism blamed on al Qaeda sympathizers, Orange County Muslims will conduct a free community forum Friday night to address another deadly group: ISIS.

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Hasan Nouri to Unveil a New Plan to Clean Up Urban Runoff in Laguna Beach MONDAY

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Hasan Nouri stands in front of the watershed he first proposed cleaning up in 1982.
I once wrote about how Hasan Nouri pitched plans to stabilize Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach decades ago but no one listened. Hopefully Laguna Canyon Conservancy members will open their ears Monday evening when the San Clemente hydraulic engineer presents a new proposal to clean up urban runoff in town.

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Saginaw Grant Honored with Humanitarian Award from OC Native American Nonprofit

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Saginaw Grant and Anthony Hopkins in a scene from The World's Fastest Indian.
Indian leader/counselor/activist Saginaw Grant will receive the 2015 Native American Humanitarian of the Year Award from an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to putting Native American children on a path to higher education.

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Coast to Coast Foundation Volunteers Set to Serve Christmas Day Meals to the Homeless

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Volunteers make sandwiches at a Coast to Coast Foundation event.
The Coast to Coast Foundation, a Yorba Linda-based nonprofit that provides help the homeless community, does not say anything about needing volunteers to help serve food from 1-3 p.m. Christmas Day in Anaheim's La Palma Park. But donations? Those are always gladly accepted.

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