Assemblyman Tom Daly, State Bar and Labor Groups Hold Fraud Prevention Meet TODAY

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Tom Daly hosts a fraud prevention workshop in Spanish and English.

Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Santa Ana), the State Bar of California, the Orange County Labor Federation and Laborers Local 652 host a "Fraud Prevention Workshop" from 5:30-7:30 this evening at the Laborer's Hall, 1532 E. Chestnut, Santa Ana.

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PETA Calls for USDA Inspection of Ringling Bros. Elephants in Anaheim Due to "Wound"

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Courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The area above the eye of the elephant at left prompted PETA's call for an inspection in Anaheim.

Unlike past years, I had not heard from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in the days the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was setting up for a 10-day engagement in Anaheim, where PETA has staged eye-opening demonstrations in the past. But then, hours before opening night at the Honda Center Friday, PETA emailed over the photograph above, which is said to show an elephant with a pressure sore on the side of its face in Ontario, the previous stop for "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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Neel Kashkari Lets His Rainbow Flag Fly

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Photo by Derrick Roach
Neel Kashkari waves to the crowd at the 40th San Diego LGBT Pride Parade in Hillcrest July 19.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson and perhaps even George Deukmejian didn't really care if same-sex couples won the right to marry, not that they'd let their Republican base in on that before their first elections as California governors. So give Irvine's Neel Kashkari, the GOP nominee squaring off against Jerry Brown in November, credit for freely flying his rainbow flag.

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Atheists, Skeptics and Freethinkers Protest Calvary Chapel Creation Conference TODAY!

Post moved up from Tuesday to remind that the protest is this evening.

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Photo montage courtesy of NASA
Galaxies colliding would have been on, what, Wednesday?
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 22, 7:07 A.M.: 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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El Dorado High School
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

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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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