Holy Family Office Manager Allegedly Stole $400k to Pay Holy Family, Mater Dei Tuition

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Adela Maria Tapia could get more than 14 years in prison.
Chris Rock once said he did not agree with O.J. Simpson killing his wife, "but I understand." Having struggled to put 2 1/2 kids through Mater Dei High School, I don't agree with the former Holy Family Cathedral School office manager having, as authorities allege, embezzled more than $400,000 to pay for her kids' tuition at Holy Family and Mater Dei--but I understand.

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LA Fitness Sued for Allegedly Preventing Muslim Member from Praying in Quiet Corner

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Not from an LA Fitness, but they have much of the same stuff.
Irvine-based LA Fitness is being sued in an Ohio federal court by a member who claims employees forced him to stop praying when he was done exercising.

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You're in Luck If You Wanted to Attend an Anti-Superstition Bash in OC on Friday the 13th

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A Friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) Treatment Center nurse opens up.
As you know, the end of this work week is Friday the 13th (unless you're a Communist who works weekends). A group of unsuperstitious Orange Countians will celebrate at a Howard Johnson's in Fullerton Friday night, when breaking mirrors, walking under ladders and opening umbrellas indoors will be among the festivities.

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What Do Disneyland, Measles and Abortion Have to Do with Each Other?

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It's not getting vaccinated but what's in the vial, say anti-abortion groups.
Forget illegals, anti-vaxxers or Jenny McCarthy: A Washington, D.C.-based right-to-life group is blaming abortion for the spread of measles across the country by people who were at the Disney Resort in Anaheim in mid-December.

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The Principle Filmmakers Tell Media to Stop Focusing on Them and Start Focusing on Movie

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Theologian Robert Sungenis appears in The Principle to challenge conventional scientific views.
UPDATE, JAN. 29, 12:48 P.M.: The executive producer and writer-producer of The Principle, which is rolling for at least a couple more weeks at the AMC Orange 30, issued statements today blasting media outlets that focused their coverage of the documentary less on the subject of questioning the validity of the Copernican Principle than on accusations of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism directed at the EP, Robert Sungenis.

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Violence in Places of Worship Deplored Hours After OC Church Closes Due to Bomb Threat

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It's called sanctuary for a reason.
Services were canceled at Beachcities Community Church in Huntington Beach on Sunday morning following a bomb threat, which is ironic when you consider what happened by coincidence the same day in nearby Garden Grove.

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OC Atheists (So Hot Right Now) Hold "I Am Charlie" Event to Let Everyone Draw Cartoons

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UPDATE, JAN. 22, 1:44 P.M.: Atheists are so hot right now, and by "right now" I mean "tonight through Sunday morning." As mentioned in the original post (that has all the details), Orange County's Backyard Skeptics hold a "speed discussion" event with a Christian Toastmasters group at a Huntington Beach church tonight, and an OC atheist is recruiting like-minded folks to counter-demonstrate against Christians in front of Disneyland Sunday morning. Now, Backyard Skeptics say they'll shoehorn in another gathering Saturday: an "I Am Charlie" demonstration at Huntington Beach Pier, where passersbys will be encouraged "to draw cartoonish pictures of any prophet, deity or religion in a funny or mocking way."

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Charlie Hebdo's Muhammad Cover Draws Praise and Damnation from Anaheim to Turkey

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This issue sold out Wednesday and is already banned in Turkey.
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Greater Los Angeles office (CAIR-LA), said from his Anaheim office that he had mixed feelings about the cover of the Charlie Hebdo magazine that hit the streets Wednesday.

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Trang Thu Pham Held for Buddhist Temple Vandalism After Security Guard Recognizes Her

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News coverage led cops to Trang Thu Pham.
UPDATE, JAN. 14, 11:14 A.M.: A 45-year-old woman's arrest Tuesday for continually vandalizing Buddha statues outside a Santa Ana temple came after a security officer at a Costa Mesa drug store recognized a shopper as the suspect shown in television news reports. Trang Thu Pham confirmed to detectives she was the person in photos and videos from the front of Hoc Tich Buddhist Temple, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. Before being booked into the city jail on suspicion of felony vandalism of a place of worship, Pham explained she has nothing against the Buddhist religion, say investigators, who suspect her issues are with someone associated with that particular temple.

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ISIS Hacks Website of Buena Park Nonprofit That Helps Syrian Refugees in Middle East

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Giving Hackers Hope
Giving Children Hope, a Buena Park-based nonprofit that has been helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan since 2012, reportedly had its website hacked by a group identifying itself as Team System Dz, an ISIS sympathizer.

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