Tony Diep Held for Stabbing of Another Homeless Man: "The Birdman" of Disneyland

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Qwik Tape
"The Birdman" of Anaheim, who along with his parrots poses for photos with tourists to raise cash, was stabbed multiple times during a fight with another homeless man outside Disneyland last night, authorities say.

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Huntington and Newport Beaches Reopen After Scary Shark Encounter

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Universal Pictures
You're going to need a bigger Boogie Board
The beaches of Huntington and Newport have just reopened after being closed to humans since a shark spooked a lifeguard Thursday afternoon.

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Santa Ana Ranked Among Worst Pet Lover Cities

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Photo by Fabian Ortiz/OC Weekly
Stay outta Santa Ana!
When it comes to loving pets, Santa Ana is the third worst of 100 big cities in America, according to a new survey that has no Orange County city with at least 100,000 residents in the top 50.

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Hermès South Coast Plaza Visited at HIGH NOON by PETA Advocates for Gators and Crocs

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PETA
Bound for a high-end shop near you: Crocodiles that are about 1.5 years old in a Kariba, Zimbabwe, pen before their slaughters at age 3.
Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) say they will be at the South Coast Plaza Hermès at noon, not to score an $1,100 Lettres d'Erevan cashmere and silk shawl designed by Karen Petrossian but to urge shoppers to "not to buy the skins of tormented animals."

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OC Fair Cattle Drive Draws Cops, Horsemen, Clowns, Cows and Protesters: VIDEO

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Photo by Todd Mathews/OC Weekly
A slice of Americana ... and activism.
Folks in Costa Mesa were served a Saturday brunch of Americana, with an old fashioned cattle drive across city streets lined with pedestrians and filled with motorcycle cops, horsemen, clowns, cows and animal-rights protesters.

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Friday May Begin OC's Final Run for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephants

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Feld Entertainment
They're back!
When Feld Entertainment announced in March that it was phasing performing elephants out of its Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 2018 was given as the year by which all 13 Asian elephants traveling with three productions would be relocated to the company's Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. But as the newest tour, Circus EXTREME, rolls into Anaheim Friday for a two-week run, Feld officials are saying these may be the last shows when the elephants will be seen in the Honda Center.

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Waters Off Huntington Beach Closed to People After Shark Bumps Surfer

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Uh-oh ...
I am still not convinced this is not sly promotion of "Shark Week" programming, but a shark bumping a surfer this morning has prompted lifeguards to prohibit anyone from going into the waters off Huntington Beach for the rest of the day.

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Chlorine "Attack" on 17 Rescused Sea Lions was Not an Attack But an Employee Mistake: Police

Categories: Grrranimals

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Nothing to see here, folks.
Remember that April chlorine "attack" on 17 sea lions who were being nursed back to health at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach? Turns out it was not an attack at all but the result of a mistake by an employee, according to police.

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Sebastian Alexander Swisher Busted for Allegedly Keeping 16 Ferrets in Santa Ana Pad

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Don't taze me, bro!
Working off a tip, Santa Ana Police Animal Control officers were arrested a 23-year-old resident for allegedly importing and transporting live restricted animals and took custody of 16 ferrets that were turned over to OC Animal Care.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Problems at the Orange County Animal Shelter!

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Photo by Fabian Ortiez
Ready to save their pals at the nasty shelter

Oy vey, the Orange County Animal Shelter. I remember one of the big cover stories for the Weekly before my time at this infernal rag involved the decrepit conditions at it. I remember writing stories about how the county had placed an admitted boy lover at the Shelter in the idea that he wouldn't be around children there, and how workers washed dog shit directly into the Santa Ana River (that story, according to my sources at the time, hit so close to home that they never talked to me again). And now, 11 years later, the problems continue, as the OC Grand Jury issued two scathing reports against OC Animal Care (the county agency in charge of the shelter) in the past two months.


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