"PBR Day in Surf City USA" to Leave Hipsters and Frank Booth Sorely Disappointed

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What kind of beer do you like? Heineken!?! Fuck that shit! PABST! Blue Ribbon!

After blue collar workers--and before the hipsters--Pabst Blue Ribbon was most appreciated by Frank Booth, the sick pup brought to career-resurrecting life in the movie Blue Velvet by the late, great Dennis Hopper. An Orange County city that seems like a crossing station for blue collar workers, hipsters and Frank Boothians is Huntington Beach, where Saturday has been proclaimed "PBR Day in Surf City USA."

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"Shortsighted" Seal Beach Coyote Killing Plan Produces Online Petition Drive

This graphic accompanies a Change.org petition to "Stop the Killing of California Coyotes."

The animal activist blowback to plans to systematically rid Seal Beach of coyotes is scheduled to be heard by the City Council tonight amid a new Change.org petition aimed at stopping eradication efforts.

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Karen Hanover, Convicted of Fraud, No Longer Part of Crowdfunding Microchips for Lost Pets

UPDATE: Irvine's Ken Niedziela, the Veterinary Practice News news editor, emailed the Weekly Tuesday to say he wrote the Escape Alert story and contacted Karen Zaxton after seeing our post. "Karen confirmed that she is Karen Hanover," Niedziela writes. "She also said she was resigning her position with Escape Alert effective today to avoid hurting the company. She insisted that Escape Alert is a legitimate company and potential product. She said she would have CEO Wayne Norris contact me. She also said the Kickstarter campaign was delayed."

Photo courtesy of Karen Hanover
Karen Elaine Hanover
A crowdfunding campaign launches today for a fledgling company that is hawking veterinarian-implanted microchips that would use GPS to track lost pets.

Sweet. But what's so interesting about that? Well, the domain for the Escape Alert device is owned by Karen Hanover of West Hills and the email address bizminded@aol.com.

A Karen Hanover of Seal Beach and bizminded@aol.com signed a plea agreement in federal court in Santa Ana this past March stating that she bilked 48 people out of $1,437,091.36 through get-rich-via-real-estate seminars across the country.

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Barkworks Dragged into Court Again for Allegedly Selling Dogs Bred at "Puppy Mills"

Categories: Court, Grrranimals

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Animal activists have put heat on the Barkworks chain and individual stores for years.

If the latest lawsuit against Barkworks proves anything, it's that the Southern California pet store chain needs to do a better job of weeding out the animal activists from the puppy-buying public. Because those folks are now plaintiffs in a new lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court that alleges Barkworks engaged in false advertising when it sold them "pure-bred" dogs that were actually "churned out" of puppy mills.

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Assemblyman and Supervisor Candidate Allan Mansoor Inspires Fantasy Coyote Mission

Photo by flickr user Matt Knoth
Here, kitty-kitty-kitty ...

Shortly before o'dark thirty, CT6 (Coyote Team Six) lifted off from the 24/7 Denny's at Harbor and the 405 and plunged into the dusky streets of the beaches Seal and Huntington. We'd secretly been inspired to embark on a covert mission to kill coyotes by California Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mexico), a county supervisor candidate and out to prove to his latest future constituents that he is a true fighter in the War on Fur.

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OC Animal Care Sued for Allegedly Putting Down Too Many Healthy Pets

Categories: Court, Grrranimals

Just to be clear, Bunny is not seeking a fourth leg in the lawsuit.

The county is mum over a Seal Beach animal rescue nonprofit's $2.5 million lawsuit that alleges OC Animal Care euthanizes healthy cats and dogs too quickly.

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Irvine Ranked 4th Best Pet Lovers City in U.S.; Anaheim Scores Well in Some Key Categories

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Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly
Stop this thing when it reaches Irvine ...

A site that ranks Irvine the No. 4 best place in the United States for pet lovers has Anaheim way down at No. 30, but the municipal box that holds Disneyland does finish tops in the country in specific pet-related categories.

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Director Todd Douglas Miller Talks About His Passion Project Dinosaur 13 Screening Tonight

(From left:) Neel Larson, Peter Larson, Sue Hendrickson, Terry Wentz and, under the dirt, Sue.

Speaking from a cab taking him to a hotel before tonight's screening of his film Dinosaur 13 at Lido Live Theater in Newport Beach, the documentary's director/producer/editor Todd Douglas Miller mentioned that he hopes audiences understand the importance of science education and natural history because, "We need more people out there digging."

But if that leaves you expecting a dry cinematic tutorial on the largest, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, are you in for a wild ride. The little indie hit of Sundance packs elements of a legal thriller, David vs. Goliath (in the form of a rag-tag band of paleontologists vs. the U.S. government, Native American tribes, powerful museums and academic paleontologists) and a love story (between man and woman and, especially, man and a T.rex named Sue).

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Great White Shark Cruises Off Newport: Video

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Come on in, the water's fine.

Right on cue for Shark Week, a recent Newport Beach whale watching excursion hosted an unexpected special guest: a great white shark.

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What Do You Get When You Cross a Baboon, Lynx, Zebra, Gazelle and Bear Skull at the Port?

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
You can look but don't touch (nor try to export).

The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted versions of all these animals and more wildlife items bound for export were recently seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, U.S. Customs and Border officials announced Wednesday.

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