Jaquinn Ramone Bell Gets 14 Years for Slayings of Three 13-year-olds in Halloween Hit-and-Run

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Twins Lexie and Lexandra Perez Huerta and their friend Andrea Gonzalez, R.I.P.
A man with a long rap sheet and a last known address in Orange was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and change in lockup for the hit-and-run slayings of three 13-year-old girls who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night.

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"Souls of Santa Ana" Captures the Stories of the City's Residents

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Anabella Pritchard/Souls of Santa Ana
Santa Ana artist Alicia Rojas captured by Anabella Pritchard

If you frequent SanTana enough, you might've already caught photographer Anabella Pritchard snapping photos and collecting stories of local residents for Souls of Santa Ana, her new project profiling the people of the city (much akin to the popular "Humans of New York").

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Palmer Luckey Gives New Meaning to Joystick with Oculus Rift Porn Revelation

Categories: Long Beach, XXX

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Palmer Luckey speaks at the 2014 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference.
Long Beach born and raised Palmer Luckey--who proved there is life beyond journalism when he left his web editor position at Cal State Long Beach's Daily 49er to invent the Oculus Rift--revealed this week that his virtual-reality headset will not block adult content.

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State Democratic Party Stops Partying in OC Long Enough to Endorse Fossil-Fuel Divestment

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Not from Refugio State Beach this week but Niger Delta in 2007.
Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) putting her Jimmy Choo (or heap big moccasin) in her mouth while addressing American Indians at her first big coming out as a U.S. Senate candidate was not the only moment of significance at the California Democratic Party convention in Anaheim this weekend past.

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Walt Disney was Apparently Thinking About Saving Water in Anaheim Long Before Drought

The New York Times went to Disneyland--and all they got was a lousy Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Actually, the Gray Lady's Elizabeth Zach wanted to know whether the Rivers of America were still flowing given California's drought and state-mandated 20 percent water usage cutback.

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Chinese Birth Tourism Lawyer Loses Fight For Pre-Trial Bail After His Arrest

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Liang: Feds worry he'd flee to China if released from custody
An Irvine lawyer this afternoon lost his fight to gain pre-trial release from custody following his May 18 arrest for alleged illegal involvement in the Chinese birth tourism scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney made the decision against China-native Ken Zhiyi Liang after federal prosecutor Jerry C. Yang asked him to overrule a prior magistrate judge's decision to allow the defendant's pre-trial release on $100,000 bail.

According to Yang, there's evidence Liang, 38, may have already smuggled two witnesses in the case back to China and he bragged to a government informant wearing audio and video devices that he knew how to get out of the U.S. on an airplane without possessing necessary papers.

"The defendant has an enormous incentive to flee," Yang told the judge.

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Mike Carona Still Isn't Serving as a Cautionary Tale for SoCal Law Enforcement

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Policing authority is an ego boost. Just ask Mike Carona. Around a year before the FBI arrested the Orange County sheriff for corruption in 2007, Carona showed up at a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department facility with a four- or five-SUV entourage. South Central-hardened LA deputies who observed the arrival assumed a Secret Service detail had accompanied then-Vice President Dick Cheney. But OC's top cop--a glad-handing politician and career bureaucrat who'd never made a single arrest in his life--jumped out of a government vehicle amid heavy guard, a scene that prompted laughter at the absurd grandiosity.

From pampered office-holder to convicted felon (circa 2009), Carona's fall is now the stuff of history. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford issued a term of 66 months in prison and, in one of the most noble and necessary stern sentencing lectures in county history, slammed the disgraced cop for thinking he was above the law. Lying officers weren't tolerated in his courtroom, Guilford told a man who clearly didn't think he would serve a minute in prison. Following his conviction and on the way to the penitentiary, Carona earned a second identity: Inmate 45335-112.

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19 Dogs with Mange, Scabies, Eye Infections and Other Maladies Rescued in Santa Ana

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Sad, thinking about her homies in Santa Ana.
A complaint about ailing dogs led Santa Ana code enforcement officers to home where they rescued 19 malnourished and neglected canines of various breeds Tuesday morning, according to police.

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BDSM Practitioners are Mentally Healthier: International Society of Sexual Medicine Study

Categories: XXX

Those who delve into the Bondage & Discipline, Domination & Submission culture are mentally healthier than those who do not, according to an International Society of Sexual Medicine study that found BDSM practitioners are less neurotic, more open to new experiences and more conscientious.

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OC Weekly Wins 17 OC Press Club Awards, 6 Honorable Mentions and Mucho Cape Envy

Categories: OC Media

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Web Editor Taylor Hamby, compiler of Best Slideshow and winner of Best Cape Made of Fish Wrap.
OC Weekly, your favorite Orange County newsweekly publication and daily website seeking new ownership, won 17 awards and six honorable mentions for writing, design and photography at the Orange County Press Club Gala in Newport Beach Monday night.

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