Irvine Couple's Invite to Obama's State of the Union Address is Questioned by LAPD Critic
LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides and her husband LAPD Captain Phil Tingirides reside in Irvine.
An Irvine couple's invitation from first lady Michelle Obama to join her at the President's 2015 State of the Union address is being questioned by a critic of racism within the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Robert J. MacLean of Ladera Ranch is Granted Whistle-blower Status by U.S. Supreme Court

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Robert J. MacLean is shown taking the oath at his federal law enforcement training graduation.
A Ladera Ranch man who disclosed the government was about to remove armed air marshals from overnight flights to save money on hotels was granted whistle-blower protection from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Robert J. MacLean told the national media about the planned cutback by the Transportation Security Administration in 2003. After members of Congress complained, the TSA reversed course and kept the air marshals intact.

Well, except for MacLean, who was fired as an air marshal three years later when TSA officials concluded he had disclosed sensitive security information to the media and fired him.

MacLean appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, but the TSA argued that the MSPB had no jurisdiction to challenge an agency order. A MSPB administrative judge dismissed the appeal without prejudice so MacLean could appeal to federal court. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit panel found that MacLean could contest his termination before the MSPB under the authority of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

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2 More Orange County Measles Cases; 59 in State with 42 Linked to Disney Resorts: Update

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A boy after three days with a measles rash. This photo was created in 1963.
UPDATE NO. 6, JAN. 21, 3:58 P.M.: On the same day Orange County health officials revealed there are now two more cases of measles in the county, state health officials announced at a press conference there have been 59 confirmed cases in California since December, which 42 of them linked to initial exposure at Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure.

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Carlos Bustamante's Alleged Sex Crimes Are Barely Criminal, Says Judge

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It's rare when an Orange County Superior Court judge is the most uncomfortable person in the courtroom, but John Conley couldn't hide his displeasure during a Jan. 16 hearing. A former prosecutor educated at an elite, private New England prep school and known for a distinguished presence, Conley is presiding over a case with lascivious story lines straight out of a lame, 1970s porno. The defendant, Carlos Bustamante--a fired county executive, onetime Santa Ana city councilman and, at least in his own mind, rising, family-values star in the Republican Party--spent years throwing himself at women other than his wife, according to pending criminal charges.

But during a media-packed session in which Bustamante sat slouched, stone-faced and almost entirely silent at the defense table, Conley aimed his ire at prosecutors Matt Lockhart and Aleta Bryant. The scene was remarkable because in our county it's usually defense lawyers who unnerve judges. This day, however, Conley saw the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA)--not Bustamante--as advancing the indefensible by trying to turn vulgar but non-criminal or, at worst, misdemeanor acts into supposed felonies.

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Teacher Christopher Millette Charged for Sex Acts with Girl Relative Under 10: Update

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Christopher Millette teaches at Valadez Middle School.
UPDATE, JAN. 21, 1:23 P.M.: Placentia teacher Christopher Millette is due in court Thursday to face one count of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger, two counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child younger than 14 and a sentence-enhancing allegation of substantial sexual conduct with a child--in this case a girl under 10 he is related to.

But prosecutors also say they fear the 36-year-old may have preyed on other children. Under the current counts Millette faces up to 19 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

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Judge Rules Injunction Permanent Against Santa Ana's Townsend Street Gang

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Santa Ana police aren't there to ask for extra sugar to borrow...

Family, friends and community activists washed cars Sunday in SanTana to raise funds for the funeral of Angel Arellano. The 17-year-old had been named in a temporary gang injunction against Townsend Street and police say he was slain by gunfire just inside its safety zone. Rosie Iraheta, Arellano's mother, continued to fight against the injunction appearing in Superior Court last Tuesday despite being weakened by terminal breast cancer.

While people washed the suds off cars and towel-dried them in the parking lot of Mexicanismo Night Club, Judge Franz E. Miller had already made the temporary gang injunction against Townsend Street permanent on Thursday--without anyone involved knowing about it.

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Injured Volunteer Searcher Settles Lawsuit with Hiker Who Went Missing in Trabuco Canyon

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Hikers Nicholas Cendoya and Kyndall Jack went missing on Easter Sunday 2013.
A volunteer searcher, who fell off a 110-foot cliff and broke his back while looking for two missing hikers in Trabuco Canyon, settled his lawsuit against one of them.

Nick Papageorge's--yes, trolls, that is how the last name is spelled--settled his suit with hiker Kyndall Jack for an undisclosed sum and is due back in court Feb. 27 to dismiss the case, his lawyer has confirmed.

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Cypress College Moves on to Better Place With Early Nod for 4-Year Mortuary Science Degrees

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My ride's here.
Cypress College must've slayed it with state reviewers because the community college received initial approval Tuesday to offer four-year bachelor degrees in mortuary science.

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Joe Biden Coming to Irvine SATURDAY

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Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Irvine on Saturday.

He is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit at the Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road.

Biden will be following another Democrat heavy-hitter as Bill Clinton is set to be Friday's keynoter at the same summit.

The gathering is presented by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, which seeks to end preventable deaths by getting clinicians, administrators, medical technology companies, payers, government, and patients to work together on solutions.

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Gregory Lynn Cross, Serial Bank Robbery Suspect Who Wore Angels Shirt, Still Out There

Gregory Lynn Cross was No. 1 on our recent list of "6 Bandits Who Wore Anaheim Angels Gear While Robbing Banks."
Regional law enforcement agencies are still seeking 58-year-old Gregory Lynn Cross, who is now suspected in eight bank robberies or attempted bank robberies since Dec. 13, the FBI announced Tuesday.

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