OC Weekly Wins 7 Awards at LA Press Club Gala, Including 3 First-Placers!

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Last night, the LA Press Club held their annual awards gala, and although no one from this infernal rag was able to make it (Mox is still in the salt mines, Nick was finishing up a cover, and I had just finished a five-day taco bender--go to Instagram and find the hashtag #epictacocrawl if you don't believe me), we still did mighty fine, hauling in seven awards, including three first-place finishes.

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John Caleb on the Family-Friendly Business of Tattooing

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Caleb is known for his lettering work, but he enjoys doing all styles of tattoos (even tribal armbands).

"I knew from the beginning that I wanted to own my own shop so I could listen to the music I want to listen to and treat people how I want to treat them," says John Caleb, who owns Orange's Chapter X Tattoo with his dad.

Minutes later, Fall Out Boy began playing over the speaker next to Caleb's station. It's not that there's anything wrong with Fall Out Boy (or the other 2000s-era pop-punk playing on Caleb's portable music station), it's just ain't the type of music usually associated with a tattoo shop

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Weekender Updater: Developments in Glen Campbell Film Lawsuit and Costa Mesa Killing

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Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
The legend Glen Campbell performs in 2012 during what would become his final tour.
This weekender you are updatered on the latest developments in a lawsuit connected to a documentary about Glen Campbell that was well received in this corner and the arrest of a Santa Ana woman in the death of a man in Costa Mesa in May.

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San Francisco Corrections Officer Left Glock and Cocaine Behind on Family Disneyland Trip: DA

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A fanny pack with a loaded Glock 20 handgun and .45 grams of cocaine that was accidentally left in an Anaheim hotel room earlier this month was linked to a San Francisco juvenile corrections officer who was on a family vacation to Disneyland.

Robert Dandrea Minor now could find himself on the other side of adult corrections officers, inside a prison cell for four years. That's what the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) essentially says in a statement this afternoon that indicates the 51-year-old resident of Hercules is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.

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Kwane Carpenter Could Face Death Penalty in Slayings of Common Law Wife and Their Baby

Moureen Gathua-Carpenter, R.I.P.
UPDATE NO. 4, JUNE 26, 2:34 P.M.: Kwane Adom Carpenter entered his scheduled arraignment hearing Thursday morning possibly facing the death penalty. Arraignment was rescheduled for July 17, but the charges against the 24-year-old Anaheim resident still include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders that make him eligible for capital punishment should prosecutors decide to seek it. An Orange County District Attorney's office statement reveals the alleged murder weapon: a kitchen knife. The death of Moureen Gathua-Carpenter, the defendant's common law wife, is hitting her attorney in a 2013 identity theft case hard. (She pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and was sentenced to probation and community service in lieu of jail.)

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Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Rallies in Santa Ana and Long Beach TONIGHT

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UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2:12 P.M.: In the wake of today's historic same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, rallies will be held in Santa Ana and Long Beach. The LGBT Center OC presents the Orange County rally at 7 p.m. in Plaza de Santa Ana, which is at the corner of Fourth and French streets in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ Center Long Beach has a gathering set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Plaza, where Robert Garcia, the city's first
openly gay mayor, was to have held a midday ceremony where he'd raise a Rainbow Pride Flag in response to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Assholes Alert! Orange County NeoFreethinkers Hear UCI Professor's Asshole Theory SUNDAY

Peter Montoya says his Church for Thinkers is catching fire with believers and non-believers alike. With that in mind (and spirit), let us think about the topic of this weekend's "Re-Think Sunday" presentation by Aaron James, a UC Irvine professor of philosophy: "Assholes: a Theory."

Oh, I think it's more than a theory, brothers and sistahs! (Ask anyone who reads me!)

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Hyundai Motors America in Fountain Valley Gets Unwelcome Visit by United Auto Workers

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Hyundai USA headquarters in Fountain Valley
About 30 United Auto Workers members and supporters marched to Hyundai's North American headquarters in Fountain Valley as their comrades hit 23 dealerships around the country Thursday to deliver a letter addressed to President and CEO David Zuchowski that accuses the South Korean automaker of providing low wages and unsafe work conditions.

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Joseph Jackson Jr. Made Civil Rights History as a Member of Mississippi's Tougaloo Nine

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"You know you don't belong here!" a worker yelled at 23-year-old Joseph Jackson Jr. as he walked into the Jackson, Mississippi, main public library on March 27, 1961, to try to desegregate it. "You go back to your library!"

Dozens of angry, white faces surrounded the slight, bespectacled, nervous student as he made his way to the information desk and into the front lines of war. In a couple of months, freedom riders would get arrested by the hundreds in the city; the following year, James Meredith tried to enroll at the University of Mississippi with the help of U.S. Marshals only to have a deadly riot erupt around him. The year after that saw Jackson weather a sit-in at Woolworth and the assassination of legendary activist Medgar Evers. And in 1964, the murder of three civil-rights workers brought in the federal government and led Nina Simone to pen her scintillating smackdown of the Magnolia State, "Mississippi Goddam."

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SoCal Identity Thief Wrongly Didn't Fear Bank Surveillance Cameras

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In December 2010, a Seal Beach woman went to a U.S. Bank in Huntington Beach near Golden West College to make a mortgage transaction and discovered $610,359 missing from her accounts.

Two weeks earlier, Zenobia Moore stole the woman's identity and, using a fake California driver's license, withdrew the money from a U.S. Bank near Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.

With the aid of a co-conspirator, Moore tried to convert her loot into 402 gold coins, but the plot collapsed with Southern California FBI and Homeland Security agents in pursuit.

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