Sobering Video by "Spider" Revealing Sex Abuse as a Child Going Viral 2 Years After Posted on Facebook

Categories: Wacky Vids

Spider's sobering message begins.

Remember how Jonah Mowry's anti-bullying video went viral after it was posted in December 2011--and led to the Lake Forest teen becoming a national celebrity and inspiration to millions? Wonder if the same fate will befall "Scott Spideralamode," a man in his 50s who employed the same cue-cards-on-video strategy as Mowry in a video that's now catching fire on Facebook--even though it was first posted a month after Mowry's.

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Irvine is No. 5 Best U.S. City for Soccer Moms and Dads; Which OC Cities Cracked the Top 20?

Categories: OC Media, Sports

Photo by flickr user hyperboreal
Who do I listen to, my coach or my mom?

Irvine has been named the fifth best place in the country for soccer moms (and dads), which shouldn't surprise anyone who has had a kid on a club team from elsewhere in Orange County. Seems like they were always playing games in Irvine or against a team from there. A couple other OC cities cracked the Top 20 in the NerdWallet rankings; can you guess which ones?

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Gao Yang Zhou Gets Four Years for Running the Best Little Whorehouse in Irvine

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Gao Yang Zhou actually oversaw three whoring spots.
Gao Yang Zhou, the 35-year-old operator of what was once the best little whorehouse in Irvine, cut a deal with an Orange County Superior Court judge that had him pleading guilty Monday to operating a brothel in exchange for four years in state prison.

The Rowland Heights resident faced a maximum of 11 years and eight months in prison if he was convicted without a guilty plea, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) said at Zhou's arraignment in December.

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Jonathan Phan and His Spock Ears Arrested for Being Alleged Nude Santa Ana Burglar

Categories: Crime-iny

Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Jonathan Phan gets new clothes.
Folks, we may have found the genius criminal to end all genius criminals, and as a bonus this one has Spock ears.

A man broke into a residence in the 2011 block of West Civic Center in Santa Ana on July 22, removed all of his clothing and went to sleep in a bed already occupied by a female resident.

She woke up, noticed the nude stranger sleeping next to her and screamed--so loudly that the man awoke, jumped out a window and ran off.

That might have been the end of it if it weren't for this: He left behind his pants.

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Beaches Have a Trashy Reputation That's Losing Orange County Millions: Government Study

Categories: Environment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Scenes from Orange County beaches

Trash on Orange County beaches is losing locals millions and millions of dollars every summer, according to government research.

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UC Irvine Study Finds Children of Incarcerated Parents Suffer More Health, Behavioral Woes

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Are you there, dad? It's me, Junior ...

The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.

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9 Fun Facts from 2014 Orange County Fair

Categories: OC Fair View

All photos from 2010-11 Orange County Fairs by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Dude chowing down on a turkey leg at the OC Fair reminds me of the famous caption in a Minnesota newspaper that read "Walter Mondale (right) carves turkey (left)."

The OC Fair & Event Center released some fun facts about the Orange County Fair that ended its 23-day run in Costa Mesa on Aug. 10.

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Costa Mesa Cop Dana Potts' Shots at Vincent Leon Deemed 'A-OK' by OC DA

Categories: Main

Photo courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department
Vincent Leon dashes away
The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office sent a letter to Costa Mesa's Police Chief last week clearing one of his cops in a shooting two summers ago. Few details are given into the July 5, 2012 incident where officer Dana Potts fired on and struck Vincent Leon. The 27-year-old, described as a "transient," currently faces multiple felonies stemming from that encounter.

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Great Park Public Relations Consultants Get 5 P.M. Deadline to End Odd Contract Secrecy

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Councilman for life, Larry Agran: Irvine's most secretive, professional politician since the 1970s
The auditor working to uncover explanations for wild, dubious spending of Orange County Great Park funds by a prior Irvine City Council majority of Larry Agran, Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang has given that trio's favored political consultants a 5 p.m. deadline to disclose key expense records.

In an Aug. 15 letter to lawyers representing Forde & Mollrich of Newport Beach, Anthony R. Taylor--Irvine's independent audit counsel--outlined repeated, unsuccessful demands that the firm surrender documents supporting the more than $7.23 million Agran, Krom and Kang diverted from public park construction funds from July 2005 to January 2013.

Though Taylor reminded Stu Mollrich during a July deposition that Forde & Mollrich's no-bid, no-benchmark contract required the firm to cooperate with all audits of how government funds were spent in a sweetheart, Agran-inspired, $100,000-plus-per-month deal, the consultant's lawyer--David Elson of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips--interrupted related questions 22 times in moves designed to stonewall public knowledge.

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Assemblyman Travis Allen's Beach Fire Rings Bill is Extinguished ... This Year

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Travis Allen is burning mad.
Legislation by a local assemblyman to "save" beach bonfires along the coast is dead ... at least for this year.

Assembly Bill 1102 by Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) was aimed at thwarting efforts by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to move or eliminate hundreds of fire rings, a notion that had been put in motion by the Newport Beach City Council following complaints by beach-side residents.

Last week, the Senate Committee on Appropriations chose to hold AB 1102, which essentially means it's dead this year.

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