Valentine's Day: Pink is the New Orange; Irvine Love; Plus, Geeks, Allergics, Harold and Maude

Knott's Berry Farm
Pink is the new Orange County.
Paris, which is the City of Love, has the 986-foot-tall Eiffel Tower. Orange County, which is the County of Theme Parks, has the 312-foot-tall Supreme Scream coaster at Knott's Berry Farm. But nights during this season of love, Supreme Scream glows pink.

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum Coming to Long Beach to Debate Politics and Stuff

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Howard Dean and Rick Santorum are coming to Long Beach to debate politics and current events.
Rick Santorum, who is famous for saying, "Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be," is coming to Long Beach to debate politics with Howard Dean, who is famous for saying, "Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin, we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York. ... And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! YEEAAHHUHAHHH!!!"

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VIDEO: What Happens When Thomas Edison Crashes a Tesla-Loving Steampunk Convention

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Edison, right, stealing his latest invention

What happens when Thomas Edison walks onto a ship full of Nikola Tesla lovers? No, this isn't the set-up to a bad joke, but rather the premise of our latest video. Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium came to the Queen Mary in Long Beach once again, and we sent our freelance reporter Thomas Edison to cover it.

The annual convention dedicated to the retro-futuristic branch of science fiction known as steampunk was filled with supporters for Nikola Tesla, the underdog genius inventor and bitter rival of Edison. How will a shipfull of Teslians greet the great theif Edison? Watch here to find out...

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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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Police Find No Bomb So Long Beach City College Classes Resume: Update
Long Beach City College dealt with a bomb scare this morning.
UPDATE, JAN. 15, 12:44 P.M.: No bomb was found at Long Beach City College so classes will resume at 2 p.m., the police department announced.

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Serial Cat Killer Steven Ullery Gets Two Years for the Death of One of His Five Dead Pussies

Photo by Vickie Chang/OC Weekly
How could you?
A Long Beach man was recently sentenced to two years behind bars after an investigation revealed that before he and his wife took the bodies of two cats he'd adopted back to a shelter for a refund, they had taken three other dead cats to an animal hospital--including one that died from blunt force trauma and another that had been choked out.

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Michael Drobot of Pacific Hospital Workers Comp Scheme Sued by 2 Patients: Correction

Pacific Hospital
Michael D. Drobot
CORRECTION, DEC. 31, 8:05 A.M.: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that two patients alleged Dr. Simon Lavi and Dr. Edward Kolpin had "engaged in a scheme" with Michael Drobot Sr. Actually, the two complaints filed in Los Angeles Superior Court only allege Lavi and Kolpin have been negligent in the care provided to the plaintiffs. The Weekly regrets the error.

Marshall Grossman, whose law firm represents Lavi and Kolpin, writes in an email that, "The doctors are of excellent repute and meet all professional standards" and that they "never had any reason to believe that the implant products utilized were unsafe, defective or non-complaint or wrongfully priced in any respect."

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Long Beach Register, Like Los Angeles Register, is Now a Collector's Item

Building community, August 2013-December 2014
The Orange County Register company-owned Long Beach Register ceased publication Sunday, joining their Los Angeles Register in becoming a collector's item.

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Pastor Wiley Drake Leads Prayer at Pro-Police Rally Outside LAPD Headquarters

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Have megaphone, will travel: Pastor Wiley Drake
Controversial Buena Park Pastor Wiley Drake delivered the opening prayer at a pro-police rally outside the Los Angeles Police Department Sunday afternoon.

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Sergei Smirnoff Due in Court Today for Allegedly Strangling Girlfriend's Christmas Cat

Courtesy of Redondo Beach Police Department
Are those cat scratches, Mr. Smirnoff?
A Long Beach man is scheduled to be arraigned today for allegedly strangling his girlfriend's cat.

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