Adam Gadahn, American Voice Of Al Qaeda, Killed In CIA Drone Attack

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According to statements by White House officials, Adam Gadahn, the American face of Al Qaeda, and the first U.S. citizen to be charged with treason since World War 2, was killed during a January 2015 CIA drone strike in Pakistan. Officials claim that Gadahn, who had a million-dollar price tag on his head, was not the target of the attack, but rather that he happened to be at a compound in Pakistan's tribal region known to be used by members of Al Qaeda.

Gadahn, who grew up on a Riverside goat farm but whose grandfather was a prominent Jewish doctor in Santa Ana, apparently joined Al Qaeda after moving to Pakistan before the 9/11 attacks. He first appeared as "Azzam the American" in the terrorist group's propaganda videos three years later, covering his face with a scarf and warning Americans that their "streets will run red with blood."

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Erica Alonso's Family Offers $5,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Missing Woman

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Erica Alonso was last seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 15 in Irvine.
Remember Erica Melissa Alonso, who has been missing since leaving her boyfriend's Irvine home in a huff after a Valentine's date spent at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa? Her family is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to finding the 27-year-old Laguna Hills resident.

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OC DA Clears Sheriff's Department in After-Jail Overdose Death of Jeremy Lavia

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While the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office is mired in prosecutorial controversies, its jail death report machine keep a-churnin'. Luckily for them, nothing seems too fishy in the latest investigative letter published this week.

The agency cleared the OC Sheriff's Department (OCSD) of any wrongdoing in last year's death of 35-year-old Jeremy Jason Lavia.

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Orange County Rescue Mission Sees Alarming Rise in Homeless Children and Families

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This could be where an Orange County kid sleeps tonight.
Orange County Rescue Mission is currently housing the highest population of children and their families in the organization's history at its Village of Hope transitional living facility in Tustin, according to the nonprofit's president.

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Adam Dandach, OC's First Alleged ISIS Recruit, Charged With Supporting Terrorism

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An Orange County man who was caught attempting to fly to Syria last summer--the Weekly first reported about his arrest last July--has become the county's first resident to be charged with supporting the terrorist group ISIS.

Adam Dandach, 21, an El Modena High School graduate, was originally arrested on July 3, 2014, at John Wayne Airport, attempting to fly to Istanbul, Turkey, a popular destination for would-be jihadis looking to hop the border and join ISIS, which is short for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and also known simply as the Islamic State, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Officials charged Dandach with lying on his passport application by claiming he'd accidentally thrown away his old passport, when in fact, his mother had confiscated it to prevent him from flying to the Middle East.

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Anaheim Opens New Dog Park After Clearing Out Homeless People

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A homeless person naps outside the fenced off dog park before its big day

Anaheim's brand-new La Palma Dog Park is all set to open this Saturday with a buncha festivities because dogs! A dedication ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and Frisbee demonstrations will entertain the four-footed and two-footed alike all day. After the celebratory events wrap up, dogs, both big and small, are free to roam the grassy areas without a leash. Inside the six-foot high gates are newly furnished benches and watering stations for the hounds.

While the city and others will celebrate the occasion, others remember what the city did to make it happen.

"I wish they would tear it down," says Bill Johnston, a homeless man pushing a shopping cart near the park. "Homeless people used to sleep there, minding their own business."

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Sheriff Releases Sketch in Hopes of I.D.'ing Man Whose Body was Dumped Off Newport in 2013

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This sketch resembles a man whose body was found off the Newport Beach coast in December 2013.
Sheriff's Investigators recently compiled the sketch above of a man whose body was found floating off the Newport Beach coastline on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013--anchored in place with a weight and the fellow having apparently suffered a blow to the head.

It's as if Elmore Leonard's pen put the fellow there.

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Brian Talbert and Mike Hammer on Clothing Brand Violent Gentlemen's Rise to Success

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Mike Hammer (left) and Brian Talbert (right) of Violent Gentlemen celebrating with the Stanley Cup.

When Violent Gentlemen first made it on to national television, the company consisted of three people. It so happens that one of those three guys who founded Costa Mesa's hockey-based apparel company was a fan-favorite in the NHL--former Anaheim Duck right wing George Parros (better known to non-hockey fans for his magnificent mustache).

The other two founders, Brian Talbert and Mike Hammer, were just hockey fans who happened to have the skills to create one of OC's fastest-growing clothing brands. Talbert covered the design, while Hammer handled the logistics. Throw in Parros' instant credibility with the hockey crowd and a couple of locker room shirts for the Ducks' playoff run, and Violent Gentlemen took off almost instantly.

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OC DA Deems Deputy-Involved Shooting in Ladera Ranch (Yes, Ladera Ranch) Justified

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Deputy shooting in suburbia
Police bullets don't just fly in north and central OC. Amazingly, this phenomenon also occurs in master-planned communities like Ladera Ranch.

The nine "village" community of 23,000 officially joined OC's officer-involved-shooting club on the night of June 29, 2014. Shaun Paquette, his wife and their two children started off chill enough when they headed out to a friend's party. But then Paquette started drinking a bit too much. He belligerently accused a fellow reveler of stealing $11 from him.

The argument prompted a designated driver to send the Paquette family packing back home. That's where things got uglier.

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Neal Monier of American Vintage Tattoos on Keeping 'em Simple and Owning a Shop

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Neal Monier (black shirt) with his staff at American Vintage Tattoo in Orange.

Editor's note: Welcome to Under Their Skin, our new tattoo column! Every week, Josh Chesler sits down with a different artist to talk shop, crazy questions, and all that good stuff. Got a place Josh should hit up? Tweet at him below--enjoy!

While some tattoo artists know from a very young age that they want to ink people for a living, others get into the industry by chance. For Orange's American Vintage Tattoo owner Neal Monier, his introduction to tattooing came in 1995 when his friend began an apprenticeship.

"My friend was apprenticing at a shop, and he and I were really competitive," Monier says. "I knew I could draw better than him, so I thought I could tattoo better than him. I just hung out at the shop a lot, and eventually they offered me an apprenticeship."

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