Irvine's Phil and Emada Tingirides Pivot from Chris Dorner Nightmare to National Honor

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Emada and Phil Tingirides of Irvine face the media after Christopher Dorner's death.
The last time we heard from Emada and Phil Tingirides, they discussed the tense days they spent with their blended family of six children holed up in their Irvine home as La Palma's Christopher Dorner roamed Southern California hunting for cops and those like Phil Tingirides he believed had wronged him.

The Weekly is hearing from the Tingirides under much, much happier circumstances now.

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Mike Harrah Is So Desperate to Build One Broadway Plaza, He'll Buy the OC Register to Do It

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There's a story told by the OC millionaire set about Santa Ana developer Michael F. Harrah--he of the offensive-lineman build, ZZ Top beard and an ego as big as the black Cadillac Escalade he guns up Broadway--that may or may not be true, but it says all you need to know about the man. It's whispered that someone once asked him during a party at his Newport Beach home why he was so intent on building One Broadway Plaza, which would be the tallest building in Orange County history at 37 stories yet has cost Harrah nearly 15 years and millions of dollars without so much as a foundation poured. Harrah supposedly looked out from his house to the northeast, to where Santa Ana is as the crow flies, and told his guest, "So I can see it from my own back yard."

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School Mom Terrorizer Jill Easter, Who Became Ava Easter/Ava Bjork, is now Ava Everheart

Categories: Court, OC Media

From Ava Bjork's author page
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 6, 7:17 A.M.: As reported in the first update, the male half of the all new "Kent Easter & Jill Easter" blog informed the Weekly that he is not behind it. So how do we know the female half is not involved? Because she is no longer Jill Easter.

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Orange County Register Lawsuit: "You Dirty Mexicans . . . Are Lazy"

No! OC Weekly is not a subsidiary of the OC Register

This week, a fired veteran Orange County Register production employee sued the newspaper for allegedly tolerating numerous discriminatory practices by a manager who supposedly used violence and uttered workplace statements like, "You dirty Mexicans want a union because you are lazy."

Jerry Asencio, a Stanton resident, says he began as a Register pressman in 1981 and, according to his complaint--filed October 5 in Orange County Superior Court--"enjoyed his job for many years" before he "suffered repeated discrimination and harassment by a manager."

The lawsuit that names the Register's parent company--Freedom Communications, Inc.--as a defendant, asserts that the manager "made repeated comments" about the plaintiff's race, age, color, ancestry and national origin.

Asencio claims those statements included:

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Kim Dietz, Umpqua Community College Massacre Victim, Originally from Mission Viejo

Kim Dietz, R.I.P.
Among the nine people slaughtered by Christopher Harper-Mercer--before he turned a gun on himself Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon--was a former Mission Viejo resident.

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Jurassic Pooch! Solid Proof Out of Laguna Niguel That Dogs and Dinosaurs Lived Together
Can you make out the little guy?
An x-ray of Olive, a 7-month-old female Labradoodle out of Laguna Niguel, shows that dogs and dinosaurs lived among (and inside of) each other.

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OCW20: "Dear Congressman" Revisited

The look back at OC Weekly's first 20 years resurrected the cover image from Nov. 1, 1996, when my fat, oral-fixated face went up to mark "The 20 Best Lines From Matt Coker's Much-Missed A Clockwork Orange Column." But what about the story that accompanied that cover originally?

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An Oral History of OC Weekly on the Occasion of Its 20th Anniversary: An Introduction


A friend who recently moved back to Portland after a few years in OC explained before she left, "You know those shoppers at the Korean department store that collapsed, where the water pipes had been cracking, the floor was buckling, and they just ignored it and kept shopping till they were crushed? That's the way it feels to me here."

The county's broke. Everyone with money or reason has hauled ass out of here for saner climes. Our sports teams abandon us. Our military bases close. Our social services attrit. We catch fire. We get flooded. Carl's burgers splatter on our shoes! So, okay, we're in hell, which at least goes a long way toward explaining why Bob Dornan represents us.
--Jim Washburn, in his first Lost In OC column, Sept. 15, 1995

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An Oral History of OC Weekly, Part 1: Sept. 15, 1995-Sept. 2000

Stern Publishing--owned by Leonard Stern, a pet-food magnate whose Hartz Mountain corporation controlled 70 percent of the pet-supply market--bought the Village Voice, the nation's oldest alternative weekly, in 1983. In 1994, Stern purchased the LA Weekly, which then set its sights on Orange County. . . .

Michael Sigman, LA Weekly/OC Weekly publisher, 1983-2002: The crass but simple answer [why OC Weekly was created] is that big advertisers in LA Weekly like Tower Records said they'd advertise in an Orange County edition. Before Leonard bought us, there were several years of exploratory machinations and research, but we never had the funding or authorization. And even though other people had explored it and had decided it wasn't such a good idea, it seemed obvious to us that it had potential. There was never any question in my mind that we could do a successful paper. After we were bought, the mandate was "Let's get OC Weekly started as soon as possible." I remember having serious conversations with [the late New York Times media critic] David Carr about the position [of editor], and there were probably one or two others, but I can't remember anyone else being a serious candidate. And then there was Will.

Nathan Callahan, OC Weekly contributor, 1995-2004: Will and I had worked on a little zine back in the early '90s, The County, and we tried to cover OC as much as we could. It came out sporadically and slammed everyone from Irvine City Councilman Dave Baker to Jerry Brown. And when [Will] heard about the editor job, it went from there.

Will Swaim, OC Weekly founding editor, 1995-2007: I was working at Entrepreneur, a business magazine, and a friend of mine said she had heard of LA Weekly starting something in Orange County. At the time, the landscape was littered with a whole bunch of attempts to start alt-weeklies here, and they had all been grotesquely underfunded or weren't very good.

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An Oral History of OC Weekly, Part 2: September 2000-September 2005

The Weekly began its second five years in September 2000 with a new ownership group. In two months, a new president is elected--kind of. In one year, two buildings fall in New York, and the build-up to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would follow, and then the bombs rain. But through the national and international turmoil, the Weekly keeps chugging, reflecting on big issues while still focusing on local ones.

Michael Sigman: Leonard [Stern] was a business genius. He sold the paper at the absolute top of the market, right before the dot-com crash, for a tremendous amount of money. And the people who bought it were heavily leveraged, and it was making a lot of money, but they bought it based on it making more money. LA Weekly and OC Weekly still made a tremendous amount of money for the next two years, but it wasn't enough. So they made a lot of changes throughout the company. Pretty much got rid of everyone. [Sigman left the company in 2002.]

Shelle Murach, PR/special events coordinator, 1998-2003: Under Stern, we were owned by that family, and they were fantastic and very supportive. The paper was growing, there was a lot of support in Orange County, and we really expanded into a lot of things we wanted to do. Then we were sold to Village Voice Media, and it was just different. Things were becoming more corporate, and there were a lot of impacts because of what the economy was going through. After 9/11, we saw a huge decline in advertising, so there were a lot of changes as far as the whole industry.

In April 2000, a writer who would later make an impact on the county appeared.

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