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

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Cover design by Dustin Ames
Awesome cover for Reza's awesome piece

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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Dr. Bob Sears of Weekly Cover Fame Compares Anti-Vaxxers to Jews Under Nazis

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Photo by Kenneth M. Ruggiano/OC Weekly
Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears is best known as the author of The Vaccine Book.
In a Facebook post titled "The Vaccine Whisperers," the onetime subject of a Weekly cover story seems to compare anti-vaxxers--a.k.a. parents who do not have their children vaccinated--to Jews during the Holocaust.

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Ed Royce Accused of Scratching Friend's Back with "Freedom News Network" Propaganda Bill

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Official U.S. House of Representatives portrait
Rep. Ed Royce denies there is anything improper with his "Freedom News Network" bill.
Ten-term Congressman Ed Royce, who has long been involved in the U.S. government's international propaganda broadcasting, is coming under fire for new "Freedom News Network" legislation that apparently benefits a businessman who refers to himself as a "personal friend" of the Fullerton-based Republican.

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OC Weekly Changes to Facebook Commenting System; Here's the 10 Anon Commenters We'll Miss the Most

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Photo by Eric Hood
These Chapman ladies bid adieu to our old commenting system...or not

Most of ustedes have already noticed that we've switched our commenting system over from Livefyre to Facebook because...PROGRESS! All previous comments left over the years are safely stored away with the NSA, so don't you worry that all the fun you had over the years throwing non-sequitors at Moxley, Coker, and I are long gone.

Most of ustedes won't bat an eye at the change, given the Blue-and-White God is so ubiquitous in our lives. But we can't help but to shed a tear at the fact that truly anonymous comments will most likely not make the transition. In fact, some of our most loyal commenters--long hidden behind pseudonyms--are DEFINITELY not going to join in the fun for various reasons. So, in honor of those fanboys (and girls) who are probably not making the transition over, this listicle is for you.


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Walt Disney was Apparently Thinking About Saving Water in Anaheim Long Before Drought

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The New York Times went to Disneyland--and all they got was a lousy Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Actually, the Gray Lady's Elizabeth Zach wanted to know whether the Rivers of America were still flowing given California's drought and state-mandated 20 percent water usage cutback.

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OC Weekly Wins 17 OC Press Club Awards, 6 Honorable Mentions and Mucho Cape Envy

Categories: OC Media

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Photo by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Web Editor Taylor Hamby, compiler of Best Slideshow and winner of Best Cape Made of Fish Wrap.
OC Weekly, your favorite Orange County newsweekly publication and daily website seeking new ownership, won 17 awards and six honorable mentions for writing, design and photography at the Orange County Press Club Gala in Newport Beach Monday night.

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The Text of Gustavo's Speech for the OC Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award!

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Photo by The Mexican
HELL YA!

Whenever I accept an award or give a commencement speech, I always write down a speech instead of my usual off-the-cuff remarks out of respect to the institution at hand. But last night at the OC Press Club awards gala, where I was being honored with the Sky Dunlap Award for lifetime achievement, my speech got lost between the bar and the bar. So what I REALLY said last night will be lost to history, although the themes don't vary much from the text of my original speech, which is published below.


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Former Employees Reportedly Allege Unethical Practices at Orange County Animal Care Shelter

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Photo by Vickie Chang/OC Weekly
Don't taze me, bro!
A television news investigation has reportedly turned up "a number of former employees" alleging unethical practices at the Orange County Animal Care shelter in Orange.

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NBFF 2015: The Syndrome, Excellent Shaken Baby Legal Tactic Documentary, at 8 TONIGHT

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Prodigy Public Relations
A woman who was under suspicion tells how difficult it was to disprove she shook a baby who was under her care in The Syndrome.
UPDATE, APRIL 30, 10:22 A.M.: Meryl Goldsmith's must-see documentary The Syndrome, which is based on her cousin Susan Goldsmith's reporting on the shaky shaken baby legal tactic that has put several people behind bars unjustly, plays tonight at 8 at Big Newport. Read more after the jump ...

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Angels Trade Josh Hamilton. Free at Last

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Yes, change the A to a T.
UPDATE NO. 2, APRIL 27, 1:41 P.M.: The Angels announced today that the short Josh Hamilton era with the team is over.

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