Michael Goodwin "Relieved" His Conviction for Mickey Thompson Murders is Upheld?

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Danny Thompson (left) with his late father Mickey Thompson.
UPDATE, JAN. 29, 5:30 A.M.: The leader of a Nevada-based nonprofit advocacy organization, which is dedicated to assisting the wrongfully accused and is currently working on behalf of Michael Goodwin, says he and his followers are not "surprised or disappointed" by the appellate ruling that keeps the defendant in prison for the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson and that Goodwin is actually "relieved" to have lost the appeal.

Wait ... what?

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10 Things to Know About the Upcoming Matches of OC-Based UFC Fighters

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With a new generation of mixed martial artists making names for themselves in the UFC, some of OC's might not be household names just yet. While more common names such as "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz are still fighting, the prime of their careers has been over for quite some time.

The county, as usual, is a hotbed of talent for rising and current (but not yet mainstream) MMA stars. With many of them scheduled for matches in the coming weeks, here are 10 things to know about their fights.

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Anti-Slavery Campaign Brings Author to Santa Ana and Life-Like Dolls Outside the Super Bowl

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The name of this anti-human slavery campaign is "Children Aren't Playthings."
January is "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month," which continues Thursday with an author at Santa Ana Public Library sharing her memoir about being a modern day child slave. The commemoration also continues in and around the site of the 2015 Super Bowl in Phoenix, where stark, seven-foot-tall pink doll boxes are popping up.

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Kobe Bryant Suffers Injury and Real Estate Setbacks, But at Least Kobe Inc.'s Doing Fine

Budding Newport Beach business mogul suffers some setbacks.
Yeah, undergoing the knife Wednesday for season-ending shoulder surgery blows, but what really sucks for Kobe Bryant is lowering the asking price on one of his (or is it Vanessa's) home in Newport Coast to $6.995 million. That's down from $7.599 million. Poor mamba!

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Teemu-palooza Kicks Off With Screening of Sel8nne Documentary and Q&A With the Legendary Anaheim Ducks Player

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Teemu greets a young fan
Teemu Selanne is a rock star. Just ask the thousand plus people who showed up at Big Newport on Thursday January 8th, many rocking Anaheim Ducks swag, for an exclusive screening of the new Finnish-language documentary about Selanne's life and career, aptly titled, Sel8nne.

Forget Beatlemania, think Teemupalooza. The screening, which served as the kick-off event for "Teemu For8ver," a week-long celebration of the legendary hockey player's career, featured a VIP event that allowed lucky fans to take pictures and mingle with Selanne, as well as a Q&A session following the screening.

After an open-to-the-public display of Teemu's vast and impressive trophy case at the Henry & Susan Samueli Theater on Saturday the 10th, the week will culminate with Selanne's #8 being raised to the rafters of Honda Center on January 11th when the Duck face off against the Winnipeg Jets. Teemu's will be the first jersey retired in Ducks history -- a most fitting honor for the man who, for the majority of the team's twenty-plus year existence, was the definitive face of the franchise.

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Lawsuit Against Pop Warner by Paralyzed Player Donnovan Hill Can Proceed, Judge Rules

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In a 30 on 30 interview, Donnovan Hill said his coaches taught him to tackle head first.
A Los Alamitos teenager who was paralyzed by a freak hit in a November 2011 football game in Laguna Hills can proceed with his lawsuit against the national Pop Warner organization and his former local chapter, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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A Sneak Peek at Rampage Jackson's New Online Series RampageFit: VIDEO

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Required viewing ... or else.
A new online series that focuses on Irvine MMA fighter/Hollywood actor/Laguna Hills fitness guru Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is coming to a small screen near you soon, according to producers.

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JT Holmes to Present Warren Miller's No Turning Back and Sign Posters THURSDAY

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JT Holmes comes off the slopes and into the Lido Thursday night.
UPDATE, DEC. 3, 3 P.M.: Surfer and Hollywood stuntman JT Holmes will present Thursday night's screening of Warren Miller's No Turning Back and stick around the lobby of the Lido to sign posters. Holmes, who has a place in Santa Barbara, shot an unbelievable scene in the Alps speed riding with a parachute in the picture that begins rolling at 7:30 p.m.

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Pro Skateboarder Nyjah Huston's Loud Parties Draw Citations, Prosecution ... and More Parties

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Nyjah Huston shredded his reputation among neighbors.
Nyjah Huston is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 11 on eight misdemeanor counts related to creating a public nuisance.

Or will he be?

See, the 20-year-old professional skateboarder has been slapped with citations for loud parties at his San Juan Capistrano home before, but the hearings keep getting delayed because subsequent bashes bring more complaints from neighbors and more citations from sheriff's deputies.

Surely some folks on Hilltop Way are ready to put the skateboarder and Justin Bieber in Richard Branson's next spaceship and send them to the moon. Huston, we have a problem.

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$25 Big Bear Ski Lift Tickets Go on Sale TODAY; Mammoth Mountain Opens TOMORROW

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Thank you, global warming!
Lift tickets for $25 each to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Big Bear go on sale this morning through Friday morning. Is there a catch? You betcha!

Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain outside Bishop opens Thursday morning. Is there snow? Apparently!

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