Ezequiel Barragan, Teacher Accused of Sex with 13-Year-Old Boy, is OC Democratic Delegate

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The U.S. Postal Service tipped local authorities to Ezequiel "Zeke" Barragan.
UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 6, 11:55 A.M.: With the speed used on a personal-account email regarding Benghazi, Hillary Clinton should purge any grip and grin photos she may have with current Democratic Party delegates from South Orange County. That's because Ezequiel Barragan, the Dana Hills High School Spanish teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy he met while serving as a courtroom advocate for the child, was elected in January a Democrat delegate for 2015-16 from the 73rd Assembly District covering Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point.

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[VIDEO] Hanging Out with Emerson Etem of the Anaheim Ducks

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Etem Gets Ready

At 22 years old, Emerson Etem is proving to be an up-and-coming-player for the Anaheim Ducks. And, he's a Long Beach boy. We caught up with him during a practice session to talk about how he got his start in hockey, his favorite spots in OC, and why he thinks it's a great sport to watch.

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Emerson Etem Is the Anaheim Ducks' Future in More Ways Than the Obvious

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By Daniel Kohn

Any member of the Anaheim Ducks could've been easily forgiven if they had skipped the optional noontime practice at Anaheim ICE a couple of Saturdays ago. The team had just returned that morning, landing at John Wayne Airport at 2:15 a.m., following a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild that ended a three-game losing streak. But, in a telling metaphor for the Ducks' season, which has had them leading the Pacific Division and in the running for the Presidents' Trophy as the top team in the NHL, most of the players showed up to the ice rink for practice without complaint--with joy, even, following the big win.

The players breezed through drills, brimming with confidence. They were crisp and spry, the atmosphere loose. Jokes flowed freely on the sidelines; on the ice, an unspoken urgency led everyone along, given their next game would be against potential playoff opponent Nashville Predators.

Near the end of the practice, the team went through 3-on-3 drills using only a fraction of the ice, designed to test reflexes and gumption. After a quick back-and-forth battle between the orange/black and white sides, the darker colors lead with seconds remaining. But Long Beach native Emerson Etem changed that. With a timely shot, right winger and former first-round draft pick for the Ducks tied up the mock game by weaving past a defender and firing a quick shot past goalie John Gibson.

"Emmer!" shouted his teammates, patting the 22-year-old on his helmet as he confidently skated past the goalie. Though the dark team ultimately won the scrimmage in overtime--with intersquad bragging rights for the day--everyone was in good spirits.

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Tito Ortiz on Respect and His Now-Peaceful Family Life

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Tito Ortiz just wants respect and love from his fans.

You may think you know Tito Ortiz from his legendary MMA bouts, or possibly from his infamous split with Jenna Jameson, but that's not what the current Tito Ortiz is all about.

At this point, Ortiz's legacy in MMA is secure. He could never step into a cage again and still go down as one of the most important fighters of all time. What he wants now (aside from feeling a championship belt around his waist one more time) is to continue on the path he's been on for the last couple of years.

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Black Belt Doctor Mark Dearing on Bringing a Scientific Angle to Saving Jiu-Jitsu

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Dearing is one of the only people to combine the science of education with the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

For as long as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has been around, students have continuously sought to find new ways to improve their skills and rise through the ranks under the tutelage of their professors.

Unfortunately for many BJJ students, exactly what it takes to transform from a white belt to a black belt (with stops at blue, purple and brown in between) isn't clear. There's no set curriculum at most BJJ schools and MMA gyms, it's entirely up to the instructor to determine when the students are "ready" for a promotion.

Dr. Mark Dearing, a Huntington Beach-based black belt in BJJ who recently finished his doctorate in Educational Leadership at USC, hopes to change that about the sport, and much more.

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Don't Be Afraid of Betting on UCI's Men's Basketball Tomorrow

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Zot, zot!

One of my Twitter followers is Jason Weingarten, one of the founders of Spreadapedia, a muy bueno website that helps out people looking to place sports bet. He's also a writer, and early last year, he pitched me a story on UC Irvine men's basketball phenom Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7'6" badass. I rejected the story, though, because Ndiaye's story has been covered ad naseum in the local press--hell, I still remember the first pieces on him when he had just entered Brethren Christian High in Huntington Beach.

Weingarten didn't take it too kindly, saying that Ndiaye would take the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA men's basketball tournament, and that the Weekly should be ahead of the curve and cover the team. I said that would not happen that year, just like it had never happened--hell, I remember the days of Rod Baker, and how it seemed every year UCI was going to make it...and didn't.

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Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Offer Screaming $99 Deal on Spring Season Pass

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Springing into spring.
We're supposedly getting a temperature break today from this hot-ass winter we've been experiencing, but either way the ski resorts of Big Bear claim to still have plenty of snow coverage--and they are offering a screaming deal to get you back up there.

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Top Sports Moments List Honors Mike Trout While Disrespecting Him and Orange County

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Mike Trout at No. 9? WTF?
If the UC Irvine men's basketball team, which won the Big West Tournament title game Saturday and the Anteaters' first NCAA bid since becoming a Division I program 38 years ago, continue their dream season by knocking off heavily favored Louisville this Friday, perhaps that will crack the top 10 list of 2015 greatest sports moments in the Los Angeles/Orange County region.

Because it sure ain't easy to make the list from this side of the Orange Curtain.

For 2014, we're represented by only one major shining moment--waaaay down at No. 9.

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Jason "Mayhem" Miller's Latest Production is His Laguna Beach Arrest Video

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From the Jason "Mayhem" Miller Booking Mugshot Collection
Mixed martial arts fighter-turned-jail inmate for life Jason "Mayhem" Miller is in trouble with the law again, and this time there is video.

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We're Coming Back, Bitches! Raiders Moving Freeway Close to Carson (with the chargers)

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In the very near future it may be safe to wear my silver and black Bo Jackson jersey in public as the Raiders announced they are most definitely moving to Carson ...

... with the chargers, into a new nfl stadium, if they don't strike deals to stay in their respective cities. [Writer's note: If there was a way to make that type even smaller I would.]

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