Help Find Missing 20-Year-Old Santa Ana Resident Robert Estrada

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Santiago Estrada

20-year-old Santa Ana resident Robert Estrada has been missing since Sunday, May 17th and hasn't been seen since 6:45 p.m. in Anaheim while on his way back home. His father, Santiago Estrada who lives in Murrieta, says that his Robert's mom, who lives in Irvine, received a missed call from Robert at 2 a.m. on Monday morning but when she called him back there was no answer. His family has since started a Facebook page called "Help Find Robert Estrada" to get as many tips from friends, family, and community members as possible.

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UCI's New Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center Now Open

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In the 1960s, a woman from South Vietnam named Diane Le came to the U.S. to study nursing. Little did she know, her return to South Vietnam years later would coincide with the fall of Saigon--the central force that would disrupt her life and bring her to Southern California. This story is one of many preserved at the new UCI Libraries Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC & SEAA) at UC Irvine.

On Wednesday, OC & SEAA--located on the first floor of the UCI Libraries Gateway Study Center--had an invite-only grand opening representing its official introduction to the public. The center is an expansion of the Libraries' internationally renowned Southeast Asian Archive. It will provide both physical and virtual spaces for intellectual discovery and innovative research for UCI faculty, students and the community at large.

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Laverne Cox Speaks About Being Transgender at Cal State Fullerton

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Kristine Hoang
Laverne Cox speaking at Titan Gym

Laverne Cox isn't just an Emmy-nominated actress known for playing transgender character Sophia Burset on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. Rather, she's an artist who's using her platform in entertainment to spearhead an issue society is still learning how to approach: being transgender.

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Man Attempts Suicide (and Survives) in Front of San Clemente Amtrak Train

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Photo by Clay Gilliland

UPDATE, APRIL 18, 8:07 A.M.: Passenger Patty Mitchell wrote to us and informed us that, on the train ride to San Diego, the conductor said the man survived the suicide attempt because he tripped as he tried to throw himself in front of the train. As a result, he bounced off the side of the train.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 17, 6:03 A.M.: On April 16 around 11:45 a.m., a man jumped into an Amtrak train going from San Clemente Pier to San Diego in what San Clemente police say appears to be a suicide attempt. Lt. Dan Dwyer says a witness saw the man jump out of the bushes, jump into the train two times, and survive with severe bruises. The name of the man has not been released.

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10 Coolest Airbnbs in Orange County

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Celeste (Airbnb host)

Every OC Airbnb owner claims to be "charming," "steps to the beach", and "close to Disneyland," and while the best ones are certainly these things, they also have two qualities that distinguish them from everyone else: quirk and character. From Caribbean-inspired beach bungalows to a 30-foot sailboat, here are the Airbnbs that are attractions as much as the places people visit here for.

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College Students: Never Buy Textbooks Again With Help of Textbook Collective

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Textbook Collective

If spending less than $200 a semester for textbooks sounds too good to be true, ask Santa Ana-bred Jeremy Cole about it. After all, creating a textbook loaning service that'd cost students $150 overall (and not per textbook) is the end-goal of his Indiegogo campaign.

"I personally feel like students are being abused by schools and publishers," Cole says. "We don't have to charge people these outrageous prices." During a conversation with a peer last October, he realized he wanted to create a safe space for students to loan and borrow books -- so he began conceptualizing Textbook Collective.

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UFO Over Tustin and "Mothership" and Two Angels in Orange County Skies the Same Night?

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We presume this was not the massive mothership over Orange County. Sadly.

Someone who saw a UFO over Tustin last week wants you to know that it was not the "massive mothership UFO and two angels sighted over Orange County" the same night.

Or was it?

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One Orange County UFO Possibly Explained, a Second Not So Much

The jury is still out on a mysterious orb that lit up the night sky over Huntington Beach Sept. 23, but some folks in Aliso Viejo are taking credit for a second encounter observed by someone in Santa Ana Thanksgiving morning.

Find out what the several glowing yellow and orange orbs that moved toward the ocean are believed to have been after the jump ...

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Person Who Sent Tweet Touting Newport Beach After LAX Shooting on Friday Fired: Update

"You know honey, I'd hate to get shot. Let's stay in Newport."

See the update at the end about how the guy responsible wasn't an intern but is now also not an employee.

ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 1, 2013, 1:06 P.M.:Three hours isn't too soon to use a tragedy as a PR point, right?

That's apparently the question the people behind the official Newport Beach Twitter account asked themselves earlier today when they sent a tweet about how Newport Beach is such a nice vacation spot when compared to the chaos at LAX -- chaos that was caused by a shooting that injured seven and killed at least one person.

The tweet was sent at 12:32 p.m. and read "Heading out of town on a weekend getaway via #LAX? Avoid the chaos and make it a beach vacation here in #NewportBeach."

It was quickly deleted, but not before several followers took the account to town about how tasteless it was. The account's excuse? The people who run the account were "focused on closure and hearing reports of ppl stuck."

How do you not hear about a shooting at the largest airport in the region three hours after it happened? Especially when you work at a destination marketing organization? Please, let it just be some dumb, uninformed intern.

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Shameca Lewis Johnson Reported Found SAFE in Angeles National Forest: Update

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Update No. 3 on Page 2 is about the woman found in Angeles National Forest being in good health and on her way back to OC. Update Nos. 1-2 were about the air and ground searches this morning that led to her discovery.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 30, 7 A.M.: Placentia police are hoping the public can help them find a 24-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a week.

Shameca Lewis Johnson was last seen the afternoon of Aug. 20, when she left her home in the 1500 block of Sierra Bonita, according to Placentia Police Detective Corinne Loomis.

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