Fliers at Irvine Apartment Tells Black Residents to Stop Talking So Loud AND Keep Music Down

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UPDATE, MAY 29, 4:15 P.M.: The Irvine Police Department is now investigating the fliers' language as a hate incident. "It isn't a question about whether it actually is a hate incident or not because it is. We're investigating where the the fliers came from and who posted it," says Craig Reem, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Irvine PD. When asked to comment, Equity Residential representative Marty McKenna replied that the company is "cooperating with the investigation and hope that they find the person responsible."

ORIGINAL POST, 12:08 P.M.: Fliers addressing noise levels are nothing new in apartment complexes, but last night, a UC Irvine student going by the username teyent_theequeenb Instagrammed a flier posted in a Toscana Apartments elevator specifically calling out African-Africans. In bold, a paragraph reads, "We also would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Multiple complaints have been made regarding this issue."

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Uber Raises its Pay Rates for OC Drivers, Drivers Still Feel Cheated

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Uber has recently increased its rates in Orange County by 20 cents (now $1.10 a mile), which several drivers speculate could be an incentive to move drivers out of crowded areas like Los Angeles. Some even say they saw Uber representatives in Orange County offering free gas if you recruit a new driver.

But even if rates are on the rise in OC, they're still considered low to many drivers.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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