Alleged "Big A Bandit" Robert Paul Simmons Strikes Out, Charged in 3 of 6 Bank Robberies

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A montage of the "Big A Bandit" in all his Halo glory.
UPDATE, JULY 16, 8:31 A.M.: The alleged Big A Bandit made his initial federal court appearance Wednesday after being arrested at his Santa Ana home the day before, authorities announced.

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Anaheim Angels: We Don't Need Poor Fans, and We Don't Want Them

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Arte: Laughing all the way to the bank

Orange County Register Anaheim Angels of Anaheim beat reporter Pedro Moura has been on fire all season, and really since he began a couple of years ago at the paper. He has broken stories, pilloried owner Arte Moreno for his increasingly tyrannical ways, and done this in an environment where he has to deal with some of the most thin-skinned fans in sports. But Moura published a jaw-dropper of a piece yesterday in a most-interesting vein: social inequality.

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Anaheim is 8th Best City for Baseball Fans and Angel Stadium is 4th Most Accessible: Study

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Angel Stadium is rated among the most accessible fields for fans.
Anaheim is the eighth best city for baseball fans and Angel Stadium is the fourth most accessible Major League Baseball stadium, according to a new study.

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Angels Fans Dress as "Mexicans" with Approval of Part-Time Mexican Owner Arte Moreno

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Let's see them pull this shit in SanTana...

Since your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim can't be expected to set any legitimate baseball records anymore (save for the extraordinary Mike Trout), the organization is reduced to passing out free hats and achieving glory that way. Yesterday, about 25,000 fans wore sombreros on Cinco de Mayo, thereby shattering the Guinness Book of World Records entry for the largest gathering of people wearing the Mexican hat. The Halos put that in their trophy case alongside previous achievements such as biggest gathering of people wearing Santa hats, cowboy hats, wigs, and worst free-agent signing.

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Your Anaheim Angels Have No African-American Players on Roster for First Time...Ever?

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At least Baylor is still a coach...

For a county that has been notoriously nasty to African-Americans, the one place they have always received a welcome was playing for your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. From the earliest days of Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner through Alex Johnson through the glory days of Don Baylor, Reggie Jackson, and Rod Carew through Garrett Anderson, Torii Hunter, and Howie Kendricks, the Halos have almost always counted at least one black player as one of its stars.

Until this year. For the first time perhaps ever, there are no African-Americans on the Angels' roster.

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Angels Trade Josh Hamilton. Free at Last

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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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MLB Won't Investigate Rumors That Angels Leaked Josh Hamilton's Drug Mea Culpa

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Angels Kole Calhoun and Josh Hamilton celebrate a game-winning hit in 2014.
Though many sports scribes surmised Your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim leaked details of their outfielder Josh Hamilton's meeting with Major League Baseball to admit he'd used cocaine, the league says there is no evidence indicating that and no investigation of the team will be launched.

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Josh Hamilton of Angels WON'T Be Suspended

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Josh Hamilton has not exactly lived up to expectations in Anaheim.
Major League Baseball announced today that Angels outfielder and struggling addict Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for reportedly admitting to officials he relapsed with cocaine.

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2015 Won't Be a Banner Year for Angels of Anaheim's C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton

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The banners at far right of C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton won't be up for 2015.
Could anyone blame C.J. Wilson if he feels nervous? Right after a giant banner of the lefty starting pitcher was removed from the front entrance area of Angel Stadium, manager Mike Scioscia revealed he will likely start the season with a four-man rather than five-man rotation.

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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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