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Albano’s Top 25 O.C. football rankings

Many O.C. football fans probably consider JSerra, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite part of the second tier in the Trinity League. But week after week, the group shows it is anything but second class. The four teams are a combined 16-0 with an average margin of victory of at least 20 points. And they’re […]

Disdain for experts could bring more disasters

No one in American public life has more disdain for experts and their expertise than President Donald Trump. And yet, there he was in late August, on the south portico of the White House (a “dump,” he had called it a week earlier) eyeing a near-total eclipse of the sun without special glasses. Similarly, there […]

Veteran jazz bassist moonlights as a landlord in Studio City

Jazz bassist Pat Senatore has a house up for one-year lease — furnished or unfurnished — in Studio City at $5,850 a month. He has owned the property for decades. The 1950s single-story cottage and detached guest unit contain a total of three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 1,987 square feet of living...

UCI receives $200 million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli

Orange County philanthropists Susan and Henry Samueli are donating $200 million to UC Irvine, the largest gift in the university's history, officials announced Monday.

Want to buy Rolling Stone magazine? It’s for sale

A sale would leave the company without a print publication for the first time since Wenner created Rolling Stone in San Francisco in 1967.

Homecoming queen dream comes true for Riley McCoy, the girl who can’t go out in the sun

On this night, the girl who is not allowed to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin, owned the light.

Dunn Deal: Battle of the Bay goes off without incidents

The 56th Battle of the Bay proved compelling on two fronts: Corona del Mar High’s Sea Kings clearly rule the Back Bay in football, and people, particularly high school students, can have a good time without drinking alcohol. For the first time in the history of the game, an ultimatum was given before kickoff. Corona […]

Unprecedented – but still imperfect – disclosure laws help the public

Over the past week, this mild-mannered Watchdog reporter has been denounced as a shrew and likened to a snake. At least, we think it was a snake. “I was wondering when Teri Sforza would slither out from under her rock to whine about first responders helping those in need,” chided a reader identified as only “Dr. Feelgood,” […]

Fryer’s top 25 vote

How I voted today on the Orange County football top 25 media poll, with an explanation at the end. 1. Mater Dei 4-0 record 2. Mission Viejo 4-0 3. Santa Margarita 4-0 4. Orange Lutheran 4-0 5. JSerra 4-0 6. Servite 4-0 7. San Clemente 4-0 8. La Habra 2-2 9. Los Alamitos 2-1 10. […]

La Palma’s Centerpointe office park sells for $106 million

Centerpointe, with tenants that include Tesoro, Honeywell, United Healthcare, University of Phoenix, and St. Joseph Health, was built in 1986 and updated in 2015 and 2016.

To protect the Southland from North Korean nukes, missile defense is the only strategy

Last week, the long hot nuclear summer in North Korea continued with Kim Jong-un’s latest ballistic missile test. Analysts are interpreting the test as a dress rehearsal for striking U.S. bases in Guam. This comes just weeks after the North successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with the range to […]

Maria grows to a Category 3 hurricane, nears already battered Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stron...

Missi Pyle parts with her Sherman Oaks charmer

Busy actress Missi Pyle has sold her home in Sherman Oaks for $925,000. She bought the property three years ago for $729,000, public records show. Set up from the street on a hillside lot, the Traditional-style house was built in 1949 and retains a rustic charm. A swing hangs from a tree in the...

Iran must answer for past crimes

Amidst talk of Iran’s violations of the nuclear deal, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. Congress, censuring the Tehran regime for the mass murder of thousands of dissidents in 1988. The massacre claimed the lives of an estimated 30,000 prisoners of conscience, mostly activists of the leading Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization […]

Woman found dead inside Santa Ana apartment, homicide suspected

Detectives were investigating the death of a woman who was found inside an apartment early Monday morning, Sept. 18.

My loss of confidence makes me afraid

When I became a mother for the first time, I read many articles and books about child rearing. One conclusion I reached was that a structured and orderly routine will build a solid foundation and instill a sense of security in a child. My expectation was that the feeling of security would gradually evolve into […]

Tarzana home of legendary jazz artist Al Jarreau is sold

Al Jarreau’s Tarzana home has sold for $1,065,000. The late jazz artist, known as the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal improvisations, had been the owner since 2002, when he bought the house for $761,000. The single-story home, built in 1966, retains a ’60s-70s vibe outside with its mint green double-door...

Power outage hits part of Costa Mesa after driver speeds into electrical vault

The driver had to be cut out of a crashed sedan that had been traveling at high speeds.

Retail-restaurant roundup: Grocery Outlet in Irvine delayed; Burger Boss to open in Tustin; cheese tart craze continues

Business columnist Nancy Luna gives you the inside scoop on restaurant and retail news in Orange County for the week of Sept. 18, 2017.

Fire damages 4 units in Santa Ana commercial building

A two-alarm fire damaged four units of a commercial building in Santa Ana early Monday, Sept. 18.

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