Computer Network Repair Orange County CA http://www.masleyassociates.com Computer Network Repair Orange County CA (714)975-3656 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:16:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 In The California Drought, These Animals Are The Silent Sufferers – Huffington Post http://www.masleyassociates.com/in-the-california-drought-these-animals-are-the-silent-sufferers-huffington-post/ http://www.masleyassociates.com/in-the-california-drought-these-animals-are-the-silent-sufferers-huffington-post/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:16:39 +0000 https://www.masleyassociates.com/in-the-california-drought-these-animals-are-the-silent-sufferers-huffington-post/ With no end in sight and hopes pinned on a wet winter, the California drought has left an entire community dependent on bottled water provisions, threatened farmers’ livelihoods and prompted a $7.5 billion water bond measure. Amid those challenges, it’s easy to forget that the drought is not just a human issue. While our homes […]

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With no end in sight and hopes pinned on a wet winter, the California drought has left an entire community dependent on bottled water provisions, threatened farmers’ livelihoods and prompted a $7.5 billion water bond measure.

Amid those challenges, it’s easy to forget that the drought is not just a human issue. While our homes still stand, thousands of these other native Californians’ homes have evaporated, burned to the ground and heated up beyond habitation — painting a grim preview of ecosystems suffering extreme damage if the drought continues. Here are some of the animals most threatened by those dry conditions.

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Unions remain a crucial backer of Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign – Los Angeles Times http://www.masleyassociates.com/unions-remain-a-crucial-backer-of-gov-jerry-browns-campaign-los-angeles-times/ http://www.masleyassociates.com/unions-remain-a-crucial-backer-of-gov-jerry-browns-campaign-los-angeles-times/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:16:50 +0000 https://www.masleyassociates.com/unions-remain-a-crucial-backer-of-gov-jerry-browns-campaign-los-angeles-times/ The proposal to restrict school districts’ financial reserves seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped into the state budget just days before the spending plan would come up for a vote. At a legislative hearing, Democrats were confused and Republicans were critical. Recession-weary education officials launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the measure, pushed by California’s […]

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The proposal to restrict school districts’ financial reserves seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped into the state budget just days before the spending plan would come up for a vote.

At a legislative hearing, Democrats were confused and Republicans were critical. Recession-weary education officials launched an unsuccessful counterattack against the measure, pushed by California’s largest teachers union and inserted by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The June episode was a reminder that unions have often found a loyal friend in Brown, who has been allied with the labor movement since his political career began more than four decades ago.

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Political spending: In the Oct. 23 Section A, an article about Gov. Jerry Brown’s relationship with unions misstated the amount of money Republican Meg Whitman spent in her 2010 campaign for governor. She spent $177 million, not $160 million.
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The governor has occasionally frustrated union leaders with budget cuts and intransigence at the negotiating table. But he has also delivered on many of their biggest priorities, prompting his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, to paint him as a tool of labor benefactors.

As Brown seeks a fourth term, unions remain a key element of his political power, providing millions of dollars in donations and deep ranks of campaign foot soldiers.

“We agree on a lot of the issues,” said Dean Vogel, president of the California Teachers Assn. “It’s not a big surprise we would be on the same page.”

Brown, for his part, “is doing what’s best for California,” said his spokesman, Evan Westrup.

Since Brown took office in 2011, labor has chalked up victories large and small.

A union representing cashiers successfully pushed limits on self-serve computers at grocery store checkouts. Unionized state employees received raises of 1.5% to 6% after several lean years. Infrastructure projects Brown is championing, such as new reservoirs and a bullet train, are expected to create thousands of union jobs.

The California Teachers Assn., a political powerhouse in Sacramento and one of the governor’s biggest financial backers, has scored several wins.

The new rule limiting school reserves, which will take effect if voters next month approve Proposition 2, the governor and Legislature’s bid to strengthen the state’s rainy-day fund, could free up more money for wages and classroom spending.

Brown agreed to a moratorium on teacher layoffs during the state’s budget crisis three years ago. And this year he appealed a controversial court decision that struck down some tenure rules.

Brown has helped other workers too. He signed legislation boosting the minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next two years, requiring that many domestic workers qualify for overtime pay and guaranteeing paid sick days for millions.

The governor acknowledged his affinity for labor in a March speech to the California Labor Federation, a coalition representing 2.1 million workers. He traced the connection to his childhood, when his father, Pat Brown, was a San Francisco prosecutor.

“I remember from the first time he ran for district attorney, he had the San Francisco building trades right there in the living room,” Brown said. “I know how important labor has been.”

He told union members they won’t always see eye to eye, but they should be patient: “If you don’t get the bill signed the first year … I’ll be around for the next five years.”

Indeed, Brown is considered a shoo-in for reelection. He leads Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official, by as much as 21 points in multiple polls.

Unions have contributed about $3 million to the governor’s $23.6-million reelection account and nearly $2 million to his campaign fund for the water bond and rainy-day reserve. They have also contributed to organizations such as the state Democratic Party that have given to Brown and his causes.

When Brown ran for governor in 2010, unions helped him counter a record-breaking $160-million campaign by GOP rival Meg Whitman, former eBay chief.

Rob Stutzman, a Republican consultant who worked for Whitman, said money spent separately from Brown’s campaign helped keep him from losing ground early in the race, when he was still building his war chest. Unions were part of the independent effort, spending $14 million on it before the summer was over.

“Their support was critical,” Stutzman said. “He never really fell behind.”

In 2012, Brown relied on unions to help pass Proposition 30, his temporary tax-hike measure. The Service Employees International Union, which represents healthcare workers, government employees and others, pitched in $4.3 million for the campaign, and the teachers union gave $10.3 million.

Their support went beyond money. The California Labor Federation used its sophisticated campaign operation to turn out voters in support of the tax hike.

“There’s nothing that substitutes for knocking on doors,” said Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of history at UC Santa Barbara. “Unions can do that. And there’s not a lot of other groups that can do that.”

Although Brown is often aligned with unions, they’re not always on the same page.

During his first two terms as governor, from 1975 to 1983, Brown signed legislation allowing state workers to bargain collectively. Later he angered labor leaders by trying to block pay increases for them.

And since returning to the governor’s office almost four years ago, Brown’s fiscal policies have occasionally frustrated labor leaders.

Even though he softened his original proposals for overhauling California’s public pensions, public workers will contribute more toward their retirement benefits under changes he signed into law.

He demanded that home health aides who are paid through a state program be exempt from a new law guaranteeing paid sick leave, saying it would cost too much to grant them the benefit.

And he vetoed a bill that would have given the United Farm Workers more leverage in contract disputes.

“He’s not an automatic supporter,” said Art Pulaski, leader of the California Labor Federation. But “do we have a good relationship? Yes. He’ll always engage, he’ll always be open.”

Overall, Pulaski said, “We’ve had good luck with him, getting our bills signed.”

Brown recently came to labor’s aid after a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said home aides who don’t want to join a union don’t need to pay dues, even if their salaries and benefits are covered by union contracts.

The governor signed legislation giving labor representatives an extra recruiting opportunity in California: They’re now guaranteed time to meet with new home care workers during state-mandated orientation sessions.

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Calhoun after-prom party witness: Sex acts were consensual. Investigators say … – Northwest Georgia News http://www.masleyassociates.com/calhoun-after-prom-party-witness-sex-acts-were-consensual-investigators-say-northwest-georgia-news/ http://www.masleyassociates.com/calhoun-after-prom-party-witness-sex-acts-were-consensual-investigators-say-northwest-georgia-news/#respond Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:16:14 +0000 https://www.masleyassociates.com/calhoun-after-prom-party-witness-sex-acts-were-consensual-investigators-say-northwest-georgia-news/ ELLIJAY — A recent high school graduate who stumbled upon the alleged sexual assault of a woman at an after-prom party for Calhoun High students testified Thursday that the contact was consensual — a corroboration one defense attorney needs if he’s to stay on the case. Anthony Rhett Harper said the woman at the center […]

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ELLIJAY — A recent high school graduate who stumbled upon the alleged sexual assault of a woman at an after-prom party for Calhoun High students testified Thursday that the contact was consensual — a corroboration one defense attorney needs if he’s to stay on the case.

Anthony Rhett Harper said the woman at the center of the sexual battery and sodomy case willingly participated in sex acts with the three defendants — Andrew Haynes, Damon Avery Johnson and Fields Chapman.

In fact, Harper added, the partially unclothed woman stood up after the early May 11 encounter and, despite appearing somewhat drunk, didn’t slur her words when she asked for her garments.

One investigator, however, called the victim’s wounds the worst he’s seen.

Harper’s testimony came in a hearing before Superior Court Judge Amanda Mercier. At issue is a prosecutor’s motion that defense attorney Stephen Williams, who represents Haynes, be removed from the case.

Harper, who faces no charges, is represented by defense attorney Sam Sanders, a member of Williams’ law firm. Prosecutors say the same firm representing two people involved in the case creates a conflict of interest, and that Williams must be removed.

Williams argued that there’s no conflict because both Haynes and Harper say the sex acts were consensual.

Mercier made no decision Thursday. She postponed hearing another motion about a gag order in the case. No new court date is scheduled.

Chapman and Johnson, both 19, and Haynes, 18, all face charges including aggravated sexual battery in connection with the after-prom party at a Gilmer County cabin. Authorities charged the men several days after the incident, saying the victim was hospitalized for hours the day after the party.

The three men remain free on bond.

Harper, a likely witness in the case, gave a lengthy description of the events leading up to what he called “the incident.”

He, the defendants and several others went to the cabin for a party on May 10. They had alcohol, and Harper helped set up a game of beer pong in the basement of the three-story cabin.

Many people were drinking alcohol, Harper said, including himself and the defendants. At some point, by then early May 11, Harper began searching the cabin for the defendants.

Harper and others, including Johnson, climbed to the top-most floor. Someone opened a bedroom door, and Harper looked into the room.

He saw the victim on a bed, with Chapman between her legs. Haynes, who lay beside her, then stood up and left the room. Johnson took his place on the bed, Harper said.

“I’m just standing there, observing. I was just shell shocked,” Harper added, noting he’d never before seen such an act in person.

Harper later told authorities the victim appeared drunk, but noted Thursday that she helped the defendants perform the sex acts. He watched them for less than five minutes before they all stood, and the victim asked for clothes.

“She was functional,” he added. “She wasn’t passed out. She said, ‘Where’s my bottoms?’ It was not slurred. She wasn’t stumbling around.”

Harper said he previously scaled the victim’s intoxication level a six out of 10 during an interview with investigators. He also told them he found blood on the bed the morning after the party.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Spencer then called case investigators to the witness stand, one of whom said Harper initially had large gaps in his story. Another case investigator noted the severity of the victim’s wounds.

“That’s the worst trauma that I’ve seen to that part of the body,” Gilmer County Sheriff’s Capt. Calvin Wilson testified.

Authorities interviewed Harper three separate times in the weeks after the party. Detective Kirk Champion, with the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, said Harper told him in the first two interviews the victim wasn’t moving but was instead lifeless.

Champion said Harper changed his story in the third interview, saying the victim was actively participating.

Wilson, also with the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, said that in the third interview Harper scaled the level of force in the alleged assault at a five, with 10 being the strongest. On Thursday Harper lowered his rank to two or three.

Arguing his case to Mercier, Williams said Harper’s testimony mirrors his client’s defense strategy — that the encounter was consensual. Williams said he should remain on the case because no conflict existed between the two.

“Is there a conflict between his evidence and Mr. Haynes?” Williams asked. “There is not.”


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Odd news: I’m not dead yet, Army veteran tells VA – Wausau Daily Herald http://www.masleyassociates.com/odd-news-im-not-dead-yet-army-veteran-tells-va-wausau-daily-herald/ http://www.masleyassociates.com/odd-news-im-not-dead-yet-army-veteran-tells-va-wausau-daily-herald/#respond Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:16:28 +0000 http://www.masleyassociates.com/odd-news-im-not-dead-yet-army-veteran-tells-va-wausau-daily-herald/ Proving to the government you’re alive, 68 cats in a van and more in this week’s odd news. In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Kenneth C. Brunner, holds up a letter at his home in Madison, Wis., that was addressed to his wife from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that he […]

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Proving to the government you’re alive, 68 cats in a van and more in this week’s odd news.

MADISON, Wis. –

An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he’s alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

Kenneth Brunner’s wife, Julie, received a letter Nov. 10 from the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration, expressing sympathy for his passing and directing her not to cash anymore benefits checks.

Kenneth Brunner said he receives a monthly disability check because of injuries he received in 1955 while in the Army. He was injured at a Texas Air Force base when a cable snapped on a piece of heavy equipment and struck him, the State Journal reported.

“It broke me up pretty bad,” Brunner said. “For the first few days in the hospital they told me they didn’t know if I was going to live or die.”

The letter from the agency said Julie Brunner could cash the check issued for the month in which her husband died, but none that may have been issued after that. It also said the agency would contribute $300 for funeral expenses.

“We are sorry to learn about the death of KENNETH BRUNNER and extend to you our deepest sympathy,” the letter reads. “We understand that the transition period following the death of a loved one is difficult and we wish to offer our assistance and our appreciation for the honorable service of KENNETH BRUNNER.”

Craig Larson, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Chicago, said the error will be fixed. He said he wasn’t sure how often similar letters have been sent out to veterans who are still alive.

“I do not have an exact number, but it occurs infrequently due to human error, such as incorrect data entry,” Larson said.

Man proves he’s not dead, gets to vote

LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Dale Hopfinger ran into a problem while trying to vote in Michigan: He was told he was dead.

An election worker even told him that local records listed the date of his demise as Sept. 25. After some persuasion, Hopfinger, 48, says officials finally allowed him to cast a ballot last week in Lee Township.

Hopfinger tells WNEM-TV he’s been working to figure out what happened, and that the Social Security Administration told him it was likely a clerical error. He planned to visit a Social Security office in Bay City on Nov. 14 to try to settle the issue.

Messages were left seeking comment from the Lee Township clerk.

68 cats found in Oregon van

ONTARIO, Ore. – Workers at an animal rescue operation in Oregon were caring Nov. 14 for 68 cats found crammed into a van, many in wretched shape.

One of the rescue workers said there were only three litter boxes, and the stench was horrifying when the animals were found Nov. 9.

“It was just a swirling mass of cats around your feet,” Elizabeth Lyon of the Ontario Feral Cats Project said about the discovery. “Every step I took down that center aisle, I had to wiggle my foot in so I didn’t step on somebody.”

The vehicle also held the bodies of five cats that died, the Ontario Argus Observer reported.

Many of the living cats were emaciated, Some had lost an eye to infection, a few were missing both eyes.

Officers made the discovery after getting a cat-hoarding complaint and have questioned Cynthia Allen, 55, who has relinquished the van and cooperated with deputies, Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said.

Johnson said deputies haven’t learned much about her background or how she came to have so many cats. He said it appeared she had the cats before she left Eastern Oregon for Texas about three months ago. She had recently returned to the area, he said.

He said reports on the case have been turned over to the district attorney’s office, which will determine if charges are filed. Allen couldn’t be reached.

More than 20 volunteers and three veterinarians spent two hours getting the frightened animals out of the vehicle on Tuesday, Lyon said.

It was full of bedding and 32 cat carriers holding shoes and other possessions.

The cats have been treated for parasites and worms. One small male was to get surgery for an eye that was swollen out of its socket. As of Nov. 14, all the cats were reported still alive at the building where the rescue operation sheltered them, Johnson said.

Lyon described the cats as stressed and frightened but tame, friendly and sweet. Many were spayed or neutered, she said.

Man rescued from department store’s walls

LONGMONT, Colo. – A man who was freed from a space between two walls of a Colorado department store may have been there for several days yelling for help, authorities say.

Longmont police Sgt. Matt Cage says Paul Felyk was rescued Nov. 11. The Longmont Times-Call reports firefighters used a circular saw to cut into the side of the building to free him.

Employees at the Marshalls store reported hearing someone yelling Monday but couldn’t tell where it was coming from. On Nov. 11, employees found the man yelling through a hole in the wall, so they notified authorities.

Longmont Fire Department spokeswoman Molly Meehan says Felyk entered the building through a vent on the roof for unknown reasons.

The 35-year-old was hospitalized and his condition was unavailable. Police are investigating.

Texas rancher’s dog hitches ride on ambulance

MASON, Texas – A part-beagle named Buddy didn’t wait for an invitation to see his 85-year-old master at a Texas hospital.

The dog hitched a ride on the outside of an ambulance transporting Mason County rancher J.R. Nicholson to Fredericksburg.

Ranch hand Brian Wright on Friday said he summoned the ambulance Oct. 26 when Nicholson felt dizzy. The San Angelo Standard-Times reports a motorist flagged down the ambulance to say a dog was on a side step. Buddy was then put into the ambulance with the patient.

Wright drove separately to Hill Country Memorial Hospital, where medical staff told him what Buddy did and that the dog was still in the ambulance. Wright retrieved the dog, then later drove his boss and Buddy home.

Nicholson said Friday that he thinks of lot of 4-year-old Buddy.

Test referring to ‘big bootie’ pulled from school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Officials in a North Carolina school district have pulled a class assignment in a genetics test that referred to a “big bootie.”

WBTV in Charlotte reports the test was administered Nov. 3 at Ardrey Kell High School. One question referred to “LaShamanda” with a “big bootie” and her husband Fontavius and his “small bootie.” It said the two had a baby named LaPrincess and asked about the probability that she would have “her mama’s big bootie?”

One parent complained, calling the language inappropriate. She said her daughter felt uncomfortable with the question.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said in a written statement the worksheet didn’t appear to be created by the school system and has been removed from circulation. They also said teachers have been asked to stop using it.

Arctic storm has Colorado shoveling … tumbleweeds

PUEBLO, Colo. –

An arctic storm system has some Coloradoans shoveling out from under tumbleweeds rather than snow.

Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Nov. 10 as the system moved from north to south across the state.

Peggy Perales of the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado says winds gusted up to 60 mph as the storm moved in. That also kicked up blinding dust in the region, with the worst of it lasting for about an hour.

Brian Paulson of Pueblo West wasn’t fazed about all the dust and tumbleweeds blowing near his home. He says it happens most falls after the ground dries and the winds pick up.

Florida preacher’s sermon: 53 hours, 18 minutes

LEESBURG, Fla. – A central Florida preacher gave a sermon that lasted more than two days and that could become a world record.

Cross Mount Dora church member David Douglas told the Leesburg Daily Commercial that Zach Zehnder began presenting the Bible from Genesis to Revelation at 7 a.m. Nov. 8 and finished at 12:21 p.m. Nov. 10. That’s 53 hours, 18 minutes.

The pastor’s speech was streamed live at www.longestspeechever.com. It will be part of the documentation needed for the Guinness Book of World Records. Organizers say the event also raised more than $90,000 for an addiction recovery program.

The former Guinness record holder was Vickrant Mahajan of India, who spoke for 48 hours, 31 minutes.

According to Guinness rules, Zehnder was allowed a 5-minute break every hour and could save them up for a longer one.

Dog D’oh! Police rescue pooch from cat’s house

MEDFORD, N.Y. – A golden retriever named Buddy is no worse for the wear after getting his head stuck in a cat’s house, police on Long Island say.

Three Suffolk County police officers answered the call Nov. 14 in the yard of a Medford home. A photo issued by police shows a rear view of Buddy outside of a structure that resembles a big dollhouse.

It has a “front door” with a cat-sized hole at the bottom. Buddy’s head is tightly wedged in the cat entrance.

The officers used crow bars and a hammer to dismantle the structure and free Buddy.

Michigan rocketry group plans to launch porta-potty

THREE OAKS, Mich. –

A group of Michigan rocket enthusiasts is preparing to conduct an experiment involving a modified porta-potty.

The group, dubbed “The Throne Thrusters,” plans to launch the portable restroom thousands of feet into the air near Three Oaks. The group is mainly composed of members of Michiana Rocketry, a local high-power rocketry club that frequently launches rockets, according to Larry Kingman of The Throne Thrusters. The project has been in the works for about 2½ years.

The group came up with the idea at a meeting, after one member pondered the possibility of launching a porta-potty with the right engine power, Kingman said.

“Dave McVeigh, the owner of a local retail hobby store, pointed towards the old decrepit porta-potty bathroom sitting nearby in the field and said, ‘I’ll provide the rocket motors if anyone wants to make a rocket out of that.’ In the bat of an eye, everyone present had their hand up in the air saying, ‘Count me in!’ ” the group’s news release reads.

A company donated a decommissioned porta-potty to the group for the experiment. Members of The Throne Thrusters have equipped it with cameras, parachutes, seven motors and measuring equipment.

The group is aiming to increase awareness of rocketry as a hobby, as well as prove that it’s possible to turn a porta-potty into a rocket and launch it successfully.

The public is invited to watch the launch of the rocket, which the group has named “Thrusting the Throne,” in a nearby field on Nov. 22.

Mom, daughter return home with new babies together

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Florida mother and daughter who gave birth at the same hospital on the same day have returned home with their new babies — together.

Heather Penticoff, 40, and her daughter, Destinee Martin, 20, discovered they were pregnant the same day. Each gave birth Nov. 11 in Fort Myers.

Penticoff’s daughter Madeline was born first and Martin’s son, Damien, was born almost three hours later, making Penticoff’s grandson roughly the same age as her newborn daughter.

On Nov. 13, they all returned to their Lee County home, with Damien across the hall from Madeline.

Martin tells WZVN-TV that she wasn’t thrilled initially when her mother announced her pregnancy. But she says the shared experience turned out “a lot nicer than if it wouldn’t have went that way.”

Idaho teacher kills, skins rabbit in class

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho biology teacher is facing possible disciplinary action after killing and skinning a rabbit in class to show students where their food comes from.

Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says the teacher killed the rabbit in front of 16 students by snapping its neck on Nov. 6 at Columbia High School. The rabbit was then skinned and cut up in front of the 10th-graders.

Westfall says the demonstration isn’t part of the biology curriculum.

She says students who didn’t want to view the lesson were allowed to leave ahead of time.

The teacher’s name hasn’t been released.

Tennessee sheriff pays ransom for case files

DICKSON, Tenn. – The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office in middle Tennessee ended up paying a ransom after a malicious computer program blocked access to their files.

Detective Jeff McCliss told WTVF-TV that malware on a computer locked the agency’s case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos. He says the malware, called “Cryptowall,” doesn’t tamper with files on a computer, but keeps them locked until a ransom is paid.

After consulting with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, McCliss said the agency determined the only way to get their files back was to pay the asking price: $500 in bitcoins.

Officials believe the malware came from an ad someone in the department clicked on. McCliss says it doesn’t appear that the office was targeted.

Substance that gives natural gas its smell spills

HELENA, Mont. – There’s no danger despite the smell of a gas leak near a northern Montana city, officials say. The only thing that leaked is the chemical that gives the gas its odor.

NorthWestern Energy says about 300 gallons of mercaptan spilled near the company’s gas-gathering operation near Cut Bank. Natural gas is naturally odorless, so utilities add the chemical to give the gas its sulfuric smell that alerts people to a leak.

NorthWestern officials say the chemical doesn’t present any danger to the public, although people nearby will have to put up with the unpleasant odor for a little while.

Tractor-trailer stuck in park, driver blames GPS

MILWAUKEE – A man who drove his tractor-trailer onto a walkway at a Milwaukee park, getting it stuck on a foot bridge, says his global positioning device is to blame.

The 50-year-old driver has been cited for reckless driving and failing to obey road signs, which carry nearly $580 in fines.

Milwaukee County sheriff’s officials say the Indiana man drove the truck, which had a 53-foot trailer, onto a walkway the afternoon of Nov. 11 at Lake Park.

The truck got hung up on a peninsula behind the North Point Lighthouse along Milwaukee’s lakeshore. The mishap damaged several trees and concrete railings on two pedestrian bridges.

Crews were still attempting to remove the truck Nov. 12.

Boxed turkeys spilled on highway will be donated

SAN RAMON, Calif. – About 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank.

California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Bartlett tells KPIX that a health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat.

The semi-truck also spilled an estimated 40 gallons of diesel fuel on Interstate 680 about 40 miles east of San Francisco, snarling traffic during the Nov. 12 morning commute.

The driver had minor injuries.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joseph Azevedo tells KNTV that the driver took a highway off-ramp too quickly around 2:30 a.m., and the truck’s trailer flipped on its side.

The turkeys were headed to a wholesale distributor, who was going to deliver them to a big-box retail store.

Boy, 4, rescued after climbing 50 feet up tree

DOTHAN, Ala. – A 4-year-old Alabama boy who climbed 50 feet up a tree on a dare from his big brother had to be rescued after he got stuck for about two hours.

The Dothan Eagle reports that a tree crew used a bucket truck to rescue Parker Clark in Geneva County on Nov. 11.

Grandmother Barbara Dawsey says the boy and two his brothers were playing outside when she went outside to see the preschooler about 50 feet up a tree. He’d climbed it on a dare.

One boy stayed on the ground, and Dawsey says she was able to coax another boy out of the tree. But Parker was stuck.

Dawsey called 911, but firefighters couldn’t reach him. She says a tree crew rescued the boy, who wasn’t hurt.

Gun pointed during argument over Battleship game

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah man is accused of threatening his teenage daughter with a rifle during an argument that began over a game of Battleship.

Police say the 68-year-old man was with his 17-year-old daughter in a rural area when he accused her of cheating and broke the game.

Utah County authorities say the girl tried to leave the trailer where they were playing, but the man dragged her back by her hair and pointed the loaded rifle at her head.

The Daily Herald reports she called 911 from a cellphone and authorities traced the global positioning signal to a campsite. She escaped from the trailer after deputies arrived.

The Deseret News reports the father was arrested on suspicion of intoxication, aggravated assault and other charges.

Troopers warn of underwear bandit in Alaska town

KODIAK, Alaska – An underwear bandit is actively stealing women’s undergarments in Kodiak, Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say there’s been a rash of burglaries reported lately. People have returned to their homes to find items — mostly women’s underwear — missing.

Fisherman Hannah Clark tells Kodiak radio station KMXT that she began noticing items had been moved around in her home when she returned from fishing trips last summer. But she didn’t connect those incidents to her missing underwear until she heard the news Nov. 12.

Clark says she can’t believe “there’s an actual underwear bandit.” She jokes at least the thief has good taste after taking her recent $150 shipment from Victoria’s Secret.

Troopers refuse to release details because it’s an ongoing investigation. But they remind people to lock their homes.

Man mails 15 live baby chicks to D.C. ex-girlfriend

WASHINGTON – A District of Columbia woman’s ex-boyfriend sent her an unusual package in the mail earlier this month: a box filled with 15 live baby chicks.

An animal sanctuary says the package included a note telling the woman there are lots of other chicks out there.

Unamused by the gaggle of fluffy newborn birds, the woman told the mailman that she was going to throw them in the trash. Instead, the mailman took them to the Washington Humane Society.

Nine of them are now at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. The rest are at a sanctuary in Winchester, Virginia.

The Maryland sanctuary says the chicks survived their trip in the postal system mostly unscathed; just one had a hurt leg. The group says mailing the chicks wasn’t illegal.

S.C. man rescued after being stuck in well

CHESNEE, S.C. – A Spartanburg County man has been rescued after he got stuck in a well while trying to recover some keys.

Multiple media outlets reported that Kendrick King, 19, of Chesnee was stuck about 20 feet down the well for about 45 minutes Nov. 11.

King says his keys fell through a crack in the wood covering the well and he had a friend lower him into the well to try to retrieve them. The winch broke and King was stuck.

Chesnee Assistant Fire Chief Todd Mason asked fire departments in Cowpens and Spartanburg to use special equipment to rescue people trapped in confined spaces.

King said he was sore and he had a small scratch from a piece of glass.

His grandmother, Rhonda Bush, told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that the well is 80 feet deep.

“Just leave the keys down there,” Bush sternly advised after her grandson was rescued. “The keys are probably in the very bottom of that well.”

Owl attacks hawk at Vermont LL Bean store display

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display.

A European eagle owl attacked a Harris’s hawk Nov. 7 in Burlington’s Town Center Mall, officials say.

The Burlington Free Press reports witnesses said the owl squeezed the hawk in its claws for several minutes, causing the hawk to shriek.

Workers at the mall display for the Freeport, Maine, outdoors outfitter separated the birds.

The birds are from Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience. Master falconer Lorrie Schumacher says the birds had known each other for six years and had never gone after each other before. She says they’re always in close proximity and workers make sure their leashes aren’t too close. But, she adds, they are predators.

Man arrested in case of Corvette driven into river

PHILADELPHIA – A man accused of having sent a red Corvette plunging into a Philadelphia river during a messy divorce has been arrested, authorities say.

John Kramer, 50, turned himself into the police department’s northeast detectives division and was being processed Nov. 12, police said.

A police spokeswoman said he faces charges of violating a protection from abuse order, harassment and recklessly endangering another person.

Police said a witness told them a man drove to the bank of the Delaware River on Nov. 10, got out and then let the car run into the water.

Marine units found the car in 30 feet of water and made sure no one was inside, and the vehicle was later lifted to shore.

Maine flower shop break-in a stunt gone wrong

PORTLAND, Maine – A Maine man who authorities originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop was actually part of a stunt that had gone awry.

Ronald Podlaski, 29, told the Portland Press Herald on Nov. 10 he was trying to surprise a friend on Nov. 8 by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.

He says he fell from a third-floor window after realizing his mistake and tripping the alarm. He sustained minor injuries.

He says he’d been drinking beer and what he did was “foolish.”

Authorities have decided not to charge him. But he plans to apologize to the florist.

Ohio firefighters rescue dog stuck on roof 3 days

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Firefighters in northern Ohio came to the rescue of a dog that neighbors say had been stuck on a roof for three days.

Dozens watched as Youngstown firefighters and police officers brought the Rottweiler to safety on Nov. 8.

It took them about an hour to rescue the dog that had escaped from a hole in the attic of the three-story house.

A man who lives across the street told The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown that he had called authorities about the dog a couple of times.

The dog’s owner showed up during the rescue. He told authorities that he’d been staying with a friend the past week and didn’t know the dog had gotten out.

Lost high school class found after 44 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A high school class ring, lost for more than 40 years, has been found.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Matt Antos got his class ring back after a Los Alamos family stumbled upon it in their yard.

Seth Stradling says he spotted the Class of 1970 ring while during chores. His wife, Jennifer, then put pictures of the ring up on a Las Alamos Facebook page.

That’s where Loretta Finley, the ex-wife of Antos, saw the ring. Finley says she lost it when they were dating in high school and had always felt bad about it.

Finley contacted her ex-husband who was surprised that the ring was finally located.

Cat cafe is catnip for feline fans

OAKLAND, Calif. –

Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.

Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.

The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don’t allow pets.

While making feline friends became popular therapy for lonely or anxious workers in Japan, the Oakland coffee shop puts the focus on the animals.

The tuxedo, orange tabby and Siamese cats napping or stretching in the sun in Cat Town come from a local shelter and are available for adoption.

“Most of them have been at the shelter for four months or more,” said Ann Dunn, founder of Cat Town Oakland, a nonprofit group that helps place cats least likely to be adopted from the Oakland Animal Shelter. “So as much as this is a super fun experience, it’s really a mission-driven project to get the cats out of the shelter and into great homes.”

She said there were 14 adoptions in their first 12 days.

For a $10 donation to the organization, visitors get one hour of kitty company in the cafe, where they can play with felines, scratch their backs and watch them nap. Each person is given a designated window of time to make sure there are not too many people at once in the room painted with cartoon-like, bright murals of cats.

Cat naps are very popular at the cafe, but Christina Souza, who visited on a recent afternoon, didn’t seem to mind.

“I think it’s fun,” Souza said. “It’s great. Why not have more venues where cats can let out their fun personalities?”

Cat cafes are now open in London, Vienna and Paris, and Cat Town’s founders believe their coffee shop is the first of its kind in the United States. That may change soon — a half dozen cat cafes are set to open in the U.S. next year, most of them along the West Coast.

— Compiled by Paul H. Rowe

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 A campaign sign to re-elect Lake Forest City Councilman Scott Voigts is placed at Peachwood and Trabuco Road in Lake Forest.

A campaign sign to re-elect Lake Forest City Councilman Scott Voigts is placed at Peachwood and Trabuco Road in Lake Forest.

STEVEN GEORGES , CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

LAKE FOREST – A bulletin went out in recent weeks to Lake Forest patrol deputies: Keep an eye out for people stealing campaign signs.

A couple of nights ago, a deputy spotted a black Ford sedan in a no-parking zone near Bake Parkway and Trabuco Road and saw a man with campaign signs climb into the passenger seat. The driver was Lake Forest Mayor Pro Tem Adam Nick, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and in the car were 10 campaign signs belonging to Scott Voigts, a fellow councilman seeking re-election.

Although he hasn’t been identified as a suspect, police say they consider Nick a person of interest in a string of campaign sign thefts that began Sept. 25, sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Calling the incident, at 2 a.m. Thursday, a misunderstanding, Nick said Friday he had taken Voigts’ signs to move them to a better location, though he had not asked his permission to do so.

“They’re making something out of nothing,” Nick said.

But Voigts, who says he is missing 140 signs, said he believes Nick meant to harm his campaign efforts.

“I’m saddened and hurt that a fellow council member would be caught at that time in the morning with my campaign signs without my permission,” Voigts said. “He’s pledged to change the makeup of the council, and I take that as including me.”

Voigts admits to his own sign slipup this year – an overeager supporter began posting his signs three days before they were allowed to go up – but when he heard about it, Voigts ensured they were removed.

On Friday, Nick said people are blowing Thursday’s incident out of proportion.

“Some political factions are twisting it to take advantage to serve their personal agendas,” Nick said.

At least one official already has called for Nick to voluntarily leave the dais.

“I think he’s a unfit to be a council member, and I think he should resign,” Mayor Dwight Robinson said.

Robinson said Nick’s frequent outbursts during council meetings spurred him to reconsider his support of Nick as an official.

In June, Councilman David Bass felt obliged to hastily call a council recess after Nick began shouting at Councilwoman Kathryn McCullough, who interrupted him as he recounted what he saw as her violations of the city’s expense reimbursement policy. “Put a muzzle on her! Put a muzzle on her, Dwight!” Nick said.

“I’m ashamed of him,” Robinson said Friday. “I think of some of his actions this year, and this is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I’m just incredibly disappointed.”

Bass, appointed by the council to fill a vacancy in 2013, is also running for election. He told police about a dozen of his campaign signs have gone missing in the past two weeks.

“It’s just incredibly crazy that someone would do that,” he said.

Nick’s council seat isn’t up for election until 2016, but he’s currently running for Congress. He’s the Republican candidate for the 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove, facing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana.

In the 2012 council election, Nick came in first in the seven-candidate race with more than 10,000 votes, or 21.9 percent of ballots cast.

Signs going missing were also an issue that year. Candidates, including Robinson, reported hundreds of signs taken. That volume of signs disappearing had not been reported in earlier election cycles, according to McCullough, who is seeking her sixth term.

Since taking office, Nick, an accountant, has been a vocal proponent of campaign signs.

“I firmly believe campaign signs help level the playing field,” he said on May 20.

He proposed allowing more campaign signs in town and penalties for people who take, alter or deface them. The new regulations were approved unanimously, increasing the number of signs allowed on private property and allowing for the first time signs in the public right of way. Removal of campaign signs became a crime prosecutable as a theft and punishable as a misdemeanor or infraction.

Nick said he wanted to give challengers running for office without the benefit of name recognition a better chance at a seat at the dais.

“For the selfish interest of those who were in power for 20 years or so, they prevented the unknown (candidate) from getting his or her name out,” Nick said then.

Nick’s passenger Thursday told investigators he is a 22-year-old former employee of Nick’s at his Lake Forest Drive gas station, Sgt. Jason Keller said. That man is not under investigation.

Also in the car was a sign for Jose Vergara, who is running for the Municipal Water District of Orange County board. However, investigators believe it was taken mistakenly. “There’s no indication they were trying to thwart his campaign,” Keller said.

McCullough said taking campaign signs “is not what our city is about and it is not what politics is all about.”

Further, “Signs are expensive. It’s expensive to run,” she said. “When you take someone’s signs, you are deliberately trying to hurt them. You have made a decision to break the law for your own profit, and that’s a crime.”

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The Discovery Science Center is changing its name to Discovery Cube Orange County and creating a new foundation to oversee museums in both Santa Ana and Los Angeles.

The Discovery Science Foundation – currently seeking nonprofit status – is also moving swiftly toward launching its new site, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, with plans to open a two-story, 71,000-square-foot museum in Sylmar on Nov. 13, in the San Fernando Valley’s Hansen Dam Recreation Center.

With a $22.5 million expansion at its current Santa Ana site well underway, the Discovery Science Foundation is taking ambitious steps toward serving and educating millions of people across Southern California.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and our guests know us by ‘discovery’ and ‘cube,’” said Joe Adams, chief executive officer of the Discovery Science Foundation and president of Discovery Cube Orange County. “We decided to just embrace the shortcut name, while keeping Discovery Science Foundation.”

Another reason for the name change is the presence of, and confusion with, the California Science Center at Exposition Park. When the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way from LAX to the California Science Center in 2012, people mistakenly sent the Discovery Science Center congratulations and even a cake.

“Bringing another science center to Los Angeles – it really adds confusion to the market,” Adams said. “We want to step into a different type of spotlight. As science centers go, we push the envelope a lot. We have a different program.”

Dan Nasitka, manager of communcations for the Discovery Science Foundation, added, “The key thing is, it’s important to separate ourselves as a unique property.”

Discovery Cube Los Angeles will occupy a building vacated in 2009 by the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. The new museum will feature six different themed areas, including a sustainability house and a planetary research station, and operate with a $4.7 million budget, Adams said.

The foundation aims to hire an executive director for Los Angeles by August, plus 24 full-time staffers and 70 part-time workers. About 180,000 visitors are anticipated in the first year.

DCLA is being funded by federal, city and private sources, including the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and the Department of Water and Power. The land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased by the city of Los Angeles. It will be subleased to the foundation for $1 per year for 32 years.

Meanwhile, the 44,000-square-foot expansion in Santa Ana will nearly double Discovery Cube’s size to 115,000 square feet. The expansion will add a new welcome center, education wing, Mission Control exhibit, healthy kitchen, early learning zone and California Natural Resource Pavilion, as well as a 10,000-square-foot Showcase Theater for traveling exhibits. Completion is expected by April.

Last year, the Discovery Science Center received the National Medal of Service from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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The Discovery Science Center is changing its name to Discovery Cube Orange County and creating a new foundation to oversee museums in both Santa Ana and Los Angeles.

The Discovery Science Foundation – currently seeking nonprofit status – is also moving swiftly toward launching its new site, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, with plans to open a two-story, 71,000-square-foot museum in Sylmar on Nov. 13, in the San Fernando Valley’s Hansen Dam Recreation Center.

With a $22.5 million expansion at its current Santa Ana site well underway, the Discovery Science Foundation is taking ambitious steps toward serving and educating millions of people across Southern California.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and our guests know us by ‘discovery’ and ‘cube,’” said Joe Adams, chief executive officer of the Discovery Science Foundation and president of Discovery Cube Orange County. “We decided to just embrace the shortcut name, while keeping Discovery Science Foundation.”

Another reason for the name change is the presence of, and confusion with, the California Science Center at Exposition Park. When the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way from LAX to the California Science Center in 2012, people mistakenly sent the Discovery Science Center congratulations and even a cake.

“Bringing another science center to Los Angeles – it really adds confusion to the market,” Adams said. “We want to step into a different type of spotlight. As science centers go, we push the envelope a lot. We have a different program.”

Dan Nasitka, manager of communcations for the Discovery Science Foundation, added, “The key thing is, it’s important to separate ourselves as a unique property.”

Discovery Cube Los Angeles will occupy a building vacated in 2009 by the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. The new museum will feature six different themed areas, including a sustainability house and a planetary research station, and operate with a $4.7 million budget, Adams said.

The foundation aims to hire an executive director for Los Angeles by August, plus 24 full-time staffers and 70 part-time workers. About 180,000 visitors are anticipated in the first year.

DCLA is being funded by federal, city and private sources, including the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and the Department of Water and Power. The land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased by the city of Los Angeles. It will be subleased to the foundation for $1 per year for 32 years.

Meanwhile, the 44,000-square-foot expansion in Santa Ana will nearly double Discovery Cube’s size to 115,000 square feet. The expansion will add a new welcome center, education wing, Mission Control exhibit, healthy kitchen, early learning zone and California Natural Resource Pavilion, as well as a 10,000-square-foot Showcase Theater for traveling exhibits. Completion is expected by April.

Last year, the Discovery Science Center received the National Medal of Service from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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The Discovery Science Center is changing its name to Discovery Cube Orange County and creating a new foundation to oversee museums in both Santa Ana and Los Angeles.

The Discovery Science Foundation – currently seeking nonprofit status – is also moving swiftly toward launching its new site, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, with plans to open a two-story, 71,000-square-foot museum in Sylmar on Nov. 13, in the San Fernando Valley’s Hansen Dam Recreation Center.

With a $22.5 million expansion at its current Santa Ana site well underway, the Discovery Science Foundation is taking ambitious steps toward serving and educating millions of people across Southern California.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and our guests know us by ‘discovery’ and ‘cube,’” said Joe Adams, chief executive officer of the Discovery Science Foundation and president of Discovery Cube Orange County. “We decided to just embrace the shortcut name, while keeping Discovery Science Foundation.”

Another reason for the name change is the presence of, and confusion with, the California Science Center at Exposition Park. When the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way from LAX to the California Science Center in 2012, people mistakenly sent the Discovery Science Center congratulations and even a cake.

“Bringing another science center to Los Angeles – it really adds confusion to the market,” Adams said. “We want to step into a different type of spotlight. As science centers go, we push the envelope a lot. We have a different program.”

Dan Nasitka, manager of communcations for the Discovery Science Foundation, added, “The key thing is, it’s important to separate ourselves as a unique property.”

Discovery Cube Los Angeles will occupy a building vacated in 2009 by the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. The new museum will feature six different themed areas, including a sustainability house and a planetary research station, and operate with a $4.7 million budget, Adams said.

The foundation aims to hire an executive director for Los Angeles by August, plus 24 full-time staffers and 70 part-time workers. About 180,000 visitors are anticipated in the first year.

DCLA is being funded by federal, city and private sources, including the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation and the Department of Water and Power. The land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased by the city of Los Angeles. It will be subleased to the foundation for $1 per year for 32 years.

Meanwhile, the 44,000-square-foot expansion in Santa Ana will nearly double Discovery Cube’s size to 115,000 square feet. The expansion will add a new welcome center, education wing, Mission Control exhibit, healthy kitchen, early learning zone and California Natural Resource Pavilion, as well as a 10,000-square-foot Showcase Theater for traveling exhibits. Completion is expected by April.

Last year, the Discovery Science Center received the National Medal of Service from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Surf rescues

Officials were busy today with rescues because of the big waves. Some of the incidents:

  • Four lifeguards saved a body surfer at the Wedge, swimming through booming waves to get the man to a rescue boat just past the break. The 15-minute rescue, around 9 a.m. Wednesday, was covered live on television. The swimmer suffered a dislocated shoulder; the lifeguards were not hurt.
  • About an hour later a man on a stand up paddleboard became entangled on the piling at the Newport Beach Pier. A city lifeguard used a small boat to free the man from the pier, Lt. Jeff Brouwer of the Newport Beach Police said.
  • Just north, a male surfer reported missing at 8:10 a.m. in heavy surf off Anderson Street, was found alive 15 minutes later by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol at the entrance of Anaheim Bay near Huntington Harbor, said Huntington Beach Marine Safety Officer Matt Norton.

- Scott Schwebke

How to stay safe in the ocean

Lifeguards urge beachgoers to use extreme caution at the beach this week. Heal the Bay, a Southern California environmental group, offers these tips on how to stay safe in big waves and at any time of year.

  • Know your limits. It is okay to stay on shore and enjoy the beauty of the waves from the beach. But keep an eye on rogue waves that seem to come out of nowhere — especially during stormy weather.
  • Talk to a lifeguard about current conditions. They’re aware of hazards and site-specific conditions.
  • Don’t just jump into the water. Always take 15 minutes on shore, watching the pattern and intensity of the breaking waves. How many waves are in a set and at what frequency are they rolling in? The idea is to time your entry into the surf as best as possible to avoid being hammered by an incoming set.
  • Never swim alone. Always swim with at least one buddy and at a beach with a lifeguard.
  • Look for the best place to enter and leave the water. Plan your exit route in advance. If things get hairy, you don’t want to find yourself trapped in the impact zone or washed against dangerous rocks without a plan. It’s always easier getting in than getting out.
  • Mind your surf etiquette. Bigger waves mean bigger forces. A surfboard can become a lethal weapon if surfers cross paths in the water.
  • If you see someone in distress, don’t hesitate. Carefully assess the situation. Don’t compromise your own safety to help — a bad situation could easily get worse, fast. Notify a lifeguard immediately, or call 911.

Big Thursday?

The swell is expected to wane today as Hurricane Marie sputters. Waves are forecast to run 8 to 12 feet or more in the biggest breaks in Orange County on Thursday and slip to 6 to 8 feet by Friday.

NEWPORT BEACH – Nature put on a surf display for the ages Wednesday, and much of Southern California detoured to enjoy the stoke.

It was the kind of day that prompted people to ditch work and school, or stop whatever they were doing, to line the beaches and piers, just to be a part of it. For years, people who care about surf will reminisce about the day … “Remember that hurricane swell in summer of 2014?”

At the same time, Orange County Fire Authority workers hustled to stop flooding and save homes in Seal Beach, where a high tide and rising swell late Tuesday put three feet of seawater on some streets. Lifeguards (and, in Malibu, at least one well-known surf legend) made hundreds of rescues. Traffic on Balboa Peninsula froze as thousands of surf fans rushed the sand and news crews turned out to film wipeouts at the world-famous Wedge.

And much of this was just as the sun was rising.

“I just came from Tahiti, which is probably the most amazing week of surfing I’ve ever seen. Then, to come home and see this … I’ve never seen or even heard of a hurricane doing what it’s doing,” said Peter Mel, a surfer known for taking on Mavericks in Northern California and one of many well-known wave riders who spent Wednesday riding the Newport Beach break known as The Point near 17th Street.

Mel surfed The Point with a 7-foot board. At the end of his first wave his leash snapped.

“It’s as big as Southern California ever gets,” Mel said. “It’s perfect.”

Though waves at most Southern California beaches peaked in the big-but-not-epic 12-foot range, a few south-facing breaks, particularly at the Wedge and The Point, saw peaks estimated at more than 25 feet, a size typically reserved for the South Pacific or Northern California.

Some of the world’s best surfers – many, like Mel, just back from a World Tour contest in Tahiti – stopped in Southern California to take on the big, barreling waves. Among them were Rob Machado, Jaime O’Brien, Jordy Smith, San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino; rumors swirled about an early-morning sighting of surf legend Kelly Slater.

The convergence of superstars in Newport Beach was no accident. Surfers used online weather tracking to follow waves that started brewing over the weekend, when Hurricane Marie, then south of Cabo San Lucas, was listed as a Category 5 hurricane with winds of up to 160 mph.

“All the pro guys didn’t just hear about the swell and show up. It was pre-planned; they knew it was the place to be,” said surf photographer Tom Cozad, who has lived in Newport Beach for 35 years. “All the local guys are like ‘We’re a world-class surf break.’”

As Cozad spoke, huge, barreling waves pounded the shore, creating a frothy whitewash and a stormy haze that lingered in the region throughout the day.

Others expressed a similar sense of awe.

“It’s like Sunset Beach in Hawaii,” said Newport Beach Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen after seeing the surf near 18th Street on Wednesday morning. “It’s so big, it’s amazing.”

For other safety workers, the waves brought a mix of excitement and risk.

Lifeguards plucked dozens of surfers and bodysurfers from the water. In one rescue, caught on film at the Wedge, four lifeguards needed about 15 minutes to guide an injured bodysurfer from the waves to a boat just beyond the break. No guards were injured.

Another rescue, in Malibu, involved surf legend Laird Hamilton, who, according to news reports, was one of two men to swim from the beach to a surfer caught near the rocks south of the Malibu Pier. The surfer was not hurt, and Hamilton later in the morning surfed a wave that took him through the pier.

For many others, including people who had no intention of playing in the surf, the day was just as epic.

Dean Formanek stood on the sand near the Seal Beach Pier, taking photos near a spot where water rushed back to the ocean like a man-made, chocolate river.

“I think it’s sad for all the homeowners. It’s a mess,” Formanek said. “But from a natural disaster point of view, I think the waves are unbelievable.”

Moments later, as an unexpected wave arrived, he ran backwards to avoid getting drenched.

He then watched in awe as surfers took on the wild, messy waves that hit the Seal Beach Pier, which on Wednesday was closed to pedestrians.

“The people surfing are in a league of their own.”


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Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an immigrant from Germany. Nichols was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2010.

Nov, 20 2014 — —

Mike Nichols has a long string of classic films and plays to his credit as a director and producer, including The Odd Couple on Broadway, The Graduate on film and Angels in America on TV.

He died Wednesday night of a heart attack at age 83, acknowledged as one of the most successful artists in show business. He had earned just about every major award in entertainment, and had an enduring, 26-year marriage to ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and a family with three children and four grandchildren.

But Nichols once said his life as the ultimate showbiz insider came from lessons learned while growing up as an outsider — emigrating from Germany to New York City at age 7 knowing little English and having few friends.

One of Nichols’ greatest talents was pulling unforgettable, landmark performances from Hollywood’s acting elite.

In 1966, he delivered Elizabeth Taylor as a sharp-tongued wife tearing into Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? “You see, George didn’t have much push, he wasn’t particularly aggressive,” Taylor says in the film, playing the hard-drinking wife of a college professor whom she loved to torment with harsh criticism. “In fact, he was sort of a flop — a great, big, fat flop!”

In 1986, he showcased Meryl Streep slowly unraveling as she talked about her philandering husband, played by Jack Nicholson, in Heartburn.

Her character, a food writer, sits at a dinner party with her husband and friends when talk about relationships leads her to get real about her own marriage: “You sort of notice that things are not the way they were, but it’s a … a distant bell, and then when things do turn out to have been wrong, it’s not that you knew all along, it was just that you were … uh, uh … somewhere else.” The scene ends with Streep hitting Nicholson in the face with a pie intended for dessert.

But little compared to Nichols’ most famous scene, featuring Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role, playing a bewildered 20-something about to begin an unwise affair with an older, married woman in 1967’s The Graduate.

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me,” Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock tells Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s law partner, who is stretched out in a seductive pose that became an iconic symbol for a generation.

Nichols was a master at pushing talents like Hoffman and Streep to unexpected places. Their confused characters often highlighted thorny issues in modern life. In The Graduate, Hoffman became a symbol of baby boomers’ uncertainty in a changing world, suffering through useless advice from clueless elders.

But Nichols shrugged off credit for leading actors to great performances in a 1990 interview for the Museum of the Moving Image.

“You can’t direct actors very much in a movie, because if you tell them what to do, they’ll be doing what you told them,” he said. “What’s interesting in a movie is something happening that nobody planned.”

Nichols understood American culture as only someone born outside the U.S. really could.

He was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Germany, the son of a Russian Jew who fled the Nazis in 1939. His physician father died a few years later, leaving a wife and two sons to struggle in New York City.

In 2012, Nichols told NPR his early isolation brought a lifelong advantage.

“The thing about being an outsider, no matter what, is that there’s a good part, which is that it teaches you to hear what people are thinking,” he said.

“Because I learned to hear what people are thinking, quite literally, I think it stood me in good stead,” Nichols added. “It’s probably why I’m in the theater, because I can hear an audience. … I could hear an audience thinking when I was in front of them.”

That skill at “reading” audiences was crucial when Nichols turned from medical studies to theater in college. By the late 1950s, he had teamed with actress/writer Elaine May to create the improvisational comedy duo Nichols and May. They were all over the TV shows of the day, including The Jack Paar Show.

But performing lost its luster for Nichols, so in 1963, he agreed to direct a play by a TV joke writer. Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park became a blockbuster success.

Suddenly, as Nichols told NPR, he realized directing was the job he was really meant to do: “To my surprise, where I never quite got how I was gonna be an actor — ’cause I don’t think I’m suited to be an actor — I immediately realized that all this time I thought I was thinking about acting, I was really thinking about directing.”

You could spend a long afternoon listing all the classic stage, film and TV projects Nichols touched as a director or producer. The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Hurlyburly and Spamalot on Broadway; movies like Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl and Primary Colors; along with versions of Wit and Angels in America for HBO on TV.

At times, Nichols could seem like a showbiz version of Zelig. He co-produced Broadway’s original, 1977 version of the hit musical Annie and gave Whoopi Goldberg a career in the mid ’80s when he brought her one-woman show to Broadway.

So it makes sense that Nichols would be one of only 12 artists to become what industry types call an EGOT — someone who has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

But when Nichols talked with NPR about why he loved directing, grand honors weren’t a big part of the equation.

“It’s a wonderful job,” he said. “It’s exploring and excavating and analyzing all at once. And plays, especially great plays, yield their secrets over a long period of time, and that’s the great excitement.”

Despite passion for his work and loads of success, Nichols said, it took his fourth wife, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, to rescue him from depression in his mid-50s. By 2012, he was predicting his production of Death of a Salesman, which won him his sixth Tony award, might be his last play.

But a year later, he was back on Broadway, leading a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; he had worked on adapting a version of the Tony-winning play Master Class for HBO with Meryl Streep before his death.

Ultimately, Nichols couldn’t stay away, his passion for the work still driving him after more than five decades at the top of the industry.

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