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Huntington Beach police fire pepper balls at protesters who do not disperse

Huntington Beach police fired pepper balls at demonstrators who would not disperse on Sunday, though a crowd of hundreds of protesters had shrunk significantly after unlawful assembly was declared. The demonstration – one of many around Southern California and the nation protesting the death of George Floyd – began about 11:30 a.m. and proceeded largely peacefully for several hours, with some protesters and counterprotesters urging their groups to calm down and avoid confrontation.
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Hate rising? In age of coronavirus, Asian Americans in Orange County are targets

“I’m getting sick because of people like you.” Those are just some of the remarks that in recent weeks have been tossed at Asian Americans in Orange County. The ugly talk has grown loud enough, and common enough, that on the same night this week, April 28, three different local government bodies — the county board of supervisors and the city councils in Irvine and Garden Grove — felt the need to pass three independent resolutions denouncing hate crimes against Asian Americans.
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Coronavirus: Orange County has been waiting nearly a month for a million N95 masks it ordered

Orange County officials ordered 1 million N95 respirator masks on March 16, but more than three weeks later, with demands for protective gear at an unprecedented level, the supplier can’t say when they might be delivered. Out of 1,203,000 N95 masks ordered since mid-March, 200,000 should be delivered on April 13.
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TCA makes it official: 241 extension will not happen, Los Patrones Parkway will be extended

A controversial extension of the 241 Toll Road was officially dropped Thursday, March 12, likely ending a bitter debate that’s lasted more than two decades about how to best address transportation needs in south Orange County. Board members of the Transportation Corridor Agencies – which oversees the county’s toll roads – unanimously voted on Thursday to support instead extending Los Patrones Parkway to Avenida La Pata, concluding the study of how the 241 could be connected to the 5 Freeway. W
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How Kobe Bryant helped connect Asian Americans with both Asia and America

With limited English, 10-year-old James Kim broke the ice at lunch with his new classmates talking about Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, and how they took the Los Angeles Lakers to the championships in 2001. Now living in Long Beach, cheering for Bryant was how Anne Milo Shanahan’s family still connected with cousins back home in the Philippines. And, watching the basketball legend run the court on television with her 90-year-old grandmother are special memories for Yvette Tung.
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Iranian Americans in Orange County worry about family in Iran, relations in community

A student stopped by the office of UC Irvine professor Touraj Daryaee days after United States airstrikes killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 2. Concerned about reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents questioning dozens of Iranian Americans at the Canada border over the weekend, the Iranian student was asking if they could be “rounded up” and forced to leave, Daryaee said.
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How Fullerton’s $23 million bet on the Richman Park neighborhood paid off

When the usual city tools – code enforcement visits and increased police presence – weren’t enough, frustrated officials reached for a sledgehammer to address the problems of the Richman Park neighborhood in south Fullerton: The city would buy all of the properties in the neighborhood, and convert them into affordable housing.
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Here’s how boy band BTS inspired a school in South L.A. to teach Korean culture

Two years ago, Ruben Hernandez didn’t know what the Korean boy band BTS was. But his students at the Los Angeles Academy Middle School in South Los Angeles surely did. They asked him to play the band’s songs over speakers at lunchtime. “When I put on the songs, I could hear the screaming,” said Hernandez, the school’s principal. The student body of 1,246 is more than 90% Hispanic; only one person identified as Asian, according to 2018 state data.
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6.4 magnitude earthquake near Ridgecrest rattles Southern California

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Fourth of July revelers across Southern California, but no major injuries were reported and damage appeared largely confined to the area near the quake’s epicenter in the Mojave Desert. Thursday’s quake was reported at 10:33 a.m. centered southwest of Searles Valley in San Bernardino County at a depth of 6.6 miles.
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Your guide to Garden Grove’s newly named ‘Orange County Koreatown’

Welcome to Garden Grove Boulevard: The birthplace of Orange County’s Korean American community, established in the 1970s. Here, the cool kids were grilling pork belly and briskets in the ’80s at what is believed to be Southern California’s first Korean barbecue restaurant. For decades, a bakery at Gilbert Street has been selling traditional Korean rice cakes, so chewy some stretch like mozzarella cheese. Korean celebrities held huge parking lot concerts here in the ’90s
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Ahmad Zahra, likely the country’s first openly LGBTQ Muslim city councilman, set to take office in Fullerton

Ahmad Zahra is not here to make history. But he — a gay Muslim immigrant film producer from Syria — knows what his election to the Fullerton City Council means. “It’s a pleasant surprise,” he said. “We’re maturing as a county.” Election results still need to be finalized and certified, but if Zahra, 50, holds on to his substantial lead, it is believed he will be the country’s first ever openly LGBTQ Muslim city councilman, according to the political action committee LGBTQ Victory Fund. The gr
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Journal & Courier

Are stories like Lafayette's Ichiban common?

LAFAYETTE — It's easy to think Ichiban is just another example of ethnic restaurants having trouble with the health code. Chinese restaurant Harbor City closed in 2016 after cockroaches and maggots were found on the floor. Another Chinese restaurant, Tasty Buffet, faced a hearing a few months ago because it had repeatedly stored food inappropriately. A woman sued Agave Azul Authentic Mexican Restaurant in October because she believes its food had poisoned her and her daughter and eventually ki
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Fact-Check: Hundreds of cases with no criminal charges. Is that normal?

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. — It doesn't take long to get Earl McCoy's message. Look at his latest television commercial, where many people knock on a door of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. "Each one of these people represent the thousands of criminal cases that have not been filed by our current prosecutor," the voice-over says. "Leaving our community feeling unsafe, unimportant and ignored." McCoy is challenging the incumbent county prosecutor Pat Harrington, who has held the office since 20
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Are Asian-American churches in Orange County slowly shifting their stance on LGBTQ relationships?

Just a single street separates Epic Church and InChrist Community Church, both in the same Fullerton neighborhood and both led by Asian-American ministers. But when it comes to their stance on same-sex relationships, the two churches feel miles apart. One welcomes the LGBTQ community, the other views homosexuality as an affront. The difference isn’t trivial. In a newsletter written earlier this year, the leader of InChrist Community Church urged his congregation to aggressively fight homosexua
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