Orange County Register

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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Orange County Register

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 you willing to pay $1,400 for a one-bedroom in Greater Lafayette?

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A bedroom for rent in West Lafayette comes with a quartz stone countertop, stainless steel appliances, a 50-inch flat screen TV, a showerhead speaker and blackout shades. In a building with a fitness center that has a yoga and cycling studio, an infinity swimming pool and an outdoor theater. That's how much it costs to rent a one-bedroom unit at the newly built 10-story apartment The Hub in West Lafayette. (Studios start at $1,199 a month. One can share a studio with a r
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Journal & Courier

Tariffs may have unintended consequence for Greater Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE - West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath is in a race against time as his department looks to buy a fire truck. "Price of aluminum and steel are changing every minute that companies can't guarantee prices," he said. The cost of a fire truck has already increased by 7 percent, or about $70,000. It may increase even further as a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum continue. "There's a time crunch to get a contract signed," he said. The T
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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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Journal & Courier

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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Journal & Courier

Why Greater Lafayette is filing lawsuits against opioid industry, and how they can succeed

LAFAYETTE, Ind. —- Recent headlines would suggest nearly every city, county and state is suing pharmaceutical companies and distributors for their roles in an opioid epidemic. And it would be somewhat accurate. Taft Stettinius & Hollister is representing more than 300 local and state government entities, including Tippecanoe County, in its lawsuits, said Manny Herceg, an attorney for the firm. Indianapolis-based law firm Cohen & Malad is representing Lafayette, West Lafayette and dozens of ci
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Journal & Courier

Another 100-year flood: Oakdale Dam flooding leaves dozens with little options

BROOKSTON - Dennis Kellar thought he survived a 100-year flood in the winter of 2008. But around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, another 100-year flood knocked on the door of his house. "We must be 256 years old," Kellar said from his partially flooded red-and-white two-story house by the Tippecanoe River, his jeans soaked with floodwater from the knees down. Oakdale Dam on Lake Freeman reached its third-highest level on record Wednesday morning, after the area went through more than three inches o
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Orange County Register

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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Orange County Register

Growing homeless population in Garden Grove’s Little Seoul has led to increased frustration among Korean business owners

Paul Brady is “home-free,” not homeless. “You can live on the street and be happy,” said Brady, 26, after riding his bike in the abandoned Garden Grove Galleria in Little Seoul, the city’s Korean business district. Brady, a construction worker, said his mother has a home nearby, but that he’s not comfortable living with her and that the house — a group home — is packed with others seeking help.
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After 18 years in prison, a court ruling helps Guy Miles go home

At 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Guy Miles borrowed his lawyer’s cellphone on the drive from the jail and called. He was coming home. Not in a week, not in a day – but in 30 minutes. Guy Miles, sentenced to 75 years to life for a 1998 Fullerton bank robbery, had just walked out of the Theo Lacy Facility after striking a plea deal with Orange County prosecutors. Although prosecutors strongly disagree, he said he is innocent, and the Fourth District Court of Appeal in January overturned the conviction
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Daily Bruin

Twenty-five UCLA employees identified in UC sexual harassment reports

UCLA had 25 cases of faculty, staff and employees who sexually harassed university community members between 2013 and 2016, the second-highest number among the 10 UC campuses, according to documents released by University of California campuses Tuesday.
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