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O.C. electronic companies debut latest innovations at international show

With nearly 4,000 exhibitors and more than 2.75-million square feet of show floor, the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is a mecca for geeks and technology companies alike who gather in Las Vegas every January to see and showcase the latest innovations. The common theme this year...

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  • Sariñana’s Tamale Factory churns out thousands of traditional treats

    Sariñana’s Tamale Factory churns out thousands of traditional treats

    At this moment, there is likely a line outside Sariñana’s Tamale Factory in Santa Ana. It runs from the single register inside the nearly 80-year-old pocket-sized restaurant, out the teal-painted security gate and (at the right time of day) through its parking lot in a sleepy industrial tract of...

  • Archie’s Ice Cream is ‘your neighborhood ice cream store that rocks’

    Archie’s Ice Cream is ‘your neighborhood ice cream store that rocks’

    What do Steven Spielberg, Leonard Nimoy and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols have in common? They’ve all eaten Archie’s Ice Cream. The business, headed by three brothers who live in Orange County, has become a community favorite in Tustin where the sole store is located. But long before that shop...

  • Here’s how to start exploring Buena Park’s Koreatown restaurants

    Here’s how to start exploring Buena Park’s Koreatown restaurants

    Like its Los Angeles counterpart, the burgeoning Koreatown in Buena Park can be overwhelming to visitors. All along Beach Boulevard, down Orangethorpe Avenue and across Commonwealth Avenue, I have long seen strip mall signs alight with Hangul lettering spelling out the names of beauty parlors,...

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  • Discovery Cube's Winter Wonderfest gives kids and families a snow-filled day

    Discovery Cube's Winter Wonderfest gives kids and families a snow-filled day

    Despite temperatures in the 80s, youngsters in Orange County still can experience icy cold snow and it doesn’t require a long trip to the local mountains. Parents and kiddos need only make the short drive to the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, where 100 tons of snow awaits, ready to...

  • What $1 million buys right now in three Orange County communities

    What $1 million buys right now in three Orange County communities

    Here’s a look at what roughly $1 million buys right now in the Orange County communities of Anaheim Hills; Northwood, in Irvine; and Las Flores, in southern O.C. ANAHEIM HILLS: Set at the end of a cul-de-sac, this remodeled home features a pool and spa with canyon views. Address: 6891 E. Kentucky...

  • Professional athletes bring holiday joy to children with pediatric cancer at CHOC

    Professional athletes bring holiday joy to children with pediatric cancer at CHOC

    A group of Olympians, professional athletes and auto racing stars brought holiday cheer to children with pediatric cancer at Southern California hospitals. Jessie Rees Foundation, a Rancho Santa Margarita-based organization offering moments of joy to ill children and their families, organized a...

  • Los Alamitos acts as a strategic base for Southland wildfire aid

    Los Alamitos acts as a strategic base for Southland wildfire aid

    Four Los Alamitos-based Army Black Hawk helicopter crews flew through thick smoke and wind gusting at over 70 mph over the past week to drop water on the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Lt. Col. Aaron Schilleci, commander of the 1-140th assault helicopter battalion at Joint Forces...

  • Iranian American musician makes an old instrument new again

    Iranian American musician makes an old instrument new again

    Mahan Esfahani is obsessed with the harpsichord — he has been ever since he was a kid. The Iranian American wunderkind — he already has won numerous awards and was selected “Newcomer of the Year” by BBC Music Magazine in 2015 — first heard the harpsichord on cassette when he was 8 years old. He...

  • 14-year-old is on a mission to help victims of domestic violence and bullying

    14-year-old is on a mission to help victims of domestic violence and bullying

    Anika Ortiz was 7 when her older sister was murdered — a victim of domestic violence. Since then, the tragedy has morphed into something else: an inspiration. Anika, now 14, is on a mission to do her part to help victims of domestic violence and bullying. “As long as I see domestic violence in...

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