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UC Irvine takes gaming to a new level as its eSports arena opens

A new team at UC Irvine is suiting up for battle in a recently furnished arena on campus, where members will gear up with headphones, a keyboard and mouse. On Friday the university celebrated the opening of its eSports arena, which is equipped with 80 computers and will be frequented by the school's...

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  • 'A new experience in sweetness' at an Irvine natural-candy boutique

    'A new experience in sweetness' at an Irvine natural-candy boutique

    The Sugar Rush Sweet Shoppe stocks artisanal confections made with wholesome organic ingredients, say the owners, who have also added items to suit specific dietary restrictions.

  • Irvine is about to get a cool new food hall

    Irvine is about to get a cool new food hall

    Irvine is known for its chain restaurants, a good UC school, clean wide highways and planned housing communities. But a new food hall called Trade, scheduled to open later this summer, may turn the city into a real food destination.  Developed by the Lincoln Property Company, Trade is located a...

  • Where to find aushak, Afghanistan’s chive-filled dumplings

    Where to find aushak, Afghanistan’s chive-filled dumplings

    It doesn’t get much more decadent than a plate of aushak, the chive-filled dumplings from Afghanistan. The sheer dumplings are typically served with a meaty, Bolognese-like sauce, layered with swirls of creamy garlic-infused yogurt, a sprinkling of stewed yellow dal and dried mint. In this one...

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  • A changing of the guard at Chapman University

    A changing of the guard at Chapman University

    Doti gives his final convocation, as incoming president Struppa prepares to take the reins.

  • Grab your books — and your scarf

    Grab your books — and your scarf

    Concordia University Irvine starts what it believes will be a tradition on the campus — giving students neckwear in the school's colors.

  • Former Angels slugger Garret Anderson seeks $11 million for Irvine mansion

    Former Angels slugger Garret Anderson seeks $11 million for Irvine mansion

    Former Angels outfielder Garret Anderson is looking to catch a buyer for his Orange County home. He’s put the mansion-estate on more than an acre in Irvine’s Shady Canyon area on the market for about $10.995 million. Built in 2009, the Spanish-style estate is entered through a front courtyard with...

  • Rams teammates get a real dose of chemistry in UCI demos

    Rams teammates get a real dose of chemistry in UCI demos

    In just one 15-minute session, UC Irvine professor Jennifer Prescher showed the Los Angeles Rams' defensive linemen how to shatter, crush and burn the competition — with chemistry. The chemistry instructor teamed up with two of her department colleagues and four graduate students to present demonstrations...

  • Green Beret from Irvine identified as soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

    Green Beret from Irvine identified as soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

    U.S. military officials on Wednesday identified the American serviceman killed in a roadside bomb attack as an Army Green Beret from Orange County.   Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, died Tuesday while advising Afghan forces on patrol in southern Afghanistan. Six Afghan soldiers and...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Choices galore for fans of Indian food

    The Gossiping Gourmet: Choices galore for fans of Indian food

    Sanaya Indian Cuisine is a charming little Indian restaurant in a small shopping center in Irvine. Indian restaurants are few and far between in our area, so it is always nice to discover one that has great food and friendly service. A serve-yourself buffet at lunchtime offers many delicious choices,...

  • Former USC star Todd Marinovich arrested after being found naked with meth in stranger's backyard, police say
    Former USC star Todd Marinovich arrested after being found naked with meth in stranger's backyard, police say

    Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard by Irvine police investigating a call about a nude man wandering a nearby hiking trail, according to authorities. 

    Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo...

  • Palestinian student group's disruption of Israeli film screening violated conduct policies but wasn't threatening, UCI says

    UC Irvine administrators announced this week that a Palestinian student group violated student conduct policies when it disrupted an Israeli film screening in May, though the university said many allegations of other wrongdoing by the group were unfounded.

    In a campuswide email sent Thursday, Thomas...

  • Bookman store relies on reader loyalty
    Bookman store relies on reader loyalty

    The shop, an anomaly as a successful independent used-book seller, remains popular with patrons and has more plans to solidify its standing in the community.

  • Did physicists discover a previously unknown fifth force of nature?
    Did physicists discover a previously unknown fifth force of nature?

    A tiny, unseen force could potentially alter our basic understanding of the universe — if it really exists. Theoretical physicists at UC Irvine say they’ve found evidence for a fifth fundamental force of nature, carried by a particle that until now has gone totally unnoticed.

    If supported by the...

  • UC Irvine economist who never met Donald Trump is now a key advisor
    UC Irvine economist who never met Donald Trump is now a key advisor

    He’s never met Donald Trump or talked with the Republican nominee on the phone.

    Yet Peter Navarro, a 67-year-old UC Irvine professor who ran unsuccessfully four times for public office as a Democrat, is now one of the leading voices on Trump’s economic advisory team.

    After Trump’s big economic...

  • Kids get a peek at careers on 'When I Grow Up' day
    Kids get a peek at careers on 'When I Grow Up' day

    One of the first memories that Matthew Ward, an emergency medical technician, has of his childhood is when he needed double-hernia surgery at age 4.

    He remembers being put under anesthesia at the hospital and having one of the specialists soothe him, saying he was just going to sleep and that when...

  • Federal jury decides Middle East bank did not defraud Orange County entrepreneur
    Federal jury decides Middle East bank did not defraud Orange County entrepreneur

    A federal jury decided Thursday that one of the Middle East’s most prominent banks did not commit fraud and steal technology from an Irvine firm that sued it for half a billion dollars in damages after their partnership collapsed.

    Orange County company InfoSpan had alleged that Emirates NBD ended...

  • Goodbye, Laguna Hills Mall; hello, urban village
    Goodbye, Laguna Hills Mall; hello, urban village

    The 43-year-old shopping destination, on the wane for years, will be mostly demolished as a new development — which will include shops, a theater, a park and housing — takes its place.

  • UCI reports school-record $500 million funding from grants and giving

    UC Irvine officials announced Wednesday that the university raised a UCI record half a billion dollars in research and philanthropic funding during the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    The school's Office of Research recorded $395 million in grants and contracts, while University Advancement reported $132.5...

  • Fiery multicar crash on the 5 Freeway in Irvine leaves one dead
    Fiery multicar crash on the 5 Freeway in Irvine leaves one dead

    A fiery multicar crash on the 5 freeway in Irvine on Monday night left one person dead and two others injured, authorities said. 

    Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday, there was a report of a multiple-vehicle collision on the northbound 5 freeway, south of Jamboree Road, said Chief Steve Pardi, with...

  • Pretend City's 'When I Grow Up Day' offers kids a taste of careers
    Pretend City's 'When I Grow Up Day' offers kids a taste of careers

    Children will get the chance to be whatever they set their mind to on Thursday at Pretend City Children's Museum's seventh annual "When I Grow Up Day."

    The Irvine museum's event will welcome families to meet with more than two dozen Orange County professionals from different career fields.

    Last...

  • Irvine Co. apartments to get ultra high-speed Google Fiber
    Irvine Co. apartments to get ultra high-speed Google Fiber

    Some Irvine renters and businesses will soon be able to use Google Fiber, making the city the first in Southern California to receive the tech giant’s ultra-high-speed Internet.

    The Irvine Co. said Tuesday that the Internet service will be available in “many” of its properties within the city,...

  • Irvine's University Park throws a party to celebrate half a century
    Irvine's University Park throws a party to celebrate half a century

    Residents got the chance to step back in time during a 50th-anniversary celebration Saturday for University Park, Irvine's first "village."

    A picnic at University Community Park featured a residents parade, along with root beer and Thrifty ice cream for 10 cents a scoop.

    The weekend celebration...

  • 'The NFL is back': Fans line up for Rams' first training session
    'The NFL is back': Fans line up for Rams' first training session

    Ada Mendoza, decked out in Rams cap and jersey and clutching a stuffed “Rampage” doll, was among the first in line to see the Rams open training camp on Saturday at UC Irvine.

    Her husband, Frank, a self-described lifelong fan, and their 17-year-old son, Anthony, also were there, along with hundreds...

  • University Park, Irvine's first 'village,' celebrates 50 years
    University Park, Irvine's first 'village,' celebrates 50 years

    When the first residents moved into Irvine's University Park neighborhood, families lived near thousands of acres of asparagus, strawberries and oranges and had to go all the way to Newport Beach's Fashion Island to catch a movie at the theater.

    People would bike two miles to the Tick Tock convenience...

  • Around Town: Concordia University celebrates 40th anniversary
    Around Town: Concordia University celebrates 40th anniversary

    Concordia University Irvine held a 40th-anniversary celebration last weekend with musical entertainment from the 1940s-style band Wartime Radio Revue and a proclamation from Irvine Mayor Steven Choi.

    More than 1,100 guests attended Sunday's event.

    "We're especially proud that throughout the university's...

  • Jails serve inmates and immigrants
    Jails serve inmates and immigrants

    In O.C., asylum-seekers and others end up at the Santa Ana Jail, Theo Lacy and Musick — detained perhaps for months or years as they await hearings.

  • Group lends an ear and a helping hand to detainees
    Group lends an ear and a helping hand to detainees

    The nonprofit Friends of Orange County Detainees is clear about what it can't do. What its members can do is be a friend.

  • Duran Duran still going strong at 40
    Duran Duran still going strong at 40

    The band members are proud of their longevity as they prepare to bring their hits and new songs to Irvine Meadows on Saturday.

  • Man accused of sending threatening messages to Blizzard Entertainment

    A Sacramento man has been indicted on allegations of threatening to injure employees of Irvine-based video game developer Blizzard Entertainment, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

    Stephen Cebula, 28, is accused of transmitting messages to the company over the Internet between July 2 and...

  • He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer
    He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer

    McKay Smith has worked hard to uncover the secrets to successfully farming organically in Orange County. He still has a pesky coyotes to deal with.

  • Hansen: The walls of Irvine grow taller
    Hansen: The walls of Irvine grow taller

    When you enter any one of Irvine's new apartment communities, the walls are so high that on bright days you can lose the sun, which is hard to do in Southern California.

    These gleaming, high-density projects built by the Irvine Co. are so large that you can see them from space. On Google Earth...

  • Ex-Concordia swimmer undaunted in quest for Paralympic spot
    Ex-Concordia swimmer undaunted in quest for Paralympic spot

    Jessica Greenwald can swim a 100-meter breaststroke in two minutes and 36 seconds, using mostly the strength of her upper body.

    Born with mild cerebral palsy, the 22-year-old Concordia University Irvine graduate has limited mobility in her legs. But she never let that stop her from dashing through...

  • Hello, Hello Kitty! Cafe comes to Irvine
    Hello, Hello Kitty! Cafe comes to Irvine

    The round, white face and red bow of the Sanrio character can be found on the many confections offered at the redone shipping container.

  • The mystery of 'Passport,' a 28-foot-tall sculpture disappears
    The mystery of 'Passport,' a 28-foot-tall sculpture disappears

    How could a 28-foot-tall sculpture at the entrance to an office building disappear without a trace?

    That is the mystery Kay Pastorius Waller, widow of Laguna Beach artist Hal Pastorius, the first president of the Sawdust Art Festival, has tried to solve for the past two years, ever since she stopped...

  • Twins Ryan and Morgan Jenkins from Crean Lutheran star in fencing
    Twins Ryan and Morgan Jenkins from Crean Lutheran star in fencing

    Ryan and Morgan Jenkins are 14-year-old twin sisters. They're sophomores at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine. And they're ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in their fencing divisions.

    Ryan won the Y14 women's saber national championship in Dallas this month, having to beat her sister in the final, 15-14....

  • Sidelined by eye surgeries, UCI grad gets a commencement all his own
    Sidelined by eye surgeries, UCI grad gets a commencement all his own

    After having surgery on both of his eyes, Christopher Swieca hoped he would heal in time for his UC Irvine graduation day.

    But when the 23-year-old UCI water polo player found out he needed a third surgery to save his vision just two days before the June 10 commencement ceremony, he knew his hopes...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Climb aboard the 101 Noodle Express
    The Gossiping Gourmet: Climb aboard the 101 Noodle Express

    I love to find small ethnic restaurants with great food.

    I recently heard about a place in Irvine's Orange Tree Square Shopping Center, which is a mecca for seekers of Asian cuisine. It is called 101 Noodle Express. The restaurant, part of a very small chain, came to Orange County more than a year...

  • New UCI Civil Justice Research Institute gets $550,000 in new funding

    A new Civil Justice Research Institute expected to open this fall at the UC Irvine School of Law will be getting more than a half-million dollars in funding from Newport Beach class-action attorney Richard Bridgford and litigation funder Bentham IMF.

    Bentham, which has locations in New York, Los...

  • Irvine's Concordia University marks 40 years of 'faithfulness and excellence'
    Irvine's Concordia University marks 40 years of 'faithfulness and excellence'

    Lutheran college looks back on its start in one building that housed everything from dorms to classes.

  • Students get a lesson in math and science through Angels baseball
    Students get a lesson in math and science through Angels baseball

    The students of sixth-grade teacher Natalie Hanenkrat took out blank sheets of paper and wrote the word "geometry" on the top.

    "Who can share one thing they know about geometry?" Hanenkrat asked her class Thursday

    Words spurt out from across the classroom.

    "Area!" "Perimeter!" "Shapes!" "Angles!"

    ...

  • The Gossiping Gourmet: Where the food keeps coming, the Brazilian rodizio way
    The Gossiping Gourmet: Where the food keeps coming, the Brazilian rodizio way

    Agora Churrascaria is a Brazilian restaurant in Irvine that features 16 kinds of meat on giant skewers that servers carry around the room, watching for guests to summon them over to their table. The diners then select how much they want of that particular offering.

    Also available is a hot buffet...

  • UC Irvine survey finds concussions prevalent in water polo
    UC Irvine survey finds concussions prevalent in water polo

    A UC Irvine survey has confirmed that concussions appear to be prevalent in the sport of water polo, especially for goalies.

    More than a third of water polo participants reported sustaining a concussion during a game or practice, according to the poll conducted by UC Irvine researchers.

    The survey...

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