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Newsletter: TimesOC: John Wayne Airport’s gift to travelers: faster, free Wi-Fi

Passengers at John Wayne Airport will find faster, free Wi-Fi that’s easy to access. The O.C. airport recently upgraded the free service.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Nov. 29. Here’s what’s been happening around O.C.

Top story

John Wayne Airport’s gift to travelers: faster, free Wi-Fi

John Wayne Airport is giving passengers an early holiday gift: faster Wi-Fi service that’s free for as long as four hours. Los Angeles Times

Around the county

Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García identifies with first-generation students


On Cal State Fullerton’s campus, Mildred García is a familiar sight, with her big glasses, wide smile and ensembles in the school’s blue and orange. The university president, whom many simply call Millie, loves to salsa. She waves pom-poms at sporting events. On move-in day, she rolls up her sleeves and switches between English and Spanish when talking to new students and their families. Los Angeles Times

Post-Thanksgiving cooking oil at OCC Recycling Center becomes makeup, soap and more

Michael Carey expects about 100 gallons of used cooking oil to be taken to Orange Coast College’s Recycling Center in the days after Thanksgiving. Daily Pilot

Business & real estate

Retired MLB slugger Vladimir Guerrero gets his price and more for O.C. estate


Former Anaheim Angel Vladimir Guerrero has sold his Mediterranean-style home in Anaheim Hills for $2.3 million, or $115,000 more than his asking price. Los Angeles Times


‘Top Chef’ restaurateur’s Crack Shack debuts in Costa Mesa

With a name like the Crack Shack, it evokes curiosity. It’s supposed to, according to its co-founder Michael Rosen. TimesOC

Life & arts

Chapman professor seeks to shed light on child trafficking in documentary

Several child-trafficking victims are featured in “26 Seconds,” a documentary by Chapman University professor Kelly Galindo. The film’s name refers to the statistic that a child is globally trafficked every 26 seconds. TimesOC

It’s the 38th year for South Coast Repertory’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

When director John-David Keller puts on his holiday scarf, South Coast Repertory’s staff knows it can only mean one thing: It’s time for the theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” TimesOC


Column: Chiasa Maruyama’s father shapes surfboards and her surfing future


Taichi Maruyama came up a little short of his dream of becoming a pro surfer, so shaping became his thing. “Shaping,” in this case, has a sort of double meaning. He shapes surfboards as a hobby, including the boards used by his 16-year-old daughter, Chiasa. He also has been instrumental in shaping a potential professional surfing career for Chiasa, if she continues on her current path. Daily Pilot

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