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Newsletter: TimesOC: No cannabis events or sales at fairgrounds, board rules

The policy says the cannabis ban is needed because of the proximity of the Fair & Event Center to schools and other places where children gather.
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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 28. Here’s what’s been happening around O.C.

Top story

No cannabis events or sales at O.C. fairgrounds, board rules

The Orange County Fair Board has banned cannabis-related events and the sale of cannabis products and related paraphernalia at the fairgrounds. Daily Pilot

Around the county

UCI review clears pro-Israeli group of allegations it helped harass pro-Palestinian group


A UC Irvine review has cleared an Israeli student support group of allegations of aiding Israeli military veterans in harassing a Palestinian support group during a four-day on-campus event last year. Students for Justice in Palestine alleged that at times during an Anti-Zionism Week the Palestine group sponsored, Students Supporting Israel aided and abetted Israeli veterans in verbally threatening, sexually harassing and following members of the Palestine group. Daily Pilot

Jack Tyler, cat detective, and his dog Daphne track down fleeing felines

Jack Tyler is a cat detective. He considers himself the world’s first. TimesOC

UCI researchers: Moderate alcohol or coffee may help you live into your 90s


Those who drink moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol may increase their chances of living into their 90s, according to UC Irvine researchers. Daily Pilot


Mission Viejo City Council rejects district elections, seeks alternatives

Mission Viejo is looking for an alternative to solve its racially polarized voting problem after the City Council unanimously decided district elections won’t work for the city, in an unusual move for an Orange County city struggling with racially separated voting attitudes. Voice of OC

Democratic candidates for Congress square off in O.C.

Five Democrats looking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa squared off at a debate in San Juan Capistrano, struggling to differentiate themselves in a crowded and open race. Los Angeles Times


Lawsuit accuses construction companies of not paying $200,000 in wages and taxes

The Orange County district attorney’s office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a group of building companies, alleging they failed to pay more than $200,000 in wages and state taxes on a construction project at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Daily Pilot

Food & drink

Want a doughnut with that hamburger? O.C. shops offer the peculiar duo


There is no right way to eat a burger and a doughnut together. To eat both in a single meal is like drinking coffee and beer at the same time. TimesOC

Costa Mesa entrepreneur imports Baja wines to Orange County

Southern Californians have enjoyed a glut of wine-producing real estate thanks to Temecula and Santa Ynez, but Jim Riley believes that the future of viticulture lies below San Ysidro — a future that began with the history of Spanish colonization. TimesOC

Life & arts

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ opens at OC Fair & Event Center

Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia,” which takes audiences in a “waking dream” to an imaginary Mexico, runs through March 25 at the OC Fair & Event Center. TimesOC

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