2014 Archive Stories News

Kemp trade is latest piece of Dodgers' reconstruction

Thu Dec 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The Dodgers reached agreement on two transactions and officially announced three others involving 14 players in all Wednesday – and managed not to shed an outfielder, the one transaction everyone agreed they need to make this winter. That changed in the early hours of Thursday morning. Capping an unprecede

Reports: Dodgers trade Kemp to Padres for catcher Grandal

Thu Dec 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp is no longer a Dodger, and the Dodgers' massive roster rehaul is one step closer to completion. As he walked to the podium at the Manchester Grand Hyatt five minutes before midnight Wednesday to finally announce upgrading at second base by dealing away Dee Gordon and netting Howie Kendrick, Dodgers president of bas

In flurry of moves, Dodgers get Angels' Kendrick, Phillies' Rollins

Wed Dec 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO – Dee Gordon flew from his home in Florida to Los Angeles and spent Wednesday morning at an elementary school then attended the re-opening of a youth league field in Tujunga as part of the Dodgers’ community outreach program. It was the last time he will be on a baseball field wearing a Dodgers jersey. Gordo

Wait for Social Security disability benefits can be years long

Mon Dec 08, 2014

Sally Greer devoted much of her adult life to helping people. She took counseling classes in college. She got a master’s degree in negotiation and conflict management. She spent years as an educator. She took care of the elderly. She even had the ultimate caretaker job: mom. But when her body began betraying her, sh

Giant doughnut home again at Long Beach's new Dunkin' Donuts

Mon Dec 08, 2014

LONG BEACH – The prodigal pastry has returned. The iconic doughnut sign that has drawn motorists’ eyes on Seventh Street since the 1950s has been restored and was returned to its home Monday at the site of a new Dunkin’ Donuts that is opening Tuesday. Dunkin’ Donuts created controversy in January when the

New carpool connector opens, linking 605 to 405 freeway

Mon Dec 08, 2014

SEAL BEACH -- The first of three fly-over carpool lanes scheduled to open this week did so as planned, officials said, easing the transition for commuters traveling from the southbound 605 freeway to the southbound 405. The connecting bridge was one of three expected to open this week, which transportation officials will help bring some

McDonald's takes O.C. test burger to the nation

Mon Dec 08, 2014

A year-long McDonald’s custom burger test that launched first in Orange County is growing from four locations to 2,000 across the U.S., the fast-food chain said Monday. The “Create Your Taste” menu lets McDonald’s customers build their own burger with upscale ingredients while using a touch-screen tablet. A bulk o

Millennial madness: Retailers, restaurants take aim at Generation Y

Mon Dec 08, 2014

The average age of Wienerschnitzel’s most loyal customer is 47. And that’s a big problem for fast-food executive J.R. Galardi, whose chief task is mining the company’s next generation of customers: millennials. The generation of 77 million, ages 18 to 36, represents 24 percent of the population, on par with baby boo

Next step for undocumented California drivers: Insurance

Mon Dec 08, 2014

Starting Jan. 1, unauthorized immigrants can get California driver’s licenses, but before they can register their vehicles they’ll need one more, pricier item -- auto insurance. Another state law is aimed at fixing that. Also starting Jan. 1, unauthorized immigrants for the first time are eligible to buy insurance through

Fire damages eight classrooms at Bolsa Grande High School

Mon Dec 08, 2014

GARDEN GROVE – Two social sciences classrooms were gutted and a firefighter was sent to a hospital after a blaze broke out at Bolsa Grande High School Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. The fire, the cause of which was unknown, began at 1:15 p.m. in one wing of the campus and damaged eight classrooms, said spokesman Jeff Spargu

Condé Nast Traveler ranks JWA top 5 in the nation; LAX one of the worst

Thu Dec 04, 2014

With holiday travel kicked into high gear, it might be a good idea to review airport options across the U.S. National publication Condé Nast Traveler ranked the 10 best and 10 worst airports in America based on readers’ votes. Some of the biggest airports, including LAX, got the lowest rankings, and John Wayne Airport ranked

On the Job: Some employers are giving a big thumbs-down to performance reviews

Wed Dec 03, 2014

During the 13 years Craig Martin worked at Nordstrom, he came to loathe annual performance reviews. As an employee, getting reviewed was painful. The evaluations always included his strengths and weaknesses. But “the opportunities for improvement were the only things I could focus on once they put the paper in front of me,&rdqu

Rainstorm has Silverado Canyon on high alert for flooding, landslides

Wed Dec 03, 2014

After months of dryness and years of a historic drought, the rain began in earnest around 8 a.m. Tuesday and Orange County residents finally had to deal with wet pavement and mud, creating dangers of wrecks on the roadways, along with flooding and landslides in the canyons. The rainstorm was expected to last up to 24 hours in Souther

Ex-employee accuses Zillow of sexual harassment in federal lawsuit

Tue Dec 02, 2014

A former Zillow employee in Orange County accused her managers in a federal lawsuit of maintaining an “adult frat house” atmosphere at the firm’s Irvine office. Former sales associate Rachel Kremer said in the lawsuit that her ex-bosses ranked her by her breast size, repeatedly made overt sexual comments, asked her

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