6:26 AM EDT, Thu September 21, 2017
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California Highway Patrol investigating death on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano

California Highway Patrol investigating death on 5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The California Highway Patrol was investigating the death of person on the southbound 5 Freeway on Wednesday night, emergency dispatchers said. The incident was reported on the 5 just south of the Ortega Highway exit shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Information about the victim’s gender, and whether the person […]
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Angels fall to Indians again, despite late rally

Angels fall to Indians again, despite late rally

ANAHEIM — If the Angels can right their ship enough to make the wild card game, and they can manage to win that game, there’s a good chance their reward will be more of the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps then they’ll be able to beat them. The Angels’ 6-5 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night […]
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Best of Orange County 2017 winners celebrated at Anaheim gala

Best of Orange County 2017 winners celebrated at Anaheim gala

ANAHEIM — Orange County’s finest places to eat, shop and play, as chosen by Orange County Register readers, were honored in a celebration Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Best of Orange County, an annual publication of the Register now in its 24th year, collected 120,000 votes in nearly 100 categories […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best blind/shutter store

Best of Orange County 2017: Best blind/shutter store

1. Bockman’s 1008 N. Tustin Ave., Anaheim 714-630-4455 bockmaninteriors.com Jon Bockman noticed one trend in the past couple of months. As he prepared to tear down old window blinds and shutters to set up new ones in homes, people reminded him of it. “The customers will go, ‘Do you know who did that?’ ” Bockman […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best bakery

Best of Orange County 2017: Best bakery

1. French’s Pastry Bakery multiple locations frenchspastry.com French’s Pastry Bakery has been an Orange County institution since 1965. Started by Frank French, it is currently run by the Gonzales family, who bought the business in 1990 and stay true to the recipes of the original owner. French’s signature treat is a Wagon Wheel – a […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Critic’s choice: Best shopping/dining destination

Best of Orange County 2017: Critic’s choice: Best shopping/dining destination

Pacific City 21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; 714-930-2345 gopacificcity.com Park downstairs and glide up the escalator on your way to H&M for a little shopping. You spot the store, then do a double take: On your right you see the ocean, a golden shore and palm fronds quivering in the breeze. And that’s pretty much […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best wine war

Best of Orange County 2017: Best wine war

1. The Twisted Vine 127 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton 714-871-1200 www.twistedvinewines.com A Napa-loving couple, Chris and Jessica Castillo, decided to bring their shared passion to Orange County. The result is a wine bar that’s perfect for romantic dates in a cozy historical building. Inside downtown Fullerton’s Twisted Vine you’ll find glowing candles, lounge seating and small […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best department store

Best of Orange County 2017: Best department store

1. Nordstrom Multiple locations 888-282-6060 shop.nordstrom.com Early 2017 witnessed a first: the closing of a Nordstrom store in Orange County. The 29-year-old MainPlace store in Santa Ana closed due partly to performance issues, the Seattle-based retailer told the Register. But Register readers, who voted the chain No. 1, needn’t worry. There are five remaining full-line […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best jeweler/jewelry store

Best of Orange County 2017: Best jeweler/jewelry store

1. The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest 21771 Lake Forest Drive, No. 109, Lake Forest 949-855-9778 thejewelryboxlf.com The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest has been featured in the Best of Orange County seven years straight now. And that’s because of the store’s community involvement, passion for quality and strong relationships with customers, said Jack Levenson, […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Critic’s choice: Best home improvement store

Best of Orange County 2017: Critic’s choice: Best home improvement store

Orchard Supply Hardware 10081 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach 714-377-0794 osh.com I can’t think of very many places where you can pick up a $400 digital electric smoker, grab a jumbo pack of paper towels and find your size in Dickies work shorts — then grab a Moon Pie and a cold root beer on your […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best home improvement store

Best of Orange County 2017: Best home improvement store

1. The Home Depot Multiple locations homedepot.com Fear not if you breeze past the freeway exit that was supposed to take you to the nearest Home Depot. Chances are, if you keep going, another orange sign will soon appear on the horizon. With more than 20 locations in Orange County, The Home Depot has a […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best romantic restaurant

Best of Orange County 2017: Best romantic restaurant

1. The Cellar Restaurant & Spirit Room 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton 714-525-5682 cellardining.com Descend into another world with Disney-esque charm — the walls were fabricated by the craftsmen who created the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. At any time of day the Cellar seems to glow, illuminated by genuine candlelight. “It’s quaint, cozy and […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best run/race

Best of Orange County 2017: Best run/race

1. Disneyland Half Marathon 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim 407-938-3398 rundisney.com For more than 20 years, the Disneyland Half Marathon has attracted more than 13,000 participants from all over the world to run the 13.1 miles through the streets of Anaheim and its theme parks, while being cheered on by all of the classic Disney […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best museum

Best of Orange County 2017: Best museum

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana 714-567-3600 bowers.org Once again, Bowers Museum has taken the No. 1 spot on our readers’ list of top museums in the county, and it’s easy to see why. Founded in 1936, it’s one of the county’s largest museums, with more than 120,000 works of art in its […]
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Best of Orange County 2017: Best campus venue

Best of Orange County 2017: Best campus venue

Some of Orange County’s best performing arts facilities can be found on college campuses. The Irvine Barclay Theatre started the trend more than three decades ago with an elegant, 750-seat venue on UC Irvine’s northeastern boundary. With its sleek, prow-like glass foyer and inviting patio, it looked nothing like a standard-issue campus building. Since then, […]