California declares Measles Outbreak that originated at Disneyland over

All it took was one non-vaccinated guest exposed to measles who visited Disneyland while they were infectious, but before symptoms developed, to create an outbreak that infected 131 people in California and dozens of others in at least seven other…

McFarland USA Trailer, a promising feel-good sports film from Disney

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t the only Disney movie to have a new trailer drop during the College Football National Championship, Disney’s 2015 sports feel-good movie McFarland, USA also had a new trailer.

I’ll admit that looks much better than I thought it would be. Kevin Costner can always be counted to put in a solid performance in movies like this and, while the formula may look familiar, the story isn’t.

What did you think?

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Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Lagoon an example of good water management

Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage official reopened from a long refurbishment on September 27th. To accomplish the updates to the attraction’s scenes, rockwork and coral over 5 million gallons of water were drained from the lagoon. If you’re thinking that…

Junk Metal: Inside the California Disney Pin Counterfeiting Bust

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A Note on Sources

The following article is based primarily on documents on file with the Superior Court of California, County of Orange in the case of The People of The State of California vs. Larry James Allred and Robert Edward Smyrak, 11NF1191.

My research in these was supplemented by telephone interviews with the defense attorneys involved (I thank them for taking the time to speak with me); law enforcement press releases; public record searches; and, in a few instances, previous media reports from reputable news-gathering organizations such as the Los Angeles Times.—Mike Bastoli

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eptember 29, 2011 was not a good day for Robert Edward Smyrak. At 8:00 AM in Courtroom N3 of the North Justice Center in Fullerton, California, the 52-year-old Anaheim man appeared before Judge Nicholas Thompson of the Superior Court of California, Orange County to receive his sentence.

Smyrak, who goes by Bob, was pleading guilty to one count of felony trademark infringement. The penalty, at least as paper, would be one year in jail, three years probation, plus restitution. In truth, because of overcrowding in California’s prisons, he would serve out his sentence entirely at home, through supervised house arrest. But it was still, to be sure, an unfortunate turn of events for the IT operations manager whose most serious prior conviction was for using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Smyrak’s journey into California’s madhouse corrections system had begun, at least in earnest, in the early days of 2010, with a little help from a friend, Larry James Allred, then aged 56 and a resident of nearby Walnut.

Univeral Studios Hollywood Will Go Forward With Expansion, Harry Potter

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I spent most of the 90s visiting Universal Studios Hollywood almost every month. In doing so, I really got to know the tightly packed acreage that made up Southern California’s second most popular themepark. It’s taken some doing, but they’ve finally gotten final approval to go forward with the next stage in the development of Universal Studios.

The first projects of NBCUniversal’s 25-year Evolution Plan with be tied to adding the much anticipated west coast version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The total plan represents a $1.6 billion investment in tourism and production in Southern California. This long-term investment in two industries that are vital to Los Angeles will create more than 30,000 jobs and generate $2 billion of economic activity during operations for the region.