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Woman Arrested for Embezzlement

A 14-year employee of a Newport Beach architectural firm was arrested this week for allegedly embezzling more than  $150,000 to finance personal expenses including a license for her new business. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Suzanne Denise Baumann,...

Alarming Increase in Toxic Ocean Organisms

Five of the last seven years have seen blooms of Pseudo-nitchia, a species of phytoplankton that produces domoic acid (DA), a deadly neuro-toxin, in the waters off California. Harmful algal blooms (HAB’s) occur when conditions – namely sunlight and nutrients – are favorable for...