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The Orange County Register recently reported that 57 cannabis dispensaries have applied to open in Costa Mesa, with seven out of the first 16 proposed locations being on Harbor Boulevard. Costa Mesa does not currently have a limit on how many dispensaries can operate, but neighboring city Sa…

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Through Coast Report’s coverage on the current state of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate with testing protocol, we have become aware of certain issues and have developed serious concerns that Orange Coast College is not yet adequately prepared to keep students, faculty and staff safe as we retur…

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Hundreds of Orange County veterans should not be forced to relinquish thousands of dollars of educational financial aid because of their decision to enroll as unvaccinated students. With the General Issue (GI) Bill special COVID-19 rules expiring on Dec. 21, veteran students who are unable t…

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The recent oil-spill in Huntington Beach closed beaches from Bolsa Chica to Dana Point. It threatened the stability of nearby Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve. The disaster has many people calling for a ban on offshore drilling. Leaders of coastal comm…

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As protests against the Vietnam War and support for the civil rights movement surged across the United States in 1971, President Richard Nixon stood in the White House on June 17 and addressed the nation, declaring the “War on Drugs.” Nixon called drugs “public enemy number one.” 

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California State University Long Beach student and freelance photojournalist Pablo Unzueta was covering a late-night police brutality protest in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2020, a week after the killing of Dijon Kizzee, a Black man shot by L.A. deputies 15 times. Unzureta had covered protests s…

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It took 20 years to finally leave Afghanistan. After around 2,400 American deaths, a devastating 71,000 civilian deaths along with $2.2 trillion spent by the U.S, the United States Government thought it was a good idea to pull out of Afghanistan. 

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My experience with COVID-19 has definitely changed from when I first learned about it a year and a half ago. I remember in January 2020 when news broke about the coronavirus and thought the whole thing was funny. It originated in China and I remember saying that it will never make its way to…

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From global warming to nutrition to the smallest details of our lives, scientists keep weighing in, and they rarely get things right on the first try. When politics get involved, it can all start to feel like a game, with rules that change, but consequences that don’t. Never have these chang…

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As we look back on this academic year at Orange Coast College and honor those graduating, the Coast Report Editorial Board would like to acknowledge what an incredible year it has been. In spite of the many technological and social challenges that the 2020-2021 academic school year brought w…

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Two days before the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily suspended due to six reported cases of ties to blood clotting, I was at the Anaheim Convention Center getting my “one and done” vaccine to prevent against COVID-19. 

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Today, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, an annual reminder to governments to respect and uphold freedom of expression. It also serves as a platform to raise awareness and support journalists targeted by their governments.

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The U.S. has a problem with policing. Even admitting that has been a topic of heated discussion for years. Through killing after killing of unarmed Black citizens, Americans keep coming back to this debate – and it’s time to instead make actual progress. 

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April 20 – better known as “4/20” – has been a day long celebrated by stoners – a magical day where some say Snoop Dogg himself will come down the chimney if left cookies at night. Though known as mostly a time for festivity, 4/20 is also a good day to reflect upon the issues surrounding the…

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Huntington Beach found itself the latest battleground in the racial tensions brewing across the country as white supremacists planned a "White Lives Matter Rally" on April 11th. Or, at least that was the plan, before counter protestors flooded the area before their rally started- effectively…

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The Associated Students of Orange Coast College will hold elections April 19 through April 23 at OCCVotes.com.

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The movie “Mean Girls,” on the surface, may seem like a basic, girly coming-of-age comedy. But for those willing to dive deeper, there is a world of genius satire and empowering feminist lessons straight from the brilliant mind of Tina Fey. With Women’s History Month right behind us, it’s a …

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Coast Report would like to announce that in observance of this much-needed and deserved spring break, we will be keeping the lights off for the entire week. In the era of the 24/7 news cycle and constant connectivity, we want to recognize the importance of unplugging and taking some time to …

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The general appeal of cancel culture is to hold people and organizations accountable for their actions, whether it be for inappropriate language or behavior. But holding someone accountable by mob mentality is a slippery slope. 

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“Just say no”– it’s a phrase we’ve all heard as children and young teens, sitting in school classrooms across the country as D.A.R.E. videos played on the TV screen. For many of us, it’s nostalgic as timed math tests, the Scholastic Book Fair and rectangular pizza from the cafeteria. It’s a …

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On Feb. 9, Orange Coast College experienced a tragedy. Two students residing in The Harbour student housing died in suspected overdoses. In light of these events, the editorial board is calling for school officials to immediately begin practicing transparency with the student body. 

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While a 2021 season could give student-athletes an opportunity to make a name for themselves and reach the next level, during this uncertain time, it’s not necessary for Orange Coast College to take the unknown risk of resuming sports. 

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Results of the 2020 election have left many in shock and many overjoyed. This election has taken a huge toll on the emotions of many and has stirred up conversations that may have been difficult in the past. The ballot brought about topics that have been in the spotlight for many years, incl…

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In yet another blow to hospitality workers, on Oct. 2, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 3216 – also known as the Right of Recall Bill – that would have required employers to rehire workers laid off due to the pandemic, offering them the first shot at returning to their jobs. 

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The student government of Orange Coast College will hold elections online starting Monday and running through Oct. 30 at occvotes.com. There are two students running for one senate seat.

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Throughout the first several weeks of the virtual fall semester at Orange Coast College, the question of what will happen for spring lingered, and as of Oct. 2, that question was answered. Orange Coast College will be online for the spring. 

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On Thursday night the Los Angeles Dodgers booked its ticket into the divisional series as it continues its pursuit to claim the Commissioner’s Trophy. However, the same journey does not await its crosstown foe, the Los Angeles Angels.