Random Reader Comment: Injunctions like these are self-fulfilling prophecies. When you make it a crime to be outside your house on the sidewalk in the company of your family members, you have effectively destroyed that person’s life. (Stoop, May 15)

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Now Playing in Court: Rent
The ACLU sued the Newport-Mesa Unified School District March 18 “for permitting and sanctioning an atmosphere that is hostile to female, lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students in general and has led to despicable threats of violence against one student in particular” at Corona del Mar High School. It was more fallout from the staging, cancellation and restaging of Jonathan Larson’s hugely popular Broadway musical Rent on campus. A then-unidentified, 17-year-old female student involved in the production was targeted with rape and death threats by male students amid an atmosphere of homophobia on the campus that the district had done little to squelch, charged the ACLU. When the matter was settled as the current school year began, Loyola Marymount freshman Hail Ketchum-Wiggins came forward to reveal she was the student victimized by three Corona del Mar varsity football players in a Facebook video, which also directed homophobic remarks at another student. Despite the girl’s outraged parents having demanded action from the vice principal, principal, campus security, the school district, Newport Beach police and the DA, the football players were never disciplined, although they were honored for their on-field prowess. But after the ACLU got involved, the district agreed to provide district administrators and all Corona del Mar High teachers, staff and students mandatory training on protecting students based on their sex and gender identifications and to survey all students there to determine the level of bias against others that exists on campus so that reforms can be implemented. (MC)

Duvall gets spanked
Trevor Keen
Duvall gets spanked
Great Park, hot air
Trevor Keen
Great Park, hot air

Random Reader Comment: Kudos to you, Hail, for enduring what no person should ever endure—and for your courage. The school should be shamed and ashamed for not coming forward immediately to help to protect you from the cowardly asses who threatened you. (Seriously, Sept. 10)

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Don Henley vs. Chuck DeVore . . . and, gulp, OC Weekly
As an April Fool’s prank, the Chuck DeVore for Senate campaign posted on YouTube an anti-Obama video parody set to the music of Don Henley’s hit “Boys of Summer.” Only 591 people had clicked on the thing before YouTube informed, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Don Henley.” But DeVore kept the video up on his campaign website, arguing that parody is protected free speech. Navel Gazing also shared the video as part of reporting on all this. After a letter from Henley’s lawyer arrived accusing the Weekly of copyright infringement, the video was removed from Navel Gazing. DeVore refused to do the same on his site, tried to get other local news outlets to cover the spat and created a second video that ripped off Henley’s “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” for the anti-Barbara Boxer ditty “All She Wants to Do Is Tax.” So, the Eagles founder dragged the state assemblyman into federal court, where the case remains. (Spencer Kornhaber)

Random Reader Comment: Back in the 1980s, Mojo Nixon wrote and performed a song titled “Don Henley Must Die,” and Henley only laughed that off. It seems that because the culprit this time is a Republican, the joke’s not so funny. But the Eagles still suck. (Laurence, April 20)

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Fallen Angel’s Driver Also DUI
Shortly after midnight on April 9, Andrew Gallo drove his van through a red light at Lemon Street and Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton and smashed into a car passing through the intersection. Gallo escaped the collision unharmed, got out of his van and ran from the scene. Not so lucky was the other car’s driver, Courtney Stewart, a 20-year-old college student from Diamond Bar, and passengers Henry Pearson, Nick Adenhart (the 22-year-old Anaheim Angels pitcher) and Jon Wilhite. Stewart, Pearson and Adenhart all died at the scene; Wilhite suffered what doctors described as an internal decapitation and recuperated at his parents’ home in Murietta. Gallo, an alcoholic who had a prior DUI arrest on his record, was quickly arrested and charged with three counts of murder, as well as fleeing the scene of an accident. After the county coroner refused a request to review autopsy reports from the accident, the Weekly obtained a toxicological report showing Stewart was also driving while intoxicated. (Nick Schou)

Random Reader Comment: Bottom line is this: It ain’t just us wabs who drink and drive: Fuckin’ crackers do it just as much if not more! . . . Yeah, Gallo is the fucked wab in this case, but little Miss All America, well, she ain’t looking so perfect now, right? (Cesar, June 11)

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Teabagging, Santa Ana-Style
Megan Barth, who organized the Tea Party rally at Santa Ana’s Civic Center plaza on April 15, seemed to be fishing for a slogan as she addressed the crowd of hundreds (or, according to Barth, 3,500). “I got involved in this grassroots movement not because I’m a Republican. Not because I’m a Democrat. Not because I’m an Independent,” she said. “I am here . . . because I am an American!” Woo! “We are not the ‘Party of No.’ We are not the party of ‘Yes, We Can.’ We are the party of . . . ‘Yes, We Care!’” All right! “We are not red. We are not blue. We are . . . red, white and blue!” Totally! The gist of the grievances listed on the homemade signs, shouted en masse and discussed in interviews with the teabaggers was America has become—or maybe is about to become—a socialist, despotic country. Most views espoused were just forcefully stated conservative tenets: We need smaller government, fewer taxes, more transparency. Oh, and Obama isn’t an American citizen. (SK)

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