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    The Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame - 2003 Inductee Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney

    Illustrations by Bob AulRepublicans tell us we'd like Rackauckas if we knew Rackauckas like they know Rackauckas. Here's what we know: he gave a Glock as a gift to a man his own staff regarded as an organized crime suspect. He was the subject of a 2...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Letters

    TERMINATE 'THE PEOPLE' OC Weekly's lunatic endorsement of '50s-retro state Senator Tom McClintock for governor is one more denial in the myopic delusion, common to all parties, about the roots of California's budget deficit [R. Scott Moxley's "The...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The Thin Boo Line! - Orange Countys 31 scariest cops!

    Illustration by Ward Sutton It's Halloween, a season of rapid transformations, when your neighbors reveal who they really are by dimming their lights and pretending they're not home. When alcoholics who haven't been drunk since United Nations Day (O...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Fieldstoned - A Newport developer sends staff into the streets, garbage cans to shut down an Orange referendum

    Photo by Jack GouldThey've lobbied Orange residents with glossy fliers, purchased the official support of Orange Park Acres, even set aside valuable property for future parkland. But now it seems the only way Fieldstone Homes can ensure its conversi...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Safe For Now - Register eludes slash-and-burner Singleton

    What goes around came around for big, bad "newspaper" publisher William Dean Singleton (Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News) last week. After months of negotiations, Freedom Communications pulled the rug out from under his plan to buy ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 6, 2003
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    Murder, He Wrote - Brother alleges county is covering up El Toro colonels murder

    A man who claims military officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station executed his brother and staged the murder to look like a suicide now says at least one high-ranking county investigator agrees with him. In a Sept. 16 letter to the Orange Co...

    by Nick Schou on November 6, 2003
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    The White Lady Was Brown - 100 years ago, fighting the Southern Pacific could get you killed in OC

    Now she's just a ghost story, something to scare the kids with. But in life, Modesta Avila put a scare into Orange County burghers by defying the most powerful corporation in California. Her act of defiance made her Orange County's first convicted f...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on November 6, 2003
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    Best of OC!

    Fox TV's The O.C. comes to the real OC, sort of. We met cast members Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson at 5th and Sunset Los Angeles photo studios along with photographer Jorge Salas and make-up artist Jeffrey Paul. Together, we helped the kids engag...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Death and the Sale Woman

    Cindy Koch is a soldier, and her weapons are a cash register, a price tag, an eagle eye and, when necessary, a cold heart. So next Saturday about 11 a.m., when you're downing your third mimosa at some twee bruncherie, think of her out there shiverin...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on October 30, 2003
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    Real Men Make Furniture

    In lighter--or perhaps, heavier--moments, Kevan Sledge can break an empty beer bottle over his head, casually smoothing the glass from his pompadour with a thick, callused hand. Depending on the day, his ride of choice is either a prewar, customiz...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on October 30, 2003
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    Mom and Pop and Butt Plugs

    Photo by James BunoanIrvine should be a hotbed for sex: lots of limo-rental agencies, lots of airport hotels, lots of dudes and ladies on "business trips," and plenty of OC Weeklys with escort ads at all the coffee shops. But somehow it's not--oh, G...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 30, 2003
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    Strip Mall

    Photo by James BunoanNo one will tell you their name. No one will let you stay in their store for more than five minutes, except for the adult DVD place and the strip club. And no one knows quite what to say when you start asking questions, giving y...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 30, 2003
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    Best Shopping and Porn

    Photo by Tenaya HillsBEST PLACE TO EXCHANGE MONEY FOR SEX Parking-lot blowjobs are so 2002. In the future, sex is just the natural progression from shiatsu at massage parlors: all you gotta do is not dress like a cop, say you've been there before ...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Sorry? Man, This is my Business

    I met Vincent (the name he gave after considerable thought and an elongated glance) outside Edison Field as I shopped for tickets for me and my son to that evening's game between the Angels and White Sox. We talked a little business, and then we tal...

    by Steve Lowery on October 30, 2003
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    Never, Ever, EVAH, Take This Terrific Hike

    From an airplane, after the early-spring rains, Bommer Canyon appears to be a massive, green middle finger. Bordered on one side by the wealthy new Shady Canyon development and on the other by the wealthy old neighborhood of Turtle Ridge, now owned ...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on October 30, 2003
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    Come to Papa - Rampage Jackson: Savage brawler, loving father

    Photo by Jeanne RiceQuinton "Rampage" Jackson--mixed martial-arts maestro, No. 1 middleweight Pride Fighting contender, Costa Mesa resident--arrives in a fittingly beefy, black Ford Expedition with large, white letters spelling out Memphisacross the...

    by ANGIE DRISKELL on October 30, 2003
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    Best Politics, Art, and Outdoor Sports

    BEST PLACE EVER We write about the Atlantis Playcenter every year, and we will not stop. In the past, we've called it the "coolest park in Orange County," but that probably didn't do it justice since it's probably the coolest place in Orange Count...

    on October 30, 2003
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    We Have Lots of Dead Animals - AAA Electra 99 is making art a threat again

    Photo by Jack GouldChris Burden might have turned a lot of heads in the art world when he let his friends shoot a .22 into his arm, but at Anaheim's AAA Electra 99 gallery, hijinks like that wouldn't impress anyone. Gallery overlord Richard Johnson-...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 30, 2003
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    Revitalize This

    Log on to the Olson Co.'s website, www.theolsonco.com. Go ahead. We'll wait. Once you're there, you'll find the site festooned with revolving photos of bright jars of daisies and cool, artsy chessboards--just the things with which you'll doubtless...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 30, 2003
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    Breakfast at the Beach Ball

    Photo by James BunoanAfter spending what had been a typical whiskey-drenched Tuesday night out with some friends, the idea of going to the Beach Ball at 6 a.m. the next morning seemed ingenious--fun, even. When the alarm went off five hours later,...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on October 30, 2003
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