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    A River Will Run Through It - Orange officials okay plan to build homes in Santiago creek streambed

    Photo by James BunoanOrange hasn't got the technical firepower to handle developers--there's not a single hydrologist or geologist on the city's staff. Still, it's surprising officials didn't have the street smarts to say no to a proposal to build 1...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 26, 2002
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    Chasing the Light - Aloysious Dougherty and the art of travel

    Photo by James BunoanA few months ago, I ran into Thomas Jeffrey Aloysious Dougherty III in a Costa Mesa coffeehouse. He told me he was leaving--not just the coffee house, but Costa Mesa. California. The West--for New York City. I thought he meant...

    by WILL SWAIM on December 26, 2002
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    Lawyers, Monks and Money - Fee decree may 'chill' enviro lawsuits

    Photo by James BunoanThe Vedanta Society of Southern California, owners of a monastery in Trabuco Canyon and the 40 acres of bucolic land that surround it, is used to kicking ass on developers and county officials in court. But some fear a rare le...

    by Matt Coker on December 26, 2002
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    Subliminable Action Hero - Irvine's Bush doll takes on Barbie

    Illustration by Bob AulOC may be superior to LA in many ways, but until now the Colossus of the North remained unchallenged in at least one: 12-inch dolls with an unintentional dark side. North of the county line lies El Segundo, home of Mattel, who...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on December 26, 2002
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    El Dia de Nuestro Senor Nativo - The faithful worship Lopez

    Illustration by Bob AulThe pilgrims trek through the frigid darkness on this Dec. 12--the festival day of Our Lady of Guadalupe--toward El Mariachi Restaurant in Orange. They quickly fill the dimly lit house of worship, filled with love for their pa...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 26, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, Dec. 2 After being served eviction papers today, Cal State Fullerton frat boyspunch holes in walls, pour paint on bathroom fixtures and generally trash their former animal house before vamoosing. Damage to the former Sigma Pi fourplex is est...

    by Matt Coker on December 19, 2002
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    Yes, Fat Chicks! - Big beautiful women rock the house

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfMonica wore chic black punctuated with glittery blue butterfly wings on her back like she was a Club Rubber stripper. A pretty brunette with the cleavage of five strong women, she was maybe pushing 23. She was also maybe p...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 19, 2002
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    Shopping for Armageddon - Humbuggery at the mall

    Photo by Leslie SmithAt this time of year, you can practically hear the whine of human anxiety rise a pitch as each of the scant few days remaining before Christmas ticks off, and more voices join the chorus of those asking, "Whatever shall I get fo...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 19, 2002
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    Pocket Rocket

    As the experts spend their time plowing through the 12,000-page arms report released by the Iraqis last week, and as Bush insiders continue their cynical debate on how best to serve their twin desires for warmongering and political advancement, the ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 19, 2002
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    Drive-by Big Gulp

    Illustration by Bob AulTo those two little pukes who nailed me in THE BACK with a friggin' Big Gulp full of ice and shit: I was minding my own goddamn business on my road bike, going across the Pacific Coast Highway bridge into Seal Beach. It was re...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 19, 2002
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    Hillside Strangers - Trabuco Canyon monks brace for major changes to their quiet lives

    Photo by James BunoanIf grape vineyards covered the rolling hills below, you might think you were standing in the shadow of an old California winery. Brick walls, large windows, Spanish-style archways, red-tile roofs, bell tower--it's the architectu...

    by Matt Coker on December 19, 2002
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    on December 19, 2002
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    Train In Vain - Placentia! Honk if you hate whistles!

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSomething like the 50th train of the day was passing within 100 yards of Nancy Esterberg's little back yard in housing-tract Placentia, rattling the precisely landscaped earth and shattering the fragile suburban air, not to menti...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 19, 2002
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    Slate Nailer - Conservative James Lacy plays turncoat to sway elections

    Photo by James BunoanJames Lacy has a long history in right-wing politics. The Dana Point planning commissioner, constitutional-law attorney and political consultant is a former national chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom. He's also one of ...

    by Nick Schou on December 19, 2002
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    Null and Boyd - Crooked councilman gets kid-glove treatment

    The biggest reason we remember and admire the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko was his uncompromising belief that politicians who abused the public trust in exchange for cash were very nearly the lowest scum on the planet. "History teaches us that ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 19, 2002
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    Un-KUOL - 90.9 was a radio station too good to be true

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe storyline of Santa Ana-based indie radio station KUOL-FM 90.9 has degenerated into a soap opera. First, KUOL-FM 90.9 no longer exists. It's now simply the Crush, and it broadcasts 24/7 only on www.theorangecrush.com. And that...

    by Rich Kane on December 19, 2002
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    Rage Against the Voting Machine - Thank Florida for electronic elections

    The coup that installed George W. Bush as the United States' first mentally retarded president, slathered the Bill of Rights with Wite-Out and can't hardly wait to violate the most basic tenet of international law--hell, human decency--by starting a...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 19, 2002
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    With the Name of the Warrior - Rapper Yaoh finds his future in his past

    Photo by James BunoanThere's an unremarkable little office space in a nondescript industrial park off an even more nondescript back street in Tustin, looks like home to someone's struggling income-tax firm, or an after-hours chapter of Alcoholics An...

    on December 12, 2002
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    Pour It Like a Kettle - The Pop Narcotic will set you free

    Photo by James BunoanAs mad, fantastic, conquer-the-world, where's-my-bitches, pass-the-Courvoisier rock & roll superstardom goes, the Pop Narcotic are crapping out. Label deals have collapsed. They made just one album; it was never released, though...

    by Rich Kane on December 12, 2002
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    Great Balls of Fire, Literally - Greg Topper still rules the lounge

    Photo by James BunoanNearly any tale that begins with the words, "I always wore cotton underwear" holds some promise, don't you think? Greg Topper, the once and always king of OC rock & roll, is holding forth on his resplendent period in the 1970s...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 12, 2002
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