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    Onward, Cyber Soldier - Diane Vos counterstrike against communist Garden Grove

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoIt's $2 per hour to use the computers at the Vietnam Internet Center, and the 30 machines get a lot of use. Kids tend to play video games, the elderly smile into webcams to keep in touch with loved ones in Vietnam, and softw...

    on January 16, 2003
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    Hansons Disease - Orange makes its residents sick

    Photo by James BunoanFrom their spacious Orange Park Acres home, Mark and Hilarie Moore have an unparalleled view of a giant pile of rock dust and gravel. Just a few dozen yards from their home, that pile is the business end of the Hanson Aggregates...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 16, 2003
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    Beer Hall Politics - Is Costa Mesa being putsched to the right?

    Photo by James BunoanGary Monahan originally ran for Costa Mesa City Council to save his job as a bartender at the Goat Hill Tavern. The city was threatening to shut the place down. Eight years later, the Goat Hill Tavern is still around--and so is ...

    by Nick Schou on January 16, 2003
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    Pick the Next State Coastal Commissioner

    With former Huntington Beach City Councilwoman Shirley Dettloff leaving the California Coastal Commission, many names are being bandied about to replace her. The chart below breaks down some candidates against our nominee, "Cappy" the Capybara. ...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Photo by James BunoanHappy New Year, my crisp little snowpeas! Did you gather round the Christmas Yule log and heartily spread joy (and probably syph, knowing you!) amongst yourselves? Don't bother answering that. I don't actually care. Well, here...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 9, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR Welcome to a New Year and a new format for your favorite off-brand timepiece. Readers who have previously dozed off, fallen nose-first and snotted this very space know that last year we provided day-by-day diary of this mad...

    by Matt Coker on January 9, 2003
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    Shoplifting Celebrity

    illustration by Bob AulI'm a recovering shoplifter, and this is my formal bid to join the ranks of Winona Ryder, Jennifer Capriati, Olga Korbut and Hedy Lamarr. I want to be famous for my exploits. My pedigree is impressive and starts this way: many...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 9, 2003
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    on January 9, 2003
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    Skot Armstrong - A long and harrowing account of how and where the artist grew up

    Behind the beige paint, each of the identical housing tracts throughout our county houses freaks and lovers. Take the one in Buena Park where Skot Armstrong lives--near an electrical-generating station and the Wax Museum. Even though we've been frie...

    by SKOT ARMSTRONG on January 9, 2003
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    Old School Politics - In Santa Ana, school construction takes a backseat to aggressive campaign fund-raising

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThree years ago, Santa Ana voters passed Measure C, approving $145 million for the construction of new schools to serve the city's swelling student population. So far, they've gotten almost nothing for the money--except const...

    by Nick Schou on January 9, 2003
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    Boned Again - TO: Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney FROM: Anthony "Tony" Pignataro

    Everyone knows you screwed the county when you agreed to settle ARCO's gas-station leaks for a measly $8 million. Now we know how much you've cost us: at least $43 million. You and your reliable friends in the media reported that your ARCO settlem...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Mine Kampf - Orange home project plagued by the law that time forgot

    Photo by James BunoanOpen space is increasingly rare in Orange County, but even so, Fieldstone Homes' plans for the city of Orange seem improbable. The Newport Beach-based homebuilder has asked city officials for permission to build 180 houses in th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 9, 2003
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    Mr. Scourge - Activists remember Planning Director Thomas Mathews

    Illustration by Mark DanceyWith the county's open space disappearing as fast as the deficits mount in his mismanaged agency, Orange County Planning Department Director Thomas Mathews will resign Jan. 9 after 28 years of county service. Nothing in ...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Lost Year - 2002 was the year that sucked the chrome off the future

    We have no future. Our ideals are being ground beneath the dead weight of our own empire. We walk in darkness. You are standing on my foot. That's pretty much the year in review. I could do my usual thing and trot out a litany of horrors culled fr...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 2, 2003
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    The Year in Girl - Congressman Rohrabacher? Meet Jan from the Vandals!

    Photo by Denise Truscello?Sauced Newport Congressman Dana Rohrabacher hangs out at the Kitsch Bar while his young hipster wife, Rhonda, spins. Mere feet away, humping his date on the Kitsch Bar bar, is Jan from the Vandals. History is made. ?At Ne...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 2, 2003
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    Dedicated to the Mayor of Long Beach

    OC has produced its share of glamorous, global music celebs in the near-decade since "Come Out and Play." But for every Dexter or Gwen, there's a small nation of anonymous underlings doing the wicked, nasty grunt work for them. They're the people wh...

    by Rich Kane on January 2, 2003
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    Spot the Gas Leak - The year in Tony Rackauckas

    Four years ago, Republican Tony Rackauckas was elected Orange County District Attorney and quickly announced that his would be a green administration. Within two days of moving into the county Hall of Administration, the former judge and prosecutor ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 2, 2003
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    Ayn Rand Institute Looks Back in Anger

    The "forgotten" heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 "The businessman is the one who devotes his mind to producing wealth. He is the creator of the American way of life. Without his present and past actions, our daily lives would resemble the dismal existence...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 2, 2003
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    Ken Maddox, We Hardly Knew Ye

    After the crap he pulled during the summer of 2002, we don't think we even know state Assemblyman Ken Maddox, anymore. That's not a bad thing. See, we were sure the Garden Grove Republican was a dedicated anti-environmentalist. He had year after yea...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 2, 2003
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    Bad News: Everybody Wins

    Photo by Jeanne RiceFor the first half of this year, the city of Garden Grove was at war. The conflict was over such basic issues as land, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--happiness being either a ranch-style home or a Motel 6. In the end, th...

    by Nick Schou on January 2, 2003
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