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    Brown Peril, Part Dos - The Media Campaign to Gang-ify South County Latinos is OnAgain

    Keith MayIt's been nearly 10 years since the gruesome death of 17-year-old Steven Woods, but the media's depiction of South County Latinos as gangbangers hasn't changed a bit. Woods, you'll recall, died in late 1993 after he and his Anglo friends cl...

    on August 14, 2003
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    TOTAL RECALL - How Darrell Issa really got rich

    Illustration by Bob AulForget $35 million. According to the latest figures from the Secretary of State's office, the Davis recall election will cost Californians between $53 million and $66 million. On the county level, the cost for OC alone is esti...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on August 14, 2003
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    Simpering Whores - Notes from the front!

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfOur souls were salved when the immortal Miss Loretta Lynn! came to town Sunday night to croon to the Crazy Horse Saloon. And we even forgot politics and the Davis recall for a minute, till one of her dorky Nashville backup...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 7, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, July 21 For a paper that's made plenty of hay distancing itself from Los Angeles, the Register is doing a great job of running interference for Lakers star Kobe Bryant, charged the previous Friday with sexual assault. Though most local media...

    by Steve Lowery on August 7, 2003
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    Dont Bitch, Vote Kucinich! - OC activists rally to underdog candidate

    Photo by Matt OttoI've decided to get excited about supporting Dennis Kucinich. I've even learned how to spell his name, so there's no turning back now. I've never seen Kucinich speak. Given the way our media is run now, he could be president and ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 7, 2003
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    Obi-Won Kenobi

    Illustration by Bob AulWe came into your Fullerton bookstore and you shadowed us, perhaps thinking we'd steal books because we have tattoos. You questioned us on our true interest in books, implying that we might not be able to read. Then you attemp...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 7, 2003
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    Clubbed!

    Perhaps it was just the room-swirling raspberry lemonade shooter--or the 17 rounds of gin and tonics leading up to it--but a few minutes after leaving the Red Room last Thursday, curled up in bed and watching the closing credits on Conan, I pondered...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on August 7, 2003
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    A Tale of Two Shootings - When it comes to cops and crew-cut Latinos, justice isn't blind -- it's suspect

    Illustration by Ward SuttonOn May 20, LA's Staples Center featured a never-ending night of big-hair rock & roll. REO Speedwagon, Journey and Styx--a Who's Who of Where Are They Now?--each took the stage, delighting fans with tight pants and a vast r...

    by Nick Schou on August 7, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714)708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOCWeekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247. ANIMAL WRITES My friend sent me your article on PETA's D...

    on August 7, 2003
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    Dear John - An open letter to US Attorney General Ashcroft

    My Dearest A.G.: Of all the loathsome provisions in the USA Patriot Act--which you rammed through Congress in those scary days immediately after September 11, 2001--easily the most loathsome and chilling was the part that made it ridiculously easy...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on August 7, 2003
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    Notes from the Banana Republic of Santa Ana

    Photo by Jack GouldIn a 1995 interview, Rosemarie Avila told a Los Angeles Times reporter, "If you don't teach people freedom and limited government, you've lost your country and what people came here for." Seems about right for Avila. Now preside...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 7, 2003
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    Track Record - A CenterLine contractors resume includes Bostons notorius big dig

    Last month, less than a week after Irvine voters killed a county plan to run light rail through their city, county transportation officials okayed $9.6 million for "preliminary engineering" on a project now just 8 miles long. Most of that money will...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on August 7, 2003
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    Total Recall - Darrell Issa is proud to be dumb

    From the criminally incompetent to the plain criminal, the GOP has it all in the October recall election. Let's start with the incompetent. Two of the Republicans' unburied corpses--embarrassing failure Bill Simon (who lost to Gray Davis just a fe...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on August 7, 2003
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    Plumb Mixed Up! - Running with Mary Reilly, big Mike and the gay marine

    Photo by James BunoanWell, that'll teach me. The longtime reader, and nuttier fan, will remember the poaching perpetrated by Alison M. Rosen, writing as Fascist Pal, when I was lying in a hospital bed--near death!--some years ago. There I lay, hooke...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 31, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, July 14 Apparently George W. Bush isn't the only person not checking what he's saying these days. After a second person is found to have been injured on a ride at the Orange County Fair, fair general manager Becky Bailey-Findley explains she...

    by Steve Lowery on July 31, 2003
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    Sign Language

    Illustration by Bob AulBeautiful summer day and you pass me on the right. Your huge, tattered American flag flaps in the wind from the back of your jeep. At the stop, I look at your flag decals, and read your bumper stickers until I am stopped by th...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 31, 2003
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    He Really Is Like Mike - Kobe and adultery

    Since he broke into the NBA as an 18-year-old high school phenom in 1996, Kobe Bryant has continually found himself compared to Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever. As a result, whenever Bryant reaches a milestone in his car...

    by Matt Coker on July 31, 2003
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    How to Stuff a Lettuce Bikini - To the Costa Mesa thugs who used to beat up Dan Mathews: The fat gay punk kid grew up to save lives and jet set with Pam Anderson. Howzabout you?

    Illustration by James McHugh'GETTING ARRESTED IS FUN' This is a story about Dan Mathews of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and since it involves PETA we're obligated to begin with a tale of animal abuse, so here is how the animal abus...

    by Steve Lowery on July 31, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. Email to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714)708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. GUSTAVOPALOOZA From observation and from testimonies of Vietn...

    on July 31, 2003
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    Bored Competition - The ocean stinks, but surfers are too busy to help clean it up

    When former world surfing champ Shaun Tompson surfed the world, he had no worries about the water. Now that he works and surfs full-time in Southern California, Tompson gets a hepatitis vaccination every year. "Pollution was very seldom an issue w...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 31, 2003
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