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    The Year In College Football - USCs Stars Vs. UCLAs Bars

    Courtesy USCCongrats, senior high school football players, on your recently concluded season! We're sure many of you watched UCLA get humiliated 24-21, by the Wyoming Cowboys in the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl, and you plan to watch USC battle the Oklaho...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 30, 2004
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    Top 10, Er, 12 Movies Of The Year

    In the effort to winnow down the more than 300 movies I saw in 2004 to a list of the best 10, I've fudged things a bit so as to allow for a total of 12. In two cases, a pair of films complemented each other so well--almost as if their respective mak...

    by SCOTT FOUNDAS on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Letting Go, Go, Angels! - Los Angeles Ashes

    Courtesy Anaheim AngelsBy now, any true Angel fan realizes that owner Arte Moreno must be allowed to rename his team the Los Angeles Angels. (The Angels Angels . . . cute.) This must happen and it must happen now because the team has been handed a u...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    Diary of a Loud County - The Year In Live Reviews

    Photo by Amy Thelig "Lo, has this year been a trial for you," said God, "but I have heard your pleas, both silent and not, and with this new year, I promise succor for you and yours on this Earth. Bouncers will recognize thy out-of-state Ids, and co...

    on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Oh, Dear God!

    "I was extremely depressed and discouraged and not sure there was anything I could do." This from Dr. Sheryl Fontaine, a professor of English at Cal State Fullerton, when the returns from Ohio made it clear in the early morning of Nov. 3 that the Un...

    by CORNEL BONCA on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Following Your Enlarged Heart

    Photo by James BunoanIt's funny how some people can't avoid but take the rap. No matter what happens, they always seem to fall into it. You know the type: mindful of their place in history yet somehow inextricably drawn to making that a very dark pl...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    When Irate Eyes Are Smiling - The Year in Bad Theater

    We're still figuring out the details, but the 2005 OC Weekly theater awards--which will take place sometime between early February and mid-March--will look back fondly on the best performances, shows and moments of the past year. This ain't about ...

    by Joel Beers on December 30, 2004
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    Diary of A Mad Year - 2004 regurgitated

    JANUARY 1 Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror float--the tallest ever entered in the Tournament of Roses Parade--ambles down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard and is seen by millions. It then goes on display at Disney's California Adventure in Anah...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    Hey, You!

    Unfortunately and quite unintentionally, I released the gastric buildup created by my zesty chicken-stew lunch--extra Tapatio--at the precise moment I reached your partially rolled-down driver's-side window. That would put my butt cheeks mere inches...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 30, 2004
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    Will the Real Steve Rocco Please Stand Up? - Internet mystery surrounds Orange school trustee

    Santa Ana lawyer Fernando Leone sent the Weekly a letter Dec. 8 on behalf of his client, Steve Rocco, the newly elected Orange Unified School District trustee. Leone's letter stated that "this law office has been engaged by [Rocco] with regard to wh...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on December 23, 2004
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    Merry Trashmas!

    Illustration by Bob AulThis goes out to the jackasses in the unemployment office from a soon-to-be trash-bin dweller. It says on page 27 of your guide to unemployment benefits that I am entitled to an extension "only when unemployment is very high."...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 23, 2004
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    This Week in the Year

    In a year that brought so much shame to Orange County--boy-buggering priests! Gang-raping teenagers! The O.C.!--there were thankfully many new gustatory spots where we could eat our worries away. Each of these restaurants opened this past year or la...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Great Wall BBQ

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasMany restaurants plaster a fanciful boast across their menu--"World Famous Hamburger," "Best Pastrami in Town," you know the shtick--but Great Wall Mongolian BBQ in La Habra prints perhaps the shtickiest. According to its men...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 23, 2004
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Dec 23 As something called a Jennifer Girouxso happily reminded us on a recent edition of Scarborough Countrywhen she nattered, "All I can say, Rabbi, is, you've got to concede the fact--and it's difficult because we all at times in life have...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 2004
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    Kids Eat Free! - And adults drink like theyve got a second liver!

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfWe hadn't planned on going to the Fullerton Museum Center's opening for "Orange Groove," our pal Jim Washburn's extended remix of his much-loved exhibit of OC rockiana at last year's Orange County Fair. Friday was my ninth...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 2004
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. DEAD AGAIN I have a friend who is very inte...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Hazardous Waist - Charles Ray George thought an OC stripper would cost him $150. She cost him his life.

    An erection killed Charles Ray George. To be more exact, it was the desperation to satisfy an erection that killed the San Onofre nuclear-plant engineer on Jan. 29, 2001. That's the view of Daniel Louis Parra, a 37-year-old community-college stude...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 23, 2004
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    Pop-Culture Pasha - San Clementes Rin Tanaka makes our castoffs cool again

    Photo by James BunoanDecember is the best time to buy old stuff in America, Rin Tanaka tells me as we mill about outside his tiny/crowded San Clemente apartment. We're outside because one wall of his place is almost totally engulfed in day-glow and ...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on December 23, 2004
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    Not a Dunn Deal - State Senator Joe Dunn says hes ready to investigate controversial hospital deal

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoTenet Hospital's sale of four OrangeCounty hospitals looked like a done deal--until state officials looked into the buyer's background. Now, state Senator Joe Dunn says he'll ask California officials to examine "every nook...

    by JOHN UNDERWOOD on December 23, 2004
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    Selfish, Liberal, Single! - Creepy anonymous letter to neighbors follows a mans letter to the editor

    Photo by Jack GouldKevin Cook wrote a letter to The Orange County Register, and all he got was a Christmas stalking. A week after the Santa Ana-based paper ran Cook's Dec. 6 letter, in which the Ladera Ranch businessman criticized Huntington Beach...

    by WILL SWAIM on December 23, 2004
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