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    Youre in Hell - Whos Crazier: Rocco or his fans?

    Photo by Amy TheligAmid audible gasps of anticipatory glee from the Christian conservative parents who voted him into office, trustee-elect Steve Rocco finally unveiled himself at the Orange Unified School District's Dec. 9 Board of Trustees meeting...

    by Nick Schou on December 16, 2004
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    This Week in Loser Towns

    Really, who gives a fuck about Cypress, Laguna Hills, Los Alamitos and Stanton? The four are tiny, insignificant cities dotted across the county, ignored even by its citizenry save for the lunatics who cheer on the scary Los Alamitos High Griffins f...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Pura Vida Costa Rican Cuisine

    Photo by Matt OttoI've reviewed restaurants located in a grocery mart's storage room. I've reviewed restaurants that were the sole occupants of an abandoned mall. I've reviewed taco trucks, swap-meet stands and a Tijuana dive crammed between coal mo...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 16, 2004
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    Peter Torres, City Council District 9

    ThisisapartialtranscriptofPeterTorres'interviewwiththeL.A. Weekly's editorialboard.Aswithallofthecandidateinterviews,ithasbeenonlylightlyeditedandhasnotbeenfact-checked. L.A.WEEKLY:You'rechallengingJanPerry.AreyoucurrentlyanLAPDofficer? PETERTOR...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Kill the Messenger - Gary Webb, 1955-2004

    Photo by Brad WilsonThere's no evidence of foul play in thedeath last week of Gary Webb, but that hasn't stopped the conspiracy mill from working 24-hour shifts. As a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, Webb uncovered the CIA's role in the 1980s ...

    by Nick Schou on December 16, 2004
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    Tased & Confused - UPDATED: Spoiled rape suspect goes berserk over candy-bar restrictions

    Courtesy Michael Goulding/The Orange County RegisterIt took just two weeks of confinement,but Gregory Haidl--Orange County's most infamous rape defendant--proved he can find trouble even in a tiny 12-foot-by-six-foot jail cell. On Dec. 4, Haidl, th...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 16, 2004
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, My Spanish class is wondering if Mexicans celebrate Hanukkah? We're researching religions and found nothing on Hanukkah, so I decided to ask you. Are there Jews in Mexico? Sammi Snyder Washington Dear ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 16, 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. COINCIDENCE? As one of the organizers of th...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Last Minute Gift Guide

    This can be such a hectic time of year, I guess. I mean, it doesn't seem there's time enough in the day to take care of everything you're supposed to. No sooner have you driven the little one to play rehearsal than the matter of the bench warrant co...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Gory of Christmas - Merry Kitschmas makes it a cruel yule

    Don't hate Christmas because it's so commercialized or expensive or even religious. It's religious? Right, Christmas. No, if you should hate Christmas, you should hate it for its sameness: the artificial tree you unfurl, the picture ornament a dis...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on December 16, 2004
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    Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from the Folks at Grants for Guns:

    Air gun, air mattress, air pump, AMMO CAN, ammunition, bandanna, barbecue, batteries, beach chair, beach towel, beanie, BELT BUCKLE, beverage jug, binoculars, blanket (wool or fleece), bolo tie, book bag, books (Baja fishing, camping, shooting, hiki...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Buy Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Courtesy Niemann Marcus.comAll this talk of "gifts" for "others"--it's nice. You know, if you're the kind of person who cares about things like "peace on earth" and "goodwill toward men" and maybe even "thinking of others" and "getting into heaven" ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 16, 2004
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    Our Kid Could Do It

    Illustration by Emma MathewsShopping is great for people who have, you know, time, but for the rest of us, the real art of giving is giving art--art that we find around our apartment moments before we're due at a holiday party with the deviled eggs ...

    by TODD MATHEWS on December 16, 2004
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    Have Yourself a Celluloid Little Christmas

    MOVIES FOR YOUR INNER SCROOGE I don't know about you, but this year I'm too bummed about bills and four more years of W to be in any mood for Yuletide celebration. Can we just fastforward to New Year's Eve already, so at least I'll have a good exc...

    on December 16, 2004
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    In the Presents of Greatness - What to buy for the person who knows everything

    Illustration by Bob AulSo your loved ones love music. How sadfor you. Music is so awful. Fluency is as punishing as learning written Mandarin and so much less practical; if you don't cop out and buy an Amoeba gift certificate, you're gonna feel so g...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 16, 2004
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    De-Punking Antiquing - Ex-Social D. drummer Chris Reece maps out where the shops are

    Photo by James BunoanThe Yellow Pages is great for some things, like calibrating the sights on your crossbow or filling in as impromptu booster seat. But when you need to figure out which Orange County antiques store carries Confederate money--not s...

    by CHAD GREENE on December 16, 2004
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    John $3:16 - My pen displays the Ten Commandments. Does yours?

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt was raining so hard the other day I thought I'd need an Ark. Good thing I had plans to visit the Bible House of Orange County. Too bad Noah's boat is about the only goddamned tchotchke--if there's not a more Christian way to ...

    by JEREMY ROSENBERG on December 16, 2004
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Dec 16 There's really no way to classy-up the Huntington Harbour Cruise of Lights--it's pretty much booze and porn stars everywhere you go. But if you want to try, damn it--try--then taking the plunge with the Huntington Harbour Philharmonic...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 16, 2004
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    Diary of A Mad County

    Photo by Jack GouldWednesday, Dec. 8 And it came to pass in the land of Cracker (Georgia) that a child came bearing with him gifts of pipe, powder and shrapnel to his Christian academy. And yea, the schoolchildren and principal were amazed and troub...

    by Steve Lowery on December 16, 2004
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    Its, Its a Ballroom Blitz - Show me the money? Dancesport competitors need better agents

    Christopher Hansen PhotographyThere was a lot of reflection going on at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa--Paris would have been proud. At the back of the room, a massive length of silver streamers hung down like wallpaper. On the dance floor, bling-bl...

    by ELIZABETH KHURI on December 9, 2004
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