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    Immigrant Bashing - The Year My Father Became an American

    Illustration by Bob AulMy father entered the living room dusty, his work boots smeared with oil, his face a landscape of fatigue. Take away his gut and four pocho children, and Lorenzo Arellano was the same frightened 19-year-old who crawled three m...

    on January 1, 2004
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    Schools Out Forever - A Year in the Banana Republic of Santa Ana

    The successful Feb. 4 recall of Santa Ana Unified School District trustee Nativo Lopez was supposed to transform Orange County's largest, poorest school district from a banana republic into an education haven--that's how Lopez's well-funded, largely...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 1, 2004
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    It Hurts So Good - The Year in Theater

    Photo by Ken Howard/ SCRThere were some riveting moments on local stages this year--funny riveting (John Beane as Lady Macbeth delivering a hallucinogenic soliloquy to a Hostess Twinkie in an early production of Insurgo Theater's late-night theatric...

    by Joel Beers on January 1, 2004
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    The 2003 Great Park - Legacy Derby

    Future local historians tracing the development of the Orange County Great Park--or the Richard Nixon Regional Park, if Orange County Republican Party chairman Tom Fuentes has his way--will look back on 2+003 as "the year of positioning." It's not t...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on January 1, 2004
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    Air Guitar Hero - The Year in Being Fingered

    Photo by Ted SoquiGordon Hintz can't play guitar or sing worth a damn, but the 29-year-old numbers-cruncher for the Long Beach Department of Financial Management was destined to rock. Standing in front of his full-length bedroom mirror, bare feet ...

    by SARAH CALLENDER on January 1, 2004
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    14 episodes of The O.C. in 1,260 words - The Year in Soaps

    Photo by Jorge SalasPerpetually mopey teen Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is up on charges after getting caught in a stolen car jacked by his big brother, but idealistic public defender Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows, a million miles...

    by Matt Coker on January 1, 2004
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    Grimm End - The Year in Disappearing Ink

    Photo by Chuck Sundquist/ Courtesy of Long Beach Press-TelegramIt was small, dingy and built at the bottom of a hillside--making it impossible to find. In its final months, condos blocked out every possible view from its horizontal, slitlike windows...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on January 1, 2004
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    I Love Paris in the Meantime - The Year in a Hilton Sister

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsBefore she single-handedly inspired The Simple Life drinking game (thekicker.nymetro.com/archives/000223.html), before 15-year-old boys worldwide caught a glimpse of her impressively multitasked romp in the sack, Paris Hilton...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on January 1, 2004
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    2003 Soundtrack - The Year in Music

    Local Artists The Blank Tapes, Country Western Honky Tonk Saloon BluesA one-man show operated by ambitious OC gent Matt Adams, this 24-song, 80-minute epic was a strange, scrumptious blend of acoustic guitar art-meanderings--part travelogue, part ...

    by Rich Kane on January 1, 2004
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    Letters - The Year in Your Hateful Letters

    Fuck you, OC Weekly! What happened to you? . . . I was doing fine until I turned to a photo of a nude guy [performance artist Tim Miller] with his flesh Lexus staring me in the face . . . Given OC Weekly's anti-Christian bias, I wasn't surprised to ...

    on January 1, 2004
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    Looking Back - The Year in Tomorrow

    Was a time when Tomorrow was big. Back in the '60s and '70s, despite--or perhaps because of--Vietnam and nuclear missiles, Tomorrow was a good place to be. They even gave it a name: Tomorrowland. Unlike the rest of Disneyland's fluff, Tomorrowland h...

    by Steve Lowery on January 1, 2004
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    Heavy is the Crown - The Year in Sports

    It was a year of unfulfilled promise in professional sports. The Angels earned the right to call themselves World Series champs and then rarely played like it. After a heroic run to the Stanley Cup finals, the Mighty Ducks lost Paul Kariya, who bolt...

    by Steve Lowery on January 1, 2004
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    Eddie Ready - The Year in a Life Turned Around

    Photo by James BunoanAs a reporter who covers the never-ending war between gangs and cops in Orange County, I'm used to writing depressing stories about people doomed to a lifetime of pointless violence that ends in incarceration or death. So when I...

    by Nick Schou on January 1, 2004
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    Cruelty to an Animal - The Year in Mickey Mouses 75th birthday

    Illustration by Bob AulIn November, America celebrated the 75th birthday of Mickey Mouse. In his long history, the world's most famous rodent has not always lived up to his squeaky-clean image. As the following timeline makes clear, over the decades...

    by GREG STACY on January 1, 2004
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    Please Leave a Message - The Year in Returning Not

    Reporters hold this truth to be self-evident: the phone is not good. When the phone rings in the music department, the other end is pretty much always going to be, "ME-ME-ME-ME-PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" with an LA phone number tagged on the ...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 1, 2004
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    Koos Coup - Another Year With Nothing To DoAgain?

    Photo by James BunoanWhen we woke up from New Year's in January 2003, we had no Koo's, and the all-ages options for teens from Long Beach to Dana Point were painfully poorer for it. And when we wake up from New Year's in 2004, we might suddenly find...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 1, 2004
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    Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth? - The Year in War

    We'll see the sun tomorrow, Gleaming out from behind the smoke. The pigeons will make their rounds, There will be screams from your TV. Someone you know may die, And the grass will still grow. There will be no apocalypse, But things wi...

    by Chris Ziegler on January 1, 2004
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    Santas Mailbag - Pour an Eggnog and Read Along

    Illustration by Bob AulDear Santa: Please don't send me a thing for Christmas. There are toys I want, but take them to some little boy in Iraq. That's where my daddy is, and if he sees a little boy there playing with my toy, maybe it will make him s...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 25, 2003
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    So Joey Bishop Walks Into A Bar . . . - Mr. Gottlieb lights a chocolate menorah, and we celebrate Christmas with the superrich

    Photo by James BunoanThe Children's Choir of the Jewish Academy is dreideling on and on and fucking on Sunday, when every Jew worth his percentage points is clustered at Fashion Island waiting for Joey Bishop to light the world's largest chocolate m...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 25, 2003
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    FOR THE BENEFIT OF MRS. ROHRABACHER

    Berkeley-based Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is using poignant testimony by Representative Dana Rohrabacher(R-Huntington Beach) to convince other lawmakers to defend medical-marijuana initiatives endorsed by citizens across the country. In a Dec....

    by Matt Coker on December 25, 2003
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