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    Grading the Peace Movement - Did activists stop a world war?

    Photo by Sean DuFreneIf you wanted to evaluate the peace movement's recent performance, you could begin and end with the armless, legless Iraqi kid made famous by Time magazine. Or you could note that despite their failure to stop George W. Bush's w...

    by WILL SWAIM on May 8, 2003
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    Colonial Capitalism

    Like one of the 19th century European colonial empires, the Bush administration is calling on Bechtel, Halliburton and other major corporations to take over the job of running the Iraqi colony. These companies are to act in the name of the governmen...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on May 1, 2003
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    Who Wants to Be a Figurehead!? - The new postwar TV show

    Well, it's all over but the ululating, folks. Time to paste a big Happy Face over Iraq on the map and move on, and not a minute too soon for those of us who are sick of typing the words Iraq and Iraqi all day long. When President George W. Bush list...

    by JIM WASHBURN on May 1, 2003
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    Irk Day - SUV the Earth!

    Photo by James BunoanI'm dumbfounded. In awe. Perplexed. And apparently, I'm also channeling Cindy Adams. This kind of news can do that to you. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who's old and fat, done went and knocked up local beauty Nadia Davis! And ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 1, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, April 14: According to this morning's Los Angeles Times, some guy flying a Piper Cherokee 180 lost power last night around 7 p.m. over Laguna Niguel. Needing to land immediately, he set his plane down on the 73 toll roadbecause traffic was s...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 1, 2003
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    Gifts That Keep on Giving - Times and Reg express surprise again and again over Irvine Co. donation

    What's the difference between an Irvine Co. press release and a Los Angeles Times news story? Sometimes not much. On April 16, for instance, the Orange County edition of the Times reported that the county's most powerful real-estate-development ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 1, 2003
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must include your home city ...

    on May 1, 2003
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    Did Matt Lamont Try to Blow Up Hitlers Birthday Party? - For Matt Lamont, the worst thing about jail is the Nazis

    Dressed in an orange jump suit, his red hair slicked back, he smiles patiently from the other side of a glass panel inside a second-story "visiting module" at the Orange County Men's Jail in Santa Ana. At the height of his glory days as an anarchist...

    by Nick Schou on May 1, 2003
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    Blitzed - Fullerton activist fights rave bill

    Photo by James BunoanOn April 9, while most of us were transfixed by Saddam Hussein statues toppling halfway around the globe, Fullerton activist Gary Blitz was considering a graver threat to national security: dancing. That was the day Congress p...

    by ANDREW ASCH on May 1, 2003
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    Leftist Latino - Latinos are front-runners, just like everyone else

    Photo by James BunoanThe impending sale of the Anaheim Angels to Phoenix businessman Arturo Moreno has newspapers from the New York Timesto London's Financial Times predicting Orange County Latinos will go nuts over the Angels simply because Moreno ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 1, 2003
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    Propaganda Nation - CSUF professor Nancy Snow on Americas war of words

    Even before the bombs fell on Baghdad, the U.S. government was blasting away on the media front in its war on Iraq. From slick daily press briefings to deploying Air Force "Commando Solo" aircraft--old C-130s packed with television and radio broadca...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 1, 2003
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    Worst Roommate Ever

    Illustration by Bob AulYou have been atrocious beyond all roommates. Your obnoxiousness should earn you a place in the Roommate From Hell Hall of Shame. You have been here since October, and in that time: (1) You have attempted to move one of your f...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 24, 2003
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    Monopoly Man - The dailies slept while Edison bosss income rose to $503,000 per month

    John Bryson lives in a palatial 7,700-square-foot, 1928 San Marino mansion with seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and an elegantly landscaped pool, but the Edison International chairman is not worried about paying his electric bills. On April 8, Edis...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 24, 2003
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    Rock Your Googie Off

    Photo by ChickenhawkToday, we rock and bowl; tomorrow, we die: the end may be near for venerable Costa Mesa bowling-alley-cum-venue Kona Lanes--immortalized on at least two live recordings and in one fat police dossier--but there's no reason to let ...

    on April 24, 2003
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    Our Man In Baghdad

    It's unlikely we will ever know for sure what the U.S. government has been doing with Saddam Hussein over the past 40 or so years. According to documents unearthed from the Reagan era, we know Reagan sent Donald Rumsfeld to Baghdad to egg on the dic...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on April 24, 2003
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    Notes From the Underground - So much butt-eating, so little lime

    Photo by James BunoanThere's a new leather bar in town, and--as usual--person-of-gayness Skeith DeWine is on top of it. Skeith had been inviting us for some weeks, and it seemed a fine idea for a sleepy Wednesday night. Get it? I said "top." So of...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 24, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Photo by James BunoanMONDAY, April 7: Late into the evening, the Costa Mesa City Councilargues over big-time developer Segerstrom's plan to replace the colorful old Kona Lanes bowling alley with a Kohl's. The council eventually votes 4-1 to trash th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 24, 2003
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    Fidos Last Stop - Maria Dales battles for cremation at the county animal shelter

    Photo by Keith MayOver the Orange County line in LA is Bandini Boulevard, a potholed industrial street of smoking cardboard-recycling plants and double-parked trucks where Orange County's animals come, not to die, but when they're already dead. St...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on April 24, 2003
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    Mayhem in Santa Ana - Alleged anti-Christian hate crime may have Norwegian roots

    Oystein Aarseth--better known as Euronymous, a guitarist in the Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem--perished on Aug. 10, 1993, from 23 stab wounds to his back and neck. Police quickly arrested Varg Qisling Larsson Vikernes, who performed under the na...

    by Nick Schou on April 24, 2003
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    Toxics? What Toxics? - Agran and Irvines about-face on El Toro contamination

    Illustration by Bob AulDepending on whatever's politically expedient at that moment, Irvine Mayor Larry Agran and other city officials have espoused radically different views on toxic contamination at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Someti...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 24, 2003
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