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    The Lowballasschatter Quickie Index

    Number of times Axl Rose has been on the cover of Spin Magazine in the past five years: 2 Number of new studio albums released by Axl or variations of Guns N' Roses in the same period of time: 0 Number of minutes it took after word got out about...

    on August 29, 2002
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    November Surprise?

    Photo courtesy of the Department of DefenseThe word among wags in Washington is that George W. Bush will invade Iraq right after the fall congressional elections, giving himself time to get the war out of the way before his own presidential campai...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 29, 2002
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    Design Matters - You can sit on irony, but its hard and unyielding

    Photo by Jim WashburnIt seems you can hardly be in a social situation these days without meeting someone who tells you she or he is a designer. As in "I have designs on you?" you might wonder because they are a suspect lot, these designers, always...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 29, 2002
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    Nature Shows the Way - Sandra Huwes garden grows the way an OC garden should

    Photo by James BunoanFinding Sandra Huwe's home is easy, once you find her street, which is zig-zagged back in an aging-gracefully tract in Orange. Once you get there, just look for the house you can't see. "Oh, it's not that good," says Huwe, lau...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 29, 2002
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    You Dont Deserve This Home - Joseph Eichlers mass-market conceit

    Photo by James BunoanWhile there's nothing cooler than the slope of a 1957 Chevrolet's tail fin, that same car is a smog-spewing, gas-guzzling metal coffin with functional flaws aplenty. Similarly, don't let the clean, distinctive lines and mass-mar...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on August 29, 2002
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    The Feng Shui Psychic - Shari Clemens design aesthetic is about what you cant see with your eyeballs

    Photo James BunoanI. WHAT I BELIEVED BEFORE TODAY Among other outrages to reason, I didn't believe in ETs, ghosts or spirits; the power of crystals, burning sage or salt; transmigration of souls; transubstantiation; reincarnation; a God of the Old...

    by WILL SWAIM on August 29, 2002
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    Form Follows Function

    Photo by James BunoanFor a guy who designed buildings that look like they came from outer space, Eldon Davis is pretty down-to-earth. The architecture firm he opened with partner Louis Armt in 1947 was supposed to do industrial structures, but thei...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 29, 2002
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    Mr. Googie

    Photo by James Bunoan"This was supposed to be the googie future," says author Alan Hess, looking around at the reality of 2002, "but the last man walked on the moon 30 years ago. When I was growing up, I knew perfectly well that when I was my father...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 29, 2002
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    This Is Different

    Photo by James Bunoan"I didn't realize I was preserving anything," says Roy Hall, owner and operator of Seal Beach's iconic Parasol Restaurant. "I was just doing what I do best: running a business." And as Hall tells it, the Parasol isn't going to f...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 29, 2002
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    Right In Front of You

    Photo by James BunoanAbout a half-century ago, parts of Orange County (particularly the parts around Disneyland) were defined by perhaps the world's highest concentration of googie architecture. Its swooping, neon-lit, retro-futuristic style was as ...

    by Chris Ziegler on August 29, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, Aug. 12 By now, everyone knows OC Weekly will root out the truth even at the risk of pissing off like-minded friends and sacred-cow advertisers. We don't post banners emblazoned with our logo over evil toll-road booths. We don't hype margina...

    by Matt Coker on August 29, 2002
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    Our Man in San Salvador - Notorious generals U.S. ties ran through an ex-OC cop

    An ex-Laguna Beach cop who claimed that he sold cocaine for the CIA during the 1980s can now take credit for another dubious achievement from that decade: offering to protect a Salvadoran army general who was recently found liable for the torture of...

    by Nick Schou on August 29, 2002
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    Simon Flip-Flops, Woos Gays - Republican candidate for California governor steps temporarily away from homophobia

    During his Republican gubernatorial primary campaign, Bill Simon delighted conservatives by promising to "undo four years of liberalism, homosexuality and anti-family values in California at the hands of Governor Gray Davis." But as the November g...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 29, 2002
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    Let Them Eat Pastel - Gigante markets its market

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoOutside a massive, vacant building in Anaheim, Meg Waters unloads Mexican produce from a purple Ford Ranger she calls "Barney." Waters' company, the Lake Forest PR firm Waters & Faubel, is hosting a morning news conference f...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 29, 2002
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    on August 29, 2002
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    The Rabbit Killer

    Illustration by Bob Aul After swinging it around irreverently by the ears, you dumped your orange-and-white rabbit into the guinea pig and rabbit bin at Midway City Feed on a recent Thursday around noon and exclaimed, "I'm tired of taking care of it...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 22, 2002
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    Enemies in Our Midst? - For Japanese-Americans, Bushs war on terror is deja vu

    Photo by Jim WashburnI attended a dedication ceremony recently for a memorial to the once-thriving fishing village on Terminal Island. While many California communities were devoured by progress over the years, this one vanished in 48 hours, which w...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 22, 2002
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    Daddy Dearest - My father, publisher of herointimes.com

    There's a place for everyone on the World Wide Web. There's the National Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and the needlework newsgroups. And there's Heroin Times (www.herointimes.com), a monthly website for the devoted (really devoted) smack commun...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 22, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    TUESDAY, Aug. 6 The streetwise Los Angeles Herald-Examiner may be long gone, but LAExaminer.com lives on, mildly jabbing or praising Southern California media outlets over online versions of stories linked to the website. This Union Jack-faced timep...

    by Matt Coker on August 22, 2002
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    R.C. Hoiles Speaks From the Grave

    To My Heirs: A Spaniard disturbed my weekly pinochle lark in Hades with Stalin, Hitler and Perry Como to query what I thought of this past week-end's reunion of undead Hoiles on Goat Hill. I reckoned it was the annual family gathering to sacrifice...

    on August 22, 2002
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