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    The Myth of St. Curt - Mayor Pringle wasnt a racist then, and he aint Cesar Chavez now

    Photo by OCW staffIf you believe the Los Angeles Times, Curt Pringle found Jesus--or not Jesus, but Cesar Chavez. Or the Virgin of Guadeloupe. Somewhere on the road to Anaheim's City Hall, the story goes, Pringle made amends for his 1988 use of poll...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 21, 2002
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    Squirrel Masher 5000! - Saudi Arabia really wants you to buy this car

    Photo by OCW staffAt a time when environmental groups and Sacramento are trying to replace gas-guzzling SUVs with smaller, more fuel-efficient hybrid cars using electric motors and natural-gas engines; at a time when the Bush administration plans to...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 21, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 2 Flipping through the November/December issue of Mother Jones while getting our back shaved, we stop on this story: deep in Dubya's sweeping, 670-page No Child Left Behind Act is a provision requiring secondary schools to provide mil...

    by Matt Coker on November 21, 2002
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    Sheriff Carona Is Muy Caliente! - And this week: Holiday crap you can buy on television. Or not.

    Photo by OCW StaffIs there anything more incisive, insightful and with-it than the county's premier business-lifestyle magazine, the OC Metro? I say, "No!" From its indispensable Movers & Shakers column, which details the triumphs of Orange County's...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 21, 2002
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    See the Wingless Bird! - See it and weep

    Photo by James BunoanI don't know about you, but I've driven by the Santa Ana Zoo thousands of times without visiting it. I am ambivalent about zoos in the way I am about porn: fascinated with the beauty and wildness that may reside there but aware ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 21, 2002
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    The Party's Over

    Since last week's election, liberals have been melodramatically wringing their hands, while the pundits have rushed to expound upon the deeper meaning of the Republican sweep. The Democrats lost, they say, because they no longer stand for anything. ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on November 21, 2002
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    War on Poverty

    What group knows more about being broke and having to live without health care than struggling local musicians? That's the networking source that LA-based Rock a Mole Productions (it rhymes with guacamole, y'see) hopes to tap into to try and help. F...

    on November 21, 2002
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    Nut Quesadilla

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the pseudo-blonde at Baja Fresh: thanks for the freak show. I don't eat there often, but I bet you do, given the ritualistic/ obsessive nature of your consumption: 1) grab 15 to 20 napkins; 2) take them to your table, layin...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 21, 2002
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    Uncle Sam Bets Big Money on Iraq

    With Wall Street straining for a toehold on stability and joblessness growing nationwide to about 6 percent, cynical people might conclude America's best bet for economic recovery lies in a war against Iraq. This would be a pump-priming Keynesian af...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on November 14, 2002
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    Writers on the Storm - Flying around with the Bill Simon press corps

    Bill Simon advance man Eric Beach speeds around the tarmac at the Santa Barbara airport like he has a bellyful of meth. He'd set the stage with blue Astroturf and taped down every cord. An American flag--stolen from a local elementary school--flies ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 14, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, Oct. 28 The Orange County Transportation Authority and Riverside County Transportation Committee release their $50,000 study showing that gridlock will get much worse on the highways linking the counties. How is that even possible? Have you ...

    by Matt Coker on November 14, 2002
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    Flipper Off

    To the lady in the black BMW SUV whom I followed out Laguna Canyon Road: I was following you on my motorcycle when your window rolled down and your outstretched arm casually dropped a piece of trash onto the road. This was no mere gum wrapper--I kno...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 14, 2002
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    on November 14, 2002
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    Stalking Josefina Lopez - Fourteen years ago, the creator of Real Women Have Curves dumped my ass

    Photo by Mark SavageFor weeks, I'd glimpsed the title Real Women Have Curves on bus benches and billboards around LA, and every time I did, I felt an inexplicable but undeniable apprehension. The title called up some distant memory I somehow knew I ...

    by GREG STACY on November 14, 2002
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    Another Roadside Distraction - Buildout makes Date Shake Shack not so unique

    Photo by James BunoanBack in the days when there were faraway places, the Date Shake Shack was one of them. "Driving here from Anaheim, it used to be a long trip," observes Juan Escalante. "It used to be like a journey, from the big city to the wi...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 14, 2002
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    The War Against the War in Iraq - Peaceniks open another Orange County front

    Illustration by Bob AulOperation "Get Dana!" shattered the early evening calm in Huntington Beach at precisely 1700 hours on Nov. 1. The surprise attack involved roughly 20 shock troops who waved banners on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway for ab...

    by Nick Schou on November 14, 2002
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    The Doctor (Death) Is In - A Weekly guide to 10 Dr. Deaths

    Illustration by Bob AulLast week, the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutesran a flawed two-part report on the late Dr. Larry Ford, an Irvine bio-tech entrepreneur, and his connection with Dr. Wouter "Dr. Death" Basson, who headed South Africa's germ-warfare ...

    by Steve Lowery on November 14, 2002
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    Lockyer Dances the Dipsy-Do, Tricky-Lawyer Thing With DA - Did the attorney general really clear Rackauckas in corruption scandals?

    In recent months, courthouse sources claimed Democrat trial lawyer allies of Republican Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas were strenuously lobbying Democrat Attorney General Bill Lockyer to kill a state investigation into the DA's ethi...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 14, 2002
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    Landslide 2002 - What we saw on election night

    Photo by James Bunoan5:09 P.M. KFI talk-show hosts John and Ken admit they'd say "anything" to help defeat Governor Gray Davis. 5:15 John and Ken rant about the liberal media "shamelessly" aiding Davis and that nobody helps Simon. 5:25 Dave, a rugge...

    on November 14, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Oct. 19 Clockwork does what we can to maintain our girlish figure, which often means taking a pass on cow and loading up on Flipper. But a San Francisco internist presents findings today that show 89 percent of Californians who pack their ...

    by Matt Coker on November 7, 2002
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