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    The Year the Music Died - First They Came for the Communists . . .

    Courtesy Anaheim AngelsWe knew there was trouble all the wayback in January. Really? That much froth and frenzy about poor Miss Jackson-if-you're-nasty? Really? How very plebe. It was a stupid, stupid year, I thought. But what do I know? As Roy th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 30, 2004
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    Dont Let This Happen To You - The Year In Suburban Decline

    Photo by James BunoanThis was a good and bad year for Huntington Beach. Good in that the cops didn't round up hundreds of city residents on July 4 and force them to spend the night in a urinal-free holding cell. That hasn't happened for, oh, eight y...

    by Nick Schou on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Diplomatic Buffoonery, Argyros-Style

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen Orange County businessman George Argyros became ambassador to Spain in late 2001, OC Weekly managing editor Matt Coker wrote an open letter to then-Spanish President Jos Mara Aznar, expressing his hope "that by the time...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Keeping The Faith

    Baptism photo courtesy Gustavo ArellanoI don't know if you've noticed, but I've written a few stories about the Diocese of Orange sex-abuse scandal this year--31, actually. Most of them were well-researched, hard-hitting exposs critical of a churc...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 30, 2004
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    Hey, You!

    Unfortunately and quite unintentionally, I released the gastric buildup created by my zesty chicken-stew lunch--extra Tapatio--at the precise moment I reached your partially rolled-down driver's-side window. That would put my butt cheeks mere inches...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 30, 2004
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    Your Letters About Haidl, 2004 - "He can see how easy it is to pretend to be unconscious while getting several items shoved into all of his orifices."

    We're divided about a lot of things in this country: Bush vs. Kerry. Open borders vs. closed. Pro choice vs. no choice. But there's one thing most people agree on: Greg Haidl is an asshole. . . . I am an 18-year-old high school senior. I read OC Wee...

    on December 30, 2004
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    Love Letters 2004

    About that law banning necrophilia. . . . What is wrong with you people? . . . Suicides, abusive parents, car accidents, someone having sex with Santa? Jesus! Can't you just relax and enjoy something for once? It's Christmas! . . . Is your life real...

    on December 30, 2004
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    The Closing Of The Orange County Frontier

    The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved on Nov. 8 the Rancho Mission Viejo project, paving the way for at least 14,000 new homes and hundreds of acres of commercial development in South County between Mission Viejo, Camp Pendleton and the Cl...

    by Nick Schou on December 30, 2004
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    Man Of The Year - Mr. Irresponsible, Gregory Scott Haidl

    Courtesy pool photographer Michael Goulding / The Orange County RegisterForty years ago, one historian noted, Orange County was largely recognized for "its fields of citrus fruit, avocados, walnuts, lima beans, sugar beets, strawberries and the li...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In College Football - USCs Stars Vs. UCLAs Bars

    Courtesy USCCongrats, senior high school football players, on your recently concluded season! We're sure many of you watched UCLA get humiliated 24-21, by the Wyoming Cowboys in the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl, and you plan to watch USC battle the Oklaho...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 30, 2004
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    Top 10, Er, 12 Movies Of The Year

    In the effort to winnow down the more than 300 movies I saw in 2004 to a list of the best 10, I've fudged things a bit so as to allow for a total of 12. In two cases, a pair of films complemented each other so well--almost as if their respective mak...

    by SCOTT FOUNDAS on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Letting Go, Go, Angels! - Los Angeles Ashes

    Courtesy Anaheim AngelsBy now, any true Angel fan realizes that owner Arte Moreno must be allowed to rename his team the Los Angeles Angels. (The Angels Angels . . . cute.) This must happen and it must happen now because the team has been handed a u...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    Diary of a Loud County - The Year In Live Reviews

    Photo by Amy Thelig "Lo, has this year been a trial for you," said God, "but I have heard your pleas, both silent and not, and with this new year, I promise succor for you and yours on this Earth. Bouncers will recognize thy out-of-state Ids, and co...

    on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Oh, Dear God!

    "I was extremely depressed and discouraged and not sure there was anything I could do." This from Dr. Sheryl Fontaine, a professor of English at Cal State Fullerton, when the returns from Ohio made it clear in the early morning of Nov. 3 that the Un...

    by CORNEL BONCA on December 30, 2004
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    The Year In Following Your Enlarged Heart

    Photo by James BunoanIt's funny how some people can't avoid but take the rap. No matter what happens, they always seem to fall into it. You know the type: mindful of their place in history yet somehow inextricably drawn to making that a very dark pl...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    When Irate Eyes Are Smiling - The Year in Bad Theater

    We're still figuring out the details, but the 2005 OC Weekly theater awards--which will take place sometime between early February and mid-March--will look back fondly on the best performances, shows and moments of the past year. This ain't about ...

    by Joel Beers on December 30, 2004
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    Diary of A Mad Year - 2004 regurgitated

    JANUARY 1 Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror float--the tallest ever entered in the Tournament of Roses Parade--ambles down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard and is seen by millions. It then goes on display at Disney's California Adventure in Anah...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    This Week in the Year

    In a year that brought so much shame to Orange County--boy-buggering priests! Gang-raping teenagers! The O.C.!--there were thankfully many new gustatory spots where we could eat our worries away. Each of these restaurants opened this past year or la...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Great Wall BBQ

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasMany restaurants plaster a fanciful boast across their menu--"World Famous Hamburger," "Best Pastrami in Town," you know the shtick--but Great Wall Mongolian BBQ in La Habra prints perhaps the shtickiest. According to its men...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 23, 2004
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Dec 23 As something called a Jennifer Girouxso happily reminded us on a recent edition of Scarborough Countrywhen she nattered, "All I can say, Rabbi, is, you've got to concede the fact--and it's difficult because we all at times in life have...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 2004
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