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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 23 About 150 protesters against America's upcoming war with Iraqtake their message to the people on the mean streets of South County. Of course, there are no people on the mean streets of South County this morning--being Saturday and,...

    by Matt Coker on December 12, 2002
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    The Next Big Thing - Close your eyes and think of England

    Photo by James BunoanYou jaded hipsters can thank me now or you can thank me later, but I have discovered our newest star in the unlikeliest of places: Santa Ana's creaky Ye Olde Ship. That's right, Big Sandy: you might have discovered Phil Shane, b...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 12, 2002
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    Kissinger to the rescue

    Since President George W. Bush didn't want an inquiry into Sept. 11 to begin with, his move to bring Henry Kissinger back onstage seems designed to serve another purpose. Ostensibly appointed to investigate the spy snafus that led to the terrorist a...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 12, 2002
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    Handicapped Parking

    Illustration by Bob AulYou in the nifty Porsche Boxster in Laguna Beach on Monday morning! I guess you were having fits of caffeine withdrawal when you rolled up to Diedrich Coffee and parked on the sidewalk. After all, there were no available parki...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 12, 2002
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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). Visit our website at www.ocweekly.com. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submi...

    on December 12, 2002
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    Power Brokered - Ex-county chief gets Costa Mesa nightclub approved

    Photo by Jeanne RiceErnie Schneider looks like a high-powered lobbyist delivered by central casting, what with his power suits, Gordon Gekko-esque slicked-back hair and knack for whispering conspiratorially in clients' ears during public meetings. ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on December 12, 2002
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    Grave Error - Tim Garcia is no anti-immigration martyr

    Photo by James BunoanAnaheim Police Detective Tim Garcia didn't realize he was dead until a couple of weeks ago. "I was sitting at my desk, and a couple of officers came up and showed me this newspaper article and said, 'Hey, you're dead,'" Garcia...

    by Nick Schou on December 12, 2002
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    Way Out There With Them! - Columnist Michelle Malkin finds home amongst local immigrant-bashers

    The way the young woman with the flaming-red hair sees it, the War on Terror should make an immigrant-hater out of any leftist. "I thought I used to be liberal," the Fullerton resident says, her backpack a marquee of her abandoned politics--a rain...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 12, 2002
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    Trash Talk - Steve Vargas says his battle to clean up Brea killed his career at City Hall

    November was unkind to Steve Vargas. His house is still in pieces, undergoing a major remodel. His bid for re-election to the Brea City Council failed by just 898 votes. Then after the election, Vargas fell from a ladder while removing one of his ca...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 12, 2002
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    Lunching With Losers - Why are these men smiling?

    Photo by Mary StamponeRead much about Bill Simon after the election? Had any warm thoughts about Dukakis lately? Me neither. The camera follows the winners off the field, leaving the vanquished in the dusk to gather their teeth on their shields and ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 5, 2002
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    The Idiot's Guide to Voting

    illustration by Bob AulYou came to vote, clutching a phony "voters guide." You were so dependent on the "guide" that you and your wife couldn't vote at the same time since you had to take turns with it. I stifled the urge to rip the guide out of you...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 5, 2002
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    Kids - Doing the darnedest things

    Photo by OCW staffMy generation has offered to history the dot-com and bleached-blond hair on men. Neither will look pretty for posterity. You think later generations scoffed at tangerine leisure suits? Wait'll the grandkids get a gander at our goat...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 5, 2002
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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. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on December 5, 2002
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    Crash-Test Dummy

    When Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 78, fell last Thursday and had to be taken to a Washington hospital, the incident underlined the administration's need to prepare for his death or retirement by picking a replacement to lead the Supreme Court. B...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 5, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SUNDAY, Nov. 17 Tree-sitter-for-hire John Quigleyhangs out in a 400-year-old oak to prevent a Newport Beach developer from removing it. The developer, John Laing Homes, plans to widen a road near its 279-home project in Santa Clarita, essentially tu...

    by Matt Coker on December 5, 2002
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    Return of the Native? - Wish they all could be California plants

    Photo by Jeanne RiceNo, iceplant is not the national plant of Iceland. That would be Bjork. But iceplant is not the state plant of California, either. That would be stupid, since iceplant needs lots more rain than falls on most of the state. Iceplan...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 5, 2002
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    Critical Mass - Catholic hospital tries to counter campaign by nurses union

    Photo by James BunoanLast summer, Velma Moore wasn't feeling well. So she paid a visit to her doctor, who said she had terminal cancer and only a few months to live. By summer's end, she was dead. For the previous 30 years, Moore had worked as a n...

    by Nick Schou on December 5, 2002
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    Backstabber - Ellis screws friends and enemies alike

    One of the greatest mysteries among Newport Beach developer types is why they consistently employ Machiavellian politico Dave Ellis in their political campaigns. Ellis is wily and slippery, but his brazen tactics sometimes get better press than his ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 5, 2002
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    We Smell a Rat - Mickey Mouse's origins questioned

    The Lord, it is reliably reported, moves in mysterious ways, so perhaps the faithful won't be surprised to learn that at the end of the yearlong celebrations marking the centenary of Mickey Mouse's creator, a discovery in a small village church has ...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on December 5, 2002
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    Give It Up, Al - Citizen Gore's shadow campaign

    Are those the tones of "I Got You, Babe" I hear quietly but monotonously looping in the background? Is it 6 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2000, all over again in America? Is it nonstop wall-to-wall Gore vs. Bush? We may not, indeed, be living in a hellish politic...

    by MARC COOPER on December 5, 2002
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