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    Whiskey Night - An Open Letter to DA Tony Rackauckas

    Hi, Tony: I was going to e-mail this letter in the form of a request for comment to Susan Schroeder, your media relations director, but I understand she's not allowed to talk to the Weekly. I'm working on a story about an incident involving severa...

    by Nick Schou on July 24, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, June 30 Just a few days after the Supreme Courtruling requiring all Americans to have gay sex--that's my interpretation--and the weekend talk shows and newspaper opinion sections are rife with discussions of sodomy pro and con. To be honest,...

    by Steve Lowery on July 17, 2003
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    Flesh! - Melting in Ryder trucks and Hootenannys

    Photo by Jeanne RiceI had heard stories. Bad stories. Bad, sad stories. A fuel pump gone bad 40 miles outside of Kingman, Arizona, carrying seven men, a band's worth of amps and equipment, and the beauteous Kelly O. A Ryder truck rented instead with...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 17, 2003
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    Yo! Hero!

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen I first saw you rolling through my neighborhood on the Fourth of July, I had you figured for another wigger. Was that really the Geto Boyz blastin' outta your low-riding, nitro-injected Honda? Moments later when I saw you...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 17, 2003
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    Letters

    WHO? Hey, this is Jill-Michele from MADtv. A friend of mine sent me your write-up on the funniest female contest that I hosted [Rebecca Schoenkopf's "Commie Girl," April 11]. I don't appreciate your nastiness. If you cannot remember, let me remind...

    on July 17, 2003
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    Drop Wood! - Skimboarding awaits the next big break

    Skimboarding is a sport in search of its big break. Unfortunately, it came 16 years ago. That was the summer of 1987, when lifeguard/skimboard savant Tom Trager of Laguna Beach--the sport's Cooperstown and Yankee Stadium--graced the cover of Sport...

    by Steve Lowery on July 17, 2003
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    Foster-Child Meat - Californias Republican make-over

    So, I'm reading in the July 8 Times about the special Sunday night legislative session during which our Republicans finally introduced a state budget plan that proves once and for all that no tax increases are needed to fix what ails California, and...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on July 17, 2003
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    Outside the Master Plan - UCI targets a trailer park for demolition

    Photo by Tenaya HillsCamille Barr is sitting on her back porch enjoying the afternoon sunshine. A few yards away a sprinkler drenches the hot yard. Her dog, Charlotte, runs through the yard and then goes back inside. Near Barr's feet, her pet chicke...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 17, 2003
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    Elmer Bustos R.I.P. - No justice likely in cop-shooting death of Santa Ana teenager

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsBy the time the Orange County District Attorney's Office eventually finishes its investigation into the shooting of Elmer Bustos, it's likely almost nobody will remember him--or how he died at the hands of a Santa Ana police ...

    by Nick Schou on July 17, 2003
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    Scorecard

    For the first time in more than a decade, a non-Santa Ana team won the Torneo Mxico, an annual soccer tournament organized by the Mexican Consulate to determine which city has the county's premier all-Mexican-immigrant soccer squad. Laguna Hills wo...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Ultramarathon Man - Ian Parker keeps running because you dont

    It was a perfect night for hallucinations. And the perfect place, too-a plateau a few miles east of the Sierra Nevada. "There was a big fire in the Sierra National Forest," Ian Parker recalled. "The smoke was blowing toward us. It was this moonlit...

    by HALLIE HAGLUND on July 10, 2003
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    Time to Shift

    Illustration by Bob AulAs I drove to work the other day, I couldn't help but notice your dropped white Lincoln Towncar waiting just ahead of me at the stoplight. Sweet decal taking up your whole back window, stating your distaste for love in the mos...

    on July 10, 2003
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    More Backyard Trash Fires! - And the Beatles vs. the beetles

    Art by Jim WashburnAre you looking back fondly at the June Gloom, now that the July Fry has begun? Less than two weeks ago I was in line at the Orange County Fairgrounds, checking some of the wife's efforts into a photo exhibit. It was a long line, ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 10, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    TUESDAY, June 24 What's this? The San Francisco Chroniclereports that your next governor, Rep. Darrell "Gone in 60 Seconds" Issa (R-Indicted-Not-Convicted), was arrested for stealing a car. Oh, everybody knows that. What? This is a different arrest?...

    by Steve Lowery on July 10, 2003
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    Letters

    SNIPPIES Here at Nippies, we do not "promote surgically enhanced, over-exercised, consistently binged and purged exoskeletons" like Stacy Davies' "review" insinuates ["Nippies: Patch of Freedom," May 23], nor do any of us have those things. We are...

    on July 10, 2003
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    The Tamale King - A sneak peek of the Tamale Museum

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoThere's a Shrine of the Holy Tortilla in Lake Arthur, New Mexico. The Wisconsin Mount Horeb Mustard Museum has on permanent display 71 mustards from Latin America in addition to a Southwest U.S. version made with tequila and...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Faster & Furiouser - Darrell Issa has moved from alleged car theft to stealing the Govs mansion

    Darrell Issa is South County's congressman these days, and the major investor in a campaign to unseat Gov. Gray Davis. But, by his own admission, Issa comes from a background of thievery. His brother stole cars. Issa's been accused of stealing cars ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 10, 2003
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    They Have A Dream - Light rails friends and enemies rally around the bus. But do bureaucrats care?

    Light rail was supposed to transform Orange County-undo knotted freeway congestion, smoothly urbanize suburbia. But the revolution will not be realized. During 12 years of intense politicking, the county's light-rail plan decelerated from the utopia...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on July 10, 2003
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    Affirmative Action for Whites - The Court affirms racial preferences in universities, so long as they work for white people

    Photo by Jack GouldThe worst news about the Supreme Court's affirmative-action decisions last week was that it really was good news. The justices had an easy opportunity to bury affirmative action once and for all, but didn't. In two split decisio...

    by PHILIP N. COHEN on July 10, 2003
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    Burying the Dead - Famous war correspondent Gordon Dillow struggles with his truth

    Illustration by Smell of SteveThe day after U.S. soldiers hitched an armored personnel carrier to a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad and then gunned the motor, Orange County Register reporter Gordon Dillow nearly got himself killed...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 10, 2003
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