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    Now Giving You Less!

    Hey, Los Angeles! How've you been? Yeah, that's great. Listen, I know you don't pay much attention to what we say down here in "the OC," unless it has to do with our boy-diddling priests or that Haidl schmuck, and I don't really blame you! What have...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2005
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    Shock and Anger - Rape victims feel betrayed by gang-rape trials outcome

    Some people travel California to see the oldmissions; others to follow its undulating, dramatic coastline. When Heather Ba?uelos and Dawn Foor traveled California last summer, it was to attend sexual-assault seminars. They expected to field questi...

    by NADIA AFGHANI on January 6, 2005
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, Why do Mexicans love public restrooms so much? It seems like any one you visit in SoCal has a minivan-load of Mexicans waiting to get into it. Also, why do Mexicans wipe after a No. 2 and then throw the crap...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 6, 2005
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    Imagining Orange County - Its not the O.C., not Disneyland, not Newport. Eight writers imagine the real place you call home

    Illustration by Mark DancyA FEW QUESTIONS I've lived in Orange County for nine years now, and I have a few questions: 1. Why do so many video clerks and other people in retail offer zero resistance to their bosses' demands they spout corporate c...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 6, 2005
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Jan 6 Be all blue state and get some art on you. Be on the lookout for nakedness--and be sure to report it to the proper authorities--at Laguna Beach's First Thursday's Art Walk. Downtown Laguna Beach, mostly along N. Coast Hwy. Fri 36-24-...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2005
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    Diary of a Loud County

    Photo by James BunoanWednesday, Dec. 29 Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli's H&S Ventures, the management company for the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, acknowledges today it is negotiating to buy the Mighty Ducks, which is sort of like acknowledging you...

    by Steve Lowery on January 6, 2005
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    Call Me Irresponsible - Yes, Its Undeniably True

    Photo by R.D. Ward/ U.S. Dept of DefenseBabies are pretty irresponsible, but theyget a pass because they don't know any better--that, and they don't have much to be responsible about. But when they get bigger and it hurts when they hit someone, hur...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 30, 2004
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Dec 30 And how was your holiday? Shut up. I don't actually care. Perhaps you should go the New Shanghai Circus and tell them all about it. "Chinese acrobats, surprising illusions and daredevil feats combined with fast-paced fun, high-tech lig...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 30, 2004
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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? Mar?a 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 expos?s 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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