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    No Child Left Behind the Front Line - Start of classes speeds recruitment drive at Orange County schools

    People move from all over the world to buy or rent a home in the neighborhoods surrounding Irvine's University High School. So, it was no surprise that on Thursday, Sept. 9, the first day of a new school year, long lines had already formed outside t...

    by Nick Schou on September 30, 2004
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    Genius in Our Midst - A short story about Rueben Martinez, Orange Countys first MacArthur grant recipient

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe national media will spill much well-deserved ink for the next couple of weeks on Rueben Martnez, the Santa Ana barber-turned-book baron who became Orange County's first-ever Macarthur Fellow this past Tuesday. The prestigio...

    on September 30, 2004
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    Burning Bush - The Presidents Conservative Critics

    Illustration by Bob Aul"It's because of the influence of [neo-conservatives] on the president that Mr. Bush may have 'overreacted' to the threat of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups." Bush's preoccupation with terrorism means "we are maybe not pay...

    on September 30, 2004
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    Catholic Confessional Confidential - Church correspondence reveals alleged molestation by visiting bishop

    Over the years, the pederast priests of the Diocese of Orange chose a variety of places for their kiddie-fiddling. In 1986, for instance, convicted cleric Andrew Christian Anderson masturbated a 13-year-old altar boy twice at a South Coast Plaza-are...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on September 30, 2004
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    Poop Pole - Costa Mesa unwilling to deal with stinky sewage station

    Photo by Matt OttoNear the corner of Wilson Street and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, the street smells like shit. Conversation stops and people quicken their pace as they push past it, covering their mouths with whatever's available: hands, collar...

    by SCOTT WENNERBERG on September 30, 2004
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    Diary of a Mad County

    WEDNESDAY Sept. 22 An airliner headed for the U.S. is diverted from its appointed destination because Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. former faux rocker Cat Stevens, was on board and perhaps posed a danger. How he poses a danger nobody is saying, but these days...

    by Steve Lowery on September 30, 2004
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    Bad Meetings With Great People

    To the outside world, being a journalist may seem all beer and kickbacks, and granted, there are some perks to the job: we get free stuff; we get to make up stories, print them as fact, and then get a book and/or movie deal after we're found out; an...

    on September 30, 2004
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    Jaramillo Busted - Announcement pending on charges against ex-No. 2 man in OC Sheriffs Department

    Former Orange County assistant sheriff George Henry Jaramillo and his sister-in-law Erica Lynne Hill were arrested late Wednesday morning for alleged fraud, misappropriation of government funds and felony conflicts of interest. Both appeared befor...

    by R. Scott Moxley on September 30, 2004
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    Good Dog

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, you: Remember me? The girl hosting her first garage sale? You were that crabby little lady in the straw hat who insulted me. Your sour little face has festered in my memory for quite a while, and I feel it's time to give ...

    by ANONYMOUS on September 23, 2004
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    By the Book - A biblical, African safari in the heart of Newport Beach

    Photo by Matt OttoAs you gaze over Lido Isle, a vanilla-white tower rises above the boutiques and white-flight supermarkets of Via Lido. The tower, topped by a cross, keeps watch over the SUVs and Spanish-named streets of the exclusive neighborhood ...

    by TIMOTHY TITUS on September 23, 2004
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    The Great Zucchini

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIn this wildly diverse county, where you can enjoy food from four continents within a one-strip-mall radius, there is no dish more spectacularly American than the bun kebab combo served at the Great Zucchini, a Pakistani/Mexican...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Pass the Prozac - Am I blue? You would be, too!

    Carla RheaI can forgive them for the deficit (who hasn't taken the rent money to Vegas?), and I can forgive them for Iraq. I mean, really: let he among us who hasn't gone on a testosterone rampage and invaded another country and bombed the shit out ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 23, 2004
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    Let Them Eat Wafers - Bishop ignores heavy parishioner opposition to Cathedral

    For years, the hierarchy lording over the Diocese of Orange has dismissed criticism against its policies as not reflective of the county's 1.2 million Catholics. In a confidential Sept. 3 memo to diocesan priests, for instance, Vicar General Father ...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Apples and Oranges - Pringle to convention protesters: Bring it on

    Illustration by Mark DanceyThe barbed wire that surrounded the roughly 1,800 protesters rounded up by New York's finest had barely been rolled up three weeks ago when Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle announced his city's intention to bring the next Republ...

    by Nick Schou on September 23, 2004
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    Burning Bush - The Presidents Conservative Critics

    Illustration by Bob AulExcerpts from a Sept. 8 press release by the Log Cabin Republicans, an advocacy group for gay GOPers, announcing the group's withholding of an endorsement for President Bush's reelection campaign. For more information, please ...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Ouch! - Why are county health officials in West Nile Denial?

    Photo by Geoff Du Feu/Getty ImagesState officials just added a 16th victim to the list of West Nile Virus deaths, almost all of them in Southern California. But public-health officials in Orange County are claiming that the mosquito-driven epidemic ...

    by JOHN UNDERWOOD on September 23, 2004
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    Letters

    HOUCHEN/HOUCHOUT Congratulations for getting rid of Pamela Houchen [Nick Schou's "Slime Away," Sept. 10]. You guys are the America's Most Wanted of political corruption in Orange County. Devoted reader Huntington Beach HAIDL God, the Haidls mu...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Photo by F. Scott Schafer/FOXWEDNESDAY Sept. 15 Congressional comic relief Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow foreign-born people who've been U.S. citizens for at least 20 years to run for pres...

    by Steve Lowery on September 23, 2004
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    Eight Days

    THURSDAY/ SEPT. 23 What time is it? Oktoberfest time, yet again and over and over! So make like the President and enter the beer-drinking contest (sorry, there's no contest for Camp David coke-sniffing, but there is one for yodeling) and then driv...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 23, 2004
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    Halo Unfriendlies

    Illustration by Bob AulYou and your buddy were sitting in the lower view section on the leftfield side at a recent Angels game. You kept yelling, "Let's go, Angels!" and batting those stupid fucking beach balls around. I hate beach balls. I always m...

    by ANONYMOUS on September 16, 2004
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