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    Eight Days

    THURS/JAN 13 Join the World Affairs Council and its members, whom I like to imagine as Pinkyand The Brain, as they stroke their huge heads and listen to Gregory Treverton, director of the RAND Corporation's Intelligence Policy Center and former vice...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2005
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    OCs 97 Best American Restaurants

    Photo by james BunoanAmerica! Love it, hate it--I prefer to eat it. For the past couple of months, I've tried the best the Republic offers within the confines of this county. I've dined with the Lords of the Universe at Aqua, slummed it with the hoi...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 13, 2005
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    The Gay Professor - Surf City native Eric Andersons sexual orientation is grist for his mill

    Photo by George Lange/TBSWeeks before Newport Beach millionaires Glen and Mindy Stearns won prize money they didn't need on TBS' recent The Real Gilligan's Island, the show's otherOrange Countian, Eric "Gumby" Anderson, was booted before he had a ch...

    by LURA JAQUES on January 13, 2005
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    Go Time - Ex-toll-road boss had one last project before he left: His own financial windfall

    It's common practice in the New Economy to reward executives who fail. Consider the $110,000 bonus to Wally Kreutzen, until recently the top bureaucrat at the financially troubled Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). Speaking in 1996 to the U.S...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2005
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Wednesday, Jan. 5 Eighteen people sign a letter demanding St. John the Baptist, a Catholic grammar and middle school in Costa Mesa, ban two kids from school because their parents are gay. They say it's nothing personal against the kids who they want...

    by Steve Lowery on January 13, 2005
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    The Frugal Gourmet - Costa Mesa soup-kitchen volunteer feeds families after brush with deportation

    Photo by Nick SchouKevin is a 43-year-old surf bum with deep set, piercing eyes, a weather-beaten, sun-scorched face and graying ducktails. You might say that the best thing about his 45-day stay at Terminal Island's federal detention facility this ...

    by Nick Schou on January 13, 2005
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, My friend and I were wondering why Mexican girls are so beautiful when they are teenagers, then over the years, they become fat, old bags? Mark M. Costa Mesa Dear Gabacho, Get your facts straight. Wo...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 13, 2005
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    Haidl Wept - Judge concedes the gang-rape suspect is in great need, but says no to Get Out of Jail card

    Courtesy pool photographer Michael Goulding/The Orange County RegisterIt appears Greg Haidl now knows his actions carry consequences. Locked up since Nov. 16 for repeatedly violating the conditions of his $100,000 bail, the 19-year-old son of a we...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2005
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. HOLY HELL Editor's note: Gustavo Arellano r...

    on January 13, 2005
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    Hour of Scour - OC Metro ignores Robert Schullers Commie-bashing past

    The year 2004 ended on a tearful note forthe Reverend Robert H. Schuller, head of Garden Grove's Crystal Cathedral and one of the most powerful men in American Christianity. On Dec. 17, his longtime musical director, Johnnie Carl, committed suicide ...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 6, 2005
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    Its Puzzlementary! - Internet company linking Rocco, Kaufman claims no link between Rocco, Kaufman

    On the Dec. 23 edition of KPCC-FM's Air Talk show, a trio of Orange County journalists discussed the bizarre swearing-in ceremony two weeks earlier of Orange Unified School District trustee Steve Rocco. The Weekly's Gustavo Arellano and Jean Pasco o...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2005
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    Shrink Rapped

    Illustration by Bob AulAs a favor to your parents--who are my friends and who love you dearly--I began seeing the three of you for free in my therapy practice. You were out of control, and their only next step seemed to be to call the police and hav...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 6, 2005
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    This Week in the Birds

    Finally, a reason to listen to your AM dial besides Coast to Coast: KSRF-AM 540/1260, the greatest oldies station since the early-1990s heyday of KRLA-AM 1110. How tunefully bizarre is it? They played the Trashmen's wheezing, grunting "Surfin' Bird"...

    on January 6, 2005
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    Papas Western BBQ

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasIn a business park close to the northwesternmost corner of Orange County exists a time warp: Papa's Western BBQ. Wood floors--and ceilings and walls--are offset by kerosene lamps at each table, all of it giving Papa's a honky...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on January 6, 2005
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    How Green Was My Valley? - Tsunamis, bloody abortions, and the Painter Of Light, Thomas Kinkade!

    Thomas Kinkade - like you couldn't tell!I was a little leery of driving into the blizzard: I've driven off a cliff. I've been smashed in the face with a rock that took out my eye. I've bled internally, my brave little ovaries on a suicide mission a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2005
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or send to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. OH, BOY! I think I have read all of Gustavo...

    on January 6, 2005
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    Dr. Demento - Psychiatrist Park Dietz finds sanity in all the wrong places

    Illustration by Bob AulIn March 2002, world-renownedNewport Beach forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz took the witness chair in the final phase of the murder trial of Texas housewife Andrea Yates. Dietz, who is also a technical adviser to the TV show L...

    by Nick Schou on January 6, 2005
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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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