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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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    A League of His Own - Lee Hacksaw Hamilton wants to talk sports with you

    Every block brings a new dj vu in the John Wayne Airport business district, where every intersection is an omnium-gatherum of parabolically drawn streets and sharply angled towers. Very cool, except I can't find Trophy's Sports Grill. It's a pisse...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 5, 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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    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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    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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    Hey, USC!

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the self-described ex-USC frat boy: I had my suspicions about you when you swaggered up to our table, looking a little coked-up, and forced your pudgy ass down at our booth. My girlfriends and I exchanged looks of disdain. ...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 28, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 9 Writing in Canada's National Post today, Matt Welch of the LA Examiner website (www.laexaminer.com) warns Washington pundits against dimming California Governor Gray Davis' presidential prospects so fast. Yes, he is bland, his suppo...

    by Matt Coker on November 28, 2002
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    Bada Bing! - Attorney General auditing Orange County DAs questionable use of witness-protection funds

    Photo by OCW staffCalling Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas "arrogant" and the "head of the most mismanaged [DA] office in California," state Attorney General Bill Lockyer has ordered an investigation into allegations that Rackauckas a...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 28, 2002
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    Dead Zones, Bogus Fees and Dropped Calls - How Cingular Wireless celebrates its Year of the Customer

    Jane lives and works in Huntington Beach. She uses her cell phone a lot for work and personal calls, but lately, she has found she spends most of her phone time complaining to Cingular, her wireless provider. "I have many issues with Cingular," sa...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 28, 2002
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    Letters

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    on November 28, 2002
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    The Other Angel - Running back Angel Rodriguez carries Anaheim High

    The Anaheim High School Colonists scored only a field goal on their opening drive, but their running back's uniform was already filthy. Black skid marks blemished his yellow helmet, and his gold pants were stained with the shade of brown only a well...

    on November 28, 2002
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    Radio Rest Stop

    Just two weeks after our story about eclectic, new, Santa Ana-based, local-band-lovin', commercial radio station KUOL 90.9 ("The Crush") ran ("Sonic Splendor," Nov. 8), the frequency is already off the air--but they promise to be back. The station h...

    on November 28, 2002
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    Grindin' Honeys - And where the hell are my conch shells?

    Photo by OCW staffAren't you glad you don't live in Silver Lake? Sure, it has still managed to remain funky and bohemian even after the chic moneyed folk took over those pretty hills. And, yeah, there's a club for every four people. But if you were ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 28, 2002
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    The Force Is With Him - In a department once noted for its cruelty toward the homeless, Santa Ana cop Randy Beckx produced a revolution

    Photo by Nick SchouBruce Bruns is a mess. Dressed in yellow shorts and a white undershirt, he sits dejectedly at his kitchen table in a modest one-bedroom Santa Ana apartment. He's talking to Officer Randy Beckx, a 22-year Santa Ana Police Departmen...

    by Nick Schou on November 28, 2002
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    After Saddam - Well win the war, but how about the peace?

    Giddy over his party's historic midterm election victories in Congress, President George W. Bush says we must invade Iraq now--immediately--and get rid of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Even last-minute Iraqi concessions to U.N. weapons inspections ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 28, 2002
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    Youre a Creep - Remembering Irv Rubin

    Jewish Defense League (JDL) chairman Irv Rubin died on Nov. 13 from injuries sustained during an apparent suicide attempt inside the LA County jail holding him. He was 57. Rubin wound up behind bars for allegedly plotting to bomb a Muslim mosque a...

    by Matt Coker on November 28, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 2 Flipping through the November/December issue of Mother Jones while getting our back shaved, we stop on this story: deep in Dubya's sweeping, 670-page No Child Left Behind Act is a provision requiring secondary schools to provide mil...

    by Matt Coker on November 21, 2002
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    Sheriff Carona Is Muy Caliente! - And this week: Holiday crap you can buy on television. Or not.

    Photo by OCW StaffIs there anything more incisive, insightful and with-it than the county's premier business-lifestyle magazine, the OC Metro? I say, "No!" From its indispensable Movers & Shakers column, which details the triumphs of Orange County's...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 21, 2002
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    Nut Quesadilla

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the pseudo-blonde at Baja Fresh: thanks for the freak show. I don't eat there often, but I bet you do, given the ritualistic/ obsessive nature of your consumption: 1) grab 15 to 20 napkins; 2) take them to your table, layin...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 21, 2002
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