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    The 4-Year Floor Manager

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, Mr. "Four-Year Floor Manager" at that massive guitar retailer! Yeah, you--with that lame pink button-down shirt and your coifed Poncho 'do. For 18 years, I've come into your store and spent my hard-earned money. All those...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 23, 2003
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    Freezer Burn

    Photo by Rich KaneSo we fly back from an extended vacation, hop in our waiting car at John Wayne, flip on the Go Loco show on KMXN-FM 94.3 to re-familiarize ourselves with our hood, and are hit with an unexpected flurry of espaol--damn, when did Ta...

    on January 23, 2003
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    Bush's New Year Devolution

    We're two weeks into January, and already George W. Bush is hitting the wall. The president's military commanders have been widely quoted as being against the war he'd so love to wage in Iraq. UN arms inspectors say it could take a year to finish th...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on January 23, 2003
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    A View of the Bar

    Photo by James Bunoan MIXED-USE BUILDING ON THE BALBOA PENINSULA OCCUPANT: TOM BLUROCK, ARCHITECT COST TO BUILD: $1.6 MILLION, INCLUDING LAND Tom Blurock has kind, soft eyes and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. He also has a tenant next door, rents out ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 23, 2003
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    Hoochie Who? - Hoochie coo!

    Photo by James BunoanWhen Costa Mesa artist Maria Schowengerdt moved to Berlin to marry, she had a hard time adjusting. People weren't friendly--surprise!--and her German-born groom tried as best as he could to help her fit in. "Your face is very lo...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 23, 2003
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    The Adventures of G.I. Enviro Joe

    Tree sitter John Quigley managed to save a 400-year-old oak tree from being uprooted by Newport Beach developer John Laing Homes for 71 days before cops and security guards forced him down on Jan. 10. That makes Quigley a hero among some folks--and ...

    by Matt Coker on January 23, 2003
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    Dont Fire Until You See the Whites In Their I30s

    Photo by OCW staff1-2-3-4 WE DON'T WANT YOUR IRAQI WAR! It seems you can't walk five steps without tripping over an anti-war protester around here. Besides the usual weekly actions in Brea, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Riverside and across from South ...

    by Matt Coker on January 23, 2003
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    Chicken Scratcher - School trustees illegible campaign reports raise questions

    For someone who oversees the education of 60,000 students--among the largest pupil populations in California--Santa Ana school board member John Palacio has an embarrassing problem: he can barely write. Specifically, every California Fair Politica...

    by Nick Schou on January 23, 2003
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    Ron Unz Says Recalling Lopez Will Finally Kill Bilingual Education

    Ron Unz has never spoken to Nativo Lopez, and he doesn't plan to. But Unz is obsessed with the Santa Ana Unified School District trustee who is one of the most outspoken proponents of bilingual education. The Palo Alto multimillionaire and onetime c...

    on January 23, 2003
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    Driving Ms. Dazed - Kori Flechtner picks up drunks

    Photo by Jeanne RiceSeated near the front door of Gallagher's Pub and Grill in Huntington Beach, Kori Flechtner is wearing a white blouse that bares about an inch of golden midriff above her jeans. She's 27 with bright eyes and blond hair. It's 1 ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 23, 2003
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    Read and Learn, Pardner - Gordon Dillow forgets Korean history

    What sucks about Orange County Register columnist Gordon Dillow is not that he always writes about the police, American flag, war veterans and cowboys, but that you always know what he's going to write about them--that the cops were right to shoot t...

    on January 23, 2003
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on January 23, 2003
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    Whipped Cream & Other Delights

    Some people live for the thrill of the hunt, others for porcelain cats, still others for the ritualistic cleansing of the human race--now let's agree never to speak of Uncle Lomas again. Then there are those who live for food. Not just the eating of...

    by Steve Lowery on January 23, 2003
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    Kitsched, Twinkled, Toe Looped - Winter makes for ice dreams

    The couple draped across the Kitsch Bar was terribly friendly. I mean, really: outgoing and warm and kind and chatty and nice. Something had to be up. Most likely, knowing the kind of unwitting magnet I am for the deviant, they were swingers. Ewwww!...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 16, 2003
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    Ask Coach McKnight

    Mater Dei High School basketball coach Gary McKnight and his players skipped the post-game news conference after the Monarchs lost 64-58 to LeBron James--who will be the NBA's No. 1 draft pick in June--and St. Vincent-St. Mary of Akron, Ohio, at a t...

    on January 16, 2003
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    Is That a Stinger Missile in Your Pants?

    COUNT HER OUT After a string of election controversies, molasses-like ballot counts and lawsuits real and threatened, Rosalyn Lever is punching out as Orange County's registrar of voters. She reportedly claims elections have gotten more complicated...

    by Matt Coker on January 16, 2003
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    Of Ants and Men

    Flying into John Wayne (ooof! "Sorry, pardner!") at year's end, E.L. Doctorow's City of God on my lap and our own godforsaken sprawl below, lit like a radioactive printed circuit etched to the horizon, I thought about man and ants. Did you know yo...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 16, 2003
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    Fool's Gold

    Here, in one nugget, is what you need to know about President George W. Bush's plan to scrap taxes on dividends: Almost half of the projected benefits from Bush's plan to scrap taxes on dividends would go to the 1 percent of the population whose i...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on January 16, 2003
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    Love Letters

    Illustration by Bob AulDec. 23 at the Dana Point post office, waiting forever to mail packages in time for Christmas delivery. No. 61 had just been called. You were No. 85, standing patiently next to the door. Me? No. 84 with a seat on the opposite ...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 16, 2003
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on January 16, 2003
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