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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, May 20 On the night veteran TV newsman Jerry Dunphy's family announces his death, KCAL/Channel 9, the eightysomething's final spot on the dial, presents the following stories in quick-cut succession: ?Students posed nude in a high school p...

    by Matt Coker on June 6, 2002
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    2002 World cup: World War III, Falklands II

    Wars have been fought over it. Prominent people have been assassinated because of it. The United States is currently engaged in a massive, fraudulent effort to improve its lot in it. Oil? Pffft! Soccer is the sport for these end times, an activi...

    on June 6, 2002
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    Satan's customer-service rep

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the lovely woman dining at Houston's on a recent Wednesday night: GET OVER IT! So your fish wasn't cooked enough. You were told politely they would be happy to re-cook it for you, but that wasn't good enough. They asked if ...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 6, 2002
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    on June 6, 2002
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    Stealing Cars With the Pros

    Photo by Steve LoweryIt's 2 a.m., and I'm sitting in a truck deep in a Westminster residential neighborhood. There are no sounds save for the truck's idling engine. Foo Dog is to my right, looking almost bored. Cowboy is in the driver's seat to my...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 6, 2002
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    Dont Call Him an Environmentalist - Assemblyman Ken Maddox just doesnt want his kid swimming in feces

    Ken Maddox stood before a crowd of environmentalists at the Huntington Beach Pier, easily moving the group to chants and cheers with his rants against the Orange County Sanitation District, which is polluting the local ocean with massive amounts of ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 6, 2002
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    DAs Wife Missing! - May just be home

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangOn March 5, while Orange County District Attorney Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas celebrated his overwhelming reelection at the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach, observers noticed his wife, Kay, was nowhere to be found. Her abse...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 6, 2002
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    Yes, In My Back Yard - California Fair Political Practices Commission investigates Garden Grove mayor

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangMayor Bruce Broadwater has repeatedly--and perhaps illegally--cast votes to steer millions in redevelopment dollars to a Garden Grove neighborhood within spitting distance of his own properties, the Weekly has learned. Earl...

    by Nick Schou on June 6, 2002
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    Summer of Weiss - Beer, that is

    Photo by Jeanne RiceAwhile back, the folks at JW's in the Anaheim Marriott, which was then one of the top restaurants in the county, invited me to an Oktoberfest dinner at which each course was perfectly matched with a different Spaten beer. There...

    by TOM VASICH on May 30, 2002
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    Bikini Uber Alles! - Fighting fire with flesh

    As we enter our first summer since the Sept. 11 attacks, many of us look to New York and Washington, the Middle East and Afghanistan, and wonder if there's anything we can do to help the war effort. The irony, of course, is that the best thing we ca...

    by Steve Lowery on May 30, 2002
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    Dude, Where's Your Kid?!

    Illustration by Bob AulThere it is: your name in the Calendar section of OC Weekly--trendy local venue, sounds like fun, good for you. You are the biological father of my 11-year-old daughter, to whom you have spoken precisely two words since she wa...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 30, 2002
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    Long Arms of the Law

    With Vice President Dick Cheney proclaiming the certainty of a new attack of some sort, somewhere, at some time, we are once again at the mercy of President George W. Bush's main terror-busters in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The modern FBI ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on May 30, 2002
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    Summery Judgment - Jim already spent his summer vacation. Now he wants yours

    Photo courtesy of Jim WashburnIt was an innocent time when I was young. The lamb lay down with the lion, honey oil dripped from the branches, and you could see the Who for $4.50 instead of $505 (the top price for tickets at their upcoming Hollywood ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on May 30, 2002
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    Fair Guys - Thinking Lou Reed, booking Weird Al

    Photo by Chris ZieglerIt takes a strange kind of man to book a county fair: part mover-and-shaker, part populist-crusader, part un-ironic Chubby Checker fan. And it takes a stranger man still to book Weird Al for five straight days at the county fai...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 30, 2002
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    No Escape - A night of illegal camping

    I have a history of camping in unusual, often illegal places. The first time was in my teens, when I joined some buddies in climbing over the fence at the aircraft museum of the Strategic Air Command, the one in Omaha where Bush hid on the day of th...

    by BILL KOHLHAASE on May 30, 2002
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    How to... - Hang out at the mall

    Photo by Christian WalshThe Irvine Spectrum. Kid, who reveals himself to be 16 years old, is worldly, in that innocent way of teenagers--Hilfiger-boxered ass hanging out of Lucky Brand jeans; Ralph Lauren T-shirt that reads, "Ralph Lauren" in 164-po...

    on May 30, 2002
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    How to... - Get and keep a bartender's attention

    Sick of wasting your warm summer nights waiting with dozens of other drunks at a local watering hole for a bartender to catch your eye? Here's a helpful guide from Brent Baker, a popular bartender at Newport Beach's Blue Beet. The best way to get ...

    on May 30, 2002
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    How to. . . - Make prank calls

    Even acting like a dick has to change with the times. Back in summer days of yore, when there was too much time and not enough TV channels, you filled the afternoons by putting a little oomph into your prank calls: rehearsing curse words, working th...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 30, 2002
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    How to... - Carry a girl on your shoulders

    Photo by Mike McGillVinnie Capizzi, 22, insurance agent, Anaheim Hills You want a light girl. How light is up to you, but I don't think you want to be hoisting a 180-pound girl on your shoulders for half an hour. Once she's up there, the most impo...

    on May 30, 2002
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    Giving People What They Love - The Girl ranks OCs least annoying beaches

    People love the beach. They do! I don't know why. It's covered with dirty, gross sand that grinds into your skin all the way home until you're coated with a layer of grimy filth. And in the summer, the parking lot's all hot on your feet. You have to...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 30, 2002
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