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    When Irate Eyes Are Smiling - The Year in Bad Theater

    We're still figuring out the details, but the 2005 OC Weekly theater awards--which will take place sometime between early February and mid-March--will look back fondly on the best performances, shows and moments of the past year. This ain't about ...

    by Joel Beers on December 30, 2004
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    Diary of A Mad Year - 2004 regurgitated

    JANUARY 1 Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror float--the tallest ever entered in the Tournament of Roses Parade--ambles down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard and is seen by millions. It then goes on display at Disney's California Adventure in Anah...

    by Steve Lowery on December 30, 2004
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    Will the Real Steve Rocco Please Stand Up? - Internet mystery surrounds Orange school trustee

    Santa Ana lawyer Fernando Leone sent the Weekly a letter Dec. 8 on behalf of his client, Steve Rocco, the newly elected Orange Unified School District trustee. Leone's letter stated that "this law office has been engaged by [Rocco] with regard to wh...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on December 23, 2004
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    Merry Trashmas!

    Illustration by Bob AulThis goes out to the jackasses in the unemployment office from a soon-to-be trash-bin dweller. It says on page 27 of your guide to unemployment benefits that I am entitled to an extension "only when unemployment is very high."...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 23, 2004
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    This Week in the Year

    In a year that brought so much shame to Orange County--boy-buggering priests! Gang-raping teenagers! The O.C.!--there were thankfully many new gustatory spots where we could eat our worries away. Each of these restaurants opened this past year or la...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Great Wall BBQ

    Photo by Sasha ContrerasMany restaurants plaster a fanciful boast across their menu--"World Famous Hamburger," "Best Pastrami in Town," you know the shtick--but Great Wall Mongolian BBQ in La Habra prints perhaps the shtickiest. According to its men...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 23, 2004
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    Eight Days

    Thurs/Dec 23 As something called a Jennifer Girouxso happily reminded us on a recent edition of Scarborough Countrywhen she nattered, "All I can say, Rabbi, is, you've got to concede the fact--and it's difficult because we all at times in life have...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 2004
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    Kids Eat Free! - And adults drink like theyve got a second liver!

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfWe hadn't planned on going to the Fullerton Museum Center's opening for "Orange Groove," our pal Jim Washburn's extended remix of his much-loved exhibit of OC rockiana at last year's Orange County Fair. Friday was my ninth...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 23, 2004
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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. DEAD AGAIN I have a friend who is very inte...

    on December 23, 2004
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    Diary of A Mad County

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWednesday, Dec. 15 Today on Miserable Reasons to Get Up in the Morning, the British producers of the ABC show Wife Swap--which has real-life women switch families so we may learn what it truly means to be a family--is suing Fox T...

    by Steve Lowery on December 23, 2004
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    Hazardous Waist - Charles Ray George thought an OC stripper would cost him $150. She cost him his life.

    An erection killed Charles Ray George. To be more exact, it was the desperation to satisfy an erection that killed the San Onofre nuclear-plant engineer on Jan. 29, 2001. That's the view of Daniel Louis Parra, a 37-year-old community-college stude...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 23, 2004
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    Pop-Culture Pasha - San Clementes Rin Tanaka makes our castoffs cool again

    Photo by James BunoanDecember is the best time to buy old stuff in America, Rin Tanaka tells me as we mill about outside his tiny/crowded San Clemente apartment. We're outside because one wall of his place is almost totally engulfed in day-glow and ...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on December 23, 2004
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    Not a Dunn Deal - State Senator Joe Dunn says hes ready to investigate controversial hospital deal

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoTenet Hospital's sale of four OrangeCounty hospitals looked like a done deal--until state officials looked into the buyer's background. Now, state Senator Joe Dunn says he'll ask California officials to examine "every nook...

    by JOHN UNDERWOOD on December 23, 2004
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    Selfish, Liberal, Single! - Creepy anonymous letter to neighbors follows a mans letter to the editor

    Photo by Jack GouldKevin Cook wrote a letter to The Orange County Register, and all he got was a Christmas stalking. A week after the Santa Ana-based paper ran Cook's Dec. 6 letter, in which the Ladera Ranch businessman criticized Huntington Beach...

    by WILL SWAIM on December 23, 2004
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    Boy-Buggering Bingo! - 10 unlikely winners and losers in the Orange Diocese sodomy sweepstakes

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoNow that the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal is officially settled--a Dec. 6 conference disclosed the total at a record-breaking $100 million--pundits will speak of winners and losers. You'll hear of Orange Bishop Tod D. Br...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 23, 2004
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    True Men Dont Kill Coyotes - Activists howl foul over Rancho Mission Viejo

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe howling still haunts Jack Eidt. An avid hiker, Eidt is no stranger to the cry of coyotes, but this--this Hound of the Baskervilles meets funeral dirge was different. Although it has been nearly two decades since the constr...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on December 23, 2004
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    !Ask a Mexican!

    Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican, I was always told Mexican children received tamales for Christmas so they would have something to open Christmas morning. Is this true? Wondering in Fullerton Dear Gabacho, As a Mexican who annually re...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 23, 2004
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    Youre in Hell - Whos Crazier: Rocco or his fans?

    Photo by Amy TheligAmid audible gasps of anticipatory glee from the Christian conservative parents who voted him into office, trustee-elect Steve Rocco finally unveiled himself at the Orange Unified School District's Dec. 9 Board of Trustees meeting...

    by Nick Schou on December 16, 2004
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    This Week in Loser Towns

    Really, who gives a fuck about Cypress, Laguna Hills, Los Alamitos and Stanton? The four are tiny, insignificant cities dotted across the county, ignored even by its citizenry save for the lunatics who cheer on the scary Los Alamitos High Griffins f...

    on December 16, 2004
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    Pura Vida Costa Rican Cuisine

    Photo by Matt OttoI've reviewed restaurants located in a grocery mart's storage room. I've reviewed restaurants that were the sole occupants of an abandoned mall. I've reviewed taco trucks, swap-meet stands and a Tijuana dive crammed between coal mo...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on December 16, 2004
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