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    Shoplifting Celebrity

    illustration by Bob AulI'm a recovering shoplifter, and this is my formal bid to join the ranks of Winona Ryder, Jennifer Capriati, Olga Korbut and Hedy Lamarr. I want to be famous for my exploits. My pedigree is impressive and starts this way: many...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 9, 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 9, 2003
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    Skot Armstrong - A long and harrowing account of how and where the artist grew up

    Behind the beige paint, each of the identical housing tracts throughout our county houses freaks and lovers. Take the one in Buena Park where Skot Armstrong lives--near an electrical-generating station and the Wax Museum. Even though we've been frie...

    by SKOT ARMSTRONG on January 9, 2003
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    Old School Politics - In Santa Ana, school construction takes a backseat to aggressive campaign fund-raising

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThree years ago, Santa Ana voters passed Measure C, approving $145 million for the construction of new schools to serve the city's swelling student population. So far, they've gotten almost nothing for the money--except const...

    by Nick Schou on January 9, 2003
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    Boned Again - TO: Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney FROM: Anthony "Tony" Pignataro

    Everyone knows you screwed the county when you agreed to settle ARCO's gas-station leaks for a measly $8 million. Now we know how much you've cost us: at least $43 million. You and your reliable friends in the media reported that your ARCO settlem...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Mine Kampf - Orange home project plagued by the law that time forgot

    Photo by James BunoanOpen space is increasingly rare in Orange County, but even so, Fieldstone Homes' plans for the city of Orange seem improbable. The Newport Beach-based homebuilder has asked city officials for permission to build 180 houses in th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 9, 2003
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    Mr. Scourge - Activists remember Planning Director Thomas Mathews

    Illustration by Mark DanceyWith the county's open space disappearing as fast as the deficits mount in his mismanaged agency, Orange County Planning Department Director Thomas Mathews will resign Jan. 9 after 28 years of county service. Nothing in ...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Lost Year - 2002 was the year that sucked the chrome off the future

    We have no future. Our ideals are being ground beneath the dead weight of our own empire. We walk in darkness. You are standing on my foot. That's pretty much the year in review. I could do my usual thing and trot out a litany of horrors culled fr...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 2, 2003
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    The Year in Girl - Congressman Rohrabacher? Meet Jan from the Vandals!

    Photo by Denise Truscello?Sauced Newport Congressman Dana Rohrabacher hangs out at the Kitsch Bar while his young hipster wife, Rhonda, spins. Mere feet away, humping his date on the Kitsch Bar bar, is Jan from the Vandals. History is made. ?At Ne...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 2, 2003
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    Dedicated to the Mayor of Long Beach

    OC has produced its share of glamorous, global music celebs in the near-decade since "Come Out and Play." But for every Dexter or Gwen, there's a small nation of anonymous underlings doing the wicked, nasty grunt work for them. They're the people wh...

    by Rich Kane on January 2, 2003
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    Spot the Gas Leak - The year in Tony Rackauckas

    Four years ago, Republican Tony Rackauckas was elected Orange County District Attorney and quickly announced that his would be a green administration. Within two days of moving into the county Hall of Administration, the former judge and prosecutor ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 2, 2003
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    Ayn Rand Institute Looks Back in Anger

    The "forgotten" heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 "The businessman is the one who devotes his mind to producing wealth. He is the creator of the American way of life. Without his present and past actions, our daily lives would resemble the dismal existence...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 2, 2003
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    Ken Maddox, We Hardly Knew Ye

    After the crap he pulled during the summer of 2002, we don't think we even know state Assemblyman Ken Maddox, anymore. That's not a bad thing. See, we were sure the Garden Grove Republican was a dedicated anti-environmentalist. He had year after yea...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 2, 2003
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    Bad News: Everybody Wins

    Photo by Jeanne RiceFor the first half of this year, the city of Garden Grove was at war. The conflict was over such basic issues as land, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--happiness being either a ranch-style home or a Motel 6. In the end, th...

    by Nick Schou on January 2, 2003
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    The Year In Failed Latino Leadership

    Photo by David KawashimaA todos Ustedes que piensan que soy pendejo: Idiocy is idiocy, and it is worst when your ethnic brothers and sisters do it. As the token minority for this paper, readers expect me to write only positive stories about Latinos....

    on January 2, 2003
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    The Year in Killing El Toro

    Photo courtesy NASA websiteThe county's vaunted El Toro International Airport, once proposed to handle something like 30 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo per year, finally at last for now and all time is dead. The death blow, popular...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 2, 2003
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    OC Weekly Marks the Passing of . . .

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBaker, William H.The neo-Nazi/anti-Semite/racist got das boot from his pulpit at the Crystal Cathedral. Now, that's a fine heil-do-you-do. Carpenter, Tim.His move to Massachusetts cut the Orange County progressive population in ...

    on January 2, 2003
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    We Get Letters . . .

    Thank you for printing this wonderfully uplifting and positive story . . . I've never read a more biased diatribe in my life. . . . Last year, another reader accused me of having my head up my ass. . . . Both anal sex and rimming are perfectly legit...

    on January 2, 2003
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    2002: Diary of a Mad Year

    JANUARY 2Before the trial begins, novelist Sylvia Fleener settles for an undisclosed sum her lawsuit alleging that televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network in Costa Mesa plagiarized her work for the crappy Christ-o-rama fl...

    by Matt Coker on January 2, 2003
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    ARCO settlement

    Susan Schroeder swoons for DA Tony Rackauckas Photo by Yoshitaka Okada Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has known for more than a month that OC Weekly was investigating his conduct in the county's environmental corruption case ag...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 26, 2002
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