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    The Blame Game

    Photo by Mike McGillIf your son whacks his sisterupside the head, you blame TV. If your nieceis shot in a drive-by, you blame the gun maker. If you crash into a tree while driving home drunk, you blame the bar. If you choke because you've shoved too...

    by Matt Coker on November 13, 2003
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    The Fire Inside - How many of us secretly love the ashes

    It was Oct. 25, arguably the most frightening day of the Fires of 2003, certainly the day when Orange County's air quality was at its worst, when the midday sun turned a wan but quite beautiful neon red. It seemed shrunken, and it didn't radiate at ...

    by CORNEL BONCA on November 13, 2003
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    Should We Talk About the Weather - Discovering the fun zone even though she has lived here for, like, forever

    I hate REM as much as the next girl--Michael Stipe's nasality, after all, blazed the trail for the devastating whine of the fat dude from Counting Crows. But Stipe did offer us two immortal questions: Should we talk about the weather? And should we ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 13, 2003
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    Can You Say Eminent Domain? - Placentia Councilman reveals the citys redevelopment future in his history book for kids

    Chris Lowe and Emily Roberts share the byline for Elephant Rides for Free: A Children's History of Placentia, but make no mistake: this is a Chris Lowe production. The Placentia city councilman and former Pete Wilson aide hogged the speaking time wh...

    on November 13, 2003
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    She Just Toots Tonys Horn - DA defends his spokespersons promotion against charges of favoritism

    Photo by Yoshitake OkadaFive years into the job, one bitter controversy after another hounds Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. While the DA's critics say the trouble stems from Rackauckas' lousy ethics, his supporters insist the probl...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 13, 2003
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    Open Big House - Nick Schou gets inside OCs toughest jail

    Photo by Jack GouldAfter days of rumors, jail officials now admit Sheriff's deputies beat an inmate so severely last week that he required medical treatment. But what's possibly just as newsworthy is that officials at Theo Lacy Branch Jail promptl...

    on November 13, 2003
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    An Apocalypse of Our Own Making - Mike Davis on the perfect fire

    Photo by James BunoanMike Davis is famous for City of Quartz, arguably the best book about Los Angeles, made infamous for Davis' sanguinary prediction of the 1992 LA riots a year in advance. But nothing the UC Irvine history professor has written wa...

    by Nick Schou on November 13, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714) 708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247. KO-BE! So now we have Kobe girls, low-rent skanks blan...

    on November 13, 2003
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    Afraid Again - Minimum wage at Knotts Scary Farm

    Photos by James BunoanI don't scare well. Or maybe I do. Maybe too well. Gory movies, creeping spiders, the 405 on Friday. It's all terror to me. And today, as I look out at the disfigured Cindy Lauper, the manic clown and the dog-collared Goth kids...

    by LAUREN KORDUNER on November 13, 2003
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    What a Rush! - A Commie in the Limbaugh Club

    The boss seemed big on me going to the Rush Limbaugh Fan Club meeting at the Laguna Something Holiday Inn--Woods? Niguel? Hills? Is there a difference? Do you live there? If so, why? So I arose at the ridiculous time of 7:56 a.m. Saturday to leave t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 6, 2003
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    The Plight of Dwight

    Photo by Jack GouldTHE PLIGHT OF DWIGHT Reading the latest Catholic Worker newsletter Call to Faithfulness, you get the feeling that Isaiah House is under assault. The city of Santa Ana has deemed the Cypress Avenue homeless shelter overcrowded, a r...

    by Matt Coker on November 6, 2003
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    Hosed - Forest fires? Blame Bush

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: it is flat-out insane for a nation to spend billions on a missile defense shield while leaving itself defenseless against the damage that any nitwit, domestic or foreign, can do to us with a single match. ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 6, 2003
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    We Respond to Register Letters

    The Orange County Register seems to have done its readers a grave disservice: The paper is printing their letters. It is not clear that the editor is reading them. He's certainly not answering them. So we're helping out! On Oct. 22, the Register p...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on November 6, 2003
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    Your Mama

    Illustration by Bob AulLast week, my 80-year-old mom and I had business at the social security office on the fifth floor of an impressive green tower off the Santa Ana Freeway on First Street. Afterward, I suggested we go up a few floors, find a win...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 6, 2003
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    The Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame - 2003 Inductee Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney

    Illustrations by Bob AulRepublicans tell us we'd like Rackauckas if we knew Rackauckas like they know Rackauckas. Here's what we know: he gave a Glock as a gift to a man his own staff regarded as an organized crime suspect. He was the subject of a 2...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Letters

    TERMINATE 'THE PEOPLE' OC Weekly's lunatic endorsement of '50s-retro state Senator Tom McClintock for governor is one more denial in the myopic delusion, common to all parties, about the roots of California's budget deficit [R. Scott Moxley's "The...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The Thin Boo Line! - Orange Countys 31 scariest cops!

    Illustration by Ward Sutton It's Halloween, a season of rapid transformations, when your neighbors reveal who they really are by dimming their lights and pretending they're not home. When alcoholics who haven't been drunk since United Nations Day (O...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Fieldstoned - A Newport developer sends staff into the streets, garbage cans to shut down an Orange referendum

    Photo by Jack GouldThey've lobbied Orange residents with glossy fliers, purchased the official support of Orange Park Acres, even set aside valuable property for future parkland. But now it seems the only way Fieldstone Homes can ensure its conversi...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Safe For Now - Register eludes slash-and-burner Singleton

    What goes around came around for big, bad "newspaper" publisher William Dean Singleton (Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News) last week. After months of negotiations, Freedom Communications pulled the rug out from under his plan to buy ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 6, 2003
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    Murder, He Wrote - Brother alleges county is covering up El Toro colonels murder

    A man who claims military officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station executed his brother and staged the murder to look like a suicide now says at least one high-ranking county investigator agrees with him. In a Sept. 16 letter to the Orange Co...

    by Nick Schou on November 6, 2003
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