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    Blame It on Florida

    Patient: Sunshine State Profile: Interminable and muddled movie ostensibly about the rigors of family and the importance of place that turns out to really be about two and a half hours. I haven't seen anything this long and pointless since Shawn Br...

    by Steve Lowery on July 25, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SUNDAY, July 7 Life is no picnic nor is life a beach at Picnic Beach after about 100 gallons of raw sewage spill into the ocean and close the popular Laguna Beach spot on the last day of the busy holiday weekend. The shitcicle is blamed on a bunch o...

    by Matt Coker on July 25, 2002
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    Ticket scalpers are scummy, sleazy, pants-pooping cretins. We know this because in our previous life as a TicketMaster outlet operator (and in the days before random, numbered priority wristbands), we witnessed these evildoers padding the ticket lin...

    by Rich Kane on July 25, 2002
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    Keeping Tabs

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen you joked at your dinner party that you were in need of a painkiller, you told me all I needed to know: that somewhere in your house--probably the bathroom medicine chest--I'd find one. I did. And not just one, but an ent...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 25, 2002
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    Reform-School Congress

    Democrats may be looking to make hay off the Bush administration's embarrassing brushes with corporate scandal, but the record shows they have little to be proud of. One study comparing the first Bush White House with Clinton's asserts that under ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on July 25, 2002
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    Watching the Detective - Inside the office of Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

    Spot The Gas Leak R. Scott Moxley on Tony Rackauckas' oily year. Toxic Politics For 20 years, at scores of gas stations all over Orange County, MTBE has literally poured into the soil, endangering the county's drinking water. Investigative reporter...

    on July 25, 2002
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    on July 25, 2002
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    The Island of Lost Drinks

    Illustration by Mark DanceyWhen emissaries of the Weekly approached me to compile a list of the 12 most undeservedly forgotten cocktails, it mooted the question: Is it still possible to imbibe elegantly in this crassly electronic age? The answer is ...

    by J. HOMUNCULUS INGOTS on July 25, 2002
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    Bar Baseball - Taking one for the team

    Illustration by Bob AulIt's summer, and that means it's pub-crawl time. But regular pub crawls--where you go to a bar, drink a drink, go to another bar and drink another drink--can get boring. Spice it up by making it competitive. Turn it into a gam...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 25, 2002
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    Trawling for Tinis

    Martinis are here and now. They're also yesterday and the day before. They just won't seem to go away but keep getting new life beat into 'em like they're Madonna discovering cowboy hats. Some astute observers say that the only reason people drink...

    by JENNIFER CORDERO on July 25, 2002
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    Summer Eats (Drinks)

    Photo by James BunoanSo, we do these restaurant issues a couple of times a year, and every time we do them, they're always about food. Food this, food that--frankly, we've had it up to here with food, especially during the summer when no one eats an...

    on July 25, 2002
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    DA Puts Pub Back in Public Funds! - Slosh fund revelation helps fuel mass exodus of veteran investigators

    Outraged by last month's grand jury report detailing corruption in the district attorney's office, six senior criminal detectives have retired and another dozen officers are expected to follow them in coming weeks, the Weekly has learned. The Oran...

    by R. Scott Moxley on July 25, 2002
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    I Know Where You Lived Last Summer - Woodbridge is still a scary place

    Photo by OCW staffThe Fourth of July shooting rampage at LAX has drawn much attention to slain gunman Hesham Hadayet, but no one has explored his bizarre neighborhood. Woodbridge ranks among the priciest real estate in Irvine, long touted Orange Cou...

    by Matt Coker on July 25, 2002
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    Countering Their Attack - An open letter to the Garden Grove City Council

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangDear Councilmembers: Your town has become the municipal version of the Bush White House. The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Mayor Bruce "Bulldozer" Broadwater's alleged conflicts of interest...

    on July 25, 2002
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    Bring Me the Head of Donald Garcia - How a Green Party activist tracked an Anaheim trustee to Corona del Mar

    Photo by Jack GouldIn their report released last month, the Orange County grand jury produced a catalog of cronies who have received favors from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. The DA removed from his office's consumer-fraud lawsuit the name of b...

    by Nick Schou on July 25, 2002
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    Dont Drink and Drive - Let a teenager do it for you

    Photo by Steve LoweryOne of the more intriguing cultural developments of the past decade is the emergence of the Teenager Who Is Not an Idiot. To wit: modern kids drink, do pot and Ecstasy, drive even--and they don't die! This is a thoroughly alie...

    by MIKE MALES on July 25, 2002
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    Shoe Business

    Patient: Like Mike Profile: Deceitful modern fairy tale about orphan boy who finds family, victory and happiness through a pair of enchanted basketball sneakers ostensibly worn by the game's "greatest" player, Michael Jordan. A serviceable, if fal...

    by Steve Lowery on July 18, 2002
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    George Bush, Failed Corporate Crook

    President George Bush says he's outraged at the scams that have sent big-name companies crashing, and he's not going to take it anymore. Feeding the polls, Bush tells the nation he wants new laws to bring criminal charges against dirty-dealing CEOs....

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on July 18, 2002
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    Lost Highway - Cmon down to Jims World of Pain Motors!

    Photo by Keith MayMy wife is typing this for me. She's writing it, too. She always does, and I cash the checks. It's a great arrangement, and it seems to work all right for you guys, so here we go: She's typing because there's a painful tingling i...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 18, 2002
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    Look! Were Patriots! - Party like youre in a beer commercial!

    On the Fourth of July weekend when I was a shiny li'l 16-year-old Communist, I lost my virginity on a CalPIRG camping trip. When I got home that afternoon, there was a note from Commie Mom on my pillow. "Rebecca," it read. "Your father and I are div...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 18, 2002
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