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    Beating of the minds

    Illustration by Bob AulBefore I met you, I had heard that you were a regular guy who was a bit boring. Now that I know you, I think you're a pervert. My friend suggested that we get together because she felt we'd have a lot in common and become fast...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 8, 2002
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    How to Get Unfavorable Press Coverage

    Tip No. 1: get a job at crashingly bland pseudo-punk Chicago label Victory Records. Proceed to mail out a 132-page stack of Xeroxed clips to as many newspapers as possible--postage costs of which easily exceed five bucks per--touting a whiny, dopey,...

    on August 8, 2002
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    It's the Economy, Stupid

    Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's dotty performance Sunday on Meet the Press signals just how vicious Bush can be when he puts his buddies out to dry. O'Neill's insistence that the fundamentals of the economy are great is buttressed by the administr...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 8, 2002
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    Letters

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    on August 8, 2002
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    How Jesse Became Jessica - One mans story of becoming a woman

    Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault "I love everything about being a woman," Jessica gloats through a faint chuckle that sensually rumbles her heavy Spanish accent. She reaches for a pack of cigarettes, shakes her long dark hair out of her face and t...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 8, 2002
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    The Incredible Shrinking Park - {Irvine plans a PR offensive to defend not-so-Great Park

    Photo by Jack GouldFacing alarm over their development plans for the abandoned El Toro Marine base, Irvine city officials have responded with an old-fashioned PR tactic: they've blamed the media. "I have concerns about some journalists who skew wh...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on August 8, 2002
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    Iron Mike - Is Sheriff Carona ready for the White House?

    Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona announced on July 19 that his deputies had arrested Alejandro Avila, the alleged killer of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, whose terrifying abduction and murder two weeks ago seized the attention of the nation. During ...

    by Nick Schou on August 8, 2002
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    When Memorial Becomes Spectacle - The exploitative remembrance of Samantha Runnion

    Marshall McLuhan--the man who famously observed that "the medium is the message"--is perhaps more often quoted than understood, himself a victim of medium/message confusion. Here's what he meant: the modern media is so powerful that anything on whic...

    on August 8, 2002
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    Tony Baloney - Two weeks ago, he was oddly the harshest critic of local justice. Meet the new Tony Rackauckas

    Photo by Yoshitaka OkadaFollowing the arrest of a suspect for the murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas appeared on national television to vouch for the righteousness of Orange County's justice system. "I can exp...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 8, 2002
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    Chronic Mess

    Photo by Johan VogelThe fate of Orange County medical-marijuana activist Marvin Chavez rests with the California Supreme Court--the same court that unanimously ruled on July 18 that a sick Californian carrying pot and a prescription, doctor's note o...

    by Nick Schou on August 8, 2002
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    Waive Goodbye - How inland cities killed sewage dumping

    Photo by Jack GouldNobody's saying the 13-12 vote by the Orange County Sanitation District's (OCSD) board of directors was harmonious, not after 18 months of squabbling that culminated on July 17 before an overflow crowd at OCSD headquarters in Foun...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 8, 2002
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    Erotica Conventionette

    Illustration by Bob AulLet me start by admitting I stumbled a bit with the communications, and a few other ladies gave me a similar song-and-dance, but since you were the only one to mutter obscenities as I walked away, this is reserved just for you...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 1, 2002
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    The Martian Plan

    Are we headed toward martial law? Last week, Peter Kirsanow, a Bush appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said in Detroit that he envisions a situation in which the public will demand internment camps for Arab-Americans. If terrorists attac...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 1, 2002
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    Clean Water, Hot Fire, Lost Cat - Not to mention a chocolate banana

    My old gray cat has gone missing, and I blame George W. Bush. My cat has been gone a couple of weeks now. We've scoured and leafleted the neighborhood, checked the animal shelters and such. People have called with a couple of leads, one of them bein...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 1, 2002
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    Crystal visions - Cokes ugly little sister makes a comeback!

    Photo by Jack GouldFriday's grand reopening of Thrust(with "The Girls of THRUST!") at San Clemente's China Beach was no touchy-feely love nest. It was something a little more caffeinated. Now, I've never actually seen crystal meth; I always though...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 1, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Illustration by Bob AulSATURDAY, July 13 There's enough tomfoolery these days to make you wanna chuck it all and move to the South Pacific or at least Fresno. Then in one shining moment, Orange Countians restore your faith in humanity. That's what h...

    by Matt Coker on August 1, 2002
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    No Times for a Mystery - An oddly apathetic newsroom abruptly ends DA ethics-scandal coverage

    Photo by Yoshitaka OkadaThe grand jury's recently concluded investigation of Orange County District Attorney Anthony J. "Tony" Rackauckas may reveal the most peculiar case of prosecutorial corruption in California history. For example, grand jurors ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 1, 2002
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    Here & Now - How a two-year organizing campaign helped destroy Anaheims hotel workers union

    Photo by Jack GouldTwo years ago, Local 681 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees (HERE) had a lot going for it. A string of brand-new hotels in downtown Garden Grove, full of workers who wanted to join a union, a crew of dedicated organizer...

    by Nick Schou on August 1, 2002
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    Homemakers - Habitats Women Build is kind of like Lilith Fair with power tools

    Photo by James BunoanThe Saturday-afternoon quiet of the Santa Ana neighborhood is broken by the dull knock of nails being driven into a plywood roof by a couple of high school girls in ponytails. They finish the job, carrying their hammers--swingin...

    by JULIA GRATHWOL on August 1, 2002
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    The Danny Ainge of Porn - An evening with Ron Jeremy

    Photo by Gustavo Arellano"But in truth, this object of near-universal derision performs a valuable service for the overwhelming plain portion of the male population that follows porn: he makes them feel better about themselves. To see someone as ugl...

    on August 1, 2002
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