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    Un-KUOL - 90.9 was a radio station too good to be true

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe storyline of Santa Ana-based indie radio station KUOL-FM 90.9 has degenerated into a soap opera. First, KUOL-FM 90.9 no longer exists. It's now simply the Crush, and it broadcasts 24/7 only on www.theorangecrush.com. And that...

    by Rich Kane on December 19, 2002
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    Rage Against the Voting Machine - Thank Florida for electronic elections

    The coup that installed George W. Bush as the United States' first mentally retarded president, slathered the Bill of Rights with Wite-Out and can't hardly wait to violate the most basic tenet of international law--hell, human decency--by starting a...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 19, 2002
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    With the Name of the Warrior - Rapper Yaoh finds his future in his past

    Photo by James BunoanThere's an unremarkable little office space in a nondescript industrial park off an even more nondescript back street in Tustin, looks like home to someone's struggling income-tax firm, or an after-hours chapter of Alcoholics An...

    on December 12, 2002
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    Pour It Like a Kettle - The Pop Narcotic will set you free

    Photo by James BunoanAs mad, fantastic, conquer-the-world, where's-my-bitches, pass-the-Courvoisier rock & roll superstardom goes, the Pop Narcotic are crapping out. Label deals have collapsed. They made just one album; it was never released, though...

    by Rich Kane on December 12, 2002
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    Great Balls of Fire, Literally - Greg Topper still rules the lounge

    Photo by James BunoanNearly any tale that begins with the words, "I always wore cotton underwear" holds some promise, don't you think? Greg Topper, the once and always king of OC rock & roll, is holding forth on his resplendent period in the 1970s...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 12, 2002
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    Skanking In Tongues - God, aliens, dreads and Kyng Arthur

    Photo by James BunoanThe last time I hung out with reggae singer Kyng Arthur, he was sporting the most impressive crown of dreadlocks I'd ever seen, an elaborate network of oily coils he sometimes arranged into a turban, a work of art years in the m...

    by BUDDY SEIGAL on December 12, 2002
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    Play Something to Dance to! - DJ Nobody pushes his luck again

    Photo by James BunoanIt was a chichi Latino hipster hangout in Los Angeles called the Conga Room, and like a good soldier, DJ Nobody was spinning the ethereal dance-beat sounds--Stereolab and LA avant-gardist Dntel--that his hosts wanted him to play...

    by ANDREW ASCH on December 12, 2002
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    Oooh, Yeah, Damn! - Squab is better than any drug, some sex

    Photo by James BunoanAnyone who tries to tell you about Squab has to start with a hesitant "I don't know." It takes a few breaths just to get an adjective or two: Squab is intense, says Jen, bassist of local band Resist and Exist, who saw them at pr...

    by Chris Ziegler on December 12, 2002
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    The Next Big Thing - Close your eyes and think of England

    Photo by James BunoanYou jaded hipsters can thank me now or you can thank me later, but I have discovered our newest star in the unlikeliest of places: Santa Ana's creaky Ye Olde Ship. That's right, Big Sandy: you might have discovered Phil Shane, b...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 12, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Nov. 23 About 150 protesters against America's upcoming war with Iraqtake their message to the people on the mean streets of South County. Of course, there are no people on the mean streets of South County this morning--being Saturday and,...

    by Matt Coker on December 12, 2002
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    Kissinger to the rescue

    Since President George W. Bush didn't want an inquiry into Sept. 11 to begin with, his move to bring Henry Kissinger back onstage seems designed to serve another purpose. Ostensibly appointed to investigate the spy snafus that led to the terrorist a...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 12, 2002
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    Handicapped Parking

    Illustration by Bob AulYou in the nifty Porsche Boxster in Laguna Beach on Monday morning! I guess you were having fits of caffeine withdrawal when you rolled up to Diedrich Coffee and parked on the sidewalk. After all, there were no available parki...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 12, 2002
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    Letters

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    on December 12, 2002
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    Power Brokered - Ex-county chief gets Costa Mesa nightclub approved

    Photo by Jeanne RiceErnie Schneider looks like a high-powered lobbyist delivered by central casting, what with his power suits, Gordon Gekko-esque slicked-back hair and knack for whispering conspiratorially in clients' ears during public meetings. ...

    by ANDREW ASCH on December 12, 2002
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    Grave Error - Tim Garcia is no anti-immigration martyr

    Photo by James BunoanAnaheim Police Detective Tim Garcia didn't realize he was dead until a couple of weeks ago. "I was sitting at my desk, and a couple of officers came up and showed me this newspaper article and said, 'Hey, you're dead,'" Garcia...

    by Nick Schou on December 12, 2002
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    Way Out There With Them! - Columnist Michelle Malkin finds home amongst local immigrant-bashers

    The way the young woman with the flaming-red hair sees it, the War on Terror should make an immigrant-hater out of any leftist. "I thought I used to be liberal," the Fullerton resident says, her backpack a marquee of her abandoned politics--a rain...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 12, 2002
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    Trash Talk - Steve Vargas says his battle to clean up Brea killed his career at City Hall

    November was unkind to Steve Vargas. His house is still in pieces, undergoing a major remodel. His bid for re-election to the Brea City Council failed by just 898 votes. Then after the election, Vargas fell from a ladder while removing one of his ca...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 12, 2002
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    Lunching With Losers - Why are these men smiling?

    Photo by Mary StamponeRead much about Bill Simon after the election? Had any warm thoughts about Dukakis lately? Me neither. The camera follows the winners off the field, leaving the vanquished in the dusk to gather their teeth on their shields and ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 5, 2002
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    The Idiot's Guide to Voting

    illustration by Bob AulYou came to vote, clutching a phony "voters guide." You were so dependent on the "guide" that you and your wife couldn't vote at the same time since you had to take turns with it. I stifled the urge to rip the guide out of you...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 5, 2002
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    Kids - Doing the darnedest things

    Photo by OCW staffMy generation has offered to history the dot-com and bleached-blond hair on men. Neither will look pretty for posterity. You think later generations scoffed at tangerine leisure suits? Wait'll the grandkids get a gander at our goat...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 5, 2002
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