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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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    Lipstick Traces

    Illustration by Bob Aul To the well-dressed 60ish blonde at the Warner Avenue Post Office in Huntington Beach: It's a Wednesday morning, 7:15, and you've just dropped off your mail. You get back into your new silver F150 pickup truck. I notice becau...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 26, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, Dec. 7 Who says Surf City doesn't have the Christmas spirit? A man wearing a Santa hat exposes himself on Main Street this evening. The police blotter item from the local Huntington Beach Wave does not mention what part of the fellow's ana...

    by Matt Coker on December 26, 2002
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    Lott-a Love - No, not the BBW! They playa-hatin!

    Photo by Rebecca Schoenkopf Oy! Such a week! The large lovely ladies I lauded last week--Jesus, I'm starting to sound like a CSNY song!--did not take kindly, apparently, to my calling them chic, pretty, with the cleavage of five strong women, with a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 26, 2002
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    Casting lott

    As early as January 6, Trent Lott will have a chance to convince his Capitol Hill colleagues that his segregationist ways are a thing of the distant past and that today he stands reborn, an honorable man of the New South. Lott will be facing the R...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on December 26, 2002
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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). Visit our website at www.ocweekly.com. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submi...

    on December 26, 2002
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    Toxic Politics - District Attorney Tony Rackauckas weighed his own political future against the safety of Orange County's drinking water and decided to save his own skin

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangAt press time, DA Tony Rackauckas announced that ARCO agreed to pay just $8 million for leaks of the gasoline additive MTBE at scores of Orange County gas stations. The settlement was ridiculously low. In this story, investig...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 26, 2002
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    A River Will Run Through It - Orange officials okay plan to build homes in Santiago creek streambed

    Photo by James BunoanOrange hasn't got the technical firepower to handle developers--there's not a single hydrologist or geologist on the city's staff. Still, it's surprising officials didn't have the street smarts to say no to a proposal to build 1...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 26, 2002
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    Chasing the Light - Aloysious Dougherty and the art of travel

    Photo by James BunoanA few months ago, I ran into Thomas Jeffrey Aloysious Dougherty III in a Costa Mesa coffeehouse. He told me he was leaving--not just the coffee house, but Costa Mesa. California. The West--for New York City. I thought he meant...

    by WILL SWAIM on December 26, 2002
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    Lawyers, Monks and Money - Fee decree may 'chill' enviro lawsuits

    Photo by James BunoanThe Vedanta Society of Southern California, owners of a monastery in Trabuco Canyon and the 40 acres of bucolic land that surround it, is used to kicking ass on developers and county officials in court. But some fear a rare le...

    by Matt Coker on December 26, 2002
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    Subliminable Action Hero - Irvine's Bush doll takes on Barbie

    Illustration by Bob AulOC may be superior to LA in many ways, but until now the Colossus of the North remained unchallenged in at least one: 12-inch dolls with an unintentional dark side. North of the county line lies El Segundo, home of Mattel, who...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on December 26, 2002
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