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    Our DA Now Has an Attorney

    District Attorney Anthony "Tony" Rackauckas has retained high-profile attorney Tom Umberg as his counsel in the ongoing California attorney general/Orange County grand jury criminal investigation of his office, the Weekly has learned. Neither Rack...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 2, 2002
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    All In the Family - Former Manson Family Disciple Susan Atkins Wants to Be Your Neighbor

    Four years ago, in the shadow of the Happiest Place on Earth, Charles Manson--the incarcerated 67-year-old leader of a cult that horrified Los Angeles and the world in the summer of 1969 with a string of savage murders--received a notable but unnote...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 2, 2002
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    Victims of the Dragnet

    Syed Ali likes to tell the story of taking his family down to Washington to attend President George W. Bush's inauguration. He contributed $1,000 to Bush's presidential campaign. As a Pakistani immigrant who came to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on April 25, 2002
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    Baby-Back Ribs

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, Dumbshit! Let me set the stage for you: it was a hot February day. You were driving a minivan. Parked outside the library and raced in for a book. Left two kids in the car--a girl, perhaps seven, and an infant in a car se...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 25, 2002
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    Diary of a mad county

    MONDAY, April 8 With the Anaheim Angels leading 2-0 over the Seattle Mariners--who last season tied with the 1906 Cubs for winning more regular-season games than any team in Major League Baseball history--you'd think the on-field action would be com...

    by Matt Coker on April 25, 2002
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    Nazis Invade La Habra!

    Another gathering of Nazi nuts, white-supremacist cretins, and the racist rock bands that love them is set to go off this Saturday night. But for a change, this fascist fest will not be taking place at dingy Anaheim club the Shack, site of several s...

    on April 25, 2002
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    Couched in Ignorance - Your TV and the Middle East

    Photo by Jack GouldWe see the world through our TVs, which may explain why we know so little about it. So let me use a TV example to explain our role in the Middle East crisis. It's like Father Knows Best, and the United States is Robert Young. We'r...

    by JIM WASHBURN on April 25, 2002
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    Whos the Bigger Lowlife? - Newport Beach battles seedy Stantonboth win!

    We were waiting for popcorn at the marveilleuse Lido Theater on the Balboa Peninsula. Air kisses were being perpetrated in the general vicinity of the cheeks of artists and musicians and flacks and ad execs and people in Janet Jackson headsets and m...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 25, 2002
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    Gimmick Me More

    Patient: Frailty Profile: Dark, tense, very effective suspense/horror film about serial killing in the name of God (where do they come up with this stuff?). Man believes the Almighty has given him the power to see "demons" and has commanded him to ...

    by Steve Lowery on April 25, 2002
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    An Excuse to Write Shuttlecock - Badminton fever grips OC

    Photo by Keith MayJust inside the Orange County Badminton Center (OCBC) in Orange is a sign that warns, "Please no food or shuttlecocks from outside." That admonition greeted anyone walking into the OCBC during the first weekend of April. Other si...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 25, 2002
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    Why Dont This Druid Hit the Road? - Druidry leads to Libertarian bitch-fight

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThere are some who say there's no such thing as bad press . . . unless it's in OC Weekly. Gary Copeland isn't one of them, but it would be difficult to blame him if he were. Copeland, the California Libertarian Party's gubernator...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on April 25, 2002
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    Reading & Righting - Look, kids! The world according to the Orange County Republican Party!

    Lois Lundberg likes to tell people she doesn't make waves--an astonishing statement for someone who considers herself one of President Richard Nixon's friends and advisers. From early 1977 to late 1984, Lundberg chaired one of the most conservative ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 25, 2002
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    Check Out - OC hotels stop labor organizing by asking employees one question: Are you here legally?

    Photo by Jack GouldThe Crowne Plaza Resort can certainly kill a union. On April 2, management at the Garden Grove hotel sent a letter to dozens of workers, including many who were involved in a two-year effort to organize its employees. Aimed at ide...

    by Nick Schou on April 25, 2002
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    Shoestring Financing - Lake Forest gets a park called Etnies

    A new chapter in the civic life of Orange County is being written: the park at what was once El Toro is about to become a reality. That's the good news (or, at least, as good as the news gets). The bad news is it's not the El Toro you're thinking of...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on April 25, 2002
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    on April 25, 2002
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    The Church of Phil - Crooner Phil Shane just wants the world to love him. With his wife, Michlene, hes gotten off to a good start. And now, with a Vegas tryout, all his dreams may come true

    Photo by Denise TruscelloPhil Shane is ministering to the lovesick, the aged, the hip and the drunk. From atop his high stage, he bends down for the laying on of hands: in this case, a slow, tender kiss (sans tongue) for a giggling blonde who preten...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 25, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Illustration by Bob AulMONDAY, April 1 Newport Beach police arrest actress Tawny Kitaen for allegedly slugging, kicking, scratching and ear-twisting her six-foot-six, 225-pound husband, Chuck Finley. The Cleveland Indians pitcher's injuries--minor l...

    by Matt Coker on April 18, 2002
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    Chicken Finger

    Unless the rules of driving have changed and nobody informed me, doesn't one slow down and then stop upon approaching an intersection when the light is red? This is just what I was doing when you came up behind me in your white van and proceeded to ...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 18, 2002
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    Oy, No! We Won't Go!

    As Ariel Sharon's siege continues, the focus of the Israeli-Palestinian war is shifting to a growing group of Israeli reservist soldiers who are refusing to fight. By April 8, the number of these "refuseniks" had grown to 404. They include officers,...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on April 18, 2002
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    Thaifoon, Azteca, Fling - Coconut Teaszer

    We were all very twee, the rich strangers and I, mixing uncomfortably at round tables in a back room at Morton's--The Steakhouse. We were shaking and stirring and learning the finer points of gin and twists from renowned mixologists Anistasia Miller...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 18, 2002
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