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    We Respond to Register Letters

    The Orange County Register seems to have done its readers a grave disservice: The paper is printing their letters. It is not clear that the editor is reading them. He's certainly not answering them. So we're helping out! On Oct. 22, the Register p...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on November 6, 2003
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    Your Mama

    Illustration by Bob AulLast week, my 80-year-old mom and I had business at the social security office on the fifth floor of an impressive green tower off the Santa Ana Freeway on First Street. Afterward, I suggested we go up a few floors, find a win...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 6, 2003
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    The Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame - 2003 Inductee Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney

    Illustrations by Bob AulRepublicans tell us we'd like Rackauckas if we knew Rackauckas like they know Rackauckas. Here's what we know: he gave a Glock as a gift to a man his own staff regarded as an organized crime suspect. He was the subject of a 2...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Letters

    TERMINATE 'THE PEOPLE' OC Weekly's lunatic endorsement of '50s-retro state Senator Tom McClintock for governor is one more denial in the myopic delusion, common to all parties, about the roots of California's budget deficit [R. Scott Moxley's "The...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The Thin Boo Line! - Orange Countys 31 scariest cops!

    Illustration by Ward Sutton It's Halloween, a season of rapid transformations, when your neighbors reveal who they really are by dimming their lights and pretending they're not home. When alcoholics who haven't been drunk since United Nations Day (O...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The White Lady Was Brown - 100 years ago, fighting the Southern Pacific could get you killed in OC

    Now she's just a ghost story, something to scare the kids with. But in life, Modesta Avila put a scare into Orange County burghers by defying the most powerful corporation in California. Her act of defiance made her Orange County's first convicted f...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on November 6, 2003
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    Fieldstoned - A Newport developer sends staff into the streets, garbage cans to shut down an Orange referendum

    Photo by Jack GouldThey've lobbied Orange residents with glossy fliers, purchased the official support of Orange Park Acres, even set aside valuable property for future parkland. But now it seems the only way Fieldstone Homes can ensure its conversi...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Safe For Now - Register eludes slash-and-burner Singleton

    What goes around came around for big, bad "newspaper" publisher William Dean Singleton (Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News) last week. After months of negotiations, Freedom Communications pulled the rug out from under his plan to buy ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 6, 2003
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    Murder, He Wrote - Brother alleges county is covering up El Toro colonels murder

    A man who claims military officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station executed his brother and staged the murder to look like a suicide now says at least one high-ranking county investigator agrees with him. In a Sept. 16 letter to the Orange Co...

    by Nick Schou on November 6, 2003
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    Best Entertainment, Nightlife and Music

    IMMENSE ORGAN His name is Dick Loderhose, so maybe it figures he's the guy with the biggest organ in Orange County. That doesn't make its 50,000 pounds of perfectly formed pipe any less incredible. "I've had this organ for almost 50 years," Loderh...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Deconstructing the Demonizing of Disgusting Dinners

    The best article I ever wrote, according to OC Weeklyoverlord Will Swaim, was "Goat Spine and More!" (Aug. 1, 2003). The food review profiled El Rincn del Oso, a bustling Tijuana restaurant at which the overwhelming draw is a moist-pink, nerve-ridd...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 30, 2003
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    Best Dining

    Photo by James BunoanHOST/MOST We're not complaining but some Laguna Beach shop owners are a bit too snobby for our tastes. That's not the case with Joel Herzer, owner of Woody's at the Beach. The eternally smiling Herzer regularly takes the time ...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Fox on Box Shocks, Rocks! - TVs The O.C. best captures whats really real about our town

    Mainstream newspaper writers have gotten themselves and their readers in a lather about Fox TV's The O.C. It's a fraud, the critics say. Internet message boards have been lit up by OC natives--including Newport Beach teens--who insist they're nothin...

    by Matt Coker on October 30, 2003
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    Notorious Uber Alles

    Real notorious in Orange County runs deep. And it's not the cybercaf gangs, the backward cadre of congressmen known as the Cavemen, or Randy Kraft pulling over to the side of the 405--all of which have won the label "notorious" from the national pr...

    by STANLEY LAUGHNER on October 30, 2003
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    This Monkeys Gone to Heaven - The rest of us are stuck here

    Let me tell you about a little monkey. His name was Jerry. He lived right in Fullerton and Anaheim in the 1940s and '50s. Jerry's was a typical Orange County success story. Though Africa had been his home, it was in OC that Jerry was able to reach...

    by JIM WASHBURN on October 30, 2003
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    Introduction

    "His name is Dick Loderhose, so maybe it figures he's the guy with the biggest organ in Orange County. That doesn't make its 50,000 pounds of perfectly formed pipe any less incredible. 'I've had this organ for almost 50 years,' Loderhose says, 'an...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Never, Ever, EVAH, Take This Terrific Hike

    From an airplane, after the early-spring rains, Bommer Canyon appears to be a massive, green middle finger. Bordered on one side by the wealthy new Shady Canyon development and on the other by the wealthy old neighborhood of Turtle Ridge, now owned ...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on October 30, 2003
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    Come to Papa - Rampage Jackson: Savage brawler, loving father

    Photo by Jeanne RiceQuinton "Rampage" Jackson--mixed martial-arts maestro, No. 1 middleweight Pride Fighting contender, Costa Mesa resident--arrives in a fittingly beefy, black Ford Expedition with large, white letters spelling out Memphisacross the...

    by ANGIE DRISKELL on October 30, 2003
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    Best Politics, Art, and Outdoor Sports

    BEST PLACE EVER We write about the Atlantis Playcenter every year, and we will not stop. In the past, we've called it the "coolest park in Orange County," but that probably didn't do it justice since it's probably the coolest place in Orange Count...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Best of OC!

    Fox TV's The O.C. comes to the real OC, sort of. We met cast members Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson at 5th and Sunset Los Angeles photo studios along with photographer Jorge Salas and make-up artist Jeffrey Paul. Together, we helped the kids engag...

    on October 30, 2003
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