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    Letters

    BREN GAME I guess I feel baited and switched on the Don Bren article (Steve Lowery's "Don Juan Bren," May 30). After your cover promised titillation and sexy scandal, all we got was the typical anti-growth, anti-Irvine preachy rant you have stored...

    on June 19, 2003
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    Confessions of a Designated Driver

    I picked her up at Mutt Lynch's near the Newport Pier about midnight one Saturday not long ago. She was tall, 25, brunette. She wanted to go back to her place, so I drove. But we were in the car only a couple of minutes when she got a cell-phone cal...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 19, 2003
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    MTBE Lies I Told You - An apology by Will Swaim

    I shall never be able to thank fully the aging reporter who was my Moses, a fat man who descended from the Egyptian captivity of the Los Angeles Times for temporary refuge at USC and who there offered me in summary everything great I learned in jour...

    on June 19, 2003
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    The Wersching Machine - Surf City cop who shot kid has history of cover-ups

    By the time Officer Mark Wersching shot to death an unarmed man two years ago, Huntington Beach police officials knew their man had a habit of breaking the law and then lying about it. Even without that background, an LA jury last month found the ...

    by Nick Schou on June 19, 2003
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    Trailer Trash - Paul Freemans campaign to preserve a private trailer park on a public beach

    Photo by Tenaya HillsCall him a King Midas in reverse, because it's pretty certain anything Paul Freeman touches is rotten. While a Laguna Beach city councilman in the late 1990s, Freeman played a key role in getting that city's taxpayers to subsi...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 19, 2003
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    Scorecard

    NOTE TO ARTURO MORENO: Congratulations on having a great first week as the new Anaheim Angels owner. And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for lowering the $8.50 beer price to $6.25. While you're at it, how about raising the beer's actual alcohol conten...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 5, 2003
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    The Wind Howled Victory - Life and Death On an 18,000-Foot Volcano

    Illustration by Bob AulThe recent war in Iraq brought me back a decade to the First Gulf War, when, as a Navy helicopter pilot, I saw more death than your average gravedigger. I guess I spent the next few years running from mortality in a series of ...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on June 5, 2003
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    Graham Drubs Dubya

    Unswayed by Republican counterattacks, Florida Democratic Senator Bob Graham took another swing at Bush last week. Appearing at the 9-11 Commission hearings, he charged that "frustrating" Bush administration inaction was suppressing his congressiona...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on June 5, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Photo by James BunoanMONDAY, May 19: On OCRegister.com this morning is a story about violence in the Middle East with this headline: "Bush Appeals for Peace." They're kidding, right? ... The only thing worse than being the Kona Lanes today, which cl...

    by Steve Lowery on June 5, 2003
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    Drunks of a Different Color - And creed, and sexual orientation . . .

    Photo by James BunoanThe heavy, mid-30s blonde was looking at me a bit suspiciously, and I don't blame her. Exactly what business did I have chatting up her dad, a fun NASCAR drunk in a Karaoke Fest hat and T-shirt? I couldn't tell her I was just ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 5, 2003
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    Mr. T

    Illustration by Bob AulYou'll believe anything except the inconvenient truth. When your brother ripped you off and blamed it on Mexicans, you believed him. When your girlfriend slept with everyone on your sales team and you heard about it, you prete...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 5, 2003
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    Letters

    PEEVED COX In reply to a recent article [Will Swaim's "Cox Quiet on Cover-Up," May 16] taking me to task for not responding to the Weekly's messages: I'll be more responsive when you begin to take facts seriously. Your article is the latest case i...

    on June 5, 2003
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    Don Brens Phallus Complex - Billionaire Builders Disregard for Family Planning Evident in His Bedroom and Developments

    Illustration by Kathryn HyattI was willing to look past Donald Bren's penis until it was suddenly staring me in the face: six, eight, maybe 10 feet high, thrusting into the sky, rock-hard, tanned, encircled by portals feeding the pool below. People ...

    by Steve Lowery on June 5, 2003
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    Hackers Ball - Computer Securitys Worst Nightmare comes to OC

    Flea is a systems engineer who likes guns and hates both authority and vegetables. Mainly vegetables. He really hates vegetables. "I fucking hate vegetables," the 32-year old says. "I want them to die. I want to eradicate them, so I became a veget...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 5, 2003
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    Gag Order - The war inside the DAs media department

    Photos by Yoshitaka Okada (Schroeder) and Martin Brown (Emard )If Orange County Republicans are all about holding criminals accountable, cutting taxes, bringing common sense to government and promoting high ethical conduct, why do they continue to ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 5, 2003
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    Summer Reading - A five-part course in Don DeLillo

    It's one thing to be a great writer; it's another to be a great Zeitgeist writer, one of those who seem to write with the inner life of the culture in their bones. Hemingway and Fitzgerald were Zeitgeist writers in the '20s; Mailer and Bellow took o...

    by CORNEL BONCA on May 29, 2003
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    In Praise of. . .Disneyland? - It may not be the happiest place on Earth, but its damn close

    I know this could make me persona non grata around the Weekly offices--not to mention among county hipsters in general--but I have always loved Disneyland. Show me somebody who could emerge unsatisfied from the Haunted Mansion or the Pirates of the ...

    by GREG STACY on May 29, 2003
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    Rendered by Verse - Summer music haiku-o-rama!

    Zeke at Alex's Bar, May 30 Noise-rock hurricane Makes eardrums bleed. "More!" you scream A good kind of pain Pearl Jam at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, June 2-3 "Bush sucks!" cries Eddie Yet unbeknownst to him, so Do Eddie's new songs Goo...

    by Rich Kane on May 29, 2003
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    Go Take a Hike

    Five that are worth the effort: Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail: 16.1 miles roundtrip with 4,000 feet elevation gain. Follow Holy Jim Canyon Road half a mile to the trailhead, and then four and a half miles to Main Divide Truck Trail (3S04). Go l...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on May 29, 2003
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    My Laguna - Feeling most at home at a place that's not

    I went home to Laguna Beach this weekend. I say "home" knowing full well it has never actually been my home. I was never a beach child. I didn't grow up in the water. When I was seven years old, my bunk bed didn't face a North Laguna sunset--my apar...

    by LEYLA MOMENY on May 29, 2003
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