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    The Second-Chance Motel - Doing time for the wrong crime may have saved Richard Flores

    Photo by Nick SchouRichard Flores is convinced that going to jail for a crime he didn't commit saved his life. The way he sees it, he might have lost more than two years of freedom. When he got busted, his life was a mess: he had recently been shot ...

    by Nick Schou on April 11, 2002
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    Cold Sore War

    Illustration by Bob AulWe were both bored with our respective love lives and were looking for fun elsewhere (read: outside marriage). Before the clothes came off and anything got started, I told you I had genital herpes, and I even told you that I c...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 4, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, March 18 Los Alamitos marriage-and-family therapist Yaffa Balsamdrops us a line to say she's launching "Emotional Endurance," the first support group for people suffering from that dreaded terrorist-attack anxiety. "Emotional endurance durin...

    by Matt Coker on April 4, 2002
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    Manila Enveloped in Oklahoma Bombing Case

    Fourteen survivors and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995 filed suit against Iraq in federal district court in Washington, D.C., last week, claiming that Iraqi officials gave money and training to Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. McVei...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on April 4, 2002
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    Monsters Ball - Not Halle Berry! Dave Grave!

    I did not see even one of this year's Oscar?-winning pictures. Not Training Day. Not A Beautiful Mind. Not even Gosford ParkorMoulin Rouge. I spent my entertainment dollars more productively: on booze and the occasional lap dance. And when I think o...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 4, 2002
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    Zip It!

    Patient: Ice Age Profile: Animated tale that could have been exceptional if filmmakers had stuck to animation and not fallen into the talk for talk's sake mode that, along with Asian sweatshop labor and Gilbert Gottfried, currently contaminates mu...

    by Steve Lowery on April 4, 2002
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    The Pragmatic Racist - Matthew Hale cancels Newport Beach appearance but vows hell be back

    Nothing in Matthew Hale's manners gives away his status as one of the most notorious racists in the United States. Still gawky at 31, Hale--the Pontifex Maximus of the World Church of the Creator (WCOTC)--responded to my e-mail request for an interv...

    on April 4, 2002
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    Its All Right That Popes Were Laying the Nuns - President Nixon answers your religious holiday queries*

    President Nixon, It happens every year. I try to have a nice Passover Seder with my family but get pulled into a horrible game of one-upmanship with my oldest sister. You know how it goes: she'll tell me of a special dish she's preparing, so I ...

    by Steve Lowery on April 4, 2002
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    Unbusted - Why Frank Eiras will get out of prison 300 years early

    Ever since California voters approved the so-called Three Strikes initiative seven years ago, thousands of nonviolent offenders--most of them drug addicts--have been sentenced to 25 years to life for crimes as pathetic as stealing a slice of pizza. ...

    by Nick Schou on April 4, 2002
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    Size Matters - With developers now eyeing El Toro, Irvine mayor insists he wont compromise on Great Park plan

    Photo by Davis BarberReacting to "nay-sayers and pessimists," Irvine Mayor Larry Agran has guaranteed that 59 percent of the former El Toro Marine Air Corps Station will be parkland if his city succeeds in annexing the 4,700-acre property from the c...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 4, 2002
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    on April 4, 2002
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    Our Little Secret - The ABAs and Anaheim Surf attempt to do what few OC teams can: Survive

    There are 500 people--maybe--in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, which seats 8,800. They are a quiet 500, so when a moment of silence is asked for the victims of Sept. 11, the silence goes well beyond respectful to eerie, vacuum-packed, like hol...

    by Steve Lowery on April 4, 2002
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    Diary of a mad county

    MONDAY, March 11 Clockwork joins the Orange County Libertarian Party in saluting Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). You read that right: saluting--and not the one-fingered kind. The former writer of scary Ronald Reagan speeches and e...

    by Matt Coker on March 28, 2002
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    Aussie and Hairy It

    Illustration by Bob AulI'm not sure how things are done in the land Down Under, but here in the USA, we don't live like characters in a George Orwell novel. You see, in America, we are encouraged to exercise our First Amendment right--that would be ...

    by ANONYMOUS on March 28, 2002
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    Eddie Loves the Coach House

    Yes, that was a very self-absorbed-looking Eddie Vedder--does he look any other way?--hiding beneath a fedora on March 12 during the encores of Neil Finn's Coach House show. Vedder has been one of Finn's good buds for a while--going back at least as...

    on March 28, 2002
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    More Fuelish War Talk

    The bottom line on Iraq is whether an attack against Saddam Hussein helps or hinders the Republican Party's chances in midterm elections next November. A quick air strike on Iraq with no U.S. casualties might make Bush look extra-special tough. But ...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on March 28, 2002
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    Drugs Are Bad, Mmmmkay? - People I want to fight!

    At the Republican Unity Breakfast the morning after the March 5 election, the Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition approached my (now ex-, again!) boyfriend, who is Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon's political director...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 28, 2002
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    Trailer Trash

    Patient: Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, "Clone War" trailer Profile: The fourth--and latest--of the Star Wars trailers that gives way too much information in the way of geo-political machinations and not nearly enough in the way of st...

    by Steve Lowery on March 28, 2002
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    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes - Florida tomato boycott targets Taco Bell. But what about Del Taco?

    Photo by David BaconDel Taco is famous for its commercials portraying the company's main competitor, Taco Bell, as a corporate monolith that doesn't serve real food. Have you seen those cute ads with Del Taco's soft-spoken mascot, Dan the Product Gu...

    by Nick Schou on March 28, 2002
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    Air Argyros - The countys most sensational two-day trial youve never heard about

    Illustration by Bob AulIn 1998, George L. Argyros--a Republican who says he hates "frivolous lawsuits"--sued Orange County. On Feb. 28, 2000, his case went to court. It was the county's most sensational two-day trial you've never heard about--becaus...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 28, 2002
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