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    Food Fight! - The multibillion-dollar supermarket chain Gigante is playing the race card in Anaheim

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoIn English, gigante means "gigantic," so it's kind of weird that nobody is saying the obvious: Gigante, an immense Guadalajara-based supermarket chain, may destroy an Anaheim neighborhood. Grupo Gigante SA de CV, Gigante's...

    on August 15, 2002
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    Lasers - Reagans fantasy of lasers in the sky hits earth again. But is anybody watching?

    Photo by Myles RobinsonThough we live in a world threatened by anonymous anthrax mailings, explosives-packed sneakers and teenage-girl suicide bombers, Pentagon officials and President George W. Bush still pretend the real danger is elsewhere: inter...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on August 15, 2002
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    Beard Science - A Weekly public-service announcement

    The 1990s' facial banner of (first) introspective rebels and (second) Dockers-wearing cubicle jockeys, the goatee is finally, utterly dead, thank God, gone the way of all facial hair past--such as three-day-old growth (1980s: Miami Viceand George Mi...

    by PETER TORQUIL on August 15, 2002
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    A Times Obituary - When did the Times OC become the Times DOA?

    "There was an awful smell of decay and rot." That's a Los Angeles Times staffer recalling his first visit back into the Times OC newsroom following an April 21 flood, when a ruptured pipe rendered the building uninhabitable, as it has been for the...

    by JIM WASHBURN on August 15, 2002
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    Beating of the minds

    Illustration by Bob AulBefore I met you, I had heard that you were a regular guy who was a bit boring. Now that I know you, I think you're a pervert. My friend suggested that we get together because she felt we'd have a lot in common and become fast...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 8, 2002
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    How to Get Unfavorable Press Coverage

    Tip No. 1: get a job at crashingly bland pseudo-punk Chicago label Victory Records. Proceed to mail out a 132-page stack of Xeroxed clips to as many newspapers as possible--postage costs of which easily exceed five bucks per--touting a whiny, dopey,...

    on August 8, 2002
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    What a Feeling! - (I am rhythm now)

    Photo by Steve WilberWe grifted our way into the super-exclusivo Quiksilver bash at Laguna's Royal Hawaiian Saturday night, pretending we didn't know we weren't on the list for a party we'd found out about just a half-hour before. But the door guy, ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 8, 2002
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    It's the Economy, Stupid

    Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's dotty performance Sunday on Meet the Press signals just how vicious Bush can be when he puts his buddies out to dry. O'Neill's insistence that the fundamentals of the economy are great is buttressed by the administr...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 8, 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). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on August 8, 2002
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    When Memorial Becomes Spectacle - The exploitative remembrance of Samantha Runnion

    Marshall McLuhan--the man who famously observed that "the medium is the message"--is perhaps more often quoted than understood, himself a victim of medium/message confusion. Here's what he meant: the modern media is so powerful that anything on whic...

    on August 8, 2002
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    Tony Baloney - Two weeks ago, he was oddly the harshest critic of local justice. Meet the new Tony Rackauckas

    Photo by Yoshitaka OkadaFollowing the arrest of a suspect for the murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas appeared on national television to vouch for the righteousness of Orange County's justice system. "I can exp...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 8, 2002
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    Chronic Mess

    Photo by Johan VogelThe fate of Orange County medical-marijuana activist Marvin Chavez rests with the California Supreme Court--the same court that unanimously ruled on July 18 that a sick Californian carrying pot and a prescription, doctor's note o...

    by Nick Schou on August 8, 2002
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    Iron Mike - Is Sheriff Carona ready for the White House?

    Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona announced on July 19 that his deputies had arrested Alejandro Avila, the alleged killer of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, whose terrifying abduction and murder two weeks ago seized the attention of the nation. During ...

    by Nick Schou on August 8, 2002
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    Waive Goodbye - How inland cities killed sewage dumping

    Photo by Jack GouldNobody's saying the 13-12 vote by the Orange County Sanitation District's (OCSD) board of directors was harmonious, not after 18 months of squabbling that culminated on July 17 before an overflow crowd at OCSD headquarters in Foun...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 8, 2002
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    Casting Cleaver

    Patient: Eight Legged Freaks Profile: Despite its title, Eight Legged Freaks is not the long-awaited Mamas and Papas biopic. It is a moderately entertaining monster pic that suffers from telegraphing every twist so that no matter what the problem, ...

    by Steve Lowery on August 8, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SATURDAY, July 20 Elvis Costello has left the building. Actually, the Aterballetto Dance Co.'s A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring music composed by the British singer/songwriter/musician closes at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC). W...

    by Matt Coker on August 8, 2002
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    How Jesse Became Jessica - One mans story of becoming a woman

    Illustration by Isabelle Arsenault "I love everything about being a woman," Jessica gloats through a faint chuckle that sensually rumbles her heavy Spanish accent. She reaches for a pack of cigarettes, shakes her long dark hair out of her face and t...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 8, 2002
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    The Incredible Shrinking Park - {Irvine plans a PR offensive to defend not-so-Great Park

    Photo by Jack GouldFacing alarm over their development plans for the abandoned El Toro Marine base, Irvine city officials have responded with an old-fashioned PR tactic: they've blamed the media. "I have concerns about some journalists who skew wh...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on August 8, 2002
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    Erotica Conventionette

    Illustration by Bob AulLet me start by admitting I stumbled a bit with the communications, and a few other ladies gave me a similar song-and-dance, but since you were the only one to mutter obscenities as I walked away, this is reserved just for you...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 1, 2002
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    The Martian Plan

    Are we headed toward martial law? Last week, Peter Kirsanow, a Bush appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said in Detroit that he envisions a situation in which the public will demand internment camps for Arab-Americans. If terrorists attac...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 1, 2002
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