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    Goodbye, Old Friends - The Circle of Life rolls on

    Photo by Keith MayIt was a sad week, my dears, as two old friends passed on to that great big nightclub in the sky. The Abilene Rose, holding down an empty corner of Fountain Valley since April of 1998, held its last sock hop Sunday night, pulling t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 25, 2001
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    John G. Schmitz, In His Own Words

    Illustration by Bob AulIn honor of John G. Schmitz's Jan. 10 passing at age 70, Clockwork turns this week's installment over to the ultraconservative firebrand and former Orange County lawmaker. And now, ladies and gentlemen, heeeeeerre's Johnny: ...

    by Matt Coker on January 25, 2001
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    Electric Doomsday! - How Edison convinced you that deregulation reform was a bad idea

    Illustration by Bob AulCalifornia's power companies are threatening bankruptcy, massive employee layoffs, rolling statewide blackouts and Soviet-style rationing. Utility company executives want an estimated $10 billion taxpayer-funded bailout and ho...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 25, 2001
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    Letters

    Contact us via regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627), e-mail (letters@ ocweekly.com) or fax (714-708-8410). Visit our website at www.ocweekly.com. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All cor...

    on January 25, 2001
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    Censorship With a Happy Face - How Anaheim bans books without banning them

    Photo by Jack GouldIf you believe the court papers, this is what happened: on Sept. 8, 2000, Christine Enterline, school librarian and Tom Kovac, the library technician, were going about their jobs at Anaheim's Orangeview Junior High School, unpacki...

    by Steve Lowery on January 25, 2001
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    Bring on the End Times - Is clonejesus.com for real?

    Christmas is over, and the pressure is on for a group of Christians committed to killing everything and restoring the kingdom of God on earth beginning in December 2001. According to some interpretations of the Book of Revelation, the End Times wi...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on January 25, 2001
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    A Temendous Day in History - Janitors win countys first-ever union contract

    Photo by Jack GouldOrange County's reputation as right-wing and anti-union suffered a nasty blow on Jan. 13, when approximately 200 janitors okayed the county's first-ever union contract--after an organizing campaign that lasted less than a year. ...

    by Nick Schou on January 25, 2001
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    Jim Jakel - Drummer for Split Decision, original cable guy

    Photo by Jeanne Rice> Nitro Records. In my opinion, this has to be the greatest indie/punk label, with all their great bands of past and present. > Pacifica High School. This so-called learning establishment has produced some of Orange County's gr...

    on January 18, 2001
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    Dropping Some NYC

    >>> New York City might not strike some as the primo locale for a nice, relaxing, unstressful holiday weekend getaway. But when your main gig involves fending off incoherent rantings from assorted doofi who have nothing better to do with their sad, ...

    on January 18, 2001
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    Megaperplexed - O art, where art thou?

    Remember back when the as-yet-undeveloped Pacific Amphitheatre was being sold to the citizens of Costa Mesa as a modest cultural jewel that would present Shakespearean plays and the like? The hulking venue did eventually feature Shakespeare's countr...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 18, 2001
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    Ewww. Enemas

    The following story contains graphic language and anal sex. Honestly, it's quite gross. No, really. It'll turn your stomach. I'm not joking. You might think I am, but I'm not. I swear. I wouldn't lie to you. Not now. Not ever. Especially after all y...

    by ALISON M. ROSEN on January 18, 2001
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    Shut That Bitch Up!

    Tired of near-'round-the-clock yelping at the popular Huntington Beach Central Park bark park, eight neighbors claiming emotional distress have filed a $1 million suit against the city, according to a Jan. 2 story in The Orange County Register. The ...

    by Matt Coker on January 18, 2001
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    Anonymous

    Illustration by Bob AulSend anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations --changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent--to "Hey, You!" c/o OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247, or e-mail us at letters@ocweekly.com. EN...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 18, 2001
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    Somebodys Gonna Pay! - In the battle over power deregulation, the Reg figures it ought to be you

    It was a moment to remember. On Jan. 4, The Orange County Register posed a powerful question on its editorial page: "Who will and should bear the biggest burden" of paying current high electricity costs in California? "Utility company shareholders? ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 18, 2001
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    Bucky Ball

    This week's featured NFL playoff game: Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders. Baltimore update: Still lovely. Oakland update: News from northern California is never good, but the world was put into a panic last week when M. Riad Manaa, a scientis...

    by Steve Lowery on January 18, 2001
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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. All correspondence must include your home city ...

    on January 18, 2001
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    True Life at the Register - My so-called life at Orange Countys biggest daily newspaper

    Photo by Jeanne RiceFor just shy of four years, I was a staff reporter at The Orange County Register. On Nov. 6, I got laid off. It was sort of "Donner, party of one," since nobody else in the newsroom got the ax. According to editor and senior vi...

    by PHIL GARLINGTON on January 18, 2001
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    Christine Todd Witless - Bushs EPA pick has much to learn

    It's an American tradition for incoming presidents to nominate completely unqualified individuals for cabinet posts. John F. Kennedy put Robert McNamara--the father of Ford's Edsel--in charge of the Pentagon. Ronald Reagan was something of a master ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 18, 2001
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    Bail Me Out, Too! - One ratepayers plea for government assistance

    STATE SENATOR BILL MORROW'S SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO OFFICE Good afternoon, Senator Morrow's office. Oh, hi. My name's Todd, and I live in San Clemente. Hi, how can I help you? Yeah, I wanted to talk to someone about my electric bill. Okay, you'l...

    by TODD MATHEWS on January 18, 2001
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    The CD Case - An Anaheim computer geek languishes in a Jordanian prison

    A year after his arrest in the Middle East, an Anaheim computer engineer is hoping his hunger strike will force Jordanian authorities to either free him or charge him in a high-profile terrorist case. According to U.S. and Jordanian officials, Kha...

    by Nick Schou on January 18, 2001
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