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    Bill Simon's Queer Principles - The self-described courageous GOP gubernatorial candidate wants gays to keep quiet while they give him money and votes

    By the look on his face on primary election night in March, Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut was high. The source of his bonhomie was not the Heineken in his hand, but the poll results: Bill Simon, darling of the right-wing, h...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 22, 2002
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    Bust the Kids, Pass the Bong

    Drug legalization lobbies once spoke honorable, scholarly truths: alcohol and tobacco are America's most abused drugs; marijuana is not unduly perilous for adults and teens; criminalizing drugs does more damage than drugs do. But no more. Pot lega...

    by MIKE MALES on August 22, 2002
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    When Prison Guards Attack! - In Anaheim, screws say screw you to prison privatizers

    Photo by Kassi ShepardFour years ago, the powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) quashed a state investigation into abuses at Corcoran State Prison. Among other things, guards allegedly staged gladiator fights between ri...

    by Nick Schou on August 22, 2002
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    Capitol Idea! - Commie Girl in Sacramento

    It was Roe vs. Wade Day when I hit Sacramento for a short vacation last winter, and the Sacramento Teens for Life had apparently taken the week off from school to stand outside the Capitol in disconsolate groups. They were trying to hand people horr...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on August 15, 2002
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    Picture Perfect

    Patient: The Kid Stays In the Picture Profile: Very entertaining documentary about the perpetually bronzed studio head/ producer responsible for Rosemary's Baby, Harold and Maude, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown. The film tracks his ups and ...

    by Steve Lowery on August 15, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, July 29 TheDeal.com reports three bids in excess of $2 billion for Irvine-based Freedom Communications Inc., the family-controlled media company whose flagship is The Orange County Register. The bidding is so fierce that word leaks out about...

    by Matt Coker on August 15, 2002
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    Perp Walks

    Last week, President George W. Bush "got tough" with alleged corporate crooks--with some of them, anyway. The papers carried photos of John Rigas and his son Timothy being carted off on charges of looting their company, Adelphia. There were also pic...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on August 15, 2002
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    Superbowl or Superbore?

    What to make of the story last week we found on Billboard.com (and which, by the time you read this, may already be official) announcing a Sept. 14 KROQ-sponsored "Levi's Inland Invasion 2" show, their "punk superbowl," to be held at the behemoth Gl...

    on August 15, 2002
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    Were All Rooting for You! - The medias unseemly love affair with Sheriff Mike Carona

    Those who doubt the demise of the mainstream media missed the July 24 edition of CNN's Larry King Live. Featuring news of the abduction/killing of a 5-year-old Orange County girl, the program was as exploitative as it was trite. "Tonight, crime auth...

    by R. Scott Moxley on August 15, 2002
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    Countess Hagula

    Illustration by Bob AulMe: just a temp filling in for the guy going on vacation. You: the most vile, obnoxious, repulsive, vulgar co-worker imaginable, a woman who makes drunken sailors sound like choir boys at the church altar. I was fortunate enou...

    by ANONYMOUS on August 15, 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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