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    An Apocalypse of Our Own Making - Mike Davis on the perfect fire

    Photo by James BunoanMike Davis is famous for City of Quartz, arguably the best book about Los Angeles, made infamous for Davis' sanguinary prediction of the 1992 LA riots a year in advance. But nothing the UC Irvine history professor has written wa...

    by Nick Schou on November 13, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714) 708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247. KO-BE! So now we have Kobe girls, low-rent skanks blan...

    on November 13, 2003
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    Afraid Again - Minimum wage at Knotts Scary Farm

    Photos by James BunoanI don't scare well. Or maybe I do. Maybe too well. Gory movies, creeping spiders, the 405 on Friday. It's all terror to me. And today, as I look out at the disfigured Cindy Lauper, the manic clown and the dog-collared Goth kids...

    by LAUREN KORDUNER on November 13, 2003
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    What a Rush! - A Commie in the Limbaugh Club

    The boss seemed big on me going to the Rush Limbaugh Fan Club meeting at the Laguna Something Holiday Inn--Woods? Niguel? Hills? Is there a difference? Do you live there? If so, why? So I arose at the ridiculous time of 7:56 a.m. Saturday to leave t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 6, 2003
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    Hosed - Forest fires? Blame Bush

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: it is flat-out insane for a nation to spend billions on a missile defense shield while leaving itself defenseless against the damage that any nitwit, domestic or foreign, can do to us with a single match. ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on November 6, 2003
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    The Plight of Dwight

    Photo by Jack GouldTHE PLIGHT OF DWIGHT Reading the latest Catholic Worker newsletter Call to Faithfulness, you get the feeling that Isaiah House is under assault. The city of Santa Ana has deemed the Cypress Avenue homeless shelter overcrowded, a r...

    by Matt Coker on November 6, 2003
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    We Respond to Register Letters

    The Orange County Register seems to have done its readers a grave disservice: The paper is printing their letters. It is not clear that the editor is reading them. He's certainly not answering them. So we're helping out! On Oct. 22, the Register p...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on November 6, 2003
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    Your Mama

    Illustration by Bob AulLast week, my 80-year-old mom and I had business at the social security office on the fifth floor of an impressive green tower off the Santa Ana Freeway on First Street. Afterward, I suggested we go up a few floors, find a win...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 6, 2003
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    The Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame - 2003 Inductee Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney

    Illustrations by Bob AulRepublicans tell us we'd like Rackauckas if we knew Rackauckas like they know Rackauckas. Here's what we know: he gave a Glock as a gift to a man his own staff regarded as an organized crime suspect. He was the subject of a 2...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Letters

    TERMINATE 'THE PEOPLE' OC Weekly's lunatic endorsement of '50s-retro state Senator Tom McClintock for governor is one more denial in the myopic delusion, common to all parties, about the roots of California's budget deficit [R. Scott Moxley's "The...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The Thin Boo Line! - Orange Countys 31 scariest cops!

    Illustration by Ward Sutton It's Halloween, a season of rapid transformations, when your neighbors reveal who they really are by dimming their lights and pretending they're not home. When alcoholics who haven't been drunk since United Nations Day (O...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Murder, He Wrote - Brother alleges county is covering up El Toro colonels murder

    A man who claims military officials at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station executed his brother and staged the murder to look like a suicide now says at least one high-ranking county investigator agrees with him. In a Sept. 16 letter to the Orange Co...

    by Nick Schou on November 6, 2003
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    Fieldstoned - A Newport developer sends staff into the streets, garbage cans to shut down an Orange referendum

    Photo by Jack GouldThey've lobbied Orange residents with glossy fliers, purchased the official support of Orange Park Acres, even set aside valuable property for future parkland. But now it seems the only way Fieldstone Homes can ensure its conversi...

    on November 6, 2003
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    The White Lady Was Brown - 100 years ago, fighting the Southern Pacific could get you killed in OC

    Now she's just a ghost story, something to scare the kids with. But in life, Modesta Avila put a scare into Orange County burghers by defying the most powerful corporation in California. Her act of defiance made her Orange County's first convicted f...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on November 6, 2003
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    Safe For Now - Register eludes slash-and-burner Singleton

    What goes around came around for big, bad "newspaper" publisher William Dean Singleton (Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News) last week. After months of negotiations, Freedom Communications pulled the rug out from under his plan to buy ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 6, 2003
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    Best of OC!

    Fox TV's The O.C. comes to the real OC, sort of. We met cast members Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson at 5th and Sunset Los Angeles photo studios along with photographer Jorge Salas and make-up artist Jeffrey Paul. Together, we helped the kids engag...

    on October 30, 2003
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    Death and the Sale Woman

    Cindy Koch is a soldier, and her weapons are a cash register, a price tag, an eagle eye and, when necessary, a cold heart. So next Saturday about 11 a.m., when you're downing your third mimosa at some twee bruncherie, think of her out there shiverin...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on October 30, 2003
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    Real Men Make Furniture

    In lighter--or perhaps, heavier--moments, Kevan Sledge can break an empty beer bottle over his head, casually smoothing the glass from his pompadour with a thick, callused hand. Depending on the day, his ride of choice is either a prewar, customiz...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on October 30, 2003
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    Mom and Pop and Butt Plugs

    Photo by James BunoanIrvine should be a hotbed for sex: lots of limo-rental agencies, lots of airport hotels, lots of dudes and ladies on "business trips," and plenty of OC Weeklys with escort ads at all the coffee shops. But somehow it's not--oh, G...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 30, 2003
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    Strip Mall

    Photo by James BunoanNo one will tell you their name. No one will let you stay in their store for more than five minutes, except for the adult DVD place and the strip club. And no one knows quite what to say when you start asking questions, giving y...

    by Chris Ziegler on October 30, 2003
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