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    Hey, OJB! - John Schmitz, a voice that should have rung free and wack for eternity

    Illustration by Bob AulIt's tough to decide whether the life of Orange County Congressman John Schmitz was more Greek tragedy or Shakespearean farce. Schmitz died of cancer in January. Though an OC native, he'd been making his home in Virginia sin...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 3, 2002
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    Oh, Death! - The year that sucked

    Illustration by Bob AulOh, Death, oh, Death, won't you spare me over for another year? Not this year, Jocko: 2001 was one big killing floor, with dead Beatles and dead Bozos. It didn't stop with people: there's also the death of democracy, justice...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 3, 2002
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    Diary of a mad county - Orange County, California: 2001

    JANUARY The realfirst day of the millennium came and went without a hitch. Did anyone really think something bad, evil, deadly, horrific and life-as-we-know-it-altering would ever happen to us? . . . Patti Dalby and ex-boyfriend C. Brooks Brann ente...

    by Matt Coker on January 3, 2002
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    Hate-Filled Letters

    Editor's note: The following are excerpts from letters we received during 2001. Enjoy! Matt Coker is a hypocrite. You guys are pathetic fuckers. Chris Ziegler is a dumb ass. Jim Washburn is an asshole and a dumbass. Week in and week out, the Weekl...

    on January 3, 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 c...

    on December 27, 2001
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    Terror Town, USA

    Photo by OCW staffLast week's terrorist twists and turns struck much too close to home for this timepiece, forcing even Clockwork to weigh the bennies of martial law--or at least countywide Lion Country Safari safety precautions (proceed slowly, don...

    by Matt Coker on December 27, 2001
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    Rhyme Schemer - A tender poem about how much you suck

    Illustration by Bob AulI really must say that there are more beautiful things in this world than the color of your hair, or even the curls in it. Men and women are sacrificed at your glance. Or so you think. Life moves on, love lasts longer...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 27, 2001
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    Mirainga raped by Olsen Twins!

    The dark forces behind those cutesy, cuddly, blossoming twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen apparently aren't satisfied with their massive empire of TV shows, magazines, videos, posters, calendars, books and fashion accessories. Now they've gone and pl...

    on December 27, 2001
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    OCN Fire Sale - Adelphia to OC: Adios!

    Photo by Jack GouldWhen nationwide telephone and cable-TV giant Adelphia Communications announced it was ditching the Orange County Newschannel (OCN) three months ago, network execs promised televised Orange County news would continue. "We remain ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 27, 2001
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    Are These Things Just to Be Pissed Upon? - President Nixon solves your holiday quandaries

    Editors note: To many--well, most--Americans, Richard Nixonis Christmas. More than any other person [with the arguable exception of Meadowlark Lemon], the 37th president of the United States personifies all that is right and wonderful about this Yul...

    by Steve Lowery on December 27, 2001
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    Shop Local, Burn Global - How to become your own big-ass music label

    Isn't it convenient the way things work out? There's damn little interesting music going on this week--I will admit that Billy Idol is a guilty pleasure, but not guilty enough to make me go see him at the House of Blues on Wednesday and Thursday--an...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 27, 2001
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    Councilman Garofalo Is Out of the Room - The curtain comes down on Dave Garofalos political career

    Photo by Jack GouldThe all-American tragicomedy of Dave Garofalo's political career isn't exactly culminating with the 1812 Overture. Nope, it's Government Code 1090--which bars public officials from maintaining a financial interest in the public co...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 27, 2001
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    Whos the Star Here? - Hey, isnt that James Hall???

    I knew my plans to go see Relish at the Blue Caf a Monday or so ago would meet the exacting standards of you, my hip-hoppenin' readers, because of my source of information about the evening: the Evil Bollweevil. I first met Bollweevil--an ursine Qu...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 27, 2001
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    It's Walt's Party, and I'll Cry if I Want To

    If he were still around, Walt Disney would have turned 100 on Dec. 5, an occasion some Disney family members, longtime company officials and die-hard Mouseketeers felt deserved a much bigger splash than was afforded it at his original theme park, Di...

    by Matt Coker on December 20, 2001
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    Less Talk, More Movie - Patient: The Independent

    Profile: Sweet and funny movie about an obsessed filmmaker that goes awry only when it tries to be a sharp and spiffy show-biz mockumentary. Think Ed Woodmeets This Is Spinal Tap meets NBC's Dateline: The Movie. Symptoms: Blame Christopher Guest. T...

    by Steve Lowery on December 20, 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. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on December 20, 2001
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    No Queers Here - Here and there, Vietnamese say theyre not crazy about gays

    Media hype over the recent release of the first survey of political and social values in socialist Vietnam ignored evidence of overwhelming opposition to homosexuality and what the government there views as other "social evils." Los Angeles Times a...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on December 20, 2001
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    Leaving Out a Jet Plane - Jack Grimshaws musical war on El Toro

    Photo courtesy of Jack GrimshawJack Grimshaw is a fortysomething resident of Lake Forest (via Manchester, England) and computer-parts salesman (via an editorship at National Enquirer) and an amateur vocalist from way back (like, since he was eight y...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on December 20, 2001
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    Mouse Chow - Disney execs collect big checks while low-wage workers collect free food

    Photo by Jack GouldDisney CEO Michael Eisner earned $72.8 million in 2000. Despite plunging Disney stock and a slowing economy, he's on track for another solid year. While Eisner picks up big paychecks, hundreds of Disneyland workers are picking u...

    by Nick Schou on December 20, 2001
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    Mammaganza! - Everyones a racist! Oh, yes, you are!

    There are few things in life--besides snails and potato bugs--of which I am teeth-quakingly afraid. But pretty Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and perky old bag Barbara Coe are two of them. I am afraid of Loretta Sanchez because I have written many ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 20, 2001
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