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    United States of Enron

    Whether it was intentional or not, Bush family buddies at Enron pretty much ran the nation's energy policy in the early days of the Dubya presidency. During and right after the presidential election of 2000, Enron took steps in California to manip...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on May 23, 2002
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    Unanswered Questions - Why isnt the Busstop Hurricanes Twisty Lemons a whole lot more famous?

    Bob the Canadian had the strong stench of liquor on his breath--he's in town for pilot training, after all, so it's only right--but he was supernice to chat with Friday night. His friend Ben from Montreal, on the other hand, was close to vomitous. N...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 23, 2002
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    Diary of a mad county

    SATURDAY, May 4 Dr. Evil calls to inform us that his friends at TRW's Capistrano Test Site successfully tested a new [HOLD BOTH HANDS TO YOUR CHEST AND MAKE QUOTE MARKS WITH YOUR FINGERS] "laser"for the Air Force's Airborne Laser team, the first ste...

    by Matt Coker on May 23, 2002
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    Braking Away

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, thief! I was the guy driving a piece-of-shit car in Huntington Beach two weeks ago when you suddenly stopped--slammed on your stoppers, braked for a hallucination, ceased all forward movement. I hit the brakes and--as my ...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 23, 2002
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    Judicial Whopper - Theres just one problem with the Times sensational story on the Burning Boy case: Its wrong

    You might have been outraged by this recent Los Angeles Times story: dismissing the objections of a prosecutor, an Orange County judge found a 36-year-old Guatemalan immigrant guilty of a misdemeanor for holding his son's fingers over an open stove ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 23, 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. All correspondence must include your home city ...

    on May 23, 2002
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    Live Like an Illegal Immigrant! - Secrets of the Good Life from OCs Undocumented

    Photo by Jeanne RiceYou've been laid off from your expense-account job, and that dream of a Newport Beach split-level with an ocean view has suddenly been reduced to a duplex along the banks of the once-mighty Santa Ana River. The economy is tanking...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 23, 2002
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    The King of Garden Grove - Mayor Broadwaters hotel city

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangBruce Broadwater has a vision for his city: it's a town of the developers, by the developers and for the developers. Four years ago, the Garden Grove mayor declared nearly 20 percent of his city blighted and made it part of...

    by Nick Schou on May 23, 2002
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    Das Boot! - Crystal Cathedral evicts preacher with neo-Nazi ties

    Photo by Jack GouldThe Reverend Robert Schuller has quietly told self-styled "interfaith leader" William Baker to vacate his Crystal Cathedral office. The order came after an investigation published in OC Weekly revealed that Baker, who runs Christi...

    by STAN BRIN on May 23, 2002
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    Little Irvine? - Little Saigon sees a mainstream future

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangOrange County may not need another planned community, but everyone seems to want to clone us. The Los Angeles Times wrote in March of a master-planned bedroom community in a Beijing suburb called Orange County, where condos w...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on May 23, 2002
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    The Great Surplus - El Toro for sale

    Photo by Jack GouldAs long as county officials were considering building an international airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the federal government said the county would get the 4,738-acre base for free. But within hours of the March 5...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 23, 2002
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    Why Punk Had to Happen (Reason No. 8235G)

    Photo by Glen E. Friedmann/ Sony PicturesMid-'70s SoCal skateboard pioneers are currently enjoying a renaissance with the new documentary film Dogtown and Z-Boys. Since modern skating is so closely tied to punk rock, it was a bit of a shock when th...

    on May 16, 2002
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    Conservative American Tragedy

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, sister! You're 10 years younger than I and working for the president of the United States. Could I be prouder? My cup of pride ran over when you returned home last Fourth of July, but by then--a few months into your White...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 16, 2002
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    Witness for the Persecution

    Last week, federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin of New York's Southern District ruled that the government cannot hold suspects as material witnesses for grand jury proceedings, one of the techniques Ashcroft's Justice Department is using to prosecute i...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on May 16, 2002
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    The Little Engine Who Took His Place in the Underclass - And other new-millennium stories for American kids

    I was driving around with friends not long ago, observing the usual suburban desolation--the endless dun-colored houses, drab block businesses, offensively bland signage--and one of my more sensitive friends was like to throwing up over the differen...

    by JIM WASHBURN on May 16, 2002
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    A Wee Bit Lame - But not in an insensitive way

    Photo by Davis BarberI don't normally lose a lot of sleep over the fact that I can't do the Power Jam. I don't normally lose a lot of sleep over anything, really. I'm quite talented when it comes to sleeping. Anyway, I'm always happy to try the redn...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 16, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    SUNDAY, April 28 A buncha kids and their parents fly kites, make posters and race for free candy at the American Lung Association of Orange County's Free to Breathe Kite Festival in Huntington Beach. The event kicks off somebody's idea to name May N...

    by Matt Coker on May 16, 2002
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    Hey, Professor! - UC Irvine snares renegade historian Mike Davis

    Photo by Anne FishbeinFew recognize the professor with the close-cropped mane as he quietly sips his coffee at a kiosk in front of UC Irvine's Humanities Office Building. Occasionally, a fellow professor walks by and waves or says hi, but most stude...

    by Nick Schou on May 16, 2002
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    Great Pork - Agrans plan for a Great Park will make Don Bren a far richer man

    Irvine Mayor Larry Agran has presented his plan for a Great Park at El Toro, and the Navy Department and county Board of Supervisors have said they love it. But it's likely no one is as happy as Irvine Co. chairman Don Bren. Agran's plan does ev...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 16, 2002
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    New Mothers Day Column! - A Mexican Spanish Grammar Guide to the Word Mother

    While the phrase "yo mama" is used as an insult worldwide, Mexican Spanish is unique in its use of the word "mother" to create some truly vicious vulgarities. Instead of concentrating on traits like weight and sexual proclivities, Mexican-Spanish sy...

    on May 16, 2002
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