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    The Just Us System - DA investigator Steve Douglass tells how his boss derailed consumer-fraud charges against the countys most powerful Republican

    Once, George Argyros was merely the most powerful Republican in Orange County. Now, he's also the Bush administration's nominee for ambassador to Spain and Andorra. And if not for the intervention of another powerful friend, Argyros might also be ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on May 24, 2001
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    Treatment Progress Update

    Patient: The Mummy Returns Case history: Sequel to the effects-laden blockbuster The Mummy, which first sought my help two years ago. The producers were aware of my pioneering work in action-adventure, especially my groundbreaking therapy of Termi...

    by Steve Lowery on May 17, 2001
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    Cut and Paste - Hey! Its been a tough week!

    "Hey, there's some kind of punk rock riot going on in downtown Long Beach!" my friend Handsome, Handsome Erik said. "Why is there a punk rock riot in Long Beach?" I asked, mystified, even though I'd been getting Happy May Day e-mails all damn morn...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 17, 2001
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    Monsters of Deregulation - If were being plundered, where are the festive pirates?

    Illustration by Bob AulDuring these electrifying days of power shortages and rolling blackouts, it's a relief to see the windmills working again. It only took me five putts to put a ball through one the other day. If you've traveled the state much...

    by JIM WASHBURN on May 17, 2001
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    Press Release of the Month: Grand Prize winner

    "THE ORIGINAL RIOT GRRLS ARE BACK! JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS SOUNDTRACK JUMPS FROM No. 82 TO No. 16 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 AS THE MOVIE OPENS NATIONWIDE "New York, NY--Before Courtney Love, before the Go-Go's, before the Runaways, there was Josie,...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Please Call

    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. I m...

    on May 17, 2001
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    Golden Smog

    Illustration by Bob AulThe American Lung Association came out with a report card on May 1 that gave Orange County an F for air quality, but don't strap on that aqualung just yet. We got the bad mark for just 10 unhealthful-air days over a three-year...

    by Matt Coker on May 17, 2001
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    Nobody Doesnt Know Tyler Stallings - But nobody really knows him, either

    By the early 1990s, sun-drenched Huntington Beach was home to middle-class suburbanites who voted Republican and was a tourist destination for bleached Nebraskans drawn to the town by its whitewashed nickname, Surf City. But the city hadn't seen its...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 17, 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 May 17, 2001
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    Tool - Why is Lou Sheldon so hot about gay sex?

    Photo by Keith MayFor Lou Sheldon, it's all about penis. This is not news. As chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) lobbying group, the Anaheim-based Sheldon has long viewed the world through phallus-tinted glasses. Foreign policy? Peni...

    by Steve Lowery on May 17, 2001
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    Finally! - DA checks out Big J-Mos alibi

    Photo by Jack GouldTwo years after charging him with robbing a Fullerton video store, the Orange County district attorney's office finally got around to interviewing a key defense witness in the case of Joshua Moore. Following his November 1998 ar...

    by Nick Schou on May 17, 2001
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    Boom "Times" - Paper promotes missile defense like theres no tomorrow

    Photo by Myles RobinsonWe're all quite familiar with this horror story: one of the world's many "rogue nations" suddenly decides to lob one or a half-dozen nuclear missiles at the United States, which, like all nations, is powerless to prevent Los A...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 17, 2001
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    Rap Sap

    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. He...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 10, 2001
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    Party Pooper

    Illustration by Bob AulAn April 11 letter from Orange County Republican Party chairman Thomas A. Fuentes took Orange Unified Education Association president John Rossmann by surprise. Fuentes sought support for "three good Republican school board me...

    by Matt Coker on May 10, 2001
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    See No Evil Republicans - Blackouts at the Times

    The Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times told its readers there was only one important story from Huntington Beach on April 13: a nursery employee had been electrocuted while moving a potted palm. That same day's Orange County Register rep...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 10, 2001
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    Dont Come Back Dead - Local bands invade Kern County

    Photo by Stoopid JohnnyThis is not Orange County. This is a band, crammed into a boxing ring, lit by one dim, red bulb. This is wild-eyed kids in fraying sweaters hanging from the rafters, toppling keister-over-cabesa over the ropes, and shouting ...

    by Chris Ziegler on May 10, 2001
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    Sri Lanka - Not my war

    Photo by Jim SoliskiColombo, Sri Lanka, is an agreeable city--except for the fact that the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government have been locked together in a grueling civil war since the early 1980s. The downtown area boasts lovely Palladian ...

    by JIM SOLISKI on May 10, 2001
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    Cambodia - Smiles and skulls

    Phnom Penh gets its name from the Cambodian phnom(meaning mountain or hill) and penh(meaning full). Traditionally, it is known as "Mountain of Plenty." They've got that right: plenty of heat and dust. Cambodia's capital city doesn't suffer beneath t...

    by JIM SOLISKI on May 10, 2001
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    Dalat - Welcome to Vietnams Disneyland

    As kitschy as life-size dinosaur sculptures hanging out by a desert highway or an open-all-year boutique dedicated to Santa, Dalat is Vietnam's most unusual destination, a low-rent Las Vegas for honeymooning couples and bemused tourists. Dalat is se...

    by ADAM BREGMAN on May 10, 2001
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    Poland - Post Cards From Auschwitz

    Emerging from the train with a throng of people, I glance around the station in Cracow, Poland, to get my bearings. I have not slept for two days. I search my pockets for the travel book I brought from the United States, the one that lists hotels an...

    by BRETT COKER on May 10, 2001
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Judge Thomas M. Goethals to Prosecutor: Discover This! Judge Thomas M. Goethals to Prosecutor: Discover This!

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Surf Bros Must Die

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The Surf This Time The Surf This Time

It's nearly the Fourth of July, and the row of Main Street houses leading to downtown Huntington Beach are flamboyantly patriotic. Several porches are obscured by a pastiche of American-flag… More >>

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Between 1975 and 1979, 2 million Cambodians died during their nation's four-year experiment in stone-age communism. In 1994, I began documenting atrocities carried out by the Khmer Rouge, the peasant… More >>

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