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    Sunset Beach - American Beauty

    Photo by Keith MaySunset Beach, the roughly 1.5-mile strip of unincorporated county land bordered by Seal Beach (to the north), Huntington Beach (to the south) and Huntington Harbor (to the east), is one of only three U.S. towns without mail-deliver...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Mission Viejo - The Paris of South Orange County

    Photo by Jack GouldOh, benighted land! Offspring of the Philip Morris Companies Inc.'s interest in portfolio diversification! Created at a time when capitalist imperatives for profit maximization overrode all other considerations--like the need for ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Tustin - Not full of hot air

    The idea of putting together a Best of OC issue that would present separate guides to each city came to us five months ago. Since that time, we have compiled lists of cities, pored over those lists, discussed those lists, and assigned cities to writ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Newport Beach - The town that whines

    Photo by Jack GouldConsidering that Newport is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S., its residents can be incredible complainers. They complain about the legions of tourists who flock to Newport's beaches and harbor during the summer. They c...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Villa Park - Beat it . . . please.

    Photo by Jack GouldVilla Park is so small--just 2.1 miles in area--that you could drive by and not notice, which is how most of its 7,000 residents like it. They are quiet folk, mostly upper-middle class and just plain upper class. The Spanish/ranch...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Orange - Rockwellian virtue made solid

    Photo by Keith MayVery Middle America--or at least what Hollywood believes is Middle America: the studios frequently use Old Town when they need Rockwellian virtue made solid (see That Thing You Do! and Big Mama's House). But there's more to Orange ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Westminster - Phuo Loc Tho

    Photo by Jack GouldWedged between the 405 and 22 freeways, Westminster has no great parks, beaches or mansions. It does have dozens of strip malls, tract-housing communities and streets as jammed up as Dick Cheney's black heart. But this small inlan...

    on September 27, 2001
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    It Slices, It Dices, It Hijacks

    A faithful reader sent us an advertisement on Sept. 13 that appears to have been clipped from Popular Militia Manmagazine. San Diego-based "self-defense/fitness/concealment" company Magills hawks the "CIA Plastic Knife," which is touted as being "un...

    by Matt Coker on September 27, 2001
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    Santa Ana - If OC is a melting pot, Santa Ana is the fire

    Photo by Jack GouldDrive the entire length of Broadway in Santa Ana, and you'll see homes every bit as beautiful and well-kept as those in the snootier Floral Park neighborhoods. But next door to some of those bitchen Broadway homes are what appear ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Seal Beach - Little Dublin

    As you might expect from a town that's home to not only a Leisure World but also a Christian Science Reading Room and a rare-plants nursery just a couple of blocks from its pier, the pace of Seal Beach is decidedly more measured than most beach town...

    on September 27, 2001
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    San Juan Capistrano - Before Disneyland, there was the mission

    Photo by Keith MayBefore there was Disneyland, there was Mission San Juan Capistrano. Before there was Mickey Mouse, there were the swallows. Before there was a Junipero Serra, there were happy Indians. Small, tucked away and sometimes forgotten, ...

    on September 27, 2001
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    Steve Lowerys Weekly Investor

    The Dow Jones Industrial suffered a 7 percent loss Monday as panicked investors, nervous about the U.S. economy, sold off in bunches. While some see this as a sign of hard times ahead, we believe the market has rarely looked better for bargain hunte...

    by Steve Lowery on September 27, 2001
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    Their Masters Image - Nixon Librarys Tribute to the Heroic Rescue Workers

    Photo by Joel BeersIt was sometimes hard to figure out who was being remembered at the Sept. 14 Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace's "Tribute to the Heroic Rescue Workers": the approximately 500 fallen rescue workers, or our former president, who...

    by Joel Beers on September 27, 2001
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    Under Suspicion - For Tawfiq Deek, it runs in the family

    Like most Arab-Americans, Tawfiq Deek is shocked and feeling vulnerable in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Unlike most Arab-Americans, though, Deek got a personal visit from two FBI agents within hours of t...

    by Nick Schou on September 27, 2001
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    So Long, OCN - Were again the bastard stepchild to LA

    Photo by Jack GouldA decade ago, cable-industry experts touted the Orange County Newschannel (OCN) as a model for future local-news programming. Sadly, they were wrong. On Sept. 7, the station went dark after its owners--Philadelphia-based Adelphia ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on September 27, 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 c...

    on September 27, 2001
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    NMD-Day - Bushs multibillion-dollar baby should have died Sept. 11

    Photo by Myles RobinsonFor anyone with eyeballs and a lick of reason, last Tuesday's horrific airliner attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., ought to have killed George W. Bush's pet project--his multibillion-dollar scheme to provide the U.S. wi...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on September 27, 2001
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    No Gay Blood, Please - Crisis or not, only straights can donate to the Red Cross

    In the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks, Americans were asked to light candles, say prayers, give money and donate blood. But where blood donations are concerned, only straights need apply. The ban on blood donations from gay men has bee...

    by Rich Kane on September 27, 2001
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    Demographic Doom Averted! - Orange County 2001: Younger, darker and safer than ever

    Illustration by Matt AdamsThe 1990s were the Decade of Doom, or (if you'll pardon the alliteration) the Decade of Demographic Doom, the 10-year-long collective scream of reporters, cops, experts and special-interest groups warning us of the perils o...

    by MIKE MALES on September 27, 2001
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    Best of OC, 2001 - Timmy The Lonely Satellite Looks Down Upon This Ever-Changing, Rootless Thing

    Are we stupid, or are we bitchen? The bucolic orchards and rolling vistas that beckoned decades ago from real-estate and tourism ads have been paved over and smogged up. Real-estate developers are scabbing over the remaining land with home desig...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 27, 2001
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