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    Please, God, Let This Be the Last One

    Sometime in May, South County officials will deliver a "legislative instrument" to the county Board of Supervisors. Three of the supervisors will look at it dismissively and then reject it in a 3-2 vote. Later that day, anti-airport activists will b...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 26, 2001
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    We Blow

    Illustration by Bob AulCompact mirrors being given away to promote the drug-dealer biopic Blow are raising a stink, and some of that stink is getting on OC Weekly. Palm-sized mirrors in rubber sleeves with the Blow logo on them were handed out at th...

    by Matt Coker on April 26, 2001
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    Poor Edison - Now broke, the power company uses taxpayer cash to fund a global business empire

    On April 3, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) tried to quiet increasing calls for "public power" by ordering yet another audit of the state's three power companies. According to the PUC, the probe will settle a critical question: Did ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 26, 2001
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    Spinning on Spins Punk Memoirs

    History is written by the poseurs--at least when it comes to punk history, which has taken decades to figure out that there really was more to the music than the Ramones and Sex Pistols and more to the movement than a rusty safety pin or six. But we...

    on April 26, 2001
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    Practically Belly-Dancing - And Martha Stewarts rear end

    Men's ability to flirt has done a dodo. Even the Los Angeles Times has noticed the appalling trend--though to be quite honest, the article they ran on the subject some months ago was a reprint of something that came from the ever-edgy Washington Pos...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 26, 2001
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    Faking It

    Patient: Bridget Jones Diary Profile: A British woman's attempt to have it all--career, relationship, smart dinner parties--is doomed by the fact she's an idiot who falls down a lot and rarely dresses appropriately. Think My Brilliant Career meets T...

    by Steve Lowery on April 26, 2001
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    Not Dead Yet - Readers persuade Times to reconsider spiking Gurza column

    Agustin Gurza's column in the Los Angeles Times is not dead yet. Despite Gurza's April 3 farewell piece, five prominent Latino leaders from Orange County persuaded Times management to reconsider spiking the twice-weekly column that focused on their ...

    by Nick Schou on April 26, 2001
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    The DAs Friend - Rackauckas troubles started with a struggling film company, an extortion threat and a plea for help

    A civil war raging inside the Orange County district attorney's office grew out of a financial crisis in an obscure Hollywood film company. At the center of that story--involving alleged organized-crime figures, federal securities violations, and th...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 26, 2001
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    Cab Tab - Add to the countys mammoth failures (bankruptcy, toll roads, El Toro) one more

    Photo by Jack GouldFirst District Supervisor Chuck Smith recently proposed that the county create its own power utility. The value of this idea can be summed up in just two words: "county bankruptcy." Or how about "toll roads"? Or "El Toro"? Add a...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 26, 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 April 26, 2001
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    Vendido, Zapata! - Mexica Movement protests Banderas in brownface

    When Aladdin was released in 1992, Arab-Americans were upset. When Pocahontas was released in 1995, Native Americans were upset. When Mulan was released in 1998, Turks and some Asian-Americans were upset. Given its track record, it should be n...

    by Nick Schou on April 26, 2001
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    Objection! - Bush set to name Cox to U.S. bench

    Congressman Christopher Cox is reportedly on his way to San Francisco, and no, despite persistent, longtime rumors, his first stop won't be the Castro district. President George W. Bush is expected to soon formally nominate the natty Newport Beach...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 26, 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 April 26, 2001
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    Blow Me

    Clockwork pulled an envelope out of our mailbox on March 30 that said we'd won a free children's book. But when we tore it open, there was no book inside--just a letter from Dr. Edward E. Philpot, the "principal clinical research physician-allergy" ...

    by Matt Coker on April 12, 2001
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    Send George Packing! - Dailies Praise Argyros as a Civic Leader, Ignore Allegations His Firm Ripped-Off Tenants

    It was no surprise late last month when Orange County billionaire George Argyros was named the likely next U.S. ambassador to Spain. For months, rumors have circulated through Washington, D.C., and California political circles that Argyros--a man wh...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 12, 2001
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    Not So Fine

    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 a...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 12, 2001
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    Its a Big, Fat, Corporate Rock World

    Photo by Jeanne RicePART 1 Well, it's official: we've lost the fight to keep our culture. The cynical, old-school punk rocker inside us is truly revolted that this year's Warped Tour (which is eschewing OC in favor of the Los Angeles Memorial Colise...

    on April 12, 2001
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    Disney Owns the Night - Why not? They own everything else

    You've likely seen the new exit on the 5 freeway, the one that warrants its own offramp from the diamond lane. It's Disney Way, and it feeds you directly into the ravenous maw of the Happiest Place on Earth. Ever since Walt and a sense of propriety ...

    by JIM WASHBURN on April 12, 2001
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    Cinderella Stories - Amd then we have sex with Simon LeBon

    Once upon a time--okay, last Tuesday--booker-to-the-stars John Pantle gave me superduper, VIP, loge-section seats to Duran Duran at the House of Blues. Why? Because I have all kinds of dirt on him, and he will pay and pay and pay. You hear me, Pantl...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 12, 2001
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    More Feather Dusters

    Patient:The Brothers Profile: Four guys--one married, one afraid to commit, one who doesn't respect women, one good-looking one who rarely wears a shirt--wrestle with and talk about relationships, getting older and feather dusters. Think Diner meets...

    by Steve Lowery on April 12, 2001
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