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    In Search of... Skatejam2000

    IN SEARCH OF . . . SKATEJAM2000 Ryan the planner/publicist has been answering your questions about SkateJam2000--alloneword--for barely five minutes before he begins to dwindle into the kind of halfhearted responses that unmistakably suggest he'd l...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 8, 2000
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    Not the Good Soldier - Ex-OC politico wants to sell you lorettasanchez.com

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWould you pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of owning loretta sanchez.com? Dallas resident Chris Chapman seems to think someone will. The native Texan, who used to work for Assemblyman Jim Morrissey (R-Santa Ana), has re...

    by WYN HILTY on June 8, 2000
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    Welcome to the Monkey Pit - Pulled out fo gloom on pulleys of Chris Gaffney's invention

    Perhaps you think that it is all gaiety and horseplay here at Washburn Central, that it is only because life is one big lark to me that I am so able to heap humorous shitloads of disdain upon the unworthy. It is an easy thing to triumph in the summe...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 8, 2000
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    Now Open for Business - Because of a flawed deed, the countys Talbert nature preserve is available for development

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBy the time you read this, the county's Harbors, Beaches and Parks (HBP) Commission will have met on June 1 to draft a response to the Weekly's recent revelation that one-third of the county's 27,000 acres of parkland lack any de...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 8, 2000
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    Heal the SUV - Ford's partnership with Heal the Bay not as weird as it sounds

    There were no huge Ford Motors banners flapping at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro when Heal the Bay issued its 10th annual "Beach Report Card" on May 24. Indeed, in the glare from sun on sand, you had to squint to see the only sign of the nation's No. ...

    by Matt Coker on June 8, 2000
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    What the Hell Happened? - Inside the collapse of the Mossimo empire

    If you and your dirtbag friends could have scraped together a couple of hundred bucks last week, you could have owned Mossimo Inc. Well, not owned, perhaps, but at 50 cents per share--15 cents less than an Almond Joy at your local AM/PM minimart--yo...

    by Steve Lowery on June 8, 2000
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    Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspond...

    on June 8, 2000
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    Parking-Enforcement Officer, Huntington Beach

    Illustration by Bob AulI hear so many excuses every day that it's like breathing air. The most common is "I was just getting change." Or "I was going to pay it," or "The meter's broke." I guess the funniest are when they leave a note on their cars s...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    Photo by Jack GouldWe get a lot of letters here at Commie Girl headquarters. Many of them tell us how wonderful we are. Many of them do not. But we were happy to get this one last week because above all, we want to be here for you, our beloved reade...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 1, 2000
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    The Eternal Verities - Its summer, and watching the Angels will cost you $118

    "Summer Means Fun," sang the surf-vocal duo Bruce and Terry back when summer was nothing but pure, unadulterated summer. But the somewhat savvier surf-vocal duo Jan and Dean was singing, "When summer comes, gonna hustle you." Summer does mean fun;...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 1, 2000
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    Rage Against the Machine's Machine

    How do hip-hop-metal-shredding political activists Rage Against the Machine pick their causes from among the cornucopia of benighted peoples, wrongly imprisoned innocents and endangered wildernesses? It turns out the band has a political adviser--a ...

    on June 1, 2000
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    If You Believe They Put Mine on the Moon

    Illustration by Bob AulThe U.S. in the late 1950s considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon to prove our military and technological might to the Soviets, a physicist involved in the project revealed in a May 16 New York Times interview. Ivan ...

    by Matt Coker on June 1, 2000
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    Mission: Possible

    May 2. The store manager of Lady Foot Locker at South Coast Plaza had noticed large amounts of merchandise mysteriously missing from inventory since November of last year. In total, 1,045 items of clothing were unaccounted for. The disappearances we...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 1, 2000
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    Animal Avenger

    Illustration by Bob AulSend anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations--changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent--to "Hey, You!" c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247, or e-mail us at letters@ocweekly.com. Newp...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 1, 2000
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    Revolting - Reg attack on insurance reformer produces a counterattack

    Photo by Ted SoquiState insurance commissioner Chuck Quackenbush let insurance companies dodge $4 billion in potential fines for alleged wrongdoing following the 1994 Northridge earthquake after the companies secretly paid $12 million to private Qua...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 1, 2000
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    The Future of Beer - We call it 'urination fermentation'

    To alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. --Homer Simpson In the future, according to various speculative Hollywood movies, we will jet around in atomic-powered flying cars, hunt down robots that look like people, and/or...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 1, 2000
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    Here come the Sufabus! - We just made that up for the bikini of the future

    Illustration by Jamie Jung/Point conceptionOver the past 50 years or so, the bikini has wreaked havoc upon the world, enslaving millions, demanding tribute and short-circuiting America's acceptance of the metric system. Is it any wonder that women a...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    The Future of the Beach

    Photo by Keith MayIf Gregory Benford is right about the future of OC's benighted yet still beautiful beaches, we've got more to worry about than high E. coli counts. Benford is a professor of physics at UC Irvine and a renowned science-fiction wri...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on June 1, 2000
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    Deck Hand on a Fishing Boat, Balboa

    Illustration by Bob AulI worked for Xerox for 33 years--I was a manager-- and when I retired in '97, I thought I'd like to work on a boat because I've enjoyed fishing from the time I was a kid and doing it with my dad. The first year, I was a fill-i...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    Illustration by Bob AulHey, you done with that bench, guy? I gotta work my deltoids. Keep pulling 'em. Bet you didn't think I was 40, right? But I am. The big four-oh. How old did you think I am? I get that all the time. I moved here from Florida th...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 1, 2000
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