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    Tunnel Vision - All that stands in the way of Bill Vardoulis tunnel dream is the Irvine Co.

    Irvine Co. bazillionaire owner Don Bren likes all kinds of things in life--fine art, skiing, beige stucco houses with Spanish tile roofs and 5-0 development approvals from the Orange County Board of Supervisors. He even likes the sprawling housing a...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 31, 2003
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    Total Recall - Darrell Issas teeny weapon

    Illustraiton by Bob AulIt was only an "unloaded . . . little, teeny pistol," Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Somewhere south of San Onofre) told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, hoping to explain away a 1972 weapons conviction. Now the San Fran...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on July 31, 2003
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    Repatriate Act - Joe Dunn fights for Mexicans, gets an ass

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoJess Araujo tried to grab the attention of about 100 rambunctious people last Friday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' (IBEW) union hall in Orange. But his attempt was fruitless--the Chinese food was to...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on July 31, 2003
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    Lite Rail

    If light rail in Orange County gets any shorter, they'll have to rent it out for birthdays. Once conceived of as an 87-mile Urban Rail Master Plan, the county's CenterLine has been sliced and diced from 28 miles to 11.4. Last month, Irvine voters de...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on July 31, 2003
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    Persecution of a freedom fighter - My day in the park with Michael Lavery

    Photo by Jessica CalkinI'm not sure how we went from "So you're taking the city of Laguna Beach to the U.S. Supreme Court?" to "So these are copies of your mirror-image writing, 5150 charge, pictures of your old gallery, and what you say is evidence...

    by ANGIE DRISKELL on July 31, 2003
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    Longwave

    LONGWAVE THE STRANGEST THINGS RCA For the longest time, any alt-rock music that emanated from New York City either sucked royally or was only moderately interesting. But during the late '90s, several indie bands with similar sensibilities sprout...

    by GEORGE A. PAUL on July 24, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsMONDAY, July 7 General lethargy and nausea, lingering effects of Independence Day--Aaron Burr was right: patriotism's a bitch--with nary a shred of sympathy from hard-hearted wife. Reduced over the weekend to crawling for a g...

    by Steve Lowery on July 24, 2003
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    Letters

    THE GRAPE WAR Just read the article by Anthony Pignataro about the reporting of Gordon Dillow ["Burying the Dead" July 4]and the quality of his stories while an embed with the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment in Iraq. My grandson was with ...

    on July 24, 2003
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    The OC Weekly Book Of Food Lists!

    Lists have plagued mankind for millennia, from Alkazar the Irritable's "List of Head-Splitting Rocks" (now available on audio cassette) to USA Today's long-awaited list of "Hot Uses for Excess Kitchen Grease." Why do we read lists? Experts cite thre...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on July 24, 2003
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    From Scrubs to Trunks - Twin physicians again surfing in U.S. Open

    Photo by Jeanne RiceThe sky and ocean are about the same anvil-gray color, but there are still lots of little kids flying kites and scores of shirtless guys and bikini girls lying out on the beach at 54th Street in Newport Beach. There's a line of m...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 24, 2003
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    Ann Coulters Pillow Case - Victory leaves the El Toro message board with some time for other matters

    Aside from the fact that exactly zero flights are taking off or landing at El Toro, the best indicator that the skies over South County are safe is the content of the El Toro Chronicles message board. During the hottest days of the war on El Toro,...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 24, 2003
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    Hey, You!

    Illustration by Bob AulThanks for letting me know what a raging homophobe you are. In an effort to get Governor Davis recalled, you came into my place of business with your petition THREE TIMES. What bugged you the most about Davis? The sliding econ...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 24, 2003
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    Access for Ass Kiss - Do Reg reporters love the DA, or is that a banana in their stories?

    "It's old news that DA Tony Rackauckas has an enemies list," my colleague R. Scott Moxley wrote a few weeks ago. "What's news is that the DA also has a friends list." The enemies list works like this: the DA refuses to cooperate with reporters who...

    by WILL SWAIM on July 24, 2003
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    When Immigrants Attack - How can the county stop Vietnamese and Latinos from duking it out?

    Photo by Tenaya HillsOn the morning of July 2, Mara Alba walked out of Crawfords Supermarket in Santa Ana pushing two shopping carts. One got away and rolled into the van of a Vietnamese woman who demanded in broken English that Alba turn over her ...

    on July 24, 2003
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    Total Recall - Dont mention the war

    With the recall looming, it's time to consider which Republican is best suited to lead California into a bright future of moral and fiscal discipline. Bill Simon? Everything in his life, except for his disastrous campaign for governor, was handed ...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on July 24, 2003
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    Whiskey Night - An Open Letter to DA Tony Rackauckas

    Hi, Tony: I was going to e-mail this letter in the form of a request for comment to Susan Schroeder, your media relations director, but I understand she's not allowed to talk to the Weekly. I'm working on a story about an incident involving severa...

    by Nick Schou on July 24, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, June 30 Just a few days after the Supreme Courtruling requiring all Americans to have gay sex--that's my interpretation--and the weekend talk shows and newspaper opinion sections are rife with discussions of sodomy pro and con. To be honest,...

    by Steve Lowery on July 17, 2003
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    Flesh! - Melting in Ryder trucks and Hootenannys

    Photo by Jeanne RiceI had heard stories. Bad stories. Bad, sad stories. A fuel pump gone bad 40 miles outside of Kingman, Arizona, carrying seven men, a band's worth of amps and equipment, and the beauteous Kelly O. A Ryder truck rented instead with...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 17, 2003
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    Yo! Hero!

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen I first saw you rolling through my neighborhood on the Fourth of July, I had you figured for another wigger. Was that really the Geto Boyz blastin' outta your low-riding, nitro-injected Honda? Moments later when I saw you...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 17, 2003
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    Letters

    WHO? Hey, this is Jill-Michele from MADtv. A friend of mine sent me your write-up on the funniest female contest that I hosted [Rebecca Schoenkopf's "Commie Girl," April 11]. I don't appreciate your nastiness. If you cannot remember, let me remind...

    on July 17, 2003
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