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    All Things Must Pass - Last call at the Happy Hour

    This was supposed to have been a story about the 40th anniversary of a Garden Grove bar called the Happy Hour. A story about how the Happy Hour--Orange County's oldest gay bar--survived police raids, parking-lot bashings and a dwindling queer presen...

    by Rich Kane on October 2, 2003
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    Queer Eye for the GOP Guy - Gay activist sets the record straight about Log Cabin Republicans

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsA curious truth about Republican politics in California: the more conservative an area, the better the supply of closeted gays frantically working to please GOP big boys. The best evidence of this axiom is Orange County. Here...

    by R. Scott Moxley on October 2, 2003
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    Total Recall - Schwarzeneggers business scams

    What excites Arnold Schwarzenegger these days? It's not gangbangs, or even what seemed to excite him during summer interviews promoting Terminator 3--shoving an actress's face into a toilet bowl. No, these days, what excites Arnold is learning about...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on October 2, 2003
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    Wrong Side of the Tracks - South Placentia railroaded into development

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoThe way the Placentia City Council pitches it, their plan to revitalize the city's south end will transform the small burb into the next Corona del Mar--except for the emerald ocean part. The $440 million Orange County Gat...

    on October 2, 2003
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    Somebody Call Roto-Rooter! - San Onofre nuke plant ranks No. 3 for possibility of meltdown

    Photo by Mike McGillThe much-maligned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has finally gotten some recognition--but probably not the kind it wants: it now ranks among the U.S. facilities most likely to suffer a meltdown, according to the Un...

    by WILLIAM J. KELLY on October 2, 2003
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    Xenophobia, the Musical - The closing of our cultural borders

    I was at the Irvine Barclay Theatre's New World Flamenco Festival some weeks back--and a superfine bunch of stomping, shouting, clapping and string-flailing it was--when, attempting a bit of innocent ha-ha, I asked fest associate producer Sandy Robe...

    by JIM WASHBURN on September 25, 2003
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    Smug As a Bug in a Rug - Republicans, reporters preen, groom selves at congratulatory LA bash

    God bless those wacky old libs on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals!There they were on Monday, getting all jiggy with Bush vs. Gore and doubtless peeing themselves with laughter while mimicking the Supreme Court's words back at 'em like your rotten...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 25, 2003
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    Ring of Ire

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsIs this a great country or what? Manhattan Beach-based website MyRedHotDeals.com is hawking a cubic zirconium replica of the $4 million ring Kobe Bryantbought his wife, Vanessa, to make up for cheating on her. The sterling-si...

    by Matt Coker on September 25, 2003
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    Little Big Men

    Illustration by Bob AulTo the assholes in the blue SUV who drove by the bus stop outside the Cerritos Center on Aug. 29 at about 10 p.m.: there was a bus pulling up, and a few people standing around. I'm sure you looked at all of us and thought how ...

    by ANONYMOUS on September 25, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714) 708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247. MELEVISION Your article on the impending sale of KOCE (...

    on September 25, 2003
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    Pete Wilson on Steroids - Cruz Bustamante on Arnold Schwarzenegger, the GOP and John and Ben

    Photo by Jack GouldCalifornia's Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has postponed the Oct. 7 recall election of Governor Gray Davis until March, but that won't stop the campaigning. Over the weekend, Republican candidate Tom McClintock worked suburb...

    by R. Scott Moxley on September 25, 2003
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    For None of the Children - Documentary about the end of segregation faces segregation

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsSandra Robbie had big plans for 2004. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court desegregation case, and Robbie was banking on that event to boost her recent Emmy-winn...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on September 25, 2003
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    Tinker Hell - Disneyland neighbors await official word on whether delightful fireworks shows are killing them

    William Fitzgerald says his neighborhood looks like a "war zone." Every night from June to August--as well as weekends and holidays during the off-season--the nearby Disneyland Resort sets off a massive fireworks display. Within minutes, a 100-foot-...

    by Nick Schou on September 25, 2003
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    Lag On Taxes, Get Appointed to State Commission! - Notes from the Banana Republic of Santa Ana

    Being a tax-skipping muffler-shop owner doesn't look good on anyone's political rsum--unless you're Miguel Pulido. Governor Gray Davis on Sept. 10 appointed the longtime Santa Ana mayor to serve on the California State Teachers' Retirement Syste...

    on September 25, 2003
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    Represent What? - The Registers New Campaign

    As the Orange County Register's core readership dies off or white-flights it for Henderson, Tombstone or Bend, the flagship paper of Freedom Communications is frantically trying to attract new subscribers--even if that involves appropriating feminis...

    by TODD MATHEWS on September 25, 2003
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    Archiving Nixon

    Illustration by Bob AulGregory G. Cummings began his job as director of archives programs at the Richard Nixon Library this week. It says so on the Nixon Library press release that quotes Nixon Foundation chairman Donald L. Bendetti saying he's deli...

    by Steve Lowery on September 25, 2003
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    Warriors, Come Out to Play - Holiday Brings Us to Our Knees

    Photo by James BunoanI was having, how do you say, a snit. I wanted to go to the Russian Culture Expoon the Queen Mary. Boyfriend did not. "Why don't you just go?" he asks. "Because I don't want to be alone with a bunch of scary Russian men wh...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on September 18, 2003
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    On the Outside Looking In

    A few weeks ago, Clockwork was dragged away kicking and screaming from our Costa Mesa manse and forced into a Balboa Peninsula flop house. The temporary relocation thus hits us during the doggie-style days of summer. Did somebody say heat wave? The ...

    by Matt Coker on September 18, 2003
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    A Friend In Need

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, you: the fugly, butterfly-tattooed troll with ankles as big as your thighs. Just because you like to pretend you're getting married to your boyfriend--yeah, the same boy you slept with back when he was still my boyfriend-...

    by ANONYMOUS on September 18, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, fax to (714) 708-8410 or send to Letters to the Editor, c/oOC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247. BROWNIE POINTS Regarding Gustavo Arellano's piece on C...

    on September 18, 2003
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