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    They Have A Dream - Light rails friends and enemies rally around the bus. But do bureaucrats care?

    Light rail was supposed to transform Orange County-undo knotted freeway congestion, smoothly urbanize suburbia. But the revolution will not be realized. During 12 years of intense politicking, the county's light-rail plan decelerated from the utopia...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on July 10, 2003
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    Affirmative Action for Whites - The Court affirms racial preferences in universities, so long as they work for white people

    Photo by Jack GouldThe worst news about the Supreme Court's affirmative-action decisions last week was that it really was good news. The justices had an easy opportunity to bury affirmative action once and for all, but didn't. In two split decisio...

    by PHILIP N. COHEN on July 10, 2003
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    Burying the Dead - Famous war correspondent Gordon Dillow struggles with his truth

    Illustration by Smell of SteveThe day after U.S. soldiers hitched an armored personnel carrier to a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad and then gunned the motor, Orange County Register reporter Gordon Dillow nearly got himself killed...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 10, 2003
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    Vrooom! - Speedway revives our faith in humanity

    Photo by Rebecca SchoenkopfMy small buttercup of a son and I were at the Orange County Fairgrounds for that most American of pastimes (besides shopping): to be awed by muscle and speed and carburetors and oily purple smoke, just like the Jerry Bruck...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 3, 2003
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    Barfarella and the toxic avenger

    Illustration by Bob AulHey, you! The latest in a series of dental assistants at the creepy office next door. You have TWO bathrooms in your suite, but every day at 12:45 p.m. you transform the public restroom on our floor into your vomitorium. We do...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 3, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, June 16 "One of the things that makes us a constitutional democracy and not a banana republic is regularly scheduled elections, I do think. And I do think that's eroding now ... They reelected [Gray] Davis just last November. There's been no...

    by Steve Lowery on July 3, 2003
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    A Road Runs Through It - Ride the Santa Ana River trail while you still can

    Photos by Matt OttoI'm spinning easily now. There's a mild onshore breeze gently pushing my bike and me. It feels effortless. A shadow flashes past. It belongs to a pelican descending until its wingtips nearly kiss the water. Rumbling over the slats...

    by SCOTT GIFFIN on July 3, 2003
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    Scorecard

    In LA Times writer Bill Plaschke's June 20 piece on the death of Larry Doby, the second African American to enter the Major Leagues, the columnist accused the media and historians of ignoring Doby when it mattered most--when he was still alive. At f...

    on July 3, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, June 9 The Mighty Duckslose to the Devils in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals in New Jersey. While Ducks players are bummed that the loss prevents them from hoisting the Cup, it does enable them to leave New Jersey. TUESDAY, June 10 Appare...

    on July 3, 2003
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    Letters

    TRASHING TONY Trashing someone must come easy to a writer on the outside trying to look in. I found Anthony Pignataro's "Trailer Trash" article [June 13] a prime example of bad, libelous and misinformed journalism, making a friend of mine seem rot...

    on July 3, 2003
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    Anti-Porn Star - An anonymous midget and two Christians are fighting to save you from sins of the flesh

    Illustration by Aaron KratenPoor Eddie. The midget with the spiky blond hair, soul patch and multiple hoop earrings tries with all his might to jump up and reach the skateboard hanging on the wall, but a taller shopkeep has to pull it down for him. ...

    by Matt Coker on July 3, 2003
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    I Aint From Nowhere - Anaheims gang unit saved Eddie Quinonesthe hard way

    Photo by James BunoanEddie Quiones is the poster child for reformed gang-members--he dropped out of Down Familia De Wicked Soldiers, an Anaheim-based street gang, got his gang tattoos removed, let his hair grow out, stopped affiliating with crimina...

    by Nick Schou on July 3, 2003
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    The Tonys! - The DAs enemies list? Its an honor!

    It's old news that, like Richard Nixon, DA Tony Rackauckas has an enemies list and that the Los Angeles Timesand OC Weekly are on it. What's news is that the DA has a friends list, and Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil are on that. On June 18, we obtaine...

    by R. Scott Moxley on July 3, 2003
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    Whered My Beach Go?

    Map by Bob AulSan Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation just issued its fourth annual State of the Beach report. Conclusion: privatization is the No. 1 threat to beach access nationwide. That got us looking at the OC coastline, where privatization has...

    by Matt Coker on July 3, 2003
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    Peace in Iraq - Death in the military

    Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May Day, President George W. Bush said "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" and that "in the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." But commie symp newspapers continue to run headl...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 3, 2003
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    The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever: 90 - 129

    90. Old Man Joshua Maybe you ran across Michael Mollo and Joel McDaniel's two-man acoustic folk duo in the early '90s at places like the Winged Heart Caf in Fullerton. If you were lucky, you heard some of the most literate, densely heady songs ev...

    on June 26, 2003
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    Shahab Zargari and Heela Naqshband's Top 5 - GC Records, Fullerton

    Photo by James Bunoan1. INTRO5PECT "One of my all-time favorite bands! GC's first release was actually Intro5pect's debut 7-inch, originally a one-man endeavor. The band's (now) four-piece collective fuses old-school punk with new-school techno (thi...

    on June 26, 2003
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    Dennis Lluy's Top 5 - Koos Cafe, formerly Santa Ana, now Long Beach

    Photo by James Bunoan1. BIG DRILL CAR "The Cruz showcases in the early '90s featuring All, Chemical People, and Big Drill Car were very tasty. Frank Daly and Mark Arnold were originally in MIA. In Big Drill Car, they created a recipe of pop, funky b...

    on June 26, 2003
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    Darren OConnor's Top 5 - Vinyl Solution Records, Huntington Beach

    Photo by James Bunoan1. THE STITCHES "Just...fuck. I don't know what to say. The truest, best band ever to come out of OC. They've been together over 10 years and they barely got signed to a label, after 10 years of playing and staying true to every...

    on June 26, 2003
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    Chase Frank's Top 5 - Chase Frank Productions, Quiverfish

    Photo by James Bunoan1. SOL "From the city of Orange, a live groove band that was as '70s as it gets! Everyone always danced and their shows were always packed. This band featured one of my favorite OC veteran drummers, drum maniac Craig Teigen, who...

    on June 26, 2003
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