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    Public Display of Affection - Wilsons subtle gesture reveals a lot about Orange County

    Photo by Jack GouldViewers of the Oct. 2 county Board of Supervisors meeting are forgiven if they missed the spirited pat on the back 5th District Supe Tom Wilson gave to two of his best campaign contributors. Not only did Wilson manage to congratul...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on October 18, 2001
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    You Say Rubbish, We Say Opportunity - Not everyone cheers trash strikes resolution

    Illustration by Matt AdamsSo the great Orange County Trash Strike of 2001 is over. How long did the nightmare last? Two, three hours? Now everyone is congratulating one another on a job well done. "We are appreciative and thankful of our customers...

    on October 18, 2001
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    White Dopes on Punk

    Could there possibly be a breed of animal stupider than the upper management of Clear Channel Communications, the less-than-sharp radio megacorp that two weeks ago handed down a huge list of songs they felt listeners might find offensive--like the B...

    on October 11, 2001
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    Mommie Fiercest

    Illustration by Bob AulI was standing there in line at Sav-On with my hands full, thinking about dinner. That's when I heard that loud screaming. That child would not shut up. She screamed and cursed; I don't know how a four-year-old could know all ...

    by ANONYMOUS on October 11, 2001
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    It's Good to Be King George

    Illustration by Bob AulIt's a public-relations axiom: if you want to bury bad news, release it on a Friday evening for the almost universally unread Saturday edition. And so the state attorney general on Friday, Sept. 28, announced a $1.5 million se...

    by Matt Coker on October 11, 2001
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    Space Needle Points

    This week's featured game: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle Seahawks Jacksonville update: Things have quieted down considerably in Florida, where there's been nary a Cuban boy kidnapped or democracy usurped in months. The biggest news lately, besi...

    by Steve Lowery on October 11, 2001
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    United We Brand! - So a priest, an imam and a Buddhist guy make a long-distance phone call . . .

    I don't know about you, but I could have lived a long, long time without seeing AT&T Wireless' ad reminding us that it's good to be able to call your loved ones when you're about to perish in a flaming airliner. I was all set to go out Friday nigh...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 11, 2001
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    Jesus Christ on a Bike

    Patient: Extreme Days Profile: Ostensible action sports/Christian message movie that begins fresh but descends into formulaic love story with intermittent hi- to middling-jinks. Think Endless Summer meets Jackass meets Beach Blanket Bingo meets Da...

    by Steve Lowery on October 11, 2001
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    The Hunt for the Black Jetta - Two reporters, one car and a single afternoon in HB

    You hear some really stupid things in our office. The stupidest, by far, was when former music writer CJ Bahnsen insisted that TV's Captain Kangaroo was in fact Alice Cooper's father, but there have been a lot of other really stupid things asserted,...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on October 11, 2001
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    Fender-bender Fund-raiser - How Costa Mesa uses traffic accidents that dont exist to hand out tickets that do

    Photo by Will SwaimOne recent Tuesday night, while most of Costa Mesa slept, the City Council made a move to protect its citizens from a danger that does not exist. On Sept. 17, the council voted 5-0 to install video cameras at major intersections...

    by DOUG SCRIBNER on October 11, 2001
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    One Degree of Separation - Whether he knew it or not, Khalil Deek had close ties to bin Laden

    A U.S. citizen and former Orange County resident named Khalil Deek once shared a Pakistani bank account with Abu Zubaydah, a man suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and now believed to be i...

    by Nick Schou on October 11, 2001
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    Hot Water Has Navy in Really Hot Water - County reports say radioactive ground-water contamination at El Toro is worse than we all thought

    Photo by Myles RobinsonDocuments obtained by the Weekly show that county officials and the Navy are engaged in a quiet battle over an explosive discovery: radioactive ground water beneath the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. In January, two count...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on October 11, 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. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on October 11, 2001
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    God Bless America - How a Newport Beach power couple used right-wing politics to build an empire worth absolutely nothing

    He is a financial genius who manages "assets in the billions" for wealthy investors; earned a law degree at Harvard University; played baseball for the New York Yankees; flew Air Force One for President John F. Kennedy; and, as a colonel in the Air ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on October 11, 2001
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    Rage Against the Radio

    If you're looking for a little Rage Against the Machine to thrash out your frustrations with the current global situation, don't look to KIIS-FM or Star 98.7. Clear Channel Communications, the stations' corporate parent (which also owns KBIG, Mega 9...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on October 4, 2001
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    War!!! - But first a quick workout

    When the rest of the world gnashes its teeth over America's easy opulence, they're gnashing on SportsClub Irvine. After all, no one really lives like J.R. Ewing(aside from Georgeand Judie Argyros, and Chuckand Twyla Martin, and . . . okay, so lots o...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 4, 2001
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    Wake Me When the World Is Over

    Patient: Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Profile: Amateurish and horribly written, designed, directed and acted movie about the apocalypse that is nonetheless successful in that it makes the viewer yearn for the relative relief of having a hot pitchfork...

    by Steve Lowery on October 4, 2001
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    Smoking Astroturf

    Illustration by Bob AulThis week's featured NFL game: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Dallas update: We're really very fortunate to have a Texan as president. Who better to understand the crazed actions of a man who has attempted to limit th...

    by Steve Lowery on October 4, 2001
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    Bad Hair Day

    Illustration by Bob AulLos Angeles International Airport officials on Sept. 18 displayed for the media some of the 5,000 previously innocuous items they're confiscating from travelers these days. Mountains of tweezers, nail files and pencil sharpene...

    by Matt Coker on October 4, 2001
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    Belly Ache

    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. Toni...

    by ANONYMOUS on October 4, 2001
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