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    Notes from the Banana Republic of Santa Ana

    Photo by Jack GouldIn a 1995 interview, Rosemarie Avila told a Los Angeles Times reporter, "If you don't teach people freedom and limited government, you've lost your country and what people came here for." Seems about right for Avila. Now preside...

    by GUSTAVO ARELLANO on August 7, 2003
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    Track Record - A CenterLine contractors resume includes Bostons notorius big dig

    Last month, less than a week after Irvine voters killed a county plan to run light rail through their city, county transportation officials okayed $9.6 million for "preliminary engineering" on a project now just 8 miles long. Most of that money will...

    by JULIAN SMITH-NEWMAN on August 7, 2003
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    Total Recall - Darrell Issa is proud to be dumb

    From the criminally incompetent to the plain criminal, the GOP has it all in the October recall election. Let's start with the incompetent. Two of the Republicans' unburied corpses--embarrassing failure Bill Simon (who lost to Gray Davis just a fe...

    by PAUL BRENNAN on August 7, 2003
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    Plumb Mixed Up! - Running with Mary Reilly, big Mike and the gay marine

    Photo by James BunoanWell, that'll teach me. The longtime reader, and nuttier fan, will remember the poaching perpetrated by Alison M. Rosen, writing as Fascist Pal, when I was lying in a hospital bed--near death!--some years ago. There I lay, hooke...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 31, 2003
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    Diary of a Mad County

    MONDAY, July 14 Apparently George W. Bush isn't the only person not checking what he's saying these days. After a second person is found to have been injured on a ride at the Orange County Fair, fair general manager Becky Bailey-Findley explains she...

    by Steve Lowery on July 31, 2003
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    Sign Language

    Illustration by Bob AulBeautiful summer day and you pass me on the right. Your huge, tattered American flag flaps in the wind from the back of your jeep. At the stop, I look at your flag decals, and read your bumper stickers until I am stopped by th...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 31, 2003
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    He Really Is Like Mike - Kobe and adultery

    Since he broke into the NBA as an 18-year-old high school phenom in 1996, Kobe Bryant has continually found himself compared to Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever. As a result, whenever Bryant reaches a milestone in his car...

    by Matt Coker on July 31, 2003
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    How to Stuff a Lettuce Bikini - To the Costa Mesa thugs who used to beat up Dan Mathews: The fat gay punk kid grew up to save lives and jet set with Pam Anderson. Howzabout you?

    Illustration by James McHugh'GETTING ARRESTED IS FUN' This is a story about Dan Mathews of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and since it involves PETA we're obligated to begin with a tale of animal abuse, so here is how the animal abus...

    by Steve Lowery on July 31, 2003
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    Letters

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. Email 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. GUSTAVOPALOOZA From observation and from testimonies of Vietn...

    on July 31, 2003
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    Bored Competition - The ocean stinks, but surfers are too busy to help clean it up

    When former world surfing champ Shaun Tompson surfed the world, he had no worries about the water. Now that he works and surfs full-time in Southern California, Tompson gets a hepatitis vaccination every year. "Pollution was very seldom an issue w...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 31, 2003
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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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