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    on January 13, 2000
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    Dear Commie Girl - Now with 40 percent more homespun wisdom!

    Dear Commie Girl, The people in the office (I'll call them "colleagues") call me "The Hammer," and it really makes me mad! Just because my last name ends in a vowel, they think they can give me a mob-sounding nickname and it won't hurt my feelings...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2000
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    A Sort of Apology - An open letter to our great-great-grandchildren on the occasion of the passing new year

    Illustration by Bob AulAt the end of the 19th century, American Edward Bellamy wrote Looking Backward, the novel that launched a thousand socialist clubs with its depiction of a well-ordered future in which adults go to college and kids work like sl...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 13, 2000
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    An F in Business - Once thought a model of financial wizardry, Brea Olinda High looks like a flop

    Photo by Keith MayIn November, OC Weekly published two stories detailing safety concerns surrounding the 10-year-old Brea Olinda High School. Though built atop a former oil field, the site was never tested for environmental toxicity. School-district...

    by Nick Schou on January 13, 2000
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    Clear As Mud - HB mayors investment in developer-backed bank gets murkier

    Photo by Jack GouldHuntington Beach Mayor DaveGarofalo's latest explanation of his investment in Pacific Liberty Bank is consistent in only one way--it is inconsistent with all the others he has given during the past two months. In a faxed respons...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 13, 2000
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    Coxs Flaccid Report - Vaunted Chinese Spy Report Unravels

    Congressman Christopher Cox would have been delighted had he been inside the Barnes & Noble at the Irvine Spectrum one night last June. Days before, at a carefully staged Capitol Hill press conference, Cox had donned a black suit, solid red tie and ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2000
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    CITRUS GROOVE - Re-creating Old Orange County

    You pay for a couple of hours of parking in the farthest-flung lot at Irvine Valley College. That's probably a little more time than you'll need, but you've never done this before, and you can't be sure how long it's going to take. Anyway, it costs ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    RE-CREATED HOMESPUN, SALT-OF-THE-EARTH WISDOM - a.k.a. ''The World According to The Orange County Registers Letters to the Editor''*

    "From the beginning of man's creation, the male has been the breadwinner, and for many centuries, that's the way it has successfully remained until some overbearing woman got the notion that she and all her 'sisters' should have all the 'goodies' th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2000
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    The World According to Walt

    Photos by Jack GouldCHAPTER 1: MAIN STREET USA Walt Disney created Abraham Lincoln for the 1964 World's Fair, and not a minute too soon, as Lincoln was badly needed more than 100 years earlier. America was on a collision course with a bloody civil...

    on January 6, 2000
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    MAN OF THE MILLENNIUM - Robert K. Dornan

    Photo by Jack GouldA Clockwork Orange--the Weekly's weekly week in review--routinely skewers local muckity mucks. That makes that precious editorial space the closest thing this esteemed publication has got to a historical record of the top newsmake...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    CINEMA NON-VERITE - Re-creating Re-creations

    Photo by Keith MayLaurel and Hardy, whose likenesses were the first to be committed to beeswax at this gussied-up Buena Park warehouse, were fresh memories when Movieland Wax Museum opened on May 3, 1962. Stan Laurel, the skinny one, was still alive...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    FORGETTING - Re-created Rain Forests

    At South Coast Plaza's Rainforest Caf, past the pretend rain pouring from pitted pipes along the restaurant's perimeter and past the pretend mist that pumps up from pretend rock formations hemming in the customers, a more-green-than-green plastic f...

    by CORNEL BONCA on January 6, 2000
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    THE MISSION - Re-created Miracles

    More than 25 years later, I can finally reveal my role in a Nixon-era scandal worthy of the White House itself. I was 13, an eighth-grader at the Old Mission School in San Juan Capistrano. A good kid, a great student, hoping to be a priest, I was en...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 6, 2000
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    FIRST TOURIST - Re-creating Danas travels

    Photo by Keith MayOrange County's first travel-industry ombudsman, Richard Henry Dana Jr., won a place in local history for his 1840 novel Two Years Before the Mast. The book is widely acclaimed for its firsthand and quite candid depictions of a sai...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2000
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    GODS BIG INNING - Re-creating Creation

    In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the Earth, the Earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. As everyone know...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 6, 2000
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    Its the End of the Year the Decade the Millennium Issue

    in which we embark on a mission of exhaustive anthropological research, dedicated to excavating and translating the essence of the human race's varied yet collective experience during the past 1,000 years. Whew! In another setting, this assignme...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    ANTI-RED BUTTONS - Everybody Knows that Richard

    Everybody knows that Richard Milhous Nixon, the only United States president born in Orange County, spent the 20 years between leaving office in 1974 and his death in 1994 totally re-creating himself. Not so many people realize that the second comin...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    PRESS RELEASES - Shit People Sent Us, 1999

    There really is a media conspiracy, one that involves us getting countless great tips we never tell you about. Those tips typically come in the form of press releases touting miracle cures, futuristic technologies and great deals. We shred most of t...

    on January 6, 2000
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    Bottom of the Mailbag

    BOTTOM OF THE MAILBAG There's correspondence we'd never consider printing in a thousand years . . . except for the last issue of the millennium. GOD STUFF Editor's note: The following submission included photocopies of a biography that noted the...

    on January 6, 2000
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    GATORS! - Re-creating the New South

    The California Alligator Farm sounds like an oxymoron, inasmuch as California has no alligators, no crocodiles--indeed, no large swimming reptiles of any sort. Our native forebears shot squirrels and ran with deer, gathered nuts and speared fish. Bu...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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