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    Y2K Bug is Back- and This Time It's Pissed - The year it didn't all end

    Illustration by Bob AulI don't know whether you noticed, but the dreaded Y2K came and went without a hitch, despite many and myriad predictions of doom. When midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, rolled around and computers worldwide failed to explode, said doo...

    by WYN HILTY on January 4, 2001
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    The Manchurian Supervisor - The year in airport politics

    Photo by Jack GouldLate last month, Orange County Supervisor Tom Wilson made what he may have thought was a dramatic announcement. The Fifth District representative told a Leisure World community-association audience that he plans to seek re-electio...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 4, 2001
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    The Final Solution - The year nature took its course

    Photo by Joy BastLife is back in balance at Leisure World in Seal Beach, which is to say that death is, too. "Nature is taking care of things," a spokeswoman says in an eerily well-practiced bedside manner, reciting what might as well be the motto...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 4, 2001
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    Hey, You Cant Park There! - The year in not-so-open space

    Photo by Jack GouldAs the sun begins to go down and the sky turns pink over my head, I stop climbing the narrow trail halfway up Puma Ridge, past the sign warning that hikers are entering "Mountain Lion Country." I turn. Balancing my feet between th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 4, 2001
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    Diary of a Mad Coffeehouse - The year in soulful scribbles

    A coffeehouse journal is something like Wim Wenders' 1988 movie Wings of Desire (three and a half stars, says Leonard Maltin) in which Eurotrash angels with fashionable haircuts and Gucci overcoats hang around Berlin statuary, eavesdropping, spying ...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 4, 2001
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    The Year in Letters

    What follows is our annual roundup of letters we run only at the end of the year. HOW TO HIT HIGH NOTES I recently attended First Congregational Church's stirring rendition of Messiah. As the heroic, Wagner-like, Hallelujah chorus proclaimed, "H...

    on January 4, 2001
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    The Year in Rebuke

    Photos by Jack Gould (left) and AP Wide WorldLooking back on the year just ending, the spookiest thing--eerier even than the Supreme Court playing Junta for a Day with the election--is how much President-elect George DUI Bush looks like Elian Gonza...

    by JIM WASHBURN on January 4, 2001
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    Shit People Sent Us

    Earlier this year, we received a press release. It was blank. And so were our expressions. Fine items like that don't make it into the listings (obviously) or even the circular file. We save them for our amusement and, subsequently, yours (if ther...

    by ANNA BARR on January 4, 2001
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    Year in Review

    January NO NEWS IS, UH, NEWS? The millennium came and went at 12 a.m. on Jan. 1. Near as we can tell, we're still here. So is San Antonio, Texas-based, global telecommunications giant SBC Communications, which felt obliged to press release us on J...

    by Matt Coker on January 4, 2001
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    Black Out - How the Reg helped screw up Californias power industry

    Photo by Mike McGillNormally staid John E. Bryson, chairman and CEO of Edison International and Southern California Edison, was unmistakably jovial when Republican Governor Pete Wilson approved California's controversial multibillion-dollar electric...

    by R. Scott Moxley on December 28, 2000
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    World Traveler

    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. Rem...

    by ANONYMOUS on December 28, 2000
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    Holy War

    Photo by Keith May On Dec. 13, the Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Anaheim-based Traditional Values Coalition urged all Americans to condemn the Reverend Jesse Jackson's "irresponsible" vow to take to the streets over irregularities concerning the Afric...

    by Matt Coker on December 28, 2000
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    Living in the USA - Booker on Bosnia, Washburn on Kmart

    Photo courtesy of Patty BookerI'm so glad to be living in the USA. Anything you want, they got it right here in the USA. --Chuck Berry It's true, you know. Just the other night I was in a Big Kmart, or whatever they call their particularly bloat...

    by JIM WASHBURN on December 28, 2000
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    Drinkin for Jesus - And thanks for not hurling on the Indiana Jones Adventure!

    Photo by Jack GouldJoy! Frivolity! Goodwill to men and women! Open bottles of Malibu rum being passed lip to lip like it's the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's, minus Mickey Rooney's disgraceful turn as Mr. Yunioshi! Should I ever need to take ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 28, 2000
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    Toys from Hell - In China, Santas elves labor in a Dickensian workhouse

    Walk the aisles of any toy store and try to locate a toy that was not made in China. Not gonna happen. All the major companies--Hasbro, Mattel, even Disney --moved their manufacturing plants to Asia years ago. The reason: cheap labor. According ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 28, 2000
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    In the Name of the Father - Growing up Wiley Drake Jr.

    Photo by Jack GouldFirst Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park. Wednesday night youth Bible study. Eleven kids, just like those you'd see loitering at your finest Orange County shopping malls, sit on sofas and chairs formed into a semicircle in the ...

    by Matt Coker on December 28, 2000
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    This Months Gratuitous No Doubt Items

    Does Rolling Stone hate Gwen Stefani? Seriously, how else can you explain that horrific full-page photo of her in the magazine's Dec. 14-21 People of the Year issue? That Tammy Faye Bakker mascara! Those bushy, bushy lashes! The abusive lipstick! Th...

    on December 28, 2000
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    The South Has Rose Again! - This weeks featured NFL game: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans

    Dallas update: Woo! He won! Yeah! He won! Woo! He's an idiot! Woo! He thinks Frankenstein is a country! Woo! He believes Greece was better as a play! Yeeeah! He's pro-life and yet ordered more deaths than Charles Manson, Hillary Clinton and Count Dr...

    by Steve Lowery on December 28, 2000
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    Letters

    Contact us via fax (714-708-8410), e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com) or regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must include your home city ...

    on December 28, 2000
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    Duck, Supe - Feds hand Supervisor Chuck Smith his head in discussion of El Toro Airport

    Photo by Jack GouldDespite recent promises of a smaller, "friendlier" airport, county officials secretly continue to plan for a monster international airport at El Toro. In a Nov. 29 meeting at the White House, county Supervisor Chuck Smith told f...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 28, 2000
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