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    The Future of the Beach

    Photo by Keith MayIf Gregory Benford is right about the future of OC's benighted yet still beautiful beaches, we've got more to worry about than high E. coli counts. Benford is a professor of physics at UC Irvine and a renowned science-fiction wri...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on June 1, 2000
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    Deck Hand on a Fishing Boat, Balboa

    Illustration by Bob AulI worked for Xerox for 33 years--I was a manager-- and when I retired in '97, I thought I'd like to work on a boat because I've enjoyed fishing from the time I was a kid and doing it with my dad. The first year, I was a fill-i...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    Illustration by Bob AulHey, you done with that bench, guy? I gotta work my deltoids. Keep pulling 'em. Bet you didn't think I was 40, right? But I am. The big four-oh. How old did you think I am? I get that all the time. I moved here from Florida th...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 1, 2000
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    Bikini Model

    Photo by John G. BlairI do most of my beach modeling at Crystal Cove. It's really beautiful and isolated. We'll typically wait until sunset --there's not much time left, but you want perfect color. I've done a few sunup shots at the part of the beac...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 1, 2000
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    Balboa Trailer Park Weekend Manager

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen you talk to the residents, you're not allowed to say "trailer." You have to say "mobile home" or "coach." That's just part of the protocol; they think it's Philistine to refer to them as trailers. The people here have a l...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    Man on the Street on the Beach

    Photos by Jeanne Rice Thanks to global warming, oceans will rise over the next several centuries, creating a new coastline inland. We tried to ask people if they had made any plans for this, but most of them were very mean, especially at the Clubhou...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 1, 2000
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    Summer-Rama! - 39 of the best things about the next 104 days

    Photo by Keith Mayby CJ Bahnsen, Eric Greenwell, Victor D. Infante, Steve Lowery, Arrissia Owen, Anthony Pignataro, Rebecca Schoenkopf, Will Swaim, Ken Widmann and Dave Wielenga BEST CHEAP VIEW Yeah, Las Brisas is nice, and the view can't be beat. T...

    on June 1, 2000
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    Endless Bummer

    Photo by Myles RobinsonScott Morlan has no problem getting students to enroll in his class. He teaches Surfing 101 at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach. "They have a blast," he said of his 30 or so beginning-surfing students. "While 2,00...

    by Matt Coker on June 1, 2000
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    Kids Write the Darnedest Things

    This city is called Newport Beach. BEACH! Doesn't that sound like the name of a place where surfers would live, where all the citizens in this city would love and be conscious of the ocean? Personally, I was raised by two generations of beachgoers...

    on June 1, 2000
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    on June 1, 2000
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    Working for Beans - Demo at Diedrich Coffee is no Battle in Seattle

    Photo by Keith May"Is this where we're supposed to be?" The protester looked confused. Twenty minutes late, she had just arrived at Diedrich Coffee on 17th Street in Costa Mesa and wasn't sure where she was supposed to be. Her confusion was justifia...

    by Nick Schou on June 1, 2000
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    Political Practices Omission - State agency blows investigation into HB scandal

    Photo by Jack Gould"The Mission of the FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION is to promote the integrity of representative state and local government in California through fair, impartial interpretation and enforcement of political campaign, lobbying,...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 1, 2000
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    Union Maid - Apathy is sooo 1990s

    Photo by Jeanne RiceRay Cordova is Central Casting for a backroom pol. He's old and kind of crinkly, and he's got a mouth as foul as Lyndon Johnson's. We're pretty sure he dyes his hair, and he calls legs "pins," at least when they're on a woman. Th...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 25, 2000
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    Notes From E3 - A day with the booth babes at the Electronic Entertainment Expo

    Illustration by Bob AulLA Convention Center Thursday, May 11 9:30 a.m. Waiting patiently with a herd to get onto the expo floor. Rumor has it 50,000 journalists and computer pros are expected at the expo this year, to gaze in awe and occasional c...

    by WYN HILTY on May 25, 2000
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    Feel the Gastro-Ambient Love!

    The long-awaited--dare we say hotly anticipated?--third installment of Daniel Bremmer and DJ Chowderhead's immersive Shamballa dinner parties, an orgy of live ambient/tribal/trance/drone/psychedelic/what-have-you grooves (plus tons of whup-ass India...

    on May 25, 2000
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    Coin Return

    May 2. Last week, we saw a Costa Mesa couple attempt to "recover" a set of $3,500 gold wheels they said were missing from their impounded 1988 Chrysler LeBaron. This week, the stakes have risen. Our story begins this way: a resident left his 1990 Me...

    by KEN WIDMANN on May 25, 2000
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    No-Show Perot

    Illustration by Bob AulIf Pat Buchanan wins the Reform Party's nomination, billionaire cartoon character H. Ross Perot will apparently ditch the party convention Aug. 10-13 in Long Beach, according to a May 10 CNN report. And that makes us very sad....

    by Matt Coker on May 25, 2000
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    LA Hex - El Toro Airport Watch No. 140

    The county's El Toro office is once again up and running. The army of planners, lobbyists, consultants and attorneys is back, uneasily pretending that a judge's recent ruling that Measure F's spending caps are "vague" means the plan to build a massi...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 25, 2000
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    Russians, Rockets and the Santa Ana River - A closed weapons plant in the Chino Hills may be leaking hazardous chemicals into the Santa Ana River

    Photo by Heather SwaimFred Sharp thought it was funny the time his son brought home 20 rounds of machine-gun ammo he had found in his Chino Hills neighborhood. But Sharp, a Vietnam vet and bomb expert, was less amused on March 14, 1999, when a neigh...

    by MICHAEL COLLINS on May 25, 2000
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    Dis-Union - Orange Unified union boss John Rossmans weird little war

    Photo by Joy BastIt's no surprise that John Rossmann hates the Orange Unified school board. As head of the district's teachers union, Rossmann has watched a school board that is the pedagogical equivalent of a hand grenade with the pin removed. Arch...

    by TIM MELTREGER on May 25, 2000
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