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    One Year, Two Summers - Real life in Southern California

    In the summer of 1970, Washington, D.C., turned ugly. Ugly not because of the war in Vietnam, or political scandal, or urban riots. Ugly because it was hot--101 degrees perspiration-gathering-on-the-tip-of-your-nose and in-the-small-of-your-back hot...

    by NATHAN CALLAHAN on June 8, 2000
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    Run for the Border

    May 13. A 31-year-old Ditech employee summoned police to his cubicle at 3200 Park Center Dr., Costa Mesa, to investigate the theft of $7,800 and a ticket for a Mexican cruise. The story began at noon four days earlier when the victim received an env...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 8, 2000
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    Thank You, Teacher

    Illustration by Bob AulYou relentlessly pursued me until I succumbed to your advances. My weakness cost me my wife, my children, 70 percent of my income and most of my earthly possessions. Living on the other 30 percent, you pumped me dry until you ...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 8, 2000
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    Runaway Runways - El Toro Airport Watch No. 141

    El Toro Airport planning is such a damned mess that you might reasonably expect jumpers to appear at the upper windows of the County Hall of Administration. Instead, what you hear falling with a feculent thud are the myriad proposals for a new and i...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 8, 2000
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    Scrubbing Bubbles

    Illustration by Bob AulLike Mexico City bellhops, Southern California Water Co. officials on May 22 warned residents of at least 700 homes in Stanton and Cypress: "don't drink the water." Firefighters accidentally released foam retardant into the tw...

    by Matt Coker on June 8, 2000
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    Show of Farce - Despite trashing books, Vietnamese literature is readily available in Little Saigon

    Photo by Johan VogelWith great fanfare, Kevin Khoa Nguyen on April 29 tried to pull off a Little Saigon boycott of "all propaganda materials" from Vietnam. In his designer sunglasses and white turtleneck, the lanky, 26-year-old USC graduate stood on...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on June 8, 2000
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    The Garofalo Blackout - Why hasn't the Times picked up its own reporters' stories on HB scandal?

    During the past nine months, a serious corruption scandal has been playing out near the shores of Surf City. Detailed allegations of conflicts of interest, cronyism, secret financial transactions and highly questionable deals between businessmen and...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 8, 2000
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    In Search of... Skatejam2000

    IN SEARCH OF . . . SKATEJAM2000 Ryan the planner/publicist has been answering your questions about SkateJam2000--alloneword--for barely five minutes before he begins to dwindle into the kind of halfhearted responses that unmistakably suggest he'd l...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 8, 2000
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    Not the Good Soldier - Ex-OC politico wants to sell you lorettasanchez.com

    Photo by Jeanne RiceWould you pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of owning loretta sanchez.com? Dallas resident Chris Chapman seems to think someone will. The native Texan, who used to work for Assemblyman Jim Morrissey (R-Santa Ana), has re...

    by WYN HILTY on June 8, 2000
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    Welcome to the Monkey Pit - Pulled out fo gloom on pulleys of Chris Gaffney's invention

    Perhaps you think that it is all gaiety and horseplay here at Washburn Central, that it is only because life is one big lark to me that I am so able to heap humorous shitloads of disdain upon the unworthy. It is an easy thing to triumph in the summe...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 8, 2000
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    Now Open for Business - Because of a flawed deed, the countys Talbert nature preserve is available for development

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBy the time you read this, the county's Harbors, Beaches and Parks (HBP) Commission will have met on June 1 to draft a response to the Weekly's recent revelation that one-third of the county's 27,000 acres of parkland lack any de...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 8, 2000
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    Heal the SUV - Ford's partnership with Heal the Bay not as weird as it sounds

    There were no huge Ford Motors banners flapping at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro when Heal the Bay issued its 10th annual "Beach Report Card" on May 24. Indeed, in the glare from sun on sand, you had to squint to see the only sign of the nation's No. ...

    by Matt Coker on June 8, 2000
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    What the Hell Happened? - Inside the collapse of the Mossimo empire

    If you and your dirtbag friends could have scraped together a couple of hundred bucks last week, you could have owned Mossimo Inc. Well, not owned, perhaps, but at 50 cents per share--15 cents less than an Almond Joy at your local AM/PM minimart--yo...

    by Steve Lowery on June 8, 2000
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    on June 8, 2000
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    Parking-Enforcement Officer, Huntington Beach

    Illustration by Bob AulI hear so many excuses every day that it's like breathing air. The most common is "I was just getting change." Or "I was going to pay it," or "The meter's broke." I guess the funniest are when they leave a note on their cars s...

    by Steve Lowery on June 1, 2000
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    Photo by Jack GouldWe get a lot of letters here at Commie Girl headquarters. Many of them tell us how wonderful we are. Many of them do not. But we were happy to get this one last week because above all, we want to be here for you, our beloved reade...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 1, 2000
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    The Eternal Verities - Its summer, and watching the Angels will cost you $118

    "Summer Means Fun," sang the surf-vocal duo Bruce and Terry back when summer was nothing but pure, unadulterated summer. But the somewhat savvier surf-vocal duo Jan and Dean was singing, "When summer comes, gonna hustle you." Summer does mean fun;...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 1, 2000
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    Rage Against the Machine's Machine

    How do hip-hop-metal-shredding political activists Rage Against the Machine pick their causes from among the cornucopia of benighted peoples, wrongly imprisoned innocents and endangered wildernesses? It turns out the band has a political adviser--a ...

    on June 1, 2000
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    If You Believe They Put Mine on the Moon

    Illustration by Bob AulThe U.S. in the late 1950s considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the moon to prove our military and technological might to the Soviets, a physicist involved in the project revealed in a May 16 New York Times interview. Ivan ...

    by Matt Coker on June 1, 2000
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    Mission: Possible

    May 2. The store manager of Lady Foot Locker at South Coast Plaza had noticed large amounts of merchandise mysteriously missing from inventory since November of last year. In total, 1,045 items of clothing were unaccounted for. The disappearances we...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 1, 2000
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