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    Live Fast, Die Young - The rise and hard fall of rockabilly barber Jake Bricks

    Photo by Marry Bricks KingmanFor five years in the 1990s, Chicano and rockabilly greasers from near and far made the pilgrimage to Jake Bricks' tiny barbershop in Orange. On May 12, Bricks took a bullet to the head. Police are calling it suicide. ...

    by FRANK SEDDIGH on July 6, 2000
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    A Good Gelding - What the world needs now

    Photo by Jack GouldWhen I was 17 and the coolest chick in continuation school (that's right; I was a bad mother), all us little hoods used to cram into the girls' room during passing period and hand around five or six cigarettes, the better to get t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 29, 2000
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    Flaming the Fans - Buffy-lovers fight Fox

    Buffy Summers may know how to slay vampires, demons and other creatures of the night with style, panache and an impeccable wardrobe, but she's never faced adversaries like this before: armies of lawyers, cease-and-desist letters, and cowardly ISPs. ...

    by WYN HILTY on June 29, 2000
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    Daddy Dearest - Raising kids can be murder

    Another Father's Day has come and gone, and if you're a dad like me, this year, the day was bittersweet. Bittersweet because of the national plague of violence that so often involves children and guns. Any father hearing about such tragic events ins...

    by Steve Lowery on June 29, 2000
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    Such a Deal!

    Send anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations--changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent--to "Hey, You!" c/o OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247, or e-mail us at letters@ocweekly.com. Shoppers at the soon-to-be...

    on June 29, 2000
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    Santa Animal - City officials say horror stories may put an end to flawed animal-control problem

    Photo by Keith MaySanta Ana officials may kill their contract with the city's animal shelter, following a tour of the facility that confirmed a catalogue of public complaints --including untreated sick and injured animals and an adoption program so ...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on June 29, 2000
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    Get soft on Crime - National group lauds OCs youth-crime prevention program

    In a rare pairing, California's bleeding-heart San Francisco and shoot-first Orange County were cited by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) last week for deploying programs, not prisons, to cut juvenile crime. The Washington, D.C.-based AYPF i...

    by MIKE MALES on June 29, 2000
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    Exit Strategy - Ensuring Mittermeiers lips are sealed as she leaves CEO post

    Photo by Jack GouldIn a county government in which bizarre is often the norm, the ongoing crisis over county executive officer Jan Mittermeier may be the most peculiar and instructive. For three months, Mittermeier--the county's iron-fisted top bure...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 29, 2000
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    The Shock is Off - Up in Smoke asks and answers: What happens to rap when its hard edge is draped with a little glitz?

    Gangsta rap arrived a decade or so ago looking pretty much like cultural apocalypse, the stuff of presidential-campaign ranting, multimillion-dollar corporate restructuring and First Amendment reassessment. It has turned out to be just good, old-fas...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 29, 2000
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    Letters

    ONCE UPON A TIME Re: "California Misadventure," June 9: This Jim Hill guy gets around! He's been in meetings between Walt Disney and Jack Wrather, obviously, since he knew that "Disney was near tears." He must have direct knowledge of conversation...

    on June 29, 2000
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    Napster Up Your Asster

    The LowBallAss Chatter crew is hereby declaring itself sick! sick! sick! of Napster! Or, rather, all the pro- and anti-Napster smack-chat being hurled back and forth. Napster has become so ubiquitous it's like the new Elian:Napster on the cover of N...

    on June 29, 2000
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    Mothers of Prevention

    Illustration by Bob AulThings may not be going great for Al Gore. He's getting a Texas whuppin' from George Dubya Bush in the polls. Disenfranchised Lefties are ready to sacrifice Gore at the Eugene V. Debs/Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Political Alta...

    by Matt Coker on June 29, 2000
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    Smoky and the Bare

    June 10. At 12:30 a.m., Officer Hughes was clearing a loud party at 4812 Seashore Lane in Newport Beach. After the revelers were dispersed, the chief partier and resident hailed the officer, claiming that someone had stolen his smoke machine. Appare...

    by KEN WIDMANN on June 29, 2000
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    Bookstore Clerk

    Illustration by Bob AulI wanted to work in a bookstore because I figured it would be better than any other retail job. I thought the clientele would be more upscale--no teenybopper crowd. I was wrong. But I like the people I work with, and I like my...

    on June 22, 2000
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    Fish Outta Water

    We came across a cable-television commercial on June 9 for the product of the new millennium: Bobby Big Mouth. Bobby looks like a real bass that's been mounted on wood, but flip a hidden switch and he'll face passersby and unload wisecracks, sing "S...

    by Matt Coker on June 22, 2000
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    Too Much Business

    Illustration by Bob AulYou don't know me, but I live in the apartment building next door to yours. We all like to think that what goes on in the privacy of our own homes is our own business, but that isn't always the case. When noises coming from yo...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 22, 2000
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    Who's Gay In History? - Pretty much everybody

    Illustration by Bob AulNot very long ago, I spent a very long time in a supermarket checkout line and spotted a National Examiner with the screaming headline "WHO'S GAY . . . and Who's Not" alongside a photo of Ricky Martin looking like he was extre...

    by JIM WASHBURN on June 22, 2000
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    Jazz Hands, Everyone! - If Ray Cordovas hair were like Henry Rollins neckand could talk!

    Photo by Jack GouldRoots crooner Jimmy Intveld (a) looks like the Prince of Darkness and (b) has a high-speed connection straight to his ear --if, like some of my screechier Bible-thumpin' friends, you believe that New Age chakra-gazing, Tarot-readi...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 22, 2000
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    Joey vs. the Man - Wetlands activist says hes target of harassment

    Photo by Keith May"Them," according to the part-time blues musician/environmental activist, refers to the pro-development businessmen, city officials and state politicians who always seem to get their way in Huntington Beach. "Them," Racano says, ar...

    by Matt Coker on June 22, 2000
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    Swamp Land in Orange - How officials okayed a plan to turn flood land into hot real estate

    Photo by Keith MayIn January 1995, county officials were one month into the hair-pulling, record-breaking financial chaos of the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy. When they weren't checking the lobby couches for loose change, officials in the county's ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 22, 2000
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