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    Lawnbot - It mows the lawn while you read a book

    I once knew an Italian man who, while sojourning in Minnesota as a college professor, would stand and stare out of his front window on Saturday mornings at the throngs of men working on their lawns. "Every weekend, they cut the grass!" he'd exclaim,...

    by JUDITH LEWIS on July 13, 2000
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    Bush 2000 Shocker! - Candidate mum as his old mans foundation hassles OC patron saint

    Photo by AP/Wide WorldYou've heard about his wild past, his Quayle-like verbal gaffes, his obvious disregard for world affairs and yet--at the risk of hyperbole--what is surely the most damning controversy ever to rock George W. Bush's presidential ...

    by Matt Coker on July 13, 2000
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    Were Being Stonewalled - OC grand jury says Surf City officials stand in the way of toxic cleanup

    Photo by Johan VogelHuntington Beach's infamous toxic dumpsite may not be California's biggest, but it's one of the most dangerous. The Ascon-Nesi hazardous-waste dump includes three 25-foot-deep oil lagoons (only partially covered) and a styrene ...

    by Nick Schou on July 13, 2000
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    Blow Hard

    Big scare in the state Capitol last week. Before the state budget was sent to the governor on June 21, negotiations between Assembly Democrats and Republicans ground to a screeching halt when all the hot air leaked out of Minority Leader Scott "Slim...

    by Matt Coker on July 6, 2000
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    Health Care Costs Still Rising

    JUNE 15. A 76-year-old man was working at a bank when he had to be rushed to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach for an emergency angioplasty. He had no relatives with him and a lot of money and valuables on his person. Unsure how best to secure them, he...

    by KEN WIDMANN on July 6, 2000
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    Mismanager

    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. Hey...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 6, 2000
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    CAC and Bull - El Toro Airport Watch No. 142

    for the past four months, I've watched the slow disintegration of the El Toro Airport Citizens Advisory Commission (CAC). Created in 1994 by the sham international airport-mandating Measure A, CAC's purpose (as described in the 1998 El Toro planning...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 6, 2000
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    Trivial Pursuit - Online journal makes the irrelevant relevant

    Most of us don't have to worry about sleeping with our husband's sister, talking our daughter out of becoming a child prostitute, or confessing to our lover that we secretly have sex with goats. But if you took your cue from godawful freak shows lik...

    by WYN HILTY on July 6, 2000
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    That 70's Blow! - Washburn lost on coke

    Illustration by Bob AulThis may come as a surprise to my many friends who have heard me inveigh against cocaine for years; who've heard me echo Bob Marley in calling it "the Devil's Dandruff," or deride it as "instant asshole" and "powdered Don Henl...

    by JIM WASHBURN on July 6, 2000
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    Letters

    Contact us via phone (714-825-8432), e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com) regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax: (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must i...

    on July 6, 2000
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    Fight Night! - Chicks, violence, implants and fists of fury!

    So there we all are in good seats at the Pond for June 22's Daniel's Furniture Fight Night, and the pudgy, bloated, unhaired man in front of us keeps booming out, every minute or so, "C'mon, Seabass!" I inquire, and he offers that it's something out...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 6, 2000
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    Back to Business - OCs Tom Umberg leaves the White House for the Big Bucks

    When he lost the 1996 presidential race to Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole flew back to Kansas to take a high-paying job with agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland--for whom he promptly began lobbying his former colleagues on the Hill. When he left the g...

    by Nick Schou on July 6, 2000
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    Uncle Sham - A Yankee Doodle guide to mayoral mischief in Huntington Beach!

    Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo seems surprised to discover he's in deep trouble. If so, he's one of the last to know. Accounts of his crass audacity have been bouncing around Huntington Beach almost since the moment he showed up in town 30 y...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 6, 2000
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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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    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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    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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