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    RODMAN REELED IN

    Thank God for the obsessively observant South Coast Plaza security detail and the eagle-eyed officers of the Costa Mesa Police Department, who joined forces to protect the public from that ceaseless scourge to society, Dennis Rodman. As the Worm lef...

    by Matt Coker on January 13, 2000
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    Juggling Christians

    Illustration by Bob AulIn banning the Gay/Straight Alliance Club at El Modena High School, the Orange Unified School District board unwittingly approved a Christian club and a club for jugglers--two groups that, upon reflection, are much more danger...

    by ANONYMOUS on January 13, 2000
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    A Sort of Apology - An open letter to our great-great-grandchildren on the occasion of the passing new year

    Illustration by Bob AulAt the end of the 19th century, American Edward Bellamy wrote Looking Backward, the novel that launched a thousand socialist clubs with its depiction of a well-ordered future in which adults go to college and kids work like sl...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 13, 2000
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    An F in Business - Once thought a model of financial wizardry, Brea Olinda High looks like a flop

    Photo by Keith MayIn November, OC Weekly published two stories detailing safety concerns surrounding the 10-year-old Brea Olinda High School. Though built atop a former oil field, the site was never tested for environmental toxicity. School-district...

    by Nick Schou on January 13, 2000
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    Clear As Mud - HB mayors investment in developer-backed bank gets murkier

    Photo by Jack GouldHuntington Beach Mayor DaveGarofalo's latest explanation of his investment in Pacific Liberty Bank is consistent in only one way--it is inconsistent with all the others he has given during the past two months. In a faxed respons...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 13, 2000
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    It Aint Over Till Its Over - Y2K nuts still waiting in joyful anticipation of the End Times

    Illustration by Bob AulCecil Adams once noted there are two kinds of silence: suspicious and embarrassed. As the world rumbles along in the wake of an almost disappointingly calm New Year's Eve, it's actually difficult to tell which variety Y2K doom...

    by WYN HILTY on January 13, 2000
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    Coxs Flaccid Report - Vaunted Chinese Spy Report Unravels

    Congressman Christopher Cox would have been delighted had he been inside the Barnes & Noble at the Irvine Spectrum one night last June. Days before, at a carefully staged Capitol Hill press conference, Cox had donned a black suit, solid red tie and ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 13, 2000
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    Letters

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    on January 13, 2000
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    Dear Commie Girl - Now with 40 percent more homespun wisdom!

    Dear Commie Girl, The people in the office (I'll call them "colleagues") call me "The Hammer," and it really makes me mad! Just because my last name ends in a vowel, they think they can give me a mob-sounding nickname and it won't hurt my feelings...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 13, 2000
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    PRESS RELEASES - Shit People Sent Us, 1999

    There really is a media conspiracy, one that involves us getting countless great tips we never tell you about. Those tips typically come in the form of press releases touting miracle cures, futuristic technologies and great deals. We shred most of t...

    on January 6, 2000
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    Bottom of the Mailbag

    BOTTOM OF THE MAILBAG There's correspondence we'd never consider printing in a thousand years . . . except for the last issue of the millennium. GOD STUFF Editor's note: The following submission included photocopies of a biography that noted the...

    on January 6, 2000
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    GATORS! - Re-creating the New South

    The California Alligator Farm sounds like an oxymoron, inasmuch as California has no alligators, no crocodiles--indeed, no large swimming reptiles of any sort. Our native forebears shot squirrels and ran with deer, gathered nuts and speared fish. Bu...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 6, 2000
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    WENCHES - Re-created Going Medieval on Yer Olde Ass

    You've got to feel sorry for Medieval Times in Buena Park. It used to be so one-of-a-kind, the only place you could go other than Lincoln Club meetings to smell horses, watch fake jousting and rip open baby hens with your bare mitts. Now there are M...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    QUIET ON THE SET PIECE - Re-creating Independence Hall

    "So this is the amazing facsimile of the cradle of American liberty," I say softly to myself, waiting to feel all tingly and reverential as I stand in the Declaration Chamber of the Independence Hall replica across the street from Knott's Berry Farm...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    ALL IS DUST - Re-created Ghost Town

    A cold wind blew in from the direction of the setting sun as the man rode up to the town's outskirts. After stopping his horse, the man pulled his worn duster closer to his body and set his Stetson lower on his head. Then he looked up at the sign st...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 6, 2000
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    DIVE! - Re-creating the Cold War

    Lurking in the Port of Long Beach, half-submerged in what's either the shadow of the Queen Mary or water permanently dirtied by the downside of the bustling harbor, is a stark reminder of the last chapter of the Cold War. You remember the Cold War...

    by Nick Schou on January 6, 2000
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    FRIEZE FRAME - Re-creating the Masters

    When people from outside Orange County find out that this is where you're from, they'll inevitably bring up the fact that Disneyland is all we've got going out here. They'll commonly observe that we were idiotic enough to name an airport after John ...

    by TODD MATHEWS on January 6, 2000
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    ORALE! - Re-creating Zoot-Suit culture

    When you walk into El Pachuco, you half expect Edward James Olmos to slide out from behind the racks of zoot suits. He would, of course, be decked out in a black oversized and extremely wide-shouldered coat hanging down to his knees covering a red d...

    by Matt Coker on January 6, 2000
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    KNIGHTS BRIDGE - Re-creating Tudor England

    Joe Huszti--music professor and early-modern music zealot--is on a rehearsal stage in UC Irvine's sprawling theater compound, driving his singers nuts over the pronunciation of a single word in a madrigal, a 500-year-old form in which a love poem is...

    by WILL SWAIM on January 6, 2000
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    ALIEN ABDUCTIONS - Re-creating parodies of parodies

    It's midnight on Saturday in Long Beach, and a string of young people--cloaked in black and caked with makeup--stretches along the sidewalk, unfurling from the Art Theater box office until it just about reaches the end of your patience. The Rocky H...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on January 6, 2000
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