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    Stupid Proposal - Irvine think tank ready to create a market in stupidity

    Governor Gray Davis recently proposed that every public high school senior who finishes in the top 4 percent of his or her high school class would gain automatic admission into the prestigious University of California system. The measure is expected...

    by Steve Lowery on March 25, 1999
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    Pilot Error, The Sequel - If paper didn't screw up, why were letters to the editor altered?

    In the course of teaching journalism at UC Irvine during the past several years, Bill Lobdell has answered dozens of student questions about newspaper ethics. But these days, the editor of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot is not answering a ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 25, 1999
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    Apple Bonging - OC's 'War on Drugs': Joke or tragedy?

    The third LA Times- and UC Irvine-sponsored community forum on March 10 was livened by the audience's boisterous challenges to panelists whose pronouncements on Orange County's War on Drugs wandered from weirdly baffling to patently idiotic. Decla...

    by MIKE MALES on March 25, 1999
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    It's a Gas, Gas, Gas - City yard petroleum leak spurs finger pointing

    A few years ago, Costa Mesa officials installed a sophisticated system to detect underground fuel leaks at the city's corporate yard. But in December 1996, a technician discovered that someone had rewired the alarm system, allowing 22,000 gallons of...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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    Letters

    Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor,OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All corresponde...

    on March 18, 1999
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    Saying 'Yes' to the Universe - But 'no' to 'depth!'

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Right Reverend Richard, who e-mailed me a nice long letter this week, intimating, among other things, that I am a "slutty, self-absorbed, vacuous cupcake bouncing from club to club in the eternal que...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 18, 1999
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    Sequelitis Hits Gaming! - Are megamergers healthy for the industry?

    When the computer-game industry was young, just about anyone could sit down at a computer and pound out a game. Development costs were low; barriers to entry were few. Take the original Zork, a text-based game that came out in 1979, created as a lar...

    by WYN HILTY on March 18, 1999
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    The Big Chill

    On Feb. 16, Corona del Mar resident Chris Stearns bought a Swanson's chicken dinner from his neighborhood Albertson's on Pacific Coast Highway. That night, while attempting to open the package, Stearns realized the dinner had already expired-more th...

    on March 18, 1999
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    Pilot Error? - Race-baiting in Newport

    Considering that Ferraris may outnumber blacks in Newport Beach, it's odd that Orange County's ritziest city can't avoid racist run-ins for very long. A few years back, the city's cops were accused of harassing black motorists. One allegation: polic...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 18, 1999
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    Something's Stinky - El Toro Airport Watch No. 97

    During the march 2 rush hour, the Thomas F. Riley Terminal at John Wayne Airport (JWA) was dead. There were a lot of cars in the main parking lot, but finding a spot was no problem. There was no one in line at any of the carriers' ticketing desks. T...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 18, 1999
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    In the Shadow of the Mouse

    Legend has it that after Disneyland's gates closed for the night, Walt Disney sometimes enjoyed a cocktail atop the Matterhorn. On one occasion-perhaps having downed a bit too much-tears welled in his eyes as he looked at the hodgepodge of fleabag m...

    by Matt Coker on March 18, 1999
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    Guerrilla in the Midst - The man behind the human-rights rhetoric

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangFor leaders of anti-Communist demonstrations in Little Saigon, a March 1 meeting with editors of the Times OCmarked a watershed in Vietnamese-American affairs: the county's white power structure was finally paying attention. ...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on March 18, 1999
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    Taylor Remade - Nixon's historian works his magic on incriminating tapes

    John Taylor has an impossible job. As the executive director of the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, he's responsible for portraying the most corrupt president in American history as a "statesman"-a president who made sweeping pr...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 18, 1999
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    The Jesus Virus - And other perils of modern life

    A couple of years ago, OC's best alternative weekly got hit with a virus. The bug was a Microsoft Word macro virus, which, when you opened a file, randomly whisked through reorganizing the text and occasionally inserting the mystery word "wazzu." (B...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Singing to the Chorus - El Toro Airport Watch No. 96

    The county will say anything to get their airport at El Toro. On Feb. 24, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Tom Wall gave an "informal presentation" on the El Toro planning process at the Newport Beach Central Library. To the 40 or so locals-m...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 11, 1999
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    Invisible Enemies - Who's the real threat in Little Saigon? Ask the FBI.

    A few weeks ago, an FBI spokesman offered The Orange County Register a less-than-dramatic news flash: the bureau is monitoring the activities of communist agents in Little Saigon. The news that the FBI monitors foreign agents and that some of those ...

    by Nick Schou on March 11, 1999
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    Scars and Stripes - What's behind those yellow flags in Little Saigon?

    Anti-communist demonstrators chant "Freedom!" as they wave miniature yellow flags with red stripes during massive organized rallies against video-store owner Truong Van Tran. But some historians point out that the three red stripes on a yellow backg...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on March 11, 1999
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    Slippery When Wetlands - The Times-and the HB council-screws up on Bolsa Chica

    In his damning 1954 expos Billion Dollar Blackjack: The story of corruption and theLos Angeles Times, William Bonelli observed that the influential newspaper company "makes itself out to be a champion of honesty in government" but actually aligns "...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 11, 1999
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    Roasted Lam - Tony Lam dragged into Little Saigon shitstorm

    Amid growing tension in Little Saigon, Westminster City Councilman Tony Lam sought this week to answer the accusations leveled at him since disturbances erupted around local businessman Truong Van Tran. In recent weeks, rumors have circulated that...

    by JASON ANDREW COHN on March 11, 1999
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    Letters

    Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspond...

    on March 4, 1999
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