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    The Six-Figure Club - El Toro Watch No. 106

    There's only one thing in county government that changes more than its plans for the proposed El Toro International Airport: the El Toro planning office itself. Employing the Nelson Communications Group to spin the airport didn't work-people still d...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 20, 1999
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    He's Back

    From the comforts of his monumental Virginia estate, Bob Dornan has once again fired up his voracious political fund-raising operation, hinting that Orange County hasn't seen the last of the bitter, defeated ex-congressman who was annihilated by Lor...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 20, 1999
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    Don't Panic, Drink Organic

    Many who survived last year's Hurricane Mitch believed they were witnesses to the end of the world. In less than a week in October 1998, the hurricane dumped 5 feet of rain on Central America. Water quickly rose above riverbanks and around people's ...

    by Matt Coker on May 20, 1999
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    Hey, Kuehl Aid! - OC Board of Education torpedoes protection of gay students

    The California Education Code-law for the state's 999 public school districts serving nearly 6 million students-was designed to ensure equal access to quality education for all: black, Hispanic, white, rich, poor, male, female, straight, gay, Muslim...

    by TIM MELTREGER on May 20, 1999
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    Off Tran's Case - Republican DA plays partisan politics in Little Saigon

    Video footage of the March rallies in Little Saigon shows Orange County District Attorney Anthony Rackauckas encouraged anti-communists to continue protesting against Westminster storeowner Truong Van Tran, the man Rackauckas' office is prosecuting ...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on May 20, 1999
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    Sympathy for the Devil - The Register's upside-down campaign for sprawl

    In a March 28 defense of uncontrolled real-estate development, Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut featured an "unapologetic" Ray Watson, millionaire vice chairman of the Irvine Company, the county's most insatiable developer. Wa...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 20, 1999
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    Pet Hell - Somebody please put the county's animal shelter out of its misery

    Photo by Keith MayA grieving family once showed up at the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orange with a dead pet. It was a Sunday, and the shelter was closed to the public. They picked up the intercom at the front gate and spoke with a shelter worke...

    by BOB EMMERS on May 20, 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 May 13, 1999
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    All You Got to Do Is Act Naturally - A trip to country's real home: Bakersfield

    Photo by Jack GouldWell, I hope you'll come and see me in the movies," Buck Owens sang. "They're gonna make a big star out of me." And they did. And scrappy Buck made good and bought some radio and TV stations. And Buck lost some of his tongue to ca...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 13, 1999
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    This Sister Oughta Be Famous - But of local publicity, this world-famous AIDS activist gets nun

    Photo by Jack GouldIf it wasn't for the gallbladder and the cows, Sister Mary Elizabeth might never have started the AIDS Education Global Information Service (AEGIS). The American Catholic nun runs "the largest HIV/AIDS Web site in the world" (www....

    by WYN HILTY on May 13, 1999
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    Question-Mark Park - El Toro Airport Watch No. 105

    There's no shortage of lush jogging trails in Orange County: Newport's Back Bay, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Craig Regional Park in Brea, Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. And while trees, flowers and streams are nice, where do you go when you ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 13, 1999
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    War of the Rose

    How far Right is Eddie Rose? He once called Gil Ferguson-who, while Newport Beach's assemblyman from 1984 to 1994, advocated sea-lion hunts, called state Senator Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles) a traitor, said the U.S. was right to jail Japanese-American...

    by Matt Coker on May 13, 1999
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    My Kind of Town - Fabulous, glamorous La Habra!

    Photo by Mark SavageAahhh, La Habra, the grandest, most elegant city in all of Orange County! What!? You mean you didn't know? Great goshamighty, everyone knows that the splendor of OC's northernmost burg far outshines the pithy offerings of other...

    by Rich Kane on May 13, 1999
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    Lights! Camera! Reaction! - Supes give Springer a run for his money

    Photo by Jack GouldFor the first time in Orange County's history, residents on May 1 were able to watch a county Board of Supervisors meeting on television. No longer required to travel to 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana and sit in the board's wo...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 13, 1999
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    Slick Injustice - Prosecutors turn South County rockers into gangbangers

    Crime rates are collapsing, perhaps leaving police with more time to track troublesome teenagers in suburban neighborhoods across the United States. The sum of that labor in Orange County has produced at least one likely gang conviction in the subur...

    by Nick Schou on May 13, 1999
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    Custody Battle - Did police, paramedic procedures kill Tuan Thanh Tang?

    On the evening of Oct. 10, 1998, Stacy Tang made the call that may have killed her brother. By the time she picked up the phone, 19-year-old Tuan Thanh Tang was breathing erratically, throwing up and complaining of severe headaches. Concerned that T...

    by VU NGUYEN on May 13, 1999
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    Easy to Be Hardy - Roughing it without all the rough edges

    Art by Bob AulEvery experienced camper knows you don't drop acid until after you've put up the tent, but for whatever reason-and in those days, most reasons came in packs of six-Kent and I were already starting to fry by the time we remembered. The ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on May 13, 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 May 6, 1999
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    Up in Smoke - My mama said it's good to be natural

    Unfortunately, marijuana is still illegal, you know, despite the recent National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine study commissioned by Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey that concluded (to his eternal chagrin) the use of medicinal marijuana may be...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 6, 1999
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    Blame Game - Another teen tragedy, another excuse to bash gamers

    On April 20, two teenage boys walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and opened fire. By the time the shooting was over, 23 people were wounded and 15 were dead-including the two gunmen. Columbine had been transformed in a matter ...

    by WYN HILTY on May 6, 1999
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