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    Bring on da Noise - El Toro Airport Watch No. 101

    Sometimes we just have to ask: Is it possible for the county's planners and officials to display more contempt for the residents who have to pay for and live near the proposed El Toro International Airport? In October 1997, San Diego Superior Cour...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 15, 1999
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    Mr. Presslers Wild Ride - Disneylands ex-prez is vilified online

    On March 25, Cal-OSHA fined Disneyland $12,500 (the maximum allowed), citing misused equipment and improper training in the Dec. 24 accident on the Columbia sailing ship that killed one guest and injured his wife and an employee overseeing the ride....

    by WYN HILTY on April 15, 1999
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    The Unabauer Manifesto - Roy Bauer is South County colleges' professor of dissent

    Photo by Keith MayProfessor Roy Bauer has let everyone in the South Orange County Community College District know he wants to drop "a 2-ton slate of polished granite" on the head of his boss, Irvine Valley College's president. He's proclaimed an "ur...

    by Matt Coker on April 15, 1999
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    Ad Nauseam - And the award for best self-promotion goes to . . .

    Photo by Jack GouldA hard-hitting story a couple of months ago by the crack Times gossip columnist Ann Conway did a magnificent job of exposing the back-scratching symbiosis between arts organizations and such enemies of the people as Cartier and Ti...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 8, 1999
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    Uneasy Alliance - Official sites reluctantly let fan pages thrive

    It's a sad fact of Internet life that when it comes to TV shows, movies and other fannish beasts, the lavish official sites often suck suet in comparison to their fans' amateur offerings. Take the WB's site for its cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slaye...

    by WYN HILTY on April 8, 1999
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    Shortchange Artist

    Art 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.After a particular...

    by ANONYMOUS on April 8, 1999
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    Red Menace

    On March 24, the Register reported that the Westminster City Council had passed a resolution that "broadly condemns communism." Clockwork knew of the merchant who unleashed the wrath of his neighbors after he posted a Vietnamese flag and poster of H...

    by Matt Coker on April 8, 1999
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    Still Hazy After All These Years - The Reg still ain't talking about its role in the Baugh scandal

    Attorney General Bill Lockyer has dropped criminal charges against Assemblyman Scott Baugh (R-Huntington Beach) stemming from a plot to plant a decoy Democrat in a 1995 Assembly special election. Though the state Fair Political Practices Commission ...

    by WILL SWAIM on April 8, 1999
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    Disneyland Stops Here - Was the county ever serious about a two-airport system?

    For 100 weeks, this column has been a cannon firing mercilessly at the county's international airport plans for the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. In that time, readers-inspired by the drama, infatuated with the slow-moving target-have said, "Sur...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 8, 1999
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    The Anus of Aliso Viejo

    Aliso Creek once ran only after storms. But years of development along the creek-which runs from Modjeska Canyon in Cleveland National Forest to Aliso Beach in southern Laguna-have created a constant flow of urban runoff. By the time the slime empti...

    by Matt Coker on April 1, 1999
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    Rat Boy Slim - How I helped resuscitate Elia Kazan

    Oh, those crazy Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)! How could we resist an invitation to make anti-Communist signs with them to counterprotest the Elia Kazan protesters at Sunday's Oscar? snooze-athon? Nutshell: Kazan, who is as old as Strom Thurmond...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 1, 1999
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    ITEOTWAWKI Strikes Again - Don't move to Montana yet!

    Art by Bob AulFinally, this year, we're starting to see some good news about Y2K after a couple of years of sparse media coverage dominated by the ITEOTWAWKI ("It's the End of the World As We Know It") crowd. Few could complain about the state of me...

    by WYN HILTY on April 1, 1999
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    Put-Down Central

    County officials can really be insulting sometimes. You'd think the responsibility of planning and constructing a $1.6 billion international airport would at the very least cause them to pause now and again and think really carefully about how they ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 1, 1999
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    How Baseball Ruined My Life

    It's 1862: a game between the Brooklyn Excelsiors and the Brooklyn Atlantics Excelsiors. Pitcher Jim Creighton, perhaps baseball's first superstar, smashes a home run, hitting the ball so ferociously that while taking his victory lap around the base...

    on April 1, 1999
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    Goddamn You, Vin Scully

    "Throw it back! Throw it back!" Fred was gasping hoarsely, practically strangling himself with urgency. The big moment had definitely arrived-we both realized that-but it was affecting us differently. I was short of breath, too, but not saying a t...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on April 1, 1999
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    A Game Played on Grass

    Art by Bob AulWillie Mays had the catch. Bobby Thomson had the shot heard 'round the world. Me, I had the greatest two innings of the Pomona Elks Tournament ever played under the influence. In 1978, I was the centerfielder for Pacific High School ...

    by Matt Coker on April 1, 1999
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    Mo Money

    Sssh. Do you hear that? That's the weeping of my unborn children. They're lamenting their college educations. College educations that depended on Mo Vaughn's career. And we all know what that's worth now: bubkes. The Anaheim Angels signed him during...

    by ARRISSIA OWEN on April 1, 1999
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    I Killed My Best Friend

    This is baseball: I'm 10 years old and pitching for the Yankees of the Downey Junior Athletic Association. I shouldn't be pitching because I have a weak arm, which is why in the past, I've always played second base. But we have new coaches this seas...

    by Steve Lowery on April 1, 1999
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    Rebel Yell - Zapatista struggle enlivens life in el Norte

    On Sunday, millions of Mexicans went to the polls to vote in a national referendum sponsored by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), one of the last remaining guerrilla insurgencies in the western hemisphere. The official results of the...

    by Nick Schou on April 1, 1999
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