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    Kat Killers - Critics charge OCs animal shelter still kills cats the old-fashioned way: Painfully

    It has been a month since officials of Orange County's troubled Animal Control department promised to end a highly controversial method of cat euthanization that often had horrific results. But recent reports from inside the shelter indicate that an...

    by BOB EMMERS on July 1, 1999
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    Ho Chi Minute Rice - Congress debates trade with Vietnam, Little Saigon goes shopping

    Photo by Jeanne RiceLittle Saigon made national news earlier this year when thousands protested outside the shop of a Westminster merchant who had posted a photo of Ho Chi Minh in his video store. But those protests appear to have distracted Little ...

    by Nick Schou on July 1, 1999
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    The Bullet-Proof HMO - How the federal government helps shield health-maintenance organizations from negligence suits

    Steve Silen says he learned about health-maintenance organizations (HMOs) the hard way. In January 1998, his 16-year-old daughter, Serenity, went to Silen's HMO doctor complaining of a sore throat. (Silen later sued, and his settlement agreement bar...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 1, 1999
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    Summer Eats - Part Two

    LAGUNA WOODS Nothing against giant chain restaurants, but I wouldn't consider the Olive Garden a restaurant so much as a feeding center--what happens inevitably when, as Marx predicted, the thesis of capitalism meets up with the antithesis of comm...

    on July 1, 1999
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    Summer Eats

    Photo by Mike McGillMusic may be the food of love--and beans the musical fruit--but right now, what we'd like to hear most is that our New York steak is up. In search of great places to eat, we've stumbled into a North County eatery famous for its m...

    on July 1, 1999
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    Never Mind War, El Toro Is Hell - El Toro Airport Watch No. 109

    In 15 days, the last marine marches off the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The county's plan, which was hatched years ago in a frenzy of optimism, was for county officials to quickly occupy the base in time to begin commercial cargo flights by In...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on June 24, 1999
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    Hey, Neighbor!

    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. I'm ...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 24, 1999
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    Follow the Bouncing Car

    Orange County: the proud home of Gloria Matta Tuchman (bilingual education's Wicked Witch of the West), Barbara Coe ("Welcome to California: The Illegal Immigrant State" poster child), Lowrider magazine . . . Huh? Has someone pulled his lowered Ch...

    by JOHN MCELLIGOTT JR. on June 24, 1999
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    Y2K Ready, Set, Doh! - Microsofts home remedy for the millennial bug: Download more products

    Less than six months to go before the computer industry's two-digit oversight sends everyone into their basements with their shotguns, canned beans and festering millennial fears. Not me, though. I've made my digital daily affirmation by clicking fr...

    by RICHARD A. MARTIN on June 24, 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 June 24, 1999
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    Shag It, Baby - Yet another column about gay people, plus a really vicious fight

    Photo by Keith MayFun with eavesdropping, circa Sunday's Front End Custom Car Show. The scene: Front End's benefit for Kids 2000. There is asphalt. There are cars. There is fresh fruit. There is a cool mix of people, including lowrider guys, a bunch...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 24, 1999
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    Vedaland! - We finally discover the price of peace: Its about a billion dollars

    I went to a garden party--at least, that's what the marquee inside the Hyatt Newporter said on June 8: "An Evening of World Peace . . . Garden Room 1." In Garden Room 1, a banquet hall that borders a patio, I sat down among about 100 adherents and l...

    by Steve Lowery on June 24, 1999
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    Hemp, Hemp Hooray!

    When we talked with Sam H. Clauder II a year or so ago, he was no happy campaigner. He now says he had sunk $25,000 of his own money into the bid to get a voter initiative on the state's November 1998 ballot legalizing hemp, a wonder plant with a pl...

    by Matt Coker on June 24, 1999
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    The Shaq Trap - The Lakers are not going to win with Shaquille ONeal

    The news last week was not good for Lakers fans. Anxiously awaiting the June 20 deadline for Shaquille O'Neal's decision to stay or (via contract option) go, they heard O'Neal's agent, Leonard Amato, utter ominous words: "I think Shaq is very happy ...

    by Steve Lowery on June 24, 1999
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    Muzzle Puzzle - Why is Animal Control displaying a bunker mentality?

    Photo by Keith MayGovernment moves in strange ways, when it moves at all. Sometimes it makes you laugh; sometimes it makes you cry. But most often it just makes you shake your head in amazement at the stupidity. Latest case in point: how Orange Coun...

    by BOB EMMERS on June 24, 1999
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    Unhealthy incomes - Too many of OCs best-paid executives work for HMOs

    Illustration by Bob AulIf shoddy care, billing snafus and discourteous phone operators weren't enough to make you hate your health maintenance organization (HMO), the Los Angeles Times may have done the trick. On May 24, the newspaper published it...

    by Nick Schou on June 24, 1999
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    More on the Moron - Supervisor Silva drops campaign against brighter colleague

    Photo by Jack GouldDuring his almost five years in office, Orange County Supervisor Jim Silva has presented himself as the taxpayers' ferocious fiscal watchdog, the lone politician eager to challenge wasteful bureaucrats and their idiotic ideas. The...

    by R. Scott Moxley on June 24, 1999
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    The Talking Drug

    Photo by Jack GouldEverybody's talking about GHB about its function as a "party drug" a "new synthetic weight-loss drug" a "nightclub sex drug" a "new designer drug" a "lethal drug" a "dangerous synthetic-steroid drug" and a "killer aphrodisiac" but...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on June 24, 1999
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    Train Trash

    Stop tapping on your laptop and get off the cell phone long enough to listen up: I know you don't like me riding your squeaky-clean Metrolink train because to you, I'm just Amtrak trash. No, I'm not wearing a suit and tie and polished shoes, or high...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 17, 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 June 17, 1999
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