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    'School's out Forever' - Can music make kids kill?

    The shooting massacre at a suburban Denver high school did more than send an entire nation into mourning. It sent us into a headlong search for possible explanations: bad parents, jock culture, dangerous ideas, violent images. All have come under sc...

    by Steve Lowery on May 6, 1999
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    Beach Blanket Stinko - Corky's fight to keep our ocean clean

    100,000 FLUSHESAs he does almost every morning, Corky went for a run along Aliso Beach on Jan. 7, 1997. After working up a sweat, he dove into the ocean for a swim several hundred yards north of where the mouth of Aliso Creek pours into Laguna Beach...

    by Matt Coker on May 6, 1999
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    Got Gas? - 25 things to consider on April 30

    Photo by Jack GouldIf all goes according to plan, none of the big oil companies currently gouging drivers will make any money on April 30. Organizers of a 24-hour strike that day-which has been promoted almost exclusively through e-mail-has one purp...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 6, 1999
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    Hearts and Blinders - The propaganda war continues in Little Saigon

    LBJ, Richard Nixon and General William C. Westmoreland are gone, but the battle to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese continues. These days, as Little Saigon commemorates the April 30, 1975, fall of Saigon, the battle will be led by the Yout...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on May 6, 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 April 29, 1999
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    Be Nice! - There are enough bitchy drag queens in the world!

    Photo by Miles RobinsonWe recently got a note from our good friend Jim Bieber of Young Americans for Freedom. Apparently, his panties are still in a bunch that I thought it was funny that his friend got his ass whupped by-as the YAFers like to call ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 29, 1999
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    The Stock Detective - Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of online stock tipsters?

    On April 7, Bloomberg News (www.bloomberg.com) woke up to discover it had an evil twin on the Internet. That morning, someone had posted a site identical to the respected financial news service's, reporting that the Tustin high-tech company PairGain...

    by WYN HILTY on April 29, 1999
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    No Fly Zone - El Toro Airport Watch No. 103

    Sensible observers of county politics suspect the Irvine Co. secretly supports the county's disjointed, disingenuous plans for an international airport at El Toro. They know this because it's ludicrous to think a company that owns 60,000 acres of un...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 29, 1999
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    Head of State

    Legend has it that Mexican muralist Diego Rivera infuriated wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller earlier this century by working Vladimir Lenin's face into a Rockefeller Center mural. So it could be capitalistic karma that's behind the headless...

    by Matt Coker on April 29, 1999
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    Power Play - Bad news on the first anniversary of energy deregulation: you're still getting screwed

    March 31 marked the first anniversary of California lawmakers' greatest assault to date on the word "reform." On that day, California bailed out the state's largest electric utilities. Euphemistically called "electric utility reform" or simply "dere...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 29, 1999
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    Merrill Lynch Mob - The firm's Laguna Beach project backers are paving a little piece of paradise

    In 1990, Charles Keating, head of the corrupt Irvine-based Lincoln Savings and Loan, stood defiantly at the podium of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A reporter had asked Keating-whose privately owned but government-supported financial e...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 29, 1999
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    DWUS - Driving While a UCI Student

    Amid national and statewide efforts to track how often minorities are routinely pulled over by cops, Irvine's police chief faced probing questions from UC Irvine's student leaders about why his patrol and gang-unit officers continually stop universi...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on April 29, 1999
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    Message in a Baton - OCN tags along for troubling police raid

    Photo by Jack GouldIt seems like only yesterday that predawn, anti-gang police sweeps made for front-page news in Orange County. But lately, perhaps because of falling crime rates in Orange County and around the nation, police sweeps seem to have fa...

    by Nick Schou on April 29, 1999
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    Live Like a God! - How Supervisor Bill Steiner used a phantom political campaign to fund his lavish lifestyle

    Photo by Jack GouldIn November 1997, local government officials and business executives gathered at the 18th annual Anaheim Prayer Breakfast and asked God to make Anaheim a "first-rate city." They also ate sausage and eggs, bashed Bill and Hillary C...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 29, 1999
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    Bombay Breakdown

    A poor reaction by a few viewers to a film in the Asian cinema portion of the Newport Beach International Film Festival (NBIFF) is prompting programmers to consider something no other film festival has done: add warnings to films considered unsuitab...

    on April 29, 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 April 22, 1999
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    Freak No-Show?! - Was it Pat Buchanan who said global capitalism would destroy the American circus?

    The circuses we saw as children were tawdry, worn and sad as hell in the daylight. Makeup was an inch thick to cover meth-soaked nights, the clowns were scary, and the animals were bored creatures that shat great mountains of dung and shuffled towar...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 22, 1999
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    West Coast Wrap - East vs. West in ultimate cyber death match

    Photo by Jeanne RiceIn September 1996, LA rap star Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas. Six months later, East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. was shot in his car in what many saw as retaliation for Shakur's death, the violent coda to a deadly f...

    by WYN HILTY on April 22, 1999
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    Dirty Work - El Toro Airport Watch No. 102

    Tired of engaging our toy soldiers in living-room battlefields, my childhood friend and I once dug a pit in my back yard. Of course, my mother later wished we hadn't, but we needed the pit to make mud for our Western Front re-creation-a 2-inch layer...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 22, 1999
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    Plagiarized for your Protection

    It's always tough to get Clockwork's mojo working after a vacation. But we've discovered that by holding our poison pen upside-down, shaking it like a colicky newborn and then repeatedly ramming it into the vicinity of our right earlobe like this-YA...

    by Matt Coker on April 22, 1999
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