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    Ed Royce Is Your Friend! - But he likes bankers, too

    Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) has long campaigned against corporate welfare--the practice of congressional subsidizing multimillion-dollar conglomerates, usually in exchange for political favors or campaign contributions. As co-chairman of the ...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on November 11, 1999
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    The Bad Old Days - If we knew then what we know now, theres a chance Brea Olinda High School would not exist

    Photo by Keith MayAlthough it was built atop an abandoned oil field and next to a gas-processing plant, the 10-year-old Brea Olinda High School campus was never tested for soil toxicity--an oversight that certainly would have stalled the school's co...

    by Nick Schou on November 11, 1999
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    He Lives! - Clinicians say kids mental-health unit haunted by the spirit of Bernard Rappaport

    Photo by Johan VogelTwo years ago this Friday, county health officials removed Dr. Bernard Rappaport from his job as head of the county's division of Children and Youth Services (CYS). In the months before his removal (officials called it a "personn...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 11, 1999
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    Discounted Democracy - What do you get when you combine developer George Argyros, a shortsighted city council and Wal-Mart?

    Photo by Keith MayStanding on the hot, dusty sidewalk along Talbert Avenue, staring through the chainlink fence at acres of parched-hard earth and huge cracked slabs of weed-clogged pavement and a distant huddle of low-slung bungalows with boarded-u...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 11, 1999
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    Things That Really, Really Scare Me!

    More minerals in fast food: a man says a Sausage McMuffin sandwich he bought recently at a McDonald's in Orange contained a rusty, inch-long bolt. But thanks to an unrelated lawsuit, the coffee he washed it down with wasn't too hot. Stupid stunts:...

    by Matt Coker on November 4, 1999
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    This weeks featured NFL game: Chicago Bears (3-4) vs. Washington Redskins (4-2)

    Chicago update:In yet another attempt for attention and love, America's Second City--which is actually third if you count population but first if you consider per capita intake of pork--unveiled a bronze-relief tribute to those who died as a result ...

    by Steve Lowery on November 4, 1999
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    The GOPs Paper of Choice - The Times crosses over to the dark side

    With rare exceptions, the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times, once eager to expose corruption at the highest levels of the local establishment, exists no more. Far from its dedication to stories such as its bombshell 1995 series on finan...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 4, 1999
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    Chuckles - El Toro Airport Watch No. 122

    On Oct. 19, county Board of Supervisors chairman Chuck Smith cast four deciding votes for his airport-loving cronies. One extended El Toro legal adviser Mark Mispagel's term through the end of the year, despite the lapse that allowed opposition atto...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 4, 1999
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    Virtual Tax - Cox and Packard find a war they can winagainst a nonexistent tax

    In July, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released its annual Human Development Report. Included in the 250-plus-page document was a suggestion that one solution to the problem of poor countries being left on the wrong side of the infor...

    by WYN HILTY on November 4, 1999
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    Letters

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    on November 4, 1999
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    Scary! - White Lines, black helicopters

    Photo by Jack GouldYou may think that we are an exceptionally brave young lady. This is true. Also, we only blush about twice a year, but that's neither here nor there. There is one thing, however, of which we are terrified. And that thing is Barbar...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 4, 1999
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    Homeless Base - Affordable housing at El Toro faces the bulldozer

    Photo by Keith MayIn the past few weeks, the daily newspapers have trumpeted a new housing crisis in Orange County, as the booming economy drives rental rates skyward. One solution lies in plain sight, beyond the chainlink fence that surrounds the f...

    by Nick Schou on November 4, 1999
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    Were Gonna Puke - Patients rights? Not if Chris Cox gets his way

    During President Bill Clinton's first term, an insurance-industry television ad commonly known as the "Harry and Louise" spot (a hand-wringing husband and wife huddle in their kitchen to fret about rising medical costs) helped derail health-insuranc...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 4, 1999
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    Armed and Dangerous - A Weekling with a gun

    Beneath the carport of a perky yellow house, his body lay motionless at my feet, still bleeding but already dead. And as if mimicking the last beat of his heart, mine suddenly swelled with the rush of ultimate justice, then instantly drained with th...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 4, 1999
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    Crystal Method - Irvine Co.s Crystal Cove project raises eco-disaster fears

    Photo by Keith MayWatching a customer taking in the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean shimmering under a mid-October sun, a Crystal Cove Shake Shack worker struck up small talk by noting the obvious: "Beautiful day, eh?" Whip around and face the ...

    by Matt Coker on November 4, 1999
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    Orange Countys 31 Scariest People

    Photo by Myles Robinson1. RICHARD NIXON'S HEAD Walt Disney's cryonically chambered noggin was once the scariest severed head in Orange County, but that was before the Richard Nixon Library, Birthplace and Deathplace unveiled sculptor Robert Berks'...

    on November 4, 1999
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    Letters

    The Vatican Office of the Holy See Venerable Brothers and Dear Sons and Daughters, How're you doing? I'm fine. Well, fine, considering I'm a man in my late 70s who's forced to make more gown changes than Cher, but why should you worry about any...

    on October 28, 1999
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    Guilty Pleasures - 1901-2000

    1901 Hiking the Trabuco Canyon valley. There's lots of wildlife and water flows through the streambeds pretty much year-round. The wooded areas are cool places to rest. Of course, getting there requires a 10-mile ride over a dirt road, but few undev...

    on October 28, 1999
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    Guilty Pleasures - 1819-1900

    1819 Whoop-dee fucking do! 1820Non-postal postal workers at the post office on Lemon and Chapman in Orange. 1821 Crystal Burns, the octogenarian hostess/waitress extraordinaire at Rafts. Face it: you'll be lucky if you can change the rubber stop...

    on October 28, 1999
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    Guilty Pleasures - 1601-1818

    1601 Slow-pitch softball guys who slide to break up the double play while wearing stretch shorts. 1602 Edmund Velasco, leader of the Edmund Velasco Quintet, an atomic mother on tenor sax. 1603 Walking through the halls of an Irvineoffice buildin...

    on October 28, 1999
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