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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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    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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    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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    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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    Tip-Toe Thru the Bureau - Paranoid FBI chief ordered Tiny Tim probe

    Under the auspices of national security, J. Edgar Hoover's inexhaustible paranoia and treachery led the FBI to spy on the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Ernest Hemingway. UC Irvine professor Jon Wiene...

    by R. Scott Moxley 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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    Shot in the Arm - Why the poor resort to backroom injections

    Authorities and the media focused heavily on the problem of illegal clinics in Latino neighborhoods after an 18-month-old girl died from medication that she allegedly received at an unlicensed pharmacy in early March. Investigations were ordered. Re...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO 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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    Unified, Schmunified - Can anyone help OC's most dysfunctional school district?

    In the early 1920s, German sociologist Max Weber observed that every revolution goes through three stages of development-before it hits the wall and becomes a bureaucracy. The Orange Unified School Board hit the terminal stage earlier this month, ...

    by TIM MELTREGER on April 1, 1999
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    Park It Here - El Toro Airport Watch No. 98

    If the latest spin campaign is any guide, county officials figure the best way to sell their El Toro International Airport plan is to pretend they're not building an airport. Last week, the county began asking 300 Irvine Spectrum companies near th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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    The Religious Right Stuff

    Gary Bauer reportedly told an Orange County audience on March 11 that he does not want to be characterized as a member of the "religious Right" should he formally seek the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. He says a distinction should be made...

    by Matt Coker on March 25, 1999
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    Beach Boulevard Breakdown - A history of OC's infamous thoroughfare

    At 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1997, as El Nio pounded the street, a New Mexico man leaned out the window of his Calico Motel room at 500 S. Beach Blvd., aimed his high-powered rifle at the Circle K across the street, and put a bullet into an employee's hea...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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    Is That a Badge in Your Pocket? Or are you just happy to see me? - Are OC's cops a little too excited about busting men for gay sex?

    Snugly wrapped in blue jeans and a sweat shirt, a sweet-and-sturdy piece of work parades back and forth in front of me, dispensing meaningful eye contact and suggestive lip twitches and converting every premeditated step into maximum back-porch swin...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on March 25, 1999
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    Screen and Shout - Buy.com monitor mishap irks Netizens

    Give us monitors or give us death!" is not quite the stirring call to arms of the revolutionary era, but to a batch of disgruntled consumers online, it's the battle cry of a new generation. And to one OC company, it's a great big pain in the ass. ...

    by WYN HILTY on March 25, 1999
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    on March 25, 1999
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    Ode to Sneaky Pete - Nuclear industry exposes ex-governor's Ward Valley lie

    In a front-page story on Feb. 25, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Southern California Edison (SCE) has decided to speed plans to decommission the mammoth Unit 1 reactor at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which hasn't operated si...

    by Nick Schou on March 25, 1999
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    Stupid Proposal - Irvine think tank ready to create a market in stupidity

    Governor Gray Davis recently proposed that every public high school senior who finishes in the top 4 percent of his or her high school class would gain automatic admission into the prestigious University of California system. The measure is expected...

    by Steve Lowery on March 25, 1999
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    Pilot Error, The Sequel - If paper didn't screw up, why were letters to the editor altered?

    In the course of teaching journalism at UC Irvine during the past several years, Bill Lobdell has answered dozens of student questions about newspaper ethics. But these days, the editor of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot is not answering a ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 25, 1999
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    Apple Bonging - OC's 'War on Drugs': Joke or tragedy?

    The third LA Times- and UC Irvine-sponsored community forum on March 10 was livened by the audience's boisterous challenges to panelists whose pronouncements on Orange County's War on Drugs wandered from weirdly baffling to patently idiotic. Decla...

    by MIKE MALES on March 25, 1999
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    It's a Gas, Gas, Gas - City yard petroleum leak spurs finger pointing

    A few years ago, Costa Mesa officials installed a sophisticated system to detect underground fuel leaks at the city's corporate yard. But in December 1996, a technician discovered that someone had rewired the alarm system, allowing 22,000 gallons of...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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