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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Reveille for Ridiculous - Dornan, from coward to 'military expert'

    In the early 1950s, Communist witch-hunter Senator Joe McCarthy's top slayers-Republican lawyers Roy Cohen and David Schine-flew to pre-Castro Havana for, as historian Nicholas Von Hoffman has written, "a few days of sun fun." Cohen and the dapper S...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 22, 1999
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    The Silent Treatment - Davis stays mum on Ward Valley question

    Photo by Johan VogelOn March 31, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the Clinton administration's refusal to sell the state of California 1,000 acres of federal land in the Mojave Desert was both legal and proper. Sullivan's ruling ha...

    by Nick Schou on April 22, 1999
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    Fill 'Er Up - Even Jesus wouldn't try Irvine water district's plan to turn crap into tap

    Photo by Jack GouldAlready adept at recycling sewage into water for toilets and irrigation, the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) has a radical new plan for its 150,000 customers: convert a 3-mile-long plume of ground water contaminated with a toxi...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO 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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    Sex and the Single Gun - Firearms don't kill kids, sex does!

    A10-year-old mission viejo schoolgirl was recently suspended for bringing a small cap gun to school. The toy violated the Capistrano Unified School District's ban on imitation firearms and comes in the wake of several deadly student shootings across...

    by Steve Lowery on April 22, 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 15, 1999
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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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    The Politics of Dancing - We rate two clubs!

    Photo by Jack GouldFridays Nights has a real cool, sophisticated event going on at Windows on the Bay in Newport Beach. Aysia 101 is also pretty cool. It may not be the typical cool urban-style gig, but your readers who are a bit more upscale and ar...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 15, 1999
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