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    Taxing Education - OCC student takes on textbook tax

    photo courtesy of Orange Coast CollegeSitting outside the Gypsy Den Cafe & Reading Room, sipping a chai latte and wearing a baggy sweat shirt, Orange Coast College film major Ryan Simpkins doesn't seem any different from any other college student. B...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on November 25, 1999
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    School Haze - Edison High awaits cleanup of nearby dumpsite

    photo by Keith MayA half-mile from the Pacific, Huntington Beach's Edison High School is caressed by an ocean breeze. It must seem an ideal location to most of the school's 2,300 students, many of whom live nearby. But a short distance upwind is som...

    by Nick Schou on November 25, 1999
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    Bank of Argyros

    Real-estate bazillionaire George Argyros made a $100,000 investment in a bank whose investors include three city council members who voted for the developer's controversial plan to bring Wal-Mart to Huntington Beach. According to Councilman Dave G...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 25, 1999
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    Big Brother Award

    This week, instead of handing out our Big Brother Award to the company most recently caught violating our privacy, we're going to bestow the Cringing Toady Award on privacy-watchdog organization TRUSTe (www.truste.org). The organization, which purpo...

    on November 25, 1999
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    Lifes a Beach, Then You Sue

    Illustration by Bob Aul Briggs Christian "Corky" Morris-Smith, who blames a massive 1997 sewage spill for causing a skin condition that plagues him to this day--really, we saw it; it's gross--has appealed the dismissal of his lawsuit against the two...

    by Matt Coker on November 18, 1999
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    Fighting Cox - Did a Register reporter come to the congressmans aid in a controversy over Feinstein?

    Dena Bunis, The Orange County Register's Washington, D.C.-based congressional correspondent, reported on Oct. 28 that Newport Beach Congressman Christopher Cox was fighting mad about a story that recently appeared in Capital Style. The magazine's No...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 18, 1999
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    Who Needs MOVIES?

    Illustration by Bob AulMy husband, John, and I had just finished watching American Beauty, which we both loved for different reasons. I found Kevin Spacey's portrait of a 43-year-old man so much like my husband that I am considering telling my daugh...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 18, 1999
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    Friday the 13th, the Mailer - El Toro Airport Watch No. 124

    North County residents have to contend with a new piece of mail on El Toro International Airport. Sent out by the Airport Working Group (AWG), the new mailer harps on an old--and bogus--theme: scrapping plans to build El Toro International will doom...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 18, 1999
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    News for Nerds - And other great news sites

    art by Bob AulToday--when you can discover in mere seconds how many episodes of Baywatch Sven-Ole Thorsen has appeared on and the sperm count in that stain on Monica Lewinsky's dress--the problem isn't finding enough information; it's finding the go...

    by WYN HILTY on November 18, 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 November 18, 1999
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    Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams - Will the Girl be ruined by the good life? Stay tuned!

    photo by Jack GouldWe were worried. Yes, we wanted the complimentary haircut and color by Jon Caputi, who had once assisted on Princess Di's microweave (the People's Princess spent $1,450 every six weeks just for her highlights, Caputi claims). We a...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on November 18, 1999
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    Up In Smoke - South County project burns more taxpayer money than missiles

    Photo by Myles RobinsonAfter billions of taxpayer dollars, two decades of research and innumerable failures, government and aerospace officials last month fired a laser in South County for 15 seconds and called it a milestone in the race to build an...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 18, 1999
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    This weeks featured NFL game: Dallas Cowboys (4-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-4)

    Dallas update: Still in Texas (strike one), still a land where men are men and women are wont to complain in the Dallas Morning News when men hold other men's hands at the Six Flags amusement park. One Dallas resident did that after her children wer...

    by Steve Lowery on November 18, 1999
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    An Open Letter - El Toro Airport Watch No. 123

    To the Department of the Navy: As you know, this county's Board of Supervisors is the Local Redevelopment Authority for El Toro. You also know the responsibility that entails: the supervisors must find a reuse for the old El Toro Marine Corps Air ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on November 11, 1999
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    Not So Sheltered

    Illustration by Bob AulAVERAGE ORANGE COUNTY APARTMENT LOCATION: Varied OCCUPANTS: Many RENT: $1,026 per month, split 10 or 20 ways Here at the Shackled Arms--just your typical big-as-an-18th-century-cargo-ship apartment complex--the news that ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 11, 1999
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    The Ol Switcheroo

    Illustration by Bob AulA media kit for the new Clarendon House autobiography Wally George: The Father of Combat TV arrived last week at Clockwork World Headquarters, located in the OC Weekly building. George has hosted a right-wing yukfest called Ho...

    by Matt Coker on November 11, 1999
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    The End Times? - New superduper section cant mask decline under La Guire

    There was hope that a journalistic renaissance at the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times would follow the gaffe-filled reign of editor Bill Nottingham. But in the 18 months since Nottingham was--to put it delicately--transferred to a les...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 11, 1999
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    Atrophied Wife

    Illustration by Bob AulCall this the confession of a trophy wife. Yours. Remember how when we dated, you told me that you loved me for my social conscience? That you wanted to slow down in business and follow me into campaigns against homelessness, ...

    by ANONYMOUS on November 11, 1999
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    Ghostsites - Somebody forgot to take out the garbage on the information superhighway

    Illustration by Bob AulIn the summer of 1996, while working as a designer for Time-Warner's gargantuan, inelegant Pathfinder Web site, Steve Baldwin had an epiphany about the World Wide Web. Out boating on Long Island Sound one balmy night, a vision...

    by MARGARET WERTHEIM on November 11, 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 November 11, 1999
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