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    This Year's Album That Saved OC Rock

    Billy Corgan-y'know, the Smashing Poopkins' head goofball? In '98, he went around giving interviews declaring that rock was dead. Brilliant move, Billy boy! Start a band that becomes one of the biggest rock outfits in the known universe, and then de...

    by Rich Kane on January 7, 1999
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    The Year We Stopped Missing the Rams

    Time flies whether you're having fun or not. Tempus fuckit, that's called, and it's as true now as when slackers spoke Latin. Consider the Rams, who almost never have any fun. Can you believe it has already been three seasons since the NFL team aban...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Dark Places That Smell of Popcorn

    "At this rate, 1998 may prove to be the year that Orange County outclasses LA as the place to see cutting-edge and classic films." I closed my 1997 year-end look at the OC film scene with these words, and let's just say that with prognostication s...

    by GREG STACY on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Cyberspace

    JAN. 20 The county introduces its revamped El Toro International Airport site, created as a response to the perceived threat posed by the anti-airport El Toro Airport Info Site, which has been telling people things the county doesn't want them to kn...

    by WYN HILTY on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Conquered Theme Parks

    Christmas in Southern California can be harsh; the season's traditional trappings-fake snow, holly by the pound-play bleak against a landscape to which they are anathema. The sad bit of forced merriment showcases more desperation than cheer, illumin...

    by Steve Lowery on January 7, 1999
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    April-June

    APRIL A worker changing bulbs on the Big A next to Anaheim Stadium (we'll never call it Edison International Field) received a minor electrical shock before the April 1 opening-day game between the Angels and the New York Yankees. The Sasco Electric...

    on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in the 24/7 Noise-Makin', Pollution-Spewin', Air-Tragedy-Waiting-to-Happen El Toro Internat

    Another year of listening to county planners and supervisors tell us how an international airport at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station will employ the poor and low-skilled, make Orange County a cosmopolitan gateway to Asia, and be so quiet and safe t...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on January 7, 1999
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    Man of the Year: Marvin Chavez

    In the eyes of the law, Marvin Chavez is a convicted felon. In the words of the man who busted him, now-retired Orange County Deputy District Attorney Carl Armbrust, Chavez is a "street drug dealer" who ran a "sophisticated drug operation" and "hid ...

    by Nick Schou on January 7, 1999
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    January-March

    JANUARY Considering Jan. 1 was the first day of California's brand-new smoking ban, we didn't know what to expect when we entered our neighborhood sports bar to catch the college bowl games. We pictured something along the lines of a Mel Brooks figh...

    on January 7, 1999
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    October-December

    OCTOBER Huntington Beach city officials and coastal protectors raised glasses on Oct. 2 to announce that televangelist Pat Robertson had dropped his plans to reopen an offshore oil terminal. Praise the Lord, indeed. . . . The Orange County Board of ...

    on January 7, 1999
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    July-September

    JULY The Orange County Agricultural Commission reported in early July that oranges, which had been our top citrus crop for a century, declined by 70 percent in 1997 and finally dropped behind-gulp!-lemons. That's right, bunky, we live in Lemon Count...

    on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Eats

    Opera singers. Jousting. Jailbirds. Mimes. 1998 brought so many E-ticket theme restaurants to OC that it's hard to imagine enjoying a meal in a restaurant without them. We have places that exploit rainforests (Rainforest Cafe), prisoners (Alcatraz B...

    by KELLY VON HEMERT on January 7, 1999
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    The Safety Dance - 1998: The Year of Living Undangerously

    Stumbling out of bed on New Year's Day 1998, a strange feeling came over us. Was it the four-Tylenol migraine? Eyeballs three sizes bigger than their sockets? The funky taste from Casserole la Whatever Wound up in Our Mouth on New Year's Eve...

    on January 7, 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 December 31, 1998
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    Good God, Y'all! - Just another day for you and me in paradise

    So there I was at the Costa Mesa-based Black Flys Christmas party at the Mayan Theater in downtown LA with old-school pro skateboarder Dave Hackett, and I was prepared to hate everybody. "You're gonna hate everybody," my homegirl Arrissia had told m...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 31, 1998
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    Local H. - Mr. Millard, white courtesy phone

    Journalists get used to crank mail. I used to work at a magazine where we would routinely get handwritten missives accusing us of spreading Satanism or blaspheming God. But my favorite letter was the guy who wrote in saying he was a successful busin...

    by WYN HILTY on December 31, 1998
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    Let's Get Mikey

    In this issue, Machine Age columnist Wyn Hilty mentions a Dec. 17 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). The civil rights group's report documents the CCC's ties to white supremacists. Well, g...

    by Matt Coker on December 31, 1998
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    Laguna on Acid - The Great Hippie Christmas Invasion of 1970

    Twenty-eight years ago: crazy times in the U.S. of A. President Richard Nixon orders the invasion of Cambodia, touching off massive anti-war demonstrations. At Kent State, the National Guard opens fire on unarmed demonstrators. In Los Angeles, Charl...

    by BOB EMMERS on December 31, 1998
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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 December 24, 1998
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    Bitten by Celebrity - Who's the star here?

    I've been quite infected by the celebrity bug this week-interviewing Wink Musselman's Quartet of Shame will do that to you (see Music feature). Luckily, it's a very inclusive, proletarian kind of celebrity bug, including many fabulous celebrities of...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on December 24, 1998
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