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    Easy to Be Hardy - Roughing it without all the rough edges

    Art by Bob AulEvery experienced camper knows you don't drop acid until after you've put up the tent, but for whatever reason-and in those days, most reasons came in packs of six-Kent and I were already starting to fry by the time we remembered. The ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on May 13, 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 May 6, 1999
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    Up in Smoke - My mama said it's good to be natural

    Unfortunately, marijuana is still illegal, you know, despite the recent National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine study commissioned by Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey that concluded (to his eternal chagrin) the use of medicinal marijuana may be...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on May 6, 1999
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    Blame Game - Another teen tragedy, another excuse to bash gamers

    On April 20, two teenage boys walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and opened fire. By the time the shooting was over, 23 people were wounded and 15 were dead-including the two gunmen. Columbine had been transformed in a matter ...

    by WYN HILTY on May 6, 1999
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    Take My Coffeehouse. . . Please!

    Art by Bob AulTired of slacking at that dead-end telemarketing job? Fed up with data entry? Thinking it's about time to flip off your brain-dead boss and go to work for you, yourself and ONLY you? Got 100 bucks? For $100, you can enter Hot Java's 50...

    by VICTOR D. INFANTE on May 6, 1999
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    Advertising Age - El Toro Watch No. 104

    It's a shame the entry deadline for advertising's Clio Awards was March 1 because county officials are preparing for a golden opportunity to win some glory. Soon, the county will spend $151,620 on a series of television commercials and talk-show-sty...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 6, 1999
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    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Bomb

    From outside, the house on Tustin's East Seventeenth Street resembles all the other single-family residences alongside it-except for that big "Transcendental Meditation & TM-Sidhi Program" sign out front. Certainly, the occupants of the cars whizzin...

    by Matt Coker on May 6, 1999
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    Got Gas? - 25 things to consider on April 30

    Photo by Jack GouldIf all goes according to plan, none of the big oil companies currently gouging drivers will make any money on April 30. Organizers of a 24-hour strike that day-which has been promoted almost exclusively through e-mail-has one purp...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on May 6, 1999
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    Hearts and Blinders - The propaganda war continues in Little Saigon

    LBJ, Richard Nixon and General William C. Westmoreland are gone, but the battle to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese continues. These days, as Little Saigon commemorates the April 30, 1975, fall of Saigon, the battle will be led by the Yout...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on May 6, 1999
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    Down These Mean Equestrian Trails - Middle-aged rage kills more kids than student gunners

    The grisly roster of slaughter in our own manicured back yards escalates. Orange. Huntington Beach. South Bay. Anaheim. Mission Viejo. Quiet suburban blocks, middle class to luxurious. Their peace shattered by senseless carnage: stabbings, assault...

    by MIKE MALES on May 6, 1999
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    'School's out Forever' - Can music make kids kill?

    The shooting massacre at a suburban Denver high school did more than send an entire nation into mourning. It sent us into a headlong search for possible explanations: bad parents, jock culture, dangerous ideas, violent images. All have come under sc...

    by Steve Lowery on May 6, 1999
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    Beach Blanket Stinko - Corky's fight to keep our ocean clean

    100,000 FLUSHESAs he does almost every morning, Corky went for a run along Aliso Beach on Jan. 7, 1997. After working up a sweat, he dove into the ocean for a swim several hundred yards north of where the mouth of Aliso Creek pours into Laguna Beach...

    by Matt Coker on May 6, 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 April 29, 1999
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    Be Nice! - There are enough bitchy drag queens in the world!

    Photo by Miles RobinsonWe recently got a note from our good friend Jim Bieber of Young Americans for Freedom. Apparently, his panties are still in a bunch that I thought it was funny that his friend got his ass whupped by-as the YAFers like to call ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 29, 1999
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    The Stock Detective - Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of online stock tipsters?

    On April 7, Bloomberg News (www.bloomberg.com) woke up to discover it had an evil twin on the Internet. That morning, someone had posted a site identical to the respected financial news service's, reporting that the Tustin high-tech company PairGain...

    by WYN HILTY on April 29, 1999
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    No Fly Zone - El Toro Airport Watch No. 103

    Sensible observers of county politics suspect the Irvine Co. secretly supports the county's disjointed, disingenuous plans for an international airport at El Toro. They know this because it's ludicrous to think a company that owns 60,000 acres of un...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO 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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