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    Snoop Doggy Dad - Vernall Varnado rides shotgun on his son's celebrity

    "When I tell people I'm Snoop Doggy Dogg's daddy, the first thing they say is I look too young to be Snoop Doggy Dogg's daddy," says Vernall Varnado, grinning as he puts down his cigarette and his bottle of beer and reaches into his back pocket. "I ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on January 21, 1999
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    Saddle Sores

    Just-retired Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Brad Gates was "one tough hombre . . . [a] cowboy at heart . . . riding high in the saddle . . . as the sun sets on his career," the Los Angeles Times observed on Jan. 1. Five days earlier, The Orange Count...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 21, 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 January 14, 1999
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    Next Time, We Drink Water! - What's the aural brevity code for 'more fun than should be legal'?

    It would have been even funnier if they'd actually arrested our friend Skeith instead of just handcuffing him after spreading him across the hood of the unmarked police car. It was New Year's Eve, and we were on our way to a many-banded shindig at t...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on January 14, 1999
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    Crystal Fur Ball - Psychic Kitty on stuff that matters

    Unlike many of its sister tabloids, the OC Weekly does not employ a professional psychic. Because of this shameful oversight (probably due to shortsighted cost cutting by our superiors, who also, for reasons we cannot understand, refuse to maintain ...

    by WYN HILTY on January 14, 1999
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    How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

    In the Dec. 11 Clockwork, we mentioned that the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District are going to treat sewage and then pump it into the ground-water basin from which north and central OC water agencies draw their tap w...

    by Matt Coker on January 14, 1999
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    Newport City Haul - The latest scandal in the city conservatives built

    In January 1993, within hours of Bill Clinton's first inauguration, a Newport Beach family made its stately way to Balboa Pier to do a most Newport thing: enjoy the sun, picnic at the beach, and while they were at it-what the hell?-call for the oust...

    by R. Scott Moxley on January 14, 1999
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    This Year in Lost Letters

    Every week, theOC Weekly tries to print the best letters that flow into our office. And every week, there are letters that don't make the cut. Some don't run because they have nothing to do with anything we've written. Some don't run because another...

    on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Fabulous Celebrities

    Did you know glamourpuss Mamie Van Doren is still alive . . . in Newport Beach? A People Magazine spread showed the 114-year-old bombshell still cheesecaking after all these years, and her gams are gammy still. How about that mean Dennis Rodman brea...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF 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 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 Year in Floodlights and Grease Paint

    Some highs and some lows of the 1998 theater season on Orange County and Long Beach stages, with a little San Diego thrown in just because we can. JAN. 1: Only eight months to go before Rent opens at the Orange County Performing Arts Center! JAN. ...

    by Joel Beers on January 7, 1999
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    The Year in Oval Office Bootie Calls

    What's the Beltway, 10,000 miles away or something like that? It would have been easy for us out here on the Left Coast to have missed word of the steamy sex romp between President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. After all, it w...

    by Matt Coker on January 7, 1999
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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 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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    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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    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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