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    Still Hazy After All These Years - The Reg still ain't talking about its role in the Baugh scandal

    Attorney General Bill Lockyer has dropped criminal charges against Assemblyman Scott Baugh (R-Huntington Beach) stemming from a plot to plant a decoy Democrat in a 1995 Assembly special election. Though the state Fair Political Practices Commission ...

    by WILL SWAIM on April 8, 1999
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    Disneyland Stops Here - Was the county ever serious about a two-airport system?

    For 100 weeks, this column has been a cannon firing mercilessly at the county's international airport plans for the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. In that time, readers-inspired by the drama, infatuated with the slow-moving target-have said, "Sur...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 8, 1999
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    The Anus of Aliso Viejo

    Aliso Creek once ran only after storms. But years of development along the creek-which runs from Modjeska Canyon in Cleveland National Forest to Aliso Beach in southern Laguna-have created a constant flow of urban runoff. By the time the slime empti...

    by Matt Coker on April 1, 1999
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    Rat Boy Slim - How I helped resuscitate Elia Kazan

    Oh, those crazy Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)! How could we resist an invitation to make anti-Communist signs with them to counterprotest the Elia Kazan protesters at Sunday's Oscar? snooze-athon? Nutshell: Kazan, who is as old as Strom Thurmond...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on April 1, 1999
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    Letters

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    on April 1, 1999
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    ITEOTWAWKI Strikes Again - Don't move to Montana yet!

    Art by Bob AulFinally, this year, we're starting to see some good news about Y2K after a couple of years of sparse media coverage dominated by the ITEOTWAWKI ("It's the End of the World As We Know It") crowd. Few could complain about the state of me...

    by WYN HILTY on April 1, 1999
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    Put-Down Central

    County officials can really be insulting sometimes. You'd think the responsibility of planning and constructing a $1.6 billion international airport would at the very least cause them to pause now and again and think really carefully about how they ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 1, 1999
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    How Baseball Ruined My Life

    It's 1862: a game between the Brooklyn Excelsiors and the Brooklyn Atlantics Excelsiors. Pitcher Jim Creighton, perhaps baseball's first superstar, smashes a home run, hitting the ball so ferociously that while taking his victory lap around the base...

    on April 1, 1999
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    Goddamn You, Vin Scully

    "Throw it back! Throw it back!" Fred was gasping hoarsely, practically strangling himself with urgency. The big moment had definitely arrived-we both realized that-but it was affecting us differently. I was short of breath, too, but not saying a t...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on April 1, 1999
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    A Game Played on Grass

    Art by Bob AulWillie Mays had the catch. Bobby Thomson had the shot heard 'round the world. Me, I had the greatest two innings of the Pomona Elks Tournament ever played under the influence. In 1978, I was the centerfielder for Pacific High School ...

    by Matt Coker on April 1, 1999
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    Mo Money

    Sssh. Do you hear that? That's the weeping of my unborn children. They're lamenting their college educations. College educations that depended on Mo Vaughn's career. And we all know what that's worth now: bubkes. The Anaheim Angels signed him during...

    by ARRISSIA OWEN on April 1, 1999
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    I Killed My Best Friend

    This is baseball: I'm 10 years old and pitching for the Yankees of the Downey Junior Athletic Association. I shouldn't be pitching because I have a weak arm, which is why in the past, I've always played second base. But we have new coaches this seas...

    by Steve Lowery on April 1, 1999
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    Rebel Yell - Zapatista struggle enlivens life in el Norte

    On Sunday, millions of Mexicans went to the polls to vote in a national referendum sponsored by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), one of the last remaining guerrilla insurgencies in the western hemisphere. The official results of the...

    by Nick Schou on April 1, 1999
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    Tip-Toe Thru the Bureau - Paranoid FBI chief ordered Tiny Tim probe

    Under the auspices of national security, J. Edgar Hoover's inexhaustible paranoia and treachery led the FBI to spy on the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Ernest Hemingway. UC Irvine professor Jon Wiene...

    by R. Scott Moxley on April 1, 1999
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    Shot in the Arm - Why the poor resort to backroom injections

    Authorities and the media focused heavily on the problem of illegal clinics in Latino neighborhoods after an 18-month-old girl died from medication that she allegedly received at an unlicensed pharmacy in early March. Investigations were ordered. Re...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on April 1, 1999
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    Unified, Schmunified - Can anyone help OC's most dysfunctional school district?

    In the early 1920s, German sociologist Max Weber observed that every revolution goes through three stages of development-before it hits the wall and becomes a bureaucracy. The Orange Unified School Board hit the terminal stage earlier this month, ...

    by TIM MELTREGER on April 1, 1999
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    The Religious Right Stuff

    Gary Bauer reportedly told an Orange County audience on March 11 that he does not want to be characterized as a member of the "religious Right" should he formally seek the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. He says a distinction should be made...

    by Matt Coker on March 25, 1999
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    Beach Boulevard Breakdown - A history of OC's infamous thoroughfare

    At 1 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1997, as El Nio pounded the street, a New Mexico man leaned out the window of his Calico Motel room at 500 S. Beach Blvd., aimed his high-powered rifle at the Circle K across the street, and put a bullet into an employee's hea...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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    Screen and Shout - Buy.com monitor mishap irks Netizens

    Give us monitors or give us death!" is not quite the stirring call to arms of the revolutionary era, but to a batch of disgruntled consumers online, it's the battle cry of a new generation. And to one OC company, it's a great big pain in the ass. ...

    by WYN HILTY on March 25, 1999
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    Park It Here - El Toro Airport Watch No. 98

    If the latest spin campaign is any guide, county officials figure the best way to sell their El Toro International Airport plan is to pretend they're not building an airport. Last week, the county began asking 300 Irvine Spectrum companies near th...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 25, 1999
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