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    Sequelitis Hits Gaming! - Are megamergers healthy for the industry?

    When the computer-game industry was young, just about anyone could sit down at a computer and pound out a game. Development costs were low; barriers to entry were few. Take the original Zork, a text-based game that came out in 1979, created as a lar...

    by WYN HILTY on March 18, 1999
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    The Big Chill

    On Feb. 16, Corona del Mar resident Chris Stearns bought a Swanson's chicken dinner from his neighborhood Albertson's on Pacific Coast Highway. That night, while attempting to open the package, Stearns realized the dinner had already expired-more th...

    on March 18, 1999
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    Pilot Error? - Race-baiting in Newport

    Considering that Ferraris may outnumber blacks in Newport Beach, it's odd that Orange County's ritziest city can't avoid racist run-ins for very long. A few years back, the city's cops were accused of harassing black motorists. One allegation: polic...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 18, 1999
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    Something's Stinky - El Toro Airport Watch No. 97

    During the march 2 rush hour, the Thomas F. Riley Terminal at John Wayne Airport (JWA) was dead. There were a lot of cars in the main parking lot, but finding a spot was no problem. There was no one in line at any of the carriers' ticketing desks. T...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 18, 1999
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    In the Shadow of the Mouse

    Legend has it that after Disneyland's gates closed for the night, Walt Disney sometimes enjoyed a cocktail atop the Matterhorn. On one occasion-perhaps having downed a bit too much-tears welled in his eyes as he looked at the hodgepodge of fleabag m...

    by Matt Coker on March 18, 1999
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    Guerrilla in the Midst - The man behind the human-rights rhetoric

    Photo by Daniel C. TsangFor leaders of anti-Communist demonstrations in Little Saigon, a March 1 meeting with editors of the Times OCmarked a watershed in Vietnamese-American affairs: the county's white power structure was finally paying attention. ...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on March 18, 1999
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    Taylor Remade - Nixon's historian works his magic on incriminating tapes

    John Taylor has an impossible job. As the executive director of the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, he's responsible for portraying the most corrupt president in American history as a "statesman"-a president who made sweeping pr...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 18, 1999
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    The Jesus Virus - And other perils of modern life

    A couple of years ago, OC's best alternative weekly got hit with a virus. The bug was a Microsoft Word macro virus, which, when you opened a file, randomly whisked through reorganizing the text and occasionally inserting the mystery word "wazzu." (B...

    on March 11, 1999
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    Singing to the Chorus - El Toro Airport Watch No. 96

    The county will say anything to get their airport at El Toro. On Feb. 24, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Tom Wall gave an "informal presentation" on the El Toro planning process at the Newport Beach Central Library. To the 40 or so locals-m...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 11, 1999
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    Invisible Enemies - Who's the real threat in Little Saigon? Ask the FBI.

    A few weeks ago, an FBI spokesman offered The Orange County Register a less-than-dramatic news flash: the bureau is monitoring the activities of communist agents in Little Saigon. The news that the FBI monitors foreign agents and that some of those ...

    by Nick Schou on March 11, 1999
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    Scars and Stripes - What's behind those yellow flags in Little Saigon?

    Anti-communist demonstrators chant "Freedom!" as they wave miniature yellow flags with red stripes during massive organized rallies against video-store owner Truong Van Tran. But some historians point out that the three red stripes on a yellow backg...

    by DANIEL C. TSANG on March 11, 1999
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    Slippery When Wetlands - The Times-and the HB council-screws up on Bolsa Chica

    In his damning 1954 expos Billion Dollar Blackjack: The story of corruption and theLos Angeles Times, William Bonelli observed that the influential newspaper company "makes itself out to be a champion of honesty in government" but actually aligns "...

    by R. Scott Moxley on March 11, 1999
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    Roasted Lam - Tony Lam dragged into Little Saigon shitstorm

    Amid growing tension in Little Saigon, Westminster City Councilman Tony Lam sought this week to answer the accusations leveled at him since disturbances erupted around local businessman Truong Van Tran. In recent weeks, rumors have circulated that...

    by JASON ANDREW COHN on March 11, 1999
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    Letters

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    on March 4, 1999
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    Yuppie Chow - Dedicating Chapman's Commie Girl Pencil Sharpener and Hole Punch

    So we went to see Anthony Michael Hall-of Breakfast Club fame-hoping to mock him mercilessly, along with the new Anthony Michael Hall Literacy Club in the Harry and Diane Rinker Atriumof the Argyros Forum at Chapman University. Our first question, o...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on March 4, 1999
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    Don't Leak on Me - Does the anti-airport coalition need a little more internal debate?

    The anti-airport El Toro Airport Information Site (www.eltoroairport.org), a site we've written about quite positively in the past, regularly reprints copies of Anthony Pignataro's El Toro Airport Watch, a column that more regularly appears in the W...

    by WYN HILTY on March 4, 1999
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    A Dissenter Emerges

    Duc Ngyuen Au is a frustrated man. "I don't like the guy, personally," Au says, referring to Truong Van Tran, the Little Saigon video-store owner at the center of the First Amendment dispute that is rekindling raw emotions from the Vietnam War. But,...

    on March 4, 1999
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    Crossing Guard - El Toro Airport Watch No. 95

    For more than two years, county officials have claimed they could design an international airport at El Toro that is safe and profitable. County officials say the hills and mountains that surround the base on three sides-the same ones that force nim...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on March 4, 1999
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    Same Place, New Debacle

    The same county that brought us little-traveled-but environmentally destructive-multimillion-dollar toll roads, a neighbor-vs.-neighbor war over a proposed $2 billion international airport and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history present...

    on March 4, 1999
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    Hooray for Baby Swapping - Defending mommy's little nightmare

    Baby swapping has been quite the rage after a Tustin couple recently delivered a baby at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange but left the hospital with the "WRONG BABY!" I first learned about this from TV-news reports about the "MATERNITY ROOM NIGHTMARE!"...

    by Steve Lowery on March 4, 1999
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