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    Well-Respected - Anthony Pignataro eats free

    Photo by Chris PanaiaNot that many years ago, no self-respecting newspaper reporter would pass up an invitation to a press conference featuring a couple of dozen gorgeous models, free food and free booze. But on June 25, the cream of OC's print and ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 11, 2002
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    Counter-Counterstrike - The Regs obsession with a computer game

    On June 8, 14-year-old Eduardo Fernndez was gunned down as he stepped from a taxi near his Garden Grove home. Within hours, local police had four suspects under arrest; about the same time, The Orange County Register named an accomplice: the comput...

    on July 11, 2002
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    What If You Had a Pissing Match and Nobody Came? - Orange Coasts Ruth Ko is all in a tizzy!

    The world of Orange County lifestyle mags is a placid one, an untroubled place of shopping, fine dining and charity balls. There are no worries here, only caviar on new potatoes at the latest grand opening of the newest boutique. Ladies are shod in ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 11, 2002
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    Turn on the Crapper

    Illustration by Bob AulYou showed up at our party with a mutual friend. After a couple of drinks, several of us decided to take a swim in the community pool. I know you're at home in the water--you play water polo and swim competitively--but this wa...

    by ANONYMOUS on July 4, 2002
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    Diary of a Mad County

    TUESDAY, June 18 Jubilation breaks out at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim as the Mighty Ducks believe they have signed their first-round pick in the 2000 draft, left winger Alexei Smirnov. However, as so often happens to Anaheim's snakebit hockey fran...

    by Matt Coker on July 4, 2002
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    Do the Doo

    Patient: Scooby Doo Profile: Tepid live-action version of the tepid long-running cartoon that can't make up its mind whether it's spoof or tribute. The movie is successful in re-creating the sensation of watching a Scooby Doo cartoon in that it lea...

    by Steve Lowery on July 4, 2002
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    Emo Incorporated

    It looks too real to be a joke. But hear this now, emo kids: if www.emo-wear.com is real, it pretty much drags a broken bottle across the jugular of your scene. The LA-based website ("Your one-stop shop for all your clothing needs") offers T-shirts,...

    on July 4, 2002
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    Way of the Gun

    As July 4 approaches, people are hunkering down and waiting for the terrorists to strike, whether with nerve gas in the subways, fuel trucks plowing into synagogues, bombs carried in kayaks, or assaults by fighters swimming to their targets in scuba...

    by JAMES RIDGEWAY on July 4, 2002
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    Breasts, DJs, Breasts, Hot Chicks, House, Trance and Breasts - Club Rubber hits the road

    Since I don't really like cool people (that's right: if I like you, you're probably good and lame), Club Rubber has always been an exercise in self-loathing. Porn stars with vinyl boots up to their throats? Black Flys peeps? Trust-fund kids? Anybody...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on July 4, 2002
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    In the Sewage Pipeline - Anti-dumping bill picks up steam

    Illustration by Bob AulA bill by don't-call-me-an-environmentalist Assemblyman Ken Maddox (R-Garden Grove) is shaping up as Orange County's best chance to clean up the 240 million gallons of sewage it flushes into the local ocean every day. But to b...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on July 4, 2002
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    The Hate Crime That Wasnt - Register, Daily Pilot treat the Iron Cross as a crime unto itself

    In 1964's Man and His Symbols, Carl Jung observed that symbols "imply something vague, unknown or hidden from us." Reporters at The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times and the Daily Pilot have apparently never read Jung. In the past few weeks,...

    on July 4, 2002
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    The Partially Informed Alarmist - NEW COLUMN!

    Through painstaking analysis based on media reports, conjecture and healthy paranoia, the Partially Informed Alarmist has determined Orange County will suffer a heinous July 4 attack involving al-Qaida terrorists, dirty bombs, Chinese dupes, UC Irvi...

    by MATT STANFIL on July 4, 2002
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    Party Favors - While victims cried, the DAs office aided super Republicans Eddie and Jo Ellen Allen in a multimillion-dollar scamfest

    Photo by Yoshitaka OkadaDespite citizen complaints and a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling last year that Edgar Dale "Eddie" Allen stole millions of dollars in a scam that relied on fake business, war and espionage credentials, the Orange County dis...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 4, 2002
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    Kooshian Coup? - Controversial AIDS doctor hopes to control countys public HIV programs

    Photo by Jack GouldDespite recently admitting under oath that he gave bogus injections to at least one AIDS patient, Dr. G. Steven Kooshian is seeking to take over Orange County's public AIDS programs. Kooshian--who is also under investigation by ...

    by R. Scott Moxley on July 4, 2002
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    Letters

    Contact us via e-mail (letters@ocweekly.com), regular mail (Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) or fax (714-708-8410). Letters will be edited for clarity and length. By submission of a letter, you agree that we ca...

    on July 4, 2002
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    A Very PhilDickian Existence - Minority Report author Philip K. Dick found Orange Countys truth stranger than science fiction

    "The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself" --Heraclitus, as often quoted by Philip K. Dick As a science-fiction writer, Philip K. Dick was--sometimes painfully--without peer. As a writer, period, Dick was as valuable and as uniqu...

    by Chris Ziegler on July 4, 2002
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    I liked You for a Moment

    Illustration by Bob AulWhen I first met you the other night at the bar, I liked you. You seemed friendly. That's why I was joking with you. You see, I was being sarcastic when I said that irritating guy who was trying to talk to us had just stolen a...

    by ANONYMOUS on June 27, 2002
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    Records That Changed My Life

    You probably figured this out years ago--particularly if we ever reviewed your crappy band--but music critics don't know everything. Oh, we know more than you, with your Pavement CDs and your stupid Misfits action figures and your twice-monthly trip...

    on June 27, 2002
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    Peace, Funk and O.J., Too! - Slapbaks suburban soap opera

    Slapbak are a funk band from Mission Viejo. Wait! No! Stop laughing!The MV can make it funky, baby! Ahhh, whatever. Slapbak svengali Jara Harris says most people think they're from LA whenever they play a gig up there. Once they see real live bla...

    by Rich Kane on June 27, 2002
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    Violently Unhip - Papa Byrd: From mild-mannered Midwesterners to lounge-funk superheroes!

    Photo by Steve WilberIf there were an unlikely reality TV show depicting the lives of the well-balanced and the mild-mannered, Scott Weaver and Christopher Hall would surely be the stars. Ask them about politics: "Bah, no need for it!" they'd say....

    by ANDREW ASCH on June 27, 2002
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