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    Los Angeles Times: "Recall Mike Carona"

    Orange County is a recall election-happy place (See Gustavo Arellano's "Recall Madness" from last August). So why not recall our indicted top cop? The LA Times isn't wasting time hounding Sheriff Carona to step down. An editorial in today's edition ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 8, 2008 @ 10:20 am
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    Have Money, Will Vote: How Carlos Bustamante Pays Back Donors

    Part dos of 3... Every day, we drive by City Place, the unfinished development across the street from MainPlace Mall with cool live/work lofts and horrid restaurants (seriously: McCormick & Schmidt's and Corner Bakery as the anchor tenants??? Can't...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 8, 2008 @ 8:25 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/08

    FARMER'S MARKET, 4pm Why head to the grocery store when you can get fresh and locally grown products at this market? Brea Downtown on Birch St., Brea SURFCITY NIGHTS, 5pm Bring friends and family to take an evening stroll on Main Street and have a t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rachel Leeson on January 8, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Exclusive Photo of Sheriff Carona Back to Work!

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on January 7, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
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    Sheriff Mikey, Back on the Beat

    Sheriff Mike Carona's two-month-long, taxpayer-supported leave of absence came to an end today--apparently, he and his Little Sheriff (and no, we don't mean puppet-in-charge Jo Ann Galisky, who subbed while Mikey-Mike was off supposedly preparing for...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rich Kane on January 7, 2008 @ 1:01 pm
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    Because Youre Ugly: Wardrobe Remix

    It sounds weird, but one of the best ways to develop your own personal, unique sense of style is exposing yourself to as large of a variety of styles as possible. After a while, you start realizing what it is you really like--and start separating the...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on January 7, 2008 @ 10:01 am
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    Stint in OC inspired Obama to run?

    Last month's edition of The Atlantic profiles Barack Obama in several articles. One of them, "Teacher and Apprentice," a must-read piece on the Obama-Clinton relationship by Marc Ambinder, contains a couple of theories about what lit a fire under the...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 7, 2008 @ 8:01 am
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    What you missed over the weekend: Part IV

    Friday night took Reid Sheldon to The Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, where he noted three mid-set stage exits, an impromptu rap and two wardrobe malfunctions as he documented "death doo-wop" group Jail Weddings. Check out Reid's Last Night review (the ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 7, 2008 @ 7:10 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/07

    HAPPY HOUR, 4pm $5 martinis, $6 wines, price appetizers Proof Bar, 215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana OC RECRUITMENT AWARENESS PROJECT MEETING, 6:30pm The OC-RAP meets the first Monday of every month. El Centro Cultural de Mexico, 310 W. 5th St., Santa A...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rachel Leeson on January 7, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    Murder, MySpace, Babysitters, Betrayal: The Best National True Crime Stories of 2007

    They are the modern versions of monster stories. True Crime writers seek out such tales every day, finding them in two sentence-long police blotter blurbs, law enforcement sources lamenting the one that got away, or victims looking for justice. They...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 7, 2008 @ 12:04 am
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    Update: HB Kitty Safe and Sound!

    Angela was restless and heartbroken as she listened to the desperate meowing of a stranded kitty in a tree, high above her apartment complex in Huntington Beach. It was going on day three and the kitty was still trapped in the wind and the rain - tha...

    @ Navel Gazing by Leslie Agan on January 6, 2008 @ 7:38 pm
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    Save a kitty in HB!

    OCW reader Angela Gargano sent us an SOS this afternoon, and we're passing it onto you. Anyone feel like tree-climbing to save a poor rained-out cat in Huntington Beach? Here's Angela: We've had a small cat stuck up in a tree at my apartment for...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 6, 2008 @ 2:47 pm
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    When a Conflict of Interest Isn't But Should Be: The Carlos Bustamante Story

    First of three parts... There are political hacks, and then there is SanTana councilmember Carlos Bustamante, the Orange County Republican Party's Great Brown Hope and a man who seemingly never met a political donation he didn't accept and subseque...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 6, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
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    Another Santa Ana Councilmember With Conflict - of - Influenza?

    *Updated, with new info on the bottom... Earlier, we discussed the developmental gerrymandering that seemingly allows SanTana mayor Miguel Pulido and councilmember Vince Sarmiento to vote on the city's Renaissance Specific Plan (RSP), the controvers...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 4, 2008 @ 9:27 pm
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    Newport Beach Wants More Wayne

    As impressive as the statue of John Wayne is at Santa Ana airport, I've always preferred the one of the Duke on horseback in front of the Larry Flynt building in Los Angeles. Some might say that having a conservative icon adorning the building of a n...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 4, 2008 @ 5:50 pm
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    Hugh Hewitt and His "Attempted Coup"

    Nothing is more schadenfreude than seeing a self-righteous loudmouth get schooled, and that's what's happening with Hugh Hewitt as we speak. His guy Mitt Romney lost the Iowa caucus yesterday despite spending mucho dinero. Baby Hughie will be on the ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 4, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
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    Is Martin Millard Running for Costa Mesa City Council?

    To the lower right of this post, you'll see a couple of Orange County blogs. It's just a smattering--indeed, we host more than our share of idiots. And few are worse than infamous Costa Mesa racialist Martin Millard. We can never tell exactly what M...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 4, 2008 @ 8:04 am
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    So you wanna be a foreign correspondent. . .

    Journalists aren't winning any popularity contests these days. Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Round-up Wednesday with the following boldfaced title: 86 journalists killed in 2007 - up 244% over five years!!! (Exclamation...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 4, 2008 @ 7:52 am
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    To Do Tonight: 01/04

    RAY BUSH AND THE BBC JAZZ BAND 8 p.m. These old chaps seriously know their jazz. Bonus: Boddingtons on tap. The Olde Ship British Pub, 1120 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, (714) 550-6700 SWING DANCE LESSONS 7:45 p.m. Unleash your inner swinger with a one ho...

    @ Navel Gazing by Erin DeWitt on January 4, 2008 @ 6:00 am
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    One Missed Opportunity

    ONE MISSED CALL, based on a Japanese movie I've never seen that was in turn based upon a Japanese novel I never read, is unfortunately not a movie I will wholeheartedly recommend. It has moments, and gets very close to being something worthwhile, but...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 4, 2008 @ 2:41 am
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