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    2.4 million reasons to check your state taxes REALLY carefully!

    Just got your W2? Wondering how long you can leave it this year before working out how much of your I-can-see-why-I'm-not-living-in-Malibu income you owe the Governator and the feds? Well, there's some bad news from Sacramento you need to be aware ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Jack Grimshaw on January 23, 2008 @ 9:03 am
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    The "Real" Housewives of Orange County - The End!

    It's the big finale of the Real Housewives of Orange County and Bravo will henceforth be taking the series to New York to film some allegedly "real" women as they discuss their money and plastic surgery. Needless to say, I won't be participating in t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on January 23, 2008 @ 8:44 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/23

    THE MAGIC FLUTE, 7:30 p.m. Opening night for this piece of Mozart. OCW's Le Receptionist will be there! OCPAC-Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa PLAYBOY COMEDY, 8:30 p.m. Geez Louise. Last night we had Vivid girls in Irvine. Now it's...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 23, 2008 @ 1:58 am
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    Another racist Hollywood move?

    When I heard that Dragon Ball Z would be a movie, I was more than excited. For years, I dreamed of a live-action Dragon Ball flick, but then I was the guy who owned all the mangas and watched that ancient cheap live-action version of Dragon Ball: Th...

    @ Navel Gazing by Patrick Chavis on January 23, 2008 @ 12:27 am
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    How to Avoid a Total Recall

    So, this has nothing to do with Heath Ledger's overdose, but it's news that broke today and we've been with this story for a while now, so what the hell. Last September we spent some time with the CUSD Recall Committee, a feisty, frustrated group...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on January 22, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
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    C is for Calorie: Girl Scout Cookies!

    It's that time of the year again--the official Girl Scout cookie sale season started on the 19th of January. And it pains me: Boxes and boxes of Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Tagalongs are waiting for me out there and I have no idea where to fi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on January 22, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
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    Oscar Nominations are announced

    And yes, I'm up prior to the crack of dawn to get them to you. The biggest surprise, if you can call it that, is the strong showing by MICHAEL CLAYTON, with six nominations. Not so surprisingly, THERE WILL BE BLOOD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN each hav...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 22, 2008 @ 5:53 am
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    Wake Up And Suck The Orange 1.22.08

    What you get to read this morning: SOBER-LIVING HOME DEBATE: LA Times - Balboa Peninsula's plethora of sober-living homes faces the wrath of the Newport Beach City Council as well as the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach. One wonders whether these...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on January 22, 2008 @ 5:30 am
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    To Do Tonight - 01/22

    REGISTER TO VOTE, till midnight Today's your last chance to register to vote in the presidential primary. Doooo it! Registrar of Voters, 1300 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana FULL MOON WALK, 5:30 p.m. Howl at the first full moon of the year, which was inci...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 22, 2008 @ 4:10 am
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    State Park Scare Tactics

    Or, How to Fool a County. To soothe concerns that their 241 (Foothill-South) toll road extension would rape the environment, destroy endangered species and habitat, pave over archaeological and sacred sites, close the San Mateo Campground, bisect in...

    @ Navel Gazing by Alex Brant-Zawadzki on January 21, 2008 @ 8:05 pm
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    The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

    Last Friday, on the slowest of news days, the OC Register announced that it would become the largest daily newspaper in the country without a business section. The story came two days after the news that the Register's OC Post and Irvine World News...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on January 21, 2008 @ 7:19 pm
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    Art of Boozing

    I'm used to getting comments on this blog that trend towards the negative (see the "What You Missed Over the Weekend" post below for a prime example), so it was a rare treat to receive the following message in my inbox: "Read some of your reviews on...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 21, 2008 @ 5:37 pm
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    Long Beach Trek-tacular

    As much as I enjoy Star Trek, and always have, I can't say I was that enthused by the idea of "Star Trek: The Tour." What could they show me that I haven't seen? Could it possibly top the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas? Do I really want to pay top...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on January 21, 2008 @ 3:06 pm
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    Icky Vicky and the Renaissance Plan

    Yesterday, we promised to investigate why SanTana officials were so adamant in redrawing the boundaries for its much-vaunted Renaissance Plan so that planning commissioner Victoria Bentacourt could vote it. Actually, we knew what we wanted to write, ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on January 21, 2008 @ 8:26 am
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    What you missed over the weekend: Part VI

    NAMM 2008 came and went, with fans and music celebs flooding the Anaheim Convention Center. Weekly web photographer Christopher Victorio dropped by the madhouse on Saturday and ran into folks from Slipknot, Megadeth, Queensryche, Motley Crue and even...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on January 21, 2008 @ 8:15 am
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    Letters From OC Weekly Readers

    "Without Your Nosing Around, Presumably the Club Would Still Be in Operation" ARROGANCE, THY NAME IS ARELLANO This reporter is so ignorant that I am shocked you would let him write on issues he obviously knows nothing about [Gustavo Arellano'...

    by STAFF on May 1, 2008
  • Rueben Martinez's Librerķa Martinez Close to Closing Para Siempre


    Rueben Martinez's Librera Martinez Close to Closing Para Siempre

    Book End Librera Martinez close to closing para siempre If you're an Orange County resident, there's no need to explain Librera Martinez--but here's a quick recap: The 13-year-old Santa Ana bookstore is a county--no, national--landmark, the lar...

    on May 1, 2008
  • [Moxley Confidential] Politeness Didn't Help Montessori Killer Jonathan Tran at Sentencing


    [Moxley Confidential] Politeness Didn't Help Montessori Killer Jonathan Tran at Sentencing

    Nice Guys Do Hard Time Convicted murderer Jonathan Tran's politeness and high-powered lawyers didn't help him at his sentencing Arguably the most polite rapist/killer in Orange County history, a handcuffed 23-year-old Jonathan Tran entered a Sant...

    by R. Scott Moxley on May 1, 2008
  • [Hey, You!] Bathroom-Stall Standoff


    [Hey, You!] Bathroom-Stall Standoff

    You were the young, unsuspecting girl who forgot to lock the door of the public-restroom stall. You looked about 15--an already-awkward time--and I caught you with your pants around your ankles. My sincerest apologies. We've all been there. Whether ...

    by ANONYMOUS on May 1, 2008
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    [Ask a Mexican!] Mexicans. Assimilation. Believe It

    Dear Mexican: Consider the similarities between my people, the Celtic Scots, and yours, the Hispanic Mexicans. Both our people trace their roots back to Spain. We sailed north to the British Isles and mixed with the aboriginals to become the Scots; ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 1, 2008
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