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    Will the Register be As Abandoned as the Times?

    We're not supposed to like The Orange County Register, but we can't help but cringe after reading that the Reg is shrinking news staff yet again. The Reg (and the Los Angeles Times, for that matter) is atrophying before our hands--and that's not good...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on August 2, 2007 @ 4:40 pm
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    Beach Break: Killing Nemo

    Cut off from the powerful, cleansing waves of the Pacific ocean by a massive concrete breakwater, the gentle swells that lap the Long Beach coastline are so dirty that they were recently ranked the most polluted beach water in California by the Sant...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on August 2, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
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    The Vichy That Won't Surrender

    I don't know why I'm being singled out by Vichy as someone to whom massive amounts of skin-care products should be sent, but the packages just keep coming. This time, something called "Chrono-Action-Anti-Imperfection Care" (always wanted to cure mys...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on August 2, 2007 @ 4:14 pm
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    Michelle Malkin Bashes Gwen Stefani

    There are only two national blogs we read, and both of them are conservative: local loudmouth Hugh Hewitt and Michelle Malkin, whose whiny diatribes we've been catching since her days as a syndicated columnist that appeared in The Orange County Regis...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on August 2, 2007 @ 4:07 pm
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    Santa Ana's Golden Brown City Days?

    Ustedes already know that SanTana is one screwy city, but Los Angeles Times readers generally don't (readers of Jennifer Delson excepted). In my continuing effort to tell the Orange County story to the world, read my opinion piece regarding Santa Ana...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on August 2, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
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    Neighbors in pajamas, part deux

    Last Monday evening, I was lucky enough to see my neighbors in the dark of night clad in their pajamas for the second time in two weeks. Last week, I reported for the staff blog about a nasty dryer fire at my condo complex in Costa Mesa. An eerily...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on August 2, 2007 @ 2:15 pm
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    Thursday's Headlines

    Carona in the clear. Sort of: The Fair Political Practices Commission says there isn't enough evidence to prove Sheriff Michael Carona knew that a Newport Beach businessman (allegedly) funneled illegal donations to his 2002 campaign, reports the Time...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 2, 2007 @ 10:25 am
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    MTV says it puts Newport High males "in the hole"

    Matt Coker, our beloved ex-colleague who is now editor at the Sacramento News & Review, couldn't hide his contempt for MTV's world-(in)famous Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. I'd swear his right eye would uncontrollably twitch at the mention of ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on August 1, 2007 @ 8:27 pm
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    Bag Lady Heat Retreat Found

    Those of us who routinely visit Orange County's Central Courthouse are accustomed to brief delays for security precautions. Usually some first time visitor didn't read the signs that state people can't enter the building carrying knives, ice picks or...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on August 1, 2007 @ 6:44 pm
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    Has J.K. Rowling bested the slashers?

    I'm halfway through the last Harry Potter book and can already tell that the series' massive slash/yaoi following is NOT going to be pleased. For those who don't know, "slashers" are fans who read between the mainstream story lines and find opening...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 1, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
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    Wednesday's Headlines

    Sorry, guys: OC's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to start scaling back the pensions of sheriff's deputies. The whole affair has Sheriff Carona's manties in a knot, and he believes the supervisor leading the charge "has a personal vend...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 1, 2007 @ 9:03 am
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    OC White Supremacist Killer Avoids Death Penalty

    Just before lunch today, the jury in the Michael Allan Lamb murder case announced itself "hopelessly deadlocked" on whether the Public Enemy Number One (PENI) Death Squad member deserved the death penalty. The vote was nearly tied after almost thre...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 31, 2007 @ 12:43 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Last Post

    Comic-Cons are a bit like film festivals -- most people there just want to go to the big-name stuff, but you really get more out of the experience if you mix it up a little. So rather than see Kevin Smith tell his stories about Jon Peters for the ump...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 31, 2007 @ 11:55 am
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    Comic-Con 2007: Universal Focus/Rogue, part 2

    It may go without saying, but the announcement of a film entitled The Strangers that stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman wasn't exactly super-exciting. Especially when writer-director Brian Bertino comes in and he looks about 17. But ever so slowly, ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 31, 2007 @ 10:10 am
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    Tuesday's Headlines

    This shooter's a giver: "Machine-gun Sonny" has mastered a shooting game at the OC Fair and wins mountain bikes nightly. But he doesn't keep his winnings, instead giving 'em to unsuspecting kids. The fair officials don't mind being cleaned-out, repor...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 31, 2007 @ 9:32 am
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    Times reporter attacked at Comic-Con

    Well that sucks. Los Angeles Times pop culture reporter Geoff Bouche was covering the con when he got jumped on a sidewalk in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. He writes: "In the 15 years I have been writing for The Times, I have covered wildfires, riots...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 30, 2007 @ 9:30 pm
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    LYT in USA Today

    Weekly investigative reporter extraordinaire Scott Moxley just informed me that our fab Comic-Con blogger - LYT - made today's edition of USA Today. His rainbow 'do is apparently a camera magnet. That's not too surprising. Couldn't help snapping a ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 30, 2007 @ 8:57 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Indiana Jones 4 teaser poster

    Rebelscum has a good image of it right HERE

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 30, 2007 @ 6:34 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Universal Focus/Rogue, part 1

    Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick kick things off by announcing a special screening of some early footage from Coraline, their new stop-motion collaboration. It'll be later in the evening at a nearby theater, and passes can be had at the Rogue booth. Tho...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 30, 2007 @ 5:30 pm
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    Comic-Con 2007: Cagey Chronic-What?

    ..cles of Narnia! Director Andrew Adamson is live via satellite from the set in Prague, alongside Ben Barnes, who plays the title character of the new Narnia movie Prince Caspian (and also appears in the upcoming Stardust. Barnes has the Episode III...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 30, 2007 @ 4:15 pm
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