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    Sixteen Hours With Vietnam's President

    Dozens of media outlets filed reports this weekend about the historic Orange County visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet, but only one American reporter gained exclusive access. Read R. Scott Moxley's story in Thursday's edition of the OC W...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 12:11 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Chasing Ghosts and Iranians

    I think I may finally be getting the hang of this festival schedule. Four shows today, and I never felt close to collapsing from tiredness. Perhaps it was the concession food that kept me going. Speaking of which, doesn't it seem totally wrong that a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 25, 2007 @ 11:26 am
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    Monday's Headlines

    Clinton in town: Former Prez Bill Clinton will be in Newport Beach today, but the press isn't invited -- unless they want to donate between $300 and $4,600 to Hillary's campaign, notes the Daily Pilot. Welcome to the jungle: The Times hops on the w...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 5:54 am
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    LAFF 2007: Cool Cats and Bad Kitties

    What can I say about LIBERTY KID? To be honest, not a lot, except that I liked it. Produced by Larry Fessenden, who's best known for independent artsy horror, it's a streets-of-New-York movie about how it's rough out there, and opportunities slim -- ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 24, 2007 @ 12:03 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Dancin' to the Jailhouse Doc

    PRISON TOWN USA is the best movie I've seen at the festival so far, and the best documentary of this year so far. Confession time: More often than not, we critics will favorably review a documentary that's kinda boring, if the subject matter is impo...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 23, 2007 @ 6:19 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Lost Girls and Mighty Black Men

    One of the ideas the festival is heavily pushing this year is that for every movie you attend that you planned on seeing, you should go to another one you don't know anything about, or might not be inclined to go to normally. I tend to do this some...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 23, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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    Beach Break: Send in the Clowns - Eventually

    On the corner of Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach hangs a banner. It says "COMING SOON." and it's been hanging for years from what is supposed to be the newest Laugh Factory at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. A November 2003 arti...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on June 22, 2007 @ 5:52 pm
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    LAFF 2007: Buscemi and Amenities

    Dutch director Theo van Gogh is so identified with political martyrdom -- having been murdered by a radical Islamist -- that it comes as a bit of a surprise to sit down to a screening of INTERVIEW, the American remake of his movie of the same name, a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 22, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
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    Kicked out: Notes from the Police show

    It's tough being a non-pro photographer at a major concert. The folks from the AP and Panic Channel are a clannish bunch, united by their ber-long lenses and jargon-heavy trade talk. Standing there with your starter digital SLR can feel like droppin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 22, 2007 @ 3:11 pm
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    Beach Break: Port strike on the horizon?

    Most car salesmen and toy slangers don't worry too much about labor issues in the shipping world, but perhaps they should. A strike or lockout at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would disrupt mostly Asian imports like the cars, electronics, f...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on June 22, 2007 @ 1:28 pm
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    Heard it in the Courthouse

    "But it's my word vs. the stinking pig." -- Angry, twentysomething defendant with his lawyer in the Central Courthouse hallway awaiting trial, June 22, 2007

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on June 22, 2007 @ 11:28 am
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    Friday's Headlines

    Desegregation entry "festive" after all: Earlier in the week, we noted that a Huntington Beach panel frowned upon the idea of having a float celebrating desegregation in their Fourth of July parade. Not festive enough, they said. But a little media c...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 22, 2007 @ 10:11 am
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    LAFF 2007: And So It Begins

    [Part one of an ongoing series of reports from the Los Angeles Film Festival] Parking spaces in Westwood are like special offers in spam emails -- if you think you've got a good one, it's almost certainly too good to be true. So naturally, the super...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 22, 2007 @ 2:58 am
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    David Z jumps ship

    Well, blow me. The Times (after cutting almost 60 jobs . . . ) managed to lure one of the best damn SoCal journalists around away from the LA Weekly. David Zahniser, last year's SPJ Journalist of the Year, is off to cover Mayor Villaraigosa - former ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 22, 2007 @ 12:58 am
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    Tease Me: A Little History

    One of the reasons many people still don't know what to say when their sister or co-worker or mom says she's taking an exotic dance or pole fitness class is because many of us only associate what they're saying with one thing: strip clubs - low or hi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on June 21, 2007 @ 6:20 pm
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    That's Classified

    Gifts from the OC classifieds: Free Brazilian wax, anyone? There's always a catch for this sort of $50 freebie. Answer this ad, and you'll get it done live at an education conference before a waxing class. Put out: For free rent at one guy's Santa ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 2:35 pm
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    Brookhurst Do's and Don'ts

    Three days. Three meals. Stand and shoot: H. Salt Fish & Chips 18856 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley Don't: Stop by for lunch. It'll take a small lifetime. And the seating area's tight. Do: Step in if you like your seafood caked in batter. And if yo...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
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    The Times and Me

    Pick up the Los Angeles Times today and read my essay on the boneheaded Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade committee that decided to dick with Sylvia Mendez of Mendez vs. Westminster fame. Then browse through the Times' archives and find their Ju...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 21, 2007 @ 11:08 am
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    Thursday's Headlines

    Pill-popper (or pusher?) picked up: A man in a plate-less BMW was arrested Tuesday night in Costa Mesa with a briefcase packed with OxyContin--highly addictive drugs nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" for their price tag. OC priest, woman vanish in Portl...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 8:51 am
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    Elvis Has Left the Ground

    Red Bull's Flugtag competition is this weekend in Nashville, where contestants attempt to build the most effective human-powered flying machines, graded as much on showmanship and entertainment value as they are on mechanics. The rules: "All flying m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 20, 2007 @ 2:13 pm
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