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  • The Real Portables of South County - 2007: A year to remember

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    The Real Portables of South County - 2007: A year to remember

    I've never watched a single episode of The O.C., Laguna Beach, or The Real Housewives of Orange County. And yet, through some kind of peripheral pop-culture osmosis, they managed to infect my mental image of South Orange County before I ever actuall...

    by DAFFODIL J. ALTAN on December 27, 2007
  • Caricature Assassination - 2007: A year to remember

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    Caricature Assassination - 2007: A year to remember

    How I ended up with an amputated arm and a fountain pen for a hand is a story that begins on a hot summer day with a bunch of angry Vietnamese people arguing in a parking lot. It was July 26, and I had just arrived at a liquor store at the int...

    by Nick Schou on December 27, 2007
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    Merry Eid Ul-adha to All! - 2007: A year to remember

    In October, I set out to write a story about UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union, in hopes of giving the controversial group more of a voice than probably any other widely circulated publication. The group has been in the public eye for the past severa...

    by DEREK OLSON on December 27, 2007
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    Yo Gabba Gabba: Yo Smoka Smoka!

    It has come to our attention that the more than slightly trippy kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! has Orange roots. Filmed in Long Beach and produced in our fair county by the folks who brought us The Aquabats, the show is filled with funky techno beats, '...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on September 6, 2007 @ 7:07 pm
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    You Can't Make This Shit Up

    I don't know why--probably just to make sure I'm not missing any important updates on the latest south county exit poll nobody cares about or to get my daily fix of aerial photographs of toll road construction--but I tend to visit OC Blog every day. ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on September 6, 2007 @ 5:04 pm
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    Nick Schou: Inspiration for Plagiarists

    For the past month, OC Weekly staffer Nick Schou (with an assist from web editor Janine Kahn) has followed protests at Viet Weekly's Garden Grove offices by Vietnamese who accuse the paper of communist sympathies. Coverage of the protests by the Los ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 6, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    The Really - Really - Really - Real - This - Time - We - Mean - It OC Recap

    Newport Harbor is truly mindless television. You literally have to turn your brain off and sit in a catatonic state, drool dripping from your chin, just to stomach the incessant chatter and meaningless conversations that encompass the show. That be...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on September 6, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Opening Night

    The library certainly isn't quiet tonight. There's a red carpet outside, though nobody's walking on it. There are some surprisingly nice T-shirts for sale. And everyone here is totally approachable - can this really be a film festival? Indeed. It's...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 6, 2007 @ 1:36 pm
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    Crazy Register letter of the day!

    "Regarding your story on Loraine Barr: Why feature her ['She's out of the closet at 88," Front Page, Sept. 2]? So what that she came out of the closet after so many years? Her story is not compelling..." [blah-blah-bluh-blah-bluh, then we cut to...]...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rich Kane on September 6, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    Thursday's Headlines

    Still...more...Martin: School trustee Harald Martin has resigned, but the anti-Martin camp still wants its signature-collecting to count for something (a special election to fill his seat, as we noted the other day). Yesterday, an Orange County Super...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 6, 2007 @ 8:18 am
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    A note to Rick Reiff regarding a whiff of corruption

    Dear Rick: As the host of KOCE's Inside OC, you nearly have a monopoly when it comes to getting important stories on local television. I watched a rerun tonight of your recent interview with embattled OC Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss (I'm sick of ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 5, 2007 @ 8:29 pm
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    Snap Judgment: Urban Camper

    This is Gary Boatwright, 55, with one of the signs he says he's showed a flabbergasted Santa Ana city council. He's taken to standing outside our building here on Main Street and flashing a series of papers, some of which call the cops "fascist jac...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 5, 2007 @ 4:32 pm
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    California Police Secrecy Takes a Hit

    Is the public entitled to know who has been granted police powers in California? Or are cops entitled to, as they claim, near-national-security-level secrecy about such basic information as their names and what department employs them? These were ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 5, 2007 @ 12:06 pm
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    Stinkin' ink

    On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times plans to run a scratch-n-sniff ad in a special 32-page section about fall films. The ad, for a movie called "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," is supposedly going to smell like cake. Free Polls - Take Our Poll ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 5, 2007 @ 11:35 am
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    Stay Tooned, Part Two

    The animated fallout over my Aug. 17 story "Red Scare in Little Saigon," which detailed the anti-communist boycott of Garden Grove-based newspaper Viet Weekly ain't over yet. First there was the cartoon on Take2Tango, a Vietnamese-language website by...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on September 5, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    Wednesday's Headlines: Fishnets: yes. Hijabs: no.

    Martin out, but signature campaign continues: The anti-Harald Martin campaign is still going strong even with the controversial school trustee's resignation. The group is reportedly trying to force an election to fill his seat instead of allowing the...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 5, 2007 @ 9:23 am
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    Comic-Con follow-up: See Naked CG Angelina for Yourself

    No doubt some readers recall my description of the Beowulf footage shown at Comic-Con, featuring a photo-realistic 3-D naked Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother. While you won't see that exact footage until the film comes out later this fall, you ca...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 4, 2007 @ 4:37 pm
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    Huh-huh. It says "Head."

    Here's a pretty stylish free shoulder bag, advertising "the first live-action series from Cartoon Network" about a boy who sees cartoon characters everywhere he looks. I think they already did a movie about this mental condition, called "Miss Potter...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 4, 2007 @ 1:35 pm
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    Big Brother is Watching OC Weekly

    In case you were wondering, air travel still sucks. Flights are more crowded and dirtier than ever (I could swear that stain on my courtesy pillow was blood), and even though transatlantic flights now have video on demand, the equipment for it takes ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 4, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    Because You're Ugly: Valentino

    The 75-year-old Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, better known as just Valentino, has announced he will be stepping down at the company he founded over 45 years ago after just one more season. The move really comes as no surprise, after Valentin...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on September 4, 2007 @ 11:21 am
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