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    The iPhone: Shaken and Stirred

    The iPhone is apparently worth more as a black pile of ash than as its snazzy intact self. We know this because the mad scientists at the Will It Blend site threw the pretty tech toy in a blender, and then after finding out it DID blend quite nicel...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 18, 2007 @ 12:44 pm
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    Wednesday's Headlines & Surprises: An OC Blog Coward

    Can it get any better? Yep. Here's more from the story based on a draft complaint: "Nicholas had his private jet pick up prostitutes in New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles" to bring "them back to the Pond for his rock-star friends. He pr...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 18, 2007 @ 7:09 am
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    Dude, Here's Your Pot!

    The all-Republican Orange County Supervisors voted 4-1 today in favor of allowing county residents who suffer from a variety of ailments to smoke and possess medical marijuana without being harassed by cops. And yes, OC cops do harass medical cannabi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on July 17, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
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    Yacht 'Cha!

    Not-too-early morning brought the start of the TransPacific yacht race to Honolulu, complete with free continental breakfast and pretty girls wearing leather knee-high riding boots (to a yacht race? I think we're mixing our upper-class leisure event...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on July 17, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
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    Bad Car-ma

    We appear to be having some sick contest here at the Weekly. The working title: "Who can get the worst thing done to their vehicle?" Intern Conor Izzett started it two weeks back when a tire popped on his pickup, costing him office hours and sanity....

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 17, 2007 @ 12:02 pm
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    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: Poor Mike Carona

    OC's Embarrassing Buford T. Justice: Law-enforcement helicopters and ground crews normally -- blatantly -- tail me. You should have seen them after I revealed that local cops had planted a handgun on a DUI suspect, after I wrote about a cop who ejac...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 17, 2007 @ 7:47 am
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    Boondoggle or Balloon-doogle?

    Last Friday Weekly web editor extraordinaire Janine Kahn and I were cordially treated to a fantastic voyage on the Irvine Great Park's $5 million big orange helium airship attraction. While publications like the OC Register and Los Angeles Times -- a...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on July 16, 2007 @ 6:48 pm
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    LA Archdiocese Sex Abuse Settlement: The OC Connection

    The Los Angeles Times is rightfully concentrating on LA-area victims in its coverage of the LA Archdiocese's record-breaking Catholic Church sex-abuse settlement. What's not being covered, however, is the Orange County connection. Named in the settle...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on July 16, 2007 @ 6:15 pm
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    Elvira clones seize the Queen Mary

    Cassandra Peterson, the little redhead beneath the big black wig and swirling eyeliner, may be 55, but her character -- Elvira -- will live longer than that if she has any say in it. In an attempt to put herself up there with Santa on the cultural-ic...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 16, 2007 @ 6:02 pm
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    Beach Break: Striking distance

    Well, they're still at it. Negotiations between the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles' unionized office clerical (OCU) workers and shippers and marine terminal operators that were supposed to end in a strike at midnight if an agreement was not reach...

    @ Navel Gazing by Amanda Parsons on July 16, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
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    Irvine Certified Farmers Market: Far Beyond Apples and Oranges!

    Food, glorious food! And it's all organic! You can hear the farmers (there are about 70 of them) proudly boasting of how fresh and delicious their products are. A hilarious Calypso drummer freestyles random verses -- singing about you as you pass by....

    @ Navel Gazing by Leslie Agan on July 16, 2007 @ 4:48 pm
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    All's Fair in Love and OC

    When it's the opening day of the Orange County Fair, you have plenty of time in traffic -- an hour, in fact, just to get from Santa Ana to the fairgrounds -- to realize just how poorly the 55 is designed. Immediately after some major road feeds into ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on July 16, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
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    Monday's Headlines & Surprises

    Getting out of Dodge: Money magazine's August cover story reports on the "Best Places to Live," and Newport Beach isn't included. In fact, the magazine includes one couple--ex-OC attorney Jason Annigian, 32, and his wife, Katharine, 28--who fled the ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 16, 2007 @ 7:07 am
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    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises

    No, we're watching you, girl: Dena Bunis, Washington, D.C. correspondent for Freedom Communications, Inc., wrote an 1,100-word article detailing how Orange County's congressional representatives earmark loads of federal spending into pork. This subje...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 15, 2007 @ 5:11 am
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    Saturday's Headlines & Surprises

    Why end the war while we're killing thousands of Islamacists in Iraq?: Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty) told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's Lisa Friedman this week that Congress should be calm about the lack of success of W's Iraq...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 14, 2007 @ 8:04 am
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    Beach Break: Something Smells Fishy

    On the morning of June 30, Long Beach Peninsula residents awoke to a scene of carnage. Hundreds of dead, bloated bodies littered the shores of the upscale area, their gaseous, stinky bodies covering the landscape. It smelled like, and was, a smel...

    @ Navel Gazing by Conor Izzett on July 13, 2007 @ 7:24 pm
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    What the Times left out of the Great Park story

    Today, the Los Angeles Times ran an expos on the sky-high costs going into Irvine's Great Park. The bulk of the story was written by now-retired Times reporter Roy Rivenburg -- one he completed before he took the buyout in May. The paper decided to ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on July 13, 2007 @ 6:36 pm
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    Disneyland Tourist Crime Alert

    Don't be the amusement for a crook: As a public service to Disneyland's out-of-town visitors, we've compiled a summary of serious crimes committed in the city housing the "Happiest Place on Earth" for the period of July 3 to 9. Here are the report...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on July 13, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
  • They Got the Sheriff - OC Sheriff Michael S. Carona's reign has been equal parts tragedy and comedy. With his indictment, it enters its final act.

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    They Got the Sheriff - OC Sheriff Michael S. Carona's reign has been equal parts tragedy and comedy. With his indictment, it enters its final act.

    Besides the $700 million-per-year budget and the right to boss around 4,000 underlings, the sheriff of Orange County enjoys an undeniable perk: Everybody wants to be his friend. A weak individual with deep, unresolved emotional issues would have a h...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 1, 2007
  • Magnum Enforcer - In an ongoing federal civil trial, it's clear that one of Carona's more violent deputies enjoys gunplay

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    Magnum Enforcer - In an ongoing federal civil trial, it's clear that one of Carona's more violent deputies enjoys gunplay

    In a ninth-floor courtroom at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in Santa Ana last week, Joseph William Balicki, an accused rogue sheriff's deputy, twists the corner of his mustache, scratches his Roman nose and stares ahead as if lost in thought. I...

    by R. Scott Moxley on November 1, 2007
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