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    The Continuing Story of Goat Boy, the Pesky Terrorist

    If there's anything funny about the U.S. War on Terror and its hunt for al-Qaeda, it's the fact that nearly six years after 9/11, we still haven't been able to capture or kill Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a.k.a. Azzam the American, a.k.a. Goat Boy. At least t...

    @ Navel Gazing by Nick Schou on August 7, 2007 @ 11:38 am
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    Bananarama

    Guy from neighboring county ties up co-workers, robs $1.5 million from a casino and is caught a few days later while on the run. Local guy continues bank-robbing spree he began in May, has a colloquial moniker (Big Banana, due to his eating habits d...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on August 7, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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    Tuesday's Headlines

    No deal, Disney: Talks have reportedly ended between Disney officials and the developer that wants to build cheap housing by the Mouse's ritzy resort -- but no settlement was made. Grab your robes, H.B.: The Huntington Beach City Council voted unan...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 7, 2007 @ 9:59 am
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    The Pic That Won't Quit

    Last week, we noticed that a photo of me watching a 3-D presentation made it into USA Today. Earlier this morning, I was told the photo was also on AOL. And then today, I see it on Time Magazine's website (thanks KT for the tip-off!) Be nice if the...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on August 6, 2007 @ 4:16 pm
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    Harald Martin: Mexican Lover?

    Turns out everybody's favorite Mexican-suing, rape-victim-blaming, Zapatistas-supporting school trustee is actually Anaheim's only defender of poor, hopeless Mexicans--and he's getting hell for it. At least that's how Harald Martin describes himself....

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on August 6, 2007 @ 2:43 pm
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    Get Your Rocks Off

    As a frequenter of the AMC 30 at the Block every Thursday night when they show all the new releases, I've also become a fan of Cafe Tu Tu Tango, the most adjacent restaurant, and bar that seems to stay open the latest. It was only last week, however...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on August 6, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
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    Monday's Headlines

    Not you again: Former Garden Grove resident and al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn made new video threats Sunday. Rats! Angel Stadium's got a rat infestation 13 times worse than Petco Park and Dodger Stadium combined, reports the Reg. New record for OC ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 6, 2007 @ 10:06 am
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    That's Bull

    Click the photo for snaps of bull riding, sky diving - and then some - in Costa Mesa:

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 5, 2007 @ 8:41 pm
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    The OC Fair: One last look

    OK, I'll admit it. The entry reads "one last look," but yesterday was in fact my first look at the OC Fair...my first American fair, to confess further. As I was born and raised in Manila, my fair experiences consisted of badly-made (and pretty fri...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 5, 2007 @ 12:46 pm
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    Snap Judgment: Fad Feet

    I was running across a parking lot at the OC Fair this afternoon when I spotted the sticker pictured here on a parked Ford SUV. That's probably the cutest version of the "family in car" mass fad sticker I've seen yet. It's usually the semi-sexist gi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 4, 2007 @ 9:58 pm
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    Overheard in OC: "Don't Date No White Girl"

    "No, like, dude, don't date no white girls. They're, like, plain. You know? They have no spice like a Mexican girl. I'm not trying to use stereotypes. (Silence.) Uh-huh, uh-huh. (Silence.) No, I know she's hot. I know. (Silence.) But white girls are...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on August 4, 2007 @ 8:25 pm
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    LYT's Film Pick of the Weekend 8-3-07

    HOT ROD It's not exactly going out on a limb to say that Andy Samberg has been the best addition to the Saturday Night Live cast in a long time - he's been the main reason that for the first time since the dawn of the Internet age, fans actually sta...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on August 3, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
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    Friday's Headlines

    United by dislike: Anaheim officials on team left and team right don't see eye to eye on many things, but there is one thing they can agree on: that school board appointee Harald Martin sucks. Quick 'n dirty way to make the Minn. bridge story local...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on August 3, 2007 @ 10:12 am
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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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