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    Gil, Drop the Bill

    State Senator Dick Ackerman is as conservative as they come, and must no doubt be thrilled that ICE raids in OC are now as common as sunny days. But his thinking on a proposal by Los Angeles-area State Senator Gil Cedillo to require that California s...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 25, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
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    NYT profiles The Mexican

    Two weekends back, The Mexican picked up the LA Press Club's President's Award. And just yesterday, Mireya Navarro of The New York Times gave his story some print time. Some highlights: In the process, "Ask a Mexican!" has turned its 28-year-old...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 25, 2007 @ 3:36 pm
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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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    Letters - OC Weekly is a stupid tabloid for journalists/writers who could never make it to a real newspaper!

    Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908. GIMME A DAYBREAK That was one mean and aw...

    on October 11, 2007
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    Hey, You! - No Sex for the Ex

    You are the dickhead ex-boyfriend who threw my things on the lawn in front of all my friends at a Christmas party, then chased me down the street. I was devastated but ended it because I have self-respect. But then you show up at my company party mo...

    by ANONYMOUS on October 11, 2007
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    It's Your Money - But the government spends it

    For an undisclosed price, the Orange County Board of Supervisors hired a private consultant who convinced the board for "strategic reasons" to change the name of a county agency from "Harbors, Beaches and Parks" to "OC Parks." Send your government...

    by R. Scott Moxley on October 11, 2007
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    Caught in Violation of the Act - WEB EXCLUSIVE! DAs report finds Capistrano Unified held illegal closed meetings

    After months of investigating a number of closed sessions and day-long "performance evaluation" meetings held between 2003 and 2006, the Orange County district attorney's office has found that the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees...

    by DAFFODIL J. ALTAN on October 11, 2007
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