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    Agran's Irvine Machine Gets Challenger

    A majority of Irvine voters are Republicans and yet for years Larry Agran's progressive political machine has controlled the mayor's office. It's a reality Republican city councilwoman Christina Shea hopes to shatter next year. This morning Shea anno...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 13, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    Congrats to the Man Who Made ?Ask a Mexican!

    Months ago, while I was in New York for business, I asked my editor at Scribner if the rumor was true: Was the best damn publishing house on Earth really talking with Daniel Hernandez about bringing him into our familia? My jefe said s?, and I rejoic...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 13, 2007 @ 9:48 am
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    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Hiii Chemerinsky!

    What's a week without Dana worrying about Asteroids? The Washington Post recently reported that Huntington Beach/Long Beach Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Skipped Vietnam Combat Duty but tells voters "I've bled for this country") is trying to get te...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 13, 2007 @ 7:23 am
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    Snap Judgment: The Cup

    Yesterday, the much masturbated-about Stanley Cup sat at Anaheim City Hall for a good three hours. OC resident and photographer Christopher Victorio stopped by for a snapshot, but says security was pretty anal: "After countless millions of dollars g...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 12, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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    Crazy-ass Reg letter o' the day!

    (Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Rich Kane on September 12, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
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    Are Mexicans Leaving Orange County?

    Slate blogger Mickey Kaus (he of the boldface) has an interesting post about disappearing Mexicans where he virtually proclaims anecdotal evidence superior to academic studies. As proof of Mexicans disappearing, he cites the comments of an Anaheim Un...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 12, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
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    Men Get Hate Crime Charges for Vicious Beating of Illegal Immigrant Janitor

    Right about now three Southern California men probably wish that they'd just gone home after drinking booze at the Angels 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on August 8. Or, perhaps, James Joseph Kelly, 26, Justin Louis Mullins, 23, and Cheyne Danica W...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 12, 2007 @ 11:49 am
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    TIny Little Saigon Criminal Mastermind Sentenced By Feds

    Yesterday the feds punished Tina Tran, the Little Saigon criminal mastermind featured in a recent OC Weekly story, with a light sentence to fit her 4-foot-8 stature. Tran received a three year prison sentence--relatively soft considering she faced up...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 12, 2007 @ 9:06 am
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    Wednesday's Headlines

    Learn them some math! Recently, $2 million in state aid was taken from the Santa Ana Unified School District for wrongfully implementing a class-size reduction program in elementary schools. Now the district says it will lose another $3.2 million for...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 12, 2007 @ 8:50 am
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    Breaking: OC Diocese Lawyers Seek to Seal Bishop Brown Deposition

    Over the weekend, attorneys with the firm of Manly, McGuire & Stewart deposed former Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Norman McFarland and current bishop Tod D. Brown as part of the firm's ongoing lawsuit against the Orange Diocese, Mater Dei High S...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 11, 2007 @ 2:15 pm
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    Tuesday's Headlines

    county Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street of his authority over the county's multi-billion dollar investment portfolio. The Times looks into the Street-Moorlach friendship and how it went sour, while the Register digs into the documents Street rel...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on September 11, 2007 @ 9:19 am
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    Because You're Ugly: Blacklava

    A long-lost friend recently showed up on my doorstep with a gift in hand: this slogan Tee by Torrance-based Asian American clothing line, Blacklava. The shirt's a spin on those mind-numbing "Everybody Loves A(n) _____ Boy/Girl" shirts of yesteryea...

    @ Navel Gazing by Vickie Chang on September 10, 2007 @ 10:06 pm
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: The Winners

    The award winners have just been announced, and they are: Best-in-the-Fest and Best Feature both deservedly went to the dysfunctional-American-brothers-in-Thailand drama The Elephant King, which I picked as best and gave a film pick to, so I hope so...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 10, 2007 @ 4:29 pm
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    Don't Ask an Eskimo

    ?Ask a Mexican! has directly inspired some columns (Ask a Cuban-American, Ask a Korean) or been the basis for shameless rip-offs (The Ethnicist, I'm looking at you--and why haven't you posted in ages?). It was under this aegis of debunking stereotype...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on September 10, 2007 @ 3:50 pm
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    On a Rampage

    For those who missed the action Saturday night at UFC 75, Irvine's Quinton "Rampage" Jackson defeated Dan Henderson to retain his Light Heavyweight Championship. Jackson won by unanimous decision after a tough fight that went the distance. Jackson...

    @ Navel Gazing by Derek Olson on September 10, 2007 @ 11:52 am
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    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Laguna prefers goats on grass

    Carona is a thief, too? Tony Saavedra, veteran sleuth at the Register, reports today that the Orange County Sheriff's Department "swallowed" some $20 million in bond money voters approved for class upgrades at Santa Ana College. Virginia Avila, 74, t...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 10, 2007 @ 7:37 am
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    Vegan Food and Audrey Kawasaki

    UPDATE: Photos from the Ephemera show are up. There has to be a good reason for me to travel to Huntington Beach. . .especially on a Saturday when all the hot, toned bodies are walking around half-naked, and I'm walking around doughy, sweaty, and...

    @ Navel Gazing by Ryan Cox on September 9, 2007 @ 9:12 am
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Saturday out of the Sun

    Nothing like a little suspense to kickstart one's Saturday. I'm not just talking about the festival's first program of shorts, either, but the suspense over whether an actual parking spot would be had. It'd be great to say that the festival was just...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 8, 2007 @ 10:23 pm
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    SoCal Independent Film Festival: Nine Hours

    When people think that being a film critic would be fun, they aren't necessarily thinking of the days when they might be sitting in a library for nine straight hours, as I did yesterday for the SoCal Independent Film Fest. Don't get me wrong: I chos...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on September 8, 2007 @ 11:53 am
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    Overheard in the Courthouse

    --Twentysomething criminal defendant, who ridiculously believed police couldn't monitor his Nextel walkie-talkie "chirp" communications, to his annoyed lawyer in an Orange County courthouse hallway, Sept. 7, 2007. ...

    @ Navel Gazing by R. Scott Moxley on September 8, 2007 @ 9:52 am
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