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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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    Tease Me: A Little History

    One of the reasons many people still don't know what to say when their sister or co-worker or mom says she's taking an exotic dance or pole fitness class is because many of us only associate what they're saying with one thing: strip clubs - low or hi...

    @ Navel Gazing by Daffodil J. Altan on June 21, 2007 @ 6:20 pm
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    That's Classified

    Gifts from the OC classifieds: Free Brazilian wax, anyone? There's always a catch for this sort of $50 freebie. Answer this ad, and you'll get it done live at an education conference before a waxing class. Put out: For free rent at one guy's Santa ...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 2:35 pm
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    Brookhurst Do's and Don'ts

    Three days. Three meals. Stand and shoot: H. Salt Fish & Chips 18856 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley Don't: Stop by for lunch. It'll take a small lifetime. And the seating area's tight. Do: Step in if you like your seafood caked in batter. And if yo...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
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    The Times and Me

    Pick up the Los Angeles Times today and read my essay on the boneheaded Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade committee that decided to dick with Sylvia Mendez of Mendez vs. Westminster fame. Then browse through the Times' archives and find their Ju...

    @ Navel Gazing by Gustavo Arellano on June 21, 2007 @ 11:08 am
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    Thursday's Headlines

    Pill-popper (or pusher?) picked up: A man in a plate-less BMW was arrested Tuesday night in Costa Mesa with a briefcase packed with OxyContin--highly addictive drugs nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" for their price tag. OC priest, woman vanish in Portl...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 21, 2007 @ 8:51 am
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    Elvis Has Left the Ground

    Red Bull's Flugtag competition is this weekend in Nashville, where contestants attempt to build the most effective human-powered flying machines, graded as much on showmanship and entertainment value as they are on mechanics. The rules: "All flying m...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 20, 2007 @ 2:13 pm
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    Wednesday's Headlines

    And now a word from the Vatican: Driving can be "an occasion of sin," so the Vatican's issued 'Ten Commandments' for motorists, to keep them "on the road to salvation," reports the AP. Opposing views: San Clemente residents are peeved at one neighb...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 20, 2007 @ 9:03 am
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    That's Classified

    I get everything on Craigslist. My digital SLR, drag-queen house mate and 49-year-old boyfriend. My sister's Koreatown apartment. A stint editing this Russian chick's e-book. And then there was that graveyard-shift cop-beat job with City News Service...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 19, 2007 @ 12:56 pm
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    Chalk Up Another Good Movie Night

    Co-producer Larkin Akel, a resident of Irvine, will be appearing this weekend at the Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. screenings of her movie Chalk, opening at the Westpark cinema, 3755 Alton Pkwy., Irvine. I had a chance to see Chalk last year at the L...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 19, 2007 @ 12:43 pm
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    Black and Blue at the zoo

    On Friday, a friend and I drove to the OC Zoo inside the Irvine Regional Park to catch up with the "Surf's Up" mobile tour. The folks manning the brightly colored truck (featuring characters suspiciously similar to those in Happy Feet) were handing o...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 19, 2007 @ 9:48 am
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    Tuesday's Headlines

    Paying for parking lot rage: A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday after running down a former high school football coach in an Aliso Viejo parking lot. One sick puppy: A pet shop owner in Lynwood has been accused of tortur...

    @ Navel Gazing by Janine Kahn on June 19, 2007 @ 8:15 am
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    Get Sicko This Saturday - Updated

    Michael Moore's new film Sicko, a comedic documentary about the U.S. health care system, opens nationwide June 29--but this Saturday (June 23), the University Town Center theater will be hosting a special sneak preview, presumably to get ahead of al...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 18, 2007 @ 6:40 pm
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    Just Another Saturday Night With Pornstars And Horny Cab Drivers

    The night started out innocently enough. I went to Riannon's to meet up with my usual Long Beach crew to go dancing at the berhip Club Touch It. If I could only have known how the night would have turned out, I could have . . . hell, I don't know wh...

    @ Navel Gazing by Erin DeWitt on June 18, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
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    Ink & Iron Fest: Correction

    I just got off the phone with Ink & Iron Festival producer Trace Edwards -- as it turns out, the stabbing that was reported to me by a bartender, and circulated as a story among some convention-goers, was NOT accurate. An individual thought he had b...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 18, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
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    Shut Your Bitch Up!

    Santa Ana's city council is considering fines and possible jail time for owners of dogs whose four-legged friends keep barking incessantly for 30 minutes or more. It's like Domino's Pizza in reverse -- 30 minutes or less and it's free, but any longer...

    @ Navel Gazing by Luke Y. Thompson on June 18, 2007 @ 12:01 pm
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