Our Top Ten Stories of the Past Decade
As head of the second-largest Catholic diocese west of the Mississippi, you'd think Bishop Tod D. Brown would take his position seriously, would try to act as only as his seat. If only. From allowing pedophiles to roam the county's parishes to protecting them in court, from spending millions of dollars on houses for his priests while telling sex-abuse victims he didn't have any money to pay for their medical needs to lying about the molestation allegations from his past, His Excellency made a mockery of Christ And all along, the Weekly covered his regime, eventually leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and the release of thousands of documents that proved what Weekly readers always knew: Brown's regime is one only a NAMBLA member could love.
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No less an authority than the Anti-Defamation League has called Orange County the skinhead capital of America, and the Weekly has exposed them at every turn, whether it was the federal trial against the prison gang Aryan Brotherhood, the murder trial against a lisping PEN1 hitman, or the hilarious narrative that resulted after four white supremacists tried to kill a Mexican in a barrio only to get beat up by Mexicans. But the best story of them all was Rich Kane's 2001 expose of a mainstream club that had turned into a haunt for white-power bands. That club is now a popular Mexican club, proving that not only does God have a great sense of humor, he also likes to smash skins.
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