Diary of a Mad County

MONDAY, Oct. 14 As the San Francisco Giants are winning the National League crown and a World Series showdown with the Angels, Giants fans shout, "Beat LA!" Anaheimers promptly log onto the Giants website to clarify that the Angels are not from Los Angeles, spurring one Giants fan to mockingly chant, "Beat the Greater LA metropolitan area!" We can't win. Well, we can, but . . . you know.

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 The Orange County Register is eliminating 35 jobs—including some in the newsroom—and freezing wages for the next year, the Associated Press reports. So this is how the new CEO of Freedom Communications, the media chain whose flagship fish wrap is the Reg, is keeping disfunctional Hoiles Family shareholders at bay.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 Laguna Beach's Ross Embry, who grew 12 marijuana plants to use and share with neighbors at the Hagan Place apartment complex for fellow HIV patients, pleads not guilty to felony charges of cultivation and possession of pot for sale. If you're wondering why the 53-year-old is being prosecuted given the state's Compassionate Use Act, you're not alone. "This is ridiculous," Hilary McQuie, spokeswoman for Americans for Safe Access, tells someone at the Reggie not yet let go. "He's a compassionate provider. And 12 plants is a very small number." Unfortunately, the law's ambiguity about how much pot one can grow is frequently pounced on by those boozers at the Orange County district attorney's office.

THURSDAY, Oct. 17 The Orange County Coastkeeper environmental group releases a study that shows local boaters may be illegally discharging raw sewage into the ocean because harbor pump-out stations are frequently inoperable. Guess that's where the term "poop deck" comes from.

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 Over a story about the 100-year sentence given to Santa Ana rapist Eduardo Alberto Guzman, the Register's print version carries the headline, "Rapist Gets Forever." But our jaws hit the linoleum when we catch the headline over the online version of the story: "Rapist Given Stiff Sentence." Actually, he'll get that when he enters the state penal system.

Paul Brennan contributed to this week's report.
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