Posted Aug. 29, 5:45 p.m.

Following up on a story the Riverside Press Enterprise got its mitts into this past June, and which the Los Angeles Times followed Aug. 7, People magazine's Sept. 5 issue will report on a general physician who is facing growing accusations of negligence following the deaths of 13 patients on whom he'd performed gastric-bypass surgeries. Dr. Terry Sanderfer, who was educated at UC Irvine School of Medicine, and who now practices at various Riverside County-area hospitals, has faced 21 malpractice suits in recent years alleging deficiencies in gastric-bypass surgeries. People's piece opens with the story of Felicia Miars, a 24-year-old out of Colton. She went from loving wife, mother of a 2-year-old boy and vivacious office clerk with dreams of someday being as doctor to being dead mere weeks after the surgery to take some of the 270 lbs. off her 5'7" frame. The family claims Sanderfer nicked an artery during surgery. Early stories in the Riverside P-T, back when gastric bypasses were a relatively new procedure, have the doctor conceding that such surgeries are high risk and intended only for high-risk people.

Hats off to the Orange County Register's Barry Koltnow for Sunday's story, which got picked up by all the news services and will do doubt get full play on tonight's TV infotainment circuit, that The Constant Gardener star Rachel Weisz discovered that there are masses of impoverished people living in--get this!--Africa! Hey, somebody throw a concert! "In this film, I'm just trying to remind people that there is this place on the planet called Africa where people are living in terrible poverty," Weisz told Bar. "That is the message of my movie." My movie!? Ahem . . . yeah . . . anyhoots: Way to go, OC Regerino! It makes us proud. It also kinda makes us wish Orange County's supposed paper of record had been that keen about the story of crushing poverty in Santa Ana--you know, the rusting real estate that surrounds the Reg's bustling newsoleum? The Associated Press on Sept. 4, 2004, broke the story about the Rockefeller Institute of Government issuing a study about poverty rates across the United States. Santa Ana's fate as the worst of the worst was exposed the following day to readers of daily newspapers in Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Omaha, Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, North Carolina, Birmingham, Alabama, Albany, New York, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas,and Seattle, which got the added benefit of getting to boast about being the least troubled American city when it came to poverty. (But iconic rock star suicides? Still No. 1, baby!). The Los Angeles Times also got in on the action on Sept. 5, not simply relying on the same warmed-over wire story but throwing two reporters at it to make the story their own, proving it helps to have things like armies of reporters and unlimited resources (well, we peons at the lean Reg and leaner, meaner Weekly consider 'em unlimited; the suits at Tribune, Inc. may beg to differ--and how!). It was not until Sept. 6--a.k.a. an eternity in daily newspaperland--that the Grand Avenue Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight churned out some copy on their own home city's piss-poor poorness. Keep in mind this is the fish wrap that claims "we're on Orange County's side." But don't be too hard on our pals down the block; it's not like they had the benefit of a Hollywood starlet giving them the scoop on that one.

Re: The email exchange below:

Good to hear from you.
Hack n Flak blogger Josh Lyman--the biggest little consultant in the world--is going on sabbatical. CA-48 blogger Sam Seaborn--me-- is staying put, and will continue to provide daily commentary on the special election.

Keep in touch,

Posted Aug. 26, 6:06 p.m.

And now a nice little email exchange:

On 8/26/05 2:37 PM, re: 15 Minutemans of Fame, Sam Seaborn wrote:


Why no mention of CA-48 in your latest roundup on the race to succeed Chris Cox?



On 8/26/05 5:38 PM, Me:

I'm sorry, CA 48, I didn't mention because I didn't know. In fact, I read and re-read this email several times because I thought you were saying I neglected to mention the House district. Silly me. I shall rectify my error of omission in a few minutes. Hopefully. Very soon, I swear.

So CA 48 is going on sabbitical or somesuch?

Posted Aug. 26, 4:00 p.m.

Circle the wagons, call in the calvary and send word to your mother: one of dem dare activist judges is coming to OC. Goes by the name of Scalia, Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court's so-called Italian Stallion or Fat Tony or Pitbull the Dago if you're George W. Bush or Nino if you're in Scalia's inner circle of baby blood drinkers. He'll be at Chapman University's Memorial Hall at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to take part in a re-enactment of the 1905 Lochner v. State of New York case by students and faculty from the Chapman School of Law and Wilkinson College of Letters and Sciences. This is the 100th anniversary of the controversial Lochner decision that, for a time, barred legislative regulation of working conditions. Given his record, we guessed before knowing any better that Scalia would argue for that ruling, and sure enough, he'll be sliding into the robe of Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller, who, bitter from years of taunting because of his first name, argued with the majority that a NY law limiting bakers' working hours violated bakery owners' property rights and interfered with a "right to contract" implicit in the due process clause. California attorney general/onetime Weekly HQ visitor Bill Lockyer, who is also hubby of OC's sexiest person Nadia Maria Davis, will take the part of counsel for the State of New York, and Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman will argue on behalf of Kodak, er, Joseph Lochner, challenging the New York law. Scalia will also bum around the campus for a few hours in order to return to Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. to deliver the School of Law's annual Madison Lecture--little known fact: named after Dolly not James--the highlight of the law school's 10th anniversary of the Chapman School of Law. Seating for either event is free and open to the public, but because of limited seating you'd best call (714) 628-2610 or you may be forced into a sweaty lobby with the other peons and late comers, as we were for Ralph Nader a presidential campaign or two ago. Chapman supplied a Scalia bio with their news release on the festivities--born in 1936 in Trenton, NJ; served in the Nixon and Ford administrations (yet was not a crook; who knew?); appointed by Reagan first to the U.S. Court of Appeals, then the Supremes; spends his spare time killing things while wearing waders with Dick Cheney; yadda yadda yadda—but you'll find much more entertaining biographical details about his defense at being a constitutional originalist (ruling that the Constitution means only what it meant when it was written, saying "the Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead."). Or how he relishes being in dissent--even with his court's conservative majority, and often all by his self (In his drive to keep constitutional interpretation frozen in the aspic of 1789--and in his allegiance to a moral agenda that disapproves of abortion, homosexuality and other modern vices--Scalia has frequently found himself at odds with the majority of even this conservative court. In the term that ended in June, Scalia dissented 16 times, second only to Clarence Thomas' 21. Sweet!). Or, for all you Back of the Weekly Readers, his unbridled support for orgies.

Prediction: He'll be greeted like the conquering hero at Chapman. Especially 'cause of the orgies thing.

A Clockwork Orange (Aug. 22, 5:07 p.m.-Aug. 25, 6:01 p.m.)
A Clockwork Naranja (Aug. 14-22, 10 a.m.ish)
A Clockwork Orange (Aug. 2-10)

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