I began writing this on Friday, hours after NRA loon-in-chief Wayne LaPierre offered his predictably over-the-top defense of gun nuts, pimps and apologists for the weapons industry. Hard to imagine the cognitive dissonance required of somebody who can stick to his, yes, guns in the face of ... More >>
I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>
What Louis Braindeis once said about sunlight being the best disinfectant can probably apply here. After being "pink"-listed by The Daily as sellers of "pink slime" beef, several supermarket chains have announced that they will stop offering beef that contains the filler previously known as ... More >>
A week after the Weekly reported that local business Bob's Towing had sued the Fullerton Police department for harassment, the department fired back with a salvo of its own. Tuesday's city council meeting saw the embattled department unveiling a nearly 600 page report detailing a year-long ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>
Sue IsmielUPDATE, SEPT. 9, 11:35 A.M.: Nad's
brand of hair-removal products founder Sue Ismiel, who is also CEO of corporate parent
Sue Ismiel & Daughters, Inc. (SI&D) of Australia, accuses her former president of U.S. operations in Garden Grove of falsely alleging he was fired due to h ... More >>
Flickr user chiropracticNot that a slice of really great Cheddar isn't a treat by itself, and not that we're attempting to foment rebellion here, but can we please have a break from the same old five cheeses on our cheeseburgers? Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, pepper Jack (oh look, now it's a spicy ... More >>
Jack Jakosky, who owns a Newport Beach-based property-management company, was called away to Tucson last week to see if he could help reopen his shopping center's parking lot, which has been closed for several days, preventing easy customer access to stores. The city name probably tipped you off ... More >>
On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream. We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa.
This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons. Let me repeat: AT VONS!!!
What's even more amazing was ... More >>
First there was yesterday's Election Day lunch--the GOP-heavy shindig where Weekly editor Will Swaim only got halfway through the hilarious speech I wrote for him because he was shuffling back and forth between pages and so lost my text and thus never got to the payoff, "Thank you, ladies and gentle ... More >>