Past Stories

CES

LAS VEGAS, NV—This week, 140,000-odd people from nearly 150 countries piled upon Vegas for what would have to be considered a Luddite’s nightmare—the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This event gets big...


DEAR TIMES

The following is an open letter to the Los Angeles Times: Dear Times, For many years, I have stood perplexed as to why your newspaper has long refused to cover events in the Inland Empire. True, we are a simple…


Prop 215

Lanny Swerdlow, director of the Palm Springs-based Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, has seen first-hand that marijuana can be used as an effective medicine while he was caring for an AIDS patient twelve years ago. “The...



TONY MONTANA FOR CONGRESS!

Say what you want about Inland Empire voters—we’re loyal to a fault. No one can ever accuse us of flip-flopping: When we make a decision, we stick with it. Take, for example, our love affairs with Ken “The Jol...


WISH. HOPE. PRAY.

A short time before she was murdered, Kayla Lorrain Wood wrote a letter to her grandmother in Oregon. “I don’t think I’m going to be able to get visits with any (of my) aunts,” she wrote. “I wish, ...


LOOKING FOR ALT-FUEL?

In the past, the phrase “alternative fuel” has conjured images of hippies raving about Henry Ford’s deal with precursors of Big Oil to abandon plans to run his Model T on flex fuels. More recently it’s e...



NO MEDICINE ALLOWED

In a somewhat paradoxical decision, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has voted to uphold law and order by defying a state law that’s been on the books for 10 years. Normally, such a stance might seem ridiculous, ...


ENOUGH ALREADY!

Things are getting better for Middle-Eastern Americans in the Inland Empire, says 52-year-old activist Reza Tehrany, despite the guy screaming “God Bless America and fuck you!” from his new gas-guzzling sport utilit...


STAY TUNED . . .

Where Would Jesus Live?   A north Fontana pastor DC Tomas was among the throng of tract home property owners who passionately petitioned the Fontana Planning Commission last week. His sermon was quick and the propaganda fi...



IN SEARCH OF . . .

There’s a new sheriff in InlandEmpiretown—a mob squad, some might say—calling itself the Private Police Force, and it’s decided to pick up where they feel the local and federal governments have left off:...


Norman Mailer

This past Saturday, author Norman Mailer died of kidney failure at 84 years old, which marks the first time in his career that failure succeeded in stopping him—at least physically. Mailer led an extraordinary life, havin...


ENDA the Conversation

Last week, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was pushed through the US House of Representatives en-route to the Senate (and assured veto by President Bush). The bill’s goal is to ensure that sexual orientation cannot ...



The Vault Fought the Law

The club was filled with young, dimly glowing faces, mulling around and chatting last Friday night. Lake Elsinore band Ready For Vegas set their gear up on stage, while attendants collected donations to ship to the troops in Ir...


SB City Attorney’s War on Flesh

Sex, as any free clinic employee will tell you, is an inherently dangerous activity. Heart rates skyrocket. Capillaries dilate. Synapses fry.  Perhaps no one in the Inland Empire is more concerned about the perils of sexu...


Southern California WildFires

“Or maybe—just maybe— the secret to Lloyd’s is that you tend to feel good—relaxed, chatty and good-natured—when enjoying a beer in a mountain tavern. Running Springs is situated in a forest. ...



Riverside man’s dream of democracy crushed!

Riverside residents have long been aware of their elected leaders’ “shut up and take it” approach to governance, but now it’s official: A state appellate court on October 12 affirmed Riverside’s ri...


Man on the Streets

 “Please stay out of the street!” shouted the protest organizer. “We don’t want you to get hurt, even though we are in front of a hospital.” It was reaching dusk at Day Two of the nurse’...


Man on the Streets

As we approached Pomona’s Second Saturday Art Walk, Willie the DJ, the unofficial mayor of the downtown art scene, was busy singing along to Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” It was a fitting metap...



BUNGEE BABY

BUNGEE BABY Nick Fennelly, 31, was rushing his in-labor girlfriend, Sharon Taylor, into the parking lot at Calderdale Royal Hospital in West Yorkshire, England, just as their baby’s head started to appear, and, in a corri...


HOLD ME LIKE A GUN

 Generally speaking, bands that share names with songs that they’ve written should be avoided like a smooch-happy barfly with a festering herpes outbreak—think Big Country, Wang Chung and the myriad swill-spewi...


CHARRED BIRD

 During the Vietnam War, Operation Phoenix was a CIA-sponsored effort to win the hearts and minds of enemy sympathizers—by killing them. Few American spy programs were as bloody, or as rich in euphemism. Under the &l...



UR F’ED!

 These are heady days for the parking enforcement folks at UC Riverside. The previous school year was a banner season for those young magistrates in tight shorts. Between September 2005 and June 2006, they and their allies...


DOCTORS GONE BAD

 DOCTORS GONE BAD (1) The British General Dental Council found David Quelch guilty in January of professional misconduct for pulling two teeth of a patient, against her will, without anesthesia, because she had complained ...


The Revolution is Closed

 Standing in the empty parking lot of the Rialto Music Coalition Saturday night, Randall Lopez thought about his planned event’s initial promise and its disappointing outcome. Lopez, the organizer of “A Weekend...



A Handful of Crumbs

 On a cold, rainy Presidents Day when they could have been at the movies or playing video games, 14 San Bernardino teens gathered in the auditorium of an old church building to fight city hall over a handful of crumbs.&hel...


Stop the War! (for extra credit)

 The first Inland Empire soldier to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom may or may not have been Jorge A. Gonzalez, a 20-year-old Marine corporal killed along with eight other Marines on March 23, 2003, while fighting to ...


Critical Condition

 It’s been a really warm March, and if Academy Award-winning PowerPoint presentations are to be believed, it might have something to do with the fact that Americans love to roar down the highway in monster-truck-styl...



A Nero of Our Own!

 The ‘60s were very good to Ramona High grad John Tavaglione, the current Riverside County Supervisor, who back then celebrated the youthful exuberance and spirited independence embodied in rock & roll with his b...