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The RUNDOWN

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Let me be the last to finally welcome Wildomar as the newest town in Riverside County. Last Tuesday, voters chose to incorporate and selected a five-member city council, which will take office on July 1. An...


THE RUNDOWN

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 The official duties and responsibilities of Norco’s official city historian, Ron Snow, are made official by the city council, and those tasks officially turn out to be numerous, rather complicated and ...


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 Johnny Cheapo is alive and kickin’, which unfortunately can’t be said for Johnny Cheepo, who was shot and killed in San Bernardino over the weekend. Cheapo, an aging punker, emerged from a record...



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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 While Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gargles on expensive TV ads in support of four ballot propositions that would confirm California’s gambling expansion agreements with four Indian tribes, the federa...


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 A variety of safety lapses by employees at the San Onofre nuclear power plant—jointly owned by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside—have prompted rea...


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 The returns are in from the New Hampshire primary—on the Democrat side, it’s 39 percent for Hillary Rodham Clinton and 36 percent for Barack Obama; on the Republican side, it’s 37 percent fo...



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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Kobe Bryant deposits 38 points into the ass-kicking machine—and 20-year-old center Andrew Bynum pours in 28 more—during the Lakers’ big Christmas afternoon win over the Phoenix Suns. Actua...


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 . . . Ramps open for SANTA—early motorists’ present Cars were spotted on the flyover connector ramps for the 60/91/215 Interchange in downtown Riverside. Caltrans officials later confirmed the ra...


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Santa Claus spends the morning in Lake Elsinore, walking back and forth across Lewis Street. About the same time comes a report from the California Highway Patrol about some weird-looking piece of metal equ...



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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Turns out you can put a price on the value of human life. You just don’t have to pay it—not all of it, anyway—particularly if you run a nursing home or special-care facility and that life ...


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Another 10 million or so gallons of water below Rialto are contaminated with perchlorate today, and those are apparently the 10 million or so last straws for the City Council. It finally votes to petition th...


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Whether or not he got jobbed on election day, Rick Avila’s third-place finish in the November 6 race for a seat on the San Bernardino City Council sounds about right. The guy clearly doesn’t app...



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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Ten years after chemically contaminated groundwater was discovered beneath Rialto, the poisonous plume has grown to six miles long—340 additional gallons of water are contaminated every month—an...


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TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Riverside Press-Enterprise “humor” columnist Jeff Girod did not write today’s little feature story about the Redlands company, Trimflex, which is kind of surprising because . . . you know, hah...


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TUESDAY, JUNE 13 The Hemet city council unanimously places a moratorium on housing for parolees and probationers, giving local officials 22 months and 15 days to incorporate rules for such housing into the city’s general ...



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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 It’s Red Ribbon Week all across the IE! In Murrieta, 600 red-T-shirt-clad junior high kids at Shivela Middle School group together around the word DRUGS, which is scrawled on the athletic field, and fo...


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Cathedral City’s crazy horndog Republican Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia—who Governor Grab-Ass last month dubbed a “hot-blooded Latina”—lets a classroom full of La Quinta High stud...


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Rundown can be a tad tardy at times, but when a story only breaks on a handful of websites and the MSM fails to pick up on it, hey—it’s gotta be news to some IE peeps. Anyway,…



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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Ex-Congressman Mark Foley (R-NAMBLA) is such a closeted, oversexed scuzzball that the only job he’ll be able to land will be on the Colton city council.   WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Connie Soto, at...


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 “That may be brutal/May be gory/But whatever else it is/It’s my story”   WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 It’s the attack of the smoking Nazis! At least in Murrieta, where last night th...


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Rundown’s fave Google search this week has been “Republican sex scandals,” what with all the gratuitous cock talk going on inside the (unbuckled) Beltway. Of course, there have been buttload...



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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Straight from the so-obvious-why-is-this-even-news? file comes word that—get this—rich people live longer than poor people! A county-by-county study published in the online science journal PLoS...


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 The 2007 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records is out, and there, listed among such intellectual detritus as World’s Longest Ear Hair and Most Successful Parasitic Worm (Human), are the accomp...


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 The Daily Show in reruns. Again.   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 KB Homes (the real estate developers) and Martha Stewart (the bitchy, horse-faced homemaking queen/convicted felon) announce the opening of the 125...



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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Happy birthday to the whitest white guy ever, songwriter Stephen Bishop!   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 If we ever saw some assmunch on a deafening motorcycle zipping down a public street and popping wheelie...


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 The official dates for next year’s Coachella bake-fest are announced, and every hotel immediately sells out. Okay, not really, but if you want a decent bed and a hot shower (as opposed to that one yea...


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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 As news arrives that 20-year-old Jeromy  D. West has just become the 53rd Inland Empire resident to be killed in the war in Iraq—that calculates out to 1.8 percent of the 2,883 U.S. deaths since ...



THE RUNDOWN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Rep. Mary Bono and her Democratic challenger David “Not Lee” Roth spar during a meeting of the Riverside Press-Enterpr...