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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Leftovers! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27 Two men are arrested tonight at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hemet and charged with breaking whatever law is broken when somebody steals used cooking grease. Surprisingly,...


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 What is it, exactly, that makes Christmas so holy . . . or in the case we’re going to talk about here, so holey? Fact is, the holiness of Christmas resonates quite differently—which is to say, very&he...


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 The holiday shopping season functions somewhat like a drug for many depressed and/or stressed-out people—stimulating euphoria, but likewise setting up a letdown. So writes Press-Enterprise columnist Mar...



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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Unless I’m wrong, today is supposed to be the “new” Friday? What—thought I’d forgotten?   FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 A new mortuary opens up in Jurupa Valley: Metropolitan Mortuary. And the dude behi...


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Ron O. Loveridge has given 36 years of political service to Riverside—18 as a member of its city council, 18 as its mayor . . . that adds up to 36, right? Anyway, it’s a lot of…


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 The public works yard in the City of Upland is being redesigned to look like . . . the City of Upland. The new landscape, which is actually going to be a recreation of the original landscape,…



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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Roaming around the blog of artist Pàvel Acevedo of Riverside—since his relocation from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, anyway—never fails to ignite my freshest fuses, the ones that ultimately explode my...


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 The purchase and installation of paving stones is still illegal in Norco, and this seems like a good time to remind you that the place has nicknamed itself “Horsetown, USA.” Considering that, do you re...


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 It’s Halloween, which as everybody knows is English for Dia de Los Muertos Eve. Also? Happy Birthday, Mom! THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 It’s Dia de Los Muertos, which as everybody knows, is Spanish for the Day...



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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Humpin‘. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 I guess I never really did completely stop suspecting Vanessa Franko of trying to take over my mind by using the pop music column she writes for The Press-Enterprise to plan...


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¡Ask A Mexican!

Dear Mexican: As a college educated Mexican-American, I had my fair share of Chicanas in college . . . all of which my jefita considered putas with books. But now that I graduated, I’m going out with a gabacha for…


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 A Press-Enterprise columnist—can’t remember the name; these days there seem to be thousands of them—reports that Mettheus Theo Zoeternelk thinks Norco needs an official city song. To that we reply, o...



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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 The headline in today’s Press-Enterprise reads, “UCR scientist cures potato chip disease,” and there’s no shame in admitting your confusion. Hell, I’m confused . . . that is, you know, a little . ...


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 “Never again!” the architectural preservationists proclaimed—ohhh, guess it must be a year now—when a little, Spanish revival building that had been tucked behind the Fox Theater in downtown Rive...


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 The City of Redlands has replaced its traditional supply warehouse with a fully automated system of 42 vending machines, and early results indicate the change will save time, waste and money, while impro...



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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 The Salton Sea stops stinking, relieving the rest of Southern California of a rotten-egg stench that had people retching for days. Yep, things have become that humiliating for the Salton Sea, which has s...


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 The Election Integrity Project, a collection of nuts and dolts who refuse to let the facts get in the way of their paranoid suspicion that the will of America’s voters is being undermined, is preparing ...


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 As sad as it is to read about the continuing disintegration of San Bernardino’s once-thriving E Street shopping district, I consider it poetic that the news about the impending death of Casual Living—th...



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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 The thunderstorms that a couple of days ago poured an inch or two of rainwater on Big Bear in just one hour caused Rathbun Creek to overflow, turned streets to rivers, flooded over Bear Mountain Golf Course...


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Hump Day.   THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Humpty-Hump Day.   FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 The Moreno Valley Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks reminds everybody that its charity golf tournament is only a...


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 A 4.5-magnitude earthquake strikes just north of Yorba Linda but is felt throughout the Inland Empire, just like Tuesday night’s 4.4-magnitude quake, centered in the same place. Since these quakes—among ...



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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 In an inspirational show of support—and a depressing show of misunderstanding—for the right of free speech, thousands of people jam Chick-fil-A restaurants as part of a national “appreciation day” fo...


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Theatre arts aficionados in Big Bear who had been waiting for Waiting For Godot are still waiting—and will be for the foreseeable future. The Big Bear Theater Project’s production of Samuel Beckett’s ab...


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Like a mini Queen Mary sitting like a huge embarrassment in a mini Long Beach harbor, an 84-foot, 93-ton side-paddle boat named the Princess is marooned in mud and weeds on the shores of Lake Elsinore. The&he...



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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Back when the City of Canyon Lake was mostly a bunch of vacant lots, my parents owned one of them. They sold the land too soon for their own good, but not for mine. In the mid-1970s,…


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 It’s Independence Day, but three men wake up in jail, booked the night before on suspicion of arson and conspiracy after staging an impromptu protest when they were denied admission to the Jurupa Valley High...


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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Once again, startled awake by that question: Why do people fortunate enough to have become really, really rich so often have no higher priority than to become really, really richer . . . and leverage their ri...



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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Poor, sad Wildomar. A week ago, only 20 of its 32,178 residents showed up at City Hall for the city’s fourth birthday. That lack of enthusiasm can be traced to economic problems that enable the local govern...