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February 3, 2014 |
Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, has died. He was 89. Morgan died Saturday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, including respiratory distress, according to his wife, travel writer Judith Morgan. With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city's coming-of-age beginning after World War II. Among American cities, few were transformed by the war more than San Diego, Morgan often noted.
January 23, 2014 |
Greetings from Chavez Pond. It's a little unsettling what they've done to the old ball yard - iced it over, cleavered the back end off the pitching mound, painted the NHL logo in center field. Feels like some sort of Canadian coup. There's a stage now over home plate, and a regulation rink sits in the middle of it all like a big frosty keg, chemicals coursing through its arteries. Hell hath not yet frozen over, but Blue Heaven sure has. On this warmest of winters, Chavez Pond really ought to be filled with beer.
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January 18, 2014 |
The wind, the calendar and the drumbeat of earthquake anniversary stories have me on edge this week. I'm back to sleeping with a flashlight at hand, a pair of shoes next to the bed and a wad of cash tucked away. The gusts of wind that roar through the canyon and rattle my windows trigger long-buried flashbacks of terror. It's been 20 years since the Northridge earthquake jolted my block in Northridge. Official reports say the 6.7 temblor lasted less than 20 seconds. But ask anyone in my neighborhood and they'll tell you that must be wrong.
January 11, 2014 |
An identity thief ran up nearly $2,000 in bogus charges at Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry's on Saturday -- just hours after I published a column decrying the weak efforts of businesses to protect customer data. I'd appreciate the irony if I wasn't so cheesed off. American Express contacted me to say that my card number was used to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of goodies at leading luxury stores. The thief made off with the loot before my card could be shut down.
January 8, 2014 |
"In America," I once quipped, "the old are always ready to give those who are young the sad news that history, with its opportunities for fresh ideas, is over. " And they often do it in the columns of Jonah Goldberg. On Monday, The Times posted a throwback Cold War prose poem titled, " A millennial's Rolling Stone rant offers up some tired old 'solutions.' " In it, Goldberg takes time out of his busy schedule as a professional colonialism apologist and perennial Democratic crypto-fascist hunter to condescend to a slightly lesser white whale: millennial Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Myerson . Myerson's sins, it seems, are twofold: First, he has the audacity to call for an expansion of the welfare state to counteract the disproportionate impact of widening income inequality on young people.
January 2, 2014 |
What you probably didn't know about Monday's Bowl Championship Series championship is that it will be played on an entirely fresh field, placed directly atop the one you saw Wednesday at the Rose Bowl. Like a blanket over another blanket. Senseless, right? By all accounts, that Rose Bowl field was still nearly flawless after Wednesday's game, but that didn't stop groundskeepers. Foolish perfectionism is a Pasadena birthright and one I don't condone. Yet that's exactly what is behind this all-new grass, which requires a Herculean effort on a frazzled five-day time frame.