| Mar 18, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The author Michael Crichton said, "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
And so I think he would've been impressed by the many messages I received last week in reaction to my...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 10:55 AM
I did something this week I haven't done in ages. I signed a petition. For a variety of reasons, it's normally not something I do, but when I heard that there was a movement to remove all fire rings from Southern California beaches, I could not resist....
| Mar 27, 2013
| 12:37 PM
By the time Jay Asher successfully submitted his novel "Thirteen Reasons Why," he had 12 good reasons to call it quits.
The author of the young adult novel, which was chosen as this year's HB Reads selection, got a less-than-encouraging response the...
| Apr 4, 2013
The Air Quality Management District's (AQMD) heavy-handed approach of ceremoniously banning fire rings in Huntington Beach (and across Southern California) without providing any specific evidence certainly seems suspicious and even underhanded. But...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:33 PM
It's hard to believe that this Friday marks one year. Do you remember where you were when you heard? I was driving back from Los Angeles, on my way to a vigil outside the home of beloved Ocean View High School coach Jim Harris, who would soon die from...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 11:44 AM
That a terrorist group would choose Huntington Beach not just as a base of operations, but also as ground zero for one of the most cataclysmic attacks in U.S. history, is hard to fathom. Yet as I read the story, it all seemed frighteningly simple and...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 4:14 PM
She does not look like a sex slave. Pretty, with coffee-colored skin, looking perhaps 17 years old, she could be a cheerleader, or volleyball player, or a dancer — anything but what is seems she is.
But we found her photo online, someone in our...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 3:05 PM
Last week, I wrote about my experience going undercover with Greg Reese, president of Clear Image Investigations, a local private detective firm.
The 20-year veteran of the Huntington Beach Police Department started his business last May and, since then,...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 10:35 AM
"H.B. Champion Standards Win 3 to 2! Fastest Game of Baseball Witnessed Here! 2000 See Game! Gate receipts over $609!"
So trumpeted the local headlines one summer day in the late 1920s after a ballgame in Huntington Beach.
For many fans, baseball...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 1:31 PM
While I was driving down Bushard Street in Fountain Valley recently, just after crossing Talbert Avenue, something caught my eye near the Taco Bell parking lot — a small, square-shaped green sign fixed to a metal post.
What drew my attention were...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 2:20 PM
"The hardest things are questions about the time — about what she endured in the last eight, 12 hours. He has admitted to nothing. And that is hard because the imagination is worse than any reality — and then there is the place where she was...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:22 AM
Back in 1987, there was a picture of Mende Schlendering in the newspaper — this newspaper. The occasion was her 10th birthday, celebrated with a tea on the golf course at SeaCliff Country Club. But more specifically, the reason Mende's picture was...