| 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...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:50 PM
With the Olympics starting this coming week, I wanted to point out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the worst day in Olympic history.
In 1972, at the Munich games, eight Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli athletes and took nine...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 4:31 PM
A couple of timely homecomings I thought I'd make you aware of — that of an athlete and also an actress.
Glenn Parker graduated from Edison High School in the mid-1980s. After playing football for the University of Arizona, he was drafted as a...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 9:35 AM
I wrote about a mural in this column two years ago. It covered a large liquor store wall facing the McDonald's near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street, and it depicted all the most iconic McDonald's characters, from Ronald to Grimace to...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:34 AM
The Golden Bear closed down in January 1986, though to hang around people who frequented the place, you might swear the dark, cozy, intimate musical venue once located near PCH and Main is still there. People speak of it in such loving and present terms,...