Ed Bedford 11:44 p.m., June 19
Gay & Lesbian Times Definitely Dead
"I can assure you that Gay & Lesbian Times is dead," says Nicole Murray-Ramirez, who has been a San Diego columnist since 1973, including many years with the Gay & Lesbian Times. "One of the writers is looking at starting a weekly, and out-of-town gay publications [from Palm Springs and Los Angeles] are looking at expanding here," says Murray-Ramirez. The head of Gay & Lesbian Times, Mike Portantino, was hospitalized for awhile, but is now out, according to reliable sources. "A good segment of the staff has gone to Gay San Diego," which is run by San Diego Uptown News. The two publications alternate each week. "Portantino left me with a bounced check," says Murray-Ramirez. Other former staffers complain that they weren't paid or their check bounced.