Content for Thursday, June 27, 2002

News & Stories

Elena Cristiano – Mayor Murphy's shadowy press secretary

Who is this woman? What do we know about her?

It was the biggest media event of the new year, and Elena Cristiano was in her element. A crowd of more than a hundred reporters, photographers, politicos, and sports fans, along with a bank of ...

The man who lived in the town with the funny name

Max Miller on La Jolla

Eileen Jackson's daughter, Jerry Williamson, told me that her father had once said that Miller had “the soul of a poet.” Mrs. Williamson confessed that when she was a child Miller terrified her.

Can you beat a Brethalyzer with a penny? And is Susan Lucci really Phyllis Diller's daughter?

Hey: Does sucking on a penny really help you beat a Breathalyzer? -- A Boozehound, the net Matt: Somebody sent me one of those Internet lists of interesting "facts." Is Susan Lucci really Phyllis Diller's ...

Cats are too cute to fart, right?

Dear Matt: We all know about dog farts, but we're in disagreement about ones by cats. Do cats even fart? I figure they must, but I'm not aware that my cat of 13 years ever ...

If there's life after death, can that get me out of jail?

Heymatt: A friend of mine is currently on vacation, all expenses paid by you and I (the State of California). During his sojourn in San Diego County's facility, Donovan, a fellow vacationer who has a ...

Almost beautiful

Nathaniel West, Hollywood soothsayer, killed near El Centro

They were distraught, talking incessantly, since they had just learned West’s dear friend F.Scott Fitzgerald had died. Dateline Hollywood. Sad news to report today, the voice of the flapper generation has been silenced.

Parting Shots

Valedictorians hold forth on life, education, and hope

When Cox Arena hosted several high school graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 14, members of the graduating classes had their pictures flashed on the central marquee over the arena floor. Lincoln High School had a ...

Geography 92037

For years, uppity La Jollans have talked about divorcing themselves from the hoi polloi of San Diego by seceding from the city and creating their own. Now the Orange County Register has done it for ...

Human locusts spoil California

Rebel Indian Antonia Garra attacks Warner's Ranch, Aqua Caliente, and the Colorado River crossing

“War cries woke Warner. Phillips: “Rifle in hand, he ran to the doorway and discovered that the two horses he had tied near the house had been cut loose. Seeing Warner, some 20 Indians took cover.”

Hike to the fire lookout on Vetter Mountain for a panoramic look at the San Gabriel Mountains.

Vetter Mountain lies within Angeles National Forest's Charlton-Chilao Recreation Area -- a gateway of sorts to the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains. Here, Angelenos heading up Angeles Crest Highway from the west first ...