Walter Mencken

Articles by Walter Mencken

Symbol of equality ground underfoot in hateful Hillcrest crosswalk prank

Trampled Pride

Two weeks ago, Hillcrest residents woke to a horrible surprise: a vandal had replaced the white stripes of a heavily trafficked neighborhood crosswalk with the colors of both the iconic rainbow flag and the more ...

Pornhub protests purity probe prohibition

Tube site vows to fight bill banning virginity tests

San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales recently introduced AB 1909 into the California legislature. If passed, the bill would outlaw virginity testing — the inspection of the hymen to determine whether or not it is intact. ...

Andy Green Does Baseball

GirlsDoPorn verdict inspires former Padres manager to sue team

Earlier this month, San Diego Superior Court Judge Kevin Enright awarded $12.75 million to 22 women who claimed that the operators of the website GirlsDoPorn.com tricked them into, well, doing porn. Though the women signed ...

Slow and Steady Galapagos tortoise Wins the Race at the San Diego Zoo

Well, saves the species, anyway

When the San Diego Zoo sent Diego the tortoise to the Galapagos Islands in 1977, there were only two makes of his species left there. But over the next 40 years, the rapacious reptile fathered ...

Questions persist following San Diego Zoo’s announcement of beloved elephant’s death

Q & A(non)

A thread of President Trump’s Tweetstorm following the announcement of Tembo’s death at 48: “I find it highly suspicious that the San Diego Zoo has chosen this moment to euthanize one of its (obviously) Republican ...

Sea World ride “refuses to let go” twice in one month

Tidal Twister: Tormented by Tilikum’s Curse?

The 2013 documentary Blackfish represented a sea change for SeaWorld, unleashing as it did a wave of protests and public outcry over the amusement park’s treatment of both killer whales and the park employees who ...

Pardoned SEAL Eddie Gallagher endorses products, politicians

Cleaning Up

The New York Times may have published leaked statements from former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s accusers saying that he is evil and toxic, and that he wants to kill anybody he can, but you know ...

San Diego Zoo Researchers declare success in effort to bring back Northern White Rhino — or something very much like it

Dino-Rhino?

A San Diego Zoo employee seeks to lure Future Shock, a northern white rhino grown from stem cells that were genetically tweaked into sperm and eggs by Zoo geneticists, away from the scene of what ...