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Sidelining The Sideman

The one thing you can say about the all-too-familiar genre of posthumous documentary in which dozens of admirers bear dutiful witness to the deceased’s unrecognized artistic achievements, is that at…

Big Idea Day

Big Idea Day

All day last Saturday, like the gladiator that she is, Marie Jones, Development Director for the City of Fort Bragg, conducted a public participation workshop on the old G-P mill site…

Time To Get Serious About Enforcement

Time To Get Serious About Enforcement

The sheriff could be hitting one of these a day if he actually did his job. Instead we get these media-posing events to pretend that he is doing something.…

Summer Of Smoke

It was Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1970. My surviving holemate, Don Perkins, and I had gotten off a train from L.A. and now we were leaving on a midnight…

Mafia & Trump

Sammy "the Bull" Gravano has been released from prison. He's the one who turned snitch and brought down John Gotti, then head of the Gambino "crime family." Gotti was part…

Vigilante Justice

In the autumn of 1867 members of the Frost and Coates families engaged in a gun battle on the streets of Little Lake that would make the shootout at Tombstone's…

Step One: Admit You Have a Problem?

Like a lot of people these days, I'm watching a lot more TV news than I used to, and definitely more than is recommended by mental health professionals to remain…

Paul Krassner: Interview Part II

Readers seemed to enjoy the Q & A I did with Krassner. So, I sent him some more questions and these are his responses. Thanks for all the comments on…

Silent Hamlet

Silent Hamlet

Many have had a go at explaining the madness of Hamlet, not least generations of high school and college students faced with faking their way through that perennial exam essay…

Preview Of ‘Shamrocks & Salsa’

Preview Of ‘Shamrocks & Salsa’

The Catholic football community in northern California was divided between St. Mary's Galloping Gaels of Moraga, a Christian Brothers college in the East Bay, and the Broncos of the Jesuit-operated…

The Price of a Pot Permit

The Price of a Pot Permit

Of the thousands of cannabis farmers in Mendocino County, 716 have applied this year for a medical cultivation permit under Chapter 10A.17 of the county code. The ordinance went into…