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January 1, 2009

New Year’s Evolution

By Amy V. Dewhurst The celebration of New Year’s dates back to 153 B.C. when Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and guardian of doors and entrances was placed at the start of the calendar. I wonder if the Ancient Romans braced 154 B.C. with promises to “Lose weight,” “Stop smoking,” and “Drink less,” which...

Big Bill’s

10:28 Friday, December 19, 2008, A-2, Hamilton High School Music Academy Magnet…..Big Bill’s on Abbot Kinney saved my ass,/ as well as a few hundred. What a mess!/ The shoes in back weren’t working. Just the front/ brake pads were stopping me. Went on a hunt/ to find a universal joint. But two/ were needed....

Murder Unsolved

By Mark Lipman On the evening of December 8, a fatal shooting occurred in the alleyway behind 1600 Lincoln Blvd. The victim, Philimon Ernesto Consequa, known as “Cheripenga,” was originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. No further information was available. Though it is not clear if a gun was found, police detectives did find a single .45...

Windward Avenue Resident and Sculptor Robert Graham

By Jim Smith Sculptor Robert Graham died Dec. 27 from undisclosed causes. He was 70 years old and had been ill for about six months. Graham lived with his wife, Anjelica Huston, on Windward Avenue. He was internationally known and admired by art connoisseurs.  Among his works are the 25-ton bronze doors on the Cathedral...

40th Anniversary of the Free Venice Beachhead: A Night to Remember

By erica snowlake  Doing it Justice. Not a new slogan by Nike. A sentiment describing how we honor the entity that is so dear to our seaside community, the little newsprint rag packing a wallop since its magical inception in 1968, a year time travelers queued up for, and, equally of sublime consequence, a paper...

Venice History – Was the Annexation of Venice to Los Angeles in 1925 a good idea?

By Jeffrey Stanton Venice, California, from the time of its founding in 1905 as a unique canaled real estate development, was a successful tourist destination and summer resort for Los Angeles residents living 14 miles inland. It developed into the Disneyland of its day, with a large network of picturesque gondola-filled canals branching from its...

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why he Died and Why it Matters

Written by James Douglass, Published by Orbis Press  Reviewed by Jack Neworth  This past November 22nd marked the 45th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Despite all that has been written about Kennedy and the circumstances surrounding his death, for many historians the truth has been obscured behind the twin myths of Camelot and the Warren Report. ...

Poems for a New President

• Inauguration Day – Sherman Pearl • Uncle Sam and Aunt Emma – Jim Smith  •  January 16, 2009 – Mark Lipman ••••••••••• Inauguration Day By Sherman Pearl At last—the sun sauntering in from the darkness three centuries late. I shower, scrub away yesterday’s grime; my skin sparkles in the bathroom’s light. my 5 o’clock shadow vanishes under...

Poetry

• Mystery –krista schwimmer  • Half Heartedly – hillary kaye • House of Cards – Doug Eisenstark • Breaking Free – Janet C. Phelan • repeat after me – Rex Butters •••••••••••• Mystery  Evenings when the birds are still and i doze before dreams the silence stirs up a kind of ache,   a presence that blows through me like the sound through a...
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