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Only the Ball Was White

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation may have freed the slaves, but it didn’t stop blacks from being excluded from white teams. Read story.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

What the Hell Is Going On?

Lobbyist feeding frenzy consumes California's Coastal Commission. Read story.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Man Who Integrated the Rams

Before baseball, Halley Harding pushed the NFL to break the color barrier. Read story.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scoping Out the Fest

Film festival offers not-to-be-missed foreign flicks and documentaries, too. Read story.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What’s in Your Mailbox?

Scams and shams use the U.S. mail but rarely get penalized. Read story.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Politicians on Loco Weed

Hang on tight for a wacky 2016. Read story.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Brave New World

Touring ThighLand, buying knockoffs, and suffering the 101 blues. Read story.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Wet Christmas, Please

El Niño, are you listening to The Land That Weather Forgot? Read story.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Christmas Story

A Santa Barbara family makes it into a permanent home with a helping hand from Transition House. Read story.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hullabaloo at City Hall

It's been a while, but Santa Barbara's had male mayors, once rather infamously. Read story.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

She Walked in Love and Joy

In all my half-century-plus in newspaper work, after many thousands of words, this is the hardest column I ever wrote. Read story.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UC Goleta?

What could possibly go wrong with district elections ... ? Read story.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Woody and Angela: Working the Work Ethic

Woody's auto detailing moves to Milpas Street. Read story.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beat the Heat with a Whodunit

Find a breezy location and settle in with some low crime for times of high heat. Read story.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Searching for Obscene Art

Does inappropriate art lurk in South County buildings? Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
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