On the Beat

Hooked on Nicotine

Smoking was sexy in the past century; now it's a recognized addiction. Read story.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Smoke Grass, Don’t Plant It

Ernie Salomon recommends outlawing lawns. Read story.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What Were They Thinking?

Super Bowl XLVIII plays out smack in the middle of the East Coast storm season. Read story.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Clothing-optional scenes give a new meaning to Golden Globes. Read story.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

How Green Was My Valley

Today's drought, in which some are selling livestock to absorb the cost of feed, is not as bad as the one of 1862. Read story.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Twerking into 2014

If California gets split into six, would Santa Barbara join Los Angeles? Read story.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What? Another Year?

A new year is upon us, bringing more cruise ships, nasty lawsuits, and attacks on Social Security. Read story.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Booked for the Holi-Daze

Some people drink or eat too much during the holidays. My addiction involves books that weigh too much. Read story.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Cats’ Meow

In life, you never know who — or what — is going to show up at your back door. Read story.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

When RFK Came to Town

The Kennedy mystique brought cheering crowds amid “Eugene McCarthy for President” signs. Read story.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Day the World Stood Still

A dark cloud descended on the streets of Santa Barbara on November 22, 1963. Read story.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The '60s Revisited

Barney's revisiting them, too. Read story.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Millionaires Flee Montecito?

It’s horrible to contemplate, Montecito becoming a wasteland of empty chichi eateries, barren beauty salons, and echoing real estate offices. Read story.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Learning Life’s Lessons

Emilie Newton of Santa Ynez Valley traveled to Baie-du-Mesle, Haiti to build a school and found much more. Read story.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Climbing a Dwindling Glacier

With Yosemite National Park a part of the federal shutdown news, Barney's tempted to hike back up to the melting Lyell Glacier. Read story.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
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