Column: When Elvis died, they were all shook up

Elvis died 45 years ago Tuesday: Aug. 16, 1977. (Like 2022’s Aug. 16, it was a Tuesday.) I asked at the end of Sunday’s column where you were when you heard. People emailed with their stories. Not just IE people either; because that column ran in our sister paper in LA, the Daily News, people from LA got in touch as well. I share some of the response in my Wednesday column.

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Column: ‘Overwhelming’ support for secession, backer says

You’ve heard about the idea of San Bernardino County seceding from California? (Depending on where you live, perhaps you’ve thought: Good riddance.) After attending Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in which it was decided that the measure would go before voters Nov. 8, I write about it in my back from vacation Wednesday column.

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Column: Disney artist from Hemet, San Jacinto delighted millions

Carl Barks’ work for Disney comic books was read by more children than read any superhero title. Amazingly, he wrote and drew his stories from home in Hemet and San Jacinto while running a chicken farm. I wrote in May about his later years in Temecula. Now, after learning he’d lived in Riverside County for four decades, I return to him for my Sunday column.

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Column: Birds Aren’t Real billboard lands in the IE

I’ve seen a funny billboard twice in Cabazon this spring. The first time was almost a “did I really see that?” moment, the second confirmed it, and that time I pulled over for a photo. That’s the first half of my Friday column; the second half is about new population stats for the Inland Empire, with a short sendoff for a Rancho Cucamonga councilman.

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