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Posted on April 7 at 3:54 p.m.

Yeah, this didn't happen when I lived in IV in the mid-70s. Maybe because pot was the intoxicant of choice. Look at the huge stocks of hard booze in those two little IV grocery stores nowadays. Must be a lot more drinking going on. What I remember was partying that involved some bongs, a beer or two, music, laughs, good conversation. I do remember it as a combination of rich social life and strong academics. I think it's still that way for most students.

On The Death of Isla Vista?

Posted on April 9 at 12:45 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting that the girl's family said she fell off a cliff. It could be the police told the family there are indications of that without releasing that info publicly. That doesn't take a massive street party to occur, for either an intoxicated or careless non-intoxicated student.

On Cal Poly Student Found Dead at Campus Point

Posted on April 9 at 11:04 a.m.

I'm surprised this hasn't been more of a news story. If there isn't an official word yet on how the girl died, the Indy should at least be asking questions in other avenues. To reflect the many questions people have, as shown here. Do some reporting.

I'm not saying there needs to be any kind of crackdown on the party -- just that the mysterious death of a young college student in the context of an annual party (that has been controversial) begs a lot of questions. Healthier for everybody to start asking them, Indy.

On Cal Poly Student Found Dead at Campus Point

Posted on July 25 at 11:13 a.m.

OK, if no one else wants to take a stand here, I will. Regarding 'Slow-Moving Labor Board Gets Flack From Congress', in this usage it should be spelled 'flak,' as in what a flak jacket protects you from. The spelling 'flack' is reserved for Agnes Huff.

On Capps, Miller Tell NLRB to Make Decision on <em>News-Press</em>

Posted on July 17 at 11:29 a.m.

I hate to be a naysayer, but realistically it looks like McCaw's lawyers took a calculated risk and won. That is, they fired the reporters knowing they could be reinstated eventually, but that it would take so long that it wouldn't matter. They played the system, not the law. The decisive factor was losing the injunction that would've put the reporters back pending the proceedings. Now it'll be at least another year before the reporters could be back. How many will wait that long, given that it could be longer? A couple or three, I'd guess.

Meanwhile, a few more of the union supporters inside will gradually leave. The union will be certified, but with few enthusiasts for it remaining inside. So the company will offer a little carrot to get employees to vote to decertify, and how will that go? Just a scenario.
I think the Teamsters got outmanuevered on this one. Justice delayed is justice denied. Some of us bemoan that fact, others exploit it.

On Stopping the Presses

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