The Pulitzer Prize for public service was awarded to The Times for uncovering a series of financial corruption in the city of Bell, where local officials were secretly enriching themselves with extravagant salaries and benefits. The reporting of Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and other Times staff writers led to criminal charges against Rizzo and seven other current or former city officials. Check out a timeline of the events, and view the complete coverage at The Times
Photo: Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo was among eight Bell officials who were arrested and charged with public fraud. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times
If you watch “America’s Next Great Restaurant” like me you’ve heard Steve Ells talk every week about his gold mine, Chipotle, a burrito chain that he boasts is “food with integrity.” Fresh ingredients, sustainable, etc., etc.
Funny how he never mentions his multi-billion dollar biz went from just a few joints into a monster biz while it was under the greasy wing of McDonald’s for eight years. Once a subsidiary of a mammoth institution that’s done more to kill the American appetite (not to mention Americans themselves), Chipotle spun off on its own again just a few years ago.
Way to go, Steve!
(Full disclosure: I’m jealous)
While Fort Sumter/Sumpter in South Carolina is usually cited as the place where the Civil War began, some say the first shots were actually fired a few months before in the Florida Panhandle (my home neck o the woods) at Fort Pickens. A bunch of locals, probably jacked up on some Panhandle Lightning, tried to take control of the fort and were repelled by the Union forces inside.
Fort Pickens, which is right on the Gulf on the world’s most perfect beaches, was also the prison home in the late 1880s of Geronimo.
Here’s the wiki page for Pickens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Pickens
I haven’t played golf in 11 or 12 years, stopping a couple of months after we bought a house because I realized I had other things to do rather than spend 4 to 5 hours getting pissed off and spending a lot of money. But even during the time I was playing several times a week, I’d rather have a monkey fling its shit at me from close range than watch golf on television. I really admire the pros because that’s a bitch of a game to master, but I just can’t watch it or care about any of them.