What We Learned, Jan. 28-Feb. 3
JAN. 28: Under a bright blue sky and appreciating warm temperatures despite occasional gusty winds, more than 1,000 line Bolsa Avenue in Little Saigon for the Tet Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year. Based on the number of South Vietnamese flags waving, it's as if the long dead Asian nation has been resurrected, if only for a day. What we learned: Absolutely the wrong place to break out our new Ho Chi Minh tee.
JAN. 29: Kyung Namgood, 53, of Buena Park, is killed early today after the Toyota sedan she rode in on the 91 freeway in Anaheim was plowed into head on by a Honda sedan driven by Ruben Gurrola. Alleging the Pomona 23-year-old knew the dangers of drinking and driving, boozed all night in Newport Beach before climbing behind the wheel and drove the wrong way on the 241 toll road and 91 freeway before the collision that also injured three (including himself), authorities later charge Gurrola with murder. What we learned: There's still no traffic on the 241.
JAN. 31: Unit 3 is shut down at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station after a small water leak is detected in a steam generator tube. Federal regulators later assure the public no health threats resulted and evacuations were not necessary--while in the next breath saying a small amount of radiation could have been emitted into the atmosphere and
FEB. 2: The state Supreme Court reverses the death sentence for career criminal, heroin addict and pimp Gary Galen Brents, who beat and choked out a 26-year-old prostitute, shoved her into the trunk of a blue Cadillac, drove her to a remote location, opened the trunk, poured gas on her, shut the trunk door, poured gas around the vehicle and struck the fatal match. Improper jury instructions resulted in Brents' trip to Death Row, rule the Supremes, who do not deny the 50-year-old slayed the mother of three young children and belongs behind bars the rest of his life. What we learned: To wish Gary Galen Brents and Jose Raul Pineda were cellmates.