pelting the streets for the better part of the week.
But the aftereffects of last week's monsoon were relatively mild. With
the exception of a few fender-benders, accidents didn't spike upward.
Environmental damager was relatively mild, as well: A few mudslides and
small-scale floods were reported here and there (coastal cities had it
much, much worse), but with the exception of a handful of messy hillsides
-- and one mud-filled swimming pool that we know of -- the rain was kind.
On the upside, the first clear morning after three days of rain was a
stunner, mostly because the air was so clean. That alone might be reason
enough to wish for more rain.
D.C. OR BUST
Glendale High School students aren't letting community apathy keep a
trip to Washington, D.C., out of their plans.
The students, members of Mary Hazlett's government and economics
classes, want to attend President-elect George W. Bush's inauguration,
and asked the community to help offset the %1,500-per-student cost of the
trip. Either the dollar figure or the politics involved kept almost
everyone away, though, and the students have been left to their own
Never fear. Of the original 15 students who planned to make the trip,
nine still plan to go, with a lesson in democracy and American history
expected to be the ultimate reward. "It's an experience," said Rita
Bedrosian, 17, who's making the trip. "You may change the way you feel,
and your perspective can change."
That's a pretty good perspective on the situation right there.
As losses go, this one is near the top of the worst-ever list, if only
because so many families have lived with sadness as a result of these
Glendale Police and prosecutors took a long-awaited step toward what
they hope will be a resolution in the three-year-old "Angel of Death"
case last week with the arrest of Efren Saldivar. Saldivar, a former
respiratory care therapist at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, was
charged with six counts of murder for allegedly killing elderly patients
in his care at the hospital.
But last week's events are about much more than legal proceedings.
Saldivar allegedly confessed to police three years ago that he was
responsible for 50 such killings, but recanted his confession on national
television and was released at the time due to a lack of evidence.
Saldivar's guilt or innocence notwithstanding, more than four dozen
families have been living in sadness and doubt for more three years,
wondering if their loved ones died of natural causes, at Saldivar's hand
or at someone else's.
Those are the kinds of feelings that can't be put to rest any too