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LAST WORD: Bob Lagomarsino has published a...

LAST WORD: Bob Lagomarsino has published a newsletter since he was bounced from Congress by Rep. Mike Huffington (R-Santa Barbara). In his periodical, Lagomarsino often unleashes his opinions on key votes in Congress and diplomatic developments on the world stage. He also takes an occasional shot at his nemesis. . . . In the latest issue, he dredges up an old quote from Huffington’s wife, Arianna, years before they were wed. “I’m going to marry Jerry Brown,” she told Vanity Fair. “He’s a genius. A savior of the world. We’ll do great things together.”

MIXED GREENS: The fledgling Green Party is still working out the kinks, three years after it won the right to place its candidates on the ballot. . . . Tom Stafford’s name will appear on the November ballot as the Green’s nominee in the 35th Assembly District. After all, he won the Green’s primary with 85% of the vote. Yet the Santa Barbara chapter recently considered endorsing Democratic nominee Mindy Lorenz in that race. Or it did until Stafford pointed out: “The Green Party has a legal candidate, and that’s me.”

LABOR OF LOVE: It hardly surprises Jordan Jones that his literary magazine, Bakunin, adorns few coffee tables in his hometown of Simi Valley. . . . “It’s not the kind of thing that goes over well in suburbia,” he said. The magazine’s chock full of provocative, if not startling, notions on thorny issues (B4). Its inspiration: Mikhail Bakunin, the anarchist who wanted to overthrow 19th-Century society and organize a new one based on individual freedom. The magazine’s motto: “For the dead Russian anarchist in all of us.”

TRAINING GROUND: When it comes to ecological disasters, the United States has racked up its share. But wildlife biologists have also learned plenty about preserving endangered species and protecting habitat. . . . Now, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is teaching biologists from foreign lands how to learn from American mistakes and profit from its successes (B1). The exchange program is a big hit.

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