I've learned that Santa Barbara News-Press gossip columnist Richard Mineards (a.k.a. "London Britches") was laid off from the paper yesterday.
The Brit, who sometimes focused too much on the latest poop about the Royal family (that would be The House of Windsor, and not his employer and her boyfriend) instead of local items, had been with the News-Press since
His December 16th column was his last one.
With syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Laura having written her last twice-a-week column for the paper in mid-December, the News-Press no longer can claim to have a high profile columnist covering a topic other than sports.