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Water mains bursting in air, and the hunt for whoever hurt that Garden Grove German shepherd

So the fact that the DWP's Monday and Thursday water conservation schedule contributed to those big water main breaks should not mean an end to water conservation programs.

Among the DWP's 7,200 miles of underground pipes are stretches of iron that were put in when Mary Pickford was making her movie debut, and that had something to do with the ruptures, too. I think there were about a hundred of them -- like a really messy version of Old Faithful.

I expect, judging from what my guests had to say today, that the city council and the DWP will fashion some new lawn-watering schedule, maybe something along the lines of the gas crisis even-odd plan, when people whose car license plates ended in even numbers could buy fuel on even-numbered days, and those with odd-numbered plates, the opposite.

It's always so wonderful to have Elizabeth Warren on the program, the law professor who heads the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel. She's become something of a folk hero for telling home truths to the powerful, and her name has been raised as a possible successor to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. When I asked her about it, she acknowledged the honor, and that it's ''the dream of every law professor'' to get that call from the president, but she's concentrating just now on why the bank rescue has worked so well and the help for struggling homeowners hasn't.

We'll be in the throes of Choose-a-Supreme for weeks to come, and I have to recommend an obscure film about the Supreme Court that began as a radio play: ''The Talk of the Town.'' Ronald Colman and Cary Grant in the same film? Be still, my heart! Colman is a law professor who's nominated to the Supreme Court and just wants some quiet time before he takes the bench [that's how old this movie is], and Cary Grant is the town black sheep and scapegoat [two species in one character!] who puts Colman's lofty ideas of the law to a practical test.

The day's most appalling story, far and away, is about the poor German shepherd left tied up to a tree in a Garden Grove back yard for five weeks without food or water; he ended up eating rocks and dirt.

He is, so they say, recovering very slowly at the veterinarian's. There's a thousand-dollar reward for information about who did this. I think this case will call for a little creative sentencing: how about tying the miscreant to a tree for a mere five days without food or water?