The online newspaper WeHo News apparently shut down March 1 and now has returned. The hiatus was due to founder and editor Ryan Gierach checking himself into residential rehab to quit drinking. He had gotten up to 16 beers a day, Gierach tells the LA Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald.
Weekly: Do you feel better now?
Gierach: I drank myself into a stupor at the end there and now I feel like 150 bucks. I not only feel better, but lost almost 10 pounds in two months -- just by not drinking 16 beers a day.
West Hollywood Mayor Jeff Prang, when I told him how much I'd been drinking, said, 'Anything over 13 is a little excessive.' He was right; that was a little too much and my mind is now far clearer than I can remember.
Weekly: What's the state of WeHo News?
Gierach: Ramping up for publication will be easy. We'll publish our first full issue this week. We'll publish weekly for a time until I settle back into permanent quarters and solidify the business side of things.