Welcome to the Half-Summer of Mailbag, Volume III. Slight tweak for this week only: I limited myself to one-paragraph responses so we could hit as many questions as possible (almost like an elaborate chat). As always, these are actual e-mails from actual readers.
Q: Was the Georgetown/China brawl our generation's assassination of Archduke Ferdinand? Should I get my bomb shelter ready?
— Lee D., Portland
SG: I had the same thought: Please don't tell me Los Angeles is going to ...