I was so used to the grating sound, I didn't notice it stopped

Remember S.F. Chronical columnist Mark Morford? You know, this guy? He's supposed to be writing a bi-weekly column for them. Except, his last column was almost a month ago, on March 5. All of the other columnists appear to be maintaining their schedules. Could he be on vacation? Why didn't they post a notice for his many fans then? There is a notice on the page above for someone else: "Harley [Sorensen] is on sabbatical and will resume writing weekly columns in September".

How long before he's air-brushed out of their communal photos?