Stories for August 1998

Thursday, August 27

San Marcos Hides the Ugly Truth

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Manufactured Women

Window shopping at Fashion Valley clothing stores is like window shopping at La Jolla art galleries. Commerce has been raised to high culture by an infusion of atmosphere, and shopping has become an event, an ...

The Leaking Ice Chests, the Shredded Tent, the Sofa with Three Legs

'Has anybody ever given you French doors before?" The afternoon's particle-beam-intense sunlight reflects off the hood of my truck, makes my eyes squint and forehead sweat. James Perez, a 57-year-old Native American, replies, "Oh, yeah." ...

What is the "Slow Food Movement?"

Dear Matthew Alice: My friend told me about something called the Slow Food Movement. She says it's a bunch of people who think we all should slow down and enjoy our food more, but she ...

What happens to all the tire rubber from all the cars on the highway?

Hey, Matt: As I sat in my car, parked on the highway at the 5/805 merge the other afternoon, a curious thought came into my mind. There must be 10 million cars and trucks on ...

North County's San Elijo Lagoon offers some of the best birdwatching along the coast.

A great blue heron ambles on stilt-legs across the reed-fringed shallows, stabbing occasionally at subsurface morsels of food. Nearby, a willowy egret glides in for a perfect landing, scattering concentric ripples across the surface of ...

Thursday, August 20

The Memory Wars

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These Guys Are the Pits

Gang members have a new weapon against the cops in City Heights. Pit bulls. According to police, the teenage own owners walk their dogs on long leashes down such main thoroughfares as University Avenue. It's ...

Submission with Grace

Viewers tuned to the June 12 broadcast of CNN's Larry King Live were treated to an exercise in confusion. King's guests were at such opaque odds, spoke at such broad cross-purposes, that the program seemed ...

Pete's friends

As the hour drew near for Bill Clinton's Monday night mea culpa, a snazzily dressed crowd from Governor Pete Wilson's lavish birthday fundraiser made its way to the bar at the downtown Hyatt Regency to ...

At the Plunge, why are there swastikas on the pool?

Dear Matthew Alice: Recently my mom took my son to the Plunge for swimming lessons, and he came home telling me there were "Nazi signs" in the pool. Sure enough, I took him the following ...

How did the tune "Turkey in the Straw" become the song for ice cream trucks?

Matthew: How in God's name did the tune "Turkey in the Straw" become the perennial favorite for ice cream trucks? -- Summertime Dreamer, La Mesa Hey, make that Summertime Screamer. "Turkey in the Straw" has ...

What is a Camaro?

To: Matmail: A Mustang is a horse, a Javelin is a spear, a Corvette is a warship. What the heck is a Camaro? -- Joe in E-mailville I haven't a clue what Camaro means, but ...

Early San Diego Architecture in Bankers Hill

A stroll through Banker's Hill serves up some early San Diego architecture and includes a passage across a historic suspension bridge

With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker's Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, ...

Thursday, August 13

The Man and the Kangaroo: George Nisson, Tra

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The Seedy Side of Shangri-La

San Diego homicide rates continue to fall, but so do victims. Here are three more recent San Diego cases that remain unsolved, as described by reports from the office of the San Diego County Medical ...

Body Found, Killers Wanted

What really happened to the late Bill Wiggins on that Friday, July 18, 1997? This much is known by Coronado police: "We discovered the body about 1:35 in the afternoon. And by the time we ...

Kiss off

A newspaper from that mammon-by-the-bay, a.k.a. San Francisco, couldn't help chastising San Diego's Union-Tribune last week over an ad for a gay-themed movie called Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. In a story headlined "Gay near-kiss ad ...

Why doesn't the Reader use staples?

Straight to the Lip: Two questions concerning your fine publication. 1) Why are there no staples in your paper? Seems like the Reader always wants to fall apart. Staples are cheap. They would make your ...

Mount Laguna's Kwaaymii Interpretive Trail visits Native American pre-history

"Elevation 6000 feet," says the roadside sign posted on Sunrise Highway in the community of Mount Laguna, but a close inspection of a topographic map of the area reveals the road's true height of just ...

Why aren't Dreyer's and Breyer's suing each other?

Just Wondering...: What's the deal with Dreyer's and Breyers? Shouldn't somebody be suing somebody else? -- Bob Chambers, Rancho Bernardo A big food fight in court would be a nice change. Flying butter pecan. Cherry-vanilla ...

Why are street signs written in broken English?

Dear Matt: Why many street sign in broken English? I can understand trying to put as few words as possible so speeding motorists can quickly get the message. But "End Construction" & "End Landscaping"? These ...

How does scratching temporarily stop itching?

Dear Matt: How does scratching temporarily stop itching? -- Milt Elliott, Oceanside The same way smashing your finger with a mallet temporarily stops the pain of a splinter. Distraction. Ergo, itching can also be stopped ...

Thursday, August 6

The World You Have and the World You Want

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Roger Hedgecock and His Vegas Lawyer

Secretaries and a janitor crowd around John Hunter in the leafy courtyard of a Carmel Ranch office building. They squeal and whine "I wanna try it! I wanna try it!" like crazed kids and paw ...

Own private Idaho

What's the worst thing an opponent can say about an Idaho politician? That he's from San Diego. Such is the plight of Dirk Kempthorne, GOP nominee for governor. During a candidate's debate, one of Kempthorne's ...

Follow parts of abandoned Highway 101 through Camp Pendleton on the cyclist's route from Oceanside to San Clemente

Surf, sand, and picturesque bluffs. Salty breezes and the ever-present licorice scent of wild fennel. The rhythmic bumping of your bike tires over the pavement of an old four-lane highway, abandoned save for the occasional ...

What happens to ants when the queen dies?

Matmail: What happens to a colony of ants when the queen dies? Do they have a succession list, an election, do they end it all or what? I had a few thousand visitors, and nothing ...

Why do I empty my bladder more on some days than others?

Dear Matt: Sometimes on a cross-country trip I can whiz right by five rest stops without "resting," and at other times I barely make it from one stop to the next without taking a leak. ...

Why can't clothing manufacturers make labels out of softer material?

Dear Matthew Alice: The first thing I do when I buy a new blouse or dress is tear out the label in the back so it won't scratch me. Why can't clothing manufacturers make labels ...

Roger Hedgecock and His Vegas Lawyer (2)

Oscar Goodman, 59, known as "The Big O," the Las Vegas attorney who local papers sometimes dub "The mouthpiece of the mob,"drives his dark Mercedes sports car toward the desert beyond the city limits. He ...