Stories for June 1998

Thursday, June 25

Hike to Boucher Hill through the pine and oak forests of Palomar Mountain State Park.

This year, the Palomar Mountain summits have shown off their best vernal coloration rather late -- through June. It's still a fine time to visit Palomar Mountain State Park, which features some of the finest ...

Air of Scandal

Wednesday morning, 9:45. Gloria Penner's Editors' Round Table on KPBS. "Isaac Cubillos," she says, "do you agree with Bob Kittle? Do you think our Port District is doing what it is supposed to do?" "I ...

More Than A Bunt

As the deadline for the city's November ballot draws closer, Padres owners John Moores and Larry Lucchino are turning up the heat on the city council. At issue: the millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidy ...

Oh, the drama

Is KPBS, the public TV and radio station complex owned by San Diego State University, with an annual budget of $16.7 million, in imminent danger of going off the air for lack of a federal ...

Why are images upside down when you look into a spoon but not when you turn it over?

Dear Matthew AnswerMan Alice: I took out a spoon for my morning cereal. While looking at the spoon, the mirror image of my face was upside down. When I flipped the spoon over, my face ...

When a train approaches, why does the engineer always blow his horn in a particular way, with two long blasts, a short, then a final long?

Yo, M(atthew) Alice: No Malice intended, but I bet you only answer the easy questions or the ones you can readily access in that big book of dopey questions you keep under your desk. Anyway, ...

Thursday, June 18

Connoisseurs of Pure Blood

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Crash and Burn (3)

'The rotor head of a helicopter doesn't know what kind of mission it's on," says Jeff Frederick. "It just goes 'round and around at 4000 revolutions per minute, and when metal fatigue reaches a certain ...

The Worms Turn

You've seen it on Hard Copy, read about it in the paper. Now, how about the truth on the millionairess, the parasite, and the million-dollar horse she claims was murdered, South Pacific? Start with the ...

Super rape

A San Diego hotel room was the scene of a Super Bowl rape by Denver Broncos defensive coach John Teerlinck, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Colorado last week by an Arizona woman said ...

Did Mikey from the cereal ads really die from a pop rocks/Coca-Cola combination?

Hey, Matt: Quick question: Did Mikey (from Life cereal ads) really die because of a lethal pop rocks/Coca-Cola cocktail? --J. from the Net The famous Life commercial aired off and on for about 15 years, ...

Thursday, June 11

Where wer you born? Where you going? Where y

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Fly Babies

For the first time since the 1978 PSA plane disaster over North Park, the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) is changing San Diego's air traffic control system. According to Jerry Hargarten, the FAA's new plan looks ...

Baltimore to Buddha

'I was in the middle of death. I was surrounded by death. Most Americans, most Westerners, wouldn't think this was a good or healthy thing because we either try to hide from death, or we ...

Newly minted table waiters

Big labor in San Diego has been on a roll, what with victories in the convention center and Prop 226 campaigns last week. But today the local labor movement faces a moment of truth at ...

The extension area of Torrey Pines State Reserve at Del Mar offers narrow, seldom-trodden pathways.

Familiar to most Del Martians but unknown to most outsiders, the Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension conceals itself amid the coastal bluffs inland from Del Mar and just north of the main Torrey Pines reserve. ...

Does chlorine cause cats to become intoxicated?

Dear Matthew Alice: My daughter is on a swim team and also plays water polo. Almost every evening she comes home with her hair wet from the pool water. This drives our cat, Mickey, completely ...

Why are the palm trees still tied up at the airport after 4 months?

Matthew Alice: I noticed this back in December and was startled to see it was still going on [in April]. The palm trees that were planted in ridiculously large numbers at the airport have all ...

Why are we told not to refreeze meat?

Matt: Why are we always told not to refreeze meat? When you go to the supermarket, you often find poultry and sometimes beef and pork that is defrosting right there on the rack, and when ...

Monday, June 8

A Looping Bicycle Tour Through Alpine, Dehesa, and Harbison Canyon.

The rapidly urbanizing East County community of Alpine once displayed a sign along the main highway boasting "Best Climate in the USA by Government Report." Apparently the town's boosters got what they wanted. Thousands of ...

Thursday, June 4

San Diego's Top Ten High Schools

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A Unique Warmth for Youngsters

'How did you get this number?" snarled an unidentified male voice at the other end of the line. "John isn't involved involved in anything! Don't ever call here again!" John's phone number isn't hard to ...

Save the Local BBS Scene

A few years ago, before that file resource known as the Information Superhighway or Internet was released to the public, local bulletin board systems (BBSes) ruled. The message bases were full of opinions and facts ...

Death of a promoter

A concert promoter's suicide may have helped lead to the hasty departure of Wes Brustad as executive director of a big cultural festival in Memphis. Brustad, formerly of El Cajon, had been the executive director ...

Follow the Big Laguna and Pacific Crest trails on a loop through the Laguna Mountains.

The six-mile-long Big Laguna Trail, high in the Laguna Mountains, wends its scenic way over gently rolling hills and grassy dales, never dipping below 5400 feet of elevation nor rising to more than 5900 feet. ...

What happened to Ted Kaczynski's cabin from Montana?

Dear Sir: The Mad Bomber, Ted Kaczynski, lived in a decrepit cabin in Montana. During his trial, the government seized it and hauled it to Sacramento. Whatever happened to it? Rumor has it that it ...

Why do we sweat and feel uncomfortable when the outside temperature is 97.8 degrees?

M.A. of Reader: The average internal temp of humans is 98.7 degrees F. Why then do people sweat and feel uncomfortable when the outside temp is 98.7? -- L.B. of Poway Skin's big job is ...

How come stupid Americans can enter sweepstakes, but stupid Canadians can't?

American Hero: I've entered a few sweepstakes-type contests in the recent past, and a few of them have a statement such as "Canadian residents, in order to win, must first correctly answer a time-limited skill-testing ...

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