Stories for May 1998

Thursday, May 28

Who Owns the Bay?

Big businesses wait for wedge of convention center pie.

Ann Jarmusch, architecture critic of the San Diego Union-Tribune, calls the proposed convention center expansion "a disaster that robs the public of access to the waterfront. If Proposition A passes and the $216 million expansion ...

Loral, Qualcomm, and the Beijing Money Connection

Loral Space and Communications is a Manhattan-based aerospace company at the center of a growing Washington scandal about whether its chairman, a loyal Democrat who gave $1.3 million in donations to President Bill Clinton and ...

The Loneliest Christians

Over the past two years, U.S. senators, lobbyists, the New York Times, and the 700 Club's Pat Robertson have brought national attention to the persecution of Christians in Sudan, Egypt, Pakistan, and China. But there ...

Better than Tailhook

The matrons of Coronado will be shocked by a new book just out about the late Don Simpson, the coked-up producer of the 1985 movie Top Gun, starring cinematic heartthrob Tom Cruise and shot in ...

City streets and concrete paths accommodate bicyclists along San Diego Bay.

Here's a bicycle ride that's practically a land-based equivalent of a harbor cruise on San Diego Bay. Over an out-and-back stretch of 16 miles, you're seldom far from the water, and the ease of gliding ...

Thursday, May 21

Think of Laura...: Paying Homage to the Road

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Designated Bulldozer

The photographer pretended to be looking at carpet samples. Then he started snapping pictures of the arklike interior of Julie Melim's carpet warehouse. Melim looked up from her office, walked out, and asked if she ...

Nag, Nag, Nag

Jill McEwan's life reads like a Dick Francis novel. McEwan, a graduate of USC's paralegal program, is a racehorse trainer who mixes horses and the law. "I'm just like a home appraiser, except I appraise ...

Reality check

It wouldn't be the first big lie to emerge during an election campaign, and it certainly wouldn't be the first one to appear in a Union-Tribune editorial, but Sunday's was one of the best in ...

A short trail visits oak woodlands at Lake Wohlford near Escondido.

Serene Lake Wohlford lies near the headwaters of Escondido Creek, its mirroring surface reflecting the shaggy-with-chaparral, boulder-studded hillsides that confine it. As early as 1895, water impounded for the benefit of Escondido's farms and households ...

What happens when someone opposes a marriage during the ceremony?

Matt: What's the dealio wit the part of the wedding vows when the priest sez, "Does anyone feel that these two should not be joined in holy matrimony?" What happens when your brother's friend raises ...

What is the connection between country singers and yodeling?

Dear Mr. Alice: Why do country singers yodel? What could have been the connection that brought yodeling from the Swiss Alps to Nashville, or did yodeling crop up independently as a form of expression among ...

Thursday, May 14

Zen and the Art of Running For Congress

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A Complete Idiot's Guide to Corporate Welfare

Why did the city use $250,000 of taxpayers' money to get the National Baptist Convention to come to San Diego? Blame MERF. Why was Alcoholics Anonymous promised a similar quarter-million-dollar gift if they held their ...

One of the Rottenest People

T.T., 36, matronly, with a sweet face and a soft, wondering voice, doesn't match the expected image of a recovering manic-depressive acid-head, pill-popper, and heroin addict. It is hard to picture her fencing clothes to ...

Cab scam

The cost of San Diego taxi cab permits, as traded on the black market, have abruptly shot up to as much as $60,000 apiece. As a result, sources say, big-time cab owners are doing everything ...

Trek to the rocky summit of Blue Angels Peak near Jacumba.

East of Jacumba, pressed against the California-Baja California border, is a series of scenic peaks and valleys in the Jacumba Mountains affording vistas of two counties (San Diego and Imperial) and two nations. Although American ...

Do they put plastic in fast food shakes?

Hi, Matt: Recently my husband and I were sitting in our parked car and romantically slurping up Wendy's Frostys. I felt the mood was somewhat shattered when he wondered aloud whether Wendy's, like McDonald's, adds ...

Why are basketball players called "cagers?"

Matt: No one's ever been able to tell me why basketball players are called "cagers." Can you? -- Wes, San Diego Dear Matthew Alice: Why is a football called a pigskin? Best I can tell, ...

Thursday, May 7

Al Gore's Love Handles and Other Tales From

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Black Parent vs. White Molester

Eric Abrams has been called many things. In December 1991, Parade magazine named him "National High School Football Player of the Year." In November 1994, Stanford coach Bill Walsh said Abrams was his "adorable little ...

A Foal By Any Name

"To the woman, He said: 'I will greatly multipy your pain in childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children.'" -- Genesis 13:16 "We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together ...

Movie star murder

Supermodel Liz Hurley is said to be inconsolable over the loss of Cassidy Oak Chytraus, a hunky male model and budding movie star who was stabbed to death last month in front of an Ocean ...

A loop through Fallbrook and De Luz challenges bicyclists.

The sinuously curving rural roads on the far (north) side of Fallbrook offer a significant challenge to bicycle riders. Twenty-five years ago, the brushy hills and wooded backcountry canyons between Fallbrook and Temecula were sparsely ...

How can you tell if a bird is pregnant?

Matt: I could tell when my dog was pregnant. You can tell when a cat or a horse is pregnant. Why don't we ever see a pregnant bird? -- Dweezil (not that Dweezil), out there ...

When convicted of a crime, how is a life sentence determined?

Matmail: I just heard about a guy got a life sentence plus 10 years. Recently I heard of someone getting three lifetimes. What does that mean? That guy with life plus 10 years "can't even ...

Who ate the first raisin or prune?

Dear Matthew Alice: I'm wondering who was the first person or people to eat a raisin or a prune. While they do taste very good, you must admit that the appearance is like a rotten ...

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