Stories for October 1998

Thursday, October 29

City Heights Tries Harder

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Scramble up to the rocky summit of Sombrero Peak from Indian Valley in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Sombrero Peak rises head and shoulders above the southern margins of the Anza-Borrego Desert, overlooking a hundred-square-mile expanse of rock-strewn mountains and gorges, sun-baked valleys, and distant badlands. Conversely, the peak itself is a prominent ...

K, M, and Environmental Soup

It seems about as likely as a sudden agreement between the heads of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia to reunite and redevelop Yugoslavia. Yet there they are, the heads of two of San Diego's most powerful ...

A Body By the Road

Was Veronica Salazar strung up like a piñata and beaten to death in Michigan? Does anybody care? When the San Diego mother of three was murdered last September 1, the event rated 74 words in ...

Witch's brew

San Diego Mayor Susan Golding has at least one unpaid bill left over from her ill-fated senate campaign. According to a lien filed in August by the State of California, Susan Golding for U.S. Senate ...

Thursday, October 22

Naked City

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Does the President receive a Presidential retirement if impeached?

Question: If Clinton is driven from office by impeachment, does he get a former president's retirement anyway? -- Arlene Burch, the Net Answer: Hell no. No golden parachute if they toss him out of Air ...

Is there a way to tell which movies will end up on HBO, Showtime, etc.?

Matman: Is there a way to tell which movies will end up on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, etc.? Do certain studios like Columbia or Paramount always release their movies to the same cable stations? -- Robert, ...

How did the bare busted statues get in Balboa Park?

Dear Matthew Alice: Am I the only person in Balboa Park who ever looks up? Otherwise, how is it that we have dozens of statues of bare-breasted, buxom ladies overhead and no one ever mentions ...

Loop through Woods Valley and Valley Center on this bicycle tour out of Escondido.

Resting high above the city of Escondido, Valley Center is well on its way to becoming a rural suburb. As more and more country estates pop up on big lots, the area is gradually losing ...

Prop. B: Farmers on Both Sides

'The Farm Bureau of San Diego has abdicated its responsibility," said Pandora Rose, owner of a 74.5-acre avocado ranch in Ramona, about its opposition to the Rural Heritage Initiative, Proposition B on the November 3 ...

Diamond In the Rough

What is the best way to redevelop downtown San Diego? The recent barrage of discussion regarding a Padres baseball stadium has focused attention on redevelopment of a downtown area, the recently renamed "East Village." Among ...

Censorship, San Diego-style

While Union-Tribune World Series coverage has been heavy on hype, light on substance, last Sunday's New York Times magazine weighed in with a voluminous indictment of baseball and professional sports in general. Titled "Bizball," the ...

Thursday, October 15

Are You Happy, Brother Beast?

How to entertain a giraffe.

I tighten my right arm around the cheetah's neck. He has a deep purr, like a Harley-Davidson heard cruising two blocks away. I try not to think of his teeth and claws, but his teeth and claws are the only important subject. This is a 120-pound adult male that can hit 45 miles per hour in two seconds. I can't even hiccup that fast.

A Mystifying Murder And the Del Mar Doc

'I was hoping it would stay away from San Diego," she said, compressing her meaty lips and furrowing her broad fore-head. She had not expected Californian curiosity to find her here, crammed with other unhappy ...

Look for ice-crystal halos, pillars, and colored arcs in San Diego's fall and winter skies.

When zillions of photons dart among billions of spinning, microscopic ice crystals in cirrus clouds high above, order may gel amid apparent disorder, creating a bevy of optical effects in the atmosphere. These effects include ...

Right-wing rights

The American Civil Liberties Union has just picked up some competition on the right. According to last week's Washington Times, San Diego management consultant Robert B. Carleson, one-time advisor to President Ronald Reagan, has set ...

Thursday, October 8

Rebel Beneath Your Feet

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Death of a Drug-Linked Dry-Cleaner

As usual, Mayor Cianci was at the murder scene. "There was one body on the street. He was in perfect health, outside of a hole in his head. He was lying face down, and they ...

Why were Greek urns rounded at the bottom?

Matt: In short: Why are Greek urns rounded at the bottom? It's puzzled me for years. Even a tour guide at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art couldn't answer this. Greek urns were built ...

Questions that have haunted me through my adolescence...

Matmail: These questions have haunted me through my adolescence: Where does all the white come from in breaking waves? If hot air rises and cold air sinks, why is it colder at higher altitudes, where ...

Whirly News

'Body found in TJ River Valley," Kyle Anastasio reads a text message on the pager hanging from his belt. He turns to me. "You're going flying." The drizzly June morning we've spent lazing in the ...

La Jolla bloodbath

San Diego police have yet to crack the May 1996 slaying of scientist Tsunao Saito and his 13-year-old daughter Loullie in front of their posh La Jolla home. The mystery and rumors surrounding the killings ...

Hike to the summit of the Pinyon Mountains in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The early-autumn sun continues to scorch the desert's lowest elevations, yet it far more kindly illuminates the 4000-foot plateau of Pinyon Mountain Valley, high amid Anza-Borrego's central mountain range -- the Vallecito Mountains. Eighty-degree days ...

Thursday, October 1

Fatal Step

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Rigged Media

On September 18 -- the last day of KOGO talk-show host Roger Hedgecock's annual vacation -- the station filled in for him by inviting Larry Lucchino, CEO and minority owner of the San Diego Padres, ...

Good Spot, Mate

John Ashley meets me at the gate of the Kona Kai Club marina. It's 4:00 a.m., and misty darkness shrouds the harbor. Ashley, a vigorous, ruddy-faced man, leads me down the floating dock to his ...

Daddy's money

Last February, Jennifer Ann Moores, 29-year-old daughter of Padres owner John Moores, was busted by a Glendale, Arizona, cop for going 67 mph in a 45 mph zone, apparently while on the way to a ...

What are the differences between indoor and outdoor spiders?

Matmail: When I see spiders outdoors, they are usually in the middle of a web. Inside my apartment, however, they just stand on my ceiling. Why don't my spiders spin webs indoors? Do they know ...

How does the government recruit for jury duty?

Dear Matthew Alice: How does the government choose who to recruit for jury duty? These people will not leave me alone! Before they disrupt my life yet again, please tell me (1) how they make ...

Whispering Juaquapin Creek and gurgling Dyar Spring highlight this loop hike in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Here and there amid the gently undulating folds of San Diego County's highest elevations, crystal-clear water charged with sweet-tasting minerals seeps to the surface, wetting the ground and nourishing grasses and year-round greenery. At Dyar ...

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