Stories for September 1998

Thursday, September 24

Border Fixer

San Diego is a wired city, not by telephone lines or fiber-optic cables, but by a small group of insiders: men and a few women who, by virtue of birth, marriage, enterprise, cunning, guile, or ...

Taxes of the Rich and Well-Connected

What the Joseph C. Glickmans believed was a simple $242,000 gift to an annuity trust has become a $32.4 million tax nightmare. Now the La Jolla couple, well known in San Diego's social and political ...

Cunanan's Last Laugh

'Now you can be Andrew Philip Cunanan, 'the gay spree killer,' and experience his final days! You choose where to go. You decide who to meet. It's a sarcastic adventure based on the wildly inaccurate ...

Shot in the gut

The end of a once-controversial era has finally arrived for the Salk Institute's Biologicals Development Center in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania. The 20-year-old lab, which at its peak in the early 1990s employed a staff of 110 ...

Are there any side effects to burning incense? What is Nag Champa?

Hey, Matt: I burn quite a bit of incense in my apartment, and I'm wondering just what sort of toxic chemicals I am inhaling. Has incense ever been linked to lung cancer or other serious ...

What and who are the postal police?

Matt: I've been meaning to ask this for a long time. It's bugged me. I remember seeing a car screaming past me on the freeway one day that had wire mesh screen between the front ...

What causes heartburn, and how do you prevent it?

Mattster: I just ate a sandwich and a handful of pepperonis, and now I'm suffering from a near-crippling case of SDSU cafeteria heartburn. Years ago I was never plagued by this phenomenon. What causes heartburn, ...

Larry's Legacy

Two one-time staffers of M. Larry Lawrence, the late owner of the Hotel del Coronado and Bill Clinton's ambassador to Switzerland, are claiming rich rewards for years of loyal service. According to documents filed in ...

Thursday, September 17

Pray that Michael Douglas Don't Come Back

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Life Behind The Badge

When San Diego police captain Lesli Lord killed herself on August 25, Joanne Archambault was furious. "I went home raging about who would do this to their children," says Archambault, a sergeant in SDPD's sex ...

Rabbit Love

Each throw rug is neatly rolled into a sausage. The small gray rabbit dozes in a fluffy lump under a rattan plant stand, a half-lidded sleep, alert for any coyote that might leap from behind ...

Gay safe

San Diego city schools just got a solid pat on the back from the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network of New York. The group rated 42 of the country's largest public school systems on ...

What officially makes a place a town?

Dear Matthew Alice: What officially makes a place a town? When the highway department puts up a sign? When it's on the AAA map? Or when you have a post office? In North County, De ...

A circuitous tour of Point Loma neighborhoods and Cabrillo National Monument by bicycle.

The Point Loma peninsula has a split personality. In the north, block upon block of houses spread over the peninsula's broad spine. Spacious military land and parkland (Cabrillo National Monument) encompass the peninsula's narrower south ...

Thursday, September 10

Home for Rose

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God, Take My Topless Clubs

At the halfway house near 14th and Market, inmates sit on the balustrade, smoking cigarettes and chewing the fat. When you ask When you ask them about Fred Levy, they point toward the office around ...

Natural Amusement

It's a fact. Tourists will pay good money to visit Imperial Beach to go birding in the cold morning mist at the Tijuana River Estuary. They'll come from Europe to Poway to climb Mt. Woodson's ...

Good old boys and girls

If you're on the wrong side when San Diego's downtown establishment closes ranks, watch out. Just ask ex-city councilman Bruce Henderson. Fresh from victory in Sacramento -- where the state Fair Political Practices Commission voted ...

Hike or bike the Rim Trail east of Tierrasanta for broad views of the city.

Behind the easternmost houses and condominiums in Tierrasanta, a sparsely vegetated landscape of rounded ridges -- a part of Mission Trails Regional Park -- stands head and shoulders above the urban plain. Months of heat ...

Thursday, September 3

The Hell with Ted Leitner, Hell with Tony Gwynn

On one side are two multi-millionaires; five national cable and broadcast conglomerates; a well-entrenched, monopoly daily newspaper and its army of compliant reporters; the mayor and city council and their taxpayer-paid staff; an ex-mayor tainted ...

Rich Gang, Poor Gang

The news is good. Murder down 50 percent. Robbery down 18.2 percent, burglary 13.9 percent -- all for the first six months of 1998 (compared with the same period last year). Violent crimes are decreasing ...

Cell Phone Visitation

Otay Mesa is part of a vast sweep of scrub that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border as far as Texas. Donovan State Prison State Prison is located there, a huge complex of buildings 25 miles ...

Fiddling while taxpayers burn

Chargers owner Alex Spanos, who benefits mightily from the stadium-ticket guarantee financed by San Diego taxpayers, threw a 50th anniversary party for his wife Faye at their controversial new mansion near Stockton last week. Guests ...

What exactly does the body go through in the electric chair when the juice is turned on?

Dear Matmail, What exactly does the body go through in the electric chair when the juice is turned on? I have heard that the eyes have to be taped to keep them in. Does the ...

Culp Valley, in the high desert of Anza-Borrego, offers hiking and camping.

While most of the Anza-Borrego Desert swelters, the temperature hovers as much as 10ลก Fahrenheit cooler at the "high desert" locale of Culp Valley, 3400 feet above sea level. Culp Valley is the only designated ...

A sunset walk coinciding with a rising full moon offers romantic possibilities.

Got a hot date with your loved one this weekend? If so, then start the evening with a romantic "sunset walk" by the bay, complete with a full-moon-rise over the twilight-bathed city and its scintillating ...

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