Stories for July 2000

Thursday, July 27

Cold Quest

On January 14, 1993, San Diego resident Sunniva Sorby and three women companions arrived at the South Pole after a 67-day journey. Starting at a point on the Hercules Inlet, they had trudged 700 miles, ...

Rancho Ghost Town

“Our newest song is ‘Rancho Ghost Town,’ named after Rancho San Diego, which is right near where I live. It’s about widespread implanting of strip malls throughout our eastern rural areas, making them like any ...

House of Blues Seeks Home

“House of Blues is not coming to the building bounded by Fifth and Sixth and Broadway,” says a well-connected source. “I understand they have walked away from the Woolworth’s building.” It was announced in the ...

The Belly Up Doesn't Like Punk Rockers

“The Belly Up gave me back my tape. They said we don’t like punk rockers. They didn’t even listen to it. They just gave it back to me.” Singer Brad Kavonius has mixed reactions as ...

So Many Drifters

“There are so many Drifters,” said one local promoter. “There’s the Original Drifters, the World Famous Drifters, and just the Drifters. Meanwhile, none of them have any original members.” On Saturday the Drifters, the Platters, ...

The Magnificent Meatsticks

CD review: The Magnificent Meatsticks, MP3.com You can download all of this from www.mp3.com/magmeat, including a little ditty called “Richard Meltzer Is My Fucking Hero” — I kid you not. But it couldn’t be me ...

Faster Than a Speeding Bike Thief

For the last five years, Kryptonite, a manufacturer of top-of-the-line bicycle locks, has released a ten-worst bike-theft cities list. This year, San Diego made the list for the first time, despite local authorities' claim that ...

Service with a Smile

The car wash at the Yellow Cab Company lot in East Village is like most others. Black Lincoln town cars run through, and the crew wipes them off. Only this crew is different. Expressions of ...

On the block

For years, rumors have swirled around the question of whether Copley Press, Inc., intends to sell off its newspaper empire, including San Diego's own Union-Tribune, to Chicago-based Tribune Company or another big media conglomerate. Elderly ...

Why are prime-time network TV shows shown at different times, depending on the time zone?

Hey, Matt: Why are prime-time network TV shows shown at one time in the Eastern and Pacific time zones and another time in the Central and Mountain time zones? -- Phil Collins, Oceanside Heymatt: Why ...

Pass on by Mount Disappointment and climb farther to San Gabriel Peak, offering the better view of the LA Basin.

San Gabriel Peak (elevation 6161 feet), is but one of the many named summits crowning the soaring, so-called "front range" of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena and the Los Angeles Basin. Years ago ...

Thursday, July 20

Something Stinks in Mission Bay

Between July 1952 and December 1959, the City of San Diego operated a landfill in Mission Bay Park between Sea World and Interstate 5. For ten hours a day, seven days a week, ity trucks ...

Nigerian Nightmare

James Adler, Chula Vista resident and Tijuana business owner, is out $5.2 million. He fell victim to an international financial scam perpetrated by Nigerian nationals and, his court case proved, the Nigerian government. Starting in ...

How to Choose an Explosive Cereal

In my house, growing up, if the kiddies weren’t feeling well it was either the weather or they needed to go No. 2, or, as mom put it, “hmm- hmm’s.” Raisin bran has always had ...

Discover the "secret" steps and stairways of La Mesa and Rolando

Books on the stairway walks of San Francisco and Los Angeles can be found on the shelves of bookstores in those areas. No such guidebook exists for San Diego, because -- despite the substantial vertical ...

Thursday, July 13

My Highschool Days With Lester Bangs

When Lester Bangs moved to Detroit to join the staff of Creem magazine, we kept in touch with letters and phone calls that came less and less often. The last times I saw him were ...

Political Brush Country

On renting a home in Southeast San Diego last year, Tim Norris was delighted to live near a canyon. "When we first got here, we explored," Norris said, recalling he and his daughters hiked several ...

Dirty little secrets

U.S. District Court judge John S. Rhoades, who last year sealed the criminal files of wealthy Metabolife honcho Michael Ellis and his partner Michael Blevins, is back on the hot seat, this time as a ...

    Three More Months

    Pregnancy is a humbling experience. Family, friends, total strangers feel compelled to comment on the size and shape of my body. The rounder I become, the bolder people get. At 28 weeks out of a ...

    Is it legal for people to leave paper advertisements at your house when ever they feel like it?

    Matthew: What's the scoop on the stuff that pitches up on my doorstep while I'm away from home? Flyers inviting me to try bottled water free for 30 days or take advantage of two-fer-one pizza ...

    Can a person still get dandruff if they shave their head?

    Hey, Matt: If a person shaves their head, can they still get dandruff? -- Slap-head, UTC Technically, yes. That's using the broadest definition of "dandruff," of course -- flakes of dead skin breaking free of ...

    How does the money from CRV move through the system?

    Dear Matt: I have no problem with the CRV we Californians pay for beverage containers as it is really nothing more than a deposit for our glass, cans, and plastic containers. My grocery clerk collects ...

    Mountain-bike the old road through Telegraph Canyon in Orange County's Chino Hills.

    Chino Hills State Park, 13,000 acres of rolling former ranch lands near the juncture of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, is a mountain biker's paradise. Some 40 miles of dirt roadways suitable for cycling ...

    Thursday, July 6

    Crazy About You

    The date was September 27, 1991, and Dr. Stephen Gould, a La Jolla psychiatrist in private practice, wrote a memo regarding an unpaid assignment he had been given by the University of California San Diego ...

    Check in at Hotel Internment

    A wicked Hungarian count tries to seduce a pubescent American blonde. A resort manager falls hard for a German baroness. Hitler masterminds the slaughter of millions. There are love ballads and some tap dancing. When ...

    On the road again

    The University of California has made public a list of travel expenses run up by members of its governing Board of Regents, which includes a trio of wealthy San Diegans. The document says one of ...

    San Diego's Chinatown and Stingaree District

    No one knows who named the nine-block area, around San Diego’s original harbor, the Stingaree. But the name, from a raylike fish with stinging barbs, fit. The district evolved outside the law. Around the docks, ...

    Is it true that limestone from the great pyramids of Egypt was used to build high-rise buildings in Cairo?

    Dear Matt: The wife and I saw The Mummy the other night. It brought back a fact I learned sometime in my life that I wonder is true. Is it true that limestone from the ...

    Should I leave a tip when I eat at a restaurant and served by the proprietor?

    Mr Alice: XXXXX Should I leave a tip when I eat at a restaurant and am served by the proprietor XXXX or his wife? I can see tipping a waitress who works for the owner ...

    What cartoon character used the phrase, "I hate those meeses to pieces?"

    To my good fellow: What cartoon character used the phrase "I hate those meeses to pieces"? It's driving me nuts! Also, where did the phrase "Waiting around till the last dog is hung" come from.... ...

    Mission Trails Regional Park and the Suycott Wash

    Last May, Mission Trails Regional Park opened a new trailhead parking lot and gateway that provides easy access to the park's western area from the community of Tierrasanta. To check out and make use of ...

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