Stories for June 2001

Thursday, June 28

Hooky Raids

On the morning of June 7, at least 25 police officers, social workers, and prosecutors, accompanied by a horde of television and print reporters, rolled out of a police substation in one of the poorest ...

Cloudy Futures

A Kansas City school run by the School Futures Research Foundation, a Mission Valley-based nonprofit heavily backed by billionaire Wal-Mart heir and Bonita resident John Walton, has had its charter revoked. In an attempt to ...

Married to the Peso

In Mexico City in June of 1994, Pat Nelson took a friend, a Mexican financial consultant, to lunch. "My friend said to me, 'Pat, in '92 and '93 the Mexican government issued short-term bonds that ...

Blue surfing

The Canadian navy has suspended one of its top commanders after he admitted he'd looked at Internet porn sites last April while surfing the Web during service in San Diego. Eric Lerhe, 52, chief of ...

Visit Oasis Spring in the Laguna Mountains, where a sparkling rivulet makes a headlong plunge toward the desert floor.

A more restful place could scarcely be imagined. A warm breeze from the desert below wafts up the shady canyon, bringing with it the scent of sage and bay laurel. A lone bigleaf maple tree ...

How do you obtain a marijuana user and grower card?

Mr. Alice: This may sound off the wall, but here goes. How does one go about securing a marijuana user and grower card? I read all about these people and have yet to see any ...

How do you start a bank?

Hey, Matthew: How do you start a bank? It looks like a nice gig! Banks are well-lit businesses with polite staff and (usually) docile customers. Judging from the nice locations, expensive furniture, and money they ...

Thursday, June 21

A Seat, Legs, Back, And Often Arms, Designed To Accommodate One Person

Some passions are easy to grasp — chocolate, the sea, or Marx Brothers movies. Others are more elusive, harder to explain. I’m afraid the love of chairs falls into the latter category. It’s the sensuous ...

M.D. Claims Soy Milk Breeds Violent Teens

Dr. David Goodman cannot understand the media's lack of concern. The Escondido-based research scientist claims to have important in-formation about soy-based baby formulas, and no one, he says, is listening. Goodman revealed his findings in ...

El Cajon Craves Starbucks

It's still not La Jolla. The buildings along Main Street between Magnolia and Avocado in downtown El Cajon form a hodgepodge of 20th-century architectural styles, from an early-century board-sided, post-and-beam warehouse to 1960s stucco boxes. ...

Jolly good show

The scheduled appearance of England's Prince Andrew at Bio2001, the controversial biotech summit to be held here next week, is causing a ruckus at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles, Andrew's older brother, is fiercely opposed to ...

Explore Runyan Canyon, a former hillside retreat of Hollywood stars, in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Runyan Canyon, a narrow strip of open space rising into the hills just one mile from the heart of Hollywood, counts among its former residents the actors John McCormick and Errol Flynn. For more than ...

What happened to Ladybird Johnson's anti-billboard laws?

Hey, Matt: Have you noticed how many signs there are along the interstates these days? Temporaries, such as Miramar's Armed Forces Day Celebration sign beside 15, and permanents, such as Barona Casino's massive action board ...

Is the painting of the dogs playing poker a joke?

Hey, Matt: I've always wondered about that painting of the dogs playing poker. Was that painted as a joke or was the artist serious when he did it? Where did that thing come from? -- ...

How do I get the telemarketers to stop calling?

Help! HOW DO I GET TELEMARKETERS TO GO AWAY?!?! -- I can't stand the ringing anymore! I can't stand it! Arrrrrgh! Gandma Alice has made you some nice tea. Sit down here next to the ...

Thursday, June 14

Sinister Hero

“The whole world can be reduced to the beauty pageant,” Romeo says. We are in National City, at the Point-Point Joint, a Philippine restaurant with a large African-American and Hispanic following. The Point-Point Joint got ...

Under the bridge

San Diego city officials are suddenly in a big hurry to build a multimillion-dollar bridge across the San Diego River in Mission Valley just east of the big Interstate 805 span. The reason: the city ...

Naked Monks Irk Campo Residents

Rumors spread through the backcountry town of Campo the way a wildfire spreads through the local hills. It starts with a passing comment in the feed store, an off-the-cuff remark in the post office. It's ...

Take an early-evening stroll through spring-green chaparral on Cuyamaca's Pine Ridge Trail.

If you want a quick escape from the dreary late-afternoon June gloom dogging the coast of late, try this little outing to the blue-sky realm of the Cuyamaca Mountains. Pack along a light dinner of ...

Is there anywhere in San Diego where women can see men dancing for women?

I have seen in San Diego boys dancing for boys, and women dancing for guys. Is there anywhere near where us females can see the men dance for US? (example: Chippendales) -- Jan Lyons, San ...

What is the difference between the terms "road" and "roadway?"

Hello: Can you tell me why the weather and traffic people insist on using the word "roadways" when describing conditions on the roads? What is the difference between a road and a roadway, anyway? Seems ...

What is a cobweb?

Hey, Matt: What's a cobweb? I say they're spider webs. My wife insists they're not, but she can't tell me where she thinks they come from. Settle the argument. -- Mr. & Mrs. Clean, Santee ...

Thursday, June 7

Rocks

I swallowed the lump in my throat as my eyes peered upward. Surveying the Jewelry Exchange, on the corner of Sixth and E downtown, I felt small and insignificant. I gazed up at the eight-story ...

Ponzi patriots

A La Jolla investor and businessman who once ran Honolulu's Polynesian Cultural Center for the Mormon church has been busted for his alleged participation in a giant Ponzi scheme, which prosecutors say cost its victims ...

I Looked at the Baby and Couldn't Believe It

Captain Bob Spangler, 50, has been a San Diego Firefighter for 27 years. He is also licensed as a paramedic and a nurse. A former lifeguard, Spangler's career encompasses lifesaving in one form or another. ...

Volunteer Cop Triggers One-Man Crusade

Dale Raver, 53, a Poway resident and the owner of a cell-phone-accessory business, is waging a quixotic crusade against the City of Escondido, which he believes is breaking the law. He's spent over 30 hours ...

Get good vibrations from the Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve

Booming, roaring, barking, squeaking, and whistling sands have figured in folklore and travelers' tales for 1500 years, with the earliest references found in Chinese and Mideastern chronicles. Marco Polo describes encountering the phenomenon on a ...

Tuesday, June 5

Climb to the 8859-foot summit of Cucamonga Peak, and gaze over miles of San Gabriel Valley suburbia.

Cucamonga Peak's south and east slopes feature some of the most dramatic relief in the San Gabriel Mountains. At 8859 feet, the peak stands sentinel-like only four miles from the edge of the broad inland ...

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