Stories for January 2002

Thursday, January 31

Their Hair Was Huge, Their Speech Was Loud, and Their Message Was Simple: Revolution Now!

June 16, 1966: The Solution Stokely Carmichael, leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is released from jail this afternoon. Continuing a voter registration march begun by James Meredith, who was recently shot along a ...

Food Swings

While allergists are showing alarm at the increasing problem of mold, one physician believes the problem has been entirely overblown. Barnet Meltzer has been practicing holistic medicine in Del Mar since 1972. An author of ...

He Said He Wanted to Kill Her

To convict a man of murder, jurors need only be certain of his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. One thing, however, is usually metaphysically certain; that the victim is dead. Yet on August 29, 2001, ...

Murphy's law

San Diego mayor Dick Murphy's "blue ribbon committee on city finances," promised in last year's state-of-the-city speech and appointed last April, has reached its final conclusions and is ready to report to the mayor, says ...

Who says whether a city is served by the police or the sheriff?

Happy New Year, Matt: Who or what determines whether a city is protected and served by police or by sheriffs? -- Ann Marie Murphy, the net See, the sheriff's department has this dandy crime-fighting package ...

Eeuuuuw -- what are these things on my skin?

M.A. of Reader: I was looking at a mole on my arm recently and began to wonder what they are and what causes them. -- L.B. of Poway Hey, Matt: What's behind the phenomenon of ...

Why does my little street have such a big block number?

Wizard of Alice: I live at 10123 Viennarose Avenue. Why don't I live at #1 Viennarose Avenue? Why do I have to be #10123? There probably aren't 10,123 homes in all of San Diego, let ...

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve near Escondido offers 10 miles of multi-use trails, with more to come.

The 750 acres of open space at Escondido's Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve were opened to the public in December 1992 as a cooperative effort between the Olivenhain Municipal Water District and the U.S. Bureau of ...

Thursday, January 24

All the Good Scenery, Nice Sunsets, Sunrises

From the wheelhouse of the Harbor Commander, I spotted two fat sea lions lounging on a buoy about halfway between the Silver Strand and the Navy shipyard. It was a bright warm February morning, and ...

Dining out, Thai style

The latest hot gossip in Thailand involves a Bangkok movie star and his alleged affair with Thai princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, divorced from San Diegan Peter Jensen, onetime business partner of ex-felon Richard Silberman and former ...

Hell Holes

Before tourism, before apples, Julian's reason for being was gold. The town would still be a mountain plateau had it not been for a minor gold rush in the 1870s. When what gold there was ...

Race card

Padres owner John Moores and his wife Becky were scheduled to throw a fundraiser last night at their estate in Rancho Santa Fe for a new initiative being sponsored by Ward Connerly's American Civil Rights ...

How does aspirin work?

Dr. Matthew: How does aspirin work? How does an aspirin know that it's my finger that hurts and not my elbow or my ear? How does it get to the place it needs to go? ...

What's a good place to find prostitutes in San Diego?

Dear Matthew Alice: Where are good places to find prostitutes in San Diego? -- No Name, No Address, No Nothing Hi, sailor. New in town? You must be if you have to ask this question. ...

View Catalina Island and 150 degrees of ocean horizon from the top of the Palos Verdes peninsula.

Created by uplift of the sea floor roughly two million years ago, the Palos Verdes peninsula lay surrounded by the ocean for hundreds of thousands of years. Today a vast sheet of alluvium fills the ...

Thursday, January 17

Trigger Happy or Just Plain Happy? Who is David Medina?

Dressed neatly in a white oxford cloth shirt with a blue pullover sweater, David Medina, a.k.a. “Happy,” pursed his lips and appeared to listen closely as Judge John Thompson handed down Medina’s sentence — nine ...

Model Smoker

Jean Lucas's Rancho Bernardo townhouse is full of boxes. Paintings of elephants and lions lean in a stack against the wall. She is clearing her place of old junk and painting the walls to get ...

Quick Crossers

For two years, I've crossed the border once a month to visit friends who live in Playas de Tijuana. I've learned to go after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays. But in the beginning I always went ...

Mister District Attorney

The name of the biggest campaign-money launderer in San Diego history has turned up on the list of contributors to District Attorney Paul Pfingst's reelection bid. Frank Gatlin, a shopping-center developer based in Del Mar ...

Thursday, January 10

Smiths: What They Do and How They Do It

The black-caped, cast-iron devil figure was playing the violin and wearing a top hat and heavy horn-rimmed glasses. It rested on a cast-iron drum with a drumhead made out of a $450 piece of cobalt ...

Impatient Heart

'I was in Bangkok six years ago and picked up some kind of hepatitis-family virus -- they couldn't isolate it -- and it infected my heart muscle and left me with cardiomyopathy. So now I'm ...

Smokey Bandits

From July of 2000 to April 2001, a new kind of crime wave hit San Diego County. Boiled down to penal-code labeling -- 211 for armed robbery, 459 for burglary -- the crimes weren't anything ...

Inside dope

Nationally syndicated columnist Bob Novak is out with what he says is the inside story behind the long delay in picking a new United States Attorney for San Diego. According to Novak, staffers at the ...

What happens when things go stale?

Hey, Matt: When bread goes stale, it gets hard. When hard cookies or crunchy cereal go stale, they get soft. Do they both end up with the same amount of softness and hardness? Do they ...

Thursday, January 3

How to Eat Out

“To the best of my knowledge, when you go to a restaurant-supply store to look at chairs, there is an idea of quick turn, medium turn, and slow turn” that influences the sort of chair ...

I Don't Have to Dodge Bullets

Robert S. (he wouldn't divulge his last name) stands in front of the Escondido Employment Development Department on Valley Parkway looking despondent. After losing a job he held for only 16 months, he is looking ...

Native Bytes

San Diego's Indian tribes hope Internet technology will bring back the old days, the pre-Cabrillo days, when they traded and traveled among themselves. They believe technology could help them preserve their culture. Up until now, ...

Peters pops

Usually, it's politicians who have their hand out for cash from lobbyists and other influence peddlers, but this year San Diego city councilman Scott Peters and his wealthy wife Lynne Gorguze are turning the tables. ...

Why does my mouse fill his water dish with shavings?

God of Answers, Knower of All Things: I have owned several pet mice over the years, and year after year, mouse after mouse, they all engage in one behavior besides the usual poop-eat-sleep cycle. When ...

What are the blue road reflectors for?

Hey, Matt: When you're driving down a residential (usually) street, you see the "road Braille," the little raised markers that tell you what lane you are in (or not in, if you cross it), and ...

What's the story about toilet paper?

Dear Matthew: Is it true that in certain parts of the world, toilet paper is not an option, but rather the left hand is the primary wiping instrument? (With a subsequent rinsing in water-- running, ...

Avocado pits-- why so big?

Matt: Why do avocados have such big seeds? Sometimes they're all seed, no guac. -- GuacamoleGirl, South Bay The pit's designed to reproduce the parent tree, not to please you. The wild avocado grows in ...