Stories for June 2002

Thursday, June 27

Who Is This Woman? What Do We Know About Her?

It was the biggest media event of the new year, and Elena Cristiano was in her element. A crowd of more than a hundred reporters, photographers, politicos, and sports fans, along with a bank of ...

Can you beat a Brethalyzer with a penny? And is Susan Lucci really Phyllis Diller's daughter?

Hey: Does sucking on a penny really help you beat a Breathalyzer? -- A Boozehound, the net Matt: Somebody sent me one of those Internet lists of interesting "facts." Is Susan Lucci really Phyllis Diller's ...

Cats are too cute to fart, right?

Dear Matt: We all know about dog farts, but we're in disagreement about ones by cats. Do cats even fart? I figure they must, but I'm not aware that my cat of 13 years ever ...

If there's life after death, can that get me out of jail?

Heymatt: A friend of mine is currently on vacation, all expenses paid by you and I (the State of California). During his sojourn in San Diego County's facility, Donovan, a fellow vacationer who has a ...

Hike to the fire lookout on Vetter Mountain for a panoramic look at the San Gabriel Mountains.

Vetter Mountain lies within Angeles National Forest's Charlton-Chilao Recreation Area -- a gateway of sorts to the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains. Here, Angelenos heading up Angeles Crest Highway from the west first ...

Thursday, June 20

Creation Myth

This year the electronic-gaming industry expects to beat Hollywood at making money. It’s happened once before. In 1998, entranced with a new generation of gaming consoles that included the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Sega ...

Where did they film the big wave at the beginning of "Hawaii Five-0"?

Dear Matthew Alice: I'm dying to know where the huge wave at the beginning of Hawaii Five-0 was filmed. -- Mark Plazak, La Jolla; and Paul Hunter, Clairemont; Jay Smith, North Park All you nonsurfers ...

Did Einstein ever kiss Olivia Newton-John?

Dear Matt: Was Olivia Newton-John ever kissed by Albert Einstein? -- Milton F, Normal Heights Usually I don't much care which way the facts fall. True, false; you're right, you're wrong-- as long as my ...

Will City Council Be Sitting in Those Free Seats Again?

Before 1995, when the City of San Diego decided to expand what was then called Jack Murphy Stadium and give the Chargers their infamous ticket guarantee, one of the most popular plums of local political ...

I'd Never Marry a Pale Girl

On a sunny afternoon in June, Mark Davis is peeling off the top of his wetsuit after taking a swim at La Jolla Shores. Davis, 23, just returned to San Diego after graduating from Humboldt ...

Run for the border

The county's data-processing program has gotten a new chief executive who is just as controversial as the trouble-plagued operation he's been named to run. Denny Piper abruptly resigned his position as Houston's chief information officer ...

Ascend Palomar Mountain the back way via the old Nate Harrison Grade

The 21st Century journey up Palomar Mountain is perhaps too easy, notwithstanding the nauseatingly curvy South Grade Road that leads expeditiously to the top. With extra time, you can always revert to an earlier and ...

Thursday, June 13

Garden Master

It is Vincent Lazaneo’s job to answer any question about a fruit, vegetable, herb, flower, or ornamental shrub that a San Diego gardener might ask. How many plants is that? “It’s a little mind-boggling,” he ...

Super Glue -- a medical miracle?

Hey, Matt: During my many years as a mechanic, I learned many handy tricks. One thing I always have in stock is Super Glue, which I've found a thousand and one uses for. I regularly ...

Please tell me it's not legal for motorcycles to split lanes on the freeway.

Heymatt: So I've been waiting in traffic or maybe driving along at 40 mph, and a motorcycle blows by playing Inagaddadavida on the dummy bumps. And then I see the CHP doing the same thing. ...

Asparagus pee redux.

Hey, Matt: Why does asparagus make my pee stink? -- Anonymous, somewhere In this land of climatic sameness, how does Matthew Alice know that spring has arrived? (1) Grandma Alice packs away her winter aprons ...

You're Crazy to Buy a Car in Tijuana

Savvy San Diego shoppers seeking slashed rates on paint jobs, window tinting, and upholstery have driven their cars to Tijuana for decades. But you don't hear about gringos heading south to buy the whole car, ...

Jeb and Janet show

San Diego and Florida have sunshine, cigars, con men, and drug runners in common. Now both can claim a couple of money-hungry politicos. Republican governor Jeb Bush and his probable Democratic rival Janet Reno are ...

Conceal, Destroy, Mutilate, Falsify

Even in a town where every month some major or minor political figure is caught with a conflict or an unreported loan or a few unpaid bills or some back taxes, Tony Inocentes stands alone. ...

Circle Wilacre Park and visit Coldwater Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains above San Fernando Valley.

A 129-acre island of open space in the midst of Studio City's more lavish residential areas, Wilacre Park (the former estate of silent-movie star Will Acres) offers a wide-ranging view of San Fernando Valley and ...

Thursday, June 6

What Happens After a Kid Goes Bad?

These are accounts of ten angry young men with nothing to lose. Mayhem at home, drugs and alcohol, gang warfare, drive-by shootings, armed robbery — even murder — and always stints behind bars with a ...

Hotel Porn

A young couple in their 20s checks in at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley and unloads their three-year-old daughter from the white SUV rental. As they drove from the airport to Hotel Circle, they ...

Metalheads on the moon?

Hey, Matt: On a recent "where are they now" TV show, Ronny James Dio said that he wanted to be the first person to play on the moon. If we got tickets, would we be ...

Valley Love

It's dangerous to love a piece of land, particularly one that's located in Southern California. I can't say when the full fierceness of my feelings for the valley behind my house actually hit me, the ...

Water torture

Just before the San Diego City Council narrowly voted to raise water rates during a bitter debate in April, Larry Gardner, the city's water utilities director, suffered a heart attack. He's now convalescing at home ...

Jamul's newly opened Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area offers a new opportunity for hiking and horseback riding.

The acquisition of approximately 3500 acres of Daley Ranch property near Jamul last year by California's Wildlife Conservation Board led to the establishment of the Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, now being managed by the California ...

Sunday, June 2

Cheese, cheese, glorious cheese.

Hey, Matt: Yellow cheese. I have recently been informed that cheese is naturally white. That it never was yellow until someone went out of their way to color it. What's worse, I'm told they use ...

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