Stories for March 2002

Thursday, March 28

They Won the Biggest Family Contest

Almost everyone who skimmed the San Diego Union on May 9, 1964, would have noticed the photo that ran at the top of the front page of the local section. She was smiling broadly and ...

Are the van Dams Fit Parents?

The saturation of news about the lifestyles of Brenda and Damon van Dam has not been lost on North County residents. While few can think of any friends who use recreational drugs and "swing" with ...

Billboard secrecy

The sponsor of that big billboard on State Highway 94 promoting the Fourth District city council candidacy of Charles Lewis still hasn't filed a legally required campaign-disclosure statement with the San Diego city clerk's office, ...

Circle Lake Poway on a 3-mile loop trail for hikers and bikers.

In the cool of a spring evening, as the sun arcs toward the western horizon at an ever-later hour (especially after daylight time kicks in on April 7), you can escape from the cares of ...

Thursday, March 21

UCSD Doc Slams Big-Gulp Culture

Dr. Kenneth Jones, a pediatric endocrinologist with UCSD, is concerned about the rise in Type II or "adult" diabetes in young people. "The age limit is moving down. Initially, it was thought to be a ...

Cheney's Bad Boys Irk Encinitas

The saga began last month, when the Orange County Register reported that Vice President Dick Cheney would arrive in San Diego County on the third week of February for "unspecified" fundraising events. Then on Monday, ...

Pravda

Word from inside the Union-Tribune is that the paper is planning a big push for a new city-financed stadium for the Chargers. Sports columnist Nick Canepa fired the first shot last month, warning that the ...

How deadly is my popcorn ceiling?

Almighty Alice! When I was a kid growing up in Tierrasanta, we had popcorn ceilings (you know, that stuff that looks like cottage cheese?). My apartment in Point Loma has the same stuff, and I ...

What's so corny about corned beef?

Hey, Matt: Why is corned beef called corned beef? Is there corn in it? Is corn used in processing it? -- Mark, Carlsbad The cow might have eaten corn before it became beef, but that's ...

Whatever happened to suicide doors?

Hi! How are ya? Whatever became of cars with "suicide" doors? And why were they called suicide doors? I've heard a couple of different stories, but figured you'd know the real poop. -- Meyers, the ...

Hike to Fortynine Palms, a canyon-bottom oasis in Joshua Tree National Park.

Native California fan palms (Washingtonia filifera), familiar to Anza-Borrego and Baja visitors, can be found as well in scattered locations amid the rocky defiles of Joshua Tree National Park, which lies some 100 miles north ...

Thursday, March 14

Why They Didn't Vote

The March 5 primary election had one of the lowest voter turnouts in San Diego history. A sampling of nonvoters seems to indicate that while many intended to vote, some simply didn't know or didn't ...

Word games

The Union-Tribune was forced to halt its presses last week when editors discovered that a four-letter word had made its way past page-proofers and into the paper's weekly "Night & Day" entertainment section. According to ...

The story of space pee

Matt: I've heard that space is full of astronaut pee. Is this correct? -- Wondering, San Diego Correct. But it's not exactly like they're taking a leak over the side of a boat. Before recent ...

What exactly do those weasels mean by "proceeds"?

Hey, Matt: If all of the proceeds of Paul Newman's food line goes to charity, how does anybody who works there make any money? --Ashley Chafin, the net Instead of Paul Newman, a certified icon, ...

Thursday, March 7

Horses and Their Women

It's nine o'clock on the day before the last day of Diane Wilson’s horse-showing career. Outside her window, the pointy hills of Escondido are wet from the rain. Inside, it’s warm because she has just ...

Atrocious Act

On Friday morning, December 14, two black Muslims, Abdur-Rahim Hameed and Adib Mahdi, residents of San Diego, agreed to speak about the local African-American Muslim community and its response to the terrorist attacks of September ...

Korean connection

A post-September 11 foreign-spy technology crackdown by federal authorities has netted yet another San Diego company with ties to South Korea. Neopoint, a Rancho Bernardo-based maker of so-called smart cell phones, has been slapped with ...

$555,000 Ticket to Nowhere

For traffic-weary Tijuanenses, the happiness of the new year of 2002 ended quickly when they read reports of the city's light-rail project being scrapped. Though ground had never been broken, the tren ligero had been ...

The Enron Effect

The collapse of Enron is having an impact on San Diego's own TrizecHahn USA Corp. "Enron is our fourth largest tenant," according to a disclosure report filed by the office building owner last month, "occupying ...

Up to Date in Kansas City

An ex-quarterback with the Chargers has gone to bat for an old friend in Kansas City. John Hadl, a former All-American at the University of Kansas, has written a letter to a federal court judge ...

Why can't I get a freeway sign that says "Jack's Grub and Beer, next exit"?

What's the deal, Matt: I was driving up the 805 the other day and I noticed a freeway exit sign that said "Maric College." Right after that was another sign that said "National University." These ...

Gummy bear candy, then gummy bear cartoons, or vice versa?

Heymatt: Which came first, gummy bears the candy or gummy bears the cartoon? -- Carolyn, the net Add this to your body of critical knowledge. Gummies, the relentless candy, long predate Gummies, the idiotic cartoon. ...

What happens if a TV commercial bombs out before it's ended?

Hey, Matt: What happens when a TV commercial starts and then gets blipped off after only a few seconds of running? Do companies monitor the programming to make sure the commercials they've paid for actually ...

Who's Sig, and why is he so alert?

Hey, Matt: I've lived in Southern California for nine years and have heard many times in traffic reports the term "sig alert." I know that this means you're screwed if you're driving anywhere, but I ...

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