Content for Thursday, March 17, 2005

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Death Traps

Hundreds of buildings pose earthquake risks.

The City of San Diego has a website (www.sannet.gov/development-services/industry/pdf/urmpn.pdf) that contains a list of 706 local buildings supposedly built out of unreinforced masonry -- that is, bricks held in place with mortar but not tied ...

Kiddie Corner

Movies reviewed this week: Machuca, Robots, and Steamboy

Late Discovery

“It’s a very young industry here, and there are a lot of inconsistencies.”

Rachel Pink in Manhattan

WEDNESDAY In a desperate search for Febreze I headed to the Astor Place Kmart. I try to visit my not-at-all-friendly Manhattan Kmart on a quarterly basis. Something about visiting a chain store makes me guilty. ...

And the Candy Bar Goes to...

I can never go to more than one party when the Oscars are on. It would be my luck that while driving to the second one, I'd miss a famous moment like the streaker who ...

Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son

Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005; 158 pages; $17.95. FROM THE DUST JACKET: The recipient of two Booker Prizes, Peter Carey expands his extraordinary achievement with each new ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago I saw the miracle today, the one at the Israelite Church of God in Christ on 32nd and L Street.... When the newscasters explained that the miracle on 32nd Street, the image ...

Cash Is King

'If you see a Camaro convertible, there's more than likely a blonde driving it. For some reason, the ladies like Camaros," says Ray Taylor, who founded San Diego Auto Swap (also known as Ray Taylor's ...

There Were People Who Camped Out Here the Night Before

"There were people who camped out here the night before to buy the wristband and new CD." Toby Demain, who works in advertising and promotions for Lou's Records in Leucadia, was referring to the March ...

"It Was Just Too Hard to Keep People from Drinking"

"It was just too hard to keep people from drinking." Nicholas Lynch explains why he had to pull the plug on Hellfire House, the punk venue that he ran out of his Vista carpentry shop. ...

Former Oceanside Resident

Former Oceanside resident and El Camino High School graduate Denise Richards is seeking a divorce from actor Charlie Sheen, whom she married on June 15, 2002. Court papers filed Wednesday, March 2, cite "irreconcilable differences." ...

The Queens of the Stone Age, Lenny Kravitz, and Gwen Stefani

The Queens of the Stone Age, Lenny Kravitz, and Gwen Stefani are three headliners who are expected to be in the lineup when the House of Blues San Diego officially announces its first lineup on ...

When 4th & B Opened

"When 4th & B opened [in 1996], everybody expected the Belly Up to curl up and die, but it didn't," said 4th & B general manager Ray Johnson, who claims he isn't worried about the ...

When Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir

When Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir played 4th & B on February 9, Doug Hackett caught him walking into the venue at 8 p.m. Hackett tells me, "Bob...tripped and fell on the stairs leading up ...

Guitarist Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham Joined Social Distortion

Guitarist Jonny "2 Bags" Wickersham joined Social Distortion when cofounder Dennis Danell died five years ago. Before that he played in the Cadillac Tramps. "We used to come down and play Iguanas," he said, referring ...

I Was Traveling for a Fiber Optic Company

I was traveling for a fiber optic company in Europe and the States," says singer Doug Benson about his beginnings with the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out, which performs tomorrow night at the Tower ...

Static-X Has Parted Ways With Guitarist Tripp Eisen

"Static-X has parted ways with guitarist Tripp Eisen, effective immediately," states a February 28 press release from the heavy-metal band. The last time the band played San Diego was September 1, 2004, headlining at Soma. ...

Jaimie Chambers, 25, is the Youngest On-Air Personality

Jaimie Chambers, 25, is the youngest on-air personality at KTLA Channel 5. He's also guitarist in the local band Windsor, which includes three Torrey Pines High graduates. Chambers files news segments and does a daily ...

Rolling Stone's March 10 List

Rolling Stone's March 10 list of "Ten Artists to Watch" includes Louis XIV, calling them "a sex-obsessed, T. Rex-loving, glam foursome from San Diego whose self-released album and EPs scored local radio play, a slot ...

Ramble on two wheels through San Diego County's sleepy Lake Morena and Campo region.

The rural landscape spreading north and east of the tiny, border-hugging town of Campo is caught in a time warp. Not much new has appeared hereabouts in the past half-century. Narrow two-lane ribbons of blacktop ...

Dental Anxiety

Dentist, n.: A prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls coins out of one's pockets. -- Ambrose Bierce I was surrounded by glittering green shamrocks, some made of tinsel, others of poster-board. To my ...

Active Duty

"Usually in the morning I'll make up a playlist for the day and listen to that."

The Reader's Eye on Television

"TODAY IS GOING TO BE A NICE ONE: SUNNY IN THE MORNING to mid-afternoon with partly cloudy skies this evening, but only a slight chance of rain," the blond weatherman in the tailored, navy blue ...

Ghost Renters

“Colonel Manuel Ferrar built it and named it after his wife Rosario. She was the niece of Pio Pico.”

St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church

"I believe the [Greek Orthodox Church] is the true church, but I'm not going to rub it in anyone's face," said Nazo Zakkak, an altar boy at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church. Zakkak ...

Irish Soda Bread

Nanna Kelly came from County Mayo, Ireland. She loved a plate of ham and cabbage with some good potatoes, followed by a fine cup of tea and her own homemade Irish soda bread. Nanna -- ...

March Madness

Head out the door, find a freeway, and drive to Lindbergh Field. Get on a plane and fly to Des Moines, Iowa. Rent a car, motor north on I-35, turn right on Highway 20, turn ...

Glass house

Public radio station KPBS talking head Tom Fudge is steamed that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger won't appear on These Days, his morning radio talk show. "Maybe it's that so-called liberal reputation we've got," Fudge writes on ...

Stage Irish

In America, everybody is Irish one day a year. Planning for St. Patrick's Day, I headed for what I thought was a new Irish pub. Well, bother and begorrah, I was wrong on both counts. ...

10,000 Buzzing Bees

This is the story of Irwin the Bookman who, with the help of Lenny the Elf and Don the Kid, gives away hundreds of thousands of books a year to schools, teachers, homeschoolers, prisons, homeless ...

Penny Swindlers

It was quintessential San Diego: the son made news stiffing his stock-brokerage customers while the parents made Burl Stiff's Union-Tribune column glorifying the Beautiful People. It went on for years, and the parents were part-owners ...

Curfew? What curfew?

Hey Matt: I've noticed that when the planes begin to take off from the airport at 6:30 a.m., the first plane is always a small propeller commuter plane, which is immediately followed by the big ...