Content for Thursday, January 20, 2005

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Those Big Fish Are Gonna Get You

Welcome to Scam City.

WALL STREET is predicting that 2005 will be a year of corporate marriages and initial public offerings of common stocks, and the Street is rejoicing. No doubt for Wall Street, resumption of both kinds of ...

Remake, Sequel, Original

Movies reviewed this week: Assault on Precinct 13, Elektra, and In Good Company

All-Star Bar

“They don’t drink any white wine, and they don’t drink any cheap wine.”

Lost (and Found) in Translation

It was a mellow Christmas season for parties -- for me. That was good, considering I was sick for almost two weeks around that time. There was a bris I found out about, but the ...

GI Jews

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. Harvard University Press; 368 pages; $25.95. FROM THE DUST JACKET: Whether they came from Sioux Falls or the Bronx, over half a million Jews entered the ...

The Treasure of Our Tongue

W e best learn the meanings of words by their context. Yet Charles Harrington Elster, known to San Diegans for his five-year stint on the KPBS radio program A Way with Words, recalls a lesson ...

Red cash, blue cash

The Washington Post is drawing heat for giving $100,000 to the Bush Inaugural '05 committee, which has already raised a record $20 million or so toward its record goal of $40 million from private donors, ...

Why Not Allow Us to Help the Homeless?

'A major complaint we get," says Captain Trish Poochigian of the Salvation Army, "is that the homeless cross the street illegally in the middle of traffic. So I told the clients, 'If you want to ...

City Promotes Financial Clowns

'The foxes are being promoted," says attorney Michael Conger. "You can't take seriously anything the city says about cleaning up this mess as long as they keep giving promotions to the chief architects of the ...

L.A.'s Porter Ranch district features trails overlooking the wide San Fernando Valley.

Residents of the upscale Porter Ranch district of Los Angeles enjoy open spaces and neighborhood trails overlooking the vast San Fernando Valley. These are publicly accessible trails, so you don't have to be a resident ...

Excites Me Mad

"When I woke up, I walked over to the piano and played it like I never have before."

One Woman’s Trash...

Buy! Buy! Says the sign in the shop window. Why? Why? Says the junk in the yard. -- Paul McCartney Is it cold out? At 9:00 a.m. the sun wasn't exactly beating down on us, ...

Eighth Church of Christ Scientist

"[As Christian Scientist nurses] we do not give medicine, take temperatures, or read people's pulses," said Betty Miller. Miller works at the Lynn House, a Christian Science nursing facility in Encinitas. The Christian Science treatment ...

The Local Band 3against1

The local band 3against1 has won the Best Unsigned Band competition held by the Zippo lighter manufacturer, beating 1200 other entrants hoping to win free equipment and a chance to perform for Island Records. Votes ...

Veteran 91X DJ Steve West

Veteran 91X DJ Steve West is open about his upcoming prostate cancer surgery. On a recent Resurrection Sunday show, West told his listeners why he would not be on the air in February. He expects ...

Unwritten Law Fans

Unwritten Law fans will receive one free ticket to the February 1 SOMA concert (while supplies last) when they preorder Here's to the Mourning at either Lou's Records in Encinitas or M Theory Records in ...

"We bounced Willie"

"We bounced Willie." Hindquarter owner Joe Ellis says he has decided not to invite promoter Willie Carter back after a December 17 show at his restaurant on Miramar Road featuring D.I., American Made, and the ...

San Diego Native Jenn Lindsay

San Diego native Jenn Lindsay, at 26, has released five independently produced albums. Her newest, The Last New York Horn, contains the song "Uncle Sam," concerning George W. Bush's re-election: "Alone in a room with ...

A New Belly Up Tavern

A new Belly Up Tavern is set to open in Aspen, Colorado. The lease was signed December 10 by Michael Goldberg, whose brother Steve owns the 30-year-old Solana Beach sister club. The new Belly Up ...

Concerts by Blink-182

Concerts by blink-182 grossed more last year than tours by Kiss, the Eagles, Norah Jones, or Bob Dylan. Proving that backyard Poway parties may not be a bad place from which to launch a career, ...

Former Ratt Singer Stephen Pearcy

Former Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy performed before 5000 sailors on the world's largest aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, December 17. His backing band consisted of crew members who learned Ratt songs "You're in Love," "Lay ...

When Dionne Warwick

When Dionne Warwick performs at Sycuan today, Thursday, January 20, her dressing room requirements include a TV ("21 inch, color"), a telephone, six hangers ("wooden"), a full-length mirror, six ashtrays ("glass"), and a "private toilet." ...

You Wanna Know the Truth

"You wanna know the truth about all these clubgoing people?" says Zippy the cabdriver as he takes me deep into the Gaslamp on New Year's Eve. "I always do." Zippy is a short guy in ...

Fried Jungle

“Hey, I’m sorry for what your country suffered in the tsunami. Do you have relatives there?”

Local Boy Makes Good

'What seems most remarkable in all this is that you're hosting a network TV show." Conway Bowman says, "Yeah, tomorrow morning is the first show of the season." Bowman, 38, a San Diego native, is ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Isaac Leedom pissed on my VCR. Isaac wasn't technically my friend, he was my brother's, so I hold no responsibility for the incident. My dad contends to this day he's never had a VCR that ...

Umbrellas

Before rain overwhelmed my windshield wipers as I drove through a shopping center parking lot, I noticed a 40-year-old woman cringing beneath a tiny pink Hello Kitty umbrella. The umbrella was barely big enough to ...

Rinse, spit, hurl!

Heymatt: I haven't been to the dentist in a while and am due for a cleaning. Over the weekend I got sick and puked a few times. I swear the stomach acid in the vomit ...

Local Bars

The Japanese art of sushi was bound to change once it reached the Americas and American-born chefs and diners took it up. How many aspiring local chefs would put up with the rigors of Japan's ...

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