Content for Thursday, August 10, 2006

News & Stories

Who's in Charge Here?

SDSU’s Paseo project is in a tangle.

Follow the confidential e-mail trail.

California Gems

'There are a lot of people who don't want to spend much more than $15.'

What Are You?

'We live in a really lazy society," says author and photographer Kip Fulbeck. "We want things to be cut and dried: 'This guy has a suit, so he must be a businessman' or 'This guy ...

Break a Leg, and Other Good Wishes

Hello there, oh great one: Where does the phrase "break a leg" come from? One source says it may have come from the whole incident with Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. The same source ...

“What happened to your shorts?”

Let me tell you about my leave of absence. Like you're dying to know. One letter poured in. It was hard to tell exactly what the writer was trying to express as it was written ...

Cat Sweat

Hi Matt: Do cats sweat? If not, how do they stay cool in this hot weather? -- Curious of North Park Ugh. Summer. Under our recent extreme conditions, Grandma and the elves have taken to ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

One night, when I lived in Clairemont, horror came in through the front door. I was cooking chicken in the tiny old oven in the dilapidated kitchen of my ancient apartment. While cooking, I divided ...

The Centrifugal

What turned me was the Floyd Landis interview on...pick one, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Live, CNN Live, ESPN News,or Fox News. Landis is answering questions, but he's speaking mealy-mouth lawyer instead of ...

What It Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver

What It Used to Be Like: A Portrait of My Marriage to Raymond Carver by Maryann Burk Carver. St. Martin's Press, 2006, $25.95, 368 pages. FROM THE DUST JACKET: Maryann Burk Carver met Raymond Carver ...

Hike to a viewful knoll above Sweetwater Reservoir in Bonita.

Raspy throated wild oats and foxtails chafe in the summer breeze. Hawks and ravens glide overhead, the sound of rushing air faintly audible in their feathers. A sleek coyote trots smugly along, its ears directed ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Entire sections of the [Comedy Store]audience were on their way out, disgusted by the preceding scene. I wonder to this day whether anyone could have made them laugh at that point. Not ...

Kitty Needs

Last night I woke up to find my cat Zorro hogging the bed next to me...and not just lying on the bed, he was under the covers! As I went to move him so that ...

A Legend Reborn

One of the hottest new spots is Stingaree -- a giant (22,000 square feet) disco palace with a serious restaurant on the first floor, under the charge of chef Antonio Friscia (previously at Alfieres at ...

Beer, Blondes, and More Beer

A friend called to tell me about a party she was crashing in Mission Valley. Country singer Kenny Chesney was there. (I recognized the name from his two-month marriage to Renée Zellweger.) One of Chesney's ...

Elaborate Show

Billing themselves as "the Jesters of Rock," Collage Menage has gone through two dozen members since forming in 1988, with identical twins Hans and Fritz Jensen as the constant core. "To fit in with this ...

P.O.D.'s Touchy Thing

"When I was in Sol Power, we used to play with P.O.D. at Crowns [in Tijuana]," says Tim Pacheco, hired last fall by P.O.D. "This was in the early '90s, before they got signed to ...

Offend in Every Way

"Parkway Plaza's slightly overzealous mall security apparently thinks there's something dangerous about guys handing out free CDs and flyers," says Duff-O-Cide bassist Jay Sassin. "We were giving out our Don't Munch a Duff EP, and ...

A Show of Love at Hot Monkey

Hot Monkey Love Café is the only all-age venue in the county that has offered a weekly hip-hop open-mike night. MC Tran Kwell (Scott Finnestad) has been going to the College Area hangout since it ...

Shortbread Cookies

This summer has been filled with parties. There was husband Patrick's poker party with pals. There was karaoke night with old college friends who have an obsession with Sinatra. An early-July barbecue and bonfire at ...

Sticking It to MS

Sirhan Sirhan founder/guitarist/vocalist Jason Blackmore used to be in Molly McGuire, a Kansas City band that had one album on Epic. "We played a leg on the last official Lollapalooza tour in '97," says Blackmore. ...

The "Waitress" and "Hilary" Correlation

"Gave her the song on a Friday and she got canned the next Tuesday," says Superdoo singer Christopher Dale of "Hilary," his musical tribute to the recently fired 91X DJ (sample lyric: "Yeah, you're the ...

Confessions of a Concierge

"When the Deftones' White Pony album came out, they played a big show at the Coors Amphitheatre. When the tour manager came in to check them in [to the hotel], they waited outside on the ...

Sunny Somani in Bangalore, India

That's Holi for You We've all seen kids color elephants red, color the sky pink, and color water yellow. Such iconoclastic color schemes are usually the results of lack of adequate colors or indifference to ...

Florida Overpays For San Diego's Cluster Outfits

Will San Diego's vaunted industrial clusters bomb out? Hardly. But one biotech center, Scripps Research Institute, is already setting up a branch in Florida, and another, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, is expected to announce ...

Judas Act

“Things are changing, my friend. All this is gonna be history. Enjoy it while you can.”