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Pardon the French

Fiercely independent yet seductively romantic.

At last, the fashion of French-bashing fades, and now kisses, fries, poodles, horns, bread, dressing, curls, maids, braids, ticklers, manicures, twists, and toast might drop the mock-corrective mark of "freedom." Even our most patriotic consciences ...

Straight Talk

'Unfortunately, the West Nile virus decomposes rapidly. We have about a 24-hour window to get the bird in here and get it tested," says supervising vector ecologist for the County of San Diego Vector Control ...

Orange County's Black Star Canyon conceals a surprising waterfall.

Good timing is the key to catching the waterfall in Black Star Canyon at its best. Since only about three square miles of drainage area lie above it, persistent rains are needed to get more ...

St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ, Valencia Park

Denomination: Church of God in Christ Address: 5825 Imperial Avenue, Valencia Park Founded locally: 1962 Senior pastor: Bishop George McKinney Congregation size: 600--700 families Staff size: 12 Sunday school enrollment: don't know Annual budget: around ...

A Troubadour’s Travails

'It seems that I am in the midst of a wicked streak of bad luck this week," blogs San Diego-based singer/songwriter Laura K at myspace.com. "It all started Sunday afternoon, during an otherwise enjoyable visit ...

I swore to myself I would be the world’s first rock novelist.

The end of January, the fourth week into the new year of 2006, and I'm trying to free-associate or something, trying to find match-ups in the fleshy RAM that is my memory, riddled as it ...

They Only Taste Rich

The restaurant reviewer for a rival publication just quit because, he wrote, he was getting too fat on the job. That can be a serious hazard for restaurant reviewers and for many frequent restaurantgoers -- ...

XL Press Clippings

The temperature in Detroit is 24 degrees as I write this. Counting Super Bowl XL, Detroit has hosted two Super Bowls vs. zero for Buffalo, Boston, Seattle, Indianapolis, Chicago, Green Bay, Denver, New York, Kansas ...

Lord of the Fliers

“Never leave the ground on an empty stomach.”

Egg-zactly Wrong

Hey: My friends and I were talking the other day and the subject came around to the one day of the year that you can balance an egg on its end. My friend says that ...

Stupid Cat Tricks

Heymatt: You seem to be a expert on the subject of domestic house cats, so here's another one for you. Why is it they love to sit and lie on newspapers? And why is it ...

No Competition

Movies reviewed this week: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World and Match Point

Roger? Roger? Hey, Roger!

Heymatt: In radio communication, "Roger" means "message received," the code word for the letter "R." So why "Roger"? Also, I've heard the word "Roger" used with the word "Wilco," as in, "Roger, Wilco, over and ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago They tell tales in the back rooms and archives and lecture halls of the anthropology world, of one John Peabody Harrington, linguist. Now that a comfortable 15 years have elapsed since his ...

Crushed: A Novel

Crushed by Laura and Tom McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2006; $15.95; 308 pages FROM THE DUST JACKET: The acclaimed authors of Crooked and Zippedbring their signature suspense and razor-sharp dialogue to this compelling new novel ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

"We are the oldest whitest people on the planet, aren't we?" Ron asks. I agree and nod. "We're like the last holdouts in a zombie movie. Outside that door is a civilization we don't recognize. ...

Jeri Kemple in Colorado

The House That Meant Fun "There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first, to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, ...

Snow Bunny

Skiing: I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill. -- Erma Bombeck The sunlight glinting off the crystalline snow was painfully bright. I traded my rectangular black and ...

Thirty-Thousand-Dollar Monkey

Hot Monkey Love Café co-owner Alma Felan says her establishment will be moved from its site on El Cajon Boulevard by May 1. The all-age, alcohol-free music venue may relocate to a new space in ...

Punk Embarrassment

"Somebody made a death threat on Bush," says Joel Scheingross, founder of Sandiegopunk.com. "It was either the FBI or Secret Service who contacted the person who was running the [website message] board at the time. ...

Chargers' Influence Broadens

The public thinks of pro sports as a game -- an athletic contest. The billionaire pro sports owners consider it a game too -- a high-stakes poker game, with the mainstream media helping the team ...

Liver Spots in TJ

"All they wanted was a steel guitar player," says Rick Schmidt about his appearance in a Shania Twain video. Schmidt, a Carlsbad-based pedal steel player, says he's done work "for everyone from Minnie Pearl to ...

Midget Madness

Midget Madness singer/bassist Chris Angelo says, "We can fit on any stage, no matter what size it is.... All of us are five foot five or less." The trio plays original rock reminiscent of the ...

Prescription for Numbers

It's unlikely that San Francisco's Numbers will go to Tijuana when they return to San Diego this week. "It's, like, a lawless place," drummer/vocalist Indira Dunis says of their last visit to Tijuana. "As soon ...

Crunk Event

When former Angel Hair and the VSS vocalist Sonny Kay moved to San Diego in 2001, he never thought his Gold Standard Labs record label would begin the ascent to become one of the most ...

Falling Star

"It was a four-star hotel, and there was our roadie Gizmo, naked and duct-taped to a cot that was propped up in the hallway," says Kicking K8 drummer Billy Nychay of the band's stay late ...

TJ River Bottom Slated for Recreation Site

The Tijuana River has always been a problem for its namesake city. With a watershed covering hundreds of square miles in California and Baja, the normally creek-sized river transmogrifies into an aquatic monster after heavy ...

Breaking Stories

Fast livers San Diego sheriff Bill Kolender has finally coughed up the money his campaign committee owed the state after prosecutors revealed last year that a well-heeled drinking buddy laundered cash contributions through his employees ...

The Bride, The Groom, The Hostess

I have been getting requests to crash weddings. The calls have been frequent since the release of Wedding Crashers on DVD. One guy left a message that his boss was getting married at the Hotel ...

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