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Is the Sun In Your Eyes or Are You Just Avoiding Me?

Common decency in question.

Here's my theory: I've noticed this weird "no look" policy that San Diego girls and young women — and even some San Diego boys and young men — seem to have. You pass them on ...

back when

Thirty Years Ago Courthouse records show that at least three senior staffers at the Union-Tribune, who hold high editorial posts, have had moving violations dismissed or reduced by Judge Nottbusch. The incident that sparked the ...

Crosstown Traffic

Last Wednesday morning, Morning Riot played for southbound I-5 commuters at the Manchester Viewpoint rest stop east of Cardiff. With their equipment powered by a rented generator, the band put on a show 12 feet ...

Black Naugahyde Chapel

"There have been wedding receptions at the Casbah, but apparently this is the first actual wedding ceremony performed there," says Rookie Card singer/guitarist Adam Gimbel. Last month, with Lady Dottie and the Diamonds as the ...

Mound of Flesh

One recent Monday, Rock 105.3 DJ "B.C." (Brian Christopher) described on-air partner Clint August's face as "an ugly purple mound of flesh"; August had been attacked two nights earlier in a Santee restaurant. "This guy ...

Harry V. Lawson Tattoos a Man, 1941

In an interview, Lawson said, "Renewed interest in tattooing, which is world-wide, is due to the war in Europe." Japan bombed Pearl Harbor nine months later. The article went on, "...Army and Navy authorities have ...

Note to Overzealous DJs

"I've been asked by many musicians how they were onstage and what improvements they can make to their performances," says Sound Guy Dave, who works the mixing board at the 710 Beach Club and the ...

How Are the Kids?

In 1981, hardcore punk band Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" song presented the idea of living drug-free. The song became the impetus for a subculture that advocated abstinence from promiscuous sex, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Today, ...

Download Pie for All

Royalty Share says it helps bands get paid by tracking digital music sales through services such as iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster. "As labels shift more of their revenue to online outlets, ringtones, traditional downloads, and ...

Ripe Fruit

Dwight Arnold says no one can top his cache of rock-star interviews. During his days at KSM/Palomar College (1980--'82), 91X (1983--'93), and the Flash 92.5 (1993--'1995), Arnold interviewed touring artists on his Backstage Pass show. ...

Don't Ditch Choir

'Freshman year in high school, I signed up for choir thinking it would be an easy class to ditch," says San Diego composer Cathryn Beeks. "Instead I ended up figuring out that I wanted to ...

Chaos Theory

Sanity is a small price to pay for happiness. -- Marabeth Madsen It had only been a clump of clay, a pebble-sized bit of hardened scraggy earth the color of cement; but once wedged in ...

U-T and Police Lie About Aguirre

Last week, members of the mainstream media believed they were covering a story about a search warrant issued by the city attorney's office and approved by a judge but blocked by the police chief. The ...

Down by the Levee

Ocean Beach real estate broker David Stebbins is like a man standing in the front row at a theater: when viewers behind him ask him to sit down, he yells, "I paid for this seat; ...

Congresswoman Not Left Behind

San Diego Democratic congresswoman Susan Davis has turned up on a list of lucky lawmakers who went on a five-day winter getaway to balmy San Juan, Puerto Rico, this February thanks to the Aspen Institute, ...

Emergency Dining

Financial disclosure statements for city and county public servants were due Monday of this week, and as usual they revealed that many local officials are not above accepting free meals and other gratuities. Take San ...

Just Call Me D.J.

One actor speaks. The other listens. They talk back and forth through a scene. But D.J. Sullivan's teaching a class on "overlapping dialogue," where the actors should jump on each other's lines. For Sullivan, the ...

Plastic Wrap

The Irish soda bread wriggled inside the lifeless Saran Wrap. The van rounded a corner and the bread pan slid to the edge of the seat, nearly toppling but for my last-minute grab. "Is there ...

Is San Diego a Literary/Artistic Wasteland?

Title: San Diego Blog Maybe I'm just naive. Maybe I just like Rich Baiocco. And maybe, just maybe, San Diego does have an arts community. Maybe, just maybe, you have to open your eyes and ...

Do What You Gotta Do by Sara Wilcox

Okay, here's a bad date: I met this guy at a frat party right when I moved to Philadelphia for college. As in, right when I moved to the West Philly ghetto from the middle-upper-class ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

What I Will and Won't Watch This Week Why are they called permanents? I know that sounds like the setup to a joke that isn't funny, but I've read about the "permanent-wave hair treatment" online, ...

Gone Fishing

'If the water level is low, the fish are more concentrated, but only for a short period of time," says Tim Douglass, assistant reservoir keeper for Lake Hodges, which is currently 76 percent full. "Right ...

Brian M. Palmer in Long Beach

Kickboxing's Fine Print Thinking over my years, there've been a few things that I regret doing. For instance, that night I drank 11 beers in one sitting -- it seemed like a good idea. I ...

Tradition Time

PRICES: Appetizers, $5--$14; sandwiches, $7--$15; salads, salad platters, and smoked-fish platters, $5--$23; dinners (with soup or salad, sides), $12--$26; sides, soups, small salads, $3--$6; breakfast dishes, $5--$14 (higher for smoked-fish platters serving two or more). ...

Browser Bash

I often am invited to parties where a gate code is required. As I stood outside the gates to the million-dollar homes inside San Elijo Hills, I remembered that Lynn had given me her cell ...

Royal Riesling

The first tasting was in the Rheinhessen; the cellarmaster was a 90-year-old woman.

One Of A Kind

April. Masters time again. Tiger Woods time again. Mr. Eldrick Woods has been around for a while -- turned pro in 1996 and won his first Masters in '97 -- so we can call him ...

Metropolitan Community Church, Hillcrest

"I was at Shadow Mountain for 17 years, from the time I was 19," said Metropolitan Community Church congregant (and choir member) Kelly Holmes when I spoke with him. "I was gay the whole time. ...

"Men are more full of testosterone and death."

Longtime driver for San Diego Cab Ellen Rae has her own anagram for Friday and that is P.O.E.T.S. day. This was tossed off to her in parting from a British fare like a verbal tip ...

Breakfast with Ghosts

Soon she's telling us about the fight she had trying to cuff this giant fellow she was arresting.

Stop, Look, Listen

It is not a world for the tourist on a tight schedule.

Climb to a 1567-foot summit east of Fallbrook and enjoy an ocean-to-mountain panorama.

The dark west flank of Monserate Mountain rises abruptly alongside Interstate 15, its chaparral-coated surface relatively uncut by roads and graded residential lots. The Fallbrook Land Conservancy has established its largest preserve here, the 340-acre ...

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