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Do You Feel Safe at School?

Jaded after Columbine.

On April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, a sullen, troubled, twisted young man killed 32 people, injured 25 more, and then took his own life in the deadliest ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Mean people's rice pilaf is a terrible disgrace. At Kaiser Vanduzer's Brathaus and World War One Memorial, get the wiener sandwich and wheat beer, but tell the bright-eyed frau in lederhosen to keep that damn ...

Snatch, Scarface, 300

Robbie RobbinsCo-owner, IDW Publishing Extras, extras, I'm all about them. DVD extras, like the custom comic books IDW's created to accompany the deluxe DVDs of Underworld, Saw II, and The Devil's Rejects as well as ...

Matt's Movie Match

How to play: One actor from each of the movies listed below appears with each of the others in a fourth movie. Name that movie. Puzzle #34 1. Say Anything... 2. The School of Rock ...

Cook It Low and Slow

'Most people, especially in California, think barbeque is going in your back yard and throwing on a couple of steaks," says Gary Notley. "But that is not barbeque, that is grilling. Barbeque is when you ...

Tami Wong

DJ: Tami Wong Station: KCR KCRLive.com, (or on digital cable, Cox 956 and Time Warner 957) Shift: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Heart isn't one of my top ten bands, even though I've listened ...

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Encinitas

A cascading wave of honeyed wood and gray-white marble poured its way across the front wall of St. John's; the wood matched that used for the highly stylized crucifix suspended just in front of the ...

    Peru in PB

    Way, way back, my significant other and I got a dream assignment from a friend who was an editor at a slick new Playboy spin-off called Oui. Our mission: to drive down the Pan-American Highway ...

    Tourmaline Surf Park, Pacific Beach

    Name: Francisco Sandoval Home: Imperial Beach Vehicle: 2000 Isuzu box truck Surfing: Tourmaline Surf Park, Pacific Beach Today was the first day of Francisco's experiment and "it worked out freakin' perfectly. I've got a place ...

    Sonora Style

    "I'm vegetarian, so I always find it hard to have interesting quesadillas or tacos."

    Mother of 15 Girls and 8 Boys, 1960

    Mrs. Jerome Garcia and some of her children in their Logan Heights home, March 1960. "She was glad her latest child was a boy," according to our local daily. "She is the mother of 15 ...

    Breezies, Scrilla, Yee Yee

    Olaf Abel Age: 21 Occupation: Student Lives: La Jolla I use a lot of Bay Area slang. We call girls "breezies," like, "What up, Breezie?" Because girls come and go like the wind. "Scrilla" is ...

    Party Hoppers

    Driving home from Vegas, I got into San Marcos around 10:00 p.m. I drove by a house that had festive lights glowing in the back yard and several cars parked in front.I went home, took ...

    More Power to Him? Ya Gotta Be Kidding

    Strong mayor? Amid the strong odor? There are two things wrong with the administration of Mayor Jerry Sanders: (1) It can't grasp the big picture because it is in the pockets of real estate developers, ...

    No Crapshooting, Says Pension Fund

    Man bites dog. San Diego appears to be headed in a sensible direction on at least one pension topic. In an informal discussion, boardmembers of the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System have indicated that ...

    Down on the Fish Farm

    There's been a lot of talk, and legislation, surrounding saltwater fish farming lately. A bill working its way through Congress would create a permit process for farming fish from 3 to 250 miles off the ...

    Dumping Full Focus

    When KPBS TV shuttered its Full Focus public affairs show earlier this month, the move was greeted by a hail of criticism from loyal viewers of the seven-year-old steady stream of talking heads hosted by ...

    Michael Vick Is A Monster

    On Monday, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to one count of "conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture." This is what a ...

    The Bird Is the Word

    Dear Matthew Alice, I received this info from a friend in an e-mail. Is this true or real?? Or is it a joke? The History of the Middle Finger. I feel compelled to send [this] ...

    The Red Stuff They Drop From Planes on Fires

    Hey, Matt: What is the red stuff the planes drop on the brush fires? How does it work? -- EED, via e-mail Works very well, thanks. The red stuff is mostly water. It's mixed with ...

    Monkey Economics

    Dear Matty: In the movie Party Girl, with Parker Posey, there is a reference that the Dewey decimal system is so easy to learn that it was once taught to monkeys. True? -- Daniel the ...

    Road Rats

    "We don't try and chase everybody around to be everybody's best friends," says Rat City Riot singer Noah Bricker. Though the San Diego band maintains a low local profile, Rat City Riot has national distribution ...

    The Show Goes On...

    Phil Spector hasn't let a murder trial slow him down. In early April, he produced "Crying for John Lennon," a song by local singer/song-writer Hargo. The song will likely be included on a documentary film ...

    No Piece of Meat

    "For a young girl trying to get recognition in the music industry, your morals are tested on a daily basis," says soul/jazz singer Amber Ojeda, 23. "My first experience meeting a record producer [three years ...

    Barguys

    In September, Chris Heaney celebrates the fifth anniversary of Club Kadan, the European-style bar in North Park that hosts bands and DJs. Heaney played in bands in Philadelphia before he moved here to do sound ...

    Backstage Passion

    When "Nigel" works at Coors Amphitheatre as a security guard, he's usually backstage. "The guards up front have to deal with [fans] trying to jump up onstage and getting crushed and escorting people out. People ...

    Planet Law School II

    What book are you currently reading? "Planet Law School II by Atticus Falcon. I'm on page 579." Tell me about the book. "It's basically just a book preparing you for going to law school. Important ...

    Back When

    Thirty Years Ago The last remaining farm in Mission Valley has come to look almost invincible over the years. The farm is the one east-west commuters know so well, the one Interstate 8 bisects, east ...

    Laugh as Much as You Breathe

    The females in my family are bastions of advice. Regardless of the subject, they assert their superior knowledge and follow up with at least three contradictory suggestions. Ironically, they ignore others’ advice almost as much ...

    Life By Candlelight

    'We'd do backflips to recreate that feeling," says lighting designer Eric Lotze, as we head upstairs at the Whaley House, "but you can't have it onstage." We'd just left the dining room at the Old ...

    My Little Moog

    AntiQuark is a San Diego electronic music duo with an international feel and flair. Ant Dakini is originally from Torino, Italy, and when she is not composing music she works as a marine biologist specializing ...

    Characters

    When I'm good I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad I'm better. -- Mae West I sensed the conversation was drawing to a close, so I stopped pacing back and forth on the rug. ...

    Top-loading Clothes-washing Machines

    My sister Meg has a growing brood and an overflowing laundry room. "I can never seem to get on top of the laundry scene," she complained, "even after doing ten loads on Monday." She was ...

    Biking, hiking, or horseback riding, it's downhill from pines to sunny chaparral on the Noble Canyon Trail

    The Noble Canyon National Recreation Trail is an extension and reworking of an older trail built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Since its completion in 1982, the trail has proven popular among ...

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