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Lost boys found.

The Ethiopian Army caught up with the boys at the Gilo River. "Most of us couldn't swim," says Isaac. "It was really very deep and swollen because of rains. The currents were very, very fast. ...

I decided I was big enough now to do some damage if I just clocked her with a right hook.

The Specialist, known in certain circles as Rocker Nutley Bugspray, said that she was willing to bet that recurring nightmares about my mother would recede, then fade, shortly after Mom's death almost two years ago. ...

Hairstyles of the Damned

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno. Punk Planet Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), 2004, 270 pages, $13.95 FROM THE COVER: The riotous exploits of a Catholic school malcontent and a punk rock girl ...

Movies reviewed this week: Venus, Le Petit Lieutenant, The Hitcher

It's a challenge to stay unspoiled after Children of Men and Letters from Iwo Jima on successive weeks. Many a week out of the year, Le Petit Lieutenant would doubtless be a sight for sore ...

Record-Store Blues

The El Cajon Wherehouse closes its doors forever tonight. One insider says that its managers will likely be transferred to other stores but that many employees will be out of a job. In the early ...

Hard Corps Rap

"Fuck George Bush I want my homies back/ I'll go to war with anybody if they can give your boy dat/ Then to top it all off when Katrina popped off/ I was in the ...

Jungle Rules

"Maybe Guns [N' Roses] canceling the two local shows is why we're getting a bigger turnout lately," says Dust N' Bones singer Richard Gwaltney. "[Last month] we were contacted through MySpace by this indie record ...

Teenage Wastrels

The four members of the Four Kings attended Point Loma High when they got some unexpected attention in 2003. Singer/guitarist Andrew Bent says, "A friend of a friend told us that he really liked our ...

Carbon-Neutral Rock

Anne Tropeano, manager for San Diego roots rockers Tapwater, recounts a stroke of good luck the band had while on a recent five-month tour: "We were touring through Georgia and someone recommended a booking agency ...

All I Wanted for Christmas...

"I didn't really know what I was doing," says Seventh Soldier singer Hyun Soo of his recent attempt to book a tour for his band. "I found this guy on MySpace, Captain Grind Me Booking, ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Now that I am no longer querying and probing, the strangeness of this situation hits me full. I am sitting in a monastery, in a soundproofed room with a gate of bars ...

In a Tailspin

One of the unwritten rules of theater: never let the audience get ahead of the story. If they can anticipate where you're going, you've lost them. Coughing bouts break out. Programs crackle. Chins nestle on ...

Pick your way over the car-sized boulders in the wilds of Zuma Canyon outside Malibu.

Although it slices only six miles inland from the Pacific shoreline, Zuma Canyon harbors one of the deepest gorges in the Santa Monica Mountains -- and it has the further distinction of never having suffered ...

When Families Collide

People talk about "dysfunctional" families; I've never seen any other kind. -- Sue Grafton I don't know why I was so surprised. I mean, I've been with him for four years -- it was bound ...

Socks for Diabetics

Bernice's mom has diabetes. My friend began to take on the care of her mother's household -- shopping and cleaning. "Her feet hurt," said Bernice on the phone, "she has become more sedentary, and I ...

The Oud Couple

I was on my way to a belly-dancing party in Spring Valley while talkinq to a friend on my cell phone who said, "I would drive to Reno to see a bunch of hot belly ...

New Godfather In Town

"My goal is to make California-class wines in Ramona."

The Z Blog Axis

This blog started out as a school project (set up a WordPress and tweak the branding) that I didn't want to waste, so I started using it to pimp my YouTube show. Right now, the ...

Breakfast with the Birds

"I have the soup every time. That's every week, for ten years!"

In the Land of Shared Guilt

The first ones were planted in California in 1856, according to the Sunset Western Garden Book. The word eucalyptus comes from the Greek eu, good, and kalypto, to cover -- as in a lid. This ...

East Clairemont Southern Baptist Church

Nearly everything about East Clairemont Southern Baptist's church was unabashedly midcentury Modern, from the rust-orange carpet and pew cushions to the rough-face concrete block to the space-age chandeliers to the quarter-circle shape of the place, ...

Kendra Wiseman in Beijing

Death of a cynic I'm happy. And it makes me feel pathetic on a very fundamental level. I'm a cynic, okay? I don't know what emotional or accessorized state you base your self-image on, but ...

Where the Grass Is Blue

Michael Cleveland in Carlsbad

'I started playing the fiddle at the age of four," says Michael Cleveland. "I went to the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville, where they taught the Suzuki method -- this guy from Japan, ...

Mexico's Tuscan Spirit

"It's kind of a geographical expression of how I'd love my life to be!"

The Reader's Eye on Television

A stupid Matt Damon movie is on. Any movie will do. I turn the TV up loud, louder than my neighbors will like, but I don't care. I have to get her voice out of ...

He Works Hard For The Money

When Chicago plays Indianapolis on Sunday next there will be several Super Bowl games going on at the same time. One game will be on radio, one on television, one in the stadium, one on ...

Mash the Media

"Let me just say that the 91X vs. 94/9 feud is very real and leave it at that."

Marty's Record Hardly Merits Public Lynching

The noose is tightening around Marty Schottenheimer's neck, even though the Chargers have retained his services for next season. According to some howling fans and nitpicking sportswriters, the Chargers coach chokes in playoff games. His ...

Code Dogs Hound the Plank

Ask a nonresident of Imperial Beach to name a restaurant or bar in San Diego County's southernmost beach town. If he can name anything at all, it likely will be Ye Olde Plank Inn. The ...

Makeover

Freshman San Diego city councilman Kevin Faulconer -- a close ally of Mayor Jerry Sanders -- is in the clear regarding a vote he cast January 9 to advance Doug Manchester's Navy Broadway Complex plans. ...

They're History

The impending sale of the Copley newspapers in Ohio and Illinois has inspired some to reminisce about how the chain came to be in the first place. One interesting reference comes from Time magazine's April ...

Pearls Before Swine

Democratic state assemblywoman Lori SaldaƱa was along for the ride on a lavish two-week postelection junket through South America that is causing big static in L.A. Paid for by an outfit called the California Foundation ...

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