Content for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

News & Stories

Murder Suspect, 1961

In August of 1961, a homicide detective (left) brought in a suspect to face murder charges after a woman's body was found in the Mission Bay Channel. A newspaper editorial in 1961 noted that the ...

Hotel Fetish

It is impossible to overdo luxury. — French Proverb The orange light reflecting off the water’s surface slowly transformed to red. “You should have put some music on,” I said, gesturing at the iPod dock ...

Lost

All anybody really wants is to be naked. Well, there are other things that one might want, but “nude” sits — on a towel, one hopes — proudly at the top of the list. Watch ...

Pond at Agua Caliente

Remotely situated at San Diego County’s far east side and surrounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Agua Caliente Regional Park draws winter visitors to its comfortable warm and hot bathing pools and its homey campground. ...

Super Bowl Preview Edition

Time to get your seat on the bandwagon, and I would claim mine, except I don’t see why this New England/New York Giants Super Bowl game should be any different than the December 29th New ...

Ex Factor by Annah Mason

We’ve all done it. It doesn’t matter how confident you are, how secure, how much you wear self-love on your sleeve for all to see — if you’re a woman with a pulse, chances are ...

Who They Weren't

Right place, wrong timing: In 1938, a friend of mine’s great-uncle saved his shekels and went to the, at that time, Fight of the Century — the Joe Louis/Max Schmeling rematch at Yankee Stadium. Along ...

Letters

It’s Good Good article on soccer moms! Karyl Miller via email Neurotic Moms I came out of Vons and saw the Reader cover story (“Soccer Moms Are the Absolute Worst,” Cover Story, January 10), and ...

The Principal’s Principles

Correction: Since publishing the story below, the following statements have been disputed by an attorney for the subject of the story, Michael Rood: 1) “Alexandria Melchior thought of Rood as her advertising representative at the ...

The Native

It was a little over a year and a half ago. I left my old, faithful, beat-up Karmann Ghia stowed in a garage in La Mesa and left for Antarctica. Why Antarctica? The adventure, I ...

Deathtrap, Deep Water, Flight of the Conchords

Tim BerrothFilm reviewer, www.hollywoodjesus.com In Deathtrap, director Sidney Lumet ably crafts Ira Levin’s play into an engrossing thriller with wicked plot twists and a deliciously devious ending. The brilliant Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve (shedding ...

Transgender Christmas

So I traveled to Miami this Christmas to see my family, mostly to see my mom, who was diagnosed earlier this year with breast cancer and needs all the cheering up she can get. Two ...

Mananimal

Thirty Years Ago Dear Jonathan Saville: I have read all your reviews since you began writing for the Reader, and I have hated them all. But the one in the January 26 issue on the ...

The Mayflower

Friday nights here at what I will call the Mayflower Villa Apartments in San Marcos are a far cry from what goes on those same nights in, say, Pacific Beach. I am learning about this ...

Earthless Sess

Thursday 24South Park film shop Citizen Video hosts a local film-maker showcase at neighborhood watering hole Whistle Stop. After the reels, indie kids the Sess will brand the room with punk’d R&B. If you haven’t ...

Urban Pulses

Whenever I hear the name Ian, I think of the singer of Jethro Tull. Or my friend’s grandfather, who knew everything about sports. He was like Rain Man with statistics. If you were talking about ...

Early Bird Gets the Duck

Breathe a sigh of relief: It’s not your grandma’s Chez Loma anymore. The lovely, long-running Coronado bistro has sprung back to vivid life with new owners who quietly took it over two years ago. This ...

Circle of Friends

A firm run by San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders's key political advisor has lobbied city hall during the run-up to Sanders’s re-election bid, raising conflict-of-interest questions for a mayor who has repeatedly touted his ethical ...

No Lie

Rose turns her back on me. She picks up the phone. “Hello? No, I don’t see him.” She puts the phone down. “I can’t tell a lie,” she says. “I’m telling the truth! If I ...

Indigenous Material

A Mexican woman in traditional Indian garb, loose long hair swaying, strides past stone outcroppings toward the Sonora Desert, like a pilgrim or wanderer, except that she’s carrying what was called in 1979, when the ...

Barely Legal

The Atoms are a young band, barely old enough to play the bars around town. The members came together at Bonita Vista High School in 2003 with a dream to play music. They have a ...

Health

Los Angeles band Health (or, as the band members like to spell it, HEALTH) has two MySpace pages — one to showcase the band’s noise rock and one to show off electronic remixes of their ...

Pollution Naysayer

Name: Mark Thompson Lives: Ocean Beach Surfing: South of the pier in Imperial Beach “It’s a known fact that I.B. has some of the dirtiest water, but I mean, I don’t hear of people getting ...

Dmonstrably Neglected

Dmonstrations have confirmed upcoming tour dates in Japan, thanks to their new overseas booking company. They would have toured Europe last year, were it not for a falling out with Germany-based Dial Booking, which had ...

Retrolust

Album: Wired (2007) Artist: Retrolust Label: Nethertune Records Where available/price: CDBaby.com for $11.50 or iTunes for 99 cents per song Songs: 1) In My Head 2) Superstarrr 3) RX 4) In Vein 5) Faith for ...

Gemini, Little Man T, Shaka Buku

Artist: Gemini Song: “Priceless” (from the CD Do What We Do Records Presents) Heard By: Greta Smith, North Park Essentially, I feel like what they were trying to say is that “their love is priceless” ...

Name This Place

Clue: Holy Wisdom in the House of Gold? Describe this location, name the nearest cross-streets, and win a Reader T-shirt. Click here to e-mail us your answer — include your name and address. (Deadline, Tuesday, ...

Party's Over

No matter how generally annoying a technical innovation or stylistic vogue might be (the telephoto lens, the zoom shot, rack focus, etc.), there will always come along a movie to show how it can be ...

Tacos Are a Tiny Taste of Temptation

Eat up, little burros

Fancy wimmen are okay, but there's nuttin' like the real thing: a nice warm adobada taco on a nice cold night beside a nice hot grill outside a friendly taco catering truck, with that marinated ...

Boutique Bubblings

The hills across the road from Steve Chapin’s Temecula vineyards — situated out past the tourist-friendly wineries and a short hop from Lake Skinner — are fallow now. Chaparral grows where vines once stood — ...

House of Sand and Cash

Those posh new digs for UCSD's chancellor will have to wait at least another month or so. In the face of protests from historical preservationists and Native Americans, the University of California Regents, meeting in ...

New Kind of Strippers

The fast-buck peddlers slinking out of the subprime mortgage morass are getting their sticky fingers into reverse mortgages, a business that caters to the vulnerable elderly market. San Diego is no exception. As housing prices ...

Christ the King Catholic Church

“I have no hands but yours,” read the plaque below the statue of Christ outside the church. No tengo mas manos que las tuyas. And it was literally true — Jesus’ outstretched arms ended at ...

Wetware

Wetware. Hardware is part of the computer; it’s internal and it’s permanent. Software is executed with the hardware, like a game or program. And wetware are the brains in your head that let you keep ...

Life of Pi

What book are you currently reading? What page are you on? “WATERMAN'S EYE Emil Sigler-Surfing San Diego to San Onofre 1928-1940 by Yann Martel. I just finished it.” Tell me about the book. “It is ...

To the Editor:

“The North County Times has a unique policy of printing virtually any letter they get, as long as it is 200 words or less and has no profanity or slander,” says Dick Eiden. “After a ...

Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke is back after a five-year respite from solo recording. He has a new CD and a hot young band that is reviving the sound of ’70s jazz fusion with an animation and propulsion ...

Encinitas Interview

Music lovers, surfers, "eco-freaks" and fabled masked robbers: An interview with Beth VanBoxtel about her home town.