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Poor Roseville

On August 13, 2010, the Roseville restaurant in Point Loma closed down. People who called to make reservations were told that the closure was due to "a gas leak." During a call placed to Roseville ...

Under Pressure

Before dawn at SDSU on Tuesday, August 23, a "chill water" main ruptured under a large walkway on the east side of campus. One million gallons of water were released, flooding an area between between ...

A Word of Advice to the Local Lush

Thirty-Five Years AgoDrink liquor without mixes. A more expensive liquor will prove more economical if taken with a splash of water or on the rocks than cheap whiskey that has to be disguised with mixes. ...

Letters

Undercover Racist? I picked up a copy of the August 19 Reader today. It’s well known within the African-American community that the Reader is very adverse to and against having black faces in your paper, ...

Beer Medals

So this is it? The Holy Grail? Where the Beer Capital of the New World was born? I’m fresh off the number 44 bus, searching through a typical Kearny Mesa strip mall. Yogurt World, Tofu ...

Behind the Curtain

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. — Albert Camus My landline was blowing up. Three calls in ten minutes, all from charity organizations. I glared at the receiver. This was ...

Sweet Ideas

We were standing outside Blanca after our fabulous meal, plotting ways to hang on to its new chef of four months, Gavin Schmidt. “Even for a Wednesday, there aren’t enough people in here, given how ...

Slayer

“The only thing I can think of is my natural hyperactivity, but also the love of punk music,” Dave Lombardo offers by way of explanation. He is often credited with having created an almost impossibly ...

Deflation Could Heat Up Pension War

There is an uncivil war raging in the United States. It’s between government employees and taxpayers who fear that those employees’ generous pensions will lead to inexorably higher taxes and more slashes in services. This ...

Big Problems for Little Lemon Grove

Above the ripe yellow citrus pictured on Lemon Grove’s city seal, inscribed in the swash of the capital L, is “Best Climateon Earth.” While the weather may be ideal, the same can’t be said for ...

Summer Closeout

They don’t call them the dog days for nothing. Blockbusters are all behind us. Here’s what’s before ­us. The Switch. Thin-ice romantic comedy tolerable only insofar as you can tolerate the greased wheels of contrivance ...

Hot Diggity Dog Ziggity Boom

Friday and Saturday this week, the 27th and 28th of August, the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops series is hosting singer Michael Feinstein in concert under the banner of “The Sinatra Project.” I’m not sure ...

Abiding Place Ministries

Membership: 300 individuals (average 150 for fellowship) Pastor: Mark Spitsbergen Age: 51 Born: Revival meeting camp, Caney, Kansas Formation: Point Loma Nazarene University (undergrad); University of California-San Diego. Ordained: 1982 San Diego Reader: Why did ...

Van Dieman's Land

I’m walking behind my friends after a night on the town, and they’re not only shambling but weaving from side to side, sometimes together, like over-the-hill soul singers trying to regroup after years of pursuing ...

August 19 Crossword Contenders

* Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 7. Must be crazy for you. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 7. Separate peace, a good clue for this puzzle. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 7. Praise Jehovah! Charlotte Brown, ...

August 19 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Sudoku Joe became grandpa Joe- Welcome twins Ava and Erin! Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 7. More to love Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 7. Stay off the road. Early release for ...

Instrumental Trip

Primitive Noyes describes their music as “electroniscape pop.” The band’s sound is redolent of those 1960s-era anti-drug films intended to scare junior high school kids away from dope. To wit: “One senses the invocation of ...

Even the Chinese were scared of him

I can’t imagine leaving San Diego because Stellan Bengtsson is here. He is a former world champion of table tennis, the youngest ever at 18. Even the Chinese were scared of him. “You can’t wrestle ...

The Terminator Tango

“My music is a combination of classical, Latin, and world-music influences,” says guitarist William Wilson, who studied with renowned flamenco guitarist Fred Benedetti while attending SDSU from 1996 to 2001. Wilson says people are often ...

Slam, Superhero, Slam

Thursday 26Shuffle your feet to Belly Up for a reggae-rich gig. The Steel Pulse brand has been touring its dub-club riddems round the world since 1975 behind bandleaders David Hinds (guitar/voice) and Selmo Brown (keyboards/voice). ...

Juice Boxes

“We always had poor-kid lunches,” I reminisced. “Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat bread, wrapped in a bread bag. Sometimes with an apple.” “Friends around me would be unwrapping their plastic- and aluminum-wrapped multi-meat ...

I Just Want to Bang on This Drum All Day

With the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics placing the national unemployment rate at around 9.5 percent, we asked local performers about their worst jobs ever. Joey Guevara (Lady Dottie and the ...

De La Soul

Look up the video for “Buddy,” the third single from De La Soul’s 1989 debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, and you’ll see a kind of alternate reality — hip-hop as it might have ...

"Letter from Abigail" by Abigail Adams

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people. Trust in Him at all times, ye ...

Las Vegas Murder

Detectives followed a trail that traversed the kitchen, then continued across the dining room and through the hallway. The bloody footprints faded noticeably with each step up the staircase. More bloody footprints led to the ...

Hot times

It’s the summer doldrums, time for the quiet filing of annual midyear financial disclosures by members of the San Diego City Council. As usual, more than a few of the elected officials have shamelessly taken ...

Cash and carry

Some last-minute campaign support came in for Eighth District San Diego City Council candidate Nick Inzunza in the form of a $5212 mailer dispatched June 2 by Vote Matters, an Oakland-based political action committee that ...

Handedness, Oxygen's Discovery

Heymatt: If most people are right-handed, I was wondering why. I couldn’t think of a good reason for that, so is there one? I’m sure your science guys can let me know. I’m a leftie, ...

Rocked Her Face

“A neighbor asked us to stop practicing because the bass was hurting her daughter’s face,” says Manic Diffusion guitarist Eliot Bourk. “We practice at our bassist’s house in Barrio Cardiff, right near the I-5 freeway ...

Dinnertime

You don’t often see large institutions eat each other in public; they usually like to enjoy their meals in the library with a goblet of good port. But, things got desperate last week, and if ...

Control Freak

Calling your trilogy of plays The Norman Conquests makes it sound like a medieval tryptich or Bayeux Tapestry illustrating the events of 1066: William the Conqueror storming across Hastings, lance lowered, the banner of destiny ...

Hawk Hunter

He said he was a falconer and his bird had failed to return after a feeding trip. But in this day and age you have to be careful, so I was reluctant to let him ...

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