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News & Stories

Come Clean on Everything: San Diego Police Department Doesn't Hire Liars

Officer Darryl Willis is a recruiter for the San Diego Police Department. He has been with the department for nearly thirteen years. Give me an idea of what kinds of candidates the San Diego Police ...

Healthcare and Beauty Industries Set to Expand as Boomers Get Older

The baby boomer generation makes up more than one-third of the U.S. population. They represent a total income estimated to be well over 900 billion dollars — give or take a billion or two after ...

Illegal Dryer?

Shortly after 3:40 p.m. on July 6, firefighters responded to a 911 caller who reported flames coming from a dryer on a balcony at 642 Ocean Lane. After they learned what they were up against, ...

Hiring a Boss Can Be Tricky

Remember: You're Interviewing Them While They're Interviewing You

Hiring a boss can be one of the trickiest tasks you’ll ever have as an employee. Yes, you read that right. You may be the one looking for a job, but you can also be ...

Now You Know: The Old In Out

The Old In Out are do-it-yourself incarnate. Drummer Chris Carroll designed the Blue Note-y cover of their new record, Dance Loud, and singer Mike Turi hand-pasted the labels to 300 black 12-inch sleeves. Turi drew ...

Old Dog, New Tricks

The first if not the most remarkable thing about Wild Grass is the simple fact that it will open locally, at the Ken on Friday. The last Alain Resnais film to do so, also at ...

Heaven Is a Library

­I’m writing this toward the end of June — Friday, the 18th — and just beginning to breathe (some wheezing involved) sighs of relief at what I hope are indications that some of the worst ...

Moon Ownership, Popcorn's Aroma

Heymatt: When we went to the moon and planted the American flag there, did we claim the moon for us? Who owns the moon, or maybe Mars? We’re messing around there, too. Can I buy ...

SRO Pressures In Action

The 500 West Hotel located in the old Armed Services YMCA building in downtown San Diego, may only have several more years of life. In March 2013, the hotel operator, a company called 500 West ...

Self-Realization Fellowship, Encinitas Temple

Contact: 939 Second Street, Encinitas; 760-436-7220; encinitastemple.org Membership: 1000 individuals Leader: Brother Pranavananda Age: 59 Born: Alberta, Canada Formation: University of Alberta, Canada (degrees in physics and philosophy); monastic formation through Self-Realization Fellowship Years of ...

That's ok, sir, I am authorized to offer a 50% discount

Two years ago, Phil’s daughter Mary spent a month at a major San Diego nonprofit hospital, recovering from a near-fatal disease. Like one in four Californians, Mary was uninsured. The stay was billed at over ...

What's Your News IQ?

1. The San Diego Padres lead all other Major League Baseball teams in which ­statistic? A. They have fired more managers mid season in the past 30 years than any other team B. They have ...

July 1 Crossword Contenders

Woody Anderson, Carmel Valley, 12. Isn't atria the plural of atrium? Leo Baggerly, Encinitas, 12. June gloom invades July. Charlotte Brown, Clairemont, 12. Knight and day! What fun! Jon Christianson, El Cajon, 12. Tht is ...

Time Keeps on Slippin'

Thursday 8I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie...and that I was the star of the movie. War comes to town with a new name, the Lowrider Band. Four of the five surviving L.A. ghetto ...

July 1 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 12. Rotting democraies frement into fascist state quagmires-we r there. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 12. Blessings of the universe. * Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 12. DVD (Nailin Palin); is it about ...

Absinthe Rinse

Founded by brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman, Silent Comedy specializes in “cabaret rock,” à la theatrical troupes like the Dresden Dolls and San Diego’s Tragic Tantrum Cabaret. With a look right out of a turn-of-the-century ...

Friend of Ours

“Poet, musician,” reads the little plaque. It’s about my good-time buddy Frankie — Cisco — and I couldn’t put it better myself. He died early last year. We all chipped in the $1400 — sisters, ...

Letters

Get Serious Apart from being obnoxious, the “SD on the QT” column called “High School Musical Opera” (June 24) is an example of unethical journalistic behavior. William Reed’s musical, Affair of Honour, performed at the ...

Vicious Guns

A friend of mine who had gone through a long and dateless dry spell had hooked up with a new girlfriend. Time passed, and all seemed good — meaning they were still together. One night ...

He Lived in Interesting Times

“You are a devil!” the Mexican governor of California shouted at his American prisoner, a shaggy-haired fur trapper named James Ohio Pattie. Then, with the eye of “an enraged beast” and the “growl of a ...

Census

In the spirit of this census year, we offer this unofficial, informal, and unscientific census of daily life in San Diego. (No census workers were lynched or faked their own lynchings while gathering the following ...

Snooping

San Diego has made the annual list of “Incidents Directed Against Courthouses in the United States,” put out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “An individual was questioned by a court security officer after ...

Will For-Profit Colleges Make Us Forget Subprime Mortgages?

"Until recently, I thought that there would never again be an opportunity to be involved with an industry as socially destructive and morally bankrupt as the subprime mortgage industry. I was wrong. The for-profit education ...

Tour de France Issue

My guess: You don’t live the life Lance Armstrong has unless you have a godly amount of will power, self control, pride, and the ability to hold a grudge. Last year Armstrong was dissed by ...

Getting Dizzy?

“Dizzy’s,” explains Chuck Perrin, “has always been an artist-driven space.” He offers this on a Saturday morning as an explanation for why he is setting up a stage, chairs, and sound system in the Culy ...

July 1 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 12. I'm a Boeotian - couldn't differentiate a zeugma from a syllepsis. Conway Redding, La Mesa, 12. Ah, yes, infinte regression. Ed Barno, San Diego, 10. Hey Ben- We are number ...

You're My Chet Atkins

“Two former members of Yes have formed a new band called Yoso, along with the singer from Toto,” reports guitarist Johnny Bruhns of the Yes tribute Roundabout, “and I’ve been asked to join the group!” ...

Cougar Pass–Jesmond Dene Bike Ride

Rural roads suitable for bicycling still exist around Escondido, particularly north of town, where the landscape slopes upward toward boulder-studded hillsides. The route featured here covers ten miles, with a significant elevation gain of 1100 ...

Learning to See Crooked

“mommie,” she says, “i’ve never seen you and daddy kiss.” “Of course you have,” the mother says; “you’ve just forgotten.” “i wouldn’t have forgotten that,” she says, “because i always wish you would.” “it doesn’t ...

Luna’s lacuna

What evil lurks in the bowels of city hall? Only the city auditor knows for sure, and he’s not coughing up many details, at least not to the public. Every three months, auditor Eduardo Luna ...

La Roux

La Roux singer Elly Jackson is the kind of pop star that the British music press loves, the kind who says the problem with pop today is that “The music’s shit. I know no one ...

DJ Skizz, Dirtbag Surfers, and Scatter Brain the Acid Atheist

Artist: DJ SkizzSong: “Wut Iz” Heard by: John Garcia, Chula VistaI thought it was well done. It was mixed really well. It had good beats and good rhythms. It was pretty classic stuff — ’90s ...

Of an Earlier Era

My friend Charlie Perry (now food writer for the L.A. Times and various food-scholar magazines) used to live about a mile from me in San Francisco. Both of us were ambitious, striving cooks (we eventually ...

Fixing Mt. Helix

Thirty-Five Years AgoLocal land developers...have been closely following the attempts of a citizens’ group to halt the construction of a multimillion-dollar housing project in the hills of La Mesa. The subject of the showdown is ...

Flags

The World Cup has the Kelly family in a flag frenzy. The Flags of the World poster is perched by the television. As teams enter the arena and flags are carried horizontally across the field, ...

Immigrant Song

On June 3, Chicano rock band Los Lobos announced that they would join the list of businesses boycotting Arizona in protest of the new immigration law there by canceling their June 10 concert in Scottsdale. ...

Words Like Arrows

Adrian Noble has written a valuable book: How to Do Shakespeare. In it, the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company teaches a master class on the subject. He sums up the objective behind ...

Night Work

Here is the perfect soundtrack for your next dark-alley dance party. Flirty, flamboyant, and flagrantly sleazy, Night Work channels the sweat of a thousand dripping discos into a lean 45 minutes of new wave, retro-pop ...

Shoot-Out at the Saville

Lovers of Latin jazz flocked to the Saville Theater for a sold-out performance by the Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble. Most of the members of this red-hot sextet hail from New York City, and there ...

Let Them Eat Cake

Two banquet tables were set up on either side of the foyer leading into Poway's city council chambers. Coffee, bottled water, and finger foods filled one table, while a large American flag cake sat centered ...