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Dolphins Spotted in Mission Bay

On the morning of September 13, several of residents of South Mission Beach woke up and witnessed two rare sightings: a sunny morning devoid of any persistent marine layer and an animated pod of dolphins ...

San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA Helicopter Makes Third Rescue in a Month

San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter came to the rescue once again on El Cajon Mountain in Lakeside Sunday night. Three hikers were hoisted to safety after becoming lost without warm clothing, food, or water. Their ...

Transient Lived in Escondido Garden Shed

For several nights in August, a perplexed resident of Mountain Shadows Mobile Home Park in Escondido heard voices coming from her next-door neighbor’s coach. Whether she was out on her back porch or lying in ...

Does the D in Prop D stand for "Dash for Cash"?

“On July 1, 2011, we have a $72 million budget deficit that we have to fill,” District 3 council representative Todd Gloria said to 50 people at a September 14 forum on Prop D, the ...

Judgement Day String Metal, Ty Segall's Melted, and Saccharine Trust — It's a Sexy Week at Soda Bar

Thursday 16Los Angeles electropop trio Autolux will get all Transit Transit on Belly Up tonight. The shoegazers’ sophomore record dropped last week and is sure to be the batch to put ’em on the map. ...

Field Rations at Letty's Bean Shack

"See the field?” says this guy waiting for the Number 3 bus. “Your place is just past it. Looks like the Little House on the Prairie.” A field? In Hillcrest? Carla and I have been ...

Lights On Has East Coast Clout

“It seems the fans were more into us in New York than they were in San Diego.” Tim Hines plays guitar in the band Lights On. He lives in La Mesa. He’s not sure why ...

Norman Mailer Could Make a Phone Book Fascinating

This weekend, the second one in September, now (as of publication) passed, I will be doing something I have never done before: reading a second book in a row by Norman Mailer. I sense “T.G.I.F.” ...

Life's Like a Dream in North Coast Rep's Becky's New Car

If you don’t blink, Stephen Dietz’s Becky’s New Car makes for an entertaining evening. Blink, however, or pause for reflection, and how and why things happen would perplex even the most gullible among ­us. Maybe ...

Delivery Dining: Food When You Want It

Mama said there’d be days like this, but I don’t remember anything about “weeks and weeks like this.” Normally, I’d try to save a report on food-delivery services for the rains of winter, but in ...

September 9 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Why do thieves and liars hide behind church choir? Conway Redding, La Mesa, 9. I gained 3lbs. Doing this puzzle- piece of cake! Ed Barno, San Diego, 8. Good puzzle. ...

Two Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley

OzymandiasI met a traveler from an antique land Who said:—Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled ...

September 9 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 10. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 10. Happy birthday Acacia! Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 10. School days. School days. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 10. A mountain of grief for making a ton of noise. ...

September 9 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 10. Burning books leads 2 burning people 2 starting wars! Insanity! Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 10. Baby, I'm amazed! Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 10. Sandra's gotta be laughing at that tattooed ...

They Shoot Engineers, Don't They?

ON THE PHONE, EDITH, my re-employment dominatrix, was emphatic: “Wear a tie, Mr. Looper, and don’t be late.” Let go, and “out-placed” as a senior design engineer at 58 years of age, I am about ...

Excerpt from "The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Buddhist Sanskrit Literature" by Har Dayal

A Buddha is primarily a fully “enlightened” being. But the characteristic attributes and qualities of a Buddha have been described and enumerated in several definite formulae…. A Buddha is one, who has acquired the ten ...

The Midwinters: “The Hold Death Cab for Steady”

“We figured out we had enough in common to make music we liked,” says Matt Cliff, bassist for indie-pop rockers the Midwinters. “We started playing shows around San Diego and Southern California in 2006. With ...

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and Neon Indian at Open Air

I used to think Phoenix was no more than a band of trendy French guys who had managed to leverage their connection to the band Air into a friendship with filmmaker Sofia Coppola and a ...

Excerpt from "The Nineteen Letters of Ben Uziel" by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Because men had eliminated God from life, nay, even from nature, and found the basis of life in possessions and its aim in enjoyment, deeming life the product of the multitude of human desires, just ...

In Search of the Perfect Body — 35 Years Ago

Thirty-Five Years AgoDoctors will take into consideration the reasons for the surgery and the patient’s financial condition. Example: a starving actress who needs cosmetic surgery may be in a better situation for reduced fee than ...

Hydroponics = Tomatoes Year-Round

“Imagine if I could grow tomatoes year-round…” I said as I came in from the garden. “One word,” replied my husband Patrick. “Hydroponics.” John at Mr. Hydro in Solana Beach (858-259-9100; mr-hydro.com) gave me an ...

Letters

Bad Timing I picked up this week’s Reader on Thursday, September 9 (“They Should Not Display Their Beauty,” Cover Story, September 9). Two days before 9/11. I looked at the front cover. You guys couldn’t ...

The Grass Is Totally Greener in San Diego

While there has been an exodus of musicians from San Diego in recent years — including Anya Marina, Barbara Nesbitt, the Album Leaf, John Miller, Kim Divine — musicians are also relocating to San Diego. ...

San Diego's Record Release Roundup

Del Mar singer-songwriter Michael Tiernan releases his 11-track album L.A. Can Wait this week. A free single, “Easy,” is available for download at Tiernantunes.com. Peter Sprague plays an album-release party for Calling Me Home on ...

No Way — the Villain's a Lawyer in this Comic Book Story

It’s a story out of a comic book: two decades after losing a high-profile court battle, a lawyer steps from the shadows to avenge his past failure. In late August, Los Angeles–based attorney Kenneth Feinswog ...

Scale Palomar Mountain the Hard Way

Most visitors motor right up to the cool forests of Palomar Mountain’s parks or observatory on the curling South Grade or East Grade roads. Exercise-minded hikers might try an alternative east-side approach that actually reaches ...

Frozen Beer, As Crows Fly, 3D Fireworks

Howdy, Matt: The other day I had a couple of brews that I’d left out and they were warm, so I put them in the freezer to hurry up the cold. These were beers in ...

The Boss’s Daughter

For your Mafia fix, you can safely go to The Sicilian Girl, a fictionalized factual story from the fatherland, focussed on (at the start) the ten-year-old daughter of a soon murdered mob boss, slowly simmering ...

Public Funding

San Diego Unified school board candidate Steve Rosen has been making a big deal about how his company, TV Magic, has repeatedly volunteered its services for the benefit of local students. “Steve and his company’s ...

All the Naughty Girls

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson An electronic melody toodled in the other room. Like a mob of meerkats, ...

Home Is Where the Variance Is

On September 11, 2009, Mike and Zerla Bell closed escrow on their first home, a 1302-square-foot single-family residence in Lincoln Acres. It was a big step for the Bell family, who had been living in ...

Paul Collins’ Beat: The King of Power Pop!

Contrary to what you might think, true indie rock was invented during the late 1970s by bands that recorded in analog studios, released music on records (or cassette tapes), and hoped for a sweet record ...

The Taunting Goes Too Far in Suburban Texas

Every long once in awhile the story of one human being frames a national issue with such fierce honesty that even the hardest-hearted sports fan has to stop and pay attention. This happened Thursday night, ...

Prop R, for Rewards at Southwestern College

When big business was selling the public on the need to approve multimillion-dollar school bonds, whose needs were they talking about? In 2008, a majority of South Bay voters agreed to open their wallets for ...

Wake Up from the Nightmare

A VOICE BELLOWS THROUGH THE DOOR. “San Diego Sheriff’s Department, open up!” I wonder if cops learn how to do that in the academy. “It’s gonna be all right,” my mom says, feigning confidence as ...

Who Is This Winery in Ramona?

Dennis Grimes spends the first half-hour of every day “tending to Twitter, being a cheerleader” for Ramona Valley wine. From September 6 of this year: “94F today, 47F low & 83F tomorrow Ramona Valley AVA ...

The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten — Three Mile Pilot

It could and probably will be posited once The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten goes under the critical microscope that post-rock trio Three Mile Pilot didn't disband so much as reproduce. A little indie-rock ...

Carlsbad City Council Accused of Fascism

"You all are fascists," yelled 53-year-old Carlsbad resident Richard Shapiro during his three-minutes of public comment to the Carlsbad City Council on September 14. "Because of a word I was removed from this hall. That's ...

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