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Storage Facility Fire in Kearny Mesa

Just after 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, a fire broke out in a two-story storage facility located on the 7500 block of Dagget Street. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze before it ...

Should City's Debt Relief Come from Redevelopment Coffers?

During a March 16 meeting, Centre City Development Corporation's board of directors rejected a proposal from the mayor and city council to pay off $228 million in debt owed on a previous expansion of the ...

Crackdown on Stores with Illegal Gambling Machines

Over a two-week period that ended March 10, San Diego County sheriff’s deputies (in conjunction with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) conducted undercover operations to bust local businesses that offered illegal gambling machines ...

Hair/Nail Growth After Death, "Toots" Nickname, Bird Smarts

Dear Matthew Alice: I’ve heard that after you die your hair and fingernails keep growing. How is that possible? Or maybe it’s not true. Straighten me out. — Daniel S., San Diego I couldn’t find ...

Limitless: An Addiction Movie

Not every week brings us New York ambition mania, a new Jane Eyre, an alien invasion, and a smart vehicle for Matt McConaughey. Limitless “I took my first pill,” wrote Aldous Huxley in The Doors ...

Black Cat Bar

Built in 1927 as San Diego’s second Bank of America, the building at the corner of University and Van Dyke in City Heights changed over from Nancy’s Pub to Black Cat Bar last month. High ...

Rifftide Covers Chula Vista

Rifftide is a Chula Vista–based classic-rock cover band. The members met on Facebook and formed the band in March of 2010. Their day jobs include construction manager and brewmaster. Plus one stay-at-home mom. Jill Harvey ...

Great Expectations

Thirty-Five Years AgoThese days, one can wander into the Santa Fe Depot, downtown San Diego, and feel like a ghost. The imagination of a train buff can easily supply the atmosphere of a busy center ...

Border City Soundtrack

In April 2009, film directors José Luis Figueroa and Sebastían Diaz asked singer-bassist Phil Beaumont of Little White Teeth to compose a score for Tijuaneados Anonymous: A Teardrop, A Smile. The documentary profiles a group ...

Phaser Control's Weird Geometry

“Build a quality studio, fill the place with outstanding musicians, and the market will come to you.” This formula, hopes Jim Austin, will spell success for a new business venture he owns with Buckfast Superbee ...

Woodwork by Hodgkin

I’m sitting on a bench in the San Diego Museum of Art, which has just opened an exhibition by the British painter Howard Hodgkin. Pretty quiet here, only four other warm bodies, one of them ...

Cookie Momster

Forced capitalism mixed with equal parts fear and guilt and junk-food vice is a darn fine way to make your way in the world. — Mark Morford It’s not hard to find a source for ...

Letters

No Jobs for Barbarians I am a graduated manufacturing mechanical engineer of the University of Minnesota, 1981. As you say, Americans have been pushed out of the American engineering economy and the American labor economy ...

Old and in the Way

Having just recently turned 60, I am pulling up the rear of what has commonly been termed the Baby Boomers. Apparently the generation dates from the end of WWII or 1945, so that would place ...

Sheep Canyon

Remote Sheep Canyon, secreted in the middle reaches of Coyote Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, features some of the most rugged yet beautiful terrain in San Diego County. The canyon has two main forks ...

"The Wild Swans at Coole," by William Butler Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans. The nineteenth autumn ...

San Diego Classifieds

On March 7, 2011, San Diego’s Alice Echo-News Journal ran 248 classified ads. Two ads ran under the “Agriculture” subheading, one of which offered “85 good young crossbred cows. . .10 Brangus cows. . .[and] ...

The Neighborhood Church

Membership: 100 Denomination: Assembly of God Pastor: Yancey Valdez Age: 43 Born: Santa Ana Formation: Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass.; Global University, Springfield, Mo. Years Practicing Ministry: 17 San Diego Reader: How long do ...

Arroz Caldo

Recipe by Chef Evan Cruz, executive chef, Pacifica Del Mar For me, it’s a funny story. I was going to become a chiropractor. But when I was going to chiropractic school, I got into a ...

Speaking of Segues

Thursday 17Break Free Your Mind, Aussie psych-rock act Matt Sonic & the High Times will shred through Soda Bar with Joy. Sonic et al. are on their first-ever U.S. tour and bring a down-and-dirty desert-rock ...

Some Opinions About Smoke Break Rules

Without complaining — audibly, at least — they leave the building to light up, even when it’s cold and raining. In some offices, that means taking a 15-floor elevator ride to the street. But remember ...

Jake Shimabukuro on the Ukulele

My uncle Thad lives in a small town in western Kentucky. A few years ago, he was looking for videos online and came across what was then the most-popular clip on YouTube: a rendition of ...

Joey Harris Does Bar Pink

If there were a rock-and-roll Hall of Fame for locals only, Joey Harris would be in it. The Beat Farmers is as good a place as any to begin the story. The band was founded ...

Critical Mass

“I know he recently reinvented himself by dropping the ‘Young’ and just going by ‘Mass’,” says 40oz Chris of the San Diego rapper formerly known as Young Mass. Mass was recently arrested near Las Vegas ...

A Round and Around at Swedenborg Hall

Podunk Nowhere duo Heather and Johnny Janiga found out about Songwriters Acoustic Nights at a Gregory Page show. The Janigas were promptly invited to take seats at the monthly musicians’ gathering, which features the “Writers ...

Taco vs. Sandwich

It’s amazing what you find when you’re cruisin’, jes’ cruisin’. Actually, I’m threading my way up through the Gaslamp toward the bus stop at Third and Broadway. But I may be open to a snick ...

Lockout Fallout

There are those among us who believe every event ends with winners and losers. As to the NFL lockout, it’s too early to know if NFL Inc., or Players Inc., or CBS/TBS/TNT/TruTV Inc., will be ...

Boëthius

“Wherefore I much marvel why these things are thus turned upside down, and the punishment of wickedness oppresses the good, while evil men obtain the rewards of the good. And I desire to know of ...

What Can Chula Vista Do with the South Bay Power Plant?

Clandestine negotiations, fueled by the prospect of a pot of gold set aside for cleaning up the South Bay Power Plant, have become a concern to some city council members and residents of Chula Vista. ...

No Labor Protests in San Diego

If the massive union workers’ protests radiate from Wisconsin and Ohio across the country, you can almost bet there is one metro area that won’t participate in large numbers: San Diego County. Across the nation, ...

In Consideration of the Bernie Siegan Award

Last week, Union-Tribune columnist Tom Blair showed how far the paper has gone under its post–Copley Press owners, but whether it’s in a good direction probably depends on one’s politics and level of interest in ...

Jerry Brown’s Greasy Green

Every fall, ex–Democratic state senator Steve Peace throws a free bash in Hawaii for legislators, paid for by corporate and big labor contributions to his nonprofit California Independent Voter Project. The names of donors are ...

March 10 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 11. America's 400 riches equals 155 million of rest of us. Peter Bartkiewicz, Chula Vista, 11. Very evil, but very late. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 11. Toxic people should go and ...

March 10 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 11. Happy birthday Aries team! Leslie Chase, Campo, 11. Love the wild Lilac in bloom all over the county. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 11. Nobody likes a jackass- especially another jackass. Ben ...

March 10 Brainstorm Contenders

* Miyuki Passchier, Clairemont, 11. This is hard one, I hope I can make it. * Conway Redding, La Mesa, 11. My guidance counselor discouraged me becoming a tailor. * Tom Somich, Clairemont, 10. Go ...

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