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News & Stories

Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Routinely Visit Clairemont High School

Clairemont High School's Arrow newspaper recently reported that drug-sniffing dogs are coming to school. "Last year [the high school] received a grant from the [parent-teacher-student association] to pay for a drug dog inspection program. The ...

Reverse Explorers

“But our bread is different. Piadina. From Romagna, Italy. It goes back to the 1300s.”

‘"She gives me everything…and tenderly…” Her voice rings out loud, clear, and beautiful. She’s singing along with the Beatles tune on the sound system, “And I Love Her,” looking at the tiny baby in her ...

Secret Love

“Once, I had a secret love/ That lived within the heart of me./ All too soon, my secret love/ Became impatient to be free.” So sang Doris Day in the Eisenhower-era film Calamity Jane. My ...

Vizcaíno Meets Storms, Natives, and, Finally, San Diego

Lost and Found Onboard the flagship San Diego, Sebastían Vizcaíno hadn’t seen the Santo Tomás in 41 days. Before his expedition left Acapulco to chart the California coast in 1602, the old Santo Tomás had ...

San Diego Mobile Oil Change

“‘Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, into the future,” I serenaded hubby Patrick with the Steve Miller song as I hustled through chores last Saturday. “Oil keeps on burnin’, burnin’, burnin’, out of my Chevy,” ...

He Cleans Up on Foreclosures

You get ousted, they get busy.

From Yahoo News, December 2010: A suit was filed in March by Pennsylvania homeowner Angela Lannelli. She was up to date on her payments when, she says, she arrived home in October 2009 to find ...

Last Call

Boasting a weekend happy hour from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Last Call’s slogan entreats you to “Go ugly early.” And while easily dismissed as another sketchy El Cajon Boulevard hole, Last Call proves to be ...

Senior Moments

They strategize like young soldiers, forgetting that they’re almost immobile.

Back in the ’60s, Robert Anderson wrote a one-act called I’m Herbert. Depending on how old you are, it could be a comedy or a tragedy. In the play, a man and a woman, senior ...

Rubik and Lights

“We think that we make pop songs, but definitely with a certain kind of twist.” It’s Artturi Taira on the phone from Madrid, talking about his band Rubik. “You might wanna call it art rock ...

Imitation Diamond

When Diamond Is Forever! hits the AVO Playhouse stage in Vista on Saturday, November 5, two fans in the audience will have traversed over 5800 miles to catch the local Neil Diamond tribute act. “Jutta ...

To Tank Or Not To Tank

On the phone with a friend I’ll call Henry Hill. He’s a family man, casino consultant, degenerate gambler, and believer in conspiracy theories. Henry thinks the Indianapolis Colts are tanking the season. Conspiracy theories are ...

Brief Peace for Chet Cannon

“At this point, we’ve done so many of them, I really couldn’t pinpoint it,” Chet Cannon says in response to a question about when, exactly, he began putting on benefit concerts. Cannon, 59, a harpist ...

Romeri's Got the Beats

“I’ve always been seeking out exploratory music,” says Santino (or Sonny, like in The Godfather) Romeri, a Golden Hill–via–Chula Vista experimental beat musician (Illuminauts), promoter, and overseer of boutique vinyl and cassette label Kill Quanti. ...

Letters

Finally Vegan I was glad to see that some of your writers were thoughtful to mention vegan and vegetarian options in the recent October 20 restaurant issue (“Eat”). This was an improvement on previous years. ...

A Happy Chorus of Small Voices

“I was walking through the park/ goosing statues in the dark/ If Sherman’s horse can take it so can you.”

Heady Metal

Thursday 3<br>Vancouver musician Stephen McBean has a split personality. Lucky for him — and classic-rock revivalists — both personalities are guitarists into album rock. The diff: one’s got a closet full of hard-rock concert Tees ...

Movie Review: The Rum Diary, Hell and Back Again, Habana Eva

Photographed in a dry, dingy beige, the film looks like it were being viewed through a discarded snakeskin. This is not altogether a fault; the anemic film stock suits the sultry drip of setting and ...

Please Upgrade the Tenants in City Heights Apartment Buildings

On a hot Friday evening in late August, Jennifer Bernal and Jamila DeCarli sit at the kitchen table in their 998-square-foot home on the rim of Fox Canyon in City Heights. Their two small dogs ...

Seen on DVD: Almost Famous, Inland Empire, Love and Death

Rebecca Hicks Writer and illustrator, little-vampires.com Traditional romantic comedies have never been a reflection of my relationship reality, which is why I’m grateful for 1991’s Addams Family. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston have a joyous ...

Carmen Caserta ♥s Tori Amos

North Park singer/songwriter Carmen Caserta was 19 when she dragged her piano from L.A. to San Diego, originally to attend college. “I got my undergraduate degree in psychology and then started law school in 2008,” ...

You Can Take Susan Davis to Libya

The violent death of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has evoked varying recollections of his decades-long absolute rule. Back in March 2004, congressional Democrat Susan Davis traveled to Libya. According to a gift report filed by ...

Cash Without Cause

Robert Nascenzi, the computer executive who dropped out of the 52nd District primary in the race to take on GOP congressman Brian Bilbray next year, managed to collect a healthy $77,654 in contributions through September ...

Ffunny Ffriends Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s music sounds as if it’s off an old cassette tape that sat warping in the sun on a dashboard before falling into a puddle. And it gets weirder the closer you listen ...

Presidential Bets in Rancho Santa Fe

Early results are in from horsey Rancho Santa Fe regarding the presidential fund-raising derby, and so far the winner is Mitt Romney, with $112,000 from the beginning of the year through September 30. According to ...

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Membership: 400 Pastor: David Weber Age: 56 Born: Hampton, Iowa Formation: University of Laverne, Laverne; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Years Ordained: 9 years San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

Imperial Beach, Our Coastal Orphan

Thirty-Five Years Ago [A] local symbol has almost gone up in flames. The hut at the base of Bonair and Neptune Place was damaged in a fire last week. Refurbished with new palm fronds each ...

Wigs Galore

A poem by Claire Hsu Accomondo

Wigs are in style. There’s a store in every town. There’s a kiosk in every mall. Golden blond, near crimson, silky black, cascading brown. They glamorize, maximize, voluminize and dramatize. Human hair or synthetic? Not ...

October 27 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 7. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 7. The Flower shop owner was held up at gunpoint! I'll bet he was a petrified florist! Roy E. Leeper, Chula ...

October 27 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 6. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 6. Leslie Chase, Campo, 6. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Definition of "marine layer"- a prostitute that works in Oceanside. Carolyn Clark, ...