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Fireworks Disposal Demo Ignites/Indicts Sparklers

The San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb Squad hosted a fireworks disposal demonstration on the morning of June 29 at their bomb disposal range in the Rancho San Diego. Two separate blasts were set off beginning at ...

Sleaze Metal

“It’s hard to book other bands to play with us,” said Michael Prince, drummer of gutter-glam band Purple Church. “All we have around here is thrash metal or punk bands. What we’re trying to do ...

Summer Lull Roundup

As Tiger Woods will tell you, it doesn’t take long before nobody cares. Retired Boston/Toronto/Yankees/Houston/Yankees MLB pitcher “Rocket” Roger Clemens reached his scandal shelf life long ago, but his Washington DC baseball/steroids/lying trial begins Wednesday ...

No Siren Call

Piping from countless multiplexes, the siren of summer buzz calls us to mull Green Lantern’s grosses, to decipher the Jim Carrey–comeback potential of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, to dwell on the Comic-Con dimensions of Transformers: Dark ...

Sound Suit, Activate!

Experimental noise musician and composer Randy Chiurazzi recently auditioned for NBC’s America’s Got Talent in which performers competed for a $1 million prize and a chance to perform in Las Vegas. “They basically hated it,” ...

El Museo Restaurant

Two wooden, life-size vaqueros glare out at you from behind their giant cigars. They may be the last evidence that this used to be a curio store, here at the bottom of Avenida Revolución in ...

Valle de Guadalupe

Imagine a valley filled with vineyards surrounded by olive trees. The weather is dry and warm and there’s hardly any wind. There are only a couple of paved roads and people mostly walk or drive ...

Why Would the FBI Give $223 Million to This Man?

He is the man who helped build a greater part of Las Vegas with millions of dollars from Jimmy Hoffa’s mobbed-up Teamsters’ pension fund. Along with his close friend and business partner, the legendary Moe ...

Deep-Fried Everything

It was an unlikely location for a party. The sun was out in full force at the Del Mar Marriott, where maybe 40 partiers in beach attire danced to Osal8’s bass-heavy DJ set or lounged ...

"The" Nervous Wreckords

“The Nervous Wreckords started out as a production company that I had when I worked with other artists as a producer,” says singer/guitarist Brian Karscig. “As my own music started to take precedence over producing, ...

Where's the Thrill in Surfing the Web?

In the nascent days of this column and for several years into the new millennium (gah, that’s the first time I’ve used that word in 11 years, and it recalls its constant repetition back then, ...

Borrego: Flipsville Seeks a Savior

For decades, financial carpetbaggers have pulled the wool over the eyes of the citizens of Borrego Springs, the unincorporated desert town of 2600 full-time residents in northeast San Diego County. Now Borregans hope that a ...

Double duties for Southwest Strategies

One local loser in the demise of San Diego’s redevelopment agency, if its demise actually comes to pass, could be the San Diego public relations and lobbying firm of Southwest Strategies, founded by onetime Evening ...

Duncan Hunter Aide Protected by Firm Formerly Known as Blackwater

A top aide to GOP congressman Duncan Hunter headed for Africa this spring on a trip paid for by the International Republican Institute, whose board, chaired by Arizona senator John McCain, includes such other Republican ...

Bidders Check Out Copley’s Library

Bidders at the fourth and final auction of the now-defunct James S. Copley Library, held at Sotheby’s in New York City on May 20, did what they had done at the previous three sales. They ...

San Diego Zoo Loop

For a bit of morning exercise, especially if you’re a local San Diegan, consider this quick jaunt at the San Diego Zoo — a place not normally thought of as a hiking destination. Get there ...

Record-Release Roundup

Scribe Amidst the Lions will debut their EP The Lidless Kind on July 1 at the Casbah. “This one was completely recorded, produced, and mixed by the band at our own Controls for the Sun ...

Perils of the Press

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Being the first on the scene will get a newsman his story, but getting a “scoop” is not without its perils. Last Wednesday, the second F-14 fighter in three days went down at ...

"How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!" by Edward Lear

“How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!” Who has written such volumes of stuff! Some think him ill-tempered and queer, But a few think him pleasant enough. His mind is concrete and fastidious, His nose is ...

Rosebuds, Still in Love

Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard were married the week they formed the Rosebuds while still at college in North Carolina. Merge Records released their folk-rock debut, The Rosebuds Make Out, in 2003. Two CDs later, ...

Letters

No Pulitzer Hayley Rafner spends 11 pages complaining that she can’t get into Gaslamp clubs and claims that she “Google[s] things to do in San Diego when you’re underage” (“Miss In-Between,” Cover Story, June 23). ...

Sondre Lerche, circa 2011

The gifted Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche is not yet 30 years old, but he has spent most of the past decade trying to make a big breakthrough as a star in America. He’s tried his ...

Mobile Pet Grooming

I found a single white dog hair in my coffee this morning. Ten minutes later, I was on the phone with Chad Davidson of the Pawlished Paw Mobile Grooming (619-792-7138; pawlishedpaw.com). “When you’re looking for ...

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Those to whom what I have said is plain will also, I think, plainly see why God should be loved: that is, whence He deserves to be loved. But if unbelievers blind themselves to these ...

June 23 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 13. Mary Arana, Encinitas, 13. Thomas Baggot, Carlsbad, 13. L. Barling, El Cajon, 13. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 13. Leslie Chase, Campo, 13. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 13. Jon Connor, Oceanside, ...

June 23 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 13. Loren Boyer, El Cajon, 13. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 13. Greg Chauncey, La Jolla, 13. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 13. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 13. Michelle Dutra, Serra Mesa, ...

Ascension Lutheran Church

Membership: 90 Pastor: Richard Zuber Age: 62 Born: Meriden, Connecticut Formation: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut; Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Years Ordained: 25 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing ...

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