Content for Friday, December 13, 2013

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Boots, Boots, and More Boots

What San Diegans wear to keep their feet warm

My favorite part of the cold-weather season, if you call 65 degrees "cold," is not hot cocoa or crackling fires, it’s digging my boots out of storage. I’m kind of obsessed with shoes. My husband ...

Lawsuit over wheelchair access at Torrey Pines Gliderport

"Caused Plaintiffs difficulty, anger, frustration and embarrassment"

It's a bumpy ride for disabled persons hoping to catch a glimpse of the hang gliders and paragliders at the Torrey Pines Gliderport — at least that's the claim made by two men in a ...

Earl Stiff on this year's Golden Globes nominations

My column on the San Diego Film Critics Society year-end picks met with such little resistance that I received a callback. On top of that, I think there’s a Christmas present in my future! While ...

Pit bull kills baby in Tijuana

City records 71 dog bites so far this year, 3 of them fatal

A 37-day-old baby girl died on Wednesday, December 11, shortly after she was bitten on the head by a pit bull at her grandmother's house in Tijuana, according to newspaper accounts. The infant, identified only ...

There be (lots of) dragons

A consideration of sources.

The hobbit in The Hobbit may get the title, but it's pretty clear by now that the real star of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is the dragon Smaug. This isn't exactly surprising; Jackson's roots are ...

Bad Religion's Christmas Songs

If you want to put a little skip into Santa's step this holiday season, throw on Bad Religion's new album, Christmas Songs, to greet him as he slides down your chimney. You read correctly, Bad ...

Queens highlight this year's Wrex

The annual holiday event known as Wrex the Halls is a production of alt-rock radio station 91X. Usually composed of a smorgasbord of choice acts, 2013's Wrex was an exceptional bill. One attendee told me ...

Double-dipping SDSU pensioner gets $270,000 CSU job

Sally Roush also to rake in monthly $1000 car allowance

In June, when last we checked on Sally Roush, the scandal-plagued vice president of business and financial affairs at San Diego State University was retiring from her position after 30 years of university service. Her ...

All Things BBQ: Phil's

Any survey of San Diego’s barbecue scene would be woefully incomplete without considering the juggernaut of local ‘cue: Phil’s BBQ. (3750 Sports Arena Boulevard) Phil’s needs little introduction. The restaurant’s website runs a webcam so ...

In landmark deal, bankrupt Detroit agrees to pipe water to thirsty San Diego

San Diego finally gets water-wise!

Interim Mayor Gloria: "Detroit has not one, but two major freshwater lakes in its backyard. And thanks to our city's efforts at pension reform, San Diego has a budget surplus. Really, it just made sense ...

Beethoven 9th: San Diego Symphony (2 of 2)

As beautiful as the Brahms performance was, it was not the primary draw to last weekend’s concerts. The big piece of music was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. We weren’t disappointed. The performance was magnificent. The ...

La Mesa considers ban on panhandling

Removed and rock-embedded medians don’t thwart practice

The City of La Mesa may ask Democratic assemblywoman Shirley Weber for help with a bill to ban panhandling on medians because Senate Bill 604 (a median-panhandling ban introduced by Republican state senator Joel Anderson) ...

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls

Celebrating the holidays with a fourth inning Tripel play

I’m a completionist. If there’s a series of something, I want every single component and usually can’t rest until I have each securely hoarded. Music, books, collectibles…it really doesn’t matter. Make a set of anything ...

Local real-estate tax hike totals less than a half percent

Reassessed properties may be excluded from low rate rise

Even though real estate prices have soared in the past year — rising by an average of 18.29 percent across the county, according to the market-tracking firm DataQuick — most property owners in San Diego ...

Paul Jacobs out — Steve Mollenkopf in as Qualcomm's new CEO

Former chief exec to remain as chairman

Steve Mollenkopf, who was considered a dark horse to run Microsoft, will be chief executive of Qualcomm. The surprise announcement was made this morning, December 13. Mollenkopf is currently chief operating officer of Qualcomm. The ...

Jefferson law school's dean admits school's errors

Expense of new building, "indecipherable scholarship policy" noted in memo

Thomas Guernsey, who has been dean of the ailing Thomas Jefferson School of Law since July, has sent a memo to staff admitting past sins and revealing massive pay and staff cuts. Among the troubled ...