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Hackers break into mortgage-broker accounts

Charged with stealing $100,000 from Tijuana

Two men were charged in indictments unsealed this week with hacking into computer servers of a major U.S. mortgage broker to steal personal information and siphon $100,000 in funds from the accounts. They used the ...

Cox Communications to cut about 500 jobs

“It’s about real estate,” says spokesman

On the heels of Sony Electronics announcing job cuts of at least 400 employees in the San Diego area, Cox Communications is also drawing back in the region. Notices were sent to employees this week ...

Hotel business slumps in January

But competing state cities go gangbusters

According to Smith Travel Research statistics, San Diego's hotel business continues to sag while Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco soar. January hotel occupancy locally dropped from 62.8% to 62.6%, a decline of 0.4%. ...

Sunset Cliffs — whose paradise is it?

Graffiti vandalism and recent attack on teen have some wondering

Following a month that saw a violent carjacking and excessive tagging, residents of the normally quiet neighborhood of Sunset Cliffs have been left to wonder whether urban blight is going to be a persisting problem ...

Sushi, SoCal-style, on a roll!

Sushi Freak wants you to play chef

What if you could walk into a sushi joint and invent your own sushi roll? Just tell the chef "Gimme some of this, some of that, and I don't care if they shouldn't go together, ...

Technology meets art at the park

Balboa Park partners with Maker Faire for first STEAM Day

This marks the first year that Balboa Park includes “A” for Art in their annual event to highlight the education movement traditionally known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). On March 16, from 11 ...

Carlsbad CPA charged with theft, misappropriation

James Comstock can't practice, pending criminal case outcome

North County Superior Court has granted the California Board of Accountancy's request to block a Carlsbad certified public accountant from practicing until criminal cases against him are cleared up. James Milton Comstock is charged with ...

Johnny's Fire & Berry Old Fashioned

According to bartender Faith Taylor, the Tractor Room offers high-quality cocktails with a low-altitude attitude. “It’s kind of like Manhattan meets Montana,” she says. But if the restaurant tries not to take itself too seriously, ...

City of San Diego to purge year-old emails

Cost of storage declared prohibitive; action could result in litigation

The City of San Diego is running out of space to store all those old emails — internal emails between staff and elected officials and correspondence from constituents. To remedy that, city officials have opted ...

The School for Lies at North Coast Rep

These days, in order to function, theaters must run on tight schedules — open a show, run four weeks, open another — even though word of mouth takes three to four weeks to take hold. ...

Free screening of Casablanca at Landmark Hillcrest

Hey, Turner Classic Movies! You must remember this: there is more to vintage cinema (and the vast holdings in the M-G-M/Warner Bros. vaults) than, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," "We'll always have ...

Sun Kil Moon's Benji

Recording as Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek’s new album, Benji, walks a fine line between tear-jerk confessionals and R. Kelly–style stream-of-consciousness stories. The everyday recollections of “Ben’s My Friend” feel kind of like Kozelek’s own ...

Danzig sues distribution company in federal court

Heavy metal singer accuses company of not paying proceeds

Glenn Danzig, former Misfits frontman and lead singer for the heavy metal band Danzig, is ready to bang heads with his former distributor in court. On February 27, the self-proclaimed "Evil Elvis" filed a lawsuit ...

Tacocat's NVM

Never heard Tacocat before. First impressions of “Bridge to Hawaii”: (1) I’m getting impatient with the song’s two resounding opening guitar chords, cringing at the prospect of overdramatized, underwritten music...is there going to be a ...

Allied Gardens residents address parking problem

"A new one is people dressing in the street."

People who park on streets near Kaiser Hospital/Medical Center on Zion Avenue may find "a friendly reminder" from District 7 city councilman Scott Sherman on their vehicles. A packet containing the reminder (printed on yellow ...

Valley Center Brewery finds home at home

Homegrown craft beer springing up in North County Inland burg

Last September, I introduced readers to Valley Center’s first brewery, Valley Center Brewery. At the time, the family-run operation was in the midst of its very humble beginnings, but they’ve been busy in their northerly ...

Armed bandits target migrants in Imperial Valley

Firefight erupts between rival robbers

Armed attackers are taking aim at migrants crossing the border illegally near Ocotillo, according to a February 26 report from the U.S. Border Patrol. Ocotillo is located just east of San Diego County at the ...

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