Content for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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San Diego Made Better

Random acts of good citizenship.

The correlation between good works and big smiles.

Manchester wins a Navy Broadway battle

Judge swats down bid to halt massive bayfront development

U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester's long battle to build a giant commercial and office complex on Navy property at the foot of Broadway downtown appears to be a legal step closer to reality with ...

Take the back roads: Vermont’s historic Route 100

In an era where places rarely or barely live up to their reputations, Vermont’s Route 100 looks and really feels like old-fashioned Christmas cards depicting the New England state. I visited in winter, when buildings ...

Waiting for Rain

Finally morning. This loneliness feels more ordinary in the light, more like my face in the mirror. My daughter in the ER again. Something she ate? Some freshener someone spritzed in the air? They’re trying ...

Firebug caught?

Suspect has 12 prior felony convictions in two counties

A man who Oceanside police said was seen feeding a fire during the conflagrations two weeks ago had a hearing this morning in San Diego Superior Court. According to police, Alberto Beltran Serrato, 57, was ...

A.J., Allah-Las, accordion punk, Tune-Yards

...push play on the pod for music clips of Monk's gig picks

Sunday 1San Diego son A.J. Croce has been touring in support of this year’s well-received smorgasbord of songcraft Twelve Tales. Easy to understand why all the different flavors (jazz, folk-pop, blues, and rootsy rock), as ...

To Berlin, with politics

Termed-out GOP state senator Mark Wyland long ago threw in the towel on a planned bid for the Board of Equalization, passing San Diego’s torch to ex–Chula Vista mayor and former Republican assemblywoman Shirley Horton. ...

Rocking Rachmaninoff

Dave Mustaine’s appearance with the San Diego Symphony was an ambitious collaboration of rock and classical. San Diego’s Mosaic Quartet is all about mixing rock and Rachmaninoff. Three members have studied at a conservatory. They ...

Almost Famous redux

“Today, we’re going to talk to Ronny Jones.” Jones, of Rancho Bernardo, was recently interviewed by a Canadian rock journalist named Brian Sword for the Double Stop podcast. “You may not have heard of him, ...

Run toward danger

The cynic inside me has grudgingly accepted the fool notion of young men and women enlisting to kill in the name of peace, but why would a civilian war correspondent risk life and limb to ...

It’s worth dipping into

Down at the Chula Vista Marina, Ed continues on his big mussel jag.

"’ll meet you at the Galley,” says Joe into his cell phone. This was during one of the heat waves. He lives way east of El Cajon, so I knew he was pitching for the ...

Donkified in Bizarro San Diego

The Donkeys started in 2004 with Timothy DeNardo, Jessie Gulati, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague. DeNardo explains that the band shared a small Mission Gorge rehearsal space with three other bands that eventually went away. ...

Abounding mercies

There’s “sadness after intimate sexual intercourse,” Winnie tells Willie in Happy Days. “You would concur with Aristotle there, I fancy.” Samuel Beckett’s been accused of being so bleak he’s the Dracula of world theater. What ...

Amazing and super stupendous

The circus that is minor-league baseball.

A friend emails a link, says I must needs watch the video. Ever the obedient householder, I click and behold Tara the Hero Cat. You’ve seen it, a four-year-old boy is playing on his bicycle ...

Record-release roundup

Kids’ rock duo Hullabaloo will debut their Shy Kid Blues CD in Solana Beach on May 31 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. “Shawn Rohlf of the 7th Day Buskers produced the album,” says Steve ...

Gruff, ironic façade

The beard covers up the sensitive little emo kid inside.

Dear Hipster: So…hipster girls: slender, cute, creative, feminine, pretty. Hipster guys: kind of the same. If it weren’t for the beards I’d have a hard time telling the men from women in the hip community. ...

Toxic tarpaper

Special interests lined up for sponsorship rights to this month’s unveiling of the packed new water park around the county administration building downtown. So-called behest disclosure filings required by state law show that the Viejas ...

El Camino breakdown

Last year, Camper Van Beethoven released the first of a pair of California concept albums. La Costa Perdida set its sights on Northern California and is, overall, the brighter collection of songs. In a twist ...

Tour de Borrego

This way to the Borrego Springs gomphotheres.

Take a bicycle ride to view Borrego Valley’s spectacular northern Sky Art metal sculptures.

What is the one thing in life I was created for?

The secret of John and a vampire named Ozzy.

Membership: 700 Affiliation: Association of Related Churches (ARC) Pastor: Aaron Jayne Age: 38 Born: Wichita, KS Formation: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ; planted Dream Center, Los Angeles Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: What’s your ...

You got a permit for that trail?

Trails of Tierrasanta are paved with good intentions.

On weekends, in the canyons surrounding San Diego’s community of Tierrasanta, urban guerrillas hack through chapparal with picks and other tools, transforming once-narrow coyote paths into smooth, broad hiking trails. The urban vigilantes have carved ...

In other words, leave me alone

There is nothing wrong with you, highly sensitive person.

Why am I never content? Why do little things bother me? Why do I complain so much? Why can’t I be normal? Okay, first of all, stop being so hard on yourself. I’m a Highly ...

Boarding cash

Mayor Kevin Faulconer continues to hand out city appointments to some of his biggest campaign givers. One of the more conspicuous is Guy Asaro, president of McMillin Homes, who has become a member of the ...

Mountaintops, Meatmen, karaoke, air guitar

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 29Canadian communal rocker Stephen McBean (Black Mountain, Grim Tower, Godspeed!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Tra La La Band, etc. etc.) just dropped a new Pink Mountaintops disc called Get Back, which sounds like the ...

Aftermath

Firenado Spotting I happened to be reading an account of the Poinsettia fire and came upon a video on the San Diego Reader website (Neighborhood News: “Carlsbad fire official designates potential crime scene,” May 20). ...

May 22 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Joe Arbusto, Rancho Penasquitos, 9. Bliss Beedle, Encinitas, 9. Clyde Christie, Coronado, 9. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 9. Paula Davis, Spring Valley, 9. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 9. George Elam, Vista, 9. Martin Guillen, Oceanside, ...

May 22 Crossword Contenders

Mary Arana, Encinitas, 9. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 9. Johanna Barry, Pine Valley, 9. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 9. Marvin A. Brown, Clairemont, 9. Charlotte Brown , Clairemont, 9. Mark Burton, San Diego, 9. Leslie Chase, Campo, ...

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