Content for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Beach Blanket Banter

Teens talk about drugs, sex, and college.

At 17, she could pass for 21. Her wild brown curly hair is streaked with turquoise highlights. A cluster of freckles sprinkle the bridge of her pierced nose. Abby wears a 1920s-inspired emerald-green tropical-print bikini. ...

Marinkovic's case goes kerplunk

La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 faced "fanciful" claims

In a judge's decision filed September 29 in the Western District of Pennsylvania (embracing Pittsburgh and Erie), Oceanside's La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 were decisive victors. The plaintiff was Mel Marin, also known ...

Julie Harper not guilty of first-degree murder

Jurors deadlocked on lesser homicide charges

Julie Harper was declared not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Jason, in court today, October 1, 2014. The defendant’s parents, John and Donna Cihak, were in the courtroom to ...

Between Diablo and the deep blue sea

Pacific Gas & Electric struggles to keep open California's last nuclear plant

With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station out of commission (though a debate over who will pay for the plant's decommissioning still rages), environmentalists have set their sights on the state's last remaining active nuclear ...

Nothing stank with Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.

Some contracts awarded sloppily, but audit found little fault

City auditor Eduardo Luna's report of what went wrong at the fizzling of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., points few fingers According to a report released today, October 1, the committee got $3.08 million in funding, ...

Scum of the earth shoots parrot

One of the wild parrots that live in Imperial Beach was shot by one or more shooters on Monday night, September 29. Amanda Plante, the development and education director for the nonprofit organization SoCal Parrot, ...

American Aquarium on the distractions of living in the digital age

BJ Barham, the songwriter and front man for American Aquarium, checks in with the Reader from Charlottesville, VA. He says the band has a couple of days off before heading up to Washington DC. This ...

Water worry: avocados

Over 74 gallons of irrigated water required to produce a pound

As if San Diego doesn't have enough drought-related problems, here is another: avocados. According to the magazine Mother Jones, avocados, which don't require nearly as much water as almonds, still need a lot. According to ...

Grecian Daddy Drama

The Two Faces of January could have been urid and awful and fun.

It’s not a subtle move to open your story with a tour guide (Oscar Isaac) leading a group around some sun-drenched ruins and telling site-specific stories from the Greek myths. (In this case, the story ...

I experienced the calling myself

Plumbing the mysteries of God at Chula Vista Presbyterian

Membership: 280 Pastor: Robert Davis Age: 50 Born: Dunellen, New Jersey Formation: Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA; Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University-Indianapolis; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 13 San Diego Reader: What ...

Qualcomm does Koch

A political action committee going by the name of Team Republicans for Utilizing Sensible Tactics (TRUST) picked up a $5000 contribution from San Diego chip-making giant Qualcomm’s PAC on August 22. Other major givers to ...

Plays well with others

When J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr. frontman, was preparing to record his new solo album, Tied to a Star, released on August 26, he searched for musicians capable of not only singing backup vocals but people ...

Heff’s unholy dreams

“I find most books of poetry suffocating and stifling,” Gary Heffern emails, “so it was important to me to add all the artwork and pictures in order to allow the reader some time to breathe, ...

Blitzen Trapper’s evil plan

Blitzen Trapper released VII about a year ago on their new home, Vagrant Records. The songs on the album blend the band’s country-rock standards with a dose of funk. So, how did these Portland boys ...

Moxie witchcraft

A raucous opening night makes an all-around odd Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World.

Snacktime

Wake up, people, it’s Super Sports Time

The NFL season is running at max RPM. College football is well underway. Baseball playoffs have begun. Hockey kicks in next week. The NBA preseason starts Saturday, and Major League Soccer is ongoing. Wake up, ...

I wanna be a freakbeat BBQ cowboy

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

Sunday 5London-based garage-rocking “freakbeat” trio Little Barrie will be at Soda Bar Sunday night with like-minded locals the Schitzophonics and Amerikan Bear...Norwegian songsmith Sondre Lerche is at House of Blues behind his brand-spanking new CD, ...

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Blondie eats cake...

...and if you dig Talking Heads, you ought to like Ought

Thursday 2From Torrance, California, punk quartet Joyce Manor, touring in support of this year’s hella fun Epitaph set Never Hungover Again, plays the all-ages Irenic in NoPark. The A.D.D.-afflicted Manor eschews blink’s obnoxious spew and ...

Dryer than ice

Dry ice and flying don’t mix. That’s the word from Los Angeles, where two ex-airport workers were each sentenced to three years’ probation and 480 hours of community service for setting off dry-ice bombs at ...

Crushed seashells + limestone + Kumeyaay “laborers” = the Mission Dam

Get a close up view of rugged Mission Gorge and a national historic landmark.

This hike goes through scenic Mission Gorge and leads to the Old Mission Dam that impounded the San Diego River to provide water for the Spanish Mission San Diego de Alcalá. The dam is a ...

Enjoy the next five months

Kensington Video closes February 28, 2015

“Where’s my movie?” the voice on the phone demanded. It was Kensington Video’s Winnie Hanford calling to remind delinquent me to return a ridiculously past-due rental. “And by the way,” she added in the same ...

Emma Watson as purveyor of 21st-century feminist doctrine

Misogyny and sexism in the hipster blender.

Dear Hipster: How about that Emma Watson? Her UN feminism speech impressed me. I’m a 28-year-old white male, working in the graphic design field. In my circle for friends, most of whom would I guess ...

Before Oceanside had a harbor

Last weekend, September 27 and 28, Oceanside hosted its 54th annual Harbor Days.

The second-priciest home in La Jolla

And the county’s sixth most expensive home currently for sale.

Current Owner: Gary Barber Beds: 6 Baths: 11 Price: $26,950,000 This week’s home, the second-priciest in the already exclusive neighborhood of La Jolla, sits at 6114 Camino de la Costa on an oceanfront lot along ...

Tough vines

San Diego grape growers don’t blame it all on the rain.

When it comes to the California aggie scene, news headlines scream “drought,” conjuring up, at least in the minds of outsiders, sepia-toned images of impoverished farmers toiling in Dust Bowl grit. But whatever havoc has ...

Less tact than the memes themselves

Show Me the Data Your article on stadium and convention center lies (City Lights: “Stadium, Convention Center Lies You Will Hear") is no better than the propaganda we hear from the white-elephant convention-center advocates and ...

Lacy to the rescue

“For the past four or five years, I’ve done a lot of charity shows.” Country-rocker Lacy Younger works on an iced decaf and brings a visitor up to date on her career. In jeans and ...

Hard time city

September has been a tough month for layoffs in San Diego, according to an online bulletin posted by the state’s Employment Development Department. The biggest unemployment numbers were generated Microsoft-owned Nokia, with 378 permanent layoffs. ...

Little Goat

Last night, driving home from rehearsal, tender from singing Bach, Bleib Bei Uns, “Stay with Us, for the Evening is Coming and the Day Draws to an End,” turning into Oak Street, I saw in ...

Opah!

September 30 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 16 Anglers, 1 Boat, 1 California Yellowtail, 20 Barred Sand Bass, 6 Kelp Bass Fisherman's Landing 130 Anglers, 5 Boats, 215 Yellowfin Tuna, 14 Yellowtail, 132 Bonito, 6 ...

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