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Crazy Train

Loco-motion: A modern-day rail heist.

Portions read as if they were plucked from a screenplay of an old western train-robbery movie: Land speculators, scams, drug smuggling, hostile takeovers, all surrounding a 100-year-old railroad track twisting and turning its way from ...

Consider and lay this truth to heart

From “The Living Dead” by Dadu Dayal

From “The Living Dead” Have done with pride and arrogance, conceit, envy, self-assertion; Practice humility, obedience; worship the Creator. When a man has abandoned false pride, arrogance, and vainglory, When he has become humble and ...

Will tweet for food

Twitter addicts now have their very own job description. That’s the word at UCSD’s Rady School of Management, which is looking for a social-media director. Applicants must have “experience thinking creatively to identify topics for ...

Lies, lies, signature-gatherers lie

Minimum-wage-hike proponents claim they were duped by petition reps

Former California assemblywoman Lori Saldaña held a press conference on Tuesday, September 9, highlighting "hundreds" of San Diego voters officially submitting forms to withdraw their signatures from a signature-gathering effort intended to place the city's ...

Downtown jailbreak

Last seen in khaki shorts, slippers, and a blue shirt with a large star on it

Authorities were on the lookout Tuesday evening, December 9, for a 26-year-old that managed to escape from downtown's Central Jail shortly before 6 p.m. Don Andrea Torrillo was arrested in Santee on September 5 for ...

Band on the border run

Radios Silent, four straight-ahead rockers whose members reside in Point Loma, Tijuana, and Ensenada, embrace the idea that being a borderland band means twice the opportunities. A recent weekend saw them play Friday at the ...

Music Thing lands whale of a deejay

“I’ve actually been in San Diego twice in the last three weeks.” It’s Moby on the phone, checking in with the Reader ahead of his appearance as keynote speaker at the seventh annual San Diego ...

Water war

The top contributor to Republican Darrell Issa’s reelection committee this campaign cycle is internet search giant Google, Inc., with $22,145. Next is the Washington law and lobbying firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, ...

Mail call

No Feast! for You I guess “A Perfect Food Day” (September 4 cover story) means a lot of driving for anyone living in East County, North County, or South Bay. Not a single restaurant from ...

Taste the bean, not the roast

While a handful of roasters have been at it for years — La Jolla–based Pannikin has been cooking beans since 1968 — most of San Diego’s developing artisanal coffee movement has been spurred by newcomers. ...

Feverish sounds of Slow Magic

One day, someone will figure out how to record the feverish sounds and music that we imagine we hear in our dreams. Until that advent in technology, we’ll make do with Slow Magic. He’s a ...

Your town

Good enough, but Ed may not remember the Alamo.

Scoping the new-old and admiring Wisconsinite appetites at Taco Tuesday.

Avi Buffalo wings, country-fried Chuck, a loaf of crusty Sebadoh

...and the rest of San Diego's smorgasbord of sound Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 14His name is Avi, and the boy lo-o-oves his spicy wings! Yes, in italic with three o’s. That’s the word on the wire about indie-rocker Avi Buffalo, who this week dropped his Sub Pop ...

Another year, another Thing

Plus Moby, Waters, Liars, Slaughter

Thursday 11The San Diego Music Thing, an annual music-industry confab cooked up to support the San Diego Music Foundation, will spread its tentacles around town this weekend. For you industry outsiders looking to get close ...

This rock floats

On Friday, September 12, the Mission Bay–based classic sternwheeler William D. Evans will be transformed from a wedding and meeting venue into a floating concert, the second annual Rock the Boat festival. The brainchild of ...

Drought on display

Bernardo Mountain, for views and illustrations of drought

Bernardo Mountain, with an elevation of 1150 feet, rises steeply from the north shore of Lake Hodges, southwest of Escondido. It offers a relatively short, vigorous hike to the peak for dramatic views of this ...

Ten years

Barb and David, telepathic at last...sort of

“Enjoy it. Oh, and don’t be offended if you get lingering glances from some of the leather-clad men here tonight. On the contrary, take it as a compliment if they even notice you in those clothes.”

Interview with The Drop director Michaël Roskam

Trashcan puppies

I spoke with Mr. Roskam shortly after his latest film had screened at the Toronto Film Festival. He reported that the screening had gone very well: people applauded not only at the end of the ...

Deniability problems

Taking a nude selfie is like using the ATM.

Dear Hipster: Naturally, the leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence in the news have us all excited to see the dark side of Hollywood’s most wholesome hottie, but now I wonder about online privacy. Is this ...

We need the beach break

Hello, state Assembly member Toni Atkins and state senator Marty Block. I am writing this letter to ask you to submit legislation to modify the Marine Life Preservation Act of 1999, as it concerns shore ...

Coal miner’s great granddaughter

“There’ll be a number of special guest artists all doing a few songs each, among others, Jeff Berkley and 22 Kings,” says Cleopatra Degher, whose debut full-length Pacific drops September 12 at Lestat’s. The album ...

To those who made this blog possible

Apple’s grandpappies

Post Title: Alan Turing (b. June 23, 1912; d. June 7, 1954) Post Date: July 23, 2014 In 1936, Alan Turing, at age 24, wrote a research paper entitled “On Computable Numbers, with an Application ...

Texas is business-friendly — to Texans

San Diego's Allen Group has found out that Texas is friendly to business — particularly Texas-based businesses.

DeMaio labors on the Vineyard

An invitation posted on PoliticalPartytime.org says freshman Democratic congressman Scott Peters threw a fundraiser July 15 at the offices of one of Washington’s top lobbying shops. Admission was listed at $250 per individual — $2000 ...

from “To You” 

Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams, I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under your feet and hands; Even now, your features, joys, speech, house, trade, manners, ...

Fishing Report: September 9

September 9 dock totals Chubasco 2 Sportfishing 9 Anglers, 1 Boat, 22 Pacific Bonito, 7 Kelp Bass, 2 California Yellowtail, 16 Rockfish, 1 Barred Sand Bass, 14 Kelp Bass Released Dana Landing 6 Anglers, 1 ...

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