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When you're guilty til proved innocent

The Innocence Project wants to help

The California Institution for Women in Chino is dusty and dilapidated. It looks like an abandoned high school outfitted with razor-wire-topped fencing and look-out towers with armed guards. At 8:00 a.m. on an overcast Saturday ...

Where's my robot?

Random Gibberish puts the tunes back in 'toons

There are plenty of freaks and geeks at Comic-Con, but to Matt Sernaker, who has been to every Comic-Con since he was three, the fantasy convention always comes up short in one area. “I never ...

Alpinist Conrad Anker talks Meru

Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s solid sports documentary Meru takes its name from India’s Mount Meru, which features a fin-shaped granite peak that has thwarted many of the world’s best climbers. It also thwarted ...

Beer hall and study hall overlap in the Gaslamp

Prime vantage point to witness Gaslamp bedlam

What’s this? Craft beer on Fifth? That’s right. Our downtown strip is straying further from its time-honored formula of tourist traps and EDM cesspools to bring West Coast suds to the Gaslamp. Nearby establishments such ...

A trolley view and Brazil's latest export — the tapioca crêpe

Jungly flavors

"Tapioca is just healthier. And it’s our native food. Tapioca is a Brazilian plant.”

Teagan Taylor's family band

Local singer, jazz-pop trumpeter comes of age

I met Teagan Taylor, the singing pop-jazz trumpeter, a few years ago at a party. Not just any party — it was Larry Zeiger’s pre–New Year’s Eve annual goody. Taylor was in her early teens ...

San Diego tourism marketing...like advertising birthday cake

Initiative would steer hotelier-controlled revenue to general fund

If San Diego's largest hoteliers didn't like attorney Cory Briggs before, they are bound to have issues with him now. The attorney for San Diegans for Open Government (an open government advocacy group) announced today, ...

The Brethren share the unconditional love of God

Sometimes our best is not so good

Membership: 53 Pastor: Sara Haldeman-Scarr Age: 59 Born: Bird-in-Hand, PA Formation: Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook (now Richmond), Ill. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What’s your favorite subject on which ...

Baja Bugs rock the Beatles right

Long-time tribute adds management and a milestone show

What local band is led by one of San Diego’s first punk rockers, has been inhabited by a who’s who of local rock/pop/punk players, and has a drummer — Nick “Nico” Peters — who says ...

Three poems by Jonathan Potter

Cocoon The zodiac, the dozen eggs, the twelve Apostles, roses, donuts, tribes, the hours That make a clock, the months that make a year, The years that make a marriage warp and weave, Your eyes, ...

Farm to table? How about farm to barrel?

So gosh darn cornpone beautiful

The scene at Nopalito Farm & Hopyard’s mid-June grand-opening party in Valley Center was something straight out of a Geico ad-exec’s wildest dreams. Cute-couple band the Dawsons played on a stage hosted by Grampadrew’s Flim ...

Cirque du Chaotic

Too much crammed into too little at the Playhouse's Up Here

Long before the dancing cacti showed up or Audrey III flapped mastic jaws in a pile of laundry, I began to wonder if Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s romantic-comedy musical, Up Here, was actually a ...

Views of San Pasqual Valley and its agricultural preserve

This section of the Coast to Crest Trail is the wildest and most interesting

San Dieguito River Park’s (SDRP) planned Coast to Crest Trail when completed will extend some 70 miles from the coast at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain near Julian. Part of the Coast to Crest Trail ...

Now you know: Ditches

Experimental rock trio drops teaser EP, Scraped Off

“There’s a dude named Emilio, who’s an older barber guy, and he’s kind of the star of the video,” says Tim Donnelly of Encinitas trio Ditches. The music video for “Break-In” depicts a figure going ...

Were 1960s English mods more Vogue than Vice?

Modern ideas of the past sometimes don't match the memories of those who were there

DJ: I think you should reconsider your commentary on 1960s English mods. I lived through that scene when my parents moved to London for my father’s job. Granted, I was a fairly young teenager at ...

Man overboard on Catalina’s backside

We usually ran open-party for the summer, but one day we took a charter of factory workers from Santa Monica on an overnight trip. Hard-working guys enjoying a cold one and catching rockfish at the ...

Dr. Paul Aisen and USC contersue UCSD over claims of denied access

Flack-wielding flacks

UCSD’s war with the University of Southern California over the future of a national Alzheimer’s research program is costing taxpayers plenty in legal fees. Besides lots of lawyers, the state-funded school has also deployed its ...

Heading to Carson? Check out these hot spots

Here is your invitation to join the San Diego Chargers in their new home city, 19 square miles of paradise, Carson, California! Clap your hands and give a big shout-out to 91,000 sports-loving Carsonites who ...

Front-row seats to nature’s show for just under 19 mil

Plush lawns never go out of style in Point Loma

Beds: 7 Baths: 11 Current Owner: Lawrence Cushman Asking Price: $18,995,000 Prospective buyers of the Point Loma estate at 3403 Kellogg Way are invited by its listing to “come let the warm feeling of summer ...

Small, local businesses on notice

Do good or get what you want?

Vote with your dollars.

What Evel lurks...

In the span of seven years, daredevil stunt cyclist Evel Knievel — the subject of the History Channel doc Being Evel, opening Friday at the Digital Gym — became one of the most recognizable figures, ...

Jumping Turtle's fire sale

North County club Jumping Turtle hits a hurdle

An auction house ad last week announced, “Complete restaurant/bar/live music venue sale!” That August 13 fire sale was at the Jumping Turtle and a surprise to the bands scheduled to perform at the venue near ...

City bites doggie daycare for $100K

Bureaucracy run amok at Camp Run-A-Mutt

Wishful doggy daycare doyennes bedeviled by details.

Juan Vargas’s July pay drop

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, who has a safe seat, continues to pay off old debts from his days in the California state senate. An August 6 filing covering the period of last month shows his ...

San Diego couple plunges into water savings

Skimp on the water but not the fruit or aesthetics

Post Title: One San Diego couple’s journey to water savings Post Date: June 12, 2015 Revolution Landscape was founded with a goal of promoting sustainable landscaping and sustainable lifestyles. Our longtime clients, Bruce and Elaine, ...

Why bodysurfers use fins and planes

Modern-day bodysurfing — specifically, the ability of one to carve a wave and change direction — owes its popularity to two items. Enabling bodysurfers to maneuver and kick into a wave better, Voit Duck Feet ...

Mr. Smiths comes to town

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

Thursday 20Former Smiths frontman Morrissey checks into the Observatory for two nights of pouty — and often hilarious — pop crooning Thursday and Friday nights. Morrissey is touring in support of his latest comeback, World ...

Savages, Villains, and Bandits

Plus King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Black Cobra slither through town

Sunday 23The new ladies of London punk, Savages, are touring through town this weekend. The impact of Siouxsie Sioux and Joy Division on Savages’ sound on their breakout debut Silence Yourself is a minor speedbump ...

A couple of thoughts

Aptly Named Concerning the interview in the Sheep and Goats column about La Jolla Fellowship. I am sure that most readers of this publication who are intelligent enough to understand that to have made a ...

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