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One in the gut. One in the head.

When words won’t do, bullets get the job done.

“I have been trained to shoot special way, in Russian military,” Vilkin told the jury.

Lantern

In the predawn cold and darkness, it was only a pinch of light, not more than a cup of warmth, as a farmer carried it over the snow to the barn where his dozen cows ...

Sweet suite

How it all started, the composition of a ballet by a career jazz musician: “I have a daughter,” Charles McPherson tells the Reader by phone from his Talmadge home, “who’s a dancer with the San ...

Thing fingers

“The methods used to make this video and the crazy effect shots are unique and technical and haven’t been seen much before in music videos,” says Tolan Shaw of his new promo clip for “Eyes.” ...

Not a punk-rock film

“The first record I ever bought?” deadpans John Reis. “It was the Jackson Five’s ‘ABC’.” Sure enough, there’s a faded purple copy of it on the table next to a child’s plastic phonograph player. “I ...

A lesson in racism?

Black police sergeant files suit over cartoon used in SDPD training

Arthur Scott, an African-American police sergeant, filed a harassment and discrimination suit yesterday (January 20) against the City of San Diego. Scott, who has been with the San Diego force since 2004, says that discriminatory ...

Under the eating tent

Finding religion and comida in Barrio Logan

It’s dark in the Barrio. Seven o’clock, Sunday night. I’m hoofing it along Logan Avenue. Muttering to myself. “Late again...” Because everything is closed. Carla will have eaten. Gotta have something. I hurry past Cuatro ...

Familiar but different

No degrees of separation between Sal and Archie and Sly

“Don’t ask me to work on your car. I don’t currently have the right tools.”

March Fourth! to the Belly Up

Like no other marching band you’ve ever seen: March Fourth! blends elements of the horn-band ’70s with gospel, funk, jazz, rock, and the circus into a marching band that does not actually march. This begs ...

Extension accord

Two ill-fated UCSD music venues, Ché Café and Porter’s Pub, appear to be back in business. The Ché Café is a 35-year-old nonprofit run by a student collective with support of well-connected student alumni. Since ...

Starry messenger

In a culture where girls are not allowed out at night to observe the skies, how does a tenacious 16-year-old astronomy student like Sepideh Hooshyar even begin to dream of viewing Earth from space? That’s ...

Between food and flood

Over 100 years of history at the Sikes family’s adobe

Hike through the colorful past in southern Escondido.

Blame the boomers

The hipster phenomenon goes back farther than you think.

Dear Hipster: Riddle me this: are Millennials hipsters or are hipsters Millennials? — jo jo Myopic culture pundits love to lump the two groups together, but you know the one about all squares being rectangles, ...

40 percent of North American birds drop in

In 1970, the San Elijo Alliance was formed to oppose development of the San Elijo Lagoon and to convince county and state government the resource need be protected. By 1983, the lagoon was dedicated to ...

Druggy redux

Last year’s Sun God Festival at UCSD was a real killer. In the early morning hours of May 17, third-year Revelle College computer science student Ricardo “Ricky” Ambriz died following the chronically drug-and alcohol-poisoning-plagued rock ...

They wanted to rent this joint for $25,000 a month

Current Owners: Daly Family Trust Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 9 Price: $15,750,000 Prospective buyers of the waterfront mansion on San Diego Bay at 2905 Nichols Street in the La Playa neighborhood of Point Loma are invited ...

Creeping crud

Why had they come? Why had we not been warned? We’d been sharing dishes, tasting drinks; they were laughing and spitting and double-dipping. What the hell?

Sports don’t kill people, sports teams kill people

So, it’s Seattle versus New England in the Big Game. Yes, I’m going to watch it, I’ll be with friends, there’ll be booze, food, laughing, and good fellowship. But, I do not fool myself. I ...

Jesse will kill herself tonight

Ion Theatre stages the Pulitzer-winning 'night, Mother

No theatrical enterprise is risk-free. But staged readings come close. They’re low-priced, come-as-you-are, one-night-only affairs. And actors can read plays too expensive to mount otherwise. Staged readings also have an added bonus — a “what ...

Another thing that can't be done

Regulations for kite-surfers are on the wind.

Last week I spent some time talking with John, one of the local surfers who also is a kite-surfer. He was lamenting about the probable outcome of the meeting between surfers and kite-surfers that was ...

Pennies an hour

Success, failure, and hope on the Great Sea of Apps

In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of San Diego students could not see all 190 performances. Although ...

Letters and emails and voicemails

Alkaline and Feelin’ Fine I read Barbarella’s interesting article on Diabetes 1 and 2. I use a cookbook called 60 Seconds to Slim by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, RNCP, ROHP. She maintains the main problem ...

Musical board seats

After a lengthy wait, term limits are finally kicking in for members of the county Board of Supervisors, opening up a merry-go-round of possibilities for elected officials being termed out of other jobs. Republican state ...

Vegan forager on the loose

The world needs this vegan friendliness blog.

Cult of Youth and the Devil Makes Three

...and the rest of the highlights from Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 25You probably know that the Russian Circles show at the Soda is sold out...but maybe your crying eyes missed that Boots Riley and the Coup will be at Casbah, rapping their agenda-rap while hip-hopping ...

Jukebox jazz, subway Hooch, king of the Beat

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

Thursday 22From Long Island, interwebs sensation Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox plug in at House of Blues. Bradlee’s a piano man and composer versed in jazz, the ragtime kind, which he uses to infuse ...

We are encouraged and enlightened

Know Jesus, no hell

Membership: 500 Pastor: Jim Henkell Age: 42 Born: Chicago Formation: Concordia University, Irvine; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO Years Ordained: 17 SDR: How long do you spend writing your sermon? Pastor Jim Henkell: We tend ...

I bet you caught ’em all

DJ sets the record straight for this not-a-'90s-kid

Dear Hipster: I was born in 1994, and I keep seeing all this “’90s kids will know” stuff on my Twitter and FB feeds. Unfortunately, not a lot of it really applies to me. I ...

Lures — and patience — tested

I was wondering how things were going in the area lakes this past weekend, and though I got few reports of catches, I didn't get a complete picture. So I thought I'd venture out and ...

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