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Home is a menacing place

Spellbinding Lord of the Flies at New Village Arts features youthful actors and negative consequences.

New Village Arts Theatre has once again crafted a brilliant staging of a theatrical production adapted from the page. The Carlsbad company, which in the past has presented interpretations of To Kill a Mockingbird and ...

Get your super hero on at Marvel Universe Live

...and other event picks for the week of April 15-22

Thursday | 16 A touring show with special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles, and video projections designed to immerse the audience in the action and story. Runs through Sunday. Friday | 17 Josh ...

Yay! Got the cash and pills

Julie Harper lawyer Paul Pfingst says money needed to pay experts

Paul Pfingst, defense attorney for accused murderer Julie Harper, successfully got 12 items of evidence released from the district attorney during a court hearing yesterday, April 13. This included $30,000 in cash, some of which ...

John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton

Witness claims abuse at Carlsbad military academy

A man who claimed he was abused at a military academy when he was 14 said he feared his abuser would kill him if he revealed the abuse, according to grand jury transcripts made available ...

SDG&E’s got a gas problem

Will San Diego Gas & Electric bulldog through their Carlsbad plan?

Efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric to push through a new gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad fly in the face of instructions from the California Public Utilities Commission, Sierra Club lawyers contend. “Under the ...

Combing the North 40

Unique Carlsbad food and drink venue to feature a trio of local breweries

A while back (nine months to be exact…time flies when you’re drinking beer), I reported that AleSmith Brewing Company was working on establishing a combination tap room and retail establishment. Referred to as an upscale ...

The accused is with child!

And the prosecutor says Julie Harper, to be retried for murder, abused opiates

The defense attorney for Julie Harper has stated that she is pregnant and her due date is mid-May, and so it would be “impractical” for her to undergo a re-trial as scheduled, according to papers ...

Say Goodbye to Kensington Video

The Kensington-Talmadge Community Association is throwing the Hanfords a send-off party in honor of their 50 years. Scott Marks, San Diego Reader film critic, will discuss what the store has meant to San Diego film ...

The last bookstore opening ever?

Garage shop in Carlsbad has low-low overhead. And soul.

Bucking the trend of old-school small businesses being killed off by technology and the internet, Sean Christopher recently expanded his love of books into a freestanding garage bookstore, named Lhooq Books. The small space offers ...

Twice-guilty burglar claims innocence

Man says cop must have seen his own reflection in the window

A repeat felon heard closing arguments yesterday, March 9, during the re-trial of his most recent alleged burglary in which he is accused of stealing items from a Carlsbad home in August of 2013. During ...

Church thief who tested dirty comes clean

Pastor forgives robber and asks him for advice

On Sunday, March 8, 19 days after St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad was broken into and robbed of dozens of silver and gold chalices, cruets, and ciboria, the items were found by a sheriff’s ...

Gas price sag

ISIS fighters and refinery explosion in Torrance fail to jack up prices

The dramatic rise in gasoline prices cracked on Thursday, March 5. Just as oil-industry watchers predicted, there was no true explanation for the daily price increase that occurred in San Diego County during the past ...

Lots of beer events On Tap

Sampler Flight of local beer events for March 3-7

March 6 | Reader On Tap: Kick off a weekend of suds saturation at The Observatory North Park when the San Diego Reader assembles some of San Diego’s best breweries — Ballast Point, Rip Current, ...

Church thieves strike in Carlsbad

Pastor comes across "spiritually violent" scene on Ash Wednesday

Like it was for most Episcopal priests, Ash Wednesday was a big day for Rev. Doran Stambaugh. He arrived at St. Michael’s at 7:40 a.m., 20 minutes before his first of three services that day. ...

Cops and hops

Now read this if headed for malted barley along SR-78

“It’s not like we’re going to camp out in the parking lot of an establishment.” Lt. Eric Skaja, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department, maintains that the “Avoid the Eight on the 78” campaign isn’t ...

When is a kiss just a kiss?

Illusions and oxytocin in Stage Kiss at New Village Arts

Sarah Ruhl took her five-year-old daughter to the theater. When her daughter asked if the actors were “real people,” Ruhl realized that “she must have asked because of the profusion of digital images she sees. ...

Kiss-friendly tipple

For Valentine’s Day you can hardly do better than the Divine Aspect

It ain’t pink or red, doesn’t include anything remotely chocolate, and it doesn’t come with a rose garnish, but for Valentine’s Day you’d hardly do better than suggest a drink that brings out a bit ...

Does that mean there's no herbal Viagra?

Fraudster Dennis Long makes plea deal after bilking fellow churchgoers

Dennis Eugene Long, 65, admitted to defrauding the faithful in a plea deal on January 29. The defendant pleaded guilty to five felonies, including multiple counts of grand theft and one residential burglary; plus, he ...

Case dismissal, my eye!

Judge drops some charges, but sexual-abuse case to go to trial

The attorney for a man accused of abusing boys at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad asked for the case to be dismissed on January 30. The judge declined; however, he did dismiss 3 of ...

But the spirit of 76 lives on

Gas station off Tamarack demolished

An unsightly, out-of-business 76 gas station on Carlsbad’s Tamarack Drive/I-5 exit was demolished last week. The final demolition, removal of the 40-foot-high sign with the orange 76-ball logo, was taken down on January 11. The ...

Eat, drink & Blackout

Sampler flight of local beer events for January 13-19

January 13 | Cooking with Friends: A feast built around friendship, fun and mutual respect will occur in the Crown City when the executive chef at Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge invites his culinary comrade from ...

Go plant a native

Carlsbad beach bluffs undergo restoration

The City of Carlsbad has partnered with the California State Parks to improve the bluffs between Frazee and Tamarack State beaches. Non-native plants have been removed, trash and debris cleared, and a new irrigation system ...

Can't fix this with a colorful plastic block

Legoland sues county tax collector following a clerical error

The county tax collector is toying with Legoland California, according to a lawsuit filed by the amusement park. Attorneys say the county's tax collector is bilking the park out of over $92,000 in tax penalties ...

At work on Christmas

What it’s like

Christmas Day seems to be the last sacred work holiday for most employees working in the retail, food, and service industries — for some anyway. Back in the 1970s, I worked several Christmases at the ...

I-5 to get a few more drivers

United Express stops flights into Palomar Airport

United Airlines announced this week that it will be closing its operation at Palomar-McClellan Airport. Operated as United Express through their partner, SkyWest Airlines, the up-to-seven flights daily to LAX will cease sometime before April ...

Pickleball pickle

Tennis players contend they can't spare a square.

Carlsbad Council staves off converting two tennis courts to pickleball because of opposition.

The Messiah and pals are upon us again

Three amigos of Baroque provide the Christmas thing with three events December 7.

It’s December, which means the Messiah and pals are upon us again. Who are the pals of the Messiah? Bach and Vivaldi for sure. Sometimes Vaughan Williams gets invited to play, along with Puccini, but ...

Poke salad trumps my best intentions

Hawaiian specialty wins me over in Carlsbad.

For a quarter century, Pelly's Fish Market & Café has been serving fresh seafood out of a shopping center in Carlsbad. I've known about it for about three days. Figuring I had a lot to ...

Ticketed air travel is broken

Surfair, a concierge membership airline, takes wing from Carlsbad

San Diego’s newest airline made its maiden flight into town on November 17. Arriving at Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport exactly at sundown, with Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” playing in the background, Surfair officially began ...

Who is Greg Saska?

Carlsbad man who lost home in fire didn't leave neighborhood for long

In the six months since the May 14 Poinsettia Fire destroyed his two-bedroom adobe house, Greg Saska went from sleeping in his 1976 Mercedes 450 SE to living in a tent and then a 576-square-foot ...

San Diego’s hotel era ended in flames

Who would burn down the grand hotels of North County?

When the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, Oceanside already had two “grand” hotels, the St. Cloud and the South Pacific. They faced each other, just two city blocks apart, separated by the California Southern ...

Double-tracked = doubly jacked in North County

Rail line improvements aim to increase train traffic usage twofold

On October 24, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (known as LOSSAN) made available to the public new information on the plans affecting its 7.6 million annual passengers and the residents in ...

"This case is as serious as it gets"

Former Army Navy Academy administrator faces 23 child-abuse charges

The attorney for 56-year-old Jeffrey Barton, former administrator at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, abruptly cancelled a bail hearing on Friday, October 24, immediately after a judge said he would allow news cameras to ...

Opens and annies

October 24 | Grand Opening: New centrally located 32 North Brewing Company will throw open its doors and throw down with a Day One inventory of core beers such as Landfall Berliner Weisse, Fly By ...

Long's tales

Dennis Long took more than $1 million from churchgoers, prosecutor says

New details about a million-dollar scam perpetrated by a Carlsbad man will be revealed at a preliminary hearing early next year, according to a statement by prosecutor Anna Winn on October 14. Dennis Eugene Long, ...

Can’t leave the country, can’t go to L.A.

Julie Harper faces trial again, accused of second-degree murder

Even though a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder at the end of a trial two weeks ago, Carlsbad housewife Julie Harper could still face the possibility of 40 years in prison if she is ...

All in transition in The Clean House

"If it were not for dust, I think I would die."

Charles just performed a mastectomy on Ana and fell in love with her. When his wife Lane asks how it could happen, he says Ana is his “Beshert,” which is Hebrew for soul mate. But, ...

Dining on the links

Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni Resort offers classic fare and impressive views.

Hanging out at luxury golf resorts isn’t exactly my standard scene. But when I had the opportunity to dine at Bistro 65 at the La Costa Omni on someone else’s dime, I didn’t hesitate to ...

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 ...

Two great things

The schedule is pretty thin this week but there a few highlights.

There are a couple of great things happening this week. On Friday evening, at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal in La Jolla, New York Polyphony will be performing a concert of Thomas Luis de Victoria’s O Quam ...

Her husband, the rapist

Julie Harper claims she shot him before he could attack her again

Forty-one-year-old accused murderer Julie Harper was in the witness box all day yesterday, September 24. She said she began the morning of August 7, 2012, with another argument with her husband; he was angry, she ...

A derringer for my daughter

John Cihak testifies in Julie Harper’s murder trial

The father of accused murderer Julie Harper said it was “the worst day of my life” when his daughter showed up to his office and told him that she had shot her husband. “She said, ...

iPhone baloney?

Outside the Carlsbad Apple Store for two days

By the time the Apple Store in Carlsbad opened their doors at 8:00 a.m. on September 19, 300 people were in line to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and 6+. All in ...

Pistol-packing housewife

“She couldn’t take it anymore.”

Julie Harper killed her husband Jason with a two-shot derringer that her father had given her for self-protection when she was going to college in the 1990s, according to her attorney who spoke to jurors ...

Carlsbad's low-risk seafood spot

Comfortable atmosphere equates to mild flavor

Sometimes it feels like I photograph fish tacos for a living. I review a lot of fish tacos because I eat a lot of them — because San Diego produces a lot of them. But ...

Carlsbad premiers a master

The 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival will present multiple interesting classical performances.

The 11th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival is starting September 19th and goes through the 21st. Pulitzer-prize winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang will be in residence and his music will be ...

Julie Harper may claim self-defense

Jury selection for Carlsbad murder trial set for next week

In court on September 3, there were many hints that a Carlsbad housewife accused of murder would take the witness box in her own defense during her upcoming trial. Julie Elizabeth Harper, now 41, is ...

How was I-5 traffic this summer?

SANDAG plan moves forward to widen 27 miles of interstate

On August 13, with the unprecedented support of all six cities between San Diego and Oceanside, the California Coastal Commission gave the green light to SANDAG’s long-term plan to widen I-5. After the unanimous vote ...

New kid in town not so bad

Carlsbad surf shop owners don’t complain about Sun Diego

In June, Sun Diego (a surf shop Carlsbad locals describe as being for inlanders and tourists) opened its doors on Coast Highway in the historic Twin Inns building. The one square block Village Faire shopping ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

Dude, that fish taco place called again

Rubio's says remote messaging not sales calls, seeks FCC clarification

Rubio's, the Carlsbad-based Mexican fast-food chain, on August 11 asked the Federal Communications Commission to clarify Telephone Consumer Protection Act applicability. In 1991, the federal government passed the act to protect people against pestiferous telephone ...

Biplane crash survivors!

Plane reportedly lost power while attempting to land in Oceanside

At 11:22 a.m. on August 5, a 1940s-era bi-winged light plane crashed and flipped over on approach to Oceanside Municipal Airport. Oceanside police officers arrived to find the pilot, Lance Murray, and his passenger Daniel ...

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