North America

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Once again Steve Peace stages controversial legislative party in Maui

It's mid-November, Halloween is over and the state legislature is on hiatus. It’s time once again for Steve Peace's traditional legislative bash in Hawaii. Every year, newspapers from across California run exposés of the extravagant ...

Finding the roots of American music in North Louisiana

As a former musician myself, I shake my head sadly at musicians who think they’re getting the folk zeitgeist of a given genre just by listening to records. You learn folk music by listening to ...

Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 1

Post Title: Loreto: Adventures in Dude Town, Part 1 Post Date: March 1, 2006 Loreto lies on the Sea of Cortez side of Baja, approximately 750 miles south of the border, and is one of ...

Such a lovely place (such potential for waste)

Plenty of room for accountability at UC's Mexico Casa de California

In April of this year, newly elected San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, councilman Todd Gloria, county supervisor Greg Cox, and a host of other California and Tijuana politicos and representatives of special interests — including ...

The magic of Salem, MA

A 40-minute drive and worthwhile day trip from Boston.

My first recollection with mystical powers was when I was 10 and my sister was attempting to cast a spell on our unsuspecting cat. The candles, chanting, and “brew” she was mixing had me intrigued. ...

Cayman Islands: from stingrays to tax shelters

Find a few new reasons to get to a white-sand Caribbean beach.

Coral outcrops surrounded by coral reefs, the Cayman Islands are three tiny islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) comprising the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean. Just south of ...

Palenque: hidden Maya wonder

Discover this city of temples in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Palenque was the Maya site I most highly anticipated visiting, and it did not disappoint. The ruins and pyramids, surrounded by a verdant jungle of cedar, mahogany and sapodilla trees, have a mysterious and intoxicating ...

Virginia is for (beer) lovers

Two San Diego companies building breweries in the Old Dominion

It may be 2,600 miles away on the opposite side of the country and bear little cultural resemblance to Southern California, but relatively soon, Eastern Virginia will feature not one, but two companies providing an ...

Stone rolls to Virginia

Public funds and a desirable property lure SD’s biggest brewer

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, has won out in a contest also involving Norfolk, Virginia, to host a new brewing facility for San Diego–based Stone Brewing, the nation's tenth-largest craft brewer. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe ...

Gaseous dismay

City loses fight against insurer — waited too long to file!

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this month upheld a lower-court decision holding that the City of San Diego had not notified an insurer in reasonable time to collect on an ...

He's an actor, alright

San Diego man accused of impersonating Kiowa Gordon, conning young girls

According to publications such as the Des Moines Register and New York Daily News, David Anthony LaVera, 33, of San Diego, will be arraigned this afternoon (October 7) on federal charges related to child pornography. ...

The "real" Havana

Chance meeting with a local leads to the unexpected.

I was sitting on the sea wall with my friend Ben, watching the sun set over Havana Harbor, when I smoked my first cigar. And my second. And my ninth. During our sunset routine on ...

Escape from Texas

Southland Collie Rescue acquires 4 of 110 dogs rescued from terrible conditions

This past summer, in Tomball, TX, bankruptcy fillings for an optometrist, Dr. Elaine Kmiec, indicated she had a large number of collies on her acreage. She claimed to have only 35. Attorneys for Houston Collie ...

Ken Schmidt & Iron Fist’s ono pia

Respected homebrewer and Vista brewery team-up to provide plenty of Aloha.

In a county flush with domestic fermentation talent, Ken Schmidt is kind of a big deal. A homebrewer since 1966, he’s concocted inventive beer recipes for decades. Many are laced with flavorful adjuncts evocative of ...

The bounty of Arizona

From Yuma to Tucson, a handful of must-sees 2-7 hours from San Diego.

Until this year, the only part of Arizona I had ever seen was my grandparents’ retirement abode near Camelback Mountain. I remembered that people would emerge in the cool of the night with headlamps to ...

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