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Neighbors battling Francis Parker goes back a long way

Plus fighting KFC in Golden Hill, a cabbie in Hillcrest, saving Victorians on Front Street, and quiet Olive Street

Mission Hills vs School Originally, a strip of public street called Plumosa Way, which runs 100 yards from Randolph Street to the edge of the canyon, was the northern boundary of the school. The street ...

Downtown San Diego before 1930

How IWW and the Wobblies were shut down, and the gruesome Bennington explosion in San Diego Bay

How San Diego Took Care of its Wobblies Jack Whyte was one of the last wobblies to be convicted: “If the people of the state are to blame for this persecution, then the people...are to ...

San Diego Bay free anchorage, Yukon diving deaths, great white sharks in San Diego

Beach life: 1999-2004

All Summer, All Winter Is the Sound of the Sea “There have been remarkably small changes in the San Diego shoreline. Where you do see big changes is by the harbors where there was a ...

19 years ago today, Andrew Cunanan killed Gianni Versace

"Andrew never wanted to work. He wanted the big house in La Jolla."

La Jolla Gentlemen and the Party Boy One of Cunanan's patrons has been identified as Lincoln Aston, who once owned the Pepita Way house that Blachford now has title to. Records show that in 1995, ...

San Diego voyages, 1987-1994

Deep hike with Jerry Schad, San Dieguito River, road trips from San Diego, El Cajon Mountain ruins friendship

Life on the Crest We had walked for nearly an hour when we decided to take a break and watch the sun come up over the Chocolate Mountains and the Salton Sea. As far as ...

A look back at major league sports in San Diego

Stan Humphries' brain, Chargers vets, Nick Canepa’s “Sez Me” column

Why I Hate Football Working bars in New York, I had to keep the nightstick ready during Giants' games. I pried sports fans apart, called cops and ambulances. In Coronado years later, tending bar, a ...

The food chain, from termites to cattle

On this planet, we eat each other

And on This Farm They Had Some Fish It can get wet out there in the desert, especially when you're raising tons of fish. Like most people involved in aquaculture, Engler’s interest in the biological ...

Famous San Diego characters: C. Arnholt Smith

The man known as Mr. San Diego

In Miller Obit, U-T Misses Historic Sleaze Story [C. Arnholt] Smith was very close to Richard Nixon. When Nixon won the presidency, he replaced Miller with one of Smith's cronies. Miller later ran for D.A. ...

San Diego, war town

"All he wanted to do was kill Iraqis."

More Treacherous Than Vietnam "Several weeks ago, there was a story about a SEAL that supposedly fell out of a helicopter. His name was Neil Roberts. The helicopter took a few hits. He flipped out ...

San Clemente Island, Filipinos on the IB Pier, dolphins as villain, Coronado lifeguards

Beach life: 1991-1996

Pier Group "They set seven to eight tiny hooks on a very fine line, put a small weight at the end, and tie tiny feathers to each hook. No bait. You drop the line in ...

Brawley cattle, La Jolla lobsters, San Diego tugs

Manual labor: I get dirty when I work

Sweet, Wet, Ugly, and Tough Culbertson fished out of La Jolla for years. “I was born in La Jolla; that was my home. I rented a two-bedroom house there for $75 a month. I fished ...

Encinitas before yuppies, the proposal to divide Fairbanks Ranch

Oceanside's secret French village and the University City bridge fight

The Most ideal of Provinces Rancho Santa Fe proposed an alternative plan, which called for preserving Del Dios as a two-lane road and, instead, extending and expanding San Dieguito Road (Route 728) such that it ...

Hike from the San Diego River source, La Paz with Dad, lost at sea off Mission Bay, Pacific Crest Trail, El Camino Real

Voyages, 1975-1986

Surrender at Milepost 45 I didn't think lack of companionship would be a problem. But within one and a half-days. I found myself talking to every moving thing I saw. I had a chat with ...

The Few. The Proud. All over San Diego.

Our coverage of Marines

The Boot For 30 minutes he puts me through the old tortures — Chinese Thinking Position, Elbows and Toes, The Chair — and ones of his own invention. Hanging from the top of a bunk-frame ...

Ring of fire

That which grows here burns.

Who gets burned? Although accidentally starting a fire is a misdemeanor violation of the state health and safety code (section 13001 — "causing a fire" — maximum penalty $500 and one year in jail), no ...

How I live my life

San Diego lives

Houses and Homes He was on the verge of asking her to marry him, because she loved him more than anyone. He'd admitted that he was hooked on her loving, and then had extended the ...

San Diego's drug past

Meth, sherm, crack, heroin, ecstasy, glue, paint ... you name it

Your Mind Might Think It's Flyin' Stories from the Meth Capital “Most of the time when I was doing meth, we were always eating fast food, because you don’t want to cook. Your kitchen’s always ...

San Diego food chronicles

Karen Krasne's desserts, Mira Mesa's Donut Touch, and life of a banana at Apple Tree Market

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Donuts Crullers require very hot water in the mixing, 120 degrees. The mix is sensitive, and many shops do not carry these miniature snow tires. But Ben prides ...

Music of the 1970s

Tom Shaw, Tom Waits, San Diego reggae and disco, the Penetrators

What do Leroy Smart, Haile Selassie and Dave Allard Have In Common? Allard moved to Rainer's, on Broadway in downtown San Diego, and before long he created a store within the store. Mr. Ratncr had ...

San Diego gangs: Lomas, Red Steps, Crips, Oriental Killer Boys

Homeboys of yesteryear

Speedy Claims Lomas, the Law Claims Speedy “Me and my homeboys were hanging around the hood [neighborhood] when some of my homegirls came up and told us they wanted to jump out [the gang ritual ...

All about El Cajon's Lester Bangs

"America's Greatest Rock Critic"

My high school days with Lester Bangs Lest anyone think that I have a few bones to pick myself, let me make clear that I wish neither to trash Lester’s personal or literary reputation nor ...

A history of San Diego institutions: theaters and museums

The Rep, the Timken, MoPA, OMA, the Historical Society, Lamb's Players, and the Balboa Theatre

The Archive “During the war, film was rationed and there were many prohibitions placed on photographers for security reasons, so a general lack of photographic material from that time is to be expected. That’s when ...

Black in San Diego

A reflection on race

A Whole Different Story If I'd Been White "When I first lived on Logan, it was nice and then it turned bad. I lived right on the corner, and the cars would zoom on by, ...

Memorializing the Vietnam War

Camp without Joy Vietnamese have been brought to Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton that sent Marines to Danang in the first place, just 10 years ago. With little imagination, you could think it's sort of ...

Original ideas

A potpourri of human concepts

Grrrrrrrr Ennis says she enjoys where she lives and doesn't think about the freeway raging 50 yards from her front door. "My general thought about this neighborhood is I really like it because we do ...

Sports celebs

San Diego's own: Ted Williams, Archie Moore, Maureen Connolly, Pancho Segura, and more

Against the current Florence Chadwick in and out of the water. When she was six years old, her parents enrolled her in a swimming class at the Mission Beach Swimming School.... [A]fter a few months ...

San Diego scandals are nothing new

Assault on Montserrat In hot pursuit of the J. David Dominelli story, San Diego reporters ran into crafty cabdrivers, ferocious dogs, paper-thin walls, and — worst of all — each other. By Thomas K. Arnold, ...

So Seventies

Body Shop Nude dancers in Loma Portal. The place was crowded and smoky. As Heidi started to dance, wearing only a belt of gold coins low on her hips, some of the men at the ...

Poised to burst into flame

A history of San Diego fires

Red Sky The 1970 Palomar Mountain Fire. In the chaparral-covered hills east of San Diego, Saturday, September 26, dawned a burnt orange. At 6:15 that morning, the first day of deer-hunting season, two hunters reported ...

What it's like to come to America

"I thought I had come into hell. Van Nuys was so hot. I mean, God."

Guatemalan Dreams of American Green Every day at 7:00 a.m., Mateo (names in this article have been changed to protect the immigrants) wakes up next to Maria, his longtime girlfriend. Most mornings, he hops out ...

Tacos

Good-mood food

Asada days and adobada nights — A little taste of Loreto in San Diego. by Mary Beth Abate Tacos where you least expect them — Looking beyond standard tacolandia. By Ed Bedford Taco mecca — ...

Best of Blog World, 2005

Rachel Pink in Manhattan My blog, Rachelpink Rides the Bus, started as a lark over a long weekend. At first it was an exercise in self-restraint. I thought I was talking too much, talking all ...

The best of What the Chef Eats

First known use of "awesome sauce"

Penne a la Vodka We created this recipe here in the restaurant a long time ago and it is our most popular dish. We get calls from people who want this recipe to serve at ...

How we handled 9/11

"Travel really hasn't come back in any sort of adequate way."

Terror party The Sunday People, a London tabloid, is out with what it says is a true account of the local strip-club revels of Khalid al-Midhar, Nawaf Alhamzi, and Hani Hanjour, the three terrorist hijackers ...

Believers

"We want to go where people are. We don't expect people to come to us. In [Pacific Beach], people are at the bars, parties, and drinking beer, so this is where we go."

Animal friends, domesticated

The chicken or the ego? Are chickens the proper enterprise for the modern family? Let’s get real about this right now. Chickens teach us about husbandry, domesticity, and death. The sole caveat to raising your ...

The Baja that you never knew

Big Bite Gary Sehnert works as the United States representative and distributor for several wineries in the Guadalupe Valley ten miles inland from Ensenada. Though he operates from his home in Little Italy, his job ...

Authors speak

Being modeled greatly after Thomas Wolfe

Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote "Why did Capote dislike Gore Vidal so much?" "He didn't dislike Vidal so much. He didn't hate Vidal the way Vidal hated him. They rubbed each ...

San Diego's natural side

In Lakeside, Chickens Make Good Neighbors You can't use your nose to find the ranch because the sharp ammonia odor you may associate with chicken farms is absent. Harold Hilliker, second-generation owner of Hilliker's Egg ...

Remember the San Diego Union-Tribune?

All in the Family This story begins in 1951, with a brief liaison between Margaret Helen Kinney and John Hunt. She was a stenographer and he was a clerk at Borden dairy company in Cedar ...

Inside East County

Developers Eye Sleepy Descanso It's only 35 or 40 minutes from downtown San Diego to the junction of Interstate 8 and State Route 79. And just a couple of minutes north of there lies the ...

North County tales

Grisly Grinders in Wildcat Canyon Goodwin acknowledges that Wildcat Canyon has developed a reputation for being a dangerous drive and offers this explanation. "It's a two-lane roadway, it's very windy, it's up and down. Maybe ...

Editor's choice: 2002-2004

Carefree youngsters roast on the beach

I'd Never Marry a Pale Girl On a sunny afternoon in June, Mark Davis is peeling off the top of his wetsuit after taking a swim at La Jolla Shores. Davis, 23, just returned to ...

San Diego's music makers and shakers

Sometimes organic, sometimes orchestrated

This city is brutal — Booking = Gambling. By Dryw Keltz You could learn to be a rock star — From seminars to jazz camps to rock-n-roll schools. By Dave Good Haydeé Jiménez was born ...

Unusual Baja

Tijuana Dream Tracker "Just like Florence, just like Rome, Tijuana, too, has its monuments." Professor Julio Rodríguez steers his blue Ford through Zona Rio, gesturing at one statue after another. "And what are monuments? What ...

To be African American

Generations My mother was a jazz fan. Her mother, Florence Hawkins, sang onstage (her signature piece was "My Man Bill"), and her showgirl aunt, Caroline Snowden, was a name star in the earliest moments of ...

Hi-Tech

H is for Hacker Like many hackers, David Nakamura Hulton goes by more than one name. His other one, his handle, is h1kari. Some people say you shouldn’t ask a hacker what his handle means. ...

If everybody had an ocean

Surfer Girls Female wave-addiction pioneers. Some women have always surfed. Three hundred years ago, Hawaiians of both sexes rode the waves, and when the sport moved beyond the islands, when the Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku in ...

2016 San Diego Guide to the Arts

Saving our souls

Relevancy for the less-than-rabid — Ian Pike The Cali-Baja art scene — Chad Deal Art spaces that cultivate communities — Barbarella Fokos Beyond selfie curation — Deirdre Lickona The theater scene has rhythms — Jeff ...

I like to be in America

The Guest is Like God One Sunday in November 1989, Barry Lall, an Indian-American doctor, was driving over the Coronado Bridge with his wife Hema, their four-year-old son Arjun, Lall's father and mother, and a ...

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