Content for Thursday, December 11, 1997

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Susan Golding, Helen Copley, and funding of the 1996 GOP convention

Grand old scam

Last year's Republican Convention was supposed to put San Diego on the map and boost Mayor Susan Golding’s political aspirations. But a little more than a year after the delegates departed from what turned out ...

How to dry a comforter

Put a tennis shoe in the dryer with it

Dear Matt: I bought a comforter for my bed the other day and was reading the care instructions on the label. It says I'm supposed to dry the thing in a “larger-capacity dryer with a ...

James Meredith's Black Boys' and Men's Library School lands in San Diego

Enrollees "from ages 1 to 100" are welcome

Rosalie Martin knows the vicissitudes of raising black boys, having seen two sons through college and graduate school and into corporate careers and now with a grandson in her care. So when her old friend ...

Will the attack on Jesús Blancornelas change Tijuana journalism?

Plates of lead, bullets of silver

When Miguel Cervantes was 14 years old, he told his mother he wanted to be a reporter. At that time in Tijuana, no college or university offered degrees or courses in journalism. "I'll have to ...

Chargers sink, stadium costs rise

Morris Shenker dies

Although the Chargers' fortunes are sinking, stadium expansion costs continue to rise. The city council says it's trying to pinch pennies by using volunteers to paint the place, but expenses are rapidly mounting elsewhere. Handicapped ...

Rats and Lilies

The short adventure of little Ray T. Arnold

The rules of gardening and housekeeping are clear on rodents and lilies. Lilies are good, rats are bad. Childhood reading had ill-prepared me to whack off rats’ heads. I was raised on Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry.

Fox urine as deterrent to squirrels

Harvested and marketed by Leg-Up Enterprises, Hampton, Maine.

Matmail: (Here's a copy of a letter I thought you might be interested in.) “After many battles with the squirrels, it seems like I've finally won. I found a Web site selling animal urines, www.websiteserv.com/predator. ...

Pilots who fly over penguins and make them fall over

Urban legend started in Falklands War

Dear Matt: My aunt says she read in the paper that pilots who fly over penguins in the Arctic can make them all fall over by flying very low. She says they do it as ...

What he symbol "USA” splotched on the ground means

Call Underground Services Alert and they’ll alert any utilities in jeopardy

Matt. As I ride my bike through the streets of San Diego, I see various symbols, usually with arrows or dotted lines, painted on the pavement. These letters include things like “MH, ” pointing to ...

A night with the astronomer monks of Palomar Mountain

Magical dwarf's sad orbit

A phone call came in from Rick’s wife—she wanted to say goodnight. “My beautiful wife,” he said when he hung up, smiling. He had a job in astronomy, yes, but he’d sacrificed the goodnight kiss.

Why Kaiser will rule the world of medicine

Ten guys and $7 billion

OUR INDEPENDENT PROVIDER ASSOCIATION (IPA) MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT ADDRESSED NEARLY EVERY NIGHTMARISH ASPECT OF PRACTICING MEDICINE IN THE 1990S. MEETINGS SUCH AS THIS ARE RUINING MY HEALTH. Three months ago, our IPA announced it had ...

What Frank Gagliardi did with $26,000,000 in lottery winnings

We are going to be happy now

When he won, Gagliardi gave his trucking business to his brother — “Hell, who wants to drive a truck when you don’t have to?”—and he left his motorcycle business to his ex-wife after the divorce.

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