Content for Thursday, August 9, 2001

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As Far South as I've Ever Been

Black settlement in San Diego, part 2

“It was at the corner at the Episcopal Church, Ninth and C. She was crossing the street to go to the store, to get food for my cat. The neighbors heard her scream. She was thrown 15 feet.”

I Can't Eat Peanuts!

Erin Bushie had no idea that her one-year-old daughter, Aubrey, had a severe food allergy until the call came from day care. "At the day care, they all had a spoonful of peanut butter at ...

Pretty Woman

Beach babes consider feminism

As it happened, only one of the 17 women I spoke with declared herself a feminist with any kind of conviction. Most said they were not, usually citing a lack of political drive.

Ballpark lobby

With the future of the downtown baseball stadium seemingly hanging in the balance, employees of the construction company that has a big contract to build it are shoveling thousands of dollars of campaign funds to ...

Discover hidden Escondido Falls in the Santa Monica Mountains outside Malibu

Escondido ("hidden" in Spanish) Canyon conceals one of the natural treasures of the Santa Monica Mountains: a shimmering waterfall leaping more than 200 feet over a broken cliff. Only during times of rare flood do ...

Seek out the surface trace of the Rose Canyon Fault, San Diego's greatest geologic threat

Foreseeing San Diego on its knees

San Diego County — indeed all of California — is an orthopedic basket case. For millions of years, the ground beneath us has been shattered by slow but sure, incremental changes that can be read, ...

How steep does a road have to be to qualify for a ticket for not having your tires turned in towards the curb?

Hey, Matt: A friend of mine got a ticket on Third Avenue, between Juniper and Ivy [downtown], for not having her tires turned in toward the curb. She was legally parked at a meter, had ...

Where did the word "binky" come from?

Hey, Matt: Was the apparently universal word "binky" just some anonymous, orally fixated infant's cute term for a pacifier or a trade name cooked up by some anonymous, orally fixated ad executive? -- Mark in ...

Where did the necktie come from?

Hi, Matt: Where does the necktie come from? -- Tieless Tim Cotes, Shelter Island They came from hell, I tell you! HELL! Well, actually, France. The same country that gave us high heels. In the ...

Hunter Thompson just copied Annie Leibowitz

Plus his ideas for reforming baseball and jock-sniffing sports writers

Despite all of his outrage and bombast. Hunter S. Thompson has always had the best gig in town. Make no mistake: gonzo journalism has been his ticket to a lush life. True, you can’t fake ...

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