Content for Thursday, June 24, 2004

News & Stories

City of San Diego kicks in $1 million for new library

When the cost is more than a fine on an overdue book.

Creepy silence surrounds the disappearance of $1 million to the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

Ming? Ming who?

Hello: If Yao Ming's last name is Ming, why does it say Yao on the back of his jersey? -- J, the net Culture check. Mrs. Ming's baby boy Yao is actually Mrs. Yao's baby ...

Lumps in throats

Hey Matt: Right when we had the jolt from the last earthquake, I actually got a lump in my throat. I know that can happen when one is stressed or scared, but what causes that ...

Visit Century Lake and the Rock Pool at Malibu State Park, crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu Creek State Park, a jewel if not the jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, lies along Malibu Creek, a lively watercourse that completely bisects the coastal Santa Monica Mountains. The park ...

Navy-Marine Party of Epic Proportions

Operation Ice Luge

Most of these guys are stationed at Miramar. A few were from Camp Pendleton. "Most of us were at El Toro, and that's where these parties used to be. A few people are here from Yuma, too."

Fraudsters Pump Group

May 25, William Zures committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at a Carlsbad beach, according to the county medical examiner's office. Zures, who lived at Santaluz, the luxury golf community next to Rancho Santa Fe, ...

America Broke My Heart, Tijuana Blew My Mind

Luis Urrea torn between two worlds

Author Luis Urrea embodies contradiction. Though Mexican, he is blond-haired and blue-eyed. Though born in Tijuana and raised in San Diego, he lives in the cold and humidity of Chicago. Though he's written four books ...

Up the sandbox

One of the most prominent cultural institutions of that well-heeled bastion known as La Jolla is offering free tickets to attract left-of-center patrons to a pair of plays about liberal politics. "Enjoy the benefits of ...

The bloodiest battle in California history

The Marathon of '46, Part 3

General Kearny’s “Army of the West” had straggled 2000 miles from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The day before in the Ballena Valley, 101 “wet to the skin” dragoons joined with 39 mountain men from San Diego.

Erwin Castillo and Brianne Stewart

Erwin has no bad qualities.

Ms. Stewart gazes at Mr. Castillo. “Erwin is so loving and considerate all the time,” she says. “He has no bad qualities. Most everyone has things about them that get on your nerves. Not Erwin.”