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Content for Thursday, July 14, 2005

News & Stories

Our panther in Cat Canyon, near Sun Bear Forest, in the San Diego Zoo

Our fair city does have one black jaguar resident, downtown, in Cat Canyon, near Sun Bear Forest, across from the Hunte Amphitheater, in the San Diego Zoo. He was born October 1992 at Wildlife World Zoo, in Litchfield, Arizona. He weighs as much as I do, about 165 pounds. His name is Orson.

Godzilla Sells

Godzilla and his Monster Island cohorts invade San Diego every summer as part of the International Comic-Con. Dealers sell Japanese toy creatures based on movie characters and television shows like Ultraman. Some of the vinyl ...

Back When

Thirty Years Ago Several years ago when asked what he thought about rock music, Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse replied, "it's impotent violence." At the time I had no idea what he was talking about and ...

July 14, 2005
Mood Switcher

“It’s all about lifting the spirits up.”

July 14, 2005
Elisabeth La Coquette in Paris, France

Parisian Shower? I am watching a program showcasing movies that will premier in France this week. There's one called La Moustache that seems particularly interesting. From what I gather, a man shaves his mustache, then ...

July 14, 2005
Minimalist on a Motorcycle

Michael Emerson, the optician at Hart Optical, rides a big Suzuki. He tells me, “It’s a Cavalcade 1400 cc. Suzuki gave up on them in ’88 and built the last generation in ’89 from parts ...

July 14, 2005
Layover Largess

All is not lost that is delayed. -- French Proverb After a long sprint, he arrived at the door as the gatekeeper closed it. Words were exchanged. His expression was one of disbelief. How could ...

July 14, 2005
The Reader's Eye on Television

If this was on television, the scene would show me sitting across from a girl. When she talks you can see her mouth move, but only hear The Dukes of Hazzard theme playing from the ...

July 14, 2005
Dear People: Remembering Jonestown

“A child who had just gotten to Jonestown, writing back to a friend, ended his letter with a request: ‘Please send me gum.’”

July 14, 2005
Hair Products

The daily splashing in the pool at our household is a sure sign that we're in the heat of high summer. The pool keeps the kids cool and happy, and happy kids make for a ...

July 14, 2005
Firework Follies

I was invited to a July 3rd party at Baleen, a restaurant at Paradise Point. There was a fireworks display over the bay as we dined on the patio.Chris, a movie producer, came down from ...

July 14, 2005
More Tour de France

The phone rings, I pick up and hear, "Feel like dinner? I'm in town." This is the familiar voice of Michael Bogey, travel junkie and adrenaline addict. Bogey likes fast. He's raced motorcycles in Africa, ...

July 14, 2005
Hot Snakes Cooldown

"The rather sad news to report is that Hot Snakes will be packing it in after our current tour plans," according to a handwritten message posted July 1 by John Reis on swamirecords.com. "It was ...

July 14, 2005
Punk Control

While San Diego County Fair officials tried to prevent off-duty cops from showing up with concealed guns, promoter Willie Carter hired at least one pistol-packing guard for an all-age show at the El Cajon Masonic ...

July 14, 2005
No Respect for Rock Comics?

Revolutionary Comics, founded in San Diego by Todd Loren in 1989, published about 300 unauthorized rock-and-roll comic books based on Elvis, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, and others. Some of the artists portrayed -- such as ...

July 14, 2005
Oh, She's a Princess Now

Anyone ever tell you that you look like Courtney Love? You could cash in at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International, where they're holding a Courtney Love lookalike contest. Actually, it's for the character she ...

July 14, 2005
Do It for the Kids

The Donnas played at SDSU's Back Door on June 26. Tickets cost $1395 a person (and included a week-long camp for kids 12--17). Bryan Joseph, founder and executive director of Power Chord Academy, said, "I ...

July 14, 2005
"We Get 'er Done"

"We Get 'er Done," says singer/guitarist Paul Shaffer of Private Domain. Shaffer and guitarist Jack Butler have played together locally for 27 years (first as Bratz). The two have outlasted every other band and most ...

July 14, 2005
Yo-Yo in the House

When Ja Rule plays House of Blues on Sunday, July 17, "a police escort must be arranged in advance in order to facilitate the artist vehicle arrival to and departure from the venue." Rule expects ...

July 14, 2005
God Loves Us

“What makes it work is the whole thing; you have to look at it holistically.”

July 14, 2005
Bad Dad, Better Mother

Movies reviewed this week: Dark Water, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and War of the Worlds

July 14, 2005
Smart on Paper

Mayoral candidate Steve Francis wants to introduce business techniques to city government. Uh-oh. That may mean hocus-pocus -- financial engineering. Since going public in 2001, the company Francis cofounded, San Diego-based AMN Healthcare Services, has ...

July 14, 2005
Going bye-bye

Staffers loyal to former San Diego Unified superintendent Alan Bersin are quickly following him out the door. District flack Peri Lynn Turnbull is heading over to the Red Cross to work for Veronica "Ronne" Froman, ...

July 14, 2005
Vajrarupini Buddhist Center

"People are Karma-producing machines. That is all we do and all we have ever been doing," said Jeff Goin, a resident teacher at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center. Karma is the belief that for every action there ...

Their Interests Are Interlocked

The Jerry Sanders campaign website currently touts a favorable poll conducted by national pollster Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates. A link on the site says that the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation "released" the ...

July 14, 2005
Unchained Links

The Linkery "We don't take reservations, we're just a neighborhood bistro," said the voice on the telephone. "But if you tell us how many there are in your party, we'll make sure we have a ...

July 14, 2005
Injustice Brunch

“Order the 99... it was made in heaven.”

July 14, 2005
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