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San Diego students jaded after Columbine

On April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, a sullen, troubled, twisted young man killed 32 people, injured 25 more, and then took his own life in the deadliest ...

The Reader's Eye on Television

Mean people's rice pilaf is a terrible disgrace. At Kaiser Vanduzer's Brathaus and World War One Memorial, get the wiener sandwich and wheat beer, but tell the bright-eyed frau in lederhosen to keep that damn ...

August 30, 2007
Snatch, Scarface, 300

Robbie RobbinsCo-owner, IDW Publishing Extras, extras, I'm all about them. DVD extras, like the custom comic books IDW's created to accompany the deluxe DVDs of Underworld, Saw II, and The Devil's Rejects as well as ...

August 30, 2007
Cook It Low and Slow

'Most people, especially in California, think barbeque is going in your back yard and throwing on a couple of steaks," says Gary Notley. "But that is not barbeque, that is grilling. Barbeque is when you ...

August 30, 2007
Tami Wong

DJ: Tami Wong Station: KCR KCRLive.com, (or on digital cable, Cox 956 and Time Warner 957) Shift: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Heart isn't one of my top ten bands, even though I've listened ...

August 30, 2007
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Encinitas

A cascading wave of honeyed wood and gray-white marble poured its way across the front wall of St. John's; the wood matched that used for the highly stylized crucifix suspended just in front of the ...

August 30, 2007
Peru in PB

Way, way back, my significant other and I got a dream assignment from a friend who was an editor at a slick new Playboy spin-off called Oui. Our mission: to drive down the Pan-American Highway ...

August 30, 2007
Tourmaline Surf Park, Pacific Beach

Name: Francisco Sandoval Home: Imperial Beach Vehicle: 2000 Isuzu box truck Surfing: Tourmaline Surf Park, Pacific Beach Today was the first day of Francisco's experiment and "it worked out freakin' perfectly. I've got a place ...

August 30, 2007
Sonora Style

"I'm vegetarian, so I always find it hard to have interesting quesadillas or tacos."

August 30, 2007
Mother of 15 Girls and 8 Boys, 1960

Mrs. Jerome Garcia and some of her children in their Logan Heights home, March 1960. "She was glad her latest child was a boy," according to our local daily. "She is the mother of 15 ...

August 30, 2007
Breezies, Scrilla, Yee Yee

Olaf Abel Age: 21 Occupation: Student Lives: La Jolla I use a lot of Bay Area slang. We call girls "breezies," like, "What up, Breezie?" Because girls come and go like the wind. "Scrilla" is ...

August 30, 2007
Party Hoppers

Driving home from Vegas, I got into San Marcos around 10:00 p.m. I drove by a house that had festive lights glowing in the back yard and several cars parked in front.I went home, took ...

August 30, 2007
Jerry Sanders wants strong mayor, of course

Strong mayor? Amid the strong odor? There are two things wrong with the administration of Mayor Jerry Sanders: (1) It can't grasp the big picture because it is in the pockets of real estate developers, ...

August 30, 2007
San Diego Retirement System board warns against risk

Man bites dog. San Diego appears to be headed in a sensible direction on at least one pension topic. In an informal discussion, boardmembers of the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System have indicated that ...

August 30, 2007
Ten tuna farms near Ensenada produce $90 million revenue

There's been a lot of talk, and legislation, surrounding saltwater fish farming lately. A bill working its way through Congress would create a permit process for farming fish from 3 to 250 miles off the ...

Goodbye A Way with Words and Full Focus

When KPBS TV shuttered its Full Focus public affairs show earlier this month, the move was greeted by a hail of criticism from loyal viewers of the seven-year-old steady stream of talking heads hosted by ...

August 30, 2007
Michael Vick Is A Monster

On Monday, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to one count of "conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture." This is what a ...

August 30, 2007
The Bird Is the Word

Dear Matthew Alice, I received this info from a friend in an e-mail. Is this true or real?? Or is it a joke? The History of the Middle Finger. I feel compelled to send [this] ...

August 30, 2007
The Red Stuff They Drop From Planes on Fires

Hey, Matt: What is the red stuff the planes drop on the brush fires? How does it work? -- EED, via e-mail Works very well, thanks. The red stuff is mostly water. It's mixed with ...

August 30, 2007
Monkey Economics

Dear Matty: In the movie Party Girl, with Parker Posey, there is a reference that the Dewey decimal system is so easy to learn that it was once taught to monkeys. True? -- Daniel the ...

August 30, 2007
Road Rats

"We don't try and chase everybody around to be everybody's best friends," says Rat City Riot singer Noah Bricker. Though the San Diego band maintains a low local profile, Rat City Riot has national distribution ...

August 30, 2007
The Show Goes On...

Phil Spector hasn't let a murder trial slow him down. In early April, he produced "Crying for John Lennon," a song by local singer/song-writer Hargo. The song will likely be included on a documentary film ...

August 30, 2007
No Piece of Meat

"For a young girl trying to get recognition in the music industry, your morals are tested on a daily basis," says soul/jazz singer Amber Ojeda, 23. "My first experience meeting a record producer [three years ...

August 30, 2007
Barguys

In September, Chris Heaney celebrates the fifth anniversary of Club Kadan, the European-style bar in North Park that hosts bands and DJs. Heaney played in bands in Philadelphia before he moved here to do sound ...

August 30, 2007
Backstage Passion

When "Nigel" works at Coors Amphitheatre as a security guard, he's usually backstage. "The guards up front have to deal with [fans] trying to jump up onstage and getting crushed and escorting people out. People ...

August 30, 2007
Planet Law School II

What book are you currently reading? "Planet Law School II by Atticus Falcon. I'm on page 579." Tell me about the book. "It's basically just a book preparing you for going to law school. Important ...

August 30, 2007
Back When

Thirty Years Ago The last remaining farm in Mission Valley has come to look almost invincible over the years. The farm is the one east-west commuters know so well, the one Interstate 8 bisects, east ...

August 30, 2007
Laugh as Much as You Breathe

The females in my family are bastions of advice. Regardless of the subject, they assert their superior knowledge and follow up with at least three contradictory suggestions. Ironically, they ignore others’ advice almost as much ...

August 30, 2007
Life By Candlelight

'We'd do backflips to recreate that feeling," says lighting designer Eric Lotze, as we head upstairs at the Whaley House, "but you can't have it onstage." We'd just left the dining room at the Old ...

August 30, 2007
My Little Moog

AntiQuark is a San Diego electronic music duo with an international feel and flair. Ant Dakini is originally from Torino, Italy, and when she is not composing music she works as a marine biologist specializing ...

August 30, 2007
Characters

When I'm good I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad I'm better. -- Mae West I sensed the conversation was drawing to a close, so I stopped pacing back and forth on the rug. ...

August 30, 2007
Top-loading Clothes-washing Machines

My sister Meg has a growing brood and an overflowing laundry room. "I can never seem to get on top of the laundry scene," she complained, "even after doing ten loads on Monday." She was ...

August 30, 2007
Biking, hiking, or horseback riding, it's downhill from pines to sunny chaparral on the Noble Canyon Trail

The Noble Canyon National Recreation Trail is an extension and reworking of an older trail built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Since its completion in 1982, the trail has proven popular among ...

August 30, 2007
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