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Record-Release Roundup

Featuring former members of Destroy the Runner and As I Lay Dying, retro rockers Chapter 14 drop a new five-song EP this week, Like Trees in November, which — like the band’s name — is ...

December 8, 2010
Letters

Oooooh... Beautiful cover (“Our Desperate Neighbors,” December 2). Sharon MurphyEl Cajon Hard Times, Great Place I am glad that you, our neighbor, have published an article on the Imperial Valley (“Our Desperate Neighbors,” Cover Story, ...

December 8, 2010
My Own Weird Name

“I didn’t know at the time these songs were going to become a record, let alone one with my name [on it],” writes multi-instrumentalist Kenseth Thibideau about his debut solo effort Repetition, which he wrote, ...

December 8, 2010
Exuberance in a Can

Thursday 9Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is a five-piece indie-rock outfit from the Seattle area. Can’t swing a dead cat, right? Wrong. They got that ridonkulous name, for one, a 15-year-old drummer, and they debuted ...

December 8, 2010
Black Swan Gets a Black Spot

In Hollywood terms, Christmas is, like the Golden Globes, only a glittering harbinger of the Oscars. With the gifts starting to pile up, we venture boldly: The King’s Speech As masters of speech, British actors ...

December 8, 2010
Very French Café Madeleine in South Park

Sorry, Carla. I’m in love. With Madeleine. Whoever Madeleine is. It’s Thursday morning, South Park, the sun’s coming and going, but that’s okay. Here on the dogleg between Fern and 30th, life feels good. You ...

December 8, 2010
Delta Spirit: Together in Long Beach

Matthew Vasquez swears that he still busks for spare change. “I made, like, 30 bucks on a street corner in Kensington, London, a couple of months ago.” He has busked regularly since he was a ...

December 8, 2010
Riedel Medical Center: A Blueprint of Logic and Faith

All buildings begin as ideas. Yet, not all have an aura to develop into a story of their own, a story uninhibited from the architect’s will and its client’s desires. Like the houses we dwell ...

December 8, 2010
San Diego's Green Flash Phenomenon

Crystal-clear skies are visiting us again, as Santa Ana winds swoop down intermittently from the northeast, as cold winds blow from the north, or as high pressure invades the county and lingers here for a ...

December 8, 2010
LEDs for Xmas

Every Christmas, fat, multicolored Christmas lights line the rain gutters of the Kelly home. My husband Patrick bought them as a protest against the proliferation of white icicle lights dripping from our neighbor’s eaves. “Santa ...

December 8, 2010
Return of the Scrooge

Thirty-Five Years AgoMirroring college campuses across the country, political activism at UCSD drew to a close with the winding down of the Vietnam War. But recent disclosures of CIA activities and the university’s agreement to ...

December 8, 2010
XIV at the W

“We play a broad mix of acoustic and electronic styles,” says Nathan Samuels, who programs the melodies and beats for downtempo trip-hop trio XIV. The band uses an array of keyboards, guitars, trumpets, and analog ...

December 8, 2010
Church of the Good Shepherd

Membership: 200 people Pastor: Father George Calvert Age: 54 Born: San Diego Formation: University of California–Berkeley, Berkeley; Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va.; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 24 San Diego Reader: How long do ...

December 8, 2010
If That's Her Wish, You Can Dance With Her

Partiers began to arrive at Hector Cortes’s San Marcos home about 5:00 p.m. His common-law wife had decorated the garage with a “Happy Birthday” banner and set up chairs and a big table for food ...

December 8, 2010
Mt. St. Helen’s Band Raises “The Roof”

Seattle’s Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band introduced itself to the world a couple of years ago with some hilarious, cheesy online videos made to look like one of those TV commercials pitching a compilation of ...

December 8, 2010
Public school food service: $2.50 for high school lunches

Children wound up from the morning’s thunder and lightning crowd under the lunch arbor at Chesterton Elementary in Linda Vista. Their voices echo under the tin roof that protects them from the light, misty rain. ...

December 8, 2010
Ricochet. Part 2

Continuing with Judy Fridono, 52, certified professional dog-trainer focusing on service dogs and training service dogs for disabled people. Or used to be. Nowadays, it’s philanthropy. Fridono’s new career came by way of a homemade ...

December 8, 2010
In the Hostage Zone

What is a home without children? Quiet. — Henny Youngman I didn’t even have a chance to finish saying “Yo” before Jane cut me off — “Help,” she said. I could tell by the panic ...

December 8, 2010
Why Wild Bill Wins at Addison

Yes, I know. When I reviewed Addison in December 2006, shortly after its opening, I swore, “I wouldn’t go back there if somebody paid me — and somebody does.” Service conformed to some vulgar idea ...

December 8, 2010
The Idol Generation

Founded in 2004 as an internet-based operation, TakeLessons has grown from 6 local employees (all still with the company) to over 40 staffers working in customer support, student sales, teacher-hiring, marketing, software development, and operations. ...

December 8, 2010
"Divorce," by Tom Speer

When I saw her, or rather the last time I saw her, I was living on a screen porch in the back of a dilapidated house, one of those houses that makes you feel good ...

December 8, 2010
The Horrible and the Miserable

Two days ago I was discharged from UCSD Hospital after open-heart surgery, during which one of my coronary valves was replaced with a metallic (rather than porcine) one. I have been moving very slowly since ...

December 8, 2010
Bastard Son Comes Home

San Diego native Mark Stuart moved to Austin four years ago for two reasons. “I needed a change. I just had a divorce.” Plus there was that music thing. The singer-songwriter-guitarist was behind country-rock band ...

December 8, 2010
Franz Rosenzweig

To His people, God the Lord is simultaneously the God of retribution and the God of love. In the same breath, they call on Him as “our God” and as “King of the universe,” or ...

Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

There are many ways of profaning the Name, and one must be constantly mindful of the glory of his Creator. In whatever one does, he must be alert and careful that it does not produce ...

City Heights Leader Lobbies for Safe Corner

José Lopez, president of the Fox Canyon Neighborhood Association in City Heights, started a letter-writing campaign to lobby city-council members to support a grant proposal that would address a problem corner at 50th Street and ...

December 8, 2010
City Outsources Future Moves

Strapped for cash, the City of San Diego is looking for private movers, according to a recent request for bid for “office relocation services” posted on its website. The City “requires the services of a ...

December 8, 2010
Allied Waste Takes Steps to Acquire Miramar Landfill

On October 29, Democrat Toni Atkins, who won her race for California State Assembly, received a $2000 contribution from Arizona-based Republic Services, parent of Allied Waste, which is interested in taking over the City-run Miramar ...

December 8, 2010
Walmart's All-Out War Against San Diego City Hall; Bridgepoint Leases New Space

Lobbyist and ex-Tribune reporter Al Ziegaus and his Southwest Strategies have gone to bat for Walmart in the company’s all-out war against San Diego city hall. According to recent filings, Ziegaus and sidekick Clint Carney ...

Gary Aguirre forces hand of SEC

At last, securities regulators seem to be realizing that illegal insider trading is a way of life among operators of hedge funds. And so is lying to government investigators, concealing documents and emails, obstructing justice, ...

December 8, 2010
With Betfair I can bet on that nag to come last

"Something has to change at the track. We need new energy. We need to excite new people, and this new betting system is going to do that,” says Carl Hilliard in a soft voice. He’s ...

December 8, 2010
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