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San Diego Sheriff's Department Starts "Operation Shoulder Tap"

On December 21, San Diego Sheriff's Deputies arrested seven adults after they purchased alcohol for teenagers at liquor stores in La Mesa, Spring Valley, and Casa de Oro. The arrests were made as deputies conducted ...

December 22, 2010
Year in Review

The Box has next week off, which is a good thing in oh-so-many ways, headmost being the end-of-the-year-sports-wrap-up-and-awards column will appear one week early. And when you think about it, isn’t that what we all ...

December 22, 2010
Letters

Mystery Money Thank you, Mr. Bauder, for keeping it real (“City Lights,” December 16). It is extremely disappointing that Mayor Sanders is willing to give invisible public funds for a Charger stadium rather than rebuild ...

December 22, 2010
Now You Know: DUDES

“I was so stoked not to have band practices and shows for a few months,” former Da Bears front man Ryan Solomon says in his Normal Heights garage. “But I still had to record.” The ...

December 22, 2010
Cash'd Out Isn't Johnny Cash

Douglas Benson never sang professionally until founding Cash’d Out five years ago. “I started singin’ pretty much just to keep myself awake while I was on the road,” he says. Benson’s work involved the setting ...

December 22, 2010
Too Much Style

Ben Moore says that after 15 months of Monday nights, the Styletones are giving up their residency at Bar Pink. “We’re leaving because we’ve got a record coming out in the next couple of months ...

December 22, 2010
Reckoning in the Heavens

Nary has a Christmas gone by without my thinking of a string of years — in the late ’70s and early ’80s — when my then wife and I would prepare ghost stories or stories ...

December 22, 2010
Rabbi Louis Finkelstein

Judaism is a way of life that endeavors to transform virtually every human action into a means of communion with God. Through this communion with God, the Jew is enabled to make his contribution to ...

Soul Seasoning: I.B. Farmers' Market

Friday night. Just got paid. Riding my stretch limo (the 933 bus) around, circling the coast of I.B. I figure on maybe going up the pier to that seafood place the Tin Fish. But, then, ...

December 22, 2010
Proper Gastro Pub: Better Than the Brits

Of all the gastropubs opening this year, Proper Gastro Pub seems to have the most extensive and ambitious menu, along with an especially rich selection of English pub-food classics, jiggered by chef Sean Magee into, ...

True Grit Stands Alone

True Grit Jeff Bridges’s work with the Coen brothers in The Big Lebowski is well known, and as his Academy Award for Crazy Heart shows, he is no slouch in a cowboy persona. But to ...

December 22, 2010
Indianhead in Borrego Springs

Indianhead, a 3990-foot promontory perched along the north wall of Borrego Palm Canyon, juts dramatically from the desert floor near Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert visitor center. There are several true mountain-climbing routes to ...

December 22, 2010
We're Outta Here, or Not

It seems as though the pending purchase of O’Connell’s nightclub has fallen through. O’Connell’s, a live-music venue located at 1310 Morena Boulevard, is owned and operated by husband and wife Rick and Lorrie LaLama and ...

December 22, 2010
Gampopa Sonam Rinchen

Every sentient being is capable of attainting enlightenment, which is not so much a change from one extreme, Samsara, to another, Nirvana, but the ineffable experience in which both have ceased to dominate the thought ...

Reader writers on why Christmas is magic

A LITTLE OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOUR “What does he do, this man you seek?…He covets…And how do we begin to covet, Clarice?…We begin by coveting what we see every day.” — Dr. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of ...

December 22, 2010
Cracker Van Beethoven Is Important to Indie Rock

There were a number of bands that were important to American indie rock at the turn of the ’90s but broke up just before the alternative-rock boom. People who were too young to see the ...

December 22, 2010
Even in Sickness

Jazz saxophonist James Moody died at the San Diego Hospice on the afternoon of December 9, a week and a day after receiving his fourth Grammy nomination. He was 85 and had battled pancreatic cancer ...

December 22, 2010
Beautiful Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church

Membership: 250 Pastor: Jeff Enderle Born: Council Bluffs, Iowa Formation: Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin; Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota; Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin Ordained: 8 years San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

December 22, 2010
A Christmas Story

Twenty Years AgoSo what’s the real story behind the statue of R.E. “Pappy Hazard” in the new Hazard Center in Mission Valley? The inscription on the statue, “Be just and fear not,” is the same ...

December 22, 2010
Snaps Provolone Is Big on Originality

Why do DJs make up pseudonyms, rather than use their given name? “Hiding behind an alias is a fun and elusive feeling,” says local studio DJ Snaps Provolone (not his real name). “Making up a ...

December 22, 2010
Where Does Fat Go?

Dear Matthew: I just lost about 100 pounds. Where exactly did all that fat go? -- Skinny Sheree, via email Wow! Good thing you didn’t have to haul it all out in garbage bags. Lucky ...

December 22, 2010
"Ring Out, Wild Bells," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in ...

December 22, 2010
Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding

“We wish you a Merry Christmas…so bring us some figgy pudding…we won’t go until we get some…” “Mom, what’s figgy pudding?” asked my youngest. “I haven’t the faintest, dear,” I replied, “but it must have ...

December 22, 2010
Can You Hear Me See Me Now? by Quinn Marston

Textured, moderately echoed/fuzzed guitar meshes with Quinn's I-have-a-caramel-in-my-mouth vocals and wide-(NYC)-eyed intonations irresistibly. Yeah, it sounds kinda ’90s, but in a "I miss the verve and innocence we took for granted" way. Liz Phair's thoughts ...

December 22, 2010
Hocus at the Shakedown Bar

Hocus is a three-piece rock band from Imperial Beach. With influences from far-ranging ’80s and ’90s rock with a measure of hardcore punk thrown in, Hocus performed an energetic set at the Shakedown Bar in ...

December 22, 2010
Meat Loaf's Hang Cool Teddy Bear

Top ten reasons why Meat Loaf made the best album of 2010 bar none with his latest (last?) (and, yeah, I'm squinting at you Kanye West):• Meat sings "I put my pants on" and• "I ...

December 22, 2010
Heavy Guilt in Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach multitudes packed the thin walls of Winstons to catch a glimpse of one of San Diego's promising new bands. Those on hand for the Heavy Guilt's last show of 2010 were privy to ...

December 22, 2010
San Diego Sheriff Seeks Cartridge Recycler

With government funds growing scarce, the San Diego sheriff’s office is looking for a metal salvage outfit to recycle spent cartridges at its shooting ranges at Miramar and Otay Mesa. The shells are “primarily 40cal ...

December 22, 2010
Chargers: Look at Petco Park Failure

Padres attendance is worse than it was at Qualcomm, even though the team had a great 2010 season and is slashing ticket and concession prices. So why do the Chargers want a stadium a stone’s ...

December 22, 2010
Conflict at Tecolote Canyon’s Edge

On September 8, 2009, eight property owners along Mount Terminus Drive in Clairemont received a letter from the City of San Diego entitled “Encroachment into Tecolote Canyon Natural Open Space Park.” Stapled to the letters ...

December 22, 2010
Alvarez and Zapf Divvy Up the Spoils

San Diego’s two newest city councilmembers have been sworn in and are already enmeshed in possible ways to cut the City budget by slashing services and selling off City land. At the same time, the ...

December 22, 2010
Ducheny Closes Senate Officeholder Account

Former Democratic state senator Denise Ducheny, who’s already drawn heat for her appointment by the Senate Rules Committee to a four-year term on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board — a job that pays $128,109 annually ...

December 22, 2010
River Rising in Mission Valley

Not unlike this time last year, the San Diego River rose today with the region's heavy rains and spilled over its banks. At dawn this morning river crossings in Mission Valley were knee-deep in flowing ...

December 22, 2010
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