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Content for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Junked U.S. Cars Operate Illegally in Tijuana, Mexicali

A study from Tijuana’s Colegio de la Frontera Norte, released in January by researcher Alejandro Díaz Bautista, estimates that at least 80 percent of air pollution in the border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ciudad ...

February 2, 2011
Mario Orduno’s Golden Ears

There’s something touching about being allowed into Mario Orduno’s circle. It’s not the first time Art Fag’s 36-year-old founder’s been approached by a journalist. After a couple weeks of postponements and awkward pauses, he admits ...

February 2, 2011
Nothing but Berries

My last visit to Fallbrook Winery was in 2006; longtime restaurateur Ed Moore had invited me up to listen in on a blending session for the winery’s 2004 Merlot. But one blend led to another, ...

February 2, 2011
Record-Release Roundup

The dark cabaret known as Tragic Tantrum launches their debut album Mirror, Mirror with a February 4 release party at Hillcrest’s Ruby Room. “The set will consist of the usual theatrics, drama, and some newly ...

February 2, 2011
Judah Halevi

The Kuzari, part II God commanded cessation of work on the Sabbath and holy days, as well as in the culture of the soil, all this “as a remembrance of the exodus from Egypt” and ...

Do Not Go Gentle Into That New Town, Part One

San Diego may be unique in American history as the only city that changed locations. In 1871, the county seat moved three-and-a-half miles south, from Old to New Town. The change, literally, tore the city ...

Letters

Be Prepared Re “Brown Wants to Rein in Redevelopment Scams” (“City Lights,” January 27). Great read. Many are unfamiliar with bankruptcy. In 1995, I lived with people who prepared for declaring bankruptcy by spending as ...

February 2, 2011
Eli “Paperboy” Reed: Come and Get It

Last summer, I went to one of those big radio-station concerts where a bunch of bands that don’t have a whole lot to do with each other share a stage. That was how I saw ...

February 2, 2011
Gray Hairs, Looking at People, Belly Buttons

Matt: My mom says I’m turning her hair gray from stress. Is that possible? — Bad Boy?, via email Well, ya know, she might be right. Science guys aren’t quite sure if stress hurries up ...

February 2, 2011
Graphic Novels — Marvel or DC?

What are you reading?“I’m just looking at different things from Marvel Comics. I’m a big graphic-novel fan. I like the Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men series. I like the Marvel characters more than the DC ...

February 2, 2011
16 Kids on Halo: Game Trucks

How have I held off on a video-game console for so long? I have no idea. But for my oldest’s 14th birthday, I’m breaking down, just a little. I’m renting him a game truck. Kathy ...

February 2, 2011
All People's Church

Contact: 6122 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego; 619-286-3251; allpeopleschurch.org Membership: 250 individuals Pastor: Robert Herber Age: 34 Born: Austin, Texas Formation: Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Antioch Training School, Waco, Texas Years Ordained: 4 years San ...

February 2, 2011
Stupid Chick's Lucky

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. — Mark Twain My first reaction upon seeing the girl and her bicycle on the hood of my car was shock. I stared forward ...

February 2, 2011
Modern Barcelona Is Biutiful

Biutiful Biutiful is in the eye of the beholder, in this case one who is willing to appreciate the visceral realities of urban squalor: the confined quarters, the peeling walls, the stained sinks, and the ...

February 2, 2011
Young Wizards

San Diego quartet the Lanterns spent most of 2010 touring and playing sold-out shows with international acts such as And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Surfer Blood. Buzz started to ...

February 2, 2011
Soda Bar and Electric Guitars

Soda Bar opened in late 2008 at the former City Heights location of dubious dive Chasers. Set between a car lot and a Mexican herb shop on El Cajon Boulevard, the bar hosts local and ...

February 2, 2011
L.A. to Dubai

Ever wonder what it’s like to sit at a poker table with a $2,000,000 pot? Not watch the game on TV or read about it on the internet, but sit at the table under insanely ...

February 2, 2011
Vernal Pool Trail in the Santa Rosa Plateau

One of the largest vernal pools in California (39 acres at maximum capacity) lies in a shallow depression atop near-flat Mesa de Colorado, in southwest Riverside County’s Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Small vernal pools ...

February 2, 2011
When Reader reporters got a shot with Marylin Chambers

Thirty-Five Years AgoMarilyn Chambers, star of Behind the Green Door and Resurrection of Eve, appeared naked at the Capri Theater, answering questions and promoting her most recent film, Inside Marilyn Chambers, advertised in the progressive ...

February 2, 2011
Secret Service Op

“He’s like family to me, and I’d do anything for him,” says Derrick (“[email protected]”) Santiago about Eric (“E.S.”) Sanchez. Santiago and Sanchez make up the local hip-hop duo Secret Service. Santiago was talking about donating ...

February 2, 2011
The beginning of the San Diego Women's Museum

Suffering Suffragettes! Ashley Gardner stands inside the three-by-three-foot Women’s Hall of Fame mini-Greek temple and says three words to me as if they were Holy Scripture: “A hundred years.” She pauses. “Since 1911. That’s how ...

February 2, 2011
Poetry by Maggie Jaffe

because I’m grading papers and want a familiar background story where I don’t need to concentrate. Something about showbiz people with nothing better to do but to wound each other. Ten papers in, I’m startled ...

February 2, 2011
Jackboot Juggernaut

Thursday 3The So So Glos’ SoCal stay is over. The band of brothers has been touring on the back of their Low Back Change Shift EP, a 13-minute, 5-song sock in the face for not ...

February 2, 2011
New Blue: Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

So, I find myself re-reviewing a Cohn restaurant because the chef has changed. And soon there will be others (such as Bo-Beau, the remake of Thee Bungalow). Yes, I’ve laid my grudge to rest. That ...

Death of a Salesman at the Old Globe

God created time, an old adage holds, to keep everything from happening at once. If so, then Willy Loman is running out of time. Events from now and yesterday inundate him, often with competing claims. ...

February 2, 2011
They're Dead, What Can I Do?

Greg Davis formed Blood on the Saddle in 1982. The twang-and-thrash band spearheaded the L.A.-based cowpunk scene that included Tex and the Horseheads, Gun Club, and Rank and File. “It’s safe to say Blood on ...

February 2, 2011
Famous Last Words

I had hoped that by now things would be looking better than they are for a still new year, but any momentary anxiety I might have had about running out of things to complain about ...

February 2, 2011
Grace Potter & the New Outfits

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ “new” look is about 40 years old. In 2002, when they were starting out, the band’s look was “indie-rocker from the farm.” The Nocturnals were hayseeds, and Potter was the ...

February 2, 2011
Ocean Beach VFW to Move Down the Street?

All that is left of the old Veterans of Foreign War post #1392 Canteen in Ocean Beach is a slew of memories and a room painted blue and red with white stars on the trim. ...

February 2, 2011
Carlsbad Police Track Gladys Conrad's Murderer Back to Mexico

Officer Derek Harvey was waiting at Lindbergh Field last March when the plane carrying the Mexican fugitive landed. The Carlsbad police officer couldn’t help grinning when he saw the prisoner brought toward him. Harvey had ...

February 2, 2011
Bridgepoint: Bad for Students, Good for Gamblers?

San Diego–based Bridgepoint Education, the for-profit online school that spends more on marketing and promotion than it spends on education, may now be escalating efforts to pump up its stock. It seems to be doing ...

February 2, 2011
Joint Terrorism Task Force Debated in Portland

Her cousins, billionaires Alec and Tom Gores, are both making big news, what with their variously rumored attempts to buy the L.A. Dodgers and Detroit Pistons, respectively, but Hala Gores has been creating her own ...

February 2, 2011
San Diego Police Tap Special Interests

The political action committee of the San Diego Police Officers Association spent a total of $181,934 last year, a good portion of which went to advocate passage of Proposition D, the half-cent sales tax hike ...

February 2, 2011
Psychedelic Mynde of Moses (2010)

Anton Barbeau’s last one, Plastic Guitar, defied most expectations. Specifically, I didn’t expect a pop-monger to get funky courtesy of a few stealth Cake members, and the Jesus thing, while left-field, seemed sincere. Barbeau seems ...

February 2, 2011
Amos Lee: Between Jello Shots and Boy-Band Groupies

It's remarkable how savagely drunk some people get at the most mellow of concerts. Somewhere between the Jello shots and middle-aged women screaming during choruses like boy-band groupies, Amos Lee played an intricate, relaxed set ...

February 2, 2011
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