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Recent Narco-Related Murders in Tijuana

A murdered woman was discovered in Colonia Magisterial shortly after midnight on Monday, January 3. Her body bore the marks of torture and abuse, and she was reportedly shot multiple times at another locale; no ...

January 5, 2011
Crash on Kearny Villa Road

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. today, January 5, a late-model Honda Accord was traveling south on Kearny Villa Road and slammed into another vehicle heading north on Kearny Villa at the Balboa Avenue intersection. The other ...

January 5, 2011
The Movieholic Grind: David Elliott’s Top 10 Movies of 2010

Most movie critics feel compelled to draw up an annual list. A few years ago, I was amused when Roger Ebert complained that list-making has become trivialized — Roger has shoveled critical coals into the ...

January 5, 2011
Here's the Deal: Whistle Stop

Established in 1979, the bar on the corner of 30th and Juniper went defunct for a decade in the ’90s and reopened as the Whistle Stop during the summer of 2001 in the heart of ...

January 5, 2011
1975 — Up for Grabs

Thirty-Five Years AgoThe five most uncomfortable places for a gay person in San Diego, 1975: To be stationed at MCRD. Anywhere in town holding hands with a person of the same sex. In the library, ...

January 5, 2011
Del Cerro Baptist Church

Contact: 5512 Pennsylvania Lane, La Mesa, 91942; 619-460-2210; dcbc.org Membership: 400 Pastor: Mark Milwee Born: Crossville, Alabama Formation: Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, Mill Valley Ordained: 18 years San Diego Reader: Can you think of a ...

January 5, 2011
Dream Street Is Finished

“Korn got signed out of that club,” recalls Tim Hall about the days he booked bands at Dream Street. “We had them play there, like, 13 times. A bidding war over who got to sign ...

January 5, 2011
The Nashville Ramblers Never Broke Up

Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for the E Street Band, has described the Nashville Ramblers’ song “The Trains” as “one of the most gorgeous instances of romantic yearning disguised as a pop song.” The local group’s ...

January 5, 2011
How Texas oilmen Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson ran Del Mar and national politicians from the Del Charro hotel in La Jolla.

Hotel del Charro: PART ONE It was the vortex of a dark universe, hiding in plain sight. “At La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya), San Diego’s northern suburb,” the New York Times reported on January 17, ...

January 5, 2011
Mario Gets OFF!

Drummer Mario Rubalcaba started listening to punk rock in the sixth grade, when a friend played him songs by Bad Brains, Black Flag, Discharge... His interest expanded to local acts such as Pitchfork, Heroin, and ...

January 5, 2011
Upper Las Virgenes Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

On the Upper Las Virgenes View Trail, you look down upon the emerald-green (currently, at least) upper drainage of Las Virgenes Creek, a tributary of Malibu Creek whose tentacles reach north into the Simi Hills. ...

January 5, 2011
Back 2 Black Loves Back in Black

Back 2 Black is a tribute band that specializes in Brian Johnson–era AC/DC. They often perform the landmark album Back in Black from beginning to end. The band is meticulous about duplicating the smallest details, ...

January 5, 2011
Does Your Depravity Know No Bounds?

Composing this page fully two weeks before it will appear either in print or online, I wonder just what might have been a common experience for imagined readers (I am always vaguely surprised to learn ...

January 5, 2011
The River-Merchants Wife: A Letter, by Rihaku and translated by Ezra Pound

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead I played about the front gate, pulling flowers. You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse, You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums. ...

January 5, 2011
And the Winner of the Sporting Box Crowdsourcing Prize Is...

The wait is over. We can stand down, holler at the barkeep to bring a draft of grog and be quick about it. The results are in, the results have been tabulated, they have been ...

January 5, 2011
Rabbi Nachman Breslover (1772–1811)

The whole world depends on the holiness of the union between man and woman, for the world was created for the sake of God’s glory and the essential revelation of His glory comes through the ...

Fable of Reconstruction

There is no shortage of tribute bands in San Diego. However, only one, Murmur, a new tribute to R.E.M., was built by an agent around the looks of its front man, in this case North ...

January 5, 2011
No Bad Hair Days: Top Styling Products

Thick, curly locks that tend toward frizz + no time for styling = a bad hair day. “Time to get some professional advice,” offered husband Pat. “You’re starting to look like Phyllis Diller.” I resisted ...

January 5, 2011
Letters

Pro Mass Why another pro-Critical Mass article (“Pedaling Diego,” Cover Story, December 30)? Completely overlooks the fact that these people break all traffic laws, unlike cars. @RealPrincessKim via Twitter Load Your Bike On Your Car ...

January 5, 2011
Whirled Infamy

Thursday 6The Casbah kicks off its 22 years of whirled infamy this week with local indie-rock acts A Scribe Amidst the Lions, Black Hondo, and the Mashtis. Solid sounds coming down for seven bucks.... Eleven ...

January 5, 2011
Currant, Now As Then

Currant has become a different restaurant since I reviewed it three years ago, with all-new management and chef. I liked it then, and once we hit the main courses, I like it now. Chef Walter ...

See Jane Run

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. — Oprah Winfrey I stood at my window, phone against my ear, and looked down at the ...

January 5, 2011
What's Normal at Amarin Thai?

" Remember, green curry. Don’t come home without it!” Carla’s words ring in my ear. She’s been on a curry binge ever since I hit the Indian food truck six weeks ago. Says it helps ...

January 5, 2011
30 Seconds to Mars, Starring Jared Leto

“I suppose the point of the name is to make people ask questions,” says 30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Miličević. He says it was brothers Jared and Shannon Leto who came up with the ...

January 5, 2011
TSOL Reunites Again

When I was a teenager in the 1980s, I read a rave review of a just-released TSOL album in which the critic said something like, “This is where all the exciting music will be coming ...

January 5, 2011
Knuckle-Cracking, Dog Saliva

Heymatt: I’ve been a proud knuckle-cracker for most of my life. My family hates it, but I love to torment them with it. They’ve tried all kinds of things to get me to stop, but ...

January 5, 2011
Valley Center Up in Arms: "Take Road 3A Off the Map"

Minutes after County Supervisor Bill Horn was sworn in as chairperson during the January 4 board of supervisors meeting, he opened the podium to the public. Two residents of Valley Center, located in Horn's district, ...

San Diego Economy Still Staggering

If you're dreaming of a return to the good old days — San Diego's bubble years of the late 1990s and the early part of this decade — dismiss the idea. Ain’t gonna happen. The ...

January 5, 2011
Illegal Street Vending Crackdown in City Heights

At the sound of a dinging bicycle bell, the children at Lulu’s Montessori in City Heights run to the screen door overlooking Van Dyke Avenue and shout, “Bolis! Bolis!” For some of the tiny tots ...

January 5, 2011
McCain, Pelosi, Dean Spanos, and Issa All Chip in to NFL’s PAC

Football season is over for the Chargers, but the team’s political season never ends. During 2009 and 2010, Chargers president Dean Spanos, wife Susan, and relatives gave a total of $23,000 to the Gridiron PAC, ...

January 5, 2011
Is Sanders Prepping for Obama Appointment?

Despite a degree of skepticism by city hall insiders, rumors persist that San Diego mayor and ex–police chief Jerry Sanders may cut short his term at city hall in exchange for a medium-level security-related appointment ...

January 5, 2011
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