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Sweetwater University to “Open” Soon?

Last year, the Sweetwater Union High School District board voted to support a vaguely worded concept about an institution called “Sweetwater University.” The latest gambit for Sweetwater U is online college courses offered to high ...

O.B. Christmas Tree Arrives with Police Escort

The O.B. Christmas tree arrived at the foot of Newport Avenue yesterday, November 27, with a police escort. An Obecian donated the tree — a star pine — from their front yard. While O.B. has ...

Low Volts' iron man Tim Lowman

The way Tim Lowman tells the story, it is not surprising to learn that his one-man act Low Volts may have been shaped in part by his great grandfather Doc Lowman (he was a gospel ...

Great-white chomp

Ed Bedford gets a burger at the Alamo Mexican Cafe and then hits Churchill Cigar Lounge before last call.

A bomb dropped at home

Carl Durant releases a new single and video for his song “(Not Our) Ride Home,” about 22 sixth-graders killed in Swiss Alp bus accident earlier this year.

Bar West's Drunken Monkey

Inspired in part by hip-hop and in part by “wheat pop,” one of Bar West’s best-selling drinks, the Drunken Monkey, developed from the beer-and-fruit combos already sliding across the bar most nights, says bartender Scott ...

Now you know: Dirty Sirens

The Dirty Sirens are rock ’n’ roll’s fallen angels amplified.

The Kopecky Family Band has not one Kopecky!

If you had heard nothing about the Kopecky Family Band except their name, you would be forgiven for not having high hopes about this Nashville six-piece. It doesn’t help much to learn that none of ...

Pipes and tobaccos

Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Contentment and pipe smoke filled the air in the late-night hours after the Thanksgiving feast. My brother Bill, visiting from Kansas, puffed merrily away on our patio, reveling in the mild California evening. Patrick, meanwhile, ...

Death-metal support group

Interview with Ghoulgotha founder/guitarist Wayne Sarantopoulos about death doom metal.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Overlooks with dramatic views

Up to you: leisurely stroll or heart-pumping workout in the Elfin Forest.

Lane Kiffin's new job

Chargers head coach Norv Turner’s history of poor performance.

Yellowcard — still popular in soccer towns

Sean Mackin checks in by phone from Albuquerque to talk about the Yellowcard tour. “We’re killing time right now,” he says. “We’ll probably do some go-carting before sound check. Team-building activities. Stuff like that.” How ...

In Sickness and in Health

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at La Jolla Playhouse

“It’s almost like the disease has to win in order for her soul to survive. Or something like that.”


Interview with musician/author/publisher Zack Wentz about his (Charles) Book&Record project.

The scourge of plastic water bottles

Hey Matt: Watching the tube the other day, I thought I caught a commercial from a water-filter outfit that said the USA uses enough plastic water bottles to circle the Earth 19 or 119 times ...

Don we now our gay apparel

Thursday 29David Eugene Edwards (“DEE” to his faithful fans) was the biblical baritoned bard behind big band 16 Horsepower. When that alt-country powerhouse called it quits in 2005, Edwards dedicated himself to turning the New ...

In Your Facebook

David and I braced ourselves for the nippy, nighttime New England air as we stepped off the ferry and onto the ramp, headed toward the luggage cart. It was 10:30 p.m. on Martha’s Vineyard, more ...

Burp pressure and fart ownership

Hey Matt:The elves will love this one! After a few hours and many beers in the garage I could not devise a system for measuring the pressure of my burps. We’re talking good, forceful, thundering ...

San Diego big business and the city whistle past the greenhouse-gas graveyard

And then there is drought

The data are in: climate change is real, and greenhouse gas emissions are greatly to blame. Global warming does not necessarily cause destructive disasters but definitely intensifies them. The East Coast seems more vulnerable than ...

Hit-and-run driver in Rancho Santa Fe is reported by a neighbor

Noticed damage to black truck

"He started sobbing,” said the California Highway Patrol officer. The teenager had been forced to stop his Lexus by patrol cars gathered down the street from his parents’ Carmel Valley home. Officer Steven Jio said ...

Killer dolphin gig

For the not so princely pay of $17.67 an hour, graduate students at San Diego State University are being offered the opportunity to work for Uncle Sam’s top-secret military dolphin program, according to a recent ...

$400,000 woman

San Diego State University president Elliot Hirshman’s $400,000 salary came in for a lot of criticism when it was announced earlier this year. Even Democratic governor Jerry Brown got into the act, telling university trustees ...

Pre-election victory grub

While election fights raged this past summer, some California pols who were safely ensconced in their seats or faced easy ballot battles partook of some heaping hospitality from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, operator ...

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church

Interview with Episcopalian pastor Chris Chase

Don’t be distracted by all the shiny, glittery things.


Life on Life’s Terms I am also a product of the streets of Southeast SD, and of growing up in the prison system. At the very smart age of 14, and being the smart gangster ...

Hometown horror

This guy’s seen it all: military impostors, wife killers, and clown therapy.

Sonnet XVII

Who will believe my verse in time to come, If it were filled with your most high deserts? Though yet heaven knows it is but as a tomb Which hides your life, and shows not ...