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News & Stories

Ramona winemakers don't stand on ceremony

Magic in a bottle.

Ramona winemakers are a humble lot. They don’t care that Temecula gets all the limos because they have the wine.

Monday–Wednesday, December 2–4, in the San Diego clubs

Monday 2From Leeds, England, DJ George Evelyn, aka Nightmares on Wax, and our own beats-down trio Illuminauts split a bill at Belly Up. Sample-happy producer Evelyn released his first set of funk jams in five ...

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars, Uglies. Spiderwick Chronicles, Fablehaven, newspapers

Local hotel business will lag state through next year

Military-related business is down

According to Smith Travel Research, occupancy of San Diego hotels year-to-date through October was up only 0.8 percent from the same period a year ago, to 73.6 percent. For the first ten months of this ...

Solana Beach pastor received invite to the White House

Thought it was a joke, but it was the "real deal"

Late Sunday night, November 10, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church’s senior minister, Mike McClenahan, decided to check his email. He clicked on correspondence that claimed to be from the White House. It requested his presence at ...

The most practical gift

Really sick Christmas socks, anyone?

I hated getting socks for Christmas when I was a kid. So did my husband Patrick. It always struck me as a daily necessity dressed up as a gift. So, imagine my puzzlement when, upon ...

To Zak, by John Lennon

Zach Goode, formerly of Ghoulspoon, now fronting Secret Seven, tells the story of sending away for a John Lennon autograph before he was shot to death. The envelope came back in the mail — with the autographed photo — days after Lennon was assassinated.

Capsula = Strokes + Hives

Steve Jobs would have loved this band. Capsula’s songs are perfect for any Apple product rollout: a quick burst, exhilarating and different — but not too different. Capsula sounds like a lot of other things ...

Canfield-Wright house escapes razing

420 Avenida Primavera | Del Mar, 92014 Current Owner: Douglas O. Allred Listing Price: $22,900,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 10 The Canfield-Wright House, a 101-year-old mansion named after its first owner, oil tycoon Charles Canfield, sits ...

Saturday & Sunday, November 30 & December 1,
in the San Diego clubs

Saturday 30From the same ’70s SoCal scene that gave us Black Flag and Circle Jerks came Redd Kross. But Jeff and Steve McDonald’s punk’d rawk quartet is (technically) the last band standing, and if last ...

Somewhere in India

Ed sinks his fangs into some Indian food.

‘These are the eight elements to a perfect meal,” says Kais. “Sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and umami; then smell, texture, and temperature. Your appreciation of taste and flavor evolves from the basic senses.” Huh. Kais ...

Interview with film and television star Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor has been a fixture on movie and television screens for the past 40 years, so it’s safe to assume that by now he has become somewhat of an authority on the subject of ...

Geyser murders, part 4

The first person executed by the state of California — José Gabriel — might have been an innocent man.

Wild Horse Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness

Views to Mt. San Jacinto and the San Bernardino Mountains on this scenic hike.

You are unlikely to encounter any horses, wild or tame, on this trail, but it offers a chance to hike through beautiful oak and sycamore-shaded canyons and lush chaparral that can be ablaze with color ...

Spike Lee's Oldboy lacks the original’s creepy heart

Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s celebrated tale of a man who is mysteriously imprisoned and then just as mysteriously released has plenty of spattered brain matter and sadistic gut-punches. What it lacks is the ...

Security gaps draw U.S. scrutiny of border sewage plant

Heavily redacted State Department document cites risky practices

Could spies and terrorists be casing the gates and lurking inside the electronic bowels of San Diego's South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, preparing to strike at the drop of a keystroke? That's at least ...

Guadalupe Valley’s days of wine and tacos are now

Baja boutique

You don’t have to look far to find Baja California’s influence on San Diego’s food-and-drink scene. Family-owned taco shops and mariscos trucks are hallmarks of our city’s culinary landscape. Seasonal, sea-and-farm-to-table Baja Med cuisine is ...

Two Thanksgiving POVs

Bad timing for turkeys and West Coast NFL fans

Found on Mrs. Lambert’s (Nauvoo-Colusa Middle School) Social Studies web page: “The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping them build ...

Googling San Diego

Word that the Google barge may be setting sail for San Diego is shining a new spotlight on another tie between the city by the border and the mega-data giant of the San Francisco Bay. ...

Green Flash Supper Club

Mira Mesa brewery teaming to make most of spacious environs

Nowadays, just about every brewery uses their tasting space to hold special events that explore craft beer to a deeper degree than the basic sampler flight. Some, take things to the next level in a ...

Mossy mystery solved, maybe

Who put that Mossy Nissan jingle in your noggin? Tim Hosman. He says he was surprised to see a Reader article that included an interview with a Leonard Tucker, who took credit for writing the 30-year-old song.

Stepdaughter charged in Escondido murder

Asiatae Robinette Bell denies breaking off two knives in 54-year-old woman

“This 35-year-old defendant stabbed her 54-year-old stepmother over 15 times with two separate knives,” a prosecutor said as Asiatae Robinette Bell glared at the deputy district attorney from a holding cell. Last week, on November ...

Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, in the San Diego clubs

Thursday 28Gobble till you wobble, Crawler followers, ain’t a darn thing I can see that warrants bumbling around town all tryptophan’d out. Besides, no better show than the Thanksgiving family eruption. Wait for it... Friday ...

Hang a flag for rock and roll

El Cajon Business District to honor San Diego musicians with its new banner project. Beryl Forman marketing manager for the district, says she’s had no trouble getting local musicians involved.

Qualcomm stock yawns at China investigation

Investors unworried about anti-monopoly rumblings

Stock of Qualcomm rose 1.6 percent yesterday, November 26, despite Monday's revelation that a Chinese government agency is investigating the chip-maker under the country's anti-monopoly laws. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said Monday that U.S. restrictions ...

“Suspicious man” at an address on Crescent Point Road in Carlsbad

Steals from elderly, punches we pay for his lodging.

Kenny Lowary is accused of stealing from the elderly and punching a police dog. Now taxpayers pay for his accommodations.

Baseball, free food, and lobbying

Baseball stadiums were the venue of choice for San Diego-based Sempra Energy to use for its pitches to California legislators during the third quarter of this year. In addition to a free meal and a ...

Trying to Rewrite History Regarding “The Kennedy Assassination’s Last Insider” (November 21 cover story), a few statements by [Rabbi Hillel] Silverman are easily disproved. “People don’t kill unless there’s a conspiracy.” The vast majority of ...

Congregation Beth El

God’s in the ghettos and slums

Membership: 550 families Pastor: Rabbi Phillip Graubart Age: 52 Denomination: Conservative Born: Long Branch, New Jersey Formation: Jewish Theological Seminary, New York Years Ordained: 23 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a ...