Content for Friday, July 18, 2014

News & Stories

Man on fire

Zip-tied and with a gas can

On Friday afternoon, July 18, at about 12:30, a man apparently set himself on fire next to the Home Depot parking lot, across the street from the Valley View Casino Center. The victim had been ...

Trouble ahead, trouble behind

Uncovered document tells of desert railway drug-smuggling bust in 2010

Would officials at Metropolitan Transit System knowingly lease a public asset to a company that was penalized for smuggling drugs across the border? It appears so. According to a “Notice of Penalty” obtained by the ...

Steve West and 91X part company

Longtime alt-rock radio personality and Resurrection Sunday host on his departure

With posts decrying “an end of an era,” and lamenting “there goes our music,” social media was reacting to veteran DJ Steve West’s surprise separation Wednesday from 91X. West joined 91X a month after 91X ...

Cher and Cyndi Lauper turn back time

Ageless pop stars pack the Valley View Casino Center

Cher's Dressed to Kill farewell tour, with Cyndi Lauper as the "special guest," sold out the Valley View Casino Center in the Midway District. But right before the event, "obstructed view" seating was released and ...

Jobs numbers rise, but so does jobless rate

Unemployment rate jumped to 6.1% in June

The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent in June, up from a revised 5.8 percent in May. The county gained 9700 jobs in the month. Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 3000 ...

Diary of a Young influence-peddler

Democrat picks up lucrative GOP Lincoln Club clients

Back in January 2013, Democratic city councilman Tony Young resigned his seat in the midst of his term to take command of the regional Red Cross, after rumors circulated that he actually wanted to work ...

Lily Allen's Sheezus

After five years away from the spotlight, Lily Allen has a lot to catch up on. For her homecoming record, Sheezus, the U.K. pop star spends a good time getting reacquainted with the current pop ...

Locals’ parking only?

Ocean Beach visitors' cars vandalized after dispute

A dispute over a parking space resulted in the cars of two beachgoers suffering heavy vandalism damage on Thursday evening in Ocean Beach. A horde of 15 police cruisers descended upon the 4900 block of ...

What's on Draft at Belmont Park

Mission Beach gets authentic craft beer bar and grill

My friend and I sat at a table decorated with craft beer bottle labels, staring out at the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The beach was only 30 yards or so away; we could ...

Tough bet

Opening day at Del Mar racetrack

Two hours before the 2:00 p.m. post time, traffic for opening day at the Del Mar racetrack was jammed in every direction; southbound I-5 crept down from La Costa Avenue. Northbound I-5 was very slow. ...

Nice smile, nice job

After spending nearly a decade as a stay at home mom, Kelly Grosse decided to jump back into the work force. Only, she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. After ...

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