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Content for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

News & Stories

Sax Diego: Charles McPherson and friends

“It sounds like a human voice,” Weiss says, “because that’s your breath coming out of it.”

July 23, 2014
First nibbles at Común

The octopus tentacle sticks up purple and angry out of the roiling mass of pink and white quinoa, and the green and yellow and red wall of heirloom tomatoes. In the enamel mug beside it, ...

Disabilities act lawsuits pile up

According to the Desert Sun, Coachella Valley businesses, particularly hotels, are being hit with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits. San Diego attorney David Wakefield is filing many of those suits. Wakefield is a former ...

July 23, 2014
A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow — You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has ...

July 23, 2014
King is gone and forgotten

North Park's Burger King at 2829 El Cajon Boulevard closed down late last year. The building now has a new tenant: a Sonic Drive-in. San Diego County now has six Sonic locations: Camp Pendleton, Vista, ...

Muff for life

“It would be weird having my grating, aggravating-sounding voice on ‘Here Comes Your Man.’ It would be really awkward.”

July 23, 2014
Sweetwater land deals — the beef goes on

Remember Sweetwater Union High School District’s dalliance with the Christian University -- Grand Canyon, in January 2013? Remember when the district made a bid to take over part of the National City Adult Education Center ...

You can’t be Guttermouth

Skaters with guitars, really dirty mouths, attitude, and nary a serious thought among them. When Guttermouth was new, they had all that going for them. They appealed to a fan base with simple songs made ...

July 23, 2014
Not going to stick up for evil no more

Testimony began on July 17 in a trial for a man who admits being a street hood for the Varrio Fallbrook Locos gang. Some witnesses have been so fearful that they suffered almost complete memory ...

July 23, 2014
The Alabaman way

Tuesday, 8 p.m. What’s this buzz outside Felix’s? People, mostly African-American, are milling around the entrance, some dressed to the nines. Inside you can hear music and see what looks like a party going on. ...

July 23, 2014
Dining for dollars

The chefs, the beer, the liquor, the mushrooms ... everything you'll find at the Loving Local Music and Local Food fundraiser is from within a 100-mile radius.

Pit bully

Jan Combative GOP San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith has long been a fan of the corporate and real-estate lobbying group that calls itself the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Last year he dressed up ...

July 23, 2014
Esco dijo "no" to kids' immigrant facility

On June 22, it took a panel of Escondido planning commissioners less than two minutes to decide against the Southwest Key project that would have turned a vacant nursing home into a federally funded residential ...

The modern hipster’s views on marriage and family

Mr. Hipster: My friends are getting married this summer and I have a sneaking suspicion they will be throwing one of those “hipster weddings” that I’ve been hearing so much about. I would have thought ...

July 23, 2014
Sophisticated water sports

Last week, I stopped by the new waterfront park at 1600 Pacific Highway with the kids and had a picnic by the enormous fountain and its “interactive” water arches. My little ones got drenched and ...

Only better than Newark and Laredo

San Diego County has the weather for recreation but not the amenities. That's the inevitable conclusion of a study by WalletHub, a group that gathers statistics and ranks metro areas. WalletHub rated cities on on ...

July 23, 2014
Rancho Mission Canyon Open Space

“Chi-ca-go chi-ca-go” in Rancho Mission Canyon

July 23, 2014
Minimum-wage activists visit Mayor Faulconer

A host of activists organized by clergy members active with the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice gathered downtown on Tuesday morning, July 22. The group showed up to lobby mayor Kevin Faulconer in support of ...

July 23, 2014
The whole “gay or hipster” conundrum

Dear Hipster: Do you have to be a hipster to attract the bearded, pomp-haired, skinny jeans, tattooed, pierced, smug-lipped gent? — Gay in Golden Hill Hipsters may have a reputation for scornfulness, but that legendary ...

July 23, 2014
Information and analysis

Follows is an in-depth analysis of NFL preseason magazines, pointing toward the absurdity of buying a magazine written months ago, printed weeks ago, purporting to give the reader inside information on teams that haven’t settled ...

July 23, 2014
This man could shoot you

"I’d say 80 percent of the wheelchair off-ramps between San Ysidro and Oceanside were cut out by me.”

July 23, 2014
Horton’s dowry

Readers of the U-T San Diego editorial page may still be wondering about the connection between GOP ex-assemblywoman Shirley Horton and U-T editorial writer-in-chief Bill Osborne, but there’s no doubt Horton sank some heavy personal ...

July 23, 2014
Earthquake- and tsunami-proof in Carlsbad

Current Owners: Jon & Carol Jensen Listing Price: $11,500,000 Beds: 6 Baths: 8 Looking for a way to beat the heat during another sweltering San Diego summer? Try this coastal mansion, with private access to ...

July 23, 2014
Jedi Elvis, Foxy Meatloaf, and a man called Alice

Sunday 27Classic-rock-radio staples Boston play Pechanga (Temecula) on their Heaven on Earth tour. If you’re hoping to catch the Beantownies, this’d be the place, as their Wednesday-night show at Humphreys is sold the fug out. ...

July 23, 2014
Yogging with Monk

Thursday 24“Lines like, ‘You’re a bad-hearted boy trap, baby doll, but you’re so damn hot,’ are enough to make you despise the English language.” Ah, the band that Pitchfork loves to hate, Chicago-born and bred ...

July 23, 2014
Turn an irascible feline into an internet gold mine

Dear Hipster: I love my roommate, who is awesome in almost every way, but I hate her cat because it is an evil emissary of dark forces sent to torture humanity. I don’t know if ...

July 23, 2014
Neither factual, nor funny, nor ironic

Way to Go, Lemon Grove Re: News Ticker: “Operation Lemon Drop: Success” Lemon Drop a success? Really? The “swarm” of officers arrested .016 percent and cited .0357 percent of the 3,330 hundred riders they contacted, ...

July 23, 2014
The Con spilleth over

Plenty of Comic-Con–related events don’t require a pass to the convention center. On Wednesday, July 23, Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton will be at Stone Brewing Liberty Station to tout a stout he reportedly co-brewed called ...

July 23, 2014
Jesus has enough fans but not so many followers

Membership: 200 (adults) Denomination: Independent Executive Pastor: Raymond van Pletsen Age: 66 Born: Johannesburg, South Africa Formation: Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, MO; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX Years Ordained: 34 San Diego Reader: What ...

July 23, 2014
San Diego among worst postal dog bite cities

In May, numbers released by the U.S. Postal Service ranked San Diego at number four in the nation for dog bites to letter carriers. Our total of 53 bites in 2013 put us off the ...

July 23, 2014
Cashing in the chips

It was back to the heartland for La Jolla–based Qualcomm last month — back, at least, to the Heartland Values political action committee “created to help ensure that the common sense, conservative values that served ...

July 23, 2014
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