Content for Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Oscar® poop

The brilliance of this morning’s roll call of Oscar® nominations began and ended with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs soon-to-be forever infamous howler of a misspeak. I’m all for retromingency, but Dick Poop instead of ...

Not just a bump in the road

Wheelchair person sues city for water-line obstacles at crosswalks

El Cajon Boulevard is far from being considered a pedestrian-friendly street. The mid-city thoroughfare from Park Boulevard to 33rd Street is busy with popular hotels, bars, and restaurants. But for people who have to rely ...

Relax, it'll all make sense

Why can Mimi and Rodolpho fall in love immediately?

La Boheme is the first opera of the still-in-existence San Diego Opera. Boheme is generally considered the world’s favorite opera and there is good reason for that. The story is moving and the music is ...

Comcast to steal Centerplate’s Qualcomm deal?

Changes loom for heavily lobbied stadium food and beverage contract

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, trying to palatably package a billion-dollar-plus Chargers venue, is set to award a new food-and-beverage contract for Qualcomm Stadium, with some of his major campaign donors are already pitching hard ...

Public relations — er, utilities commission chief speaks

Is Michael Picker more interested in smoothing over corruption?

At a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today (January 15), the new president, Michael Picker, acknowledged that the agency has had ethical problems and pledged reform. Picker conceded that there "is uncertainty ...

And the band droned on

Senate bill wants Homeland Security to justify use of unmanned planes

A bill introduced this week by Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake seeks to put the brakes on plans to expand the use of surveillance drones along the U.S./Mexico border. Questions have been raised ...

They haul meat

Golden eagle tracking project yields unexpected data

Since three local scientists studying golden eagles started trying to catch the birds in October — to swab them for DNA and pathogens and release them with a GPS transmitter attached — they've gone through ...

Situation abnormal — all fracked up

"They're taking hydrochloric acid and shooting it into the ground."

Environmental activists packed a meeting hall at King-Chavez Community High School downtown on Monday night, January 12, for the first stop of the California Crossroads Tour, meant to raise awareness and pressure state government to ...

Dana Hooley’s acting bucket list

The veteran actor and Craig Noel Award-winner shares her rebellious aspirations

I’m asking veteran local actors to name five dream roles and say why. The answers not only reveal aspirations, they may put an idea in the minds of artistic directors and producers — even choices ...

Q is gone, Fresh Air survives

KPBS drops show once hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, accused of sexual assault

Former rock singer Jian Ghomeshi was fired by Q producer CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) in October when former lady friends claimed he got violent with them during sex. San Diego’s top-rated public radio station initially ...

Beer to the rescue

Brewers unite for a year-long lupus research and awareness campaign

The first time I heard about lupus was when a dear friend informed me their nephew had died from it. Needless to say, the term lupus stuck with me after that, but it wasn’t for ...

Mayor Faulconer's folly

Budget analyst says "the city does not have enough resources"

In his state of the city address yesterday evening (January 14), mayor Kevin Faulconer said he wants to repair long-neglected infrastructure, take action on expansion of the convention center, and build a stadium for the ...

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