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Palms win, hands down

La Jolla Village Garden Club's bid to plant downtown jacarandas gets the ax

Dorothy Carroll of the La Jolla Village Garden Club was ready to offer dozens of jacaranda trees on behalf of the club to decorate the new Lane Field development along the Embarcadero. But she got ...

Show thief!

Conrad Tao runs away with the entire evening at San Diego Symphony

Conrad Tao stole the show twice on Saturday, May 2, at Symphony Hall. He tore the place apart with the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 and then upstaged that monster with the conclusion of Prokofiev’s ...

Boston's budget-minded spooks

Tour of taxpayer-sponsored military lab marks Vargas staffer junket to Boston

With the boss heading out on a free junket with his wife to the Bavarian Alps, Scott Hinkle, legislative director for Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, took his own gratis spring-break trip to Boston. Hinkle's two-day ...

Wining & dining through Santa Ynez Valley

Winery-hopping, foodie draws, and Solvang's charming kitsch.

You want to go wine tasting. You’re craving somewhere one notch up from Temecula, but closer than Napa. Enter Santa Barbara wine country: a quick four-hour drive along scenic Southern California coastline to the Santa ...

South of the border comfort food

Voodoo Stu brings Southern home cooking to Tijuana

Voodoo Stu probably could have gotten away with calling his cooking “Rural-Creole-Baja Cuisine” or some drummed up stuff like that, but he didn’t. Instead, the Atlanta-raised chef simply calls it “Southern comfort food,” and it ...

Squee! Like a hog at the trough

Lawsuit says SDG&E has been collecting an illegal undergrounding tax

Call it a tax, a surcharge, or "utility user taxes," it doesn't matter: the 3 percent electricity tax and .03 percent gas tax that San Diego Gas and Electric collects from customers and later remits ...

Highlights of darkness

Heartbreak and tragedy shape the best moments of an otherwise dull Cabaret at Welk Resort Theatre

“What would you do, my brave young friend?” Elderly Fraulein Schneider sings these haunting lyrics in Kander and Ebb’s iconic musical, and these words are at the heart of Ray Limon’s current production at the ...

La Jolla fabulist earns what he deserves

James Yiu Lee claimed he had PhD, JD, and MBA — now he has 78 months behind bars

James Yiu Lee, a La Jolla resident, was sentenced yesterday (May 4) to 78 months in prison for defrauding investors of $10.5 million through online trading. Lee told potential clients that he was a certified ...

Revival brings Jamaican reggae star Triston Palma to O.B.

Album release party to feature cross-collaborative sets

“Triston Palma has been doing this for about forty years, he was recording reggae hits as a teen and is a longtime favorite of the guys in the band,” says Revival bassist Luis Medina of ...

Ambulances chased and caught

U.S. attorney's office squeezes companies involved in kickback scheme

In a lawsuit unsealed in federal court today, five Southern California ambulance companies agreed to pay more than $11.5 million to resolve Department of Justice kickback allegations. Among the five were two San Diego–based companies, ...

Fifteen bass per rod at Barrett Lake opener

The Barrett Lake opening weekend was a huge success, with the 165 anglers checked catching and releasing 2,565 largemouth bass! That's about 15 per rod. Not many anglers made it out on the big blue ...

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