Content for Friday, April 17, 2015

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Retired master sergeant headed to slammer for two years

He cruised gyms, stole credit cards, went on spending sprees

Christopher Dwan Underwood, a retired Air Force master sergeant, was sentenced to two years in prison today (April 17) for stealing government credit cards and personal identifying information from service members. According to United States ...

He stole from elderly, served time

Now he is banned from securities industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (April 17) banned Charles Duane Lewis from association with anyone in the securities industry. Lewis, who resides in La Mesa, was a broker with H.D. Vest Investment Securities from ...

Not (yet) enough kegs from the Toolbox

Brett specialists keep it exclusively adventurous

Though my initial visit to Toolbox Brewing Company didn’t yield beers that cashed in on the brewery’s ultimate potential, they were promising, and I’ve made it a point to check out their beers whenever an ...

One delivery app charges to use another delivery app

Grubhub gets in the middle

Used to be, a restaurant hired a delivery driver or it didn’t. Nowadays, a number of enterprising tech companies have made online restaurant ordering and delivery a business model in its own right. In the ...

County unemployment rate keeps dropping

March hit 5.1 percent as county gained 8000 jobs

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from a revised 5.3 percent in February, as 8000 nonfarm jobs were added in the month. Government was the big gainer, adding 2000 ...

Overweight San Salvador launch sunk

Don’t want to use two competing cranes to launch San Salvador

The planned floating of the full-scale replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s 1542 ship, the San Salvador, was grounded prior to its highly anticipated April 19 launch date. Engineers discovered the 151-ton ship weighed too much. ...

Evermotion, by Guster

Boston band drops out of college rock

Continuing to chip away at their college rock roots, Guster's Evermotion further obscures the band's acoustic guitar and bongo-backed beginnings. The opener, “Long Night,” provides an overture of sorts, lulling the listener in with dreamy ...

Jamul, the state's street-pizzeria

Study says drought may be motivating animals to cross roads

The rural East County community of Jamul has garnered some statewide attention: the stretch of Highway 94 that runs from Rancho San Diego east toward Dulzura was ranked by researchers at UC Davis as one ...

Home is a menacing place

Spellbinding Lord of the Flies at New Village Arts features youthful actors and negative consequences.

New Village Arts Theatre has once again crafted a brilliant staging of a theatrical production adapted from the page. The Carlsbad company, which in the past has presented interpretations of To Kill a Mockingbird and ...

Antemasque provides sonic spark to combustible Belly Up crowd

Former Mars Volta duo strip it down and turn it up

When guitarist and vocalist Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes gets onstage, things get weird, and Sunday night’s opening performance was no exception. With the casual mannerisms of a human-hearted automaton and a fierce stage ...

La Mesa drug dog retires at age 49

With his partner, 2700 grams of narcotics detected in six years

The La Mesa City Council unanimously authorized the retirement of police narcotic-detection dog Maximus "Max" on April 14. His partner, officer Derek Cox, was allowed to adopt the seven-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. During their six-year ...

Putting the fish in fish-n-chips

April 16 dock totals The Dolphin 1/2 day am run with 26 anglers aboard reported 28 rockfish and 1 lingcod* caught. 9 anglers aboard their 1/2 day afternoon run caught 3 sculpin, 29 rockfish and ...