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Sinaloa cartel tunnels to Otay Mesa are infrastructural marvels

"People think that you have a shovel and you dig. That’s not the way it works.”

At 8:52 P.M. on July 11th, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, sat on the bed of his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super-maximum-security prison. Surveillance footage appears to show a ...

Seven Grand returns to its whiskey atmosphere

North Park bar unplugs and refurbishes

One of the unique gems of the North Park music scene has gone dark. The stage in the back room of Seven Grand is no more. “I felt our music program was amazing, but we ...

Jamie Hamrick travels for free again

City employee gets around

An already well-traveled executive at the San Diego city employees’ retirement system has been on the road again, taking another trip to New York City courtesy of a well-heeled investment fund. The free trip is ...

Two sonnets by William Wordsworth

W.W. was instrumental in initiating the Romantic Age in English literature

The Virgin Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost With the least shade of thought to sin allied. Woman! above all women glorified, Our tainted nature’s solitary boast; Purer than foam on central ocean tost; Brighter ...

Masters' Vieux Carre goes down like soda

"One of the smoothest cocktails I’ve ever had.”

The classic Vieux Carre oozes with the decadence of a New Orleans cathouse even as its name invokes the baroque sophistication of the cast iron rail- and grillwork that entwines the French Quarter. Named for ...

Hey hey hey! Cosby countersues Fallbrook lawyer

Accuser Tamara Green made her allegations over ten years ago

Bill Cosby on Monday (December 14) filed a countersuit in federal court in Massachusetts, claiming that seven women who have accused him of drugging and sexually exploiting them are guilty of "malicious, opportunistic, and false ...

Chicken climax

Lope into Harney for Late Night Social Hour

“It’s fresh, not processed, and have you ever seen a fat Japanese guy? Except for sumo wrestlers?”

Honky-tonk outsider Wayne "The Train" Hancock hits town

The Texas twanger brings the juke joint to Soda Bar Friday night

Wayne Hancock. His nickname is “the Train,” and his act is what remains of honky-tonk, a scarce form of entertainment these days. In truth, honky-tonk defines a type of venue and an era more than ...

Dark Horse’s new stable

Weathered machinery lends attitude

Normal Heights coffee roaster Dark Horse will soon become a Golden Hill coffee roaster. Following more than a year of planning and construction, the company soft-opened its new retail shop on 25th Street just before ...

Music Zirconia pays tribute popular bands and their fans

Scott Weiland’s recent death may increase sales of his records, but fans may want to hold off on honoring his musical memory by starting a tribute band. “There are a dozen Stone Temple Pilot tribute ...

The fix is in. Possibly.

Who will operate the new film commission?

Is the fix in for choosing a future operator of San Diego’s putative new taxpayer-funded film commission? So worries an unidentified respondent to the city’s October 29 “request for ideas” regarding setting up a new ...

Wildflowers bloom late on Wilson Peak

Follow an old jeep trail into a wilderness area with spectacular views

Wilson Trail and Peak were named for the rancher, Alfred Wilson, who ran cattle in this area in the first half of the 20th Century. The Wilson Trail goes southeast along Pinyon Ridge for several ...

Wrapper’s delight

Wrap your present like you care

“I wrapped one with the Sunday comics, one in an old map, one in a beautiful silk scarf...”

Rachel Weisz is humbled and thrilled to be in Youth

What is really worth telling: horror or desire?

In Youth, Rachel Weisz plays Lena, the long-suffering daughter of famous composer Fred Ballinger. She had a rough time of it as a kid, what with Dad always paying attention to the Muse and all, ...

Ace Parking gets the contract again?

They’ll probably seal the Parkade deal, too

San Diego’s controversial but well-connected Ace Parking has been around since 1950, making it one of the city’s most well-entrenched special interests. As is the case with the Evans hotel family, another influential local dynasty, ...

A Scrooge is born

“I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea...”

Charles Dickens wrote at top speed, in part because of gifts that didn’t seem so at the time. In his youth, he was a court stenographer. He learned the intricate Gurney system of shorthand in ...

Document king tide

Do it before sea level rises

A three-foot rise in sea level would displace an estimated 480,000 people in San Diego.

This bot sucks

At home with Buster, Alexa, and Siri

“If you think you’re done, Buster, think again,” he said to the machine as if it could understand him. “I’m just going to keep running you until that floor is clean.”

Pickled eggs for christmas — no reason why not

(Lowercase c intended)

Dear Hipster: I almost always have a really hard time buying gifts for people. Birthdays are tough enough, but this time of year is all but impossible, seeing as how there are so many people ...

City to implement climate action plan

Goal: 100 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2035

Following years of planning and nearly two hours' worth of public comment on December 15, San Diego's city council voted unanimously (8-0, with councilmember Scott Sherman not attending) to approve a final climate action plan ...

Who owns the embryos?

Casualties of embryonic legal warfare

Determined in court by cold legal principles.

Grizzly Business finds alternative venues

Local band offers new pop-rock and a few odd spots to play it

The obvious item on the how-to-get-gigs list would be: make good music. That became clear to Grizzly Business when they put out the catchy pop tune “Rich Girls” in February. “After it came out we ...

The re-reinvention of Pasaje Rodriguez

Tijuana is all about experimentation

When Luis Montijo came upon downtown Tijuana’s Pasaje Rodriguez, the arts and culture alleyway was losing steam. “It wasn’t really going anywhere,” the 32-year-old Tijuana native recalls of his 2013 visit from Mexico City, where ...

"There are too many people like him in San Diego"

...and other thoughts from readers

No Mainstream Media Here Re: “Angel’s No Angel” (December 10 cover story) Finally, you guys are describing a military automatic assault rifle — the ones that the mainstream media keep thinking that the public can ...

Sam Outlaw goes whole hog for country

Poway native didn't/doesn't get his hometown's penchant for pop-punk

When he attended Poway High in the late ’90s, music didn’t mean that much to Sam Morgan. For starters, he was raised in a conservative Christian household that didn’t permit rock music indoors. And even ...

Catholic priest turned Presbyterian pastor

Excerpt from “The Finished Wonder”

It seemed that God was far away, but He was very near. Suddenly the thought entered my mind: “You have your Gospel; read it, and you will find the light.” On my knees, and with ...

Shul of Rock!

Alice Cooper, Freightshakers, Bulletproof Stockings, and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 20“All bad things must come to an end” is how the hard-rock staples Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper describe their final tour together, which rolls through town at Viejas Arena and wraps with three ...

Killah, Crocs, El Vez, and Raveonettes

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 17Former Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah rocks the mic at Observatory North Park behind this year’s Twelve Reasons to Die II, a sequel to 2013’s well-received concept record Twelve Reasons to Die, itself an extension ...

The nights before Christmas

What to do leading up to the big day.

League of Legends, Cannon Battles, and Jingle Bell Kroc. Plus Michael McDonald (not the singer or the wrestler).