Content for Monday, March 9, 2015

News & Stories

AEG pulls out of L.A. stadium negotiations

Chargers may have shot at Inglewood location — if team has money

The Los Angeles Times is reporting this evening (March 9) that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), owned by multi-billionaire Philip Anschutz, is pulling out of its plans to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Backroom operator

Patrick Carfizzi, Nixon in China's man behind the "Secretary of State," grants an interview

I got the rare chance to interview Henry Kissinger. Henry doesn’t do many interviews these days, but since he’s in San Diego for a few weeks, he relented. Okay, in truth, Patrick Carfizzi, who is ...

Cookie time is over, people

Girl Scouts end 2015's national bake sale

March 8 was the close of the 2015 Girl Scout cookie sales season. Cookie lovers who couldn’t resist buying boxes of Peanut Butter Patties, Do-si-Dos, and Cranberry Citrus Crisps also noticed the price increase — ...

Lasting impermanence

3 Plays in a Tattoo Shop a little too lax but not lacking electric moments

The set, Full Circle Tattoo at 2312 30th Street in South Park, couldn’t be more authentic. Maybe 100 pictorial choices are framed on the walls, along with rows of knickknacks suggesting other possible “skin illustrations.” ...

Qualcomm engineers its financial product

Company will buy back $15 billion of stock

On the day of its annual meeting in San Diego (March 9), Qualcomm announced a a plan to buy back $15 billion of its common stock. It still has $2.1 billion stock it can buy ...

Church thief who tested dirty comes clean

Pastor forgives robber and asks him for advice

On Sunday, March 8, 19 days after St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carlsbad was broken into and robbed of dozens of silver and gold chalices, cruets, and ciboria, the items were found by a sheriff’s ...

Mayor’s foundation fueled by lobbyist funds

$30,000 from special interests could be just the beginning

Around San Diego's city hall, even good deeds can be turned to the peddling of influence. Number one example: One San Diego, a nonprofit corporation set up to implement the neighborhood agenda of Kevin Faulconer, ...

Ich bin ein Berlin food truck

Chasing down German street-food nostalgia

Driving around a couple weeks ago I found myself lined up at a red light next to a food truck painted brightly with the word Currywurst. For a moment I forgot I was on my ...

You on the bus?

Mass-transit ridership up — locally and nationally

Even though gas prices fell significantly during the past year, public use of mass transit hit a 58-year high in 2014, according to a March 9 report from the American Public Transit Association. San Diego ...

Catfish record broken at Lake Hodges

On Saturday, March 7, Don Gibson caught and released a 36.6 pound blue catfish, breaking the record at Lake Hodges. The previous record was 29.8 pounds. The catfish was released after being weighed and photographed. ...

Gas price sag

ISIS fighters and refinery explosion in Torrance fail to jack up prices

The dramatic rise in gasoline prices cracked on Thursday, March 5. Just as oil-industry watchers predicted, there was no true explanation for the daily price increase that occurred in San Diego County during the past ...

For the love of lagers — and the coast

Former PB AleHouse brewer moves on to La Jolla and Ensenada

Until a year ago, the only Vincent Falcone I knew was the character who went by the handle Lieutenant Falcon on the ‘80s’ G.I. Joe cartoon. Now, I know a brewer by the same name. ...