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Java "the Magnet" Joe at 26 years old

“I remember Frank Drennen squirted ketchup and mustard all over the audience."

It’s been 26 years since Joe Flammini opened Java Joe’s, one of the few coffeehouses back then that offered live music with your latte. In 1991, Java Joe’s was located in Poway. The shop moved ...

Thorn Brewing grows into Barrio Logan

Thorn Street Brewery keeps small batches going in North Park

Thorn Brewing Co. opened to the public in Barrio Logan at the end of November. If you're thinking it's the same business as Thorn Street Brewery, you're partly right. Thorn Street founders Dennis O'Connor, Eric ...

Otay motherlode: pounds of heroin, coke, fentanyl...

American Sentri pass holder admits smuggling narcotics

Oscar Vasquez-Alamilla, a Spring Valley resident, pleaded guilty in federal court today (December 7th) to smuggling narcotics through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. He was using the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Response Inspection, ...

Bridge over Chicano Park's language barrier

"A misunderstanding, possibly an intentional misunderstanding.”

After visiting Chicano Park for a “patriot picnic” on September 3, Arthur Schaper wrote about the “Varrio Si, Yonkes No” mural in his blog along with his account of being driven out of the park ...

Recreational fishing under attack?

“We get blamed for a lot of what the commercial guys have caused.”

“Recreational fishing in California is under attack every day,” says Wayne Kotow, executive director of the Coastal Conservation Association – California. In a year-end report to the Oceanside Senior Anglers on December 5th, he reported ...

Tennis pro's dad in hospital? Or jail?

Troubles mount for accused child molester Nick Philippoussis

A hearing date has been set in the criminal prosecution of the father of a former tennis professional who was arrested for the rape of two nine-year-old girls. Nick Philippoussis will appear on January 4 ...

Cleanup on Sweetwater Marsh

Farmers, gunpowder manufacturer, heavy industry fouled wetland

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Tuesday (December 5th) unveiled its plan to clean up three areas in the Sweetwater Marsh, bayfront land north and south of the boundary between National City and Chula ...

Back alley smoked chicken served cold

Matua's Guamanian dish resembles a chicken ceviche

It looks like a pop up business. The front entry doesn't even have a roof, just a glassed in door frame leading to the alley between a brick warehouse and corrugated metal shed. The only ...

Early whales

A juvenile gray spyhopped under Coronado bridge

This is the time of year that gray whales follow their twelve-thousand mile migratory round-trip to the Pacific lagoons of Baja California Sur, where they calve and nurse their newborns in the tranquil and food-rich ...

Sunset Cliffs crumble

Second bluff collapse since Thanksgiving

Surfers reported a large bluff collapse at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park two days prior to these photos taken on December 6th. The beach sand below Point Loma Nazarene University that is frequented by students and ...

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