Charlotte NC 4th Ward

Charlotte NC 4th Ward

Wheeling, West Virginia - the sign says it all

Wheeling, West Virginia - the sign says it all

James Henry Dooley's Japanese Garden at the Maymont Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Early October 2014. ...

James Henry Dooley's Japanese Garden at the Maymont Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Early October 2014. ...

Assembly house at Washington Square, Newport

Assembly house at Washington Square, Newport

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Love for H-Town

The Big Star Bar and local craft brews overcome Houston's mosquito-revitalizing weather.

Ahh, Houston! As soon as I landed, my shirt got stuck to my body as I breathed in that humid thick air. Siri told me that my week visiting Texas for my cousin’s wedding was ...

Idyllic Idyllwild: a weekend in the woods

All-seasons mountain village close to S.D. – just a 2.5-hour drive.

"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~ John Muir Ah, now I understand ...

I forge a Virginia ham trail

Virginia hams are country hams, but you can also get “city ham” there, too. Got this straight?

When you visit a region, its cuisine says as much about its culture as paintings in an art museum. Travelers rush to Napa Valley for wine, Wisconsin for cheese, Maine for lobster... but there’s just ...

The Mitchell Caverns: California's sacred caves

Explore these ancient limestone caverns a 4.5-hour drive north in the Mojave.

The Mitchell Caverns are not as large as those at Carlsbad, New Mexico, or as well known — but are local, every bit as dramatic, and come complete with a history made for movies. I ...

WonderCon — the way Comic-Con used to be

25-30 percent from San Diego

“I think the WonderCon is better than San Diego Comic-Con because I have the experience from remembering the old days,” said Anastasia Hunter, “the San Diego show is not fun anymore.” Hunter, 44, drove up ...

Beauty built on blood

Teotihuacan 2003 finds at L.A. County Art Museum

In 2003, an archaeologist digging near the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, one of the grand structures at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico, felt a soft spot in the earth that turned out to ...

Finding the iconic West in Monument Valley

Tour this rich desert landscape on the Utah-Arizona border with a Navajo guide.

“Be still and the earth will speak to you." ~ Navajo saying Monument Valley. Just the name conjures up images of the majestic, iconic buttes and classic western landscape so often seen in movies and ...

Doug Manchester versus a killer pizza oven

Mass evacuation of long-stalled Texas hotel after gas leak

Beset by a Washington Post exposé of his questionable behavior as Union-Tribune publisher, his nomination to be president Donald Trump's Bahamian ambassador stalled in the Senate, and the downtown Navy Broadway complex continuing to languish ...

Life goes on in Las Vegas

Bring your inner foodie: Vegas isn't just for gamblers or clubbers anymore.

Heading to Las Vegas two months after the Mandalay Bay shootings – the deadliest (civilian) mass shooting in American history – you’d have to be a sociopath not to think of death. But eventually, like ...

Titters over Chargers' Twitter numbers

USA Today site claims a major padding of followers since leaving SD

“The Chargers almost doubled Twitter followers since L.A. move, but 45 percent of total are now fake.” That’s the headliine in thebiglead, a sports site that is owned by USA Today. Ryan Phillips says that ...

The ol' annual Super Bowl shakedown

Game is a marketing tool for stadium-hungry team owners as host city coughs up freebies

Today is the day economists identify as one of the major global scams: the Super Bowl. Last year, 106.7 million watched it, down from the record 114.4 million in 2015. Given that the Sunday-night, Monday-night, ...

An L.A. brewery now open in La Jolla

Absolution finds its way back into town

Back in 2013, Reader Beer News reported that a planned local brewery, Absolution Brewing Company, had made the decision to join the unsaturated Los Angeles beer scene, rather than San Diego. Having thrived in its ...

Ballast Point joins forces with Disney

A Sculpin house for the Mouse

They took San Diego beer to the World Series, and now they're going to Disneyland. Ballast Point Brewing has announced plans for later this year to open the first-ever brewery at the Disneyland Resort in ...

Tronc’s Times newsroom blowback

San Diego's big sister ponders moving to Santa Monica

Chicago wheeler-dealer Michael Ferro's tronc, which has been shrinking the staff and newsroom space of the San Diego Union-Tribune, is encountering resistance from Los Angeles Times staffers, worried about putative plans to move the U-T’s ...

UCSD composer's opera a light amid the hate

Anthony Davis: "I believe the country is in peril."

“I’m very concerned about the future,” says composer and UCSD professor Anthony Davis, who has never shied away from controversial subjects. “That’s why it’s important for me to continue to write about political events because ...

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