Dorian Hargrove

Dorian Hargrove is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

San Diego's 10 Best Movie Theaters

Movie theaters still maintain the magic of moviegoing and, boy, do we need it now. In this issue, we present San Diego's 10 best theaters to get lost in.

That’s life, and life’s not easy

Gangland style

When I was released from prison in June of 2008, I received $200 in cash. They call it “gate money.” It’s the standard issue for all parolees leaving California prisons, and it does not matter ...

My Beer Radar - ¡Uno!

Brewing companies planning to enter brewhouse-less communities

It felt good getting back in the groove this week—reporting on interesting, previously unreported, barely skimmed, or completely unknown San ...

Scott Marks Dec. 6, 2012 @ 10:20 a.m.

Dig a hole, "Papa Doug?" "Papa" dug a hole? "Papa Doug," a'hole? How stands the Union now, mister?


Scathing report on U-T San Diego

U-T a "corporate shill," says respected media publication

"The Fall of the San Diego Union-Tribune" is the headline in a story today (Dec. 6) in the publication Media ...

Visduh Dec. 7, 2012 @ 8:35 p.m.

These obstructionists! Why won't they just go along with (and get along with) Irv Jacobs plan to make Balboa Park world class? The park is old and down at the heels and needs to be modernized along the lines of something in New York City. Moreover, the city needs a facility like the one he envisions to really pull in the tourists. Who cares if the city loses a few bucks a year on the garage? After all, it pumps millions into the Padres and the Chargers every year and nobody (well, almost nobody, except the obstructionists) complains.


Javajoe25 Dec. 12, 2012 @ 11:46 a.m.

Seems to me this outfit forgot to look before they leap. Apparently, no one thought another big horse & pony show was going to be in town at the same time. What are the odds, right? For San Diegans, this was like dueling horseshows. No one was sure which way to go.

The other big mistake they made was contracting out most of the production. Their costs soared and with the town unsure of which show to go to, their ticket sales went flat. It didn't help that "Cavalia" out marketed them also. This show was doomed before it got out of the gate.


Visduh Jan. 3, 2013 @ 4:08 p.m.

If we accept that corporations have no stakeholders except their shareholders, the books of a publicly-traded corporation should be open to the stockholders and public. And that would include money spent on lobbyists and making contributions to political campaigns. For one thing, I want to know if "my" money is wasted backing losers and unpopular causes. Now that corporations are legally able to put serious dollars into politics, I think the shareholders should know where the money is going.


Landmark Theatres continues to provide that personal touch

I remember just last year when I would actually go to a movie theatre to watch a screening. Now I ...

Javajoe25 Jan. 22, 2013 @ 6:17 p.m.

I think the West Mesa would work, especially if they set things up from Upas St south to the very end of the park. The Gay Day parade holds their after party there every year and the turnout for that is massive and it goes on for the entire weekend with no permanent damage to the park or neighborhood. I suspect Earth Day celebs would be sure to leave no litter or footprints behind. It would be better than no Earth Day at all.


Bob_Hudson Nov. 1, 2013 @ 8:10 p.m.

I advertise my small business in local community papers and when the UT bought the North County Times and essentially shut it down, it resulted in the loss of a major advertising outlet in north San Diego and southwestern Riverside counties. Advertising in the UT after that was more expensive and far less effective, so I had to stop doing it.

I cannot tell you how happy I was to see that none of the community papers I still adveetise in are on the list of the UT's latest purchases!

The UT has been calling offering three days of weekly delivery (including the Sunday paper) for 56 cents a week which also includes a digital subscription. That's essentially giving the paper away.

As a newspaper executive, John Lynch makes a good radio salesman.


Visduh Nov. 1, 2013 @ 7:34 p.m.

If the boys handle this the way they went about integrating the North County Times into the Mill, all of that circulation will be lost. Except for the La Jolla Light, I doubt that any of that circulation was paid. But looking at the names of the papers, all except the one in Ramona are in upscale areas and coastal. Many of the folks who live in that affluent area really like having a local paper. It offers the chance to get their names and photos in the paper and get news of pleasant happenings printed. Then small local boutique advertisers can afford to put ads in the small paper.

If D & J decide to attempt to just tell the readers in those areas that the Mill will add all the local "good stuff", and that they can get it there, nothing good will come of this. Maybe they learned from the miserable takeover of the NCT that they cannot just shut them down. Unless, of course, that is the reason for buying them.

Here in No County, two of my neighbors who live behind me up a long driveway once were NCT subscribers. Neither now gets the Mill. Multiply that distaste for the loss of a local paper a thousand or ten thousand times, and we can see why folding NCT into the Mill had no positive effect on paid circulation.


Barbarella Fokos Feb. 3, 2013 @ 12:48 p.m.

I was going to suggest you add a picture of Hitler, but then I remembered he was a Christian. ;)


Fred Williams Feb. 4, 2013 @ 1:47 a.m.

Am I the only one who doesn't find the Almost Factual News articles funny.

I've tried. I like to laugh, and a good parody would be welcome. I love The Onion.

But this is anther example where the author COULD do something funny, but it just comes across as odd, disjointed, and weird.

Hmmm...maybe if there were an item about how Bob Filner got Papa Doug in a headlock and gave him a nuclear nuggie...or about Duffy being found passed out at a reggae show, or Dumanis coming out of the closet as a life-long heterosexual...maybe Todd Gloria holding a press conference taking credit for personally filling all the potholes in his district, or Marti Emerald quiting the council to join a reality TV show.

These could all be kinda funny if written right.

But this item, which has a paragraph of sort of bitter pseudo-atheist rant disguised as Almost Factual's really just not funny.

Maybe something about the Atheists declaring holy war, going on a crusade, chanting in unison to their lord and savior Richard Dawkins, reading as a group from The Selfish Gene...that might be funny. But this? Nah. It's just weird and disjointed.

This week it would be hilarious to do a bit about SOHO being bought by Irwin Jacobs, with Bruce Coons saying, "We welcome the new investment and change of direction for SOHO that someone with Irwin Jacobs concern for historic preservation and public involvement brings.."

Reader Staff...what do you pay for these items? Maybe I'll write some for you, if you want...(just ask Barb to contact me.)


Don Bauder Nov. 1, 2013 @ 4:31 p.m.

Matt101: I don't know about the other papers, but I believe the La Jolla Light is a good local publication. I hope it remains that way. I don't think these are shoppers or semi-shoppers. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 7, 2013 @ 7:10 p.m.

I have had severe falls from bad sidewalks, and I am in shape, if you're an older woman with weak bones it could be a death sentence, 20% of women over 60 who fall and break a hip die from the injury due to the weak bone structure at that age in life.


Visduh Feb. 11, 2013 @ 10:48 a.m.

Today, Monday, February 11, the Manchester Mill ran a Watchdog piece on the front of the local news section reporting on this story. That's, by my calculation, eight days after Susan reported it. Oh, and the piece mentions nothing about Alt's felony guilty plea back in the 90's! A real watchdog, that paper, one with rubber teeth. It would appear that after Brand called the UT editors into a meeting and lectured them about how to report news of the district (and presumably of him and his performance), the rag has been pulling its punches.

The Mill isn't really a NEWSpaper any more; what do you call a paper that prints old stuff? Maybe an "oldspaper?"


Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Steven Seagal impose martial (arts) law

Following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 first-graders and six teachers dead, tough talking Sheriff Joe ...

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