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Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. 80 other events on Thursday, July 24
 
Arts & Culture feature
New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
Theater
Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
Spin Cycle
Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
Editorial
Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope

 

 
 
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Wednesday, January 2,2013
No Life Offline

Big book of Big Data

A cautious endorsement of the coffee-table book on the new age of mass information

By Dave Maass
Those who say dead-tree books are dead have not considered the longevity of the coffee-table book. Coffee, as a beverage, is in no danger of obsolescence, and a virtual coffee table is totally useless in supporting the weight of the new novelty mug you also received for Christmas.
Wednesday, December 26,2012
News

The annual year-end super-crossword

From Olympics wins to natural disasters, we pack 2012’s local headlines into our holiday-time puzzle

By Dave Maass

ACROSS: 1. Christian-inspired local rock band that won Artist of the Year at the San Diego Music Awards.

Wednesday, December 19,2012
News

Gary Kreep's family-law record

Birther judge-elect opposed parental rights for communists and lesbians as a lawyer, and faced allegations of spousal abuse

By Dave Maass
It was 1991, and Kreep—who’ll be sworn in as a Superior Court judge in January— was being stalked by a client who’d gone off the deep end. The signs were just the beginning of a Cape Fear-style threat to Kreep and his staff.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
News

Generous soldiers, stingy prosecutors

Who are the big givers and big scrooges in San Diego's Combined Federal Campaign?

By Dave Maass
Federal employees in San Diego and Imperial counties collectively contribute more than $6 million per year to nonprofits through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace charity drive.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Ebenezer teasers

Bah humbug! Here's some trivia to bum you out on Christmas

By Dave Maass
How much sugar is in a standard-sized candy cane? Which toys are potentially dangerous? Happy holidays! 
Wednesday, December 12,2012
News

Mark Kersey on the record

New San Diego City Council member wants Santa to bring post-partisanship and ‘Game of Thrones’

By Dave Maass
It was exceptionally easy for Mark Kersey to score one of the city’s most difficult jobs. In May 2011, the 36-year-old filled out a piece of paper, turned it in to the San Diego City Clerk’s office and waited. 
Wednesday, December 12,2012
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Dwarf hunt

Can you find the 15 members of 'Thorin & Company' from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?

By Dave Maass
Hint: there are 13 dwarves, one hobbit and one wizard.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Geek vs. Troll

Separating from UCAN, New Media Rights will continue to defend Internet underdogs

By Dave Maass
Let’s say you’re a citizen journalist who wakes up one morning to an alert from Google that, due to purported copyright infringement, it has removed one of your blog posts about a student in Scotland who’d been posing online as a Syrian lesbian to score a book deal. You know the copyright claim is crap, but what then?
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Pepper spray use declines, D.A. investigates misconduct at juvenile hall

An update in our ongoing series on violence and sexual abuse at San Diego County detention facilities

By Dave Maass
The District Attorney’s office is reviewing an allegation of criminal sexual misconduct by a staff member at a juvenile-hall facility following an investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in limbo

UCAN stalls subsidiary’s separation for six months

By Dave Maass
Throughout 2012, a drama has been unfolding behind the scenes at one of San Diego’s most respected oversight institutions, the Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN)
 
 
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