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Sandcastle Hat Takes First Place in Del Mar Races Hat Contest

Published July 23, 2011 by Imperial Beach Patch. IB Resident and employee Mike Guthrey never thought the hat he made in honor of this year’s would score him a first place win in theDel Mar Race hat contest. “It was all kind of a fluke,” he said. “On Sunday night I realized that [Opening Day] […]


Video: Dynamite Downs Eyesore Power Plant, Sends Booms Across South Bay

South Bay Power Plant Implosion from Khari Johnson on Vimeo. Published Feb. 2, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. After 50 years in operation and 55 years on San Diego Bay, the South Bay Power Plant came down Saturday morning in an implosion that took less than two minutes. With noises like rolling thunder or the […]


Video: Police Sergeant Seen Pulling Woman by Hair Is Subject of Internal Probe

Published Oct. 20, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. A San Diego police sergeant shown pulling a distraught woman by the hair at a fire scene is the subject of an internal police probe, authorities said Saturday. He also may be sued, the victim told U-­T San Diego. “Due to allegations arising from this incident, we […]


Elvis of Lowriders Gets ‘Timeless’ Tribute at Legends Auto Exhibit

Published Feb. 27, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. When Gaspar Martinez passed away in 1998, dozens of lowriders from car clubs across San Diego were part of the funeral procession. “You would have thought Elvis Presley passed away the day of the funeral. That’s how many people and car clubs turned out,” his brother Pablo said. […]


Is Sign Spinning a Sport?

Greg Hakanson, 20 used to sign for a nutritional supplement company. He heard about AArow Advertising, which teaches people tricks to spin and flip signs, about a year ago, and started coming to weekly practices to “be the best.” “It’s more like our little culture, sign spinning. Everyone outside of sign spinning are like ‘whoa, […]


Tiki Dan: Creation with a Chainsaw

  Published Sept. 27, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Kelly Tracy, former head of the now inactive IB Art Guild, recently got a warning from code compliance officer Tommy Simmons after a neighbor claimed that a tree in his yard may contain rats or vermon. So instead of a typical tree trimming, Tracy last week […]


Magnolia’s Soul Food Restaurant Closes, Southeast SD Loses One of Few Restaurant

Published in July 2010 by The People’s Post. Charles and Bessie Johnson opened Magnolia’s Authentic Southern Dining five years ago at Market Creek Plaza, part of a group of local business owners asked to open shop in the new shopping center. Last month they closed their doors for the last time. Here Charles shares his […]


Musical Icon Nina Simone Lives on in ‘Nina’

Published May 11, 2010 by San Diego News Network (SDNN) and San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Calvin Manson — writer and director of the musical “Nina” — saw Nina Simone perform while he was a student at UC San Diego in 1972. When it came time for the outspoken icon to sing “To Be Young, […]


Microloans Help San Diego Refugees Grow Businesses, Jobs

Published Feb. 2, 2010 by Allvoices as part of its Provoices program. Osman Osman, 38, is a security guard who works 40 hours a week at construction sites, then cleans houses and businesses. He took out a $10,000 loan to expand his company American Cleaning Expert, $7,000 for more carpet and window cleaning equipment. Growing his business […]


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last Hour Alive

Published Jan. 18, 2010 by Allvoices. The San Diego County YMCA hosted its 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr Human Dignity Award breakfast Friday with more than 1,000 people in attendance. The morning’s keynote speaker was Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, the last person alive who was with Dr. King an hour before an assassin fired a […]


Fried Butter and Chocolate Covered Bacon at Heart Attack Cafe

Published by San Diego News Network in June 2010. Heart-bursting food options at the San Diego County Fair in 2010.


Cardboard Tube Fighting Hits SF

Originally published by xpress.sfsu.edu Nov. 15, 2007. Samurais, knights, robots and people of all ages gathered in Justin Herman Plaza as part of the first Cardboard Tube Fighting League (CTFL) tournament in San Francisco. Click here to see a CTFL slideshow. The free event involved more than 50 people beating each other with cardboard tubes in […]


Wesla Whitfield

Over the course of a decades long career in music, Whitfield has performed in more than 10,000 shows, playing Carnegie Hall and the White House along the way. She recently passed the milestone of spending half her life in a wheelchair and half walking and talks about lessons learned along the way.


Police Got Medals for Shooting My Son

Published by The People’s Post in May 2010. Jeromiah Paul Davis was a health nut and athlete who served his country at Guantanamo Bay. He also had a difficult past and a meth habit. Likely suicidal, last March Davis ran a mile up Avocado Blvd with a knife in his hand. After trying non-lethal methods […]