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Review: Be careful what you wish for

Layne Deyling

March 8, 2011

"Leprechaun" (1993) hurts so badly you laugh and, by the time it ends, you imagine you enjoyed the pain. Ten years after Dan O'Grady imprisoned a leprechaun (Warwick Davis) in his basement and made off with a pot of gold, snotty teenager Tory (a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston), moves into his cobwebby farmhouse with her father. Aided by a dim witted trio of house painters,...

Irish Recipe

Stephen Boyd-Morales

March 8, 2011

Irish Soda Bread Ingredients: 4-1/2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 tablespoons butter 1 egg, beaten 1-3/4 cups buttermilk Directions: - Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. -Soften butter and work it into the flour mixture with your fingers. - Beat egg and mix it with...

Ethiopia in San Diego

Scott McLean

March 8, 2011

Imagine a restaurant in which food is served without cutlery not just burgers and fries, but entire meals that include seafood, tofu and more. Such an experience might seem strange to many Americans, but it is the traditional way of eating for Ethiopians, offered by the Muzlita Abyssinian Bistro in University Heights. The Ethiopian food served at the bistro is a different,...

Celebrate black history

Sonjiala Hotchkiss

February 15, 2011

Starting with President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, every U.S. president has officially recognized this monthlong February celebration. Black history month began as "Negro History Week" in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a prominent African-American historian. Woodson started the celebration to preserve the history and contributions of African-Americans and to counteract Jim Crow and...

The woman who said no

Sonjiala Hotchkiss

February 15, 2011

Rosa Parks walked to school as a young girl because no school bus service was provided to black students attending segregated schools in the rural Alabama area where she grew up. As an adult, Parks' access to public transportation was limited by Alabama's segregation laws. In December 1955, Parks' refusal to vacate her seat on a Montgomery city bus to make room for a white...

And the Oscar goes to…

Olivia Holt

February 15, 2011

On a February evening in 1940, at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Hattie McDaniel stood up from the segregated table in the back corner of the room and took a long stroll to the podium. She had just become the first African-American to receive an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone With the Wind." McDaniel was born in 1898, before Dr....

The man behind MLK

Ricky Soltero

February 15, 2011

"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being," Bayard Rustin said. "His very act of protest confers dignity on him." Rustin was a black activist whose contributions to the civil rights movement helped grow the nonviolent protest movement that evolved from the Montgomery bus boycott. This event would help Martin Luther King...

‘Life and Times of the Black Woman’

Megan Rose Bartell

February 15, 2011

"People need to understand ... poetry is a fire element," said Stacy Dyson, performance poet, playwright and a cappella vocalist. Dyson performed "The Life and Times of the Black Woman" at the Saville Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 9, as part of a world cultures event in celebration of black history month. The performance began with an introduction by Katie Rodda, director of...

Good old romance

Stephen Boyd-Morales

February 1, 2011

It's that time of year when you cuddle up with your loved one for Valentine's Day. One of the more common things to do is to watch a good old romanic film, here are some great romance films. Kiss the Bride (2007) Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner, James O'Shea Magazine editor Matt Roman (Karner) left his small hometown to make it big in the city. But his world turns upside down...

From saints to cards, why St. Valentine?

Stephen Boyd-Morales

February 1, 2011

During the third century, Emperor Claudius II felt that single men made better soldiers. As a result, marriages for young men were outlawed. It is believed that a priest named Valentine defied the law by secretly marrying young couples. Today, that priest is one of three Catholic martyrs who are now linked to the origins of Valentine's Day. According to author Dan Graves,...

Alum reports from On High

Albert Columbo

December 14, 2010

"It's exciting," said City College alum Victoria Johnson, describing a typical day at work. "You never know what's going to happen: fire, a pursuit, dolphins in the ocean. There's beautiful scenery every day." Johnson's workplace has billion-dollar views of San Diego. Most weekday mornings, she flies high above America's finest city in a helicopter, covering traffic and news...

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