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Sue Horton

The Clampdown

On March 5, the bodies of five teenagers arrived for autopsy at the San Diego County Medical Examiner‘s Office. Two were victims of student gunman Charles Andrew Williams at Santana High School in Santee. The other three died in more typical ways that teenagers die: Two were killed in automobile......

Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Morning

It is minus-15 degrees. Fahrenheit. The snow is many feet deep. It would be a fine day for sipping tea and reading by the fire. Instead I am four miles out on a trail through the woods. I am skiing, finally, to Norm’s. My presence here is an accident of......

It’s the Message, Stupid

Sometimes a vote for Ralph Nader is just a vote for Ralph Nader. It’s not that hard to understand. For the first time in decades, there’s a progressive candidate actively campaigning, one who articulates the left’s concerns about the global economy, the domestic safety net, the environment. It should be......
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Tam o’ Shanter

To understand the Tam o’ Shanter’s place in L.A. restaurant history, you might start by reading a proclamation from Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg that hangs on the Tam’s foyer wall. It offers up congratulations to "the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles in the same location under the same ownership and management."......
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Pie ’N Burger

If you lived near a good diner when you were a kid, one with great sloppy hamburgers wrapped in waxed paper, one with milk shakes made from real ice cream, and a long counter overlooking the kitchen, that diner was probably a lot like Pie ’N Burger. In fact, if......

A Vine Thing

Q: Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? A: Both. Botanically, it’s a fruit but legally, it’s a vegetable. Legally? Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1893 ruled that because a tomato is eaten during the course of a meal — and not for dessert — it could be......
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