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Is change in the air?

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

When the wraps were taken off it in 1985, the open-air Horton Plaza mall was ballyhooed as a game-changer that was going to breathe new life into San Diego’s Downtown.

In the ensuing decades, the sprawling five-story complex, with its Italian-inspired design, has been a notable feature that brought San Diegans and tourists alike into the mall’s corridors.

What most becomes a legend

By Charlene Baldridge

In 1985, a young writer named Patricia Ward went to the Smithsonian with a documentary film she’d written. It concerned author Herman Melville, in whom she had such an avid interest that it appeared the continued study of his life and works would be her future.

All that changed when Ward met her film’s host, a man who took over her life. He was kind and attractive and persuaded her to move to Los Angeles to help him write his memoirs. He happened to be the legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly.

The ride of his life

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Features, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Joyell Nevins

The Hotel del Coronado has been the backdrop for numerous once-in-a-lifetime moments over the years. This upcoming week, it will be the setting for the kick-off of Jan Gierlach’s cross-country bicycle ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida.

The 18-year-old, originally from Barrington, Illinois, will be cycling across nine states on the lower half of the United States in the space between high school and college. The plan is to cover 3,300 miles in 75 days, making stops at campsites and homestays along the way. Everything he needs he will be carrying on his bike for the duration of the ride.