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Donald Sterling’s racism deals a blow to LA Clippers

BEN HOUT. Staff Writer.

In the midst of one of the best first round of NBA playoffs in years, it became public via phone recordings that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was racist. Though the team was ignorant of the ownership’s discriminatory tendencies, it was their image and the organization’s as a whole that suffered. Immediately in the first week, 10 big-name Clippers endorsers dropped their sponsorship of the team, including State Farm with their endearing Cliff Paul commercials.

Thankfully, Cliff Paul has made his way back into State Farm ads, and the Clippers have been sold. Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer purchased the team, and for a record two billion. Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, was handed over the ability to sell the team by her husband, and has jacked prices to ridiculous heights. It seems the Sterling family wants to go out of the NBA in the same manner they carried themselves throughout their infamous career. It wasn’t until his racist remarks were unveiled in the recorded phone call, that the league realized Sterling had gone too far.

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Best restaurants in San Diego


C Level Lounge-

The C Level Lounge & Island Prime Restaurants offer a unique variety of dining options with an experience unlike anywhere else. Because of their distinct location right on the water, they have a dining option of parking your boat. Prices range from $25-$65 and range from a wide range of options on choices.

Volare Italian Dining-

This is a very well known exquisite restaurant in the downtown San Diego area that is prized for its Italian food. With the best baked Ziti and Spaghetti in town, this restaurant is sure to make your senses sizzle. Prices range from $30-$55 on all entrée options.


Corvette Diner-

The Corvette dinner is a very cute 50’s themed Diner that offers a wide range of food options including burgers, steaks, etc. You are sure for a good time with the goofy neon themes and the waitresses that come and style your hair with straws. Corvette diner’s prices range from $15-$27

The Venetian-

The Venetian in Point Loma has a wide variety of pizza, soups, salads, Linguini and seafood, and many other options. This restaurant has it all and is located in a beautiful part of town. Prices range from around $15-$20 for starters and is sure for an experience one will never forget.

Anthonys- Located right on the beach this restaurant has semi decent prices and offers a wide range of dinner options including sea food and many other kinds of food to suit every picky eaters taste buds. Anthonys offers great service and great food with a 4 star reputation. Prices range from $15-$30.

Jake’s Del Mar- Jake’s in Delmar is also located right offshore on the beach in Del Mar, California. With a wide variety of dinner options, Jakes specializes in their Crab with a delectable side of chowder. Prices range from $15-$27 and the view is worth the amazing food experience. Jakes is sure to impress.

Flemings Prime Steakhouse- This is a 5 star restaurant and serves nothing but the very best. This restaurant is known to be the best in San Diego and is prized on its fine dining and irresistible food choices. Prices range from $30-$70 but the prices are worth it all and this restaurant has the credentials to prove it.

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“River Monsters” provides relief from TV stupidity

HAMID KOLAHDOUZ. Sports Columnist.

In an era where supposed educational Tv channels consistently produce completely uneducational, and frankly stupid, uninteresting shows like “American Pickers,” “Ice Road Truckers,” or “Honey Boo-Boo,” “River Monsters” is a refreshing break from the monotony of stupidity.  The show features the real investigations of scientist and expert fisherman Jeremy Wade as he travels around the world successfully attempting to solve the mysterious cases of deaths around the world in freshwater, likely caused by deadly fish.

Unlike completely ridiculous shows that are thematically similar like “Monster Quest” or “Finding Bigfoot,” Jeremy Wade actually captures the monsters he seeks. There is not one episode where Wade fails to catch the giants he chases, no matter how challenging, dangerous or time consuming it ends up being. It wouldn’t be hard to argue that Wade is a little crazy in how serious he takes the show. He even traveled to Chernobyl to fish in the nuclear cooling ponds, seriously risking his health to catch a mutated monster. He’s truly a badass worth watching as he catches giant, killer fish around the world.

Often Jeremy Wade travels to some of the most dangerous, undeveloped parts of the world to reveal killer freshwater behemoths. Wade was even detained as a spy in Thailand, and while fishing in the Amazon risks kidnapping by the cartels or rebel groups operating in the region. Wade can speak several languages Portuguese, Spanish, and French which he often uses during his interviews of local people and fishermen in his hunt for freshwater killers. Before starting the show, Wade had already written several books on his fishing adventures around the world. You can tell Wade and “River Monsters” is the real deal, in contrast to the vast majority of similar hosts and shows on the air.

The show is now in its fifth season and airs on Animal Planet on Sunday nights. The first four seasons are on Netflix and the show often airs in marathons on Discovery or Animal Planet

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Kolahdouz on Sports

HAMID KOLAHDOUZ. Sports Columnist.

These days the Chargers have found themselves in an odd position. The team is in a rebuilding mode and has a severe dearth of talent on the defensive side of the ball, yet the team is still finished in the top eight of the league, after losing in the divisional round to Denver. The coaching scheme, the play of Philip Rivers and his playmakers, not turning the ball over and a decent amount of luck just sneaked the Bolts into the playoffs.

The expectation for the Chargers from the organization and fans will be to win a championship, or at least get in the playoffs in the coming season. However, sneaking into the playoffs this year won’t be as easy. Last year, the Chargers played one of the league’s easiest schedules; next year, they will play one of the hardest and face stiff competition playing against the NFC West and, of course, in division. The Chargers can still realistically reach the post season if they avoid playing down to competition like they did this year against teams like Miami and Tennessee, winning all of their winnable games.

Due to the large amount of salary taken up by dead money owed to bad players no longer on the team, like Gaither, Meacham, and Cox, the Chargers will likely need to find solid starters for the defense in the draft, not free agency. Thankfully, the 2014 draft is expected to be the deepest in years and starters are expected to be found up into the middle rounds. The Chargers will have to draft starting-caliber players at the corner, nose tackle, and sub-package pass rusher. Starting-caliber players at these positions are likely far out of the Chargers price range in free agency and not much more than stop-gap players could be found, regardless.

On the offensive side of the ball, expect General Manager Tom Telesco to draft offensive linemen and add speed to the receiver position. The Chargers should have no trouble finding a quality right guard and a sizeable, speedy receiver to complement Keenan Allen.

If the Chargers are able to improve their already powerful balanced offense and field a serviceable defense, they, prove to be a very dangerous team next season.

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U.S Flag controversy

BROOKE MEHUS. Sports Editor.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Read more

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