Writing A Musical Signature With His Wrong Hand
Acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin has had a successful music career since he was 15 years old, but 10 years ago his performance — and, by extension, his life — began falling apart. In 2001, he was diagnosed with focal dystonia, a mysterious neurological condition that causes muscles to involuntary contract. For McLaughlin, hardly anything could have been more devastating. Focal dystonia has crippled the careers of a number of notable musicians, including the Peabody Conservatory of Music’s Leon Fleisher; Alex Klein, once the first oboist of the Chicago Symphony and Warren Deck, the former principal tubaist of the New York Philharmonic. It also afflicts Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert.
Claire Trageser | March 30, 2011 | Comments (0)
The County’s Hazardous Waste Cutback
Unincorporated San Diego County residents are waiting longer and driving farther to properly dispose of their household hazardous waste. For those who do care, county cutbacks are making it harder to do the right thing.
Claire Trageser | March 7, 2011 | Comments (3)
Fact Check: A Startup a Day in SD?
Statement: “On average, one technology startup is launched here every day of the year — including weekends,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said Jan. 12 in his sixth State of the City address. Determination: Misleading Analysis: As Sanders stood at the podium in Balboa Theatre delivering his State of the City speech, he highlighted San Diego’s strongest economic areas, including the Navy, defense technology and the biotech industry. He focused most of his talk about economic development on San Diego’s technology companies, and his oration included the claim that, “On average, one technology startup is launched in San Diego every day of the year — including weekends.” Alex Roth, the mayor’s spokesman, said this statement was based on results from the third quarter of 2010, the most recent data available from Connect, a technology advocacy group whose publications are generally regarded as the authority on local tech industry figures.