Even a new president promising peace and prosperity can't change the normal flow of history and headlines: In 2009, celebrities still died, nut-jobs still launched publicity stunts and the leaders of the world are still, in the words of Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey, “just little boys throwing stones.” Rather than a simple roundup the year's top local and national news, CityBeat's giving its readers a chance to fill in the blanks.
The first three readers to send in a completed and correct crossword will win a prize pack from our shwag vaults and slush piles. Mail your entries, with address, phone number and e-mail address to Dave Maass, San Diego CityBeat, 3047 University Ave., Suite 202, San Diego, CA, 92104. Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 5. The solution will be published in the Jan. 6 issue.
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6. Sheldon Dorf, the founder of this San Diego convention, passed away in November.
8. The last name of the gay Republican who served his first year on the San Diego City Council.
9. After Obama campaigned to bring the 2016 Olympics to this city, Rio de Janeiro ultimately won the rights.
13. Nickname for Falcon Heene, who puked during a TV interview after it came out that he hadn't actually flown away on a makeshift UFO.
14. James Ray, a self-help guru with ties to San Diego, hosted an event where two people died in this type of sauna.
15. This car company recalled its floor mats following a fatal car crash in Santee.
17. Green Kross, Answerdam and Hillcrest Compassionate Care were all medical-marijuana ____ raided under Operation Green Rx.
20. Philip Markoff, a handsome medical student, allegedly lured his murder victim via this website.
21. Dr. George Tiller, shot to death in his church in Wichita, Kan., performed this controversial procedure.
23. Director JJ Abrams successfully reinvigorated this science-fiction franchise.
25. Disney swallowed up this comic-book brand.
28. Golfer who probably won't be playing the San Diego Open now that he's taking a break following a multi-mistress infidelity scandal.
30. “Cash for _____.”
33. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin released this autobiography, which was ghost-authored by a San Diego writer.
34. Militant anti-gay “Baptist Church” that protested in San Diego.
35. A conservative “pimp and prostitute” visited the offices of this inner-city community organization, including one in San Diego County.
36. After a seven-month court battle over Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat, this SNL alum finally defeated Norm Coleman in June.
37. San Diego's new childish slogan for tourism purposes.
40. David Letterman bared all about his affair with a coworker after a 48 Hours producer tried to do this to him.
44. Brand name of the intravenous anesthetic that contributed to Michael Jackson's death.
45. Anheuser-Busch InBev sold this theme park to Blackstone Group.
47. California is facing a $26.3-billion budget ___ in FY 2009-2010.
48. The placement of Muammar Gaddafi's ____ in N.J. sparked protests because of the Libyan leader's celebration of the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
49. Republicans hammered then-Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor for a remark she made about a “____ Latina” having better judgment than a white male.
51. State where voters overturned gay-marriage legislation.
52. The San Diego City Council approved tight regulations for this form of transportation following a fatal accident.
53. The San Diego Film Critics Society named this Quentin Tarantino masterpiece the best film of 2009.
56. Obama won this prize pretty much just for not being Bush.
58. Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for bilking investors out of billions with this type of scheme.
59. Census worker Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a tree in Kentucky with this word written on his chest.
60. Ted Kennedy, the “___ of the Senate,” died on Aug. 25.
61. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California is one of the two architects of proposed “cap-and-____” legislation.
1. The local institution that raised tuition by 32 percent this year.
2. In September and October, city workers and police destroyed the property of this kind of people.
3. Michael Steele became the first African-American to head this political organization.
4. Late-night talk-show host who passed the torch to O'Brien and launched a primetime show.
5. What U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson shouted when Obama promised during his State of the Union address that health-care reform wouldn't cover illegal immigrants.
7. Army base where a psychiatrist with ties to radical Islam went on a shooting spree, killing 13, including a reservist from Serra Mesa.
10. Social-media site that fanned the flames of the Iranian post-election protests.
11. Bo, the Obamas' pet, is a _____ water dog.
12. Obama brought Prof. Henry Gates and Sgt. James Crowley together for this meeting at the White House.
16. Building that would be demolished to make room for the proposed Chargers stadium
18. Voiceofsandiego.org's name for the proposed Downtown library and charter school.
19. When he disappeared for five days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's staff said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Really, he was visiting his mistress in this South American country.
22. Initials of “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” whom the Obama administration decided to put on trial in NYC.
24. Philadelphia Eagle who drew animal-rights protesters when his team played the Chargers.
26. Voters in this San Diego County city decided to keep Councilmember Jerry Kern in a recall election.
27. Prejean lost her chance at the Miss America title when she told this gossip blogger she supported “opposite marriage.”
29. Substance found on the moon, opening the gate for future human space travel.
31. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed Bill Gore to fill this job.
32. Poseidon Resources made waves with its plan to erect this kind of plant near Carlsbad.
36. Ex-American Idol contestant Adam Lambert sparked controversy with his (homo)sexually charged performance at these awards.
38. Bea Arthur, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett each died after a battle with this.
39. Kung Fu-star David Carradine was rumored to have died of autoerotic asphyxiation in a hotel room in this Asian country.
41. The more common name for H1N1.
42. San Diego was the first stop on the conservative “____ _____ Express” tour.
43. Journalists Ling and Lee were pardoned in North Korea after a visit from this former U.S. president.
45. Obama lifted the ban on this research, which has opened the door for some San Diego cancer scientists.
46. The tabloid press' nickname for Nadya Suleman.
50. In May, the Union-Tribune __ ___ 192 employees.
52. After inviting public input, Yun zi was the name given to this baby at the San Diego Zoo.
54. Nickname for baseball player who admitted to using steroids.
55. Obama claims that the federal stimulus package “created or ____” hundreds of thousands of jobs.
57. In March, narcotics suspects threw this out the window of their truck in an attempt to evade San Diego police in a high-speed chase.