What to wear, what to wear?

Unfortunately the president of the United States has recently and in the past said so many ridiculous, inarticulate and nonsensical things in person and via Twitter (“As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We shou [..]

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It's not just about the boring game

There are a few reasons to avoid watching the Super Bowl this year: The NFL’s history of turning a blind eye toward domestic violence when its employees —namely the well-paid athletes who are the bread and butter of that entertainment [..]

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Walking a mile in his shoes could be a delicious endeavor

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.

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Women of Chula Vista prepare for a centennial milestone

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.

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North of the border advice for new cops sounds familiar

Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.

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In Murdertown, USA cops are few but politicians plentiful

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.

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June is ripe time for picking

June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...

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Bright colors ahead

In April gardeners begin to see the fruits of their labors from the past months as their gardens come into full bloom and become ripe...

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Author's words of wisdom

This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year. I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]

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Surviving a flood and the city

Two old palm trees mark the driveway to an exquisite Victorian orchard house, located east of Albany on Main Street, north of the Otay River. The house belonged to Isaac Smith in 1891. It changed ownership several times up to the Depression, when [..]

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Offering support in theory only

Presumably National City City Councilman Albert Mendivil is sleeping better these days (how I don’t know, given the ramblings of the president of the United States in an increasingly divided country and an already troubled world) now that he ha [..]

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Hoping education secretary’s sensitivity is more than lip service

During the recent confirmation hearings for Betsy Devos, now Secretary of Education, she suggested that compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act should be left to states to enforce.  This raises concerns that the rights of [..]

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