A question of why, not when or if

In 1966 a former U.S. Marine, Charles Whitman, killed his mother and his wife in the morning. He then packed some guns, made his way to the University of Texas,  took a position high up in The Tower, the main building on the college campus, and [..]

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A long road gets longer

Tales from the Road to The Copa.

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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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Long trip to and from college was just the beginning of journey

One: Drop my daughter off at college in Oregon on a sunny day in September. Shed no tears, kiss her on the forehead, and leave her there, brimming with excitement. Two: Race out of my classroom on the last day of school in June, knowing she [..]

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Of all the times to be social, election season is not one of them

I admit to unabashedly loving social media. I love seeing photos of my friends’ children, reading goofy jokes, and even applauding braggy posts about accomplishments.  I envy weight-loss pictures, send virtual hugs in times of loss, com [..]

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