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Holidays can’t arrive soon enough

November — aka The Holidays, aka the end of another year — is just a smidge over three months away. To adults over 35 years age, that’s just around the corner: a mere few minutes’ walk until arrival.It can’t arrive so [..]

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Best of what South County offers

It's time to start voting for the Best in South County. Every year this newspaper  asks readers to vote in its readers poll, sharing their thoughts about the best Chula Vista and National City have to offer. Categories, as you might expec [..]

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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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Steps toward better life bring couple to hillside in Mexico

A dirt road peels off the Ensenada highway, winding past shacks before ending at a tiny plot of land belonging to Eduardo and Megan.  Megan is American, living in this isolated rural Mexican community by choice, though she speaks no Spanish.&nbs [..]

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Take more than a few key strokes to let someone know they matter

In 2012, the suicide of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau rocked the San Diego sports world. Immensely charismatic, he’d had a great football career, and opened a popular restaurant after retiring. On the surface, he seemed to have e [..]

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