Role model’s simple act of strength

Barbara came by the office Wednesday. That she came in bearing baked goods is nothing extraordinary. My friend has been visiting and dropping off desserts (and contributing to my expanding waistline) for years. She is to baking what Michelangelo is t [..]

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You never know who you will meet among those seeking shelter

At South Bay Community Center Interfaith Shelter, it’s common to meet single mothers, drifters, or young families. The homeless shelter hosts an assortment of people plagued by bad luck, poor choices, or both. Victor Ogunniyi is not someone [..]

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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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Priceless automotive experience opens new career opportunities

Just north of Ensenada, the needle on the dashboard temperature gauge creeps dangerously close to the bright red H.  In a few miles, my truck will overheat.  There is nothing to my right except hillsides, and nothing to my left except ocean [..]

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You never know who you will meet among those seeking shelter

At South Bay Community Center Interfaith Shelter, it’s common to meet single mothers, drifters, or young families. The homeless shelter hosts an assortment of people plagued by bad luck, poor choices, or both. Victor Ogunniyi is not someone [..]

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