How did we get here?

If this thing goes to trial this month — this maroon contusion on the psyche of the South County education system otherwise known as the Sweetwater/Southwestern corruption case —then the Xolos have an excellent chance of winning Super Bow [..]

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Ringing a bell

Now that the foolishness of April 1 has come and gone maybe we can settle down and focus. Return to the austere state of mind that is adulthood and go back to walking around with a furrowed brow and pensive demeanor. But not without one final thought [..]

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Golfing provides healthy outlet for retired teachers

Editor’s note: Richard Peña is on vacation. This column first appeared on April 9, 2004.On a Monday morning in early January of 1979, a former colleague, Don Chamberlin, and I played a round of golf at one of the North County courses. [..]

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A welcome change

Community institutions, such as schools, churches and service clubs will generally relate their historical timelines with events experienced by club members or others closely associated with the organization that come up from time to time. I was t [..]

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All bets off wiith gambling

"How much ya wanna bet?" was a common question growing up in my neighborhood in Flint, Mich. It was a rhetorical question because no one had anything to bet. The first time I realistically wanted to place a bet was February 1964 when Sonny Listo [..]

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Keep it short, simple

Growing up, one of my favorite TV cops was Sergeant Joe Friday of “Dragnet.” I loved it when he asked a witness a question and Joe received a “scenic tour” answer. Joe’s retort of “Just the facts, ma’am,&rdqu [..]

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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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