Self-driving cars may change campaigns

As exciting as autonomous cars may be — vehicles that don’t require a human driver — there will be unintended consequences that should dampen even the most ardent fan’s feverish excitement. What will happen to the expert na [..]

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An unwelcome silence gets louder

Years ago, when I first joined The Star-News, I was asked to attend a community meeting and introduce myself. Despite evidence to the contrary, I dislike talking about me. I declined the invitation. Too busy, not settled in yet and I may be sick that [..]

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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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Do they make coffee mugs for the World’s Meh Mom?

Parenting is definitely a competitive sport. When my daughter was just over a year old, I made a list of all the words she could say.  I compared notes with a coworker whose daughter was six months older.  My daughter could say many more [..]

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Hotel slated for demolition is their only place to call home

When Rachel Gonzalez Quintana came to San Ysidro five years ago, she stayed at Motel 6. Her husband was deported, but she had faith he’d soon make his way back across the border. Meanwhile, she and her seven children could live on savings. She [..]

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