The shocking, naked truth

The recent arrest and prosecution of CHP officer Sean Harrington for illegally searching a woman’s phone and downloading nude pictures of her, sadly, didn’t shock me. Law enforcement officers are just as likely to be wrongly accused as th [..]

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National City has aspirations

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Nov. 16, 1996.

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Thankfully history repeats itself

Editor’s note: The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Nov. 19 2004.

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National City has aspirations

The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Nov. 16, 1996.

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Is it a courtroom crush, compassion or just plain stupidity?

You may recall "Los Palillos" (The Toothpicks) case involving the lengthy trial of multiple defendants for Mexican Drug Cartel murders. A couple of those killings even happened in Bonita. Prosecutor Mark Amador put these killers on trial and obt [..]

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That family feeling seems like it’s fading away

When I started my police career in Flint, Michigan the cops received free coffee at every donut shop and drive-thru establishment in town. We had no time allotted for meals, usually eating on the run between calls. There was no “I’ll be o [..]

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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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