Cover Stories

Prepared for life, not for college

Highs and lows at High Tech High

Where most school websites are built for parents who need calendar information or want to check out next year’s fourth-grade teachers, High Tech High’s is a full-fledged marketing campaign. Many of the pages include statistics, ...

Crazy Train

Loco-motion: A modern-day rail heist.

Portions read as if they were plucked from a screenplay of an old western train-robbery movie: Land speculators, scams, drug smuggling, hostile takeovers, all surrounding a 100-year-old railroad track twisting and turning its way from ...

A perfect food day

Binge city

Reader eaters graze their way around town for the 2014 Feast! issue: Europe would be impressed — Ian Anderson My fantasy food day — Mary Beth Abate It'll probably involve offal — Brandon Hernandez The ...



If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good. — Dr. Seuss

The Big Dry

The grass is not always greener.

How dry is it? Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry.

There are no laws on how to make moonshine

“It’s a risky thing to drink.”

"Eventually there will be a face-off between distillers and the feds.”

Babes in boyland

Like Flashdance but with a hammer.

“When I first hired in, I would have people ask me all the time, ‘You want me to carry your tools for you?’”

What if I cured Alzheimer’s and nobody cared?

Medical world’s biggest mystery

There aren't too many doctors on planet Earth who think like Joseph Abramowitz.

Shape & Sound: Welcome to Sax Diego

The instrument is a reflection of the performer.

“It sounds like a human voice,” Weiss says, “because that’s your breath coming out of it.”

When the weather isn’t enough to keep you here

Can’t stay. Can’t stay away.

San Diego's income: 12.3% above the nation's average. San Diego's cost of living: 29.2% higher than the nation's average.

Feast! 2014 cover shoot

Behind the scenes with Reader and Solare staff as they create the cover of the September 4, 2014 issue of the San Diego Reader.

Bitcoin enthusiasts discuss the cryptocurrency

Operators of a San Diego-based Bitcoin business directory service talk about what Bitcoin is and consider its future and viability as an investment.

Furries group

Several people who like to socialize while dressed in elaborate, cartoon-character costumes share their stories.

Ghosts Happen meetup event

Members of the San Diego "Ghosts Happen" group gather next to a freeway and feel that the spirit of a deceased child is near, so they try to convince it to stand on a picnic table and knock things over.

Sweetwater Dam and the 2014 drought

Scott McClelland, Director of Water Quality at Sweetwater Dam, discusses the history of the dam, the way the system works, emergency water supplies, and the overall effect of 2014 drought conditions.

Ric Halsey in the chaparral

Ric Halsey, founder of the Chaparral Institute, discusses San Diego County's chaparral and coast sage scrub environments and individual species, as well as tactics for survival in a drought climate.

San Diego's Boulder Creek, all dried-up

Footage of a dried-up Boulder Creek in San Diego County demonstrates the extent of the ongoing drought.

Craft distillery Kill Devil profile

A short video profile of San Diego craft distillery Kill Devil that shows their production environment and shares their philosophy.

Desiree Wilson talks construction

Desiree Wilson, owner of Iron Works Fencing, on her experience as a woman in the construction industry.

Construction class for girls

Young women train in a weeklong construction class for girls at Kearny High School.

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