Feature Stories

Grandma drove a tank while pregnant in 1948 Jerusalem

Israel was the first foreign country I visited, in 1980, four months after I was born. Although my Jewish-ish parents didn’t take my brother and me to temple, I went to the Holy Land six ...

Not that horrible woman from the Reader!

So scared to meet you.

Half of them have holes in their mouths where their teeth used to be, and the other half have sets of some-large-some-small teeth.

A thousand Overheard conversations

I never wanted to be a cartoonist. And yet, I’m about to draw the 1000th weekly edition of Overheard in San Diego. Sure, I loved and collected comic books as a kid, and even drew ...

The visionary behind the Help Neil Catch Fish Foundation

Keith Berkley, fisherman, construction guy, and big brother.

“This is it. My bones are here. San Diego is the best place on Earth.”

I think Garrison Keillor is a genius

You could learn a lot from a small-town guy.

Well, a secret genius, anyway. That might seem a funny sort of title for someone who’s written for The New Yorker, penned the screenplay for a Robert Altman film, published a slew of novels and ...

Meet Kleptomom

She’s strapped for cash and misses Mr. Moneybags.

"They never look at the bottom of my cart. But if they do, I'll just say, 'Oh my gosh. Sorry. Totally forgot."

Printers that can make (almost) anything

Nutella chocolates, no problem; a functioning liver, not so easy.

I have always thought that among humankind’s most lofty inventions is the printer — the machine, not the person.

Top 10 Reader stories of 2014

A year of news and stories in order of popularity

1) SeaWorld announces shift from orcas to sharks — Shark Week, every week Polling conducted via YouTube showed that 90% of people would rather watch a shark jump out of the water to eat a ...

Hoof beats usually mean horses, not zebras

Call from the school nurse almost leads to disaster.

“There was no shower. Molly told me she’d made the whole thing up. None of it is true.”

iPads are great for porn and video games

Not so much for learning.

Some Sweetwater librarians, teachers, and parents continue to question whether the district’s iPad initiative is a boon or a costly boondoggle. Similar to Los Angeles Unified School District, which recently canceled a contract to buy ...

Shaochen Chen discusses his bioprinter

Dr. Shaochen Chen's "homemade" bioprinter in the UCSD laboratory where he works with his team to "print" living tissue.

Dr. Shaochen Chen's bioprinter

Nanotech bioprinting created a scaffold that gives structure to heart muscle cells.

David Feeney and SD3D Printing

SD3D founder and CEO David Feeney takes the Reader inside his shop, filled with 3D printers operating "26 hours a day."

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