Feature Stories

Gold in the drought age

Sol Invictus rules

A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Only There is shadow under this red ...

Will soccer save golf?

Yes, footgolf is angering also

Hole 5 at the Balboa Park Golf Course is a sloping nightmare. Option one is to drive your ball a bit to your left where it will (hopefully) come to a rest on the edge ...

I wept for the lagoon

The slaying of Agua Hedionda’s green menace.

It’s a mild, breezy afternoon at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. From the vantage of the visitors center, I can see small boats and jet-skis carving whitewater trails off to the west. Right above me are massive ...

Y’all are rude

Look up from your phone, look another person in the eyeballs, and use your mouth to communicate gratitude

I still get all red-faced and flummoxed when I think back to the first time I ever made the mistake of holding the door open for someone in San Diego. I cannot for the life ...

The maddening inconsistency of Balboa Park busking

“Hotel California” is the busker’s “Freebird.”

“As long as the buskers are getting along with each other and not fighting…everything is fine,” said Chet Harrison, a guitarist and fiddle player who makes his living as a busker in San Diego. “The ...

Where Gandhi and C-3PO converse

Writers, artists, musicians floated to San Dieguito Academy.

SAN DIEGUITO ACADEMY’S DESIGN would fit better amid the incohesive architecture of Tijuana than the square sterility of Southern California, where rows of beige-and-white dwellings and office buildings cloak themselves in the camouflage of each ...

Seagoing action

San Marcos Middle School students head to Birch Aquarium

On a gray day in May, a group of San Marcos Middle School girls and other visitors gathered in the Birch Aquarium galleria to try something that had not been done at the aquarium before: ...

Literature for the white-socks-and-orange-slippers set

If I can read a book, I can get a job

At first glance, Unit 800’s classroom looks like any ordinary high-school classroom. It has all the usual stuff: bookshelves, white board, map of the world, and around a dozen student desks. Pinned near the ceiling ...

Please, anything but sidewalk stars

Avenida Revolución goes Hollywood, restaurateur goes ballistic

"We’ve witnessed tourism making a slow comeback. But it’s not at all the type of tourism that wants to see star-studded sidewalks."

What are you doing here? I'm married!

He looked like a clean-cut guy at the stoplight.

Rachel looks like a soccer mom. On most days her minivan is cluttered with backpacks and sports gear. Leftover Goldfish and Cheerios are ground into the floorboards. When dropping her kids off at school in ...

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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