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What’s laundered and what’s dark political money?

Laundered money in politics is money whose source is hidden. Dark money is political spending by tax-exempt organizations that don't have to reveal individual donors and might not reveal donations until the election is over.

Airport cabbies Uber angry

Mustachioed ride-sharing puts pinch on traditional cabbies.

“If San Diego were a human body, then San Diego airport would be the butt,” said a taxi driver at San Diego International Airport. He was referring to how he felt cabbies are treated since ...

Bread and circuses

Roman leaders mollified the masses by providing food handouts and violent games to enjoy. Is this happening again in America?

Bread and circuses. Back in the Roman Empire, those were the keys to diverting the public’s attention from political greed and corruption — and, particularly, from the massive gap between the rich and the poor. ...

County Office of Education loves to pay lawyers

Rodger Hartnett won’t stop fighting the San Diego County Office of Education.

Wolf on Wall Street? No, Scumbag

Tony Elgindy, back living in San Diego area after a long spell in prison, helped finger the Wolf of Wall Street, who got off easy for egregious crimes.

Will Nicolas Marsch get invited to Jewel Ball?

Patricia and Nicolas Marsch III are society darlings, but judges in San Diego and Florida doubt Nicolas's credibility.

A Florida judge awarded a billion dollars in damages to builder Lennar Corporation in a defamation suit against Nicolas Marsch III and fraudster-turned-pastor Barry Minkow. Marsch filed bankruptcy. Minkow went back to prison.

E-cigs face enormous obstacles

San Diego vaporizer salesmen see the devices as instrumental in weaning smokers from tobacco smoke. They refute the notion that “vaping” is attracting children. Legislators seem to be lumping the practice in with tobacco smoking and all its accompanying prohibitions.

Chained until proven innocent

Shackled in a palladium of liberty

Federal court requires defendants to be shackled; this is estimated as a presumption of guilt before before being found innocent, say some people.

San Diego’s 2014 economy looking so-so

Sorta Happy New Year

San Diego economy this year will be weak, very much like last year.

Inlaws and outlaws

Shots fired on the San Pascual Res

Michelle Ortega said Richard Murillo showed her the gun when he met her down by the front gate of her property on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center. It was after 11 o’clock ...

The City’s Code Monitoring Team: Foxes guard the henhouse

The City of San Diego’s Code Monitoring Team is comprised of 18 members responsible for finding holes in San Diego’s code and offering ideas on how to fill them. But over the years, the team has become policy-driven, concerned more with crafting ordinances than drafting fixes to the current code.

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