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Ashley Nell Tipton, Empire Builder

Plus won

Tipton’s rise to stardom began on season 14 of Project Runway.

Rock, cook, and roll

Local musicians perform in the kitchen

Fat Lando’s Chili 2 cups corn 2 cans kidney beans 20 oz can tomato sauce Chopped tomatoes Onion – one cup chopped Garlic – to taste Bell peppers – two cups chopped 1 pound ground ...

Ghost buildings haunt Tijuana

No romantic approach toward saving old buildings.

Puerta Mexico, a.k.a. La Concha (“the shell”), a googie-esque immigration office on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro border crossing, was demolished in 2015 . Constructed in 1961, the structure also served as a ...

Out of the depths

Continuing my climb from the life

“San Diego Police! Hey you, come here a minute!” It was September of 2005 and I often recall that dreadful encounter in downtown San Diego where a one-minute request turned into a three-year prison sentence. ...

Where's that horse going to be dumped?

You don’t discard Grandma and Grandpa, so...

Gunilla Pratt has become accustomed to waking up at her house in Temecula only to discover yet another abandoned animal in her yard. “People will just leave them,” she says. “I’ll get up and be, ...

World War I refought in San Diego

Can’t blame it all on Germany

When Raphael Courtney was two, his mother took him to live in her father’s National City home. Her husband had recently died in a plane crash. As the boy matured, he and his grandfather grew ...

The problem with Tosca

For starters, styrofoam statues.

If Tosca were written today it would be about two struggling artists living in Section 8 housing and hoping for an NEA grant.

State Controller to Douglas Manchester:

We have your $67

Every year the office of California State Controller Betty T. Yee accumulates more millions of dollars that belong to individuals and companies throughout California. These amounts range from as low as 1¢ to five figures. ...

Even the dogs are down and out

La Zona Norte is a single-minded mistress.

It’s the end of the road for the Wild West, except the crooked sheriff now carries an automatic rifle, the saloon women dress like school girls (and might not be girls), the horse bandits use ...

Between words and images

Skewering politics is a hi-def pleasure

Now open at Cedar and Kettner downtown is yet another San Diego monument to the commute: a $24 million, trolley-side, ten-story (three levels below ground, seven above), 645-space parking structure, bestowing parking slots on County ...

Zonked out

Love for the Tijuana zebra from both sides

The zonkey business seems to be dying of natural causes, not because of animal rights activism.

Where to buy really fresh fish

Feel free to stray away from the salmon

It’s just before 8:00 on a cool December morning. A crowd of about 30 people has gathered at the edge of a short pier on the north end of Seaport Village. A light breeze blows ...

My sister is gay

She wasn't born that way though.

I remember how she came out. I was hung over as hell. It was the last time I visited Michigan, July 2013. I’d gone out with some friends the night before. We’d consumed every drink ...

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