Aw, you'll never get caught

Rancho Santa Fe "liar loan" promoter gets 30 months

Donald Totten, who sold "liar loans" and other mortgage swindles from his home in Rancho Santa Fe, today (October 24) was sentenced to 30 months in prison. During the years of the mortgage craze that ...

Long way from Chesapeake Bay

FDA slaps local fish company for "serious violations"

On October 8, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote to Los Angeles-based Prospect Enterprises citing "serious violations" of seafood health codes at the company's San Diego–based Chesapeake Fish Company, located at 535 ...

"She was killed in a frenzy"

Vista man who used shopping cart to dump body found guilty

A man accused of wheeling his deceased girlfriend down the street in a shopping cart to dump her body near a trash bin was found guilty of first-degree murder this week. Kirk Leon Stapleton, 54, ...

U-T San Diego circulation drops

Print edition has low market share

Every year, newspapers and other publications have to report circulation figures to the United States Postal Service. This October, U-T San Diego reported more declines. In October of last year, the seven-day paid circulation of ...

Maybe because they don't want you to vote?

Mixed results in non-partisan outreach efforts

Two "get out the vote" efforts, both ostensibly pushing a non-partisan message encouraging San Diegans to cast a ballot, are being received differently. Social justice advocacy group Alliance San Diego had its attempt to place ...

Latino officials to get free tour of Israel

Okay for port commissioner to exceed $440 gift limit, says watchdog agency

Yet another San Diego politco is set to head off for a free fact-finding trip to Israel, thanks to the American Israel Education Foundation, an offshoot of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, also known ...

Golden Eagle Farm to close

Ramona racehorse facility one of California's top breeders

Golden Eagle Farm, a 560-acre horse-breeding operation in Ramona, will close October 31, according to the Daily Racing Form. It was founded by the late John and Betty Mabee in 1972 and at one time ...

Beset by TV exposé, U-T and publisher pull for DeMaio

Manchester and Russian-born wife also give big to Florida’s Marco Rubio

It's been a remarkable week for San Diego media watchers, with KNSD TV taking on Douglas Manchester's U-T San Diego over its editorial coverage of GOP ex–city councilman Carl DeMaio's bid to unseat incumbent Democratic ...

Gated-community scuffle

Appellate court decides for insurer

The state court of appeals for the Fourth District on October 17 settled a conflict between two drivers in Bernardo Heights. Dr. Richard Lee Austin and his wife Karen Mazzocco in 2008 lived in the ...

A bona fide chinchilla rescue, asserts PETA

Animal-rights group says Vista breeder’s methods were cruel

An attorney in Virginia who stated that he represented PETA for more than 30 years, Philip J. Hirschkop, responded to questions about a multimillion-dollar civil suit filed in San Diego County last week by attorneys ...

Keep budgeting, San Diego

Living costs high, but homeowners balance books

Among residents of 150 metro areas, San Diegans are 28th best in making and sticking to their budgets, according to WalletHub, an organization that gathers and interprets statistics on cities and states. In ranking the ...

Dueling sanity experts expected

Bryan Chang used a hammer to kill his mother, attorneys say

The young man had delusions that his mother was “destroying him” so he had to “destroy her,” according to a defense attorney who spoke at the beginning of a sanity-murder-trial yesterday afternoon, October 21. Bryan ...

Rick Roberts goes on anti-Islam rant

Muslims should be banned from coming to U.S., he says

Rick Roberts, formerly a talk show host on 760 KFMB in San Diego, is now on KTOK AM in Oklahoma City and KKFT FM in Gardnersville, Nevada, a Fox affiliate. Recently, Roberts went on a ...

The Twitter exemption

District Attorney Dumanis violates cell-phone policy in courthouse

In February of this year, district attorney Bonnie Dumanis logged on to Twitter to post pictures she took from her phone from inside the jury lounge. "Jury duty today! In the jury lounge with my ...

D.A.'s bad money case out of sight in DeMaio race

Do the congressional candidate’s media moguls play role of omission?

Word that the FBI has entered the case of Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio versus a talkative former staffer, as reported by NBC affiliate KNSD here, may mean an interesting post-election period for both GOP ...

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