North America

Papa Hem's Havana

Eating, drinking and adventuring through the classic Cuban capital.

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk.” ~ Ernest Hemingway And so we did. At least that's how I remember we ended up in Havana, Cuba. Okay, well maybe there's a bit more ...

Western ghosts in the Alabama Hills

There must be a cowboy in here somewhere.

When thinking of the Owens Valley along Highway 395 in Central California, you might consider it a gas-station stop on your drive to ski Mammoth Mountain, or maybe a great fishing area with numerous lakes ...

Utah’s spousal San Diego freebies

Free spending was uncovered

A July 20 audit of the Utah Local Governments Trust by Utah’s state auditor tells the tale. Trustees, who oversee an insurance co-op for municipalities and other government entities, have been running amok with public ...

California homes less likely to sink in sea

Florida most at risk from rising ocean levels

If the consensus of climate scientists is correct, almost two million United States homes will be underwater by the year 2100, according to Zillow.com. (This is actually underwater, not financially underwater.) Only 0.4 percent of ...

Wanted: sex with infants in Mexico

Joel Alexander Wright said he had pain-relief medications and lubricants

Joel Alexander Wright, a former Ohio seminary student, was sentenced yesterday (July 1) to 188 months in federal prison for attempting to adopt or purchase female infants and toddlers in Tijuana so he could sexually ...

Florida subsidy orgy over?

Sanford-Burnham Orlando move during Jeb Bush reign not so smooth

What could be called "Jeb Bush's Follies" in Florida is getting worse. Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is considering leaving Lake Nona, near Orlando. A subsidy orgy began in 2003 when San Diego's Scripps Research ...

Tampa, really?

What's worth a look in the historic — and exotic, even — Gulf Coast city.

Tampa’s melting pot of cultures – as well as access to the freshest seafood and sun-kissed produce – has contributed to terrific restaurants. It’s a sophisticated city that has authentic global flair, unlike other nearby ...

Vote for me, or go f--- your mother

Rough talk and independent candidates punctuate Baja elections

“We are doing the first grassroots campaign in Tijuana,” Antonio Ley tells the Reader. “We are doing it Obama style.” Ley is the downtown canvass coordinator for one of the independent candidates running for Tijuana’s ...

Governor lobbied Ballast Point to choose Roanoke Valley

Virginia breweries are all the rage, but the primary lure is geography

A third San Diego beer company has announced plans to open a large production brewery in the state of Virginia. Ballast Point Brewing has agreed to buy a 260,000-square-foot property and invest close to $48 ...

Mexico City: beyond the border and beaches

Here's why you should check out Mexico's culture-rich capital.

San Diego is unique in that just minutes away, literally, is an entire other country. The contrast is stark: neighboring Tijuana isn't the most beautiful and prosperous city, and contrasts greatly with a city like ...

A big "NO" to pro basketball in Seattle

Majority-female council votes against helping bring back former Supersonics

In January, Seattle seated a city council with a 5-4 majority of women. Last week, in a 5-4 decision strictly along gender lines, the council nixed a corporate-welfare scheme that might have helped the city ...

June Lake trout scamper away from shore

Anglers fair better from boats during season opener

For the third year in a row, a snowfall sent the big trout away from the shoreline, on the opening day, April 30, of California’s premier trout fishery in the Eastern Sierra. Four inches fell ...

The Birds of Bodega, CA

Hitchcock's film legacy endures in two tiny Northern California coastal towns.

In 1963 the smash-hit movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, terrified film audiences and was the talk of the town for months after its opening. The story of a small California town under siege ...

I don't like to hike — so how do I love Denver?

Outdoor adventures for the risk-averse: the grass is greener in CO.

When you tell people you’re headed to Denver, they assume you have something green on the mind. Maybe it’s the emerald leaves of Boulder’s sprawling landscape, or perhaps it’s a plant of the recently legalized ...

Off to Honolulu for beer week

Handful of San Diego breweries fly to the islands on business

Hawaii celebrated its first beer week April 17–23, highlighting a growing taste for suds in the island state. Several San Diego breweries sent representatives and beer to participate in Honolulu Beer Week, which included events ...

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