North America

San Diegan’s Maui blowout takes on the Bee

Legislators and camp followers eat, imbibe, and lodge at posh Hawaiian resort

The word Maui has been a longtime stain on the reputation of the California legislature, according to critics of a San Diego–based nonprofit that gets little attention in the local paper but lots of ink ...

Exploring Virgin Gorda's Baths

The geologic wonder makes for a British Virgin Islands must-see.

Framing the aquamarine Caribbean along a pristine, white sandy beach, the British Virgin Islands' Baths invariably evoke a jaw-dropping reaction from those visiting this feat of Mother Nature. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, ...

Video: Burning Man is home

Why is the desert festival (and temporary city) "home" for so many of its attendees?

Many attendees refer to Burning Man, the annual week-long festival that takes place in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, as "home." This short video examines why. I randomly selected people at this year's Burning Man, as ...

Newfoundland: North America's eastern edge

Canada's vast, rugged Atlantic province offers lots to explore (and eat).

As the easternmost part of North America, the Canadian Maritime province of Newfoundland seems so far away, but it’s the nearest to Europe. Its hardy, thrifty residents – who were isolated in winter – were ...

Alpine beer a new favorite in New York City

Also coming soon in 12-ounce bottles

Visiting taprooms and bottle shops in New York City this week, the brands representing San Diego beer in the nation's largest metropolis became consistently clear. Stone Brewing, Green Flash, Ballast Point, and AleSmith have been ...

Mexico over the years

Greetings from Tijuana A mile east of the Tijuana International Airport is an area police call El Fin del Mundo, the End of the World, where drug-cartel assassins dump their victims. Both Mexican and American ...

Mexico on $4.27 a day

Minimum wage rises by 18 cents, daily rate becomes the same nationally

Beginning today, October 1st, workers across Mexico will see a three-peso hike in the minimum wage — the equivalent of about 18 cents in U.S. dollars. The increase will bring the minimum wage to 70.10 ...

Glacier National Park: backbone of the world

Montana's wild beauty on center stage.

"I have to stay up here all summer and look at this,” our guide mockingly bemoaned while guiding us across exquisite Two Medicine Lake on the eastern side of Glacier National Park. We surveyed the ...

San Diego killer drones for North Dakota

General Atomics Predator foreign pilots academy to be built at “Grand Sky”

The big sky country of North Dakota will soon be filled with a new flock of Predators from San Diego as La Jolla–based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems prepares to build a 16,000-square-foot "drone academy" for ...

San Miguel de Allende's got charm

No beaches? No problem.

With no beach, no stoplights, and not even an airport, one might be surprised that San Miguel de Allende has been a magnet for Americans for decades. This strikingly beautiful and history-rich 16th- century town ...

Can the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport sell enough tickets to San Diego?

Dumping ground

Call it the battle of the high-flying San Diego subsidy. Back in June, the board of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport voted to approve an “incentive package” valued at more than $1.3 million to entice Portland, ...

Labor-union trouble at the Navy shipyard in Maine

General Dynamics takes a bath

There’s heavy-duty labor-union trouble brewing at the Bath Iron Works, the Navy shipyard in Maine run by General Dynamics, owner of National Steel and Shipbuilding here. Last year, as part of a turnaround effort, the ...

Fines upheld on local tuna boats

And Florida-based boat owner found guilty of bribery

A federal judge this week upheld over $1.5 million in fines levied against several San Diego-based tuna fishing vessels for violations of rules implemented in order to prevent over-fishing. Captains of the Sea Quest, Ocean ...

Columbia, South Carolina: study in contrasts

The state's capital is steeped in Confederate history and contradiction.

South Carolina is a state of contradictions, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its capital. Last June, Kristin Morris, the Nickelodeon’s marketing manager, summed up contemporary South Carolina’s dichotomy, noting: “We’re a progressive ...

Is that a skunk in your pocket?

Little stinker

“Holding a baby skunk is on my bucket list,” I said. Bob shot David an Is she for real? look, and David assured him of my sincerity.

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