North America

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.

Papa Doug buys Rhode Island estate

Price: $15 million. Location: on ocean

Manchester Financial Group, a limited partnership belonging to former Union-Tribune owner Papa Doug Manchester, has purchased an historic home on the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, for $15 million, according to the Providence Journal. The ...

Ashford University to close its doors

One more year for Iowa-based campus, then it's online only

After spending recent years facing enrollment declines and fighting to retain accredited status , Ashford University, a tiny Iowa-based college owned and operated by San Diego's Bridgepoint Education, announced it will be closing its doors ...

Summer in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Regional food picks and outdoor fun – minus the snow – near the Canadian border.

Vermont’s storied "Northeast Kingdom" was given its name by former Governor and U.S. Senator George D. Aiken in 1949 for its special beauty. While lots of people think of Vermont in terms of a snow-covered ...

Florida biotech subsidies not working

Though Florida is a biotech backwater, Scripps had to go there.

Jeb Bush, who wants to be president, claims he rejuvenated Florida's economy. But his subsidization of San Diego biotech research operations proves otherwise.

Star-spangled drunk

Real talk about the national anthem

Let us talk "Star-Spangled Banner." First, the tune is a British drinking song — people would sing this while they got drunk and nobody had a problem with making this the national anthem of the ...

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