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SDSU’s digital humans

The country’s first research-oriented digital humanities program focused on human and global diversity

San Diego State University may be more noted for sports than the humanities, but school higher-ups are currently looking to hire what they call a Digital Humanist. Not a robot, but “a humanities scholar who ...

Chick bait and the big-money merry-go-round

Clients seeking favor at City Hall include Airbnb, BOOS Development West, EBI Consulting, and Topgolf International

Yet another turn of the San Diego City Council staff’s rapidly revolving high-dollar door has landed former Chris Cate aide Julianna Chick in the offices of California Strategies, the influential lobbying and government affairs outfit ...

Will the U-T go to Gannett?

Remote controller

As closed-door talks continue over a possible takeover of Chicago-based tronc, owner of the Union-Tribune, by giant newspaper chain Gannett Co., some are hoping for yet another fresh start for the San Diego daily, hobbled ...

Politicians backed by Brady campaign

Gun fight

Some county gun owners are said to be irate about a recent local political endorsement by the Washington DC–based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but whether they will be loosening their campaign purse strings ...

Details scarce in death of Nobel Prize–winner

Death and an un-taxing salary

UCSD’s big-budget public relations department, charged with playing up good news at the taxpayer-financed school, doesn’t always do as well relaying the solemn aspects of university life and death. Such was the case last month ...

Wandering weapons

A couple here, a couple there...

San Diego cops are having trouble keeping track of their weapons stash, based on an inventory of lost or missing firearms recently released by the city after a request under the California public records act. ...

Empowering young Muslims

And endorsing Democratic candidates

A group of Muslim students from high schools around the county have set up a campaign committee to gather cash for political causes, according to an August 12 filing with the county registrar of voters. ...

Sizable chest

Alvarez serves the leftovers

San Diego City Council Democrat David Alvarez, who collected a sizable war chest to back his June bid and those of his allies to obtain spots on the party’s central committee, is deploying the leftovers ...

No homeless, please, we’re catering

Lucrative after-hours at the library

In an effort to brand the new downtown library as a high-dollar private event venue, the city is searching for a bevy of exclusive gourmet caterers. “Since its opening in September 2013, the Library has ...

Giving back to the GOP

The fund spent $252,214 in an unsuccessful effort to elect Ellis

Republican Ray Ellis has bowed out of his runoff race against Democrat Barbara Bry, who bested him by a sizable margin in the June primary to succeed La Jolla city councilwoman Sherri Lightner. Now a ...

Faulconer’s free Frisco

This is really a “gift” question

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has pledged not to seek higher office during his current term, but his best backers can always hope. Last October, email recovered from San Diego’s ethics commission shows, the mayor took off ...

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