Bob McPhail

McPhail was a reporter for the Oceanside Blade before coming to work for the Reader in the 1980s. Some of his stories from the archives:

March 26, 1987, page 5 Population 14 (the unconventional community of San Aliso Creek)

April 9, 1987 So What Are You Looking At? (struggle with fat)

March 24, 1988 Looking into Seabag (San Ysidro male porno ring)

Juy 14, 1988 What becomes of San Diego's 20,000 fetuses every year?

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Shot on a motorcycle in Tijuana

Police on edge after casualties within the ranks

A young motorcyclist suffered a bullet wound to his leg on Saturday, November 28, when a Tijuana police officer mistakenly opened fire, according to a report in El Sol de Tijuana. According to the newspaper, ...

She hailed a cab, they hailed the rocks

Tijuana taxi incident results in injuries and burning car

Drivers of yellow taxis situated near the international border in Tijuana attacked the driver of a competing taxi libre on Tuesday, October 27, then set his cab ablaze, according to an account published by El ...

Tijuana sex-promotion project goes limp

City officials back off from notion after public criticism

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Boy hitman in Tijuana

Alleged killer is 14 years old

A Tijuana youth who allegedly responded to a solicitation on Facebook seeking a gunman for hire has been arrested on murder charges. Local news media are referring to the 14-year-old suspect as “the boy hitman” ...

Robber gets money, deodorant, condoms

Tijuana convenience-store holdup suggests ulterior motive

A thief who held up a Tijuana convenience store in the wee hours of Sunday, October 4th, got ahold of cash and merchandise, including four packs of condoms. Tijuana’s daily El Mexicano reported on October ...

Tijuana doctors speak up for pedestrian victims

At least two people a day are struck by motor vehicles

As many as 30 pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles in Tijuana each week — and few of them survive, a recent report issued by health authorities revealed. The report, in the form of a ...

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 ...

Baja's/Tijuana's mortgage crisis

Hundreds of thousands of abandoned homes called a "social tragedy"

An estimated 362,000 homes in Baja California have been abandoned by their owners and another 60,000 are at risk of abandonment, according to the national director of El Barzón, a Mexico nonprofit founded to assist ...

Gunman opens fire outside Tijuana funeral home

Police say drug-dealing motorcycle club members to blame

An AK-47-wielding gunman opened fire outside a Tijuana funeral home minutes before midnight on Tuesday, August 25, killing two and injuring seven others. Mourners had gathered at La Esperanza funeral home on Avenida Negrete at ...

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