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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Pay up, gringo!

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Because the governor wouldn't need the Red Cross

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