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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Tijuana makes the list of least-friendly cities

"It still suffers from a long-held reputation of being ‘dirty’ and ‘unsafe.’"

According to the August 15 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, only Newark, New Jersey, rates as less friendly than Tijuana in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Here’s what the magazine had to say about ...

Where to go for Tijuana AIDS

Anonymous sex a factor in increased infection rate

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Baja bullfighting ban back-burnered

Legislature decides not to consider anti-cruelty bill

Opponents of bullfighting in Baja California waited for hours on Thursday, April 7, expecting the state legislature to debate and vote on a proposed law that would have outlawed the bloody spectacle, but at the ...

Tijuana amusement park shut down

After ride collapses, teenage girl in custody

By order of the Tijuana Fire Department, the long-popular amusement park Mundo Divertido was closed following a Tuesday evening, April 5, accident in which a ride collapsed and injured at least 12 people, including seven ...

Arson attack at U.S. consulate in Tijuana

"Could be a resentful person" upset over having had a visa denied

An arsonist doused several vehicles parked at the U.S. consulate in Tijuana with gasoline during the early-morning hours of New Year's day and set them on fire, according to multiple press reports. The vehicles — ...

Warning registered on road's instability

Repaired Ensenada highway at risk of collapse, says geologist

Baja California's scenic toll road between Tijuana and Ensenada is at risk of another major collapse similar to or worse than one that occurred on December 28, 2013, a scientific expert has warned. Luis Alberto ...

Tijuana businesses under siege

Robberies and related killings spur security-bar industry

A wave of armed robberies has swept across Tijuana in the past year, claiming the lives of six small-businesses owners and forcing many neighborhood shops to install security bars through which transactions with customers are ...

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 ...

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