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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Suicidal babies

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Teens with knives steal snacks

Cookies, chips, and cash among the haul, with which they were arrested

Two knife-wielding teens robbed a small neighborhood grocer in the Anexa Niños Heroes neighborhood, getting away with eight bags of potato chips, two packages of cookies, and 450 pesos in cash (about $30), Tijuana's daily ...

Rain or pipe leak creates Tijuana disaster

Nearly two dozen homes give way to saturated earth

Nineteen families were left homeless over the weekend following a series of landslides in the Anexa Miramar neighborhood of Tijuana, with more mandatory evacuations expected. Initial press accounts on Saturday, May 16, reported a dozen ...

Teachers' strike holds strong in Baja

Lack of pension payouts the big issue

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Baby whale bites dust

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All was not well in Lo Yen City

Chinese restaurant meat secret so horrific you should skip this story

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Forget Tijuana if you need an organ transplant

Doctor speaks out about wasted body parts of the deceased

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No meat, no bullfights, no zonkeys

Animal-rights activists launch another protest in Tijuana

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Vaya con Dios, Miguelito

"Quiero jugar fútbol” were among little boy's last words

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