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Stories by Don McCullough

Marathoners of the Sky

Hormones speed pigeons.

“How long have you been racing pigeons?” I asked Gene Hamilton. “Eighty years.” “That’s quite a while.” “Actually, it’s 80H now. I’m 91.” “What got you started?” "Pigeons underneath a barn in Portland, Oregon. We ...

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

San Diego lawyers tell why marriages break up.

Romance often leads to marriage, and marriage often leads to divorce. The latter is not only emotionally painful but legally complicated, which is why most people hire lawyers to help them. The following conversations are ...

All in the Family

David and Michael Copley were both adopted by the late Jim Copley, owner of Copley Press and publisher of the San Diego Union and Evening Tribune. You probably know of David, now president of Copley ...

San Diegans Abducted by Extraterrestrial Aliens

There are people in our community who have been abducted by extraterrestrial aliens. This is what they report, and when you meet them you see no reason to doubt their veracity. You wouldn’t hesitate to ...

Attracted to Oblivion

“I had the idea of an average San Diego guy, with a baseball cap, you know, and flannel shirt and Levi’s and burritos. He watches the Padres, and he’s a bouncer at a topless bar.” ...

The Secret Life of Teachers

They’re young, most of them, and love teaching. They’re also hurt, many of them, and mad. They are the hundreds of teachers in San Diego County who have been laid off. This spring over 1400 ...

Savage Beauty

“I can tell you up front, it’s not an addiction. Everybody says it’s an addiction, and I don’t believe that at all. It’s a sickness. Seriously.” Gary Pierwola is speaking. A retired National City cop, ...

We Used to Arrest Such Nice People

Eighty thousand cars a day pass through the immigration checkpoint at the south end of Temecula. And that means about 80,000 times a day a question gets asked: Why is this here, 70 miles north ...

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