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Kratom crackdown

"Not just a plant — it’s an opioid,” says FDA commissioner

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration say compounds in the popular herbal drug kratom act like prescription-strength opioids. Kratom has been tied to 44 deaths, up from 36 reported in November. Kratom is “not ...

Cyanide in my pasalubong

Gift of cigars from Philippines has dire warnings not everyone worries about

“Trip out on this, bro,” Ed said as he pulled out a Coronas Sumatra cigar box that was labeled with “stroke” on the front and “cyanide” on the side. On February 4, we were at ...

Retail/residential to take place of Scripps school?

Residents seek answers for environmental impacts of 264-unit project

The draft environmental review for a four-story apartment project that will be built on San Diego Unified School District land in Scripps Ranch has been released, and residents are not happy with it. "We gave ...

The rise of Papa Soon-Shiong?

Friend of Doug could shift San Diego’s balance of politics

Corks have been popping at the Union-Tribune, judging from the effusive coverage that the paper — newly liberated from its bondage to Chicago's tronc — has lavished on the announcement that Los Angeles mega-billionaire Patrick ...

Rabobank banked millions in untraceable cash

Institution admitted deficiencies in anti-money-laundering program

Rabobank National Association, a subsidiary of a Netherlands bank, pleaded guilty in federal court February 7 to unlawfully impeding a U.S. examination of its California operations, including Calexico and Tecate branches. Rabobank admitted that its ...

The death of a whale

San Quintin's bay channels get shallow

The following comes from a story posted on Daniel Powell's Facebook page. The juvenile gray whale popped up off the end of the jetty on the eastern shore that separates the upper San Quintin Bay ...

Gas-tax repeal campaign prompts motorists to drive

Cars back up for miles to queue up for Shell station's $1.99/gal. fuel

News Radio 600 KOGO held a petition-signing event on February 5 as part of afternoon talk-show host Carl DeMaio’s Reform California campaign — an attempt to roll back the new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax and up ...

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