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As McSwain attrits, what's next for U-T?

More Chicago layoffs and “cognitive decline” in San Diego gnaw on tronc

Could the latest news of five more Chicago-area newsroom layoffs by tronc, the oddly named newspaper chain that owns the Union-Tribune, spell yet further staff reductions for the once-mighty San Diego daily? The cutbacks in ...

Bridgepoint stock taking hit

Value has dropped nearly 60 percent since July

Stock of controversial for-profit education company Bridgepoint Education has been taking a big hit in the past couple of months. On July 7, it was selling for $14.07; today (September 18) it closed at $8.85, ...

Golden Hill Park & Rec facelift

Landscaping, mural, pergola, and first new signs anyone can recall

“It’s part of a transition to make the park more comfortable for families, and having shade will help,” says Park & Rec area manager Kathy Castello of the new pergola behind Golden Hill Recreation Center. ...

People living in cars and RVs stand up to city

"These individuals barely have enough money to eat and pay for medicine."

Two months ago, a group of homeless people in San Diego filed a class-action lawsuit against the city's practice of ticketing people for pitching tents on public sidewalks. Now comes word of another potential class-action ...

Buzzed man at the beach falls into the drink

Underpants-wearing rescuers fish him out for hospital ride

“I’ve never heard a sound like that, “ Devin told me. “He literally fell backwards, off the cliff, and banged his head hard on the rocks.” Devin was one the three men who witnessed the ...

Kaaboo sound system should keep Del Martians quiet

"We created a ginormous version of a noise-canceling system."

“I can’t hear them,” said Del Mar Circle K worker Robert at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15. “There is a lot of traffic, though.” The opening night of the three-day Kaaboo music festival ...

Severance pay for Julio Fonseca called "illegal"

Attorney Briggs says San Ysidro School District needs to recover $400,000

San Diegans for Open Government attorney Cory Briggs has threatened to sue San Ysidro School District if district officials do not recover the $400,000 in severance pay it awarded to former superintendent Julio Fonseca after ...

County unemployment rate flatlines

Unchanged from July, but 3200 non-farm jobs gained

The county unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, unchanged from a revised 4.7 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent from a year ago. The county added 3200 jobs in the month and ...

Cheetahs scandal: the novelization

Ex-city councilman publishes fictionalized take on federal prison time

Ralph Inzunza — the only one of three San Diego city-council defendants in the notorious Cheetahs strip-club influence-peddling case to go to prison — is out with a novel said to be based on his ...

Prebys foundation files to dismiss lawsuit

Conrad's "life partner" Debra Turner sued to oust trustee and board

The battle over Conrad Prebys's estate is getting more bitter this week as the trustee and boardmembers of the Conrad Prebys Foundation asked a Superior Court judge to toss out a suit by Debra Turner, ...

San Ysidro Port of Entry after Carmageddon

What about that promised 30-minute wait time?

In December 2014, the federal General Services Administration completed Phase 1B of a three-phase San Ysidro Port of Entry makeover. The construction project opened 25 new northbound lanes and 46 new primary inspection booths at ...

Hope for winds of change at Miramar Landfill

Beginning September 30, the city will use tarps to cover the garbage

With the post-summer wind direction about to shift from east to west, the city and county are working overtime to solidify a plan to quell odor complaints that skyrocket between November and April against Miramar ...

Tijuana animal-rights lawyers win one for zonkeys

Did they? — donkeys painted like zebras no longer part of cultural heritage

Only real estate — not living beings — can be considered part of Tijuana’s cultural heritage, a federal judge has ruled, revoking an earlier decision by the Cultural Heritage Council of Baja California declaring zonkeys ...

Community not happy with North Park park

"I’m not taking my kids back to that playground.”

“A really aggressive homeless dude” was witnessed yelling and disrespecting a female city employee with “f-bombs” as she was working in the baseball field on September 12, according to Jeff Ray, a 50-year-old North Park ...

Man breaches San Onofre perimeter

Confesses to carrying "electronic equipment and possibly explosives"

A man driving a stolen delivery van he claimed was loaded with explosives was apprehended in a restricted area at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating station on Tuesday afternoon (September 12). According to sheriff's ...

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