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Bob McPhail

McPhail was a reporter for the Oceanside Blade before coming to work for the Reader in the 1980s.

Articles by Bob McPhail

Utterly alone with abortion, Father Bud Kaicher's court statement, behind Debby Fleming's suicide

Dutiful Daughter After three days, I lost all feeling that something had “happened” to my body. I realized it would be possible to deny that this had ever happened to me, if I chose to ...

May 15, 2021
New home ownership, my life as fat boy, Christmas in Tijuana, at Horton Plaza

What on Earth am I Settling For? I let the front yard go and worked on building a fence in back. I got so angry digging postholes in the rain one afternoon that I had ...

February 6, 2021
Imperial Beach, town without pretense

Complete public sleeping ban Imperial Beach has banned camping or sleeping in public with an ordinance that reaches into every last corner, from pavement to median, "including but not limited to dirt or landscaped areas." ...

Bob McPhail and the Reader

Bob McPhail came to the Reader from the Oceanside Blade-Tribune in 1987 and has written stories for the Reader through 2018. McPhail's favorite stories he has written for the Reader: Camp Pendleton Marine kills older ...

August 17, 2019
San Diego characters you should have known

Bad blood in Barrio Logan Ducheny is most unpopular with those who run the government-funded agencies, people such as Rachel Ortiz, who directs the Barrio Station youth program; Jess Haro, chairman of the Chicano Federation; ...

July 21, 2018
Tijuana vigilantes nab suspected thief

Early on the morning of February 18, residents of the Hacienda Los Laureles neighborhood of Tijuana captured a suspected burglar, roughed him up, and tied him to a utility pole until police arrived. According to ...

February 22, 2018
Ensenadan to be prosecuted for abortion

A young Ensenada woman faces up to five years in prison after physicians at the city’s general hospital reported her to authorities for allegedly using pills to provoke an abortion. Abortion remains illegal in Baja ...

January 14, 2018
Tijuana nursing-home fire kills six

Six residents of a Tijuana nursing home died Friday, October 27, and two others were injured when a fire swept through the crowded facility in Colonia Flores Magón, according to multiple press accounts. The victims ...

October 28, 2017
Too scared to cook in Baja?

International chefs invited to the seventh annual Baja Culinary Fest, scheduled October 19-22, have opted to stay out of Baja California over fear for their lives, according to El Sol de Tijuana. Chef Javier Plascencia ...

October 17, 2017
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