Bob McPhail

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

Articles by Bob McPhail

Tijuana vigilantes nab suspected thief

Crying children saved from would-be intruder with long knives

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 ...

Ensenadan to be prosecuted for abortion

Three Misoprostol tablets found in the woman’s vagina

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 ...

Tijuana nursing-home fire kills six

Witnesses blame fellow resident with cigarette lighter

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 ...

Too scared to cook in Baja?

Chefs decline invitations to culinary fest due to widespread violence

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 ...

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 ...

Mass shutdown of Tijuana's Chinese restaurants

Complaints prompt investigations, 18 eateries temporarily closed

Citing various violations of health regulations, municipal health inspectors in Tijuana have ordered the closure of 18 Chinese restaurants until the problems are corrected. According to a report published by the daily newspaper El Sol ...

Bold assault at Tijuana office-supply store

Employees of Office Depot tied up by armed robbers

A group of armed, hooded thieves forced their way into an Office Depot in Tijuana shortly before midnight on July 3, tied up store employees with plastic bands, and stole cash, cellular phones, computers, and ...

Tijuana priest hospitalized after attack by thief

Escaped knifing, stuck with a screwdriver instead

A Catholic priest was reported to be in stable condition at a Tijuana hospital on Friday, June 9, following surgery after he was stabbed with a screwdriver by a thief trying to rob his church. ...

It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana’s archbishop orders re-design of new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a new cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among ...

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