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 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 ...

T.J. General Hospital running out of chemotherapy drugs for children

"Their mothers are worried."

Fifty-six pediatric cancer patients being treated at Tijuana’s General Hospital are in danger of relapse and death because the state-funded facility is running out of chemotherapy drugs. “Up to now no child has lost treatment, ...

Tijuana orders cancellation of concert by Miguel Comando at Las Pulgas nightclub

Singer of narcocorridos threatened by message on corpse.

Tijuana authorities abruptly ordered the cancellation of a concert by Miguel Comando, a singer of narcocorridos, that had been scheduled for the night of April 28 at the Las Pulgas nightclub on Avenida Revolución. Narcocorridos ...

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