Bob McPhail

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

Articles by Bob McPhail

Bob McPhail and the Reader

Oceanside gay murders, Balboa Theater, Gringo goes to TJ hospital, 20K fetuses, dog served at TJ restaurant

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 ...

San Diego characters you should have known

Al Ducheny, Steve Kelly, Larry Himmel, Sam Spital, Stanley Siegel, Ed Miller

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; ...

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 ...

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