Bob McPhail

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

Articles by Bob McPhail

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 ...

Panic at the Coca-Cola plant

Workers evacuated at Tijuana industrial park after gas leak

More than a thousand workers at a Tijuana industrial park had to be evacuated around 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, after a strong odor of gas in the area created panic among employees. El ...

Tijuana makes the list of least-friendly cities

"It still suffers from a long-held reputation of being ‘dirty’ and ‘unsafe.’"

According to the August 15 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, only Newark, New Jersey, rates as less friendly than Tijuana in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Here’s what the magazine had to say about ...

Where to go for Tijuana AIDS

Anonymous sex a factor in increased infection rate

At least 30 new cases of HIV infection are reported each month in Baja California, and the leader of a prominent AIDS organization says he knows what's behind the alarming statistic, particularly in Tijuana. Steam ...

Baja bullfighting ban back-burnered

Legislature decides not to consider anti-cruelty bill

Opponents of bullfighting in Baja California waited for hours on Thursday, April 7, expecting the state legislature to debate and vote on a proposed law that would have outlawed the bloody spectacle, but at the ...

Tijuana amusement park shut down

After ride collapses, teenage girl in custody

By order of the Tijuana Fire Department, the long-popular amusement park Mundo Divertido was closed following a Tuesday evening, April 5, accident in which a ride collapsed and injured at least 12 people, including seven ...

Arson attack at U.S. consulate in Tijuana

"Could be a resentful person" upset over having had a visa denied

An arsonist doused several vehicles parked at the U.S. consulate in Tijuana with gasoline during the early-morning hours of New Year's day and set them on fire, according to multiple press reports. The vehicles — ...

Warning registered on road's instability

Repaired Ensenada highway at risk of collapse, says geologist

Baja California's scenic toll road between Tijuana and Ensenada is at risk of another major collapse similar to or worse than one that occurred on December 28, 2013, a scientific expert has warned. Luis Alberto ...

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