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Stories by Joe Applegate

San Diego marriage licenses between1973 and 1977 dropped 12 percent

Why knot?

“We’re both in the Navy, and our pay is supposed to go up when we’re married. The housing allowance is higher for married couples. Then there’s insurance, which is bound to go down. "

A bump on the head could kill Chris O'Rourke

But so could a life without waves.

Here at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, surfers prefer the Vespa motor scooter for solo transportation. This is a low, fat motorcycle that you'd be crazy to take for a long fast ride. Your Vespa ...

Jails: TJ vs. San Diego

Locked up and let loose

Neddy Massaro’s jail is the best in San Diego. She lives on the tenth floor of the sleek Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal highrise at F and Union streets in downtown San Diego. There are ...

Now that Yellow Cab no longer dominates

Did somebody call a cab?

The city requires its 71 cab companies to provide fair and speedy service, but the cabbies in this divided industry do not — or cannot — make a living by following the city's rules.

Dungeons and Dragons: the weirdest and most popular game in years

Meet the the Triton Wargaming Society of UCSD

“You have dyed-in-the-wool historical wargamers; you have fantasy freaks who have read all the Tolkien books; you have people we’ve never seen in here and will never see again."

Hillcrest – writing contest winner

An after-dinner walk, cottages, a taxi ride

The Chicken Pie Shop and the Mayfair are big hits, even with jaded L.A. people, who think they’ve seen all the world's freaks. Other high spots are the side-by-side bookstores down the street.

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