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Sordid Tales
How can so many people be wrong about something for so long?
There She Goz
Children’s center is training tiny, adorable consumers
Seen Local
City takes a slow and careful approach to the public-art gem
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Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice
The World Fare
Kearny Mesa Chinese place serves the best potstickers and xiao long bao in town

 

 
 
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Monday, December 1,2014
No Life Offline

The year in San Diego cybercrime, part 2

Your semi-annual police-blotter round-up of digital-age malfeasance

By Dave Maass
There’s a whole class of invisible, digital crimes that aren’t going out over the emergency airwaves. No one’s dialing 911 for data breaches, and patrol officers aren’t calling for backup on scam emails. 
Wednesday, November 26,2014
News

Suicide attempts soar at San Diego County juvenile hall

Rosemary Summers succeeded in 2013, and her parents want justice

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass

 The credibility of San Diego’s juvenile-detention system has come under fire this year amid a complaint that the Youth Law Center submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice in July regarding the use of harsh disciplinary measures on at-risk youth.

Monday, November 10,2014
No Life Offline

If you were my sugar cyber-Santa

These are the top-dollar tech gifts (and a couple cheap ones) I want this December

By Dave Maass
I'm the elf who's making sure Santa doesn't leave you a snowflake sweater that might as well have been bedazzled with chunks of coal from a miner's black lungs. I recommend you either lay this issue of CityBeat folded open above the toilet or leave this column open on your web browser for your lover to see.
Monday, October 20,2014
No Life Offline

About Anita Sarkeesian and Star Wars Farts

Can I get you to care about feminism if I throw in some scatological humor?

By Dave Maass
Sarkeesian really shouldn't be so controversial. It's not as if she's a Holocaust revisionist or a government official who authorized torture. Sarkeesian isn't some ultra-radical abort-all-the-babies femi-eugenicist.
Monday, September 29,2014
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Wikipistemology in the 52nd District congressional race

The continuing adventures of Carl DeMaio’s Wikipedia page

By Dave Maass
If epistemology is the study and philosophy of knowledge, it's creation and quality, then I consider myself a lowly disciple of Wikipistemology, the contemplation and investigation of Wikipedia and other open community-edited resources.
Monday, September 8,2014
News

Review board identifies policy violations, shoddy investigation in San Diego jail death

Detainee who swallowed meth was left to die in solitary confinement

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
A law-enforcement oversight board has found that San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies lied and omitted information in the investigation of the death of a 28-year-old African-American man who’d swallowed a baggie of meth before being booked into custody.
Monday, September 8,2014
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What was in my podcast queue, summer 2014 edition

Dispatches from the weirdest town in the Southwest, podcasts with that guard from ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘The Daily Show’ sans John Stewart

By Dave Maass
It's almost as if The Daily Show team is exacting revenge on John Oliver for leaving the cast: "You're getting an HBO show? Well, up yours, Brit-face, we're going to get our own podcast."
Monday, August 18,2014
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Consulting Max from Netflix

This little asshole of an AI is actually pretty good at recommending stuff to watch

By Dave Maass
Last year, Netflix debuted Max, an AI feature for Playstation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your viewing habits and the star ratings you dish out.
Wednesday, August 13,2014
News

How San Diego’s juvenile-hall scandal could change state policy on pepper spray

County supervisors, oversight boards say they welcome a federal investigation

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
The feds haven’t said yet whether they will investigate the extreme use of pepper spray at local juvenile halls, but basically everyone in the juvenile-justice community—and beyond—thinks they should.
Monday, July 28,2014
News

Civil rights groups blast San Diego County over pepper spray in juvenile halls

Justice Department asked to investigate and force county to eliminate 'inhumane and abusive' practices

By Dave Maass, Kelly Davis
YLC identified dozens upon dozens of cases of improper use of pepper spray. Probation staff sprayed youth at risk of suicide; youth who simply were disobedient; youth with respiratory, cardiovascular and skin problems; and youth being treated with psychotropic medication. They used it to gas-out detainees who refused to leave their cells. They sprayed detainees as young as 12 years old. They sprayed multiple girls who refused to strip at the request of male staff.
 
 
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