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Changing Course: The History and Impact of the San Diego River Sep 23, 2014 Gabe Selak, Program Manager of the San Diego History Center, will navigate the course, history, and impact of San Diego’s most valuable waterway. 50 other events on Tuesday, September 23
 
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Monday, September 8,2014
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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.
Monday, July 28,2014
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What I brought back from Comic-Con 2014

Frazier in ‘The Fantastic Four,’ all the dogs and a deeper suspicion of AIs

By Dave Maass
I know, I've talked about this a dozen times in this column, but for those of you just tuning in: Last year, I bought a Playstation 4 after Ubisoft entranced me with the preview of its hacker video game, Watch Dogs.
Monday, July 7,2014
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The year in San Diego cybercrime (so far)

African witchcraft, a scary clown and board shorts that aren’t really board shorts: crimes on the Internet are weird

By Dave Maass
From Ghanaian witchcraft to scary clowns, cybercrime is as weird as anything in the real world.
Monday, June 16,2014
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First impressions of ‘Watch Dogs’

Ubisoft’s game of hackers has some problems

By Dave Maass
Last summer, at San Diego Comic-Con, I was exposed to the preview of a video game called Watch Dogs, an open-world adventure where you play a gray-hat hacker with Chicago's entire technological infrastructure literally at his fingertips.
Wednesday, June 4,2014
News

San Diego Grand Jury’s grand illusion

Citizen panel whitewashes deaths and pepper-spray abuse in county lockups

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
The San Diego County Grand Jury is a body of 19 citizens tasked with investigating public complaints about government and inspecting the county’s correctional facilities. But its latest report on the local jail system, filed on May 19, reads more like a press release than a watchdog report.
Tuesday, May 27,2014
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Privacy, Bitcoin and Soundcloud’s role in the election

Looking at privacy, money and sound in politics

By Dave Maass
The impact of campaign donations remains a hot issue, but this cycle, two candidates are exploring novel ways of leveraging money in their favor.
 
 
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