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Video Games Live Jul 24, 2014 Popular game music themes given the full symphonic treatment with synchronized lighting and even some real on-stage game-playing. Concert will feature music from Zelda, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, BioShock and more. 80 other events on Thursday, July 24
 
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New business is illuminating the imagery found in science
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Joint production by La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep leads our rundown of local plays
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Did Carl DeMaio’s partner overstep his authority by ousting business-association chief?
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San Diego planning director’s uphill battle to create walkable communities
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Mayor’s actions so far betray his pitch, but there’s still hope

 

 
 
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Monday, August 5,2013
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What I took home from Comic-Con

Gamer envy, ‘Dr. McNinja’ and a whole lotta nerd rage

By Dave Maass
What was the worst thing I saw at Comic-Con? No hesitation: The Intelligence Google Glass Experience on the exhibition-hall floor. 
Wednesday, July 31,2013
News

The sting of juvenile detention in San Diego County

Only 14 states, including California, still allow use of pepper spray to discipline young offenders—experts say it has no place in a modern justice system

By Dave Maass
The records obtained by CityBeat show a 30-percent decrease in OC use in East Mesa, but a 22-percent uptick at the Kearny Mesa juvenile hall, the largest of the five detention facilities.
Monday, July 15,2013
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Fulfilling the fantasy fandoms

A comparison of the web presence of ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

By Dave Maass
The full reach of a fantasy franchise isn't measured in DVDs sold or tie-in freebies distributed with fast-food meals. A series' success is a collaboration between the ingenuity of the creators and engagement of the fans. 
Monday, June 24,2013
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I’m convinced people do care about NSA overreach

My current perch gives me a unique view of public interest in government surveillance

By Dave Maass
Edward Snowden, a geeky whistleblower who worked for an NSA contractor, presented evidence of the agency's massive surveillance programs that history will likely remember as the defining scandal of President Barack Obama's second term.
Wednesday, June 12,2013
News

Death’s in the details

Lapses in reporting inmate mortalities raise questions of oversight in San Diego County facilities

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
Our investigation has revealed systemic problems with record keeping and oversight, including the Sheriff’s Department’s failure to report one in 10 deaths to the California Department of Justice as required by state law.
Monday, June 3,2013
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Don’t split the fandoms

Why won’t you overseas media companies take my money?

By Dave Maass
I suppose I should begin with a spoiler alert. If you haven't seen the finale of Doctor Who, well, then you're going to be just as frustrated as I was when I received the following text message a couple of weekends ago.
Monday, May 13,2013
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Device adoption

Suddenly, I’m an Apple guy with no need for Glass

By Dave Maass
I liken Google Glass to Nintendo's "Virtual Boy," which was rolled out in 1995. We were promised the first 3-D, virtual-reality game system, but when I visited Blockbuster Video to try out a pair, I was unimpressed.
Wednesday, April 24,2013
News

Suicide in the cell

Inmates kill themselves at a high rate after San Diego County Sheriff’s Department refuses to revamp policies

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
Ten men and one woman hung themselves in San Diego County jails during the last six years. They used socks or sheets, stringing handmade nooses from sinks, doors and bunks.
Monday, April 22,2013
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The government can’t hide behind Gmail

San Diego’s better than San Jose on transparency—let’s keep it that way

By Dave Maass
I love public records laws like a firefighter loves his ax. I love the heft of the federal Freedom of Information Act (or the California Public Records Act) when I slam it into the door of the establishment. And I love it when it gets sharpened.
Wednesday, April 3,2013
News

Wheels of force

Part two of our ‘60 Dead Inmates’ series shows how San Diego County deputies killed a schizophrenic inmate and avoided a public investigation

By Dave Maass
Tommy Tucker, a 35-year-old, obese inmate in a psychiatric unit at the San Diego Central Jail and lost his life. His act of defiance: attempting to take a cup of hot water back to his cell while the unit was in lockdown.
 
 
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