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HauntFest on Main Oct 24, 2014 The third annual, family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon features two stages of live music, a carnival rides and games area, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, magic shows, pumpkin patches and more. 70 other events on Friday, October 24
 
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays
News
City’s contract tweaks both tighten and loosen requirements
Theater
A review of Cygnet Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard drama tops our coverage of local plays
Editorial
From San Diego City Council and Congress to Secretary of State and all the proposition, we have your ballot covered

 

 
 
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Wednesday, December 19,2012
News

Gary Kreep's family-law record

Birther judge-elect opposed parental rights for communists and lesbians as a lawyer, and faced allegations of spousal abuse

By Dave Maass
It was 1991, and Kreep—who’ll be sworn in as a Superior Court judge in January— was being stalked by a client who’d gone off the deep end. The signs were just the beginning of a Cape Fear-style threat to Kreep and his staff.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
News

Generous soldiers, stingy prosecutors

Who are the big givers and big scrooges in San Diego's Combined Federal Campaign?

By Dave Maass
Federal employees in San Diego and Imperial counties collectively contribute more than $6 million per year to nonprofits through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace charity drive.
Wednesday, December 19,2012
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Ebenezer teasers

Bah humbug! Here's some trivia to bum you out on Christmas

By Dave Maass
How much sugar is in a standard-sized candy cane? Which toys are potentially dangerous? Happy holidays! 
Wednesday, December 12,2012
News

Mark Kersey on the record

New San Diego City Council member wants Santa to bring post-partisanship and ‘Game of Thrones’

By Dave Maass
It was exceptionally easy for Mark Kersey to score one of the city’s most difficult jobs. In May 2011, the 36-year-old filled out a piece of paper, turned it in to the San Diego City Clerk’s office and waited. 
Wednesday, December 12,2012
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Dwarf hunt

Can you find the 15 members of 'Thorin & Company' from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?

By Dave Maass
Hint: there are 13 dwarves, one hobbit and one wizard.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Geek vs. Troll

Separating from UCAN, New Media Rights will continue to defend Internet underdogs

By Dave Maass
Let’s say you’re a citizen journalist who wakes up one morning to an alert from Google that, due to purported copyright infringement, it has removed one of your blog posts about a student in Scotland who’d been posing online as a Syrian lesbian to score a book deal. You know the copyright claim is crap, but what then?
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Pepper spray use declines, D.A. investigates misconduct at juvenile hall

An update in our ongoing series on violence and sexual abuse at San Diego County detention facilities

By Dave Maass
The District Attorney’s office is reviewing an allegation of criminal sexual misconduct by a staff member at a juvenile-hall facility following an investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Wednesday, December 5,2012
News

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in limbo

UCAN stalls subsidiary’s separation for six months

By Dave Maass
Throughout 2012, a drama has been unfolding behind the scenes at one of San Diego’s most respected oversight institutions, the Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN)
Wednesday, December 5,2012
Shenanigans

Shenanigans: Filner's furrow

Can you find your way through the new San Diego mayor's thoughts?

By Dave Maass
The new mayor's brain is a labyrinth! (But with less David Bowie and more focus on neighborhoods).  
Monday, December 3,2012
No Life Offline

Regulating the ’net

Issa’s proposed moratorium is cool in spirit, but otherwise impractical

By Dave Maass
Not too long ago, I saw a local journalist on Twitter defend U-T San Diego’s new pay wall with the following argument: Plumbers get paid for their work, so should reporters. Now, don’t get me wrong—I believe I’m worth paying. But that analogy is worth about as much as a flattened novelty penny from the Museum of Modern Irrelevancy.
 
 
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