Why Were Homeless Men Killed and Set On Fire? Suspect Now Charged With Murder

In the summer of 2016, murder came to San Diego in the form of an unknown assailant, who was randomly attacking homeless men, killing some with railroad spikes driven through their head and chest while they slept out in the open. Two men were set on fire. The homeless...
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Leaving Life-Saving Water: My Day With The Border Angels

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, I traveled with the Border Angels to the Ocotillo desert to leave water and provisions along migrant crossing routes. It was an amazing day, from start to finish. I have written a story about that day which is now in Psychology Today....
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Dental Assistant Sentenced to 15 Years for Sexual Assaults on Anesthetized Women

A 15-year prison sentence was not enough for the women who were sexually assaulted by Luis Ramos while they were under anesthesia at the Park Boulevard dental office where he worked for 2 ½ years. Ramos, a 36-year-old former dental assistant pled guilty to 9 felony...
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The Right-To-Die Now Allowed in California: What Would You Choose?

He was a vibrant man, a brilliant and accomplished scientist, an ocean lover, a Korean Bar-B-Q and taco stand aficionado, an attentive husband, and an energetic father to two young boys. He was also my good friend who had the rare quality of truly listening. We...
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President Obama’s Grant of Clemency to 214 Individuals Gives Them a Second Chance

I was so moved by this article that I wanted to share it. Who has not made a wrong choice at one time in their life? The story of Ronald Evans brings me to tears!  Talk about sins of our youth.  I so believe in second chances, and these 214 individuals can be...
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A Night With Death And The San Diego Medical Examiner: Important Information And Fascinating Facts Revealed

“People are dying to see me,” quipped Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Glenn Wagner as he began leading a tour of the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office on a rainy night. Dealing with death and its traumatic aftermath on a daily basis requires Dr. Wagner to use his medical...
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Murder On Valentine’s Night: Angry Obsession Or Tragic Accident?

Twenty-three-year-old Marlene Magee did not receive a dozen red roses, chocolate hearts, or a romantic candlelight dinner with her lover on Valentine’s night.  Instead she received a shotgun blast to her face which took her life and the life of her unborn baby, a tiny...
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The Citizens’ Academy Offers An Exciting Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Criminal Justice System

“You have been accepted!” Those were the magic words I was hoping to hear when I sent in my application for the Spring 2016 Citizens’ Academy. Offered by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the academy...
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Rebuilding a Life After Prison: The Film “Imperial Dreams” Offers Hope Amidst the Struggle

Last night I was privileged to see a special screening of the film “Imperial Dreams,” hosted by the San Diego Foundation at the Illumina Theater in Torrey Pines. Based on a true story, the film documents the journey of Bambi, a twenty-one-year-old African American...
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Leaving Life-Saving Water: My Day With The Border Angels

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, I traveled with the Border Angels to the Ocotillo desert to leave water and provisions along migrant crossing routes. It was an amazing day, from start to finish. I have written a story about that day which is now in Psychology Today....