No full column today. I just get buried sometimes.

But I did want to promote something: We’re really excited about Friday’s host for Café San Diego. It’s Marcus Stern, the reporter who broke the Duke Cunningham story for Copley News Service and the Union-Tribune. He, and the rest of the team he ended up working with, eventually received a Pulitzer Prize.

Cunningham, of course, is now in prison because of their work.

I remember reading Stern’s initial report in 2005 and slowly trying to pick my jaw up. (By the way, it’s a source of some pride in our office that our own Survival in San Diego reporter, Kelly Bennett, helped with that story while she did an internship with Stern in Washington, D.C. He always acknowledges her contribution.)

Stern just gave me permission to post a recording of his initial interview with Cunningham after Stern discovered that the congressman had sold his Del Mar home to a defense contractor for a wildly inflated price.


AUDIO: ‘I’ve never even smoked a Marijuana cigarette’

The interview is fascinating.

Stern told me he’s ready to answer some questions from you so get them ready. We’re pretty proud of how the café has turned into a forum for this kind of thing.

Join us Friday.

SCOTT LEWIS

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