When an Italian citizen fired four shots at a La Jolla financier, he missed. But one person’s life did come to something of an end when those shots were fired, and he’s trying to get it back.

Prosecutors successfully convicted a South African immigrant doctor, Alfred Koonin, of giving the Italian his gun. But the alleged mastermind behind the murder attempt — another South African — has never faced justice and he has said Koonin didn’t have anything to do with the plot. Bizarrely, law enforcement officials also somehow destroyed the gun the gun in question.

It’s all part of a fascinating tale at the top of the site today.

It’s not an international murder plot, but Rich Toscano has an interesting observation out about the San Diego housing market. He has decided he was right.

Six months ago, Toscano wrote what was kind of a big deal for him: San Diego home prices had become “reasonable.” Toscano now says he thinks that was correct. “Homes are no longer overpriced, but …” Read the rest of what he had to say here.

You won’t be reading stories from David Hasemyer in the Union-Tribune any longer. The investigative reporter broke some of the most interesting over his three decades at the paper. But he was laid off last week. Our David Washburn reflects on Hasemyer’s efforts.

“Hasemyer’s reporting led to wrongful prosecutions by the San Diego County District Attorney to be overturned. His stories forced massive reforms in how the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department treats jail inmates, and in how California regulates its funeral industry.”

Photographer Sam Hodgson has been getting better and better over the years at capturing images of the Chargers on their home field. Here’s his latest batch from Saturday’s preseason game against Seattle.

We might be getting a travel request from Hodgson to more sports photos: A Chula Vista team has made it all the way to the Little League World Series, winning a nationally televised game yesterday to get there, the U-T reports.

Meanwhile, the North County Times has an update on the SDG&E shut-off plan: The utility is redrawing the map for what areas would get their electricity cut during extreme weather conditions.

We’re looking forward to a great week. Stay tuned.


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