These were the top stories for the week of March 21 – 27, 2011.

 How Segregation Defined San Diego’s Neighborhoods

Racial restrictions on home ownership governed where the city’s black population could settle in the 20th century, creating a hub in southeastern San Diego that is slowly beginning to spread outward.

 Bridgepoint Booms Over Troubled Waters

San Diego’s new business wunderkind has been ramping up everything from profits to sponsorship to political giving, but the practices at the heart of its success have it in the crosshairs of politicians, regulators and attorneys.

 ‘Why Isn’t That Happening Here?’

A groundbreaking settlement in Los Angeles spares some of the neediest schools from layoffs. San Diego hasn’t taken its lead.

 Morning Report: Pain for Barrio Logan Not for Bird Rock

A way to soften the blow for poor schools, the latest pension front and banana radiation.

 He Sneaks Up on North Park’s Crooks

Violent crime soared in North Park as its vibrant commercial district grew. Enter Sgt. Nick Borrelli and a team of police officers on bikes. So far, their patrols seem to have worked.

 The Science of Beer

There’s a lot of technology behind that tipsy feeling.

 Most Efficient Water Consumers Pay the Price, Too

In San Diego, water rates have gone up so much that even those who’ve conserved are paying more money for less water. It’s a troubling sign for water conservation in a region counting on conquering the lawn love affair.

 San Diego Explained: NFL Lockout

What the NFL labor dispute is about and what it could mean for football in San Diego.

 Morning Report: ‘The Biggest Lie That Was Ever Told’

How the city’s ethnic neighborhoods developed, more on nuclear plant safety, local teams get razzed and an oopsy for the ages.

 A Fire Engine’s $24 Million Move West

The region’s multiple personality disorder comes through again.

Contact Grant Barrett, engagement editor for or (619) 550-5666 or @grantbarrett on Twitter.

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