These were the most-read stories for the week of May 23-29, 2011.

  Cleaning the Football Stadium for God

For nearly three decades, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses have thoroughly scrubbed Qualcomm Stadium of a year of filth in advance of their convention. They’ve built its offices, too.

  The Colorado River’s (Nonexistent) Emergency Plan

It supplied 75 percent of our water last year. But if the Colorado River consistently comes up short, no one knows how Lake Mead, the vital reservoir for San Diego and the Southwest, will be kept from running dry.

  What You Should Know About Lake Mead

Just how much water is in the vital reservoir? What’s the dead pool? And what’s the chance of coming up short?

  Another SDPD Cop Under Investigation

The recent spike in officer misconduct that has tarnished the department’s public image continues to grow.

  More Latitude for Police Misconduct at SDPD

With fewer supervisors, officers say the San Diego Police Department has less time and fewer resources to monitor for the kind of behavioral issues that can lead to misconduct.

  Graphic: How the City Saved $713 Million

The City Council approved a 15-year deal last week to cut retiree health care costs. Here’s how it stacked up to a couple of other options on the table.

  Preschools Checked Less than Dog Kennels

In San Diego County and across California, severely slackened inspection rules leave children in preschools or child care less protected from undetected safety lapses than kids elsewhere.

  Fact Check: San Diego’s Declining Trash Trend

Statement: “The per-capita amount of waste disposed in the county has dropped in the past five years as recycling has increased,” State Sen. …

  How Bumping Adds to School Layoff Chaos

When schools cut jobs for seasoned workers, those workers can grab jobs from newer employees. It’s meant to be fair, but can make cuts even more chaotic.

  Chula Vista’s Cell Phone Tax Challenged

A local lawyer claims the South Bay city should stop taxing cell phone calls and pay back years’ worth of revenue from the ‘illegal’ taxes.

I’m Grant Barrett, engagement editor for Drop me a line at, call me at (619) 550-5666, and follow me on Twitter @grantbarrett.

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