These were the most-read stories for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

 At the Hotel Del, a Deadly Obsession

A young beauty, a fatal gunshot and a tangled 1892 tale still fascinate authors and ghost hunters.

 X-Ray Scanners in SD Airport Could Pose Health Risk

An investigation found that the federal government deployed full-body X-ray scanners like those used for San Diego International Airport passengers despite having a safer alternative.

 How Crowded Kindergarten Can Get: People’s Reporter

How many kids can you squeeze into a classroom? Let’s find out.

 Filner’s Pension: $82,000, At Least

The Democratic congressman is eligible to receive pensions from three government agencies and could see a big boost if he becomes mayor.

 School Closures Curtailed, New Borrowing Idea Floated

Most of the schools briefly slated for closure will now not be closed. Meanwhile, the district’s credit rating takes another hit and the board wants to explore a new facilities bond to free up cash for teachers.

 Pay Cut, Parcel Tax Can Avoid School Insolvency, Barnett Says

The school board member releases a plan he says would fix schools’ finances.

 Morning Report: A Congressman’s Pension

Another mayoral hopeful’s pension, what we’re learning from the SDPD misconduct case, the impact of Groupon on the arts, and more.

 As Others Plea to Sacramento, One Schools Trustee Wants Pay Cuts Here

Scott Barnett says drastic cuts to employee pay are necessary to avoid insolvency. He would give voters a chance to restore some of the lost pay with a parcel tax increase in 2012.

 Blackout’s Causes Still Unknown

Reports on why the power outage that left millions in the dark last month occurred are still months away.

 As Trustees Move to Cancel School Closures, Credit Agency Strikes

As two members of the San Diego Unified school board call for an end to school closures, Moody’s downgrades the district’s long-term credit rating, a move that’s largely symbolic, but could end up costing the district millions if followed by further downgrades.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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