These were the most-read stories for the week of Nov. 14-20.

 New U-T Boss: ‘You Change Now or You Die’

Doug Manchester’s partner in the Union-Tribune purchase says he wants the paper to be pro-business. The sports page to be pro-Chargers stadium. And reporters to become stars. ‘It’s news information, but it’s also show biz.’

 A Newsmaker Buys the Local Newspaper

New owner Doug Manchester has been a polarizing figure, one known for his brash negotiations and controversial politics.

 One Step Closer to Schools’ Budget Doomsday

San Diego Unified built its budget on the hopes that the state wouldn’t cut funding in the middle of the school year. But those cuts got more likely Wednesday.

 Former Redevelopment Execs Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

The former top two officials at the city of San Diego’s Southeastern Economic Development Corp. admit to embezzling public funds.

 One Word, ‘Guilty,’ Erases Years of Dogged Denial

For more than three years since an investigation revealed she had orchestrated a secret system of bonuses, former SEDC President Carolyn Y. Smith doggedly defended her actions. On Tuesday, she admitted to doing something wrong.

 Schools Fall Short as Teens with Disabilities Jump to Adulthood

An outside expert finds that none of the 1,200 students he examined had preparation plans that passed muster with federal requirements.

 Morning Report: Very Bad News for City Schools

Occupiers raided once again, verdict lacking on smaller class sizes, local toxic risks and SD’s failure to engage.

 Fact Check: What’s Missing at Schools South of Interstate 8

Statement: “It’s not appropriate for people to come to us and be upset. We didn’t even know what the criteria was, we didn’t even tell the staff which direction we wanted,” Shelia Jackson, a member of the San Diego Unified school board told a capacity crowd at the Nov. 1 school board meeting. Determination: Huckster Propaganda.

 School Employees Not Regularly Evaluated

San Diego Unified finds that nearly half of its employees aren’t being regularly assessed.

 Morning Report: A Weird House Is Hoisted

Kensington and Talmadge consider hyper-local tax hikes, teacher pay cuts outlines, a row about some really big wings and how you transport a whale.

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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