These were the most-read stories for the week of Dec. 19-25.

  The Top Whoppers of 2011

Which falsehood should be Whopper of the Year?

  Four Revealing Charts on School Finances

School district officials say they’re getting short-changed by the state, causing their financial crisis. But the amount of money it gets is about the same as it was a decade ago. So what gives?

  Fact Check: Famed Scientist’s Fishy Shark Claim

“Careful analysis of deaths in the ocean near San Diego shows that on average, the death of each swimmer killed by a shark saves the lives of ten others,” wrote world-reknowned scientist Freeman Dyson in the Dec. 22 edition of The New York Review of Books. Determination: False

  Who Has the Power at City Hall?

City Councilman David Alvarez says San Diego’s power structure privileges downtown and punishes council members who defy the mayor.

  Mayor, City Attorney Respond to Bankruptcy Case

Retirees in a Rhode Island city agreed to reduce their pensions through bankruptcy. San Diego’s mayor and city attorney argue that makes no difference here.

  Big Claim on Bankruptcy and Pensions Possibly Debunked

An agreement between workers and a small Rhode Island city could erase one of the key arguments used against municipal bankruptcy.

  Library Booster Says Fundraising’s Nearly Done

A lead fundraiser for the new $185 million downtown library says he’s ‘very, very optimistic’ donors will meet a Dec. 31 deadline.

  The Army of Homes Marching on the Waterfront

Residential interests battle an industrial legacy for the city’s economic future.

  Manchester Eyeing North County Times

The Union-Tribune’s new owner has interest in the region’s other big newspaper, too.

  Morning Report: Getting Closer to Solving a Schools Mystery

Raids on South Bay school board members, Talking (but not supporting) city bankruptcy, the vanishing Sunset Cliffs and glow germs at UCSD.

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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