These were the most-read stories for the week of Jan. 23-29.

  Duke to Newt: I’ve Got Your Back

In a jailhouse message to the Republican presidential candidate, Duke Cunningham offers tips to his former colleague.

  The U-T’s Half Baked Waterfront – 5 Questions

The paper put out a pretty picture, but behind it, there’s nothing but a big hole.

  Morning Report: Attorney General Rocks San Diego Planners

U-T lobbies without being a lobbyist, Dumanis makes age an issue, SigAlert’s birthday.

  Morning Report: Huge X-Mas Party Leaves Dozens Holding Bag

City OKs big retiree health spending deal, county fails to report allegations, inside the point-fixing scandal and a shark-finding app.

  AG Sues Over San Diego’s Transportation Future

The attorney general’s action shows that she doesn’t want Sandag’s approach to cutting greenhouse gases to become precedent in California – and she’s willing to fight.

  Sold on a Christmas Dream, Left in the Lurch

Promoted as a matchless, blockbuster event, last month’s A Christmas Tabernacle has become a holiday nightmare. Organizer Jamie Sutton promised throngs but just a portion came, leaving ballerinas, reindeer owners and stage managers with broken contracts.

  Morning Report: U-T’s Bold But Airy Waterfront Bid

Behind the newspaper’s mammoth dream project, digging into the South Bay’s mother of all scandals and a recycled water tour.

  Doug Manchester: San Diego’s Cheerleader in Chief

One of San Diego’s most polarizing figures now owns its largest megaphone. The man who calls himself Papa Doug is ready to cheer. For the Chargers, big building projects and Jesus. But will he use the newspaper as a bullhorn – or a bludgeon?

  Five Looming Roadblocks for the Convention Expansion

A lot more than just the U-T’s bumrush threatens to tear down the big plan.

  When the Trouble Started for Sweetwater Schools

The contracting corruption case strikes at the heart of the South Bay political establishment.

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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