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These were the most-read stories for the week of June 25-July 1.

1. The Three Words That Made Pensions Untouchable 

A 95-year-old court decision about benefits for a police widow may be the reason that pension benefits in San Diego are iron-clad today.

2. How San Diego Elected a ‘Birther’ Judge 

Since a lawyer named Gary Kreep was elected judge, some have speculated his last name sealed the deal with voters. But election results show precincts didn’t randomly support him.

3. In Landslide, City Teachers Approve Deal to Restore Jobs 

A tentative agreement between the teachers union and the school district last week has been officially ratified by a majority of union members.

4. A Luminous Artist’s Mark on the Courthouse 

Robert Irwin, one of San Diego’s most famous artists, gets a commission to leave an imprint inside and outside the new federal courthouse downtown.

5. Explainer: The School District’s Still-Present Deficit 

Despite cutting a deal with teachers that includes pay and benefits concessions, San Diego Unified still faces a large deficit in 2013-14. We explain why.

6. How La Jolla and District 1 Voted: Graphic 

Voters across San Diego’s northwestern neighborhoods are clearly divided over who should represent them on the City Council. Check out this map of June 5 election results.

7. Why Teachers Should Not Ratify Layoffs Deal 

In conclusion, I no longer trust our union, SDEA, to do right by its members, and, therefore, I will be voting “no” on this tentative agreement (but I would vote “yes” for a total recall of the current SDEA board).

8. Bill Clinton’s Big Claim: Fact Check TV 

Former President Bill Clinton said acceptance rates at UC San Diego compare to those at Harvard and Yale. True or false? Watch this short video clip.

9. Teachers Union Deal: San Diego Explained 

Watch our explainer of the deal that will bring back more than 1,500 laid off educators, with the help of a couple of cute kids.

10. Bilbray Wants Health Care Funds and to Kill Health Care Funds 

The Congressman denies that he’s changed his position on the Affordable Care Act.

Dagny Salas is the web editor at Voice of San Diego. You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5669.

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Dagny Salas

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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