These were the most-read stories for the week of July 9-15.

1. San Diego County’s Wildlife Killers 

Federal trappers have shot, poisoned and snared thousands of animals over the last seven years, some whose only mistake appears to have been eating livestock left inadequately protected. Why exactly? The government won’t say.

2. A Bad Day for Bridgepoint 

The for-profit higher education company said it was denied accreditation Monday, which is key for its business model. Bridgepoint stock plunged by as much as 34 percent.

3. Risky Business at Shamu Stadium 

Two years after trainer was killed, ‘Death at SeaWorld’ explores intense debate over killer whale shows.

4. Balboa Park Remodel’s a Go 

After months of intense debate over the future of one of the city’s icons, the City Council supported a major construction project that will return the Plaza de Panama to pedestrians.

5. Morning Report: The Backcountry’s Killing Fields 

A federal agency will only tell us how many animals it kills. Not why. And a new amazing video from the fireworks fiasco.

6. Public Ignored in Balboa Park Debate? Fact Check 

Statement: “They’ve changed it not one bit,” Bruce Coons, executive director of the Save Our Heritage Organisation, said July 9 about authors of a plan to remodel Balboa Park. Determination: False

7. Bob Filner’s Balboa Park Show 

The mayoral candidate gave an absent-minded-professor performance at City Council during Monday’s big Balboa Park decision.

8. Taxes vs. Kids: City Schools’ New Gamble 

San Diego Unified’s deal to avoid teacher layoffs was heralded as a masterful compromise, but the district has also staked the length of the school year on increased taxes, a move that puts kids’ education directly in the hands of California voters.

9. Where People Didn’t Vote: Graphic 

Four years ago, voter turnout in San Diego County reached record highs. During this year’s primary, it approached record lows. Let’s see they compared.

10. The Legal Strategy Against the Balboa Park Remodel 

A day after the City Council approved a plan to remake Balboa Park’s western entrance, the plan’s chief opponents announced they’ll sue.

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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