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Let Inga Tell You

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  • Let Inga Tell You: Amazingly, it wasn't a scam

    Let Inga Tell You: Amazingly, it wasn't a scam

    LET INGA TELL YOU: When the service garage manager told me my car failed its smog test because I don't drive on freeways enough, I was sure I was being scammed. I'd had this experience once before years ago at the now-defunct service station on Pearl and Eads, where they told me my 5-year-old Camry...

Kitchen Shrink

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  • Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    Kitchen Shrink: February feasts and festivals

    KITCHEN SHRINK: It's hard to believe such a short month is so log-jammed with commemorations, celebrations, and annual hooplas from Super Bowl and Chinese New Year to Valentine's Day and Black History Month. (Let's not forget Mardis Gras, which usually falls in February, but missed the cut this...

Frontline Cancer

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  • Frontline Cancer: The season for family, health, hope and new beginnings

    Frontline Cancer: The season for family, health, hope and new beginnings

    FRONTLINE CANCER: This is the season for celebrating family, health, hope and new beginnings. I want to share a story about one family, a doctor and their unified hope for a new beginning. In 2014, Merak Melikian Hatounian was a 20-year-old sophomore attending the University of San Francisco. "He...

Natural La Jolla

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  • Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Last week, I spotted a little furry creature poking out of its burrow in the middle of a manicured lawn — it was a pocket gopher! Botta's pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) are native to California and are mainly nocturnal rodents related to beavers, squirrels, chipmunks and rats....

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