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Duke of The USS Saint Paul -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Don’t Call Me Mr. Wayne Thomas Calabrese ….In early August 1964, two U.S. destroyers stationed in the Gulf of  Tonkin in Vietnam radioed that they had been fired upon by North Vietnamese forces. In response to these reported incidents, President Lyndon B. Johnson requested permission from the U.S. Congress to increase the U.S. military presence in Indochina. On August 7, 1964, […]

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Facts and Trivia About the Most Romantic of all Special Days – Valentine’s Day

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson….On February 14th, people around the world will be coming up with a variety of ideas on how to show their special someone’s how much they love them. Most people have no idea why we celebrate this day or the facts and trivia associated with Valentine’s Day. Here is a bit of information about […]

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The Warrior Heart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 10, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Don’t Give Up On Me Now Thomas Calabrese…The Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines had been engaged with a large force of Taliban fighters for over a week and the battle raged on. The enemy had been pushed back into the Darai Nur district and while some of the Taliban had run away […]

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Grocery Grabs #7 North County International Market

By   /  February 5, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes ….February 2017….Today, I covered a market that was not Mexican, but rather it focused on the Middle East as well as Eastern Europe. It was a different pace and had more focus on different ingredients than what I am used to seeing. Walking to the shopping center, you notice right across from Costco […]

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The Mercer Mission – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

How Deep Is Too Deep? Thomas Calabrese….Five Toyota pick-up trucks filled with high grade heroin were being escorted by ten Cadillac Escalades down a dirt road. Five SUV’s were in front and five were in back, and in each vehicle were four heavily armed guards. The convoy stopped in an isolated area fifty miles from […]

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It Is All About The Numbers -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Sometimes They Just Add Up Thomas Calabrese…Walter Kleiner and Terry Boone dated briefly during their senior year in high school in the small town of Mansfield Indiana and married after one year after their graduation. They were not in love, soulmates or even had some special or spiritual connection. Walter was wild, reckless and mean […]

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Invasive Plant to Avoid: Pampas Grass

By   /  January 25, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Pampas grass is an invasive plant with fast, dense thicket of razor sharp leaves. It originally came from Argentina. It is almost impossible to remove and the dry areas of the plants are a fire hazard. It can grow eight to ten feet tall with plumes up to twelve feet. The seeds from these plumes […]

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Sell High By Damnit! – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Larger Than Life Thomas Calabrese… Louis ‘Sweet Lou’ Saladino grew up in a predominately Italian neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri called the ‘North End’ in the 1950’s. The eldest of five children whose parents immigrated from Sicily Italy, he was blessed with dark wavy hair, finely chiseled facial features, an engaging smile and golden olive […]

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Dangerous Holiday – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 13, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Take It To The Next Level Thomas Calabrese…. It was midnight on February 11th in Rio de Janeiro and the carnival festivities filled the city with dancing, samba music and thousands of partygoers. Connor Riggs arrived five days earlier and was in his hotel room on the 12th floor at the Grand Hyatt, unconcerned with the […]

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Monsoon-er Rather Than Later – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 7, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Mud, Blood and Misery Thomas Calabrese … It was late August and several Marines were sitting on their torn and barely upright canvas cots in the plywood and corrugated metal hooch on Hill 327 when PFC Kellen turned to Sergeant Hudson, “When are the monsoons coming?” “Let me show you something,” Sergeant Hudson gestured to the […]

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Wild Fire- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 31, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Blazing Fast Thomas Calabrese …  Tess Overton rolled over in her bed, opened her eyes and saw the clock on her nightstand; it was 3:45am. Her alarm was set for 4am, but she had been getting up early for so long that she always awakened before it had a chance to ring. She had intended […]

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Rudy’s Slay Ride – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

  Ho, Ho, Ho, Hold On On April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria by Boko Haram fighters.  Officials from the capital city of Abuja repeatedly tried to negotiate for the release of the young girls, but the terrorist organization was adamant about their […]

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Hot Lead Justice – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Boot Hill  Thomas Calabrese….The Hill family left Liberty, Missouri on April 18, 1886 and headed west on the Santa Fe Trail. It was not decided on whether they would go to Arizona or continue on to California, but they had plenty of time to decide, for they would be on the trail for over a […]

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If It Wasn’t For The Dogs – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 9, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Where would they be now? Thomas Calabrese …Kit Connolly grew up on a small ranch in Lassen County that was located sixty five miles south of Susanville in Northern California. From the time that she was old enough to walk, she began helping her father, mother and two older brothers with chores around the sixty […]

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Night Fire – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Happy Days Are Here Again Thomas Calabrese…  Fifty Army Rangers from the Third Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment landed by helicopter in the Mohmand Valley located in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan. ISIS-K headquarters was two thousand meters away and the Rangers expected a very tough fight and their expectations were exceeded. They began taking small arms […]

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Imagination House – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 25, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Dream A Little Dream For Me Thomas Calabrese… It was five am and time to go. Jim Halloran packed his 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck with some his personal belongings last night so that he would have very little to do now except eat breakfast, say goodbye to his parents and get on the road before  rush […]

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How You Can Get a Federally-Compliant California ID in 2018

By   /  November 23, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Californians looking to fly around the country could soon be left grounded if they don’t get a new license or ID card. By Oct. 1, 2020, California needs to start issuing federally compliant licenses and identification cards under the REAL ID Act. Under the act, all states must meet Department of Homeland Security standards for […]

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El Pavo – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

A.K.A. The Turkey Thomas Calabrese….. The Navy Seal Team boarded the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk stealth helicopter on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan at 0400 hours in the Mediterranean Sea. They were forty six miles off shore from Tripoli, Libya. Their mission was to retake the Safwa Hotel currently being held by a […]

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OPINION – University Senate at San Diego State University

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Last week the University Senate at San Diego State University voted 52-15 in favor of a “resolution to eliminate the mascot and form a task force to investigate the Aztec identity.” As a 2003 graduate and Aztec for life, I could not disagree more with this decision — especially since the SDSU student council voted 14-12 in […]

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Grocery Grabs #3: Salsa Market

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes …. November  2017 –  Salsa is a word when I think about a great citrusy dip with jalapenos, onions, cilantro etc. Don’t forget the chips! However, there is a market by this name alongside North Santa Fe in Vista. The name was definitely a change to the basic ones that I had seen previously. […]

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