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John Wilkens

John Wilkens joined the Union-Tribune as a staff writer in February 1988. He writes profiles and general-interest features and does author interviews for the Books page. He's won numerous local, state and regional awards for news reporting, feature writing and investigative journalism. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he worked for the Santa Barbara News-Press for almost nine years before coming to San Diego.
Fire crews make progress in Goleta as some residents return to find charred ruins

The 400-acre Holiday fire was 80% contained as firefighters Saturday continued to battle the destructive blaze that has snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several fires that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California.

Larry Thomas, former press aide for Wilson and others, dies at 70

Larry Thomas, a San Diego native who parlayed a newspaper job writing about politics into a career as a press spokesman and strategist for a mayor, a governor, a vice president, and one of the largest real estate development companies in California, died Monday night at his home in Newport Beach ...

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