As pets have become real members of the family — with their sleeping quarters usually the owner’s bed as opposed to the backyard — the doghouse has taken on a dual role. Nowadays, it is often viewed more as lawn art and less frequently as a refuge for man’s best friend. Aesthetics now trumps function…

Union Tribune San Diego won about two dozen honors at the San Diego Press Club’s 39th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, including the best entry from any daily newspaper or website. I was shocked and honored when I heard…Travel story, Maggie Espinosa for “Four spots to take spot.” Here’s the complete list of winners…