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Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

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For Vickie E. Turner, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a childhood dream, but as an accountant for the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, she felt that something was lacking and wanted more. ... Read more

Child of Nature, M. Eloise Battle, Works to Preserve Tecolote Canyon

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Most people seem to have a phobia about rats, and that's just what the boys in M. Eloise Battle's school were counting on the day they tossed a large, dead ... Read more

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Gardening Events

City Heights Farmers Market

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Wightman St. and 43rd St.

Hanamatsuri Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Vista Buddhist Temple, 150 Cedar Rd, Vista, CA 92083

San Marcos Farmers' Market

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Restaurant Row, San Marcos

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Trade Group: Americans Spent $56 Billion On Pets Last Year

March 13
Associated Press
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Americans spent an all-time high $55.7 billion on their pets last year and spending will creep close to $60 billion this year, according to a pet product industry group.

Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

March 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

San Diego-Based USS Pinckney Aids In Malaysia Airlines Search (Video)

March 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The United States Navy has sent the USS Pinckney (homeport San Diego) to aid in the search for a Malaysia Airlines flight that has gone missing.

Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

March 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

PETA Calls For Petco To Stop Selling Rodents

March 4
By City News Service
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According to a lawsuit filed by a boy's family against Petco, one month after getting the rat at Petco, the boy awoke to severe pain, fever and stomach problems. He died June 12.

Study: Bird Strikes Pose Serious Threat To Military Helicopters

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Bird strikes pose a serious threat to the safety of military helicopters, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Wildlife Research Center.

Gluten: The Marketing Versus The Science

Feb. 27
By David Wagner
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Gluten-free foods have been claiming more and more space on grocery store shelves lately. But the commercial take on gluten doesn't always square with science.

Transgender Rights Opponents In California Fail To Get Issue On Ballot

Feb. 24
Associated Press
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If the referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice had made the ballot, the law would have been put on hold until after the election.