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San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal Battle

Aug. 8
By Andrew Bowen

A lawsuit has been filed over a San Diego law restricting where registered sex offenders can live. Courts have found similar laws unconstitutional — and counterproductive to their goal of protecting children.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges San Diego Sex Offender Residency Ordinance

Federal Lawsuit Challenges San Diego Sex Offender Residency Ordinance

Aug. 7
By City News Service

A federal lawsuit was filed Monday challenging a city ordinance restricting where registered sex offenders can live in San Diego, an attorney said.

Hunt Continues For Gunman Who Shot Off-Duty Deputy

Hunt Continues For Gunman Who Shot Off-Duty Deputy

Aug. 7
By City News Service

An off-duty lawman and a bystander suffered non-life- threatening gunshot wounds early Monday during an encounter with an unidentified assailant near Petco Park.

Fire Risk Is High In California, Northwest, Northern Plains

Fire Risk Is High In California, Northwest, Northern Plains

Aug. 1
By Associated Press

Forecasters say the threat of major U.S. wildfires will remain high throughout August in Southern California, northern Nevada and parts of the Northwest and northern Great Plains.

Expert Reacts To Release Of Former Catholic Priest Charged In Child...

Expert Reacts To Release Of Former Catholic Priest Charged In Child Rape Case

Aug. 1
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The former Reverend Paul Shanley served 12 years in a Massachusetts prison on a conviction for child rape. His sole accuser was believed to be only one of many children molested by Shanley while he was a Catholic priest in Boston.

New Interactive San Diego County Map Shows Disaster Risks

New Interactive San Diego County Map Shows Disaster Risks

July 31
By Katie Schoolov

The county unveiled a new interactive online "Know Your Hazards" map that pinpoints disaster risks at your location.

California Bill Would Allow Supervised Drug Consumption Centers

California Bill Would Allow Supervised Drug Consumption Centers

July 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In response to the nation's opioid epidemic, AB 186 would allow drug consumption centers where drug users can get high under the supervision of health care professionals. The centers would offer clean needles, a safe environment and access to treatment.

San Diego Prosecutors Bring Mexican Mafia Prison Gang Case

San Diego Prosecutors Bring Mexican Mafia Prison Gang Case

July 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The case comes after a three-year investigation, dubbed "Operation Emero," which found members of the gang were using prison phones, contraband cell phones, email and mail to communicate with members outside.

Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's Gang Cons...

Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's Gang Conspiracy Laws

July 31
By Claire Trageser, Matthew Bowler

Organizers from the advocacy group Pillars of the Community are planning a conference this weekend to give attendees tools to fight gang documentation laws.

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs As 'VIP Treatment' To US

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs As 'VIP Treatment' To US

July 25
By Associated Press

When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

'Land On Fire' Author Discusses New Reality Of California Wildfires

July 25
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Nature writer Gary Ferguson says heavy fuels, climate change and housing development are mostly to blame for fires that are bigger and hotter than they have been previously.

Mexican Border Reporters Under New Stress In State Of Tamaulipas

Mexican Border Reporters Under New Stress In State Of Tamaulipas

July 25
Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio

In April, the Mexican military killed the leader of a major organized crime cartel in Tamaulipas — setting off a wave of crime that reporters are struggling to chronicle without being targeted themselves.

Lost Fire 60 Percent Contained

Lost Fire 60 Percent Contained

July 24
By City News Service

Firefighters, with the help of a morning rainstorm, had a wildfire that blackened 255 acres of brush in the far northeastern reaches of San Diego County about 60 percent contained Monday.

San Diego City Council Scrutinizes Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plans

San Diego City Council Scrutinizes Vision Zero Traffic Safety Plans

July 20
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego City Council members on Wednesday got an update on the city's plan to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025. Advocates for safer streets say the city has shown a lack of commitment to the plan.

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Di...

Jennings Fire Could Be Beginning Of Difficult Fire Season In San Diego County

July 20
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Just over a week ago, the Jennings fire in San Diego's East County led to an evacuation order for residents of threatened homes and shut down a portion of Interstate 8. The fire was extinguished after burning 400 acres. No injuries or structural damages resulted from the fire.