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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.

Thousands Flee Raging Wildfire Near Yosemite National Park

Thousands Flee Raging Wildfire Near Yosemite National Park

July 19
By Associated Press

A stubborn wildfire burning in the rugged mountains outside Yosemite National Park has placed nearly 5,000 structures under threat Wednesday.

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By ...

San Diego Lifeguard Union Leader Sues City Alleging Retaliation By Fire Chief

July 18
By Amita Sharma

Ed Harris said he was threatened with a formal reprimand and investigated three times after he was critical of Fire Chief Brian Fennessy's push to have firefighters handle water-related emergencies.

San Diego County Approves Body Camera Funding For Sheriff's Deputies

San Diego County Approves Body Camera Funding For Sheriff's Deputies

July 18
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to spend more than $1.1 million to outfit sheriff's deputies with body-worn cameras.

Two Dozen Dogs In San Diego County Remain Unclaimed After July 4th ...

Two Dozen Dogs In San Diego County Remain Unclaimed After July 4th Fireworks

July 18
By City News Service

The county reported that from 9 p.m. on July 4 through July 8, animal control officers and residents brought in 191 stray or lost dogs to county shelters. Of those, just 94 were claimed by their owners.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DA...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Discusses Priorities, DACA Program

July 18
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke to San Diego business leaders Monday as part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Good Government" speaker series.

Body Cameras To Be Considered For San Diego Sheriff's Deputies

Body Cameras To Be Considered For San Diego Sheriff's Deputies

July 17
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled on Tuesday to consider spending more than $1.1 million to outfit sheriff's deputies with body-worn cameras.

US Forest Service Enacts Fire Restrictions In San Diego County

US Forest Service Enacts Fire Restrictions In San Diego County

July 17
By Tom Fudge

Due to recent wildfires, prevailing high temperatures and ongoing combustion threat levels, Cleveland National Forest will operate under elevated fire restrictions beginning Monday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against Peo...

San Diego Police Lt. Carole Beason Talks About Violence Against People Who Are Homeless

July 12
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation in 2016 in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for 5 percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

Invisible But In Danger: San Diego’s Homeless Are Targets For Attacks

July 11
By Amita Sharma

California led the nation last year in attacks against people who are homeless, and San Diego accounted for five percent of those assaults, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

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