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Stories by Alison St John

U-T San Diego Launches New Community Newspaper In Encinitas

The Encinitas Advocate, the ninth community newspaper in U-T San Diego Publisher Doug Manchester's portfolio, began arriving in driveways Friday.

North County's Coast News Newspaper Launches Inland Edition

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The Coast News is launching an inland edition Friday. The move to expand the North County weekly is in direct response to a challenge from U-T San Diego.

San Diego Trauma System Marks 30 Years

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Thirty years ago, San Diego's medical community created a new trauma system. The new network made up of six area hospitals has cut the number of trauma deaths in half.

Rapid Bus Serves Launches Between Escondido And Downtown San Diego

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Officials say it is the first service of its kind to operate in San Diego County.

San Diego County Cities Battle State Over Prevailing Wage Law

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When California cities, including some in San Diego County, became charter cities to avoid paying higher prevailing wages, the Legislature passed a law to punish them by withholding funds. The dispute is now in court.

San Onofre Emergency Procedures Concern Senator Boxer

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer noted in her Nuclear Regulatory Commission remarks that during the recent San Diego wildfires, one blaze burned a half-mile from San Onofre.

County Supervisor Horn Narrowly Wins Re-Election

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Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood kept the race close as he challenged county Supervisor Bill Horn, who was seeking a sixth, four-year term, but the incumbent prevailed.

San Diego Mail-In Ballots Coming In Slowly

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The San Diego County registrar says early voting is lighter than normal this gubernatorial primary election, but predicts mail-in ballots will dominate the overall vote.

Roundtable: Supervisor Horn's Charity; San Diego Opera Future; Fire Lessons

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San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn's religious charity is questioned. The show will go on at the San Diego Opera. What last week's fires say about this coming season.

Del Mar Councilman To Testify At Senate Hearing On Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer holds a hearing this week on decommissioning nuclear reactors. A Del Mar city councilman will testify about his concern that oversight of San Onofre’s decommissioning is lacking.

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

San Diego Climate Change Symposium Focuses On Role Of Energy

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The San Diego World Affairs Council is bringing together environmental nonprofits with local companies in an effort to form a meeting of the minds on power needs of the future.

Palomar Airport Workshop Offers Alternatives For New Master Plan

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What are the options for McClellan-Palomar Airport's future in Carlsbad? A public workshop Wednesday night will offer alternatives for the airport’s new master plan for growth over the next 20 years.

Supervisor Horn Seeks Sixth Term; Oceanside Mayor Hopes For An Upset

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Bill Horn and his challenger, Jim Wood, are both Republicans, but they don't agree on most issues facing North County's 5th District.

U.N. Report: Avoiding Climate Change Possible With 'Substantial Emission Reductions'

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The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released its fifth report on the rapidly closing window of time to take action on reducing greenhouse gases.

San Diego County Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime In 2013

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The latest report on crime in San Diego County is out, and a lot of people have been watching the trends carefully, concerned that realignment — the transfer of thousands of offenders from the state to the county system — might result in higher crime rates here.

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Museum Of Making Music

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The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad allows people to gain a deeper understanding of music, how it is made, and how people create and use instruments. Its latest special exhibit focuses on the banjo.

Escondido County Club Controversy Turns Offensive With Fowl Odor

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The owner of a derelict Escondido golf course risks paying severe fines for depositing chicken manure on the fairways near neighboring homes.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Treated Like Cigarettes?

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The introduction of e-cigarettes, depending on who you talk to, is either an appealing alternative to help addicted current smokers give up tobacco or gateway devices for a new generation of tobacco smokers.

Encinitas To Spend $10 Million To Keep Coastal Property Public

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The Encinitas City Council voted recently to buy the Pacific View Elementary school site for $10 million in an effort to prevent a prime piece of public land from falling into private developers hands.

San Diego Business Helping Rwandans Thrive 20 Years After Genocide

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Twenty years ago this month, a brutal massacre took place in Rwanda where political rivalry between Hutus and Tusis tribes led to the genocide and 1 million deaths. A San Diego company is one of many working in the region helping Rwandans thrive and heal.

Camp Pendleton Marines Head For First Major Deployment To Australia

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Almost 1,000 Marines leave Camp Pendleton this week for the first major U.S. deployment to Australia, part of a strategy to refocus U.S. forces in the Western Pacific.

North County Economic Development Council Holds First Summit

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The North County Economic Development Council held its first Economic Summit to focus on attracting more jobs to the region.

Del Mar Plans To Build New City Hall

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The city of just more than 4,000 people has been making do with a city hall that was once a little brick schoolhouse, but now more than 70 percent of the residents want to see a change.

Residents Rally Against Plans For San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course

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Residents packed a public meeting to oppose plans to turn the San Luis Rey Golf Course in Bonsall back into native wetlands.

San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course Could Revert to Wetlands

North County residents living near the San Luis Rey Downs golf course will find out tonight about a proposal to return the golf course to natural habitat.

Amgen Bike Race Not Stopping In San Diego This Year; Escondido Not Disappointed

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The route of the Amgen Bicycle Race will not include San Diego this year. Escondido, which hosted the starting line last summer, lost money on the enterprise.

San Diego County Jail Changing Medical Model For Needs Of Long-Term Inmates

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Lack of access to medical care in state prisons was a significant part of the problem that eventually resulted in prison realignment. Ironically, one of the side effects of prison realignment in San Diego is being seen in the medical care being dispensed at San Diego County jails.

San Diego Treatment Center To Assist Iraq/Afghan Veterans

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A first-of-its-kind residential rehabilitation center opened this week in San Diego. The focus is to treat newly returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are struggling with the invisible battle scars such as PTSD. Join us for a look at the Aspire Center.

CSU San Marcos Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Course for Water Managers

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A new certificate in water management is launching at CSU San Marcos, the first of its kind in the state.

Gregory Canyon Landfill Hits Another Hurdle

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Three major backers of the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in North County have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Solana Beach Says 'Yes' To Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

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The "yes" vote means private parties will be allowed at the oceanfront community center every weekend instead of every second weekend, and there won't be a guest drink-limit.

Solana Beach Votes 'Yes' On Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

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With 100 percent of the vote counted, Prop B in Solana Beach has passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Third Of SD County Jail Population Would Have Been In State Prison Before Realignment

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A new report tracks the effects of the state’s decision to transfer offenders from the state prison system to county jurisdiction. We take a look at how this is affecting San Diego County.

CSU San Marcos President Wants No Students To Fall Through Cracks

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The president of Cal State San Marcos said her campus is a model of higher education that accurately reflects the diversity of the community.

Community Raises Questions About Palomar Airport Master Plan Update

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A new master plan for Palomar Airport in Carlsbad is in the making, and this week the community had a chance to comment.

Cities Sign Up For 'NextGen' Regional Communication System

San Diego County is gathering support for the purchase of a new regional communication system that will ultimately cost more than $100 million.

Roundtable: Marine Faces Another Murder Trial; Uncovering Financial Scandals; San Diego's Economy

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Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins will be retried for a murder in Iraq seven years ago. How anyone with a computer can investigate campaign finances. And how does the state of San Diego's economy compare to President Obama's State of the Union?

Recall Launched Against Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz

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Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who is running for the mayor’s seat in November, is facing a possible recall campaign.

Roundtable: Campaign Finance Scandal, PACs In Mayor's Race, Draining Lake Morena

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The Feds charge three men in an alleged -- and quite bizarre -- conspiracy to shovel illegal campaign funds to San Diego candidates for mayor. Meanwhile, legal political action committees are also giving big money. And Lake Morena is slowly being drained by the city, to the chagrin of the county.

Encinitas In Tussle Over Pacific View Elementary's Multimillion-Dollar Site

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The city of Encinitas and the Encinitas School District are in a tussle over what to do with a former elementary school that is now valuable oceanfront property.

Escondido Moves Rapidly Ahead On Charter Debate

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Escondido is moving rapidly ahead with plans to put a new city charter on the November ballot.

Utilities Commissioners Comment On Edison's Handling Of San Onofre

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California regulators met Wednesday to debate whether to accept a recommendation that electricity users get a $94-million refund after the San Onofre nuclear power plant fiasco.

Carlsbad Approves New "Peaker Plant" Deal

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The Carlsbad City Council has signed off on an agreement for a new gas-powered “peaker” plant.

Carlsbad's Vote On New Peaker Plant Hinges On Removal Of Smokestack

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The iconic Encina smokestack on Carlsbad’s coastline would be demolished to make way for a new power plant, under an agreement the city council considers tonight.

"Operation Corridor" Targets North County Gangs Tied To Mexican Mafia

An investigation called “Operation Corridor” has charged 22 people in North County with engaging in drug trafficking and racketeering. Those indicted are accused of involvement with Mexican Mafia prison gangs.

Cities Weigh In On How To Replace San Onofre Power

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The city of Solana Beach votes Wednesday night on whether to formally oppose building new fossil fuel power plants in San Diego to make up for the loss of San Onofre’s nuclear power.

Construction Progresses At North County Desalination Plant

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Desalinated sea water will be flowing into San Diego County homes within two years as construction of huge Carlsbad plant is on schedule.

Public Transit Improvements Benefit Public Health

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Most people still get around San Diego by car, but it turns out cutting down on carbon emissions is not the only reason policy makers want us to change that.

Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant's Legacy

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In 'The Man Who Saved the Union,' author H.W. Brands shows former U.S. President Ulysses Grant was a troubled man who became a great leader during a very difficult time in U.S. history.