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Port Commissioner Leads In Fundraising In San Diego City Attorney Race

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Rafael Castellanos is facing fellow lawyers Gil Cabrera, Robert Hickey and Mara Elliott in next year's election to succeed Jan Goldsmith, who is being termed out.

Lawmakers Ask Obama To Update Animal Welfare Act

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A group of federal lawmakers called on President Barack Obama's administration to update 20-year-old rules governing the treatment of captive marine mammals, such as killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego.

San Diego City Council Committee To Hear Proposal To Raise Water Rates

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The city's Public Utilities Department has suggested increasing rates to customers by 9.8 percent beginning in January, and an additional 6.9 percent next July 1.

USS San Diego Gets New Commander

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The Navy announced that Capt. Carl Meuser assumed command of the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego, which is based at its namesake city.

Delays Possible As Crews Repair Kearny Mesa Freeway Overpass

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Authorities shut down one westbound lane of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard over state Route 163 after the bridge was clipped by the excavator as the truck hauling it headed south around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. The impact to the bridge exposed rebar, broke off pieces of concrete and sent debris into the roadway.

Monsoonal Moisture Caused Rain, Lightning In East San Diego County

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There will be a chance of more of the same weather in the East County on Friday, though it was expected to be considerably milder, if it occurs at all.

San Diego City Council To Consider Park Boulevard Project

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A long-awaited plan to connect Park Boulevard with Harbor Drive could get a boost next week when the San Diego City Council considers whether to direct new funding toward the project.

San Diego County Traffic Deaths Rise In 2014

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Motor vehicle-related fatalities accounted for 291 cases thoroughly investigated by the medical examiner's office last year, compared to 247 in 2013.

Chargers Open Training Camp With Public Practice

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The public practice opened Thursday as there is doubt whether or not the Chargers will stay in San Diego. The team has acquired land in Carson, in Los Angeles County, on which they could build a facility — perhaps in concert with the Oakland Raiders.

San Diego County, Universities Get $2.5M Geriatrics Grant

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The funding will go to SDSU's schools of nursing, social work and graduate public health, UC San Diego's Division of Geriatrics, the county Health and Human Services Agency and county Aging and Independence Services.

Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain Expected In San Diego County

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Heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop over the mountains and deserts Thursday morning as an upper level disturbance moves through the region.

San Diego Council Members Express Support For Removing Public Restroom

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While the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee didn't take an actual vote on the proposal to take out a so-called "Portland Loo," Chairwoman Marti Emerald and Councilman Todd Gloria spoke out strongly in favor.

San Diego Tourism Authority Books 57 Future Conventions

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The San Diego Tourism Authority estimated that the conventions that were booked will generate around $30 million in hotel tax revenue and pump $1.9 billion into the economy.

San Diego To Pay $1M To Settle Sex Assault Claims Against Ex-Cop

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One woman is set to receive $550,000. She alleged that she suffered personal injuries in an encounter with ex-SDPD Officer Christopher Hays on Oct. 31, 2013. The other woman settled for $400,000. She claimed emotional injuries from her interactions with Hays on June 12 that year.

San Diego Zoo Breaks Ground On $68M Africa Exhibit

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The eight-acre Africa Rocks project is the largest in the San Diego Zoo's history.

Chargers To Open Training Camp Thursday With Public Practice

The Chargers will have eight other practices at Chargers Park open to the general public.

San Salvador Replica Christened Following 4 Years Of Construction

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The original San Salvador came to San Diego as the leader of three ships, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was looking for new trade routes from Mexico to Asia and Europe.

Elevated Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego County Coastline

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The National Weather Service said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.

San Diego Home Prices Increase Slightly

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Home prices in San Diego rose 0.9 percent between April and May, according to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released Tuesday.

City To Release Environmental Study On Proposed San Diego Stadium In August

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city will release an environmental impact review on a proposed NFL stadium on Aug. 10. His comments came after a three-hour meeting with NFL executives.

Northern White Rhino Dies In Czech Republic

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Nola, the northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is one of only four members of the species left in the world Tuesday following the death of an elderly female in the Czech Republic.

San Diego State Reports Best Year In Fundraising

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The multi-year Campaign for SDSU, which has a $750 million target, reached $602 million, according to SDSU.

Fire Near Palomar Mountain Holding At 170 Acres

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The forest service said the fire was about 75 percent contained, and crews have completed a contingency fireline between Palomar Divide and High Point roads.

Latest Seuss Book Celebrated At UCSD Geisel Library Event

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"What Pet Should I Get?" is based on materials found two years ago in a box at the La Jolla home of Audrey Geisel, the widow of the beloved Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel.

Amber Alert Suspect Arrested, 2 Children Safe

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Two boys taken from an Oceanside home, allegedly by one's father after a domestic violence incident with their mother, were found safe in Long Beach Tuesday.

San Diego Officials, NFL Executives To Talk Stadium

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City and county of San Diego officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday with National Football League executives about a proposed stadium in Mission Valley.

Tax Breaks Possible For San Diego County Homes Damaged By Rain

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Land owners whose property was damaged by heavy rain earlier this month can receive a property tax reassessment to reflect the new condition.

University Avenue Improvements To Move Forward

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The City Council removed a roadblock from a project meant to improve University Avenue in North Park by unanimously rejecting an appeal of an environmental impact report.

UCSD, La Jolla Immunology Institute Announce Deal

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UC San Diego Health formed a multi-year partnership with the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, in hopes of boosting basic research of diseases of the immune system and bringing clinical treatments and therapies to market faster.

Girl Scouts Camp Helipad To Be Used For Firefighting, Rescue Helicopters

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The helipad 200 yards from the Upper Lake at Camp Winacka will allow Cal Fire to pre-position firefighting choppers and provide a landing area close to where they fill up with water.

Hillary Clinton To Hold Fundraiser At Home Of Qualcomm Co-Founder

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to hold a fundraiser for her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs on Aug. 7.

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain Burns 170 Acres

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A fire that blackened close to 170 acres of brush in a steep, remote area north of the Palomar Observatory was about 50 percent contained Monday morning.

Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain 20 Percent Contained

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The wildfire of unknown origin broke out off Palomar Divide Road in Cleveland National Forest shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. More than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze on Sunday.

Navy Announces New Commander For U.S. Third Fleet

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A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson earned her wings in 1983 and served three tours at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

Judge Indicates UCSD Likely To Win In Fight Against USC

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A judge said she will issue a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by UC San Diego against the director of a nationwide study on Alzheimer's disease, who transferred critical data on the project to the University of Southern California.

Fire Near Lake Morena County Park 100% Contained

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The brush fire, which crews fought from the air and ground, took about a day to fully contain, according to Cal Fire.

Arrests Made In 2011 City Heights Murder Of Cordell King

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San Diego police arrested Jennifer Whitmer and Dionte Simpson. They are suspected of being a part of a group that approached Cordell King in 2011.

Razor Blades Found In Grass At Chula Vista's Harvest Park

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The discovery of almost two dozen razor blades in the grass at the park prompted authorities to shut it down and search other area parks for similar hazards.

Mexican Airplane Broker Charged With Laundering Drug Money Makes Court Appearance

Vincente Contreras-Amezquita is charged in a 200-count indictment with laundering drug money through the sale of nearly three dozen light airplanes.

San Diego Police To Launch Teen DUI Prevention Program

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The SDPD Teen Alcohol Awareness Program, geared toward newly licensed teen drivers and those just finishing high school, will begin Saturday evening.

City Staff Recommends Removing East Village Public Restroom

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City staff recommends removing the so-called "Portland Loo" located at 14th and L streets. They said the restroom has required repairs at double the rate of the one at Park and Market.

Last Frigate On West Coast Decommissioned

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The USS Gary was decommissioned Thursday at Naval Base San Diego at a ceremony attended by former commanders and crew.

Gates Foundation Gives San Diego's Scripps $4.5M For Aids Research

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The Scripps Research Institute announced it received more than $4.5 million in a pair of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue a vaccine against HIV/AIDS.

Report Says San Diego's Roads Among Worst In Nation

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TRIP, a national transportation research group, found that 51 percent of San Diego’s roads are considered to be in poor condition, the eighth-highest rate in the nation among large urban areas with populations above 500,000.

San Diego County Office Of Education Gets $13M Grant

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The money from the state Department of Education will lead to a regional approach that prepares students for employment in advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information and communications technology.

State Of Emergency Declared In San Diego County Due To Rain Damage

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in San Diego and five other California counties because of damage from last weekend's rainstorms.

San Diego Daily Transcript To Close After 130 Years

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The final edition will be published Sept. 1, and the newspaper will close Sept. 21, publisher Robert Loomis said on Wednesday.

UC Raising Its Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

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Under the plan unveiled at the UC Board of Regents meeting, wages for direct and contract employees will increase to $13 an hour on Oct. 1, then to $14 an hour on Oct. 1, 2016 and $15 on Oct. 1, 2017.

Bomb Threat Prompts Lockdown Of Chula Vista Jail, Courts

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A bogus telephone bomb threat against the South Bay Detention Facility Wednesday morning prompted a lockdown and search of the jail and neighboring courthouse.

Qualcomm Plans To Lay Off 15% Of Its Workforce

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While the company did not specify how many employees would lose their jobs, it announced that it expected the cuts would save around $1.1 billion.

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