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Reward of $20K Offered In Naval Base San Diego Bomb Threats

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Navy officials said bomb threat messages have been found over the past nine months scrawled on a bulkhead inside a docked ship, inside portable toilets, a ship's stairway and plumbing pipe, among other places. A few threats were called in.

Proposed Stadium Would Have 'Positive Impact,' Chargers Report Says

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The team went on offense Wednesday after weathering a blitz of critical reports on its plan to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego, releasing an analysis that said the project would be an asset to the city.

San Diego County Students Improve Math, English Test Scores

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San Diego County students showed across-the-board gains in math and English testing compared to last year, and they out-performed their counterparts from across the state, according to results released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.

Sewage Spill Closes Portions Of Coronado's Glorietta Bay

Around 3,575 gallons of sewage ultimately ended up in Glorietta Bay in Coronado. Portions of Glorietta Bay within 500 feet of the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill and 1,000 feet of the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch were subsequently closed to water contact.

Chula Vista Team Eliminated From Little League World Series

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The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League was eliminated from the Little League World Series Tuesday night with a 4-2 extra-inning loss to its counterpart from the Goodlettsville Baseball Little League of Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Police ID Suspect In Violent University City Sex Assault

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Jeremiah Ira Williams is suspected of committing a pair of sex assaults in University City and Grantville, each of which left a woman hospitalized with traumatic injuries.

50-Year-Old Elephant Euthanized At San Diego Zoo

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Park officials said Ranchipur was suffering from a variety of age-related medical issues. He was reportedly the fourth oldest male pachyderm in the Western Hemisphere.

Proposed Pot Tax Would Generate $22M For San Diego In First Year, City Says

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According to a report by the city's Independent Budget Analyst, a proposed tax on San Diego businesses selling recreational marijuana could generate about $22 million for city coffers in the first year.

South Park Resident Tests Negative For Zika Virus

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Mosquito spraying last week in South Park turned out to be for naught, as tests on an area resident who showed symptoms of either the Zika virus or another tropical disease came back negative.

San Diego Police Officer Wounded In Shooting Released From Hospital

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Officer Wade Irwin, 32, was released Saturday and is now at home recovering. His partner was killed in the July 28 shooting.

Gas Leak Displaces Ocean Beach Residents

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About 100 Ocean Beach forced to evacuate by a gas leak in their neighborhood were allowed to return home, but some 100 other residents remained displaced Tuesday morning.

Chula Vista To Play Tennessee Team In Little League World Series

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A loss in its opening game of the World Series has put Park View in a must-win situation in the modified double-elimination tournament. Any loss before Saturday's U.S. Championship Game will end Park View's participation in the tournament.

San Diego Community Colleges Bounce Back From Recession-Era Cuts

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Classes started Monday for more 100,000 students at San Diego County's community colleges, which are offering upper division courses for the first time.

Taxpayers Association Says Chargers Plan Would Leave City On Hook For $400M

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An analysis by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association says the Chargers' plan to finance construction and operations of a downtown stadium and convention center annex would leave the city on the hook for more than $400 million, even if the team's estimates were realized.

Authorities Ask Public To Be On Lookout For Otay Mesa Prison Escapee

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Corrections officers discovered Demetrius B. Robertson was missing from Facility Eight, a lockup facility next to George Bailey Detention Facility on Alta Road, during a head count Sunday evening.

Rain Delays Chula Vista Team's Next Game In Little League World Series

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Chula Vista-based Park View Little League remained in contention for Little League's championship with a 5-0 victory over the all-star team from the McAllister Park American Little League Saturday in an elimination game.

Chula Vista Team Loses First Game Of Little League World Series

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The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League was defeated by Johnston Little League from Iowa by a score of 5-1. But the loss doesn’t mean it's out of the Little League World Series.

Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In University City

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A small brush fire crept toward an apartment complex in University City today, but no structures were burned and no injuries were reported, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

San Diego County To Spray Mosquito Pesticide For Zika Prevention

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County officials plan to hand-spray a two-block area of South Park on Friday in order to prevent an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases.

Heat Wave Moving Out, Cooler Temperatures On The Way

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The summer heat wave that has kept the region toasty and upped the risk of wildfire could soon see an end as increased moisture brings the possibility of rain and temperatures lower toward average Friday through the weekend.

Union Claims State Is Violating San Diego's Minimum Wage Law

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Members of the United Domestic Workers union filed complaints on Thursday alleging the state is violating the city of San Diego's new minimum wage law in pay for in-home health care aides.

Wildfire Warning For San Diego County Mountains Extended Through Friday

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A protracted hot spell combined with gusty winds and low humidity levels prompted the National Weather Service today to extend a "red flag'' wildfire warning for local mountain and desert locales by 24 hours, to 9 p.m. Friday.

Suspected Carjacker Found Dead Following Deputy-Involved Shooting In Poway

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A suspected carjacker who stole a deputy's patrol car and then a SUV in Poway early Thursday was found dead after crashing into a ravine following a pursuit in which shots were fired.

Report: Poor Road Conditions Cost Average San Diego Driver $1,900 Annually

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Factors include higher vehicle operation costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Spring Valley Fire

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A fast-moving hillside brush fire threatened homes and prompted evacuations in a neighborhood near Sweetwater Reservoir late Wednesday afternoon.

State Allocates $82M For Improvement Of Coastal Rail Corridor In San Diego

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The money is part of $390 million in cap-and-trade funds distributed by the California State Transportation Agency to 14 projects around the state.

1 Of 3 Brush Fires Continues To Burn At Camp Pendleton

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The Juliet Fire was 80 percent surrounded and scorched about 50 acres. The other two fires have been contained.

Another Day Of High Temps Heightens Wildfire Risk In Mountains, Deserts

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A summer heat wave is expected to keep San Diego toasty Wednesday and again heighten wildfire risks in the mountains and deserts, but big waves and strong rip currents could stymie plans to beat the heat at the beaches.

From A To N, San Diego Ballot Designations Are Assigned

The SANDAG plan will be known as Measure A, and a proposal to build a residential development in the Lilac Hills section of Valley Center will be Measure B.

San Diego Community College Expands Online Classes

The San Diego Community College District announced Tuesday that its online class offerings have been expanded by 21 percent, compared to last year, for its fall semester that opens next week.

Navy Warship To Be Named For WWII Hero Basilone

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Tuesday at Camp Pendleton that a future warship will be named after Marine Corps World War II hero John Basilone, who already has a roadway named after him at the sprawling base in northern San Diego County.

Increased Wildfire Risk Continues Tuesday

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High temperatures combined with gusty wind and low humidity are expected to heighten the risk of wildfires in some mountain and desert areas of San Diego County again Tuesday.

NCTD Advises Riders Not To Board Shortened Train Used For Safety Tests

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The test train has a locomotive and a pair of passenger cars, and mostly operates at night. Normal Coaster trains have five passenger cars.

Skyline Hills Library Demolished To Make Way For New Library

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The new library will cost $13.2 million and be 15,000 square feet. It will include a multi-purpose area, outdoor reading patio, children and teen areas and a computer lab.

Authorities Looking For Man Who Robbed, Sexually Assaulted Woman In University City

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The San Diego Police Department is searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in University City.

Man Shot By Deputies In Vista Dies From Injuries

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An alleged gang member who was shot by sheriff's deputies while armed with knives following a brief pursuit in Vista that ended in a crash has died from his injuries, authorities said Monday.

Chula Vista Team Headed For Little League World Series

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The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League will begin play in the Little League World Series Friday after winning the West Regional tournament.

Hot Weather Contributes To Increased Wildfire Risk In Mountains, Deserts

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High temperatures are expected to peak Monday as the heat wave in San Diego County persists, and the hot weather combined with low humidity and breezy winds will increase the risk of wildfires in some areas.

Chula Vista Little League Team One Step Closer To World Series

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The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League will learn Friday night who will be its opponent in Saturday's West Regional tournament championship game. The winner of the regional championship game will advance to the Little League World Series.

Stone Brewing To Partner With Company To Build Brewery-Themed Hotel

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San Diego-based Untitled Hospitality will build, own and manage the hotel on a 13-acre property under a licensing agreement with Stone Brewing.

Warm Weekend Ahead In San Diego County

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High temperatures on Saturday are predicted to be 76 to 81 degrees along the coast, 81 to 86 degrees inland, 84 to 89 degrees in the western valleys, 87 to 92 degrees near the foothills, 91 to 98 degrees in the mountains and 108 to 113 degrees in the deserts.

Three San Diego Warships Return Following 7-Month Deployment

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Three San Diego-based warships that accompanied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis on a seven-month deployment returned home Thursday.

Study: Chargers Stadium Would Generate $2.3M While Costing $67M

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The Chargers' proposal to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown would generate only $2.3 million in additional annual hotel room tax revenue, while costing $67 million a year in public investment, according to a study from the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

Brush Fires In Deer Springs Near Containment

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A pair of brush fires that blackened around three dozen acres alongside Interstate 15 in the Deer Springs area were 95 percent contained Thursday morning.

California Reaches Settlement Over Evictions Of Military Families In San Diego

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The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.

Rescued Sea Turtle Returns To San Diego Bay

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An Eastern Pacific green sea turtle rescued from a saltwater evaporation pond in South San Diego Bay was back Wednesday in his natural habitat in the bay.

San Diego Researchers Offer Insight Into What Makes Humans Social

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Possible new insights into the underlying neurobiology of human social behavior came to light as UC San Diego researchers studied Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes hyper sociability.

Two People Attempt To Cross Into Mexico With Dead Child In Duffel Bag

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Two Whittier residents were behind bars in San Diego County Wednesday after a young child was found dead in a duffel bag one of them was carrying when they crossed into Mexico.

San Diego City Council Votes Against Proposal To Shorten Ballot Pamphlets

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The proposal aimed to decrease the size of the voter pamphlets and the cost of printing the ballots. Last week, San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said the projected cost of the general election could reach $5.5 million, well over the budgeted $4.17 million.

Brush Fire Near I-15 60% Contained

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A pair of brush fires alongside Interstate 15 in the Deer Springs area scorched an estimated 35 combined acres.

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