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SDSU Student's Death From Meningitis Prompts Classmates To Seek Medical Help

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Freshman Sara Stelzer began experiencing flu-like symptoms the night of Sunday, Oct. 12, and died Saturday at a hospital of meningococcal disease, county and SDSU officials said.

UCSD Announces Human Testing Of Stem Cell Treatment Underway

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Researchers are conducting three different trials — one on a 26-year-old woman paralyzed after a traffic crash, and others on diabetes and leukemia patients.

Monday Last Day To Register To Vote In Nov. 4 Election

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If you've moved, changed your name or aren't registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day. If you register online at, you have until 11:59 p.m. to submit the form.

San Diego County Temps Below Average Into Next Week

The National Weather Service also said that night and morning low clouds will develop along lower mountain slopes "and will take longer to clear than what we have seen in recent weeks."

Water Main Break Causes Sinkhole On Oceanside Road

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The sinkhole measured 20 feet long by 13 feet wide by 10 feet deep. It caused the closure of a North County roadway.

Pollution Alert For La Jolla Beaches After Sewage Spill

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Signs warning of contamination hazards will stand at the Children's Pool and along 1,000 feet of shoreline on both sides until follow-up testing shows the bacteria count is safe for recreational uses.

San Onofre Siren To Sound At Least Once More

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's siren warning system is designed to alert people in case of a nuclear emergency and is checked annually.

SDSU Professor Selecting 'Tweeters' To Spread Emergency Messages

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Ming-Hsiang Tsou, an SDSU geography professor, is compiling a list of 1,000 influential Twitter accounts based in San Diego, so emergency messages about evacuations, road closures and the like can be spread faster or targeted more closely to certain locations.

Housing Prices Up In San Diego County; Home Sales Down

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The median price of a home in San Diego County rose by 5.5 percent in September, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold dipped by 1.8 percent.

San Diegans Should Know Soon If Minimum Wage Hike Will Be On Ballot

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County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said he should know by Thursday if opponents of raising the minimum wage in San Diego collected enough signatures from voters to force a referendum on the issue.

One Week Left To Register To Vote In Nov. 4 Election

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On Nov. 4 voters will decide a congressional race between Rep. Scott Peters and ex-Councilman Carl DeMaio, and a San Diego City Council race between Chris Cate and Carol Kim.

State Superintendent Candidate To Make Stops In San Diego

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State superintendent of public instruction candidate Marshall Tuck is scheduled to begin a six-county bus tour with two stops in San Diego Monday.

Rapid Bus Route Between Rancho Bernardo, UC San Diego Begins

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The new Rapid bus route begins Monday. Transportation officials are marking the occasion by offering free rides.

Lockdown Lifted At Navy Broadway Complex; Report Of Armed Man Unfounded

The Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego was temporarily placed on lockdown Friday afternoon following a report of an armed man at the facility.

Modifications To San Onofre Settlement Would Provide $1.3B In Savings, Credits

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The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday issued proposed modifications to a settlement between utilities and ratepayer groups regarding the financial responsibilities in shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Local Scripps Institutes Join Nationwide Project To Centralize Medical Data

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Scripps Research and Translational Science Institutes of La Jolla will participate in a nationwide effort to consolidate and centralize of biomedical research data.

App Allows Users To Report Water Waste In City Of San Diego

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The city of San Diego Thursday unveiled a smartphone application that will let users take photographs of water waste and report the address to the Water Conservation Department.

San Diego Chamber Exec Killed In Traffic Accident

Melissa Ratcliff, marketing vice president for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, was fatally struck by a car shortly after she got out of her vehicle in La Jolla.

San Diego Moving Forward To Restrict Water Use

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A committee headed by Councilman David Alvarez recommended the full City Council make voluntary water-use restrictions mandatory.

Closures On Stretch Of SR-163 To Begin Wednesday

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The first of two closures on a stretch of state Route 163 will begin Wednesday night so crews can remove temporary construction supports on the Cabrillo Bridge.

San Diego County On Pace To Add 31K Jobs

If the job growth pace continues, it will be the first time since the late 1990s where at least 30,000 positions were added in three straight years.

Committee OKs Plan To Shift $1.1M In Unused Grants Into Sidewalk Repair

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A plan to redirect $1.1 million in unused federal grants for sidewalk and pedestrian safety projects in San Diego receives go-ahead from the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.

Suspect Wanted In 4 South Bay Assaults

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The assaults took place in Ocean Crest-area neighborhoods. In each of the cases, the unidentified assailant jumped the victim from behind after she arrived home late at night.

San Ysidro School District Teachers Strike

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The strike comes after last-minute negotiations with the school district failed to produce a new contract. Union members ultimately rejected an offer to raise pay by 1.5 percent, while adding one day to the school year and an additional five minutes to each school day.

Homeless Shelter Returning To Barrio Logan, Could Be Final Time

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The tented 200-bed cold-weather homeless shelter will open Nov. 1 at the end of a city street at 16th Street and Newton Avenue and remain in operation until the end of March.

Mayor Recommends Mandatory Water Conservation In San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is recommending San Diego move to a “drought alert” status on Nov. 1, if approved by the City Council.

Search Resumes For Woman Missing From Julian

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Sally Eastabrook, 75, suffers from Alzheimer's disease. She has been missing since Saturday afternoon.

Clouds, Showers And Humidity Expected In San Diego County

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There is a slight chance of showers Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Decision On Operation Of Homeless Shelter Before City Council

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If approved, the San Diego Housing Commission would be authorized to spend $225,000 for a cold-weather shelter for single homeless adults.

West Nile Virus Cases In San Diego At Highest Count In 5 Years

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West Nile virus, a potentially fatal illness passed to humans by mosquitoes, is found in the warmer months, generally through October.

Experts From Around World Flock To San Diego For Flamingo Symposium

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Scientists and zookeepers from around the world gathered at the Bahia Resort Hotel as the third International Flamingo Symposium in more than 40 years got underway.

Early Voting In San Diego County For Nov. 4 Election Begins

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Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election got underway at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office. The county has also sent out around 850,000 absentee ballots, which could start showing up in mail boxes as soon as Tuesday.

Balboa Park Centennial Audit Shows City Needs Tighter Contract Rules

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An audit of a volunteer group that tried to put together a yearlong celebration of Balboa Park's centennial shows the city of San Diego needs to tighten its contractual procedures with outside organizations, say members of the City Council's Audit Committee.

Hot Air Balloon Lands In Ocean Off Cardiff Following Proposal

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Eric Barretto was proposing to his girlfriend around sunset Sunday when the hot air balloon they were riding in suddenly drifted off course and landed in the ocean.

Miramar Air Show Lifts Off, Runs Through Sunday

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The three-day 2014 Miramar Air Show is underway at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, one year after it was shuttered by the federal government.

Heat Advisories In Effect As Heat Wave Hits San Diego County

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The weather service issued a beach hazardous statement for local beach areas from 5 a.m. through late Sunday night, saying elevated surf and strong rip currents were likely.

Ex-SDPD Officer Who Groped, Illegally Detained Women Begins Serving Jail Time

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Christopher Hays, 30, pleaded guilty Aug. 22 to false imprisonment and misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer. He surrendered at the downtown courthouse Friday to begin serving his time behind bars.

Lion Cubs Get Face Time With Father At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Four African lion cubs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park played with their father for the first time Thursday.

Health Officials Say San Diego County Not At Risk For Ebola Epidemic

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Health officials said Thursday that San Diego County and the rest of the country are not at risk for an Ebola epidemic and have systems in place to contain isolated cases.

33,483 Students Attending SDSU; School Had 79K Applicants For Fall 2014

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The collective high school grade point average of San Diego State's nearly 5,000 first-time freshmen was 3.69, a jump from the 3.6 GPA of last year's class.

Organizers Of Balboa Park's Centennial Celebration Did Not Misuse Funds, Audit Says

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Although the organizers of Balboa Park's centennial celebration did not misuse city funds, they didn't always follow proper procedures, the audit found.

Heat Wave Expected To Generate Triple-Digit Temps

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Saturday is expected to be the hottest day with daytime highs being 10 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant 65% Complete

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The $1 billion desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad is nearly two-thirds completed, the developer announced Wednesday.

Non-Native Red Bug Identified In Ramona

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The bugs shouldn't be harmful to ornamental plants or gardens, say county experts, but officials are still learning about the insect.

SDSU's Steve Fisher To Receive Legends Of Coaching Award

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San Diego State basketball coach Steve Fisher, who turned SDSU into an NCAA power, joins a list of honorees that includes coaching luminaries such as Lute Olson of Arizona, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Dean Smith of North Carolina.

'Computer Cop' Software Provided By San Diego County DA Has Security Flaws

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Internet-monitoring software designed to help parents protect their children online has privacy issues that can be misused in the wrong hands, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Carlsbad Woman Who Shot Husband Acquitted Of First-Degree Murder

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Julie Elizabeth Harper could have faced 50 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband.

Chargers Offer Free Mammograms Thursday At The Q

The San Diego Chargers are teaming up with Komen San Diego to offer the free mammograms to women 40 and older as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

San Diego Behind On Maintenance, New Construction Of Fire Stations

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A report on fire station maintenance and new construction needs will be delivered Wednesday to the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

High Temperatures Returning To San Diego County

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Forecasters say temperatures in inland San Diego County could soar into the triple digits later this week.

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