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Clouds To Dominate San Diego Sky This Week

April 2
By City News Service

San Diegans should expect cloudy weather for much of the rest of the week, forecasters said Monday.

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Little Caesars Offers Free Pizza Lunch Combo

April 2
By City News Service

Dozens of Little Caesars pizza restaurants around San Diego County will give away free lunches Monday as part of a national promotion thanks to a little-known college basketball team from the other side of the country.

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Padres Opening Day Will Start With Trevor Hoffman Pitch

March 29
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Padres will face the Milwaukee Brewers today at Petco Park, with former Padres star reliever Trevor Hoffman throwing the ceremonial first pitch, four months before he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Scooter Company Bird Pledges To 'Save' Sidewalks From Vehicle Clutter

March 28
By City News Service, KPBS News

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden wrote an open letter to his counterparts at four bike-sharing companies urging them to join him in a pledge to "Save Our Sidewalks." He says the pledge would help American cities avoid the plight of the "out-of-control" bike-sharing deployment in China.

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11 Flu-Related Deaths Reported In San Diego County Last Week

March 28
By City News Service

Another 11 influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season's total to 319 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.

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San Diego County Supervisors Vote To Expand Addiction Treatment Services

March 28
By City News Service

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ramp up the addiction treatment program for the county's most vulnerable populations by expanding its network of providers, increasing available services and opening those services to more people.

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Dead Whale Carcass Spotted Off Torrey Pines Coast

March 26
By City News Service, Jade Hindmon

A dead whale turned up Monday in the ocean off the coast of Torrey Pines State Reserve, authorities reported.

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San Diego County Looks To Increase Addiction Treatment Spending

March 26
By City News Service

San Diego County is looking to triple spending on addiction treatment from $54.6 million to $179.6 million, officials announced Monday.

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Marine Recruit Dies In San Diego

March 26
By City News Service

A recruit at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has died after being hospitalized for an unspecified "medical emergency," corps officials said Sunday.

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Water Main Break Shuts Down Street South of SDSU

March 26
By City News Service

Repair efforts on a broken water main Monday morning shut down a residential street south of San Diego State University's campus in the El Cerrito neighborhood, police said.

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San Diego To See Warm Weather This Week

March 26
By City News Service

San Diego will see sunny skies and a slight uptick in temperatures after a week of wet and cooler-than-average weather, forecasters said Sunday.

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School Officials, Police Pledge Effort To Combat School Threats In San Diego

March 23
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Education and law enforcement officials on Friday pledged a collaborative effort to dealing with violent threats against school campuses in San Diego County.

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SANDAG Closing Several I-5 Lanes Near La Jolla

March 23
By City News Service

Road work during the intermittent closures is part of an upcoming transit line extension.

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Bill Aimed At Restricting Police Use Of Military Weapons Introduced Into State Assembly

March 23
By City News Service

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, along with Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, co-authored the legislation, which would require state and local police agencies to submit public documents, participate in a public hearing and receive majority approval from their local governing body prior to purchasing or acquiring military equipment.

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Deputies: Bomb Threats At North County High Schools Likely A 'Swatting' Hoax

March 23
By City News Service

Sheriff's detectives and a specialized sheriff's technology-crime unit were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of emailed bomb threats made late Thursday against two North County high schools, including one that's on spring break, was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.

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Mexico's Top Diplomat To Speak At UC San Diego

March 22
By City News Service

Mexico's top diplomat will be in San Diego Thursday to deliver UC San Diego's inaugural lecture on U.S.-Mexico relations.

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Another Student Arrested For San Diego-Area School Shooting Threat

March 22
By City News Service

A Serra High School freshman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.

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Sen. Toni Atkins Becomes First Woman, LGBTQ Member To Lead State Senate

March 21
By City News Service

Atkins was unanimously chosen as president pro tem by the Democratic Caucus earlier this year and was sworn in after a voice vote of the full Senate.

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Judge Dismisses Charge Against Tieray Jones In Murder Of 2-Year-Old Stepson

March 21
By City News Service

A judge Wednesday dismissed a murder charge against Tieray Jones, who was accused in the 2002 death of his 2-year-old stepson, Jahi Turner.

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San Diego County Flu Deaths Up To 308 This Season

March 21
By City News Service

A half-dozen influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season's total to 308 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.

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San Diego City Attorney Files Suit Against Experian For Data Breach

March 21
By City News Service

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott Wednesday announced a lawsuit against consumer credit agency Experian for allegedly causing harm to millions of people, including a quarter-million residents of San Diego County, when it failed to notify those whose identities had been stolen by hackers.

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San Diego City Council OKs Homeless Storage Facility

March 20
By City News Service, KPBS News

After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday evening to approve a facility that would allow those who are homeless to store their belongings.

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Pacific Storm Heading Toward San Diego

March 20
By City News Service

A Pacific storm expected to bring heavy rain and potential flooding to much of Southern California this week will deliver a considerably less dramatic dose of precipitation in the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.

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San Diego Youth Agency Receives $2.5M To Provide Homeless Services

March 20
By City News Service

San Diego Youth Services received $2.5 million to help homeless youth with services and housing, Assemblyman Todd Gloria announced Tuesday.

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Coast Guard Seizes $500M In Cocaine, Offloads In San Diego

March 20
By City News Service

Coast Guard crews Tuesday morning worked to offload roughly $500 million worth of cocaine weighing about 36,000 pounds that was recently seized during more than a dozen operations in the Eastern Pacific, authorities said.

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Researchers Help Find New Treatments For Influenza Patients As Flu Deaths In County Top 300

March 20
By City News Service

Researchers led by a UC San Diego chemist Tuesday reported findings that offer hope for new therapies that could better protect patients from the flu, regardless of the strain they contract.

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City Council Rejects Raises For San Diego Mayor, Council Members

March 19
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council Monday rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the mayor and council members.

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San Diego Program Rewarding Officers For Narcotics Arrests Investigated By Police

March 19
By City News Service

The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a planned program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.

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'Atmospheric River' To Hit LA, Not So Much San Diego

March 19
By City News Service

An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.

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San Diego Police Chief Repudiates Arrest-Rewards Program

March 16
By City News Service

The issue was raised by an anonymous police officer in an interview with KPBS Media Partner 10News who said rewards were being offered to some officers with the largest number of drug arrests.

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Encrypted-Phone Purveyors Charged With Aiding International Drug Trafficking

March 16
By City News Service

A federal grand jury in San Diego Thursday returned indictments charging the head of a Canada-based marketer of encrypted mobile communication devices and four of his associates with using the untraceable handsets to aid in international drug dealing.

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Mobile Clinic To Bring Veterinary Care To Pets of Homeless

March 16
By City News Service

Homeless people with pets in need of services will have access to veterinary care at a mobile clinic outside Father Joe's Villages Friday.

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Shooting Threat At Spring Valley School Found Not To Be Credible

March 16
By City News Service

There will be an increased law enforcement presence Friday at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley as a precaution in response to a shooting threat authorities said they believe is not credible.

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Rincon Middle School Cancels Classes Over Vague Shooting Threat

March 15
By City News Service

Classes were canceled Thursday at Rincon Middle School in Escondido out of "an abundance of caution" after an online shooting threat was reported against the school, district officials said.

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San Diego County Flu Deaths Top 300

March 14
By City News Service

Thirteen influenza-related deaths reported last week have brought the season's total to 302 in San Diego County, health officials announced Wednesday.

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Thousands Of San Diego Students Walk Out In Protest Of Gun Violence

March 14
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez, Megan Burks

Thousands of San Diego County students walked out of classes Wednesday morning as part of a nationwide action to honor the 17 people killed in last month's school shooting in Florida and urge federal action to curb gun violence.

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Prosecutor: Stepfather Failed To Get Care For Injured Stepson Jahi Turner In 2002

March 14
By City News Service

A 2-year-old boy was injured and died in San Diego 16 years ago while his stepfather did nothing to get him care, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but a defense attorney told a jury that there were still many unanswered questions in the case.

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Sheriff Warns Against Trespassing Near Border Wall Prototypes

March 13
By City News Service

The San Diego Sheriff's Department warned people to stay off two parcels of land where President Donald Trump will visit border wall prototypes during his first visit to California since being elected.

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San Diego's New Freeway-Level Transit Stops Could Speed Up Commute

March 12
By City News Service

Transit officials say the new stations will offer riders a faster, more efficient experience.

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Morena Boulevard Off-Ramp To Close For 30 Days

March 12
By City News Service

The off-ramp from westbound Interstate 8 to Morena Boulevard will close for 30 days, beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, as construction crews complete a $22 million improvement project.

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Sempra Energy President, CEO To Retire

March 12
By City News Service

Debra L. Reed 's retirement announcement comes just four days after regulators in Texas approved Sempra's deal to buy the largest utility in the Lone Star State.

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Authorities Urge People To Avoid Shoreline Water During Storms

March 12
By City News Service

Recent rainstorms in San Diego County and possibly more rain this week have resulted in sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River and potentially high bacteria levels along the coast, county officials warn.

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Rain Expected Across San Diego

March 12
By City News Service

Skies cleared somewhat Sunday, but San Diego County residents can expect more rain later this week, a National Weather Service forecaster said Sunday.

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SDG&E Restores Full Service Following Gas Leak

March 9
By City News Service

San Diego Gas & Electric crews restored full gas service to all residential customers early this morning, more than a day and a half after a gas leak snarled freeway traffic, closed the Fashion Valley Mall and prompted the evacuation of more than 3,300 people in Mission Valley.

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Home Depot To Pay $27.8 Million For Hazmat, Customer Privacy Violations

March 9
By City News Service

Home improvement retailer Home Depot must pay nearly $28 million in penalties and reform its hazardous waste disposal and customer privacy protection policies at stores in San Diego and other counties in California, it was announced Thursday.

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City Working On New Efforts To Prevent Future Water Bill Overcharges

March 8
By City News Service, Jade Hindmon

Adding new customer service staff and retraining employees in the city's Public Utilities Department are among the efforts put in place amid three separate audits underway in the wake of the discovery earlier this year of a wave of residential water bill overcharges, a council committee was told Thursday.

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Fire Chief Fennessy To Leave For Orange County Job

March 8
By City News Service

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Brian Fennessy is leaving the department to become chief of the Orange County Fire Authority, it was reported Thursday.

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Flu Cases In San Diego County Rise After 2-Week Slowdown

March 8
By City News Service

The number of confirmed influenza cases in San Diego County rose again last week after two weeks of decline.

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Water Customers Invited To Air Concerns At Committee Meeting

March 8
By City News Service

City staff members are set to give an update Thursday on an investigation into residential water bill overcharges and remedial measures — three weeks after Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that an audit of the utility's billing practices was being fast-tracked.

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Crews Assess Pipe Damage After Mission Valley Gas Leak

March 8
By City News Service

A major natural gas line leak was plugged Wednesday night, and state Route 163 reopened, following the evacuation of 3,300 people and numerous workers from the heart of Mission Valley.