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Property Crime Rate In San Diego Region Up 4%, SANDAG Reports

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A jump in homicides, auto thefts and burglaries led in part to a 4 percent increase in San Diego County's crime rate compared with statistics from 2015, according to the San Diego Association of Governments. The overall crime rate was 30 percent lower than in the same period in 2006.

Park View Little League Team To Be Celebrated In Chula VIsta

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The baseball team that competed in the Little League World Series will be honored along with other South Bay sports teams on Wednesday.

Chamber Of Commerce Endorses SANDAG Tax Increase Measure

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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Measure A, which would increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects.

San Diego Home Prices Increase Between May And June

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Home prices in San Diego rose by 0.3 percent between May and June, and 6.4 percent since June 2015, according to the Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices released Tuesday.

Admiral Calls For Improvements After Third Engine Breakdown In Littoral Combat Ship

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Navy officials in San Diego Monday were assessing the damage in the third major engine breakdown over the past year in a littoral combat ship, prompting an admiral to call for improvements in engineering oversight and training.

SANDAG To Survey San Diego Households On Transportation Habits

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The San Diego Association of Governments is launching a survey that's designed to help transportation planners better understand how, when and why residents travel in the region. It last conducted a major transportation survey 10 years ago.

Viejas Band Of Kumeyaay Indians Donates $50K To Police Officers Fund

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The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians made the contribution to the San Diego Police Officers Association's widows and orphans fund, which supports families of law enforcement personnel who lose their lives in service to the community.

Scripps Health Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network

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The partnership will enable San Diego patients to have access to medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pathology; laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as other clinical and support services.

SDSU, CSUSM Students Begin Fall Semester Monday

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Almost 11,000 new students are scheduled to begin the fall semester Monday at San Diego State University, while others will begin classes in the North County at Cal State San Marcos.

Poll: 39% Of Likely Voters Support Chargers' Stadium, Convention Plan

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A sampling of 678 likely voters found 36 percent in opposition of the team's plan to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego, with 25 percent undecided.

Stadium Ballot Arguments Focus On Jobs, Future Events, Tourism And Priorities

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Arguments for and against the dozen measures that will be considered by city voters were turned in to city elections officials Thursday and made public Friday.

New Scripps Research Vessel To Arrive Friday

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The R/V Sally Ride is scheduled to sail past Scripps Pier outside the institution on its way to port in Point Loma. It's named after the first American woman to travel in space. She taught at UCSD until her death four years ago.

San Diego To Host Second Round Of World Baseball Classic

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San Diego will serve as a host city for the World Baseball Classic next year, and the finals will be in Los Angeles. Second round games will take place at Petco Park March 14-19.

San Diego Set To Have Busier Cruise Season This Year

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Currently, 90 passenger liners are scheduled to come to San Diego during the season, up 30 percent from last year.

Horse Fatalities Push Back Del Mar Racetrack Season

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The decision comes in the wake of 16 deaths of horses during this year's meet.

People Are Happier Later In Life, Study Finds

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UC San Diego researchers found that while adults in their 20s and 30s have high levels of perceived stress, people later in life have an improved sense of psychological well-being.

Dumanis Testifies In Azano Trial

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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis took the witness stand in the federal trial of José Susumo Azano Matsura, who is charged with conspiracy, campaign finance violations, falsification of records, bribery and weapons violations.

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 outperformed their counterparts from across the state, according to results released by the state.

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.