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Stories by Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Digital Medicine at Scripps Health Boosted With $3.75 Million Grant

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Digital medicine just got a boost because Scripps Health announced a $3.75 million grant from the Qualcomm Foundation.

Arraignment For Man Accused Of SDSU Faculty Member Murder Postponed

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The arraignment of a 64-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a San Diego State University faculty member was postponed due to a jail medical hold, according to the District Attorney's office.

Cold-Blooded Creatures Featured At San Diego Zoo

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The San Diego Zoo is showing off creatures of the cold-blooded kind to the public through Sunday. Love them or hate them, reptiles are the featured animals at the zoo for "Reptilemania."

Presidential Candidate Supporting A 'Green' New Deal Program

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Almost 80 years after the Great Depression, a presidential candidate is talking about implementing another public works program.

USD Department Of Engineering Gifted $20 Million

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The University of San Diego honored Darlene Marcos Shiley for her gift of $20 million to the department of engineering, now renamed Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

Social Media Helping Spread Awareness Of Missing Tijuana Woman

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It has been nearly a week since a Tijuana woman's disappearance and social media is helping search for answers. Magaly Salazar, 23, a former psychology student at Cesun University in Tijuana, has not been seen since Saturday afternoon.

Local Women Celebrate 92nd Anniversary Of Suffrage Amendment

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San Diego women’s groups are rejoicing today with a parade celebrating the anniversary of a landmark Constitutional amendment.

Diesel Trucks Inspected In Otay Mesa For Pollution Laws Compliance

Heavy-duty diesel trucks filling the air with dark smoke were inspected at Otay Mesa before entering Mexico today.

Mexico Drug War Survivors Urge The U.S. To Change Strategy

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They came to the U.S. because they want Americans to hear their stories: “We have to leave our city because of threats. Because of extortions. Like us, there’s a lot of people."

Local Mourners Gather To Remember 67th Anniversary Of Nagasaki Bombing

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On a warm, sunny day with a welcome breeze off the sea, mourners gathered to remember a horrific event: the atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki 67 years ago.

Undocumented Immigrants Applying For Deferred Action Targets Of Scams

Undocumented immigrants applying for permission to remain in the United States under President Obama's new deportation policy should beware of scammers.

Nearly 90 Foster Siblings Reunited At Camp Connect

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This camp trip is special for foster children, because they are reuniting with their brothers and sisters who are in different foster homes.

Mexico Launches Fundraising Campaign For Mexican Students In The U.S.

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Our neighbors south of the border are starting a fundraising campaign to support Mexican and Mexican-American college students in the United States. The Mexican Consulate in San Diego launched the three month IME BECAS campaign called "For a Better Life."

Federal Subsidies Support Junk Food Instead Of Fresh Food, Report Says

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Citing the obesity epidemic among America’s children, a California consumer group says federal subsidies support junk food instead of fresh food.

Lemon Grove Honors Past With New Downtown Promenade

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Evoking images of the past, Lemon Grove is constructing a downtown park and plaza. The Main Street Promenade is a $4.9 million makeover of Main Street between North Avenue and Broadway in Lemon Grove. This area will feature a plaza, park, playground, amphitheater and several artistic pieces.

Weather Conditions Perfect For Future Brushfires In San Diego County

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Looking toward late summer and early fall, the local National Weather Service is predicting above average temperatures and near average precipitation, which means a mixture of high heat, windy conditions and dry brush. A perfect combination for wildfires.

More Than 60 Animals Seized From Pet Stores Up For Adoption Saturday

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After being neglected and waiting four months in order to be placed up for adoption, 60 animals are now available starting Saturday.

Family: Grand Jury Investigating Death Of Immigrant

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An attorney for the family of a man who died after an encounter with San Diego border agents said a federal grand jury has been called to investigate the incident.

Military Members Become U.S. Citizens On USS Midway Museum

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Thirty-five military service men and women will have an extra reason to celebrate this upcoming 4th of July because they are now U.S. citizens.

San Diego Superior Court Facing $14 Million In Cuts

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San Diego Superior Court is facing $14 million in reduced funding for the fiscal year starting July 1 and the elimination of 250 jobs or more, due to state budget cuts, court officials said today.

Linda Vista Homes Stripped Of Hazardous Lead Paint

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Homes in Linda Vista are being stripped of their hazardous, World War II-era paint.

Gloria Unopposed, Re-Elected in Council District 3

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Incumbent Todd Gloria is unopposed and guaranteed another four years in office.

Unopposed Candidate A Rarity In District 5

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The race to elect a councilmember for District 5 is unique. Not only is Mark Kersey running unopposed, but he is also a non-incumbent. The last time this happened in the city of San Diego was when Harley Knox was elected to this seat in 1932.

Firefighters Fight Against Proposition B

Frank De Clercq, president of the San Diego Fire Fighters IAFF Local 145, said he hopes citizens vote no on Proposition B.

Thousands Pitching In To Clean The County Tomorrow

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San Diegans are stepping out in the thousands to support tomorrow’s Creek to Bay Cleanup around the county. So far there are 5,500 registered volunteers that will be participating in the 10th annual I Love a Clean San Diego cleanup.

Solana Beach Looks At Issuing Letter Of Concern Over San Onofre

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Solana Beach is the latest city to look at issuing a letter of concern regarding the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. The city of Irvine voted to sent a letter to federal regulators. We take a look at the current movement underway.

Palomar Campgrounds Reopen After Successful Fund Drive

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The campgrounds at Palomar State Park opened today after being closed for six months due to state budget cuts. A fundraising campaign launched by Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park allowed the park to open.

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$600,000 Already Raised For Permanent Kiss Statue

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Officials from the USS Midway Museum have raised over half the funds necessary to build a permanent version of "Unconditional Surrender," aka the "kiss statue," in the same spot along the Embarcadero where the current version stands.

Tiger Cubs Get Hands-On Treatment

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Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are desensitizing two male Sumatran tiger cubs from human touch in order to easily handle them for veterinary care.

Japanese Cherry Blossoms Adorn San Diego's Waterfront

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first gift of cherry trees from Japan to the U.S., the Port of San Diego is dedicating 15 cherry trees near the USS Midway Museum on Harbor Drive. They were a gift from the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.

Booze And Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix

Students and advocates against drunk driving press message of safety, caution to student revelers.

Mama's Kitchen Served Its 6 millionth Meal

Since 1990, Mama’s Kitchen has served free meals to thousands of people battling HIV/AIDS and cancer. Today, the organization located in downtown San Diego. delivered its 6 millionth meal

Students Play Scientists At Salk Labs

The Salk Institute is opening its labs tomorrow to more than 200 San Diego County students and teachers to expose their passion for science.

Local Colleges Organize Rallies To Protest Tuition Hikes

Students, professors and faculty across the nation participated in the National Day of Action for Education, protesting budget cuts and tuition hikes.

Will The San Diego Pension Reform Initiative Make It To Ballot?

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Nearly 116,000 signatures have been validated for an initiative that would end guaranteed pensions for new city works -- but the measure may not be on the June ballot.

Students Registering Students To Vote At UC San Diego

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Last year, UC San Diego was dead last in student voter registration rates. This year, it's second only to UC Santa Barbara. The difference is easy and immediate access to voter registration materials the day freshmen move in.