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Stories by Dwane Brown

San Diego Gardeners Promote Drought-Tolerant Plants To Conserve Water

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San Diegans are encouraged to add drought-tolerant plants to their garden to conserve water.

California Legislators To Outline Bill Requiring Cell Phone 'Kill Switches'

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California state legislators plan to introduce a bill on Friday requiring all cell phones in California to have a "kill switch."

Military Transition Support Project Aims To Better Connect San Diego Veterans With Resources

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San Diego community groups came together on Tuesday to help provide veterans with the tools they need to transition back into civilian life.

New San Diego Veterans Treatment Center In Old Town Opens Feb. 17

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The Aspire Center in Old Town will provide Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with rehabilitation services.

Ex-Filner Staffer Glad Sexual Harassment Legal Battle Is Over

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The first woman to publicly accuse disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment said Tuesday the lawsuit settlement allows her to move on with her life.

PACE Program Helps Seniors Find Affordable Housing In Downtown San Diego

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For seniors who want to remain independent, finding affordable housing in San Diego is a challenge.

SDSU Gets $20M Gift From Conrad Prebys

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San Diego State University announced Wednesday the largest single gift it has ever received — $20 million from developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys.

San Diego Leaders, Environmentalists Gather For Zero Waste Symposium

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Zero Waste San Diego is hosting its first symposium Tuesday in Kearny Mesa, bringing together business leaders, nonprofits and local governments for a discussion on reusing or recycling all materials.

City Heights Opens New Park Designed For Adults

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A new mini-park designed for adults opened in City Heights, with plenty of open space and public art.

Flu Season Results In Saline Shortage At San Diego Blood Bank

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An increase in flu patients heading to hospitals for dehydration has resulted in a nationwide shortage of saline at blood banks.

California Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Makes Campaign Stop In San Diego

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Neel Kashkari made his first campaign stop in San Diego on Monday, after declaring his candidacy for California governor last week.

Volunteers, Elected Officials Help Count San Diego Homeless Population

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About 1,300 volunteers got up very early Friday morning to help out with San Diego County's annual homeless count.

Tourism Officials Unveil San Diego's Largest-Ever Marketing Campaign

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The San Diego Tourism Authority and interim Mayor Todd Gloria unveiled a new $12-million tourism marketing campaign on Wednesday.

SDSU Students Look Forward To Opening Of New Student Center

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San Diego State University students returning to school next week will able to use the school's new LEED platinum Student Union.

San Diego Transit Agency Hears Public Feedback On Mid-City Route Changes

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San Diegans had a chance on Thursday to voice their opinion about proposed changes to bus routes in Mid-City.

San Diego Under Red Flag Warning For Fire Danger

San Diego County's unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain has resulted in a red flag warning for fire danger.

Navy Secretary Mabus Thanks San Diego Shipbuilders For Work

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U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke to San Diego shipyard workers Thursday about national and local issues impacting the shipbuilding industry.

San Diego Chargers Fans Prepare For Playoff Game Against Denver Broncos

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San Diego Chargers fans are stocking up on team gear in preparation for the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

San Diego County Emergency Services Unveil Improved Mobile App

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County authorities said the upgraded app for Apple and Android mobile devices will have more features for emergency planning.

Mid-City Youth Look To Prevent Crime With Survey of Alcohol Retailers

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The Latino Youth Council found at least 28 stores that sell alcohol in the Mid-City area violate state beverage control standards.

Surf Dog 'Hangs 10' in Del Mar For Ocean Therapy Session

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A champion surf dog helps military veterans and people with disabilities learn to surf, while also boosting morale and building confidence.

More than 100,000 attend San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade along Harbor Drive

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The 23rd annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade drew thousands of visitors and spectators downtown to Harbor Drive on Monday morning.

Veterans Group Planning Challenge Of Judge's Order To Remove Soledad Cross

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The San Diego veterans group who erected the cross on Mt. Soledad is planning to challenge a federal judge's ruling that the 43-foot-tall cross must be removed.

San Diego Businesses Protest City Council's Increase Of 'Jobs Tax'

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San Diego companies and business organizations prepare to fight — at the ballot box — City Council's decision to increase development taxes.

Indoor Marijuana Grows On The Rise In San Diego

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Drug enforcement agents in San Diego County said one-quarter of the 55 indoor marijuana labs discovered in the region this year were extracting hash oil.

Alpha Project Gets Home Improvement Help For San Diego Women's Residence

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Volunteers turned out to refurbish an Alpha Project homes in Logan Heights, which will become the project's first residence for women.

Nearly 850 People Receive Help At San Diego Homeless Resource Fair

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Project Homeless Connect provides medical and dental screenings, California ID cards and haircuts from professional stylists to San Diego's homeless at one-day service fair in downtown.

San Diego Store Gives Back To Military Families With Toy Drive

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The Armed Forces YMCA has had a record number of requests for toys this holiday season, and one San Diego toy store is looking to help out by hosting a toy drive.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Visits UC San Diego For World AIDS Day

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Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display at UC San Diego's World AIDS Day event, where the theme was "getting to zero" — zero new infections, zero stigma and zero HIV-related deaths.

San Diego Shoppers Still Flock To Black Friday

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Stores are beginning to open as early as Thanksgiving night to begin the Christmas shopping season. But lots of shoppers still waited until Friday to hunt for deals.

Mama's Kitchen To Sell 5,000 Pies At Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser

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Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell 5,000 pies donated from San Diego bakeries until noon on Thanksgiving day. Flavors include pecan, pumpkin, apple and Dutch apple.

More Than 2,000 Donate At San Diego Chargers Annual Blood Drive

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The 35th annual Chargers Blood Drive drew close to 2,500 people to the Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley on Tuesday.

San Diegans Urged To 'Make Change Count' For Homeless Donations

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Those red things that look like parking meters you'll see around downtown beginning Monday are actually devices you can use to make donations for the homeless.

College Students Help 'Rock Hunger' With Large Donation To San Diego Food Bank

CSU San Marcos, UC San Diego and SDSU students teamed up with the Hard Rock Hotel to gather money and nearly 245,000 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank as part of the "Colleges Rock Hunger" food drive.

Bayfront Expansion Project Breaks Ground In Chula Vista

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The $7.2 million-project will run between Bay Boulevard and Marina Parkway and connect the marina to the main streets on the west side of Chula Vista.

Housing For Sexual Predator Douglas Badger To Be Determined By Judge

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Douglas Badger, who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and sexual sadism, has a history of sexual assaults dating back to 1974.

San Diegans Witness Meteor Shower's Bright Flash Across Sky

People from Santa Barbara to San Diego reported seeing fireballs streaking across the sky Wednesday night. Experts say it was likely a meteor shower.

La Jolla Cove Faces Another Smell Problem

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The decades-old problem of smelly bird poop in La Jolla Cove is being replaced by a new problem — smelly sea lion poop.

Living Coast Discovery Center Raises Enough Money To Remain Open

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An outpouring of community support will allow The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to keep its doors open after a $200,000 deficit.

Company Helps Veterans Translate Military Experience Into Civilian Jobs

Direct Employers, an association of nearly 700 companies, is working to improve the job hunt for military veterans.

Free Drug Screening Offered For San Diego County Teens

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The San Diego County Health and Human Services has partnered with local rehab facilities to combat teen drug-use.

San Diego Catering Company Prepares For The Olympic Games

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San Diego-based Behind the Scenes catering company will supply food for thousands of people at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Chula Vista Nature Landmark In Danger Of Closing Its Doors

A 28-year-old South Bay nature landmark is in danger of closing its doors. Financial pressures may force the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to shutdown. The center needs to raise $200,000 by the end of October to remain open.

Chula Vista's Living Coast Discovery Center Will Close If Fundraising Goals Aren't Met

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista will close at the end of the month if it does not raise $200,000.

Chargers Host Free Mammogram Testing At Qualcomm For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and free mammogram testing is being offered throughout the county. On Tuesday, the Chargers provided about 100 free mammograms at Qualcomm Stadium.

Free Depression Screenings Available This Week Throughout San Diego

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is urging everyone to check your mood this week and get screened for depression.

Taylor Guitars Still Strumming Along As Example Of San Diego Manufacturing Success

To encourage people to take a closer look at the impact of these businesses this week was deemed Manufacturing Week by the City of San Diego.

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Santa Ana Conditions Have Fire Crews On High Alert

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With possible winds up to 50 mph for the inland valleys and even stronger gusts in the mountain and desert areas, front-line fire engines are fully staffed this weekend.

Online Enrollment For Obamacare In California Flooded Despite Government Shutdown

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Covered California spokesman says goal is to register 2 million of the 5 million people without health insurance in state.

Nearly 17 Million Steps Later, Meals On Wheels Volunteer Nears End Of Cross-Country Trek

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After 3,200 miles and three pairs of shoes, a San Diego man completes cross-country walk to raise awareness for Meals on Wheels.