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Stories by Dwane Brown

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.

Take A Sneak Peek At San Diego's New Central Library

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The new San Diego Central Library is more than just books and computers, and this weekend, San Diegans can check it out for themselves.

Rescue Mission Hosts Seventh Sleepless San Diego

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Sleepless San Diego is an annual event bringing the community together to fight homelessness. In its seventh year, it's a way to help the public understand what being homeless is really like.

Deal To Clean Up San Diego Bay Moves Forward

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A 20-year debate may finally be coming to a resolution as a tentative deal is made to clean up the San Diego Bay.

Occupy San Diego Moves Online, Continues Mission

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"Two years ago, this place was filled with tents from the Occupy San Diego movement," Paris said. "Today, not a tent in sight.

Navy Personnel Reunite On USS Midway

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San Diego is home to the longest serving aircraft carrier in the 20th Century. The USS Midway Museum now honors the legacy of those who served our country. A few hundred of them are gathering this weekend for a big reunion.

Stroke Patient Returns To Hospital As Volunteer

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Many organizations have chosen to turn 9/11 into a day of service by encouraging people to volunteer. Aimeeleigh Coulter, who suffered a massive brain steam stroke in 2012, is one of those volunteers.

Two San Diego County Golf Courses Make Top-100 List

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When tourists think of San Diego, beaches and the zoo come to mind but golf is another economic boost to the county, injecting about $2 billion a year.

Art Helps Combat Veterans Work Through Emotions Of War

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The exhibit features work by combat veterans who were taught how to turn their anxiety over war into a reflective, therapeutic experience to help them transition back into civilian life.

San Diego Sports Teams Introduce Fan Code Of Conduct

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The rules are meant to keep overly rowdy fans in check at San Diego sporting events.

NOAA Opens New Marine Research Facility In La Jolla

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San Diego's marine research and resources have long been used to educate the world on what's happening below the surface. In La Jolla, a new facility gives scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a brand new playing field.

Dip In San Diego County Gas Prices Brings Welcome Relief

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Summer gas prices in San Diego county are at the lowest level in almost eight months — a welcome relief for most consumers especially those who drive for a living, like pizza delivery driver Alex Homo.

U.S. Luge Team Conducts Tests For Winter Olympics In San Diego

To prepare for the Winter Games, a luge world champion comes to San Diego to practice in a local wind tunnel facility.

Camp Helps Children With Disabilities Learn Independence

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The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association in National City provides year-round support for children in wheelchairs. For 27 years now, the group has hosted a summer camp for children between the ages of 4 and 18.

USD Student Aims To Educate Deaf In East Africa

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The long-term goals of the program are to increase the number of deaf students accepted into universities, increase the scholarship opportunities and eventually help get them jobs.

Security Rules Tighten At Qualcomm Stadium

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The San Diego Chargers have taken steps to increase security at Qualcomm Stadium this football season.

UPS Store Brings 3D Printing To The Masses

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A San Diego based company is bringing 3D printing to the masses.

San Diego Airport Reveals Some Finishing Touches On Big-Budget Makeover

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San Diego International Airport is putting the finishing touches on a major makeover — the largest project in Lindbergh Field's 80-year history.

Le Travel Store Shuts Its Doors After 37 Years

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The owners of the first travel store in the country say the business has drastically changed and they're getting out.

2-1-1 San Diego Help Hotline Adds Resources For Former Inmates

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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore hopes additional resources for inmates being released back into the community helps lower the recidivism rate.

Volunteers Help Clean Up Marshmallow Mess In OB

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Volunteers converged on four beaches in San Diego County to help pick up trash left over from Independence Day celebrations.

Tips To Keep Skittish Pets Safe During Fireworks

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July 4th is a festive day for people but fireworks can be terrifying for our pets. It's also a time when shelters see a big spike in the number of stray animals.

After Eight Years In Prison, Man Cleared Of Rape Charges

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Uriah Courtney, 33, served 8 years of a life sentence for a crime new DNA testing determined was committed by someone who looked like him.

United Way, San Diego Food Bank Partner To Preserve Reading Skills

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Every summer, the United Way does something to support the community and encourage reading. This year, its handing out bilingual books, bags and personalized notes to inspire a love for reading.

Extra Security In Place For Sunday's Marathon

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Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon officials are increasing security measures this weekend, about six weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured dozens more.

Wellness Center Touted As National Model For Seniors

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A San Diego senior wellness center has become a national model for dealing with the problem of senior citizens living in poverty.

37-Mile Special Olympics Torch Run Begins

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The annual Special Olympics torch run and fundraiser got started in Chula Vista on Tuesday with a 37-mile run to Del Mar.

San Diegans Remember Military Veterans

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Hundreds of people flocked to Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma on Monday to remember our nation's fallen service members.

$35M Baggage Screening System Ready At San Diego Airport

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Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport is now fully equipped with a new state-of-the-art baggage system designed to get your luggage to and from the plane faster than ever.

Fire Officials Urge Fire Season Preparedness

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San Diego Fire Department officials are warning homeowners to prepare for what could be a difficult fire season.

San Diego Police Debut Low Rider To Strengthen Community Relations

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What has four wheels, a hydraulic system and a bumping stereo you can hear driving up the street?

National City Native Takes On New Role As Police Chief

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San Diego County's second-oldest city was established in 1887. National City still has some of the historic Victorian homes built back then. And today, a kid who grew up in the neighborhood is now its police chief.

Monarch School Adds Healthcare Center, Boutique For Homeless Students

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Fourteen months ago, the Monarch School's new building didn't look like much. Now, after a $14 million remodel, the cramped Downtown space on Cedar Street is changing the educational lives of 350 homeless K-12 students.

Clothesline Project Encourages Assault Victims To Speak Out

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As the Pentagon and Congress debate how to curb sexual assault in the military, the VA San Diego held its third annual "clothesline project" Monday to encourage assault survivors to break their silence and share their stories.

Health Officials Urge Proactive Safety Measures Against West Nile

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As longer, warmer days get closer, San Diego County officials are kicking off their yearly West Nile Virus awareness campaign.