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Stories by Dwane Brown

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.

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.