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Stories by Greg Magnus

San Diego Embraces ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

San Diego Embraces ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug. 18
By Greg Magnus

It's the latest craze taking the Internet by storm — and it's for a good cause.

Travelers Rank San Diego Zoo Among World's Best

Travelers Rank San Diego Zoo Among World's Best

Aug. 7
By Greg Magnus

The San Diego Zoo was ranked as the No. 2 zoo in the United Sates and the world by the 2014 Travelers' Choice rankings compiled by TripAdvisor.com.

217-acre Banner Fire East Of Julian Contained

217-acre Banner Fire East Of Julian Contained

July 3
By Greg Magnus, Tarryn Mento

Cal Fire announced Sunday morning that the Banner fire, which started Thursday, was 100 percent contained. Two homes were destroyed in the brush fire.

Tony Gwynn, 'Mr. Padre,' Dies At 54

Tony Gwynn, 'Mr. Padre,' Dies At 54

June 16
By Greg Magnus

Tony Gwynn, whose smile and swing defined baseball in San Diego for more than 30 years, has died. He was 54.

SDCashStash Hides Money In East County

SDCashStash Hides Money In East County

June 2
By Greg Magnus

The anonymous donor SDCashStash is back at it, hiding money near a Walmart in Santee and vowing to hide money in North County on Tuesday.

1,600-Acre Bernardo Fire 25 Percent Contained

1,600-Acre Bernardo Fire 25 Percent Contained

May 13
By Brooke Binkowski, Claire Trageser, Greg Magnus

About 1,600 acres have been burned and more than 22,000 evacuation alerts were sent -- but there were no injuries, nor homes lost -- as a result of the Bernardo fire.

Strong Winds Knocking Out Power Across San Diego County

Strong Winds Knocking Out Power Across San Diego County

April 30
By Greg Magnus

Strong winds are wreaking havoc with power lines across the San Diego Gas & Electric service area, affecting customers from Palomar Mountain to Jacumba.

Mountain Empire Unified Closes After High Winds Knock Out Power At Three Schools

April 30
By Greg Magnus

The Mountain Empire Unified School District sent students home Wednesday after downed lines knocked out power at three schools.

Pellet Guns Prompt Naval Base Point Loma Lockdown

Pellet Guns Prompt Naval Base Point Loma Lockdown

April 24
By Greg Magnus

Sailors playing with pellet guns prompt a partial security lockdown at Naval Base Point Loma on Thursday. The lockdown has been lifted; two men are in custody.

San Diego Opera Postpones Closure Until May 19

San Diego Opera Postpones Closure Until May 19

April 18
By Angela Carone, Greg Magnus

The closure date for San Diego Opera has been postponed until May 19 to give organizers more time to fundraise for a 50th season.

Board Meeting Leads To Shake Up In San Diego Opera Leadership

Board Meeting Leads To Shake Up In San Diego Opera Leadership

April 17
By Angela Carone, Greg Magnus

A San Diego Opera board meeting in La Jolla brings the resignation of Board President Karen Cohn. Other top members also walked out of the meeting.

University Heights Library Yarn Bombing Celebrates Branch's Centennial

University Heights Library Yarn Bombing Celebrates Branch's Centennial

April 17
By Greg Magnus

A San Diego guerrilla art group has claimed responsibility for a bombing outside the University Heights Library. They say the Pacific Beach library is next. Did we mention it was a yarn bombing?

Newborn Baby Hippo At San Diego Zoo Dies

Newborn Baby Hippo At San Diego Zoo Dies

April 3
By Greg Magnus

San Diego Zoo animal care staff noticed early Thursday that the baby river hippo had passed away. The cause of death is unknown.

San Diego Opera Faces Breach Of Contract Complaint

San Diego Opera Faces Breach Of Contract Complaint

March 28
By Greg Magnus

A musicians' union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that accuses the San Diego Opera of failing to honor contracts with its singers.

Baby Gorilla On The Upswing, Avoids Hairy Health Situation

Baby Gorilla On The Upswing, Avoids Hairy Health Situation

March 19
By Greg Magnus

Move over, baby panda, there’s a cute new sheriff in town.

Pacific Storm Hits San Diego County With Heavy Rain, High Winds, Fl...

Pacific Storm Hits San Diego County With Heavy Rain, High Winds, Flash Flood Watch

Feb. 28
By City News Service, Greg Magnus, Tarryn Mento

Strong and gusty winds continued into Friday afternoon following a wet morning. More rainfall and strong winds made for wet, slippery roadways and a dangerous evening commute.

Review: 'Non-Stop'

Review: 'Non-Stop'

Feb. 27
By Greg Magnus

Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore fasten their seat belts for a whodunnit-thriller at 40,000 feet in "Non-Stop," opening Friday.

Review: 'Lone Survivor'

Review: 'Lone Survivor'

Jan. 9
By Greg Magnus

Based on actual events, "Lone Survivor" is a gripping film about four Navy SEALs who never stopped fighting despite overwhelming opposition — until only one was left to tell the tale. It opens nationwide Jan. 10.

Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Dec. 19
By Greg Magnus

Throughout the first "Anchorman" (opening December 18 throughout San Diego), homegrown hero Ron Burgundy kept reminding us to "stay classy, San Diego." Maybe he should have taken his own advice.