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Stories by Susan Murphy

Apollo Astronauts Touch Down In San Diego

Apollo Astronauts Touch Down In San Diego

June 23, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Four Apollo astronauts and three flight directors visited the San Diego Air and Space Museum Thursday night to talk about NASA’s moon-walking missions that put them in the history books.

Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

Scientists Gather In San Diego To Talk About Global Warming

June 15, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Climate change, heat waves and acid levels in the ocean are some of the major topics at a conference this week at the University of San Diego.

San Diego Food Bank Turns Food Waste Into Compost For Com...

San Diego Food Bank Turns Food Waste Into Compost For Community Gardens

June 13, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Some community gardens and farms will soon be nourished by food waste from the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The nonprofit has a new high-tech composting machine, and the city has just given them the green light to go green in a big way.

Candidates Vie For 3 San Diego Unified School Board Seats

Candidates Vie For 3 San Diego Unified School Board Seats

June 7, 2016
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Three contests for the San Diego Unified School District board are on Tuesday's ballot. The district is the second largest in the state, serving 130,000 students at more than 225 campuses.

San Diego Heat Wave Kicks Off Projected Sizzling Summer

San Diego Heat Wave Kicks Off Projected Sizzling Summer

June 3, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The heat wave will move out by Monday, but looking ahead, forecasters are projecting a warm and dry summer of above average temperatures and periodic heat waves.

San Diego Councilman Alvarez Rallies With Bus Drivers On ...

San Diego Councilman Alvarez Rallies With Bus Drivers On Strike

May 31, 2016
By Susan Murphy

A dozen Metropolitan Transit System bus routes in San Diego continue to be disrupted as striking workers walk the picket line. A San Diego city councilman boosted their cause on Tuesday by rallying with them.

For Memorial Day, World War II Veterans Remember Those Wh...

For Memorial Day, World War II Veterans Remember Those Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice

May 27, 2016
By Susan Murphy

People across San Diego County this Memorial Day weekend will pay tribute to the men and women who have died defending our country. Among those pausing to reflect will be World War II veterans.

San Diego School Trustee Evans Faces Challenger In Bid Fo...

San Diego School Trustee Evans Faces Challenger In Bid For Re-Election

May 19, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Trustee John Lee Evans, elected in 2008 after upsetting an incumbent, is running for his third term this year. He faces a challenge from Stephen “Steph” Groce for the seat that includes Clairemont, University City and Mira Mesa.

Two Educators Compete To Represent Southeastern San Diego...

Two Educators Compete To Represent Southeastern San Diego On School Board

May 10, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Two candidates are vying to represent San Diego Unified in District E, which includes southeastern San Diego. The area's former school trustee, Marne Foster, resigned in February following a scandal.

Researchers Trying To Save Endangered Marine Mammal Stop ...

Researchers Trying To Save Endangered Marine Mammal Stop In San Diego

May 6, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Researchers estimate there are fewer than 60 vaquita porpoises remaining along the Baja Peninsula. The destruction of the marine mammal is blamed on gill nets that entangle and drown the porpoises.

San Diego Nonprofit Trains Veterans For Manufacturing Jobs

San Diego Nonprofit Trains Veterans For Manufacturing Jobs

April 22, 2016
By Susan Murphy

More than three dozen San Diego military veterans graduated Friday from Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit that for free trains and certifies veterans in jobs such as welding, machining and fabrication.

Women Marines Signing Up For Combat Duty

Women Marines Signing Up For Combat Duty

April 21, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The Pentagon decided in December to admit women for the first time to front-line ground combat roles. Two women stationed at Camp Pendleton shared with KPBS why they signed up for war zone jobs.

Navy Secretary Visits Camp Pendleton To Sell Marines On W...

Navy Secretary Visits Camp Pendleton To Sell Marines On Women In Combat

April 12, 2016
By Associated Press, Susan Murphy

The secretary told more than 1,200 Marines and sailors that the decision is final. Marine Corps leaders had sought to keep certain infantry and combat jobs closed to women.

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari ...

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 28, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The 4-month-old fur balls and their proud mom have moved into their new exhibit, where visitors to the park can watch them play and explore.

San Diego-Based Troops Practice Amphibious Assault In Sou...

San Diego-Based Troops Practice Amphibious Assault In South Korea

March 21, 2016
By Susan Murphy

San Diego-based Marines and sailors have spent the past several weeks storming beaches, testing explosives and practicing amphibious landings. The exercise was carried out amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Returns To San Diego...

Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment Returns To San Diego County

March 10, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The historic Battle Color Detachment will perform patriotic songs, traditional marching music and precision rifle drills at events Friday and Saturday.

As Gas Prices Rise, Consumers Find Deals In Alternative F...

As Gas Prices Rise, Consumers Find Deals In Alternative Fuel

March 8, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Gas prices have been inching up over the past couple of weeks as we enter the most costly driving season of the year. But if you have a flex-fuel vehicle, you can buy gas for under $2 a gallon.

Marines Test Human-Like Robots In Live Firing Training

Marines Test Human-Like Robots In Live Firing Training

March 7, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The wig-wearing, human-looking robots being used by Camp Pendleton Marines are guided by GPS and move around on two wheels at a speed of 8 mph.

San Diego's February Temperatures Warmest On Record

San Diego's February Temperatures Warmest On Record

March 1, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The 74.5-degree daytime high average in February surpassed the record set in 1980 by nearly 4 degrees. But forecasters say a major change in the weather pattern is expected to take shape this weekend.

Female Marine Running 161 Miles To Honor 161 Fallen Servi...

Female Marine Running 161 Miles To Honor 161 Fallen Servicewomen

Feb. 25, 2016
By Susan Murphy

A female Marine set off Thursday on a 161-mile run from Los Angeles to San Diego to pay tribute to the 161 women who have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

'The Blob' Dissipates With Help From El Niño

'The Blob' Dissipates With Help From El Niño

Feb. 19, 2016
By Susan Murphy

El Niño’s strong winds and a series of winter storms helped cool and break down the 1,000-mile-wide mass of warm sea surface water.

Dry Winter Means Sparse Desert Bloom In Anza-Borrego

Dry Winter Means Sparse Desert Bloom In Anza-Borrego

Feb. 16, 2016
By Susan Murphy

If you're willing to do a some hiking, you'll find wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. But so far, this winter’s high temperatures and lack of rain are keeping most of the flowers at bay.

4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy With USS Boxer Group From S...

4,500 Marines, Sailors Deploy With USS Boxer Group From San Diego

Feb. 12, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The Marines and sailors will work together on various missions during the seven-month deployment to the Middle East and Asia Pacific region, including disaster relief and embassy and security evacuations.

Military, Civilians Team Up For Security Exercise At Coro...

Military, Civilians Team Up For Security Exercise At Coronado Navy Base

Feb. 10, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Exercise Solid Curtain involves hundreds of military and civilian personnel and comes two weeks after a shooting scare at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park.

San Diego Heat To Give Way To More El Niño-Driven Storms

San Diego Heat To Give Way To More El Niño-Driven Storms

Feb. 9, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Don't let this week's warm, sunny weather fool you. El Niño storms are expected to resume — maybe by the end of this month — and continue through April.

San Diego Job Market Fueled By Demand For Skilled Workers

San Diego Job Market Fueled By Demand For Skilled Workers

Feb. 5, 2016
By Susan Murphy

In San Diego County, the number of people seeking work is declining and stands at 4.7 percent — down from a high of 11.1 percent five years ago.

Low Risk Of Zika Virus Reaching San Diego

Low Risk Of Zika Virus Reaching San Diego

Jan. 28, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The blood-sucking, black and white striped aedes aegypti mosquito has multiplied and expanded its reach across San Diego County, but no active virus has been detected in the region.

Work Begins On Bikeway Village In Imperial Beach

Work Begins On Bikeway Village In Imperial Beach

Jan. 25, 2016
By Susan Murphy

The $5 million Bikeway Village development will cater to bikers and walkers with a one-stop bicycle shop, cafes, an outdoor patio and a water bottle filling station.

Citizen Scientists Learn To Document El Niño's Impacts

Citizen Scientists Learn To Document El Niño's Impacts

Jan. 21, 2016
By Susan Murphy

With help from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and USC, citizen scientists in San Diego County are being trained to help document the effects of El Nino’s high tides and strong waves.

Renting Cars At Lindbergh Field About To Get Easier

Renting Cars At Lindbergh Field About To Get Easier

Jan. 12, 2016
By Susan Murphy

A $316 million rental car center at San Diego International Airport is set to open its doors to the traveling public next week.

San Diego Leaders Urge Preparedness Ahead Of Next Round O...

San Diego Leaders Urge Preparedness Ahead Of Next Round Of Rain

Jan. 11, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Gathering at the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services, local emergency leaders urged the public to prepare for upcoming storms.

Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

Volunteers Needed To Count San Diego County's Homeless

Jan. 11, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Last week’s El Niño downpours raised concerns for San Diego County’s homeless. Soon the region will get a good estimate of just how many people are on the streets.

Tracking San Diego River Levels During El Niño Storms

Tracking San Diego River Levels During El Niño Storms

Jan. 7, 2016
By Susan Murphy

U.S. Geological Survey crews are closely monitoring river conditions using a small, boat-like instrument so they can help public safety officials prepare for flooding.

San Diego Homeless Struggle In Rainy Weather

San Diego Homeless Struggle In Rainy Weather

Jan. 6, 2016
By Andrew Bowen, Susan Murphy

Heavy El Niño rains this week have led to increased efforts to help homeless men, women and children find shelter. Hundreds of homeless remain on the streets.

Keeping Tijuana River Valley Safe From Floods

Keeping Tijuana River Valley Safe From Floods

Jan. 5, 2016
By Susan Murphy

As heavy rains battered San Diego County on Tuesday, residents of the flood-prone Tijuana River Valley met with officials to coordinate potential evacuations for families and animals.

San Diegans Prepare For Flooding, High Surf

San Diegans Prepare For Flooding, High Surf

Jan. 4, 2016
By Matthew Bowler, Susan Murphy

Homeless service providers are handing out boots and tarps, while fire-rescue personnel are providing sandbags.

El Niño-Driven Storms To Bring Weeklong Rainfall To San D...

El Niño-Driven Storms To Bring Weeklong Rainfall To San Diego

Jan. 4, 2016
By Susan Murphy

Heavy rainfall, gusty winds, large surf and mountain snow could batter the region for at least five consecutive days. By Friday, up to 4 inches of rain could deluge the coast, while 6 to 8 inches could fall in the mountains.

Protesters Rally In Downtown San Diego For Disability Fun...

Protesters Rally In Downtown San Diego For Disability Funding Increase

Dec. 10, 2015
By Susan Murphy

More than 100 people with developmental disabilities, along with their caregivers and advocates, urged Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and other state leaders to increase funding by 10 percent to the agencies that support them.

San Diego Pearl Harbor Survivors Recount The Attack

San Diego Pearl Harbor Survivors Recount The Attack

Dec. 7, 2015
By Susan Murphy

On the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, San Diego survivors of the military assault recount their experiences on that horrific day that launched America into World War II.

Ocean Beach Pier Reopens After High Surf Led To Closure

Ocean Beach Pier Reopens After High Surf Led To Closure

Dec. 8, 2015
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

San Diego city officials closed the pier in the morning when the surf was flowing through the railing. The pier reopened about 3 p.m. Tuesday after minor repairs were mailed to the railing.

'It's About Time,' Says San Diego Female Combat Veteran O...

'It's About Time,' Says San Diego Female Combat Veteran On Pentagon Decision

Dec. 4, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Navy veteran Natalie Slattery, who served as a gunner in ground combat in Iraq, was reacting to historic decision that opens approximately 220,000 military combat jobs to women.

Higher Security At San Diego Airport As Holiday Travel Be...

Higher Security At San Diego Airport As Holiday Travel Begins

Nov. 20, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Up to 60,000 travelers are expected daily at the airport during the week of Thanksgiving, a Lindbergh Field spokeswoman said. Many more will be hitting the road to drive to their destinations.

Report Names National City Most Walkable In The County

Report Names National City Most Walkable In The County

Nov. 19, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Circulate San Diego gives National City high marks for safe sidewalks and street crossings.

San Diego Tributes Abound For Paris Victims

San Diego Tributes Abound For Paris Victims

Nov. 16, 2015
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

From a moment of silence at the start of the San Diego City Council meeting to makeshift memorials, San Diegans are paying tribute to the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Scripps Gets $700K To Support Earthquake Detection System

Scripps Gets $700K To Support Earthquake Detection System

Nov. 12, 2015
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla announced a $700,000 gift from a private firm to support an earthquake detection system in Southern California.

San Diego Researchers Recruit Public To Document El Niño

San Diego Researchers Recruit Public To Document El Niño

Nov. 9, 2015
By Susan Murphy

During previous strong El Niños, San Diego County suffered major coastal erosion, and waves reached heights never seen before. This time around, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography are calling on the public to help document the potentially historic event.

October's Hot Temperatures In San Diego Soared Off The Ch...

October's Hot Temperatures In San Diego Soared Off The Charts

Nov. 2, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The month of October was 7.7 degrees above average when combining the daily high and low temperatures. The 31-day stretch averaged 74.4 degrees — the hottest October ever recorded.

Clothing Drive Helps San Diego Women Veterans Suit Up For...

Clothing Drive Helps San Diego Women Veterans Suit Up For Civilian Careers

Oct. 29, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Operation Dress Code will provide donated suits and other professional attire, including shoes and accessories, to women who are transitioning from the military into civilian careers.

Homeless Along San Diego River Warned Of El Niño

Homeless Along San Diego River Warned Of El Niño

Oct. 28, 2015
By Susan Murphy

An estimated 500 homeless people live along the flood-prone 52-mile river. Outreach teams have been scouring the riverbanks to alert the homeless to the dangers that will come with predicted heavy rains.

San Diego County Prepares For Floods Ahead Of El Niño

San Diego County Prepares For Floods Ahead Of El Niño

Oct. 19, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The torrential rains and devastating mudflows that struck last week north of Los Angeles could be a harbinger of El Niño’s coming wrath in San Diego County, emergency officials warned.