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Stories by Susan Murphy

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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San Diego County Leaders, Emergency Officials Prepare For Strongest El Niño On Record

Oct. 13, 2015
By Susan Murphy

More than 100 San Diego County leaders and emergency officials were briefed Tuesday on the strengthening El Niño and its potential impacts of heavy rainfall, flooding and mudflows.

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El Cajon Seniors Flock To 'Cool Zone' In Sweltering Heat Wave

Oct. 9, 2015
By Susan Murphy

A dangerous heat wave is bearing down on San Diego County once again, stretching from the coast to the mountains. The extreme weather is taking a toll on seniors.

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Councilman Alvarez Urges San Diego To Declare State Of Emergency Ahead Of El Niño

Oct. 8, 2015
By Susan Murphy

“The City must be prepared to protect residents and businesses that are at risk for extreme flooding,” Councilman David Alvarez said. “Acting now to perform channel maintenance in areas that typically flood is critical to ensuring the safety of our communities."

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San Diego County Unveils New Firefighting Helicopter As Hot, Dry Temperatures Set In

Oct. 8, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Just in time for the peak wildfire season, San Diego County leaders and fire officials unveiled a new firefighting helicopter on Thursday at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

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El Niño, Warm Ocean Temperatures Lead To Stronger Santa Ana Winds

Oct. 6, 2015
By Susan Murphy

A new study reveals Santa Ana wind events are stronger during El Niño years when they’re also combined with warm sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific Ocean.

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First Female Blue Angels Pilot Soars Through San Diego Skies

Oct. 2, 2015
By Susan Murphy

When the Navy’s Blue Angels pierce through San Diego’s skies this weekend performing daring aerobatics, Katie Higgins will be in one of the cockpits.

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New Online Map Reveals Very High Fire Risk In San Diego County

Sept. 30, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Is your home located in a high wildfire risk area? A new online wildfire hazard map of San Diego County allows you to enter your address and assess your fire danger.

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Haggen To Close 25 Stores In San Diego County

Sept. 28, 2015
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The company announced it is pulling out the Southwest market, and will focus its operations instead around 37 stores in the Northwest as part of its bankruptcy realignment.

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Julian Apple Harvest, Festivities Come Early Amid Drought

Sept. 24, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The season of autumn is officially underway. It’s that time of year when San Diegans flock to Julian for fall foliage, horse carriage rides and everything apples.

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San Diego's Tropical Rains Will Soon Give Way To Santa Ana Winds

Sept. 21, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The weather pattern that has sent a surge of warm, tropical moisture flowing into San Diego County this summer will soon transition and open the door to hot and dry Santa Ana winds.

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'The Blob' Fueling Drastic Changes Under The Sea Ahead Of El Niño

Sept. 21, 2015
By Susan Murphy

A large pool of warm ocean water named “the blob" is threatening marine life off of San Diego and along the West Coast.

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Coming El Niño Has Emergency Officials Preparing, Researchers Watching Closely

Sept. 14, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The last time a strong El Niño pounded San Diego County, nearly two decades ago, rainfall averaged 188 percent of normal, triggering floods, mudflows and coastal erosion.

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Another Heat Wave Bears Down On San Diego County

Aug. 26, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The second heat wave to hit the region in two weeks could send temperatures in the valleys soaring once again to triple digits.

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8,700 Pairs Of Shoes Displayed To Represent San Diego County's Homeless

Aug. 25, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Thousands of pairs of shoes, in all styles and sizes, were on display Tuesday in downtown San Diego, representing the number of homeless men, women and children on the streets across the county.

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Climate Change Intensifies California's Drought

Aug. 24, 2015
By Susan Murphy

California’s catastrophic wildfires, massive tree mortality and water crisis can be partly blamed on human-induced climate change, according to a new report by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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70 Years Later, Veterans Reflect On The End Of World War II

Aug. 17, 2015
By Susan Murphy

San Diego was bursting at the seams in celebration at the end of World War II. Seventy years later, the region abounds with memories and honor as those who wore America’s uniform share their stories.

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'Strong' El Niño Forecast Has San Diego Emergency Officials Preparing

Aug. 10, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Amid the historic drought, concerns are growing over potential floods, coastal erosion and mudflows from the strengthening El Niño.

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CHP Recruiting Senior Volunteers In San Diego's North County

July 15, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Senior volunteers assist with community events, DUI checkpoints and neighborhood patrols.

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San Diego Within Reach Of Yearly Rainfall Average Despite Drought

July 14, 2015
By Susan Murphy

California continues to be immersed in a drought, but oddly enough San Diego’s Lindbergh Field is a little more than one inch away from reaching its 10.15-inch annual rainfall average.

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Strengthening El Niño May Trigger Wet Winter In San Diego

July 10, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The strongest El Niño in nearly 20 years seems to be developing in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to the latest forecast by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

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Medal Of Honor Soldier Receives Long-Overdue Military Burial In San Diego

July 9, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of military and community members paid tribute Thursday at Miramar National Cemetery to the Civil War-era veteran. For decades, the Medal of Honor recipient's cremated remains were forgotten.

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Emergency Rule Eases Process To Cut Down Drought-Stricken Trees

June 29, 2015
By Susan Murphy

With extreme drought and an infestation of bark beetles decimating California’s forests, the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has adopted an emergency regulation for removing dead trees.

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Heal The Bay: Drought Means Good Grades For San Diego County Beaches

June 17, 2015
By Hoa Quach, Susan Murphy

The Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay gave 93 percent of the region's beaches an A grade for water quality for the dry periods last summer and winter — and there were a lot of dry times.

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UC San Diego Cyber Archeologist Salvaging Destroyed Iraqi Artifacts

June 16, 2015
By Susan Murphy

A UC San Diego graduate student in archeology is building a virtual museum of Iraqi artifacts that were recently destroyed by terrorists.

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Red Crab Invasion At San Diego Beaches May Signal Coming El Niño

June 12, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Massive numbers of small red crabs that normally inhabit the warm waters off of Baja California have invaded San Diego’s beaches — from Ocean Beach to La Jolla.

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Women Make History At Camp Pendleton, Train For Combat Roles

June 10, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The yearlong experiment to determine whether women can serve in ground combat is wrapping up. "I think for the males they kind of expected us to be ... the moms, the sisters — kind of take care of us. But now they’re like, ‘OK, we’re a Marine, you’re a Marine. Let’s just get the job done,’" said Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming.

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West Nile Virus Off To Aggressive Start In San Diego County

June 5, 2015
By Susan Murphy

So far, 29 dead birds have tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease in San Diego County compared to one or two cases last year at this time.

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Strengthening El Niño Raises Hope For Bone-Dry San Diego

May 25, 2015
By Susan Murphy

El Niño conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean are gaining strength. The latest forecast signals a moderate to strong event come fall or winter.

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Neighbors Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Cocos Fire

May 14, 2015
By Susan Murphy

It was a year ago that a dozen wildfires whipped by Santa Ana winds roared through San Diego County. The fires devoured nearly 27,000 acres and destroyed 63 homes. Those who lost homes continue today to work to rebuild them.

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Fire Officials Say San Diego Should Brace For 'Unprecedented' Fire Season

May 8, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Despite this week’s rain showers and cool temperatures, state and local fire officials are warning, come summer and fall, San Diego County could be poised for one of its worst fire seasons ever.

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San Diego POWs Relive History At Greatest Generation Naval Museum

May 6, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The Greatest Generation Naval Museum in El Cajon recently hosted a special group of World War II veterans. The sights and sounds of the historic aircraft brought back vivid memories of the war from seven decades ago.

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California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

May 4, 2015
By Susan Murphy

In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mount Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive.

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Vietnam War Ended 40 Years Ago But Lives On For MIA Families

April 23, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Point Loma's Elaine Zimmer Davis lost her Marine pilot husband in 1969 when his plane was shot down over Vietnam. Capt. Jerry Zimmer is one of 1,600 U.S. service members who is still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam War.

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Santa Ana Winds Bring High Fire Danger To San Diego County

April 15, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for San Diego County's inland and mountain areas, where winds are expected to gust from 30 mph to 70 mph.

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San Diego-Based Troops Return From Middle East

April 14, 2015
By Susan Murphy

The Marines and sailors were heavily involved in Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition campaign focused on combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group.

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San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

April 9, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Despite long-standing calls for cutbacks, San Diego County’s overall water use in February soared 13 percent higher than for the same period in 2013.

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Special Operations Marine To Receive Navy Cross At Camp Pendleton

April 9, 2015
By Susan Murphy

A special operations Marine will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest combat medal during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Pendleton.

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San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

March 26, 2015
By Susan Murphy

"My message to Congress is clear," said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. "If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death."

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San Diegans — Get Ready For Another Heat Wave

March 25, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures across San Diego County could reach 20 degrees above average on Thursday and Friday — from 90 degrees in the inland valleys to the upper 80s along the coast.

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Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

March 24, 2015
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures along the coast could reach 20 to 25 degrees above average, soaring to the 90-degree mark or higher on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.