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Stories by Susan Murphy

Former San Diego Councilman Ralph Inzunza To Be Released From Prison

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Former San Diego City Councilman Ralph Inzunza is scheduled to be released from prison today, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Cellphone Amber Alerts Engage Public To Help Find Abducted Children

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Hundreds of thousands of cellphone users across California received text messages and high-pitched alarms Monday night and Tuesday morning notifying them of an Amber Alert.

Nurse Wanting Help For Marine Says Filner Made Unwanted Sexual Advances

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Another woman, a nurse named Michelle Tyler, says Mayor Bob Filner made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was trying to get help for a Marine.

Filner To Pay His Own Expenses For Paris Trip

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Mayor Bob Filner will personally pay $9,399 for a controversial trip he took to Paris in June.

Girls In Juvenile Hall Report Higher Drug Use Than Boys

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Girls abuse drugs at substantially higher rates than boys, according to a new report that analyzed juvenile arrestee drug use in San Diego County.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Coronado And 1,400 Other U.S. Cities

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Report says greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere have locked in 4 feet of future sea level rise that could submerge parts of Coronado and 316 other U.S. cities in the coming decades.

San Diego Fire Officials Keeping Close Watch On Record-Dry Vegetation

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Dry brush is fueling an early start to dangerous wildfires throughout California. Vegetation moisture levels have reached record lows.

Arizona Firefighter Deaths A Tragic Reminder Of Wildfire Dangers

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The Arizona wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters is a tragic reminder of the danger of firefighting. San Diego firefighters have been training for similar life-threatening situations and bracing for a tough summer and fall.

Marriage License Appointments Start Today For Same-Sex Couples In San Diego

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Same-sex couples can begin making appointments for marriage licenses starting today at the San Diego County Administration Center. Wednesday is the first day for new appointments to get a marriage license, according to county officials.

San Diego Health Official Warns About Dangers Of Extreme Heat

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San Diego County is in for a scorching weekend of record-breaking temperatures. Health officials are cautioning people in the East County to stay indoors.

Excessive Heat Warning Issued For San Diego County

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Temperatures are expected to be dangerously high this weekend in the inland valleys and mountains as San Diego County experiences its first heat wave of the year.

San Diego Environmental Activists Welcome Obama's Climate Change Action

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President Barack Obama announced today a sweeping national plan to address climate change.

Week-Long Heat Wave Expected To Bear Down On San Diego County

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The hottest temperatures of the year are expected to bear down on San Diego County starting at the end of the week as a “very strong ridge of high pressure” anchors over Southern California.

San Diego Marks World Refugee Day

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People around the world are marking a somber World Refugee Day on Saturday as more than 45 million people globally are displaced from their homes because of war and violence. San Diego provides a welcome mat to approximately 3,500 refugees every year.

San Diegans Encouraged To 'Dump The Pump' For Public Transit

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People across San Diego County were encouraged today to leave their cars at home and instead take the trolley, train or bus as part of a national effort to reduce oil dependence and pollution.

San Diego Seniors Form Village To Help Each Other Age At Home

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Hundreds of senior citizens in a San Diego community are taking aging into their own hands.

Nearly 460,000 People Struggle With Hunger In San Diego County, Report Reveals

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Nearly 460,000 people in San Diego County are impacted by hunger, including more than 184,000 children, according to a new report by Feeding America.

Sequestration Set To Hit San Diego's Low-Income Seniors

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The sequestration fallout is set to reach one of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations — low-income seniors. The drastic cuts to vital programs could take effect starting July 1.

San Diego-Based Algae Biofuel Strikes 'Milestone' Deal With Oil Giant

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Neste Oil, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel, has agreed to purchase large volumes of San Diego-based Cellana’s algae crude oil.

Learn How To Save A Life From San Diego Firefighters During Sidewalk CPR Day

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San Diego emergency officials are teaming up today for Sidewalk CPR Day to teach free hands-only CPR at about 30 locations throughout the county.

Homeless Families Crowd San Diego Shelters

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A growing number of San Diego homeless families are waiting to get into long-term shelters. During the wait, many families, like the Riddles, stay at the Rescue Mission's emergency shelter.

Homeless Babies And Toddlers Endure Tough, Long Days On San Diego Streets

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A growing number of young homeless children are spending their nights in a San Diego emergency shelter and their days on the streets. This is the first of a two-part series.

Food Bank Study Reveals Face Of Hunger In San Diego County

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A new report sheds light on the 350,000 people in San Diego County who depend on the Food Bank for their meals, and seeks to understand the demographic, economic and social factors driving that need.

Top Water Officials Meet In San Diego Over Drought-Stricken Colorado River

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As the Colorado River drought continues to worsen, federal officials are meeting in San Diego Tuesday to address water conservation by the seven western states that rely on the waterway for survival.

Baby Koalas Draw Large Crowds At San Diego Zoo's New Outback Exhibit

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The San Diego Zoo is debuting a new attraction this Memorial Day weekend. The zoo's senior veterinarian says the $7.4 million exhibit is a healthy expansion for the koala colony.

San Diego Zoo's New Koala Exhibit Opens

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The San Diego Zoo’s 20 koalas have moved into their new, much bigger home. The three-acre exhibit, Conrad Prebys Australian Outback, opens to the public today.

San Diego County Firefighters Train For Wildfire Season

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Nearly 1,000 firefighters from around San Diego County teamed up for three days of wildfire training in preparation for a potentially dangerous fire season.

San Diegans Urged To Prepare For Dangerous Wildfire Season

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California’s wildfire season is off to an early and dangerous start. Firefighters have already battled 1,600 wildfires throughout the state, which is 500 more fires compared to the same period last year and 85 percent more fires than in an average year.

Navy-Trained Dolphins Find Rare Torpedo Off San Diego Coast

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Navy-trained dolphins have discovered a rare 19th-century torpedo off San Diego's coast.

San Diego Youth And Their Parents Invited To Get First-Hand Look At Juvenile Hall

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The San Diego public is invited on Saturday, May 18 for a behind-the-scenes look at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility.

Public Review Set To Begin For San Diego Trolley Extension Project

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A project to extend the San Diego Trolley to the University City community is taking another step forward. SANDAG is scheduled on Friday to kick off the public review and comment period and a draft environmental report.

Another Day Of Heat Expected In San Diego

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Another day of record-breaking heat is expected in San Diego County today, as a high pressure system remains settled over the region.

Strict New Stormwater Runoff Rules Approved For San Diego

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Toxins, sewage and trash regularly flow into San Diego's beaches and rivers by way of storm drains after a heavy rain. To combat the problem, San Diego Water regulators have approved strict new rules.

San Diego's Waterfront Bustles With Cruise Ships

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San Diego on Tuesday had the rare occurrence of three cruise ships in port all at once. The region’s once faltering cruise industry is starting to make a comeback.

Grand Jury Applauds Miramar Landfill's Methane-To-Energy Project

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The San Diego County Grand Jury is applauding the methane-to-power conversion at the Miramar Landfill. The garbage dump has also helped create a unique partnership between city and government officials.

California Water Supply To Be Drawn From Storage To Meet Demand

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The final California snow survey was bad news for the millions of residents and farmers who rely on the snowpack for their water. It also means water officials will have to draw from storage reserves for the first time since 2009 to meet demand.

San Diego Proposal To Ban Retail Sale Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Moves Forward

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A San Diego proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and commercial establishments was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Hot Temperatures, Santa Ana Winds Moving Into San Diego County

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Fire danger is expected to increase on Thursday and Friday as near-record heat and dry Santa Ana winds arrive to San Diego County.

San Diego To Consider Banning Dog, Cat Sales At Retail Stores

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San Diego is considering a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, mirroring similar initiatives in cities across the nation, including Chula Vista.

Sequestration Shrinks Unemployment Benefits For 400,000 Californians

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Federal unemployment benefits for more than 400,000 Californians are being reduced starting today, due to federal sequestration spending cuts.

It's Rattlesnake Bite Season In San Diego County, Health Officials Warn

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Rattlesnakes are emerging from hibernation across San Diego County and health officials are warning people to stay vigilant.

Greenhouse Gas Levels Approach 'Worrisome' Milestone

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Greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is increasing at a steep rate in the Earth's atmosphere and approaching a troubling new milestone: The heat-trapping gas could reach sustained levels of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide by next month.

San Diego Council To Consider Keeping Veterans Shelter Open

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The San Diego City Council will decide today whether to spend $250,000 of a $5.5 million budget surplus to keep the 150-bed veterans emergency shelter open until July.

Flight Delays Expected In San Diego As Sequestration Cuts Take Effect

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Mandatory furloughs kicked in this week for air traffic controllers, which could cause flight delays of a few minutes to a few hours at major airports, including San Diego Lindbergh Field.

Santa Ana Winds, Low Humidity Increase Fire Risk In San Diego County

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A red flag warning is in effect for the mountains and valleys of San Diego County from 9 a.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Friday as gusty Santa Ana winds, combined with single-digit humidity, are expected to increase the danger of wildfires.

Activists Plan Keystone XL Pipeline Rally In Coronado

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Environmentalists opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline are planning to protest in Coronado today, where the primary trade association of the oil and gas industry, American Petroleum Institute (API), will be holding its annual Pipeline Conference.

San Diegans In Boston Horrified By Explosions

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Runners and others from San Diego in Boston during today's Boston Marathon said they've been shaken by what they witnessed.

San Diego Physicians Tackling Prescription Drug Abuse

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More than 100 San Diego physicians registered on Friday to the state's prescription drug-monitoring database to help prevent pills from falling into the hands of addicts and dealers.

HungerU Exhibit Visits SDSU To Raise Awareness About World Hunger

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A 40-foot-long mobile exhibit rolled onto San Diego State University on Thursday to educate students about world hunger and modern agriculture.

Evacuations During Nuclear Emergency May Cause Gridlock, Report Reveals

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Evacuations during a nuclear emergency at San Onofre may not go as planned. A new government report reveals people fleeing in fear outside of the evacuation zone could cause gridlock.