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Stories by Susan Murphy

Protesters Allege Racism At El Cajon City Hall

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A rally was staged at the El Cajon Civic Center on Tuesday to call for equality and acceptance of minorities.

Second-Hand Bikes Give Lifeline To San Diego Refugees

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Second-hand bikes are providing a lifeline to refugees settling in San Diego by giving them a low-cost way to get to work and school.

Californians Take Part In Earthquake Drill As Researchers Warn Of Large-Scale Temblors

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At 10:17 this morning, 9.5 million people across California are expected to drop cover and hold. It’s part of California’s annual earthquake drill: The Great California Shakeout.

More Than Half Of Fast Food Workers Rely On Public Assistance

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Tax payers carry the cost burden for fast food companies’ low wages and lack of benefits, according to a new study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center.

Cabrillo National Monument's 100th Birthday Party Shut Down

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A ceremony to mark the 100th birthday of the Cabrillo National Monument was set to take place Monday night, but instead it has been postponed due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Monarch School Could Lose Its Exemption As Homeless-Only Campus

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The Monarch School is able to serve exclusively a population of homeless students because of a special federal exemption, which could soon be eliminated under a proposed Senate bill.

16,000 Homes In San Diego County At High Wildfire Risk

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More than 16,000 homes in San Diego County are at a high risk for wildfire damage, with nearly 4,500 of those vulnerable properties located in Julian, Ramona and Alpine.

San Diego County Considers Easing Beekeeping Restrictions

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San Diego County supervisors are set to consider on Wednesday easing beekeeping restrictions in the backcountry as part of an effort to promote the industry and preserve the declining honey bee population.

Cool Temperatures, Light Rain Moving Into San Diego

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After several days of hot temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds, a big cool-down and the first rain of the season are in the forecast for San Diego County starting Wednesday.

Which San Diego Congress Members Have Pledged Their Paychecks During Shutdown?

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As the partial government shutdown enters its second week of leaving thousands of San Diego federal workers without pay, some of San Diego’s congressional representatives are standing in solidarity and pledging to part with their own paychecks.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Blowing Into San Diego County, Meteorologist Warns

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A red flag fire warning has been issued for most of San Diego County as strong Santa Ana winds are expected to blow into the region.

How San Diegans Will Feel The Government Shutdown

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From Washington D.C. to San Diego, a government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts.

San Diego Researchers Lead The Way In Early Warning Earthquake Sensors

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Under a statewide earthquake alert system, San Diegans would be warned approximately 20 seconds before the shaking began of a large earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. The early warning technology was designed with the help of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

City Heights Community Celebrates Completion Of Home Renovations

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Homeowners received comprehensive upgrades on their aging homes, including interior and exterior painting, window replacement, plumbing and roof repairs to help lift their property values while increasing community pride.

NRC Preliminary Report Cites SoCal Edison, Mitsubishi In San Onofre Leak

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited Southern California Edison and its equipment manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for design flaws that led to San Onofre’s failure in January 2012.

Injured Veterans Find Healing In Surfing At Summer Sports Clinic

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More than 100 injured veterans from across the U.S. are in San Diego this week for the 6th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. They're learning life-changing skills through sports and recreational activities.

Cellphones To Play Key Role During San Diego County Emergencies

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San Diego County officials are set to announce plans to use a new federal emergency alert system to reach people on their cellphones during emergencies.

Syrians In San Diego Disappointed Over Military Strike Delay

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Many Americans expressed relief over the chance for diplomacy in Syria, but a San Diego group says they're disappointed.

San Diego Marks Anniversary Of 9/11 Terrorist Attack

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People across the county will commemorate 9/11, the day al Qaeda terrorists, some with ties to San Diego, hijacked four airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people.

Syrians In San Diego Plead For U.S. Military Action

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As the world waits to find out whether the U.S. will strike Syria, protesters across San Diego County have been taking to the streets and social media to get their voices heard.

Congressman Vargas Urges Support For Military Action In Syria

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Speaking from the steps of San Diego’s downtown Hall of Justice, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) urged his constituents and colleagues to join his support of action in Syria.

San Diego Swelters As Heat Wave Strengthens

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Inland areas of San Diego County are expected to reach the 100-degree mark by lunchtime Thursday as a heatwave intensifies and bears down on the region.

San Diego's Congressional Delegates Weigh In On Syria Strike

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As Congress prepares to vote on President Barack Obama's request for military action in Syria, members of San Diego’s congressional delegation are weighing the prospects and consequences of U.S. involvement.

Senior Meal Programs Brace For Bigger Cuts Than Expected

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Senior Community Center is bracing for a 10 percent cut, which equates to more than 90,000 meals, at a time when more seniors are coming through the doors.

Supporters Of Mayor Bob Filner Rally For Due Process

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Dozens of supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner staged a rally outside City Hall while the mayor was several blocks away in a closed meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office.

Filner Due Back At Work Amid Rallies

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San Diego City Hall is expected to be bustling with rallies and protests today as embattled Mayor Bob Filner is due to return to work.

City Employee Levels New Allegations Against Filner

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Another woman comes forward: Peggy Shannon, 67, said the mayor kissed her, made lewd comments and repeatedly asked for dates.

Baby Boom Of Gray Whale Calves Complete First Migration

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More than 1,100 gray whale calves recently completed their first 5,000-mile northward journey from the warm water lagoons in Mexico, where they were born, to the Arctic Circle.

Environmentalists Deliver Climate Change Denier Award To Congressman Issa

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A group of environmentalists on Tuesday delivered a climate change denier award to Congressman Darrel Issa’s Vista office. A San Diego climate researcher says people in denial about climate change are "downright dangerous."

Immigrant Doctors In San Diego Find Path Back To Practicing Medicine

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Hundreds of foreign-trained doctors in San Diego are finding a path back to practicing medicine thanks to a program that’s helping them clear major obstacles to get a U.S. medical license.

100 Shooting Stars Per Hour To Light Up San Diego Sky

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The best-known meteor show is set to light up San Diego’s night sky this weekend.

San Diego County To Send 50 More Inmates To Fire Camps

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Dozens of San Diego inmates will soon be transferred from county jails to state-run fire camps as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and to provide support to firefighters on the front lines.

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.