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Stories by Tom Fudge

Where Smart Growth Falls Short In San Diego

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Two San Diego developments show how goals to create walkable communities can succeed and fail.

Skate Plaza A ‘Good Start’ For City Heights Skaters

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Plans for a new park in City Heights include a skate plaza, which is some, but not all, of what skaters hoped for.

SDSU Alumnus Donates Science Fiction Treasure Trove

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A collection of science fiction books, letters and manuscripts, valued at more than $2 million, is now in the hands of the San Diego State University library.

Sotomayor Tells Of Personal Hardships And Life With The Law

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A Supreme Court Justice promoted her memoir and spoke to a sell-out crowd at the University of San Diego.

City Says Bike Lane May Have Made Intersection More Dangerous

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San Diego officials say a bike lane on a busy road near SDSU made a nearby intersection no safer, and possibly more dangerous.

Japan Airlines Cancels Next Week’s San Diego-Tokyo Flights

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Technical problems with their Boeing 787 aircraft have caused Japan Airlines to cancel even more of its direct flights from San Diego to Tokyo.

Algae Fuel Could Help Solve The Navy’s Oil Dependence

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An ambitious goal to reduce the use of fossil fuels looks to algae as a way to power the fleet.

Sanford-Burnham Research Institute Chief Takes Job With ‘Big Pharma’

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John Reed, CEO of Sanford-Burnham Research Institute, has become the research head for Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Gillespie Field Expansion Brings Promise And Controversy

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Conversion of the old El Cajon Speedway to aviation use poses the question: What do you do with an airport?

Homeowner 'Bill Of Rights' Will Also Speed Foreclosures

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Legislation to protect distressed California homeowners will also expedite a process that can lead to foreclosure.

2012: Top 10 News Stories Of The Year

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Midday host Maureen Cavanaugh, along with Alison St. John and Tom Fudge, who also fill the host chair from time to time, reflect on their candidates for the top San Diego stories of 2012.

Electric Cars Create A Buzz At San Diego Auto Show

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The San Diego International Auto Show opened at the Convention Center to show off new styles and technology.

San Diego Pines For Christmas Tree Recycling

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The annual Christmas tree recycling program has started turning San Diego's evergreen icons into compost and mulch.

Holiday Bowl Promises Touchdowns And Paychecks

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Promoters of the 35th Holiday Bowl say it will bring a lot of points to the scoreboard and dollars to the San Diego economy.

San Diego’s Biggest Park Gets Even Bigger

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The addition of 1,300 acres is the latest chapter in the story of Mission Trails Regional Park.

Counting Bike Trips Could Get More People To Pedal

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A program to monitor bike use in San Diego County seeks a way to improve the cycling environment.

Home Prices Continue Their Upward March

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November home prices in San Diego were up by nearly 14 percent compared to a year before.

San Diego’s Homeless Population Third In Nation

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San Diego had the third largest homeless population of any American metropolitan area in 2012, surpassed only by New York City and Los Angeles.

San Diego Seeks A Swifter Current For Water Recycling

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Recycling supporters say it’s time to stop sending wastewater out to sea.

SANDAG Will Try To Settle Transportation Lawsuit

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San Diego's planning agency, SANDAG, said it will try to reach a settlement following a court ruling against its transportation plan.

Roundtable: SANDAG's Loss, Zombie Spending, Infrastructure Ideas, Oceanside Feud

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Sandag's big, big plan gets deflated. A Senator questions Homeland Security's San Diego zombie event. Todd Gloria wants to fix your streets. And Oceanside's mayor is pretty ticked off.

San Diego Adds To Open Space Land Preserves

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The San Diego City Council voted to preserve an additional 6,572 acres of open space, though environmentalists wanted even more.

Drop In San Diego Arrests Linked To New Marijuana Law

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A dramatic drop in 2011 arrests in San Diego County is linked to a new law that reduced the charge for possession of up to an once of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

San Diego Zoo's Solar-Powered Parking Lot Opens

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A facility that will use solar energy to charge plug-in electric vehicles and feed the electrical grid has opened in the San Diego Zoo's parking lot.

Are Cycle Tracks A Better Way To Bike?

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Protected bike lanes are an emerging idea that could make San Diego cycling safer and more popular.

Scripps Plumbs Ocean Mysteries In 6-Year Voyage Of Discovery

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Just days ago the research vessel the "Roger Revelle" returned to its homeport of San Diego after six years of hosting scientific research spanning the globe. Science teams studied everything from meteorology to geology to climate change.

Freeway Use Increases 11 Percent In San Diego County

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A dramatic boost in highway car counts means an improving economy and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Bike Sharing To Come To San Diego Next Year

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San Diego officials today announced that Miami-based DecoBike was selected as the operating partner for a proposed bikeshare program, expected to begin next year.

Research Vessel ‘Roger Revelle’ Returns Home After Six Years At Sea

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s research vessel is back in San Diego Bay following six years of scientific research around the globe.

CALTRANS Tries To Correct Notorious Traffic Bottleneck

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Lanes were added to the Nordahl Bridge in San Marcos in an effort to improve a part of Highway 78 that's famous for traffic pileups.

Local Bands Sing Of San Diego Bus Travel

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The San Diego transit agency gets some jingles about bus and trolley use from hip local bands.

South Bay Expressway Has Lower Tolls, Greater Use

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More motorists are traversing the South Bay Expressway (SR 125) since public ownership brought lower costs to the San Diego County toll road.

Activists Fight For A Popular Vote For President

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The group National Popular Vote wants presidents to be elected by every voter, not just those who live in swing states.

Chicken Farmers Still Baffled By Proposition 2

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An animal welfare proposition passed in 2008 is two years from taking effect. But California chicken farmers still don't know how to follow it.

National City Honored As Most 'Walkable' City

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Walk San Diego recognizes National City as San Diego County's number one city for encouraging people to walk as a means of transportation.

'Dragon Fruit' One Answer To Farm Water Shortage

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San Diego farmers explore the possibilities of dragon fruit, a new cash crop that doesn't need a lot of water.

Group Promises To Target Voter Intimidation On Election Day

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Common Cause sets up a command center to prevent something they see as a big problem: Voter intimidation by organized groups.

Italy Invites Ethnic Italians In San Diego To 'Come Back Home'

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Italy is appealing to ethnic Italians in San Diego and around the world to become citizens of the old country, in hopes it will beef up their dwindling native population.

San Diego Aims To Have Fewer Parking Spaces And More Affordable Housing

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The San Diego City Council will require less parking for affordable housing developments to reduce costs and encourage alternative transportation.

SD City Hall Gives Mixed Signals On Land Preservation

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San Diego conservationists say the city might be blowing its chance to preserve thousands of acres of open space.

San Diego Law Enforcement Defends Death Penalty

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The San Diego District Attorney, police groups and victims' family members urged voters to defeat Proposition 34, which would repeal the death penalty in California.

Californians To Cast A Life Or Death Vote On Prop 34

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Supporters and opponents of the death penalty look to an election showdown over Proposition 34.

UCAN Demands Former Executive Director Return $474,000

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The chairman of the board of the Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) demands Michael Shames return hundreds of thousands in "bonuses."

Sister Helen Prejean, Church Leaders Urge Passage Of Prop 34

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A dozen San Diego religious leaders joined the author of "Dead Man Walking" in a movement to repeal the death penalty.

Housing Construction Boom Transforms San Diego State

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Demand for student housing and construction of apartment buildings is turning San Diego State into a true campus community.

Chula Vista Looks For Bayfront Investors In China

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Chula Vista and port authority officials visit China to drum up financing for a $2 billion bay-front redevelopment.

Rich And Poor San Diegans Take Stock Of The American Dream

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In San Diego, rich people believe in the American dream because they lived it. Poor people believe because they need to.

Shockey Fire Near Campo Blackens 2,851 Acres, Leaves One Dead

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Crews made accelerating progress today in defeating a wildfire that claimed one life and leveled at least 20 back-country homes in rural southeastern San Diego County over the last three days.

Supporters Of Prop 34 Say Death Penalty Is Broken And Can’t Be Fixed

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Legislative committee hosts a hearing in which people debate the merits of the death penalty and of Proposition 34, which would repeal it.

How To Get A Skatepark In City Heights

Skateboarders in City Heights skate wherever they can, in hopes that a skatepark will someday be built in their neighborhood.