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Stories by Tom Fudge

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

What You Need To Know About West Nile Virus In San Diego County

Aug. 11
By Claire Trageser, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

West Nile virus has been found in two dead birds in San Diego County. We'll tell you what you need to know to protect your family — and how you can help the county track the mosquito-borne virus.

Chicago Symphony Veteran Takes Over In San Diego

Chicago Symphony Veteran Takes Over In San Diego

July 31
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego Symphony announced Thursday that Martha Gilmer, an executive at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will become its new CEO. She will replace Ward Gill, who is leaving after 10 years.

Ocean Beach Says It’s Time To Turn In Your Marshmallows

Ocean Beach Says It’s Time To Turn In Your Marshmallows

July 1
By Tom Fudge

Ocean Beach residents say the sticky mess and rowdiness of the past indicate the annual Fourth of July marshmallow fight must come to an end.

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

June 12
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

Banjo, fiddle and guitar jamming is set to get underway this weekend at the Huck Finn Bluegrass Music Festival in Ontario, California. We have a preview from the band Lonesome Otis.

USD Report Finds Outlook For San Diego Nonprofits Is Hopeful

USD Report Finds Outlook For San Diego Nonprofits Is Hopeful

June 12
By Emily Burns, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

A new study by the Caster Family Center For Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at USD examines the well-being of local nonprofits using data and feedback from their leaders.

California Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional

California Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional

June 10
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge and Linda Deutsch / Associated Press

Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday ruled in favor of nine students who sued the state saying tenure and seniority policies have made it virtually impossible to fire bad teachers.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

June 11
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

Young undocumented immigrants who received temporary legal status under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program in 2012 can now apply to renew their permits.

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

June 10
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

As baby boomers reach their '"golden years" families are finding themselves caregivers. A summit this week in San Diego focuses on personal safety for our seniors, elder abuse and challenges for local families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

James Hubbell Opens Home, Studios For Public Tours On Father's Day

James Hubbell Opens Home, Studios For Public Tours On Father's Day

June 10
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

In what has become a Father's Day tradition for more than 30 years, the artists James and Anne Hubbell will open their home and art studio in Santa Ysabel to the public this Sunday June 15.

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

June 9
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tarryn Mento, Tom Fudge

As a San Diego City Council committee gets ready to discuss raising San Diego's minimum wage to $13.09 an hour, we hear from San Diego's small-business community.

San Diego Researcher Helps Draft New Dietary Guidelines For Cancer ...

San Diego Researcher Helps Draft New Dietary Guidelines For Cancer Prevention

June 9
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

A UC San Diego researcher helped draft new dietary guidelines for cancer prevention, they encourage people to limit alcohol, dairy products and red and processed meats.

California Chrome's Next Race May Be At Del Mar

California Chrome's Next Race May Be At Del Mar

June 9
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

Though California Chrome's Triple Crown hopes were dashed this weekend when the horse tied for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes, the 3-year-old's career is far from over.

San Diego Author Of 'Once Upon A Mulberry Field'

San Diego Author Of 'Once Upon A Mulberry Field'

June 5
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

Some forty years ago Saigon fell to communist North Vietnam. A local author who lived in Vietnam during the war explores his experience in his first novel, Once Upon A Mulberry Field.

San Diego Voters Reject Barrio Logan Community Plan

San Diego Voters Reject Barrio Logan Community Plan

June 3
By Jill Replogle, Tom Fudge

Propositions B and C would have rezoned Barrio Logan to separate industry from the homes of people. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and other business interests opposed the measures.

San Diego Judge To Rule On De Anza Cove

San Diego Judge To Rule On De Anza Cove

May 5
By Tom Fudge

Legal ruling this week could mean the end of a battle over a mobile home development in Mission Bay Park.

San Diegans Pitch Their Creations At 'Inventors Day' Event

San Diegans Pitch Their Creations At 'Inventors Day' Event

May 1
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

The folks from Telebrands are in San Diego Thursday to host their annual "Telebrands Inventors Day" that invites people to show them their creations.

Is The Initiative Process Jamming The System In San Diego?

Is The Initiative Process Jamming The System In San Diego?

April 29
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The initiative process is democracy in action, but is it jamming up San Diego and its courts?

San Diego Climate Researcher To Lead Vatican Discussion On Climate ...

San Diego Climate Researcher To Lead Vatican Discussion On Climate Change

April 29
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

Ram Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been studying global warming since the 1970s. This weekend, he has an audience with Pope Francis.

Petco Park 2014: More Than A Ballpark But Not All That Was Promised

Petco Park 2014: More Than A Ballpark But Not All That Was Promised

April 1
By Tom Fudge

Ten years ago, ballpark boosters said Petco Park would be a spur to development that would transform downtown San Diego. Ten years later, those promises appear to have been half true.

Cesar Chavez's Legacy Continues To Inspire San Diego Labor Movement

Cesar Chavez's Legacy Continues To Inspire San Diego Labor Movement

March 31
By Amita Sharma, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

On Cesar Chavez Day, San Diego labor leaders remember the labor leader's legacy and discuss the state of the labor movement in the region.

Kevin Faulconer Sworn In As San Diego Mayor

Kevin Faulconer Sworn In As San Diego Mayor

March 3
By City News Service, Tom Fudge

Former City Councilman Kevin Faulconer took the office of San Diego mayor, promising to make public safety his first priority and boost standards in police department.

San Diego Museum Hosts Only Documented Pirate Treasure Ever Discovered

San Diego Museum Hosts Only Documented Pirate Treasure Ever Discovered

Feb. 12
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

It's not all puffy shirts and parrots — a treasure chest of pirate artifacts is now on display at the San Diego Natural History Museum. It's the only documented pirate treasure ever found.

What's Happening Around San Diego In February?

What's Happening Around San Diego In February?

Feb. 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

From a retro soul music show to a poetry reading and an unusual film screening, here's a preview to some of this month's top events happening around San Diego.

Jamul Indian Village Breaks Ground On Casino Amid Opposition, Legal...

Jamul Indian Village Breaks Ground On Casino Amid Opposition, Legal Challenges

Feb. 6
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The town of Jamul is still fighting a local tribe's plan for an Indian casino, even as earth is being cleared to make way for it.

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

Feb. 6
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.

Renowned Fiber Artist And Fantasy Novelist In San Diego To Teach St...

Renowned Fiber Artist And Fantasy Novelist In San Diego To Teach Storytelling

Feb. 4
By Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

The newest genre in fiction writing is using crafts in storytelling. A renowned fiber artist is using her love of yarns to launch a trilogy of fantasy books based in needlework.

New Calif. Law Adds 3-Foot Protection For Cyclists But Will It Make...

New Calif. Law Adds 3-Foot Protection For Cyclists But Will It Make San Diego Roads Safe Enough?

Feb. 4
By Megan Burke, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

Beginning in September, California law will require drivers to be three feet away from a bicyclist handlebars or shoulders while passing on the road. Will the new law make San Diego cyclists feel safer?

Decoding The Paleo Diet

Decoding The Paleo Diet

Feb. 3
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

Discussions of diet have some people arguing that our modern use of grains, including bread and cake, is unhealthy. The premise of the "paleo diet" says we're best off going back to the kind of diet that preceded the agricultural revolution of early human civilization.

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

Feb. 3
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week takes up an ordinance that would put into place new restrictions to flight schools in our region who train foreign nationals. We take a look at those backing the proposal that's opposed by pilot groups, flight schools and instructors.

One Year After 'Blackfish,' SeaWorld Goes On Offensive

One Year After 'Blackfish,' SeaWorld Goes On Offensive

Feb. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The documentary "Blackfish," about SeaWorld and killer whales in captivity, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. A year later, the debate continues and SeaWorld is going on the offensive.

Blood Test To Predict Heart Attacks Found By Scripps Researchers

Blood Test To Predict Heart Attacks Found By Scripps Researchers

Jan. 13
By Tom Fudge

Scripps scientists have found a bio-marker in the blood that can predict heart attacks. The next question: How far in advance do they appear?

Roundtable: City Code Breakers; More One Paseo; 2014 Economic Outlook

Roundtable: City Code Breakers; More One Paseo; 2014 Economic Outlook

Jan. 3
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

A group you've never heard of is shaping city development codes. This year, the rubber meets the road at One Paseo. And San Diego's economic outlook for 2014 is not too shabby, experts say.

Task Force Recommends New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

Task Force Recommends New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

Jan. 2
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said lung cancer screening for many chain-smokers and former smokers should be done with a CT scan instead of an X-ray.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

Dec. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Natalie Walsh, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

Dec. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

A new cost-calculating tool provides detailed estimates of family budgets in each of California's 58 counties.

Year In Review 2013: Mayor Filner's Sexual Harassment Scandal

Dec. 20
By Amita Sharma, Claire Trageser, Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

No doubt the biggest story in San Diego this year was the sexual harassment scandal that lead to the political demise of former Mayor Bob Filner.

Southern California Home Sales Dip In November

Southern California Home Sales Dip In November

Dec. 16
By Tom Fudge

DataQuick reports the number of November home sales was down, while prices were up, compared to November 2012.

Roundtable: Filner Sentenced, Revenge Porn Busted, Car Culture Ques...

Roundtable: Filner Sentenced, Revenge Porn Busted, Car Culture Questioned

Dec. 13
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced to house arrest and probation. The San Diego owner/operator of a revenge porn website was arrested for extortion and charges. A North County summit takes on the automobile.

San Diego Citywide Bike Path Plan Goes Before City Council

San Diego Citywide Bike Path Plan Goes Before City Council

Dec. 9
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego City Council will consider a plan to add 595 miles of bicycle paths to double the size of the citywide bike network.

Roundtable: Rolando Megadorm, Bitcoin Fever, Holiday Films

Roundtable: Rolando Megadorm, Bitcoin Fever, Holiday Films

Nov. 29
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

Is the new construction at 63rd Street and El Cajon Boulevard a megadorm or luxury apartments? Bitcoins are virtual, pricey and, right now, relatively useless. And are any films worth our time and money this season?

Alvarez, Faulconer Headed To Runoff In San Diego Mayor's Race

Alvarez, Faulconer Headed To Runoff In San Diego Mayor's Race

Nov. 20
By Claire Trageser, Sandhya Dirks, Tom Fudge

City Councilman David Alvarez edged past fellow Democrat Nathan Fletcher and earned a spot in a February run-off for mayor against his colleague, Republican Kevin Faulconer.

How To Navigate Frustrating Customer Service Experiences 'The Smart...

How To Navigate Frustrating Customer Service Experiences 'The Smart Way'

Oct. 15
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

A new guidebook can help you through your next encounter with an unresponsive service worker, and even build some respect.

Chula Vista Nature Landmark In Danger Of Closing Its Doors

Oct. 15
By Dwane Brown, Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

A 28-year-old South Bay nature landmark is in danger of closing its doors. Financial pressures may force the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to shutdown. The center needs to raise $200,000 by the end of October to remain open.

'Detained In The Desert' Opens At La Jolla Playhouse

'Detained In The Desert' Opens At La Jolla Playhouse

Sept. 3
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

'Detained in the Desert' parallels two very different people; a second-generation Latina and an anti-immigrant talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Arizona desert.

Tracking Ovarian Cancer Through Blood Cells

Tracking Ovarian Cancer Through Blood Cells

Sept. 2
By Amita Sharma, Patty Lane, Tom Fudge

With no reliable screening tests and few symptoms, ovarian cancer is among the hardest forms of cancer to diagnose. Research underway in San Diego analyzes blood from women with ovarian cancer to track tumor cells and better understand the spread of cancer.

Congressman Scott Peters Discusses Syria, Immigration, Sequestration

Congressman Scott Peters Discusses Syria, Immigration, Sequestration

Aug. 30
By Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

With congress in recess, we're sitting down to talk with each member of San Diego's congressional delegation. Congressman Scott Peters shares his thoughts on everything from Syria to to balancing the federal budget.

How Do You Create A Free Media Culture In Syria?

How Do You Create A Free Media Culture In Syria?

Aug. 29
By Tom Fudge

We sit down with a Syrian journalist who shares insights on broadcasting throughout the country, and the hope of bringing news to Syrians engulfed in the ongoing war.

Aguirre Tells CPUC To Refund San Onofre Ratepayers

Aguirre Tells CPUC To Refund San Onofre Ratepayers

July 5
By Tom Fudge

Attorney Mike Aguirre has filed a motion with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) demanding refunds to ratepayers who he says have paid for nuclear power they never received.

San Onofre: Shutting Down A Nuclear Power Plant

San Onofre: Shutting Down A Nuclear Power Plant

June 10
By Megan Burke, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

With the announcement that Southern California Edison will shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station for good, attention now turns to the cost of decommissioning and disposal of nuclear waste.

Survey: San Diego Keeps Leading In Clean Tech

Survey: San Diego Keeps Leading In Clean Tech

June 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Tom Fudge

A new survey shows San Diego ranks seventh among 50 U.S cities in clean tech.