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Rain, Mountain Snow To Continue In San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Snow showers developed over the mountains late Thursday night and are expected to continue off and on through at least early Friday afternoon.

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San Diego Deputies Offer Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Nov. 24, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Holiday shopping will soon be at a fever pitch and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday reminded shoppers to take steps to be safe.

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Solana Beach Students Help Fight Global Hunger

Nov. 20, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Students and parents at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach spent Friday packing meals to help feed starving children in Africa.

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Annual Pie Sale To Benefit San Diego AIDS Patients

Nov. 13, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The annual bake sale benefits Mama’s Kitchen, which provides meals to people suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer.

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Cal State Faculty Votes In Favor Of Authorizing Strike

Nov. 4, 2015
By Associated Press, Matthew Bowler

The union that represents faculty, counselors, librarians and coaches at the 23 California State University campuses announced Wednesday that members have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations fail.

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Report: More Than Half Of San Diego County’s Muslim Students Bullied

Oct. 30, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

More than half of the Muslim students in San Diego County say they are bullied because of their faith, according to new study by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Sally Ride Science Becomes Part Of UC San Diego

Oct. 26, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

UC San Diego said it will continue what Sally Ride and her co-founders started — an ambitious effort to make science, technology, engineering and math education more accessible to young women and historically underrepresented students.

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San Diego Unified Expands Farm To School Food Program

Oct. 20, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego Unified School District wants its students to remember cafeteria food fondly, so changes are afoot.

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Environmental Educators In San Diego To Teach Awareness

Oct. 14, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

An Environmental education conference in San Diego is focusing on teaching the facts not the politics of the environment.

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Brown Signs Bill To Help Identify Dyslexic Students

Oct. 12, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Gov. Brown signed a bill designed to help dyslexic children, but proponents say more needs to be done.

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Controversial Target Store Opens In Historic San Diego Neighborhood

Oct. 7, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Target has opened a small store in South Park, but neighbors and business owners are cautious.

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San Diego Firefighters, Foundation Seek Funds For Life-Saving Equipment

Oct. 6, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department along with the Fire Rescue Foundation are fundraising for a kit called the Personal Escape System.

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United Way Helps East San Diego County Students Dress For Success

Oct. 5, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Students enrolled in Mount Miguel High School’s business academy are required to dress professionally — and the United Way is lending a hand.

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La Mesa Oktoberfest Celebrates 42 Years Of Beer, Bratwurst

Oct. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Oktoberfest is about more than Germany in La Mesa.

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San Diego’s Sherman Heights Community Fights To Ensure Street Repairs Continue

Sept. 24, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego streets need repairing, and the Sherman Heights community is fighting to make sure they continue.

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San Diego Chargers Take School Children Shopping For Shoes

Sept. 22, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego Chargers players, known for being tough on the gridiron, showed their soft side while helping elementary school children pick out new shoes.

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School Lockdowns In San Diego Unified Hit Record High For A Single Day

Sept. 18, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Responding to telephoned threats on Thursday, San Diego Unified locked down the most schools at once in their history.

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SDSU Professor, Student Use Internet Marketing To Fight Human Trafficking

Sept. 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A San Diego Diego State professor and graduate student are fighting human trafficking by using the same internet marketing tools used by Google and Facebook.

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Summer Storm Douses San Diego County

Sept. 15, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

A late-summer storm drenched the San Diego area Tuesday, delivering welcome rain to the drought-weary region while ushering in a spate of traffic accidents and some scattered flooding.

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San Diego's Morse High School Hosts 9/11 Rally For Peace

Sept. 11, 2015
By Andrew Bowen, Matthew Bowler

While many of the students are too young to remember 9/11, organizers say the day is an important opportunity to talk about peace.

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Downtown San Diego Gets First Charter Elementary School

Sept. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

More than 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade are scheduled to start school at the Urban Discovery Academy’s new 37,000-square-foot building.

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San Diego DA: Increase In DUIs Made For 'Summer Of Shame'

Sept. 1, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Law enforcement officials in San Diego expressed serious concerns over an increase in the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes this summer.

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East County High Schoolers Spotlight Liquor Store Rule Violations

Aug. 31, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Possibly every liquor store within a mile and a half of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley is violating ABC rules, according to the East County Youth Coalition.

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Demonstrators Urge San Diego Congressional Reps To Vote Yes On Iran Nuclear Deal

Aug. 26, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A group of 20 demonstrators protested Wednesday outside of Rep. Susan Davis’s local office in favor of the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

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Hoover High’s Cardinal Camp Helps Jump-Start School For Freshmen

Aug. 19, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Surviving the transition from middle school to high school can be awkward and intimidating for many students. Hoover High School in City Heights has a solution —it's called Cardinal Camp.

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San Diego Protesters Demand 'No' Vote On Free Trade Pact

Aug. 11, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A group of protesters called on Representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters to explain their stances on a proposed free trade pact.

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SeaWorld San Diego's Killer Whale Gets An Electrocardiogram

Aug. 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

How do you give an 8,000-pound killer whale an electrocardiogram? It involves suction cups.

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City Heights Gets $3.1M Grant To Renovate YMCA Building

Aug. 3, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The funding from the state Department of Housing and Community Development comes on top of funding last year that will pay for construction of a skate park at the site — Park De La Cruz on Landis Street.

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San Diego Teachers Trade Tips, Tricks At California Teachers Summit

July 31, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Teachers share education techniques at the statewide California Teachers Summit.

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Elevated Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego County Coastline

July 29, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The National Weather Service said the long-period southwest swell that was creating conditions favorable for rip currents and elevated surf was expected to decrease through Thursday.

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Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

July 28, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking for an expansion.

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Student Robotic Submarine Competition Takes To The Water In Point Loma

July 23, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

College students from universities as far flung as India are competing in the 18th International RoboSub Competition.

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Special Olympic Athletes Visit San Diego On Way To World Games

July 21, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Special Olympics athletes and coaches came to San Diego on Tuesday as they prepare for the World Games in Los Angeles. They will join more than 6,000 other athletes from 165 countries.

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UC San Diego Health Buys Naming Rights To Trolley Line

July 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The Metropolitan Transit System board of directors unanimously voted to enter into a 30-year agreement giving UCSD naming rights to two on-campus trolley stops.

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San Diego's Voices For Children Honored For Helping LGBT Foster Children

July 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Voices for Children is the first group of its kind to be awarded the Human Rights Campaign's "All Children - All Families" seal of recognition.

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Multitasking at Comic-Con — There's An App For That

July 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A new app is being billed as"Uber for queueing up," and it's helping costumed superheroes and their fans at San Diego's annual pop cultural festival.

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Barrio Logan Wants In On Comic-Con Spotlight

July 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Business owners in the San Diego neighborhood said they don't benefit from the international event so they're hosting Chicano-Con.

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2,000 Health Care Workers, Educators Gather In San Diego To Talk Childhood Obesity

July 1, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The three-day Childhood Obesity Conference attracted people like Chelsea Clinton and Tom Torlakson, the state's superintendent of public instruction.

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San Diego STEM Conference Focuses On Gender, Diversity

June 29, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

U.S. News and World Report’s STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference is addressing the challenge of how to get more female and minority students interested in science.

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School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

June 25, 2015
By Matthew Bowler, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

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San Diego County Looks To Law Enforcement To Fight Truancies

June 23, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Supervisors Bill Horn and Dianne Jacob say unexcused school absences are a problem for San Diego County’s unincorporated areas, and they want to work with the sheriff to fix the problem.

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Downtown San Diego Businesses Gear Up For Comic-Con

June 22, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Downtown San Diego is beginning to show signs that Comic-Con will soon arrive.

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UC San Diego Report: More Bikes, Less Parking Is Better For Business

June 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Researchers at UC San Diego’s Active Living Institute looked at cities all over the globe, and found increased retail activity in cities designed for physical activity.

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San Diego Teen Arrested In Connection With Bomb Threats, 'Swatting' Incidents

June 11, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

A San Diego teen arrested in connection with three separate bomb threats made against Point Loma High School April 5 and 6 was linked to an online group suspected of making similar threats across the United States and Canada, police said Thursday.

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First 5 San Diego Shows Families How To Eat Healthy

June 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A San Diego organization hosted a healthy food event in La Mesa with the hopes of expanding young palates and encouraging parents to give their children quality food.

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City Heights High School Helps Refugees Become Graduates

June 10, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

A young man goes from living in a refugee camp in Thailand to graduating from Crawford high school graduate and the special San Diego School District program that helps immigrant students graduate.

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San Diego Bicyclists Ask SANDAG For More Bike Lanes

June 5, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The San Diego Association of Governments heard from riders and business owners about changes on University Avenue for bicyclists.

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Linda Vista Getting New Skatepark, Skateboards

June 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego’s High Tech High students are inspired by new skateparks to use physics for altruism.

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National University Launches Program To Improve Students' Emotional Development

June 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

National University and eight other universities are getting together to help preschool to 12th grade students and teachers.

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San Diego County Honors Local Charity

May 29, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The San Diego-based international health organization Project Concern International is being recognized for its work.

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San Diego May Get Quicker Water Quality Test For Beaches

Aug. 13
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County officials could be one of the first places in the nation to use a new water-quality test that speeds up the ability to identify dangerous bacteria in coastal waters.

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Floating Robot Could Clean Plastic Out Of The Ocean

Aug. 12
By John Carroll

A floating robot to clean plastic out of the ocean was tested by USD engineering students in Mission Bay on Friday.

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Baby Rhino In San Diego Gains Weight, Offers Promise For Saving A Species

Aug. 14
By Erik Anderson

The baby rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park two and a half weeks ago is thriving under the watchful protective eye of its mom. It also helps show a way for saving another rhinoceros species.

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San Diego's Chaldean Community Reeling After Deported Chaldean Man's Death In Iraq

Aug. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud, a Chaldean man from Michigan, died shortly after being deported to Iraq. He was one of the first Chaldeans, a group of Iraqi Christians, to be deported to Iraq following a 2017 agreement between Iraq and the United States.

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Carlsbad Commuters Have New Last-Mile Solution

Aug. 19
By John Carroll

New Carlsbad Connector shuttle service meant to solve "first mile/last mile" gap between the Coaster train and the rest of the city.

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National City Prepares For 2020 Census After Undercount In 2010

Aug. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Officials and business leaders in National City are aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2010 census when, they believe, their immigrant-heavy city was under-counted.

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UC San Diego Celebrates Release Of New Dr. Seuss Book 'Horse Museum'

Sept. 3
By Alexander Nguyen

The Dr. Seuss library at UC San Diego held a special celebration Tuesday for the release of a never-before-published Dr. Seuss book.

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ACLU: Supreme Court Ruling Puts Asylum-Seekers In Danger

Sept. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tijuana is home to thousands of migrants waiting to ask for asylum in the United States. Now many of them will be turned back after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted an injunction on a new Trump administration policy

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Bill To Ban Private Lockups Would Impact Immigrant Detention In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new bill passed by the state legislature on Wednesday bans the use of private prisons and detention centers in California. For San Diego that could mean finding a different place to keep more than a thousand detained migrants.

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San Diego's Climate Crisis: The Risks And Costs Of Living In The Backcountry

Sept. 16
By Claire Trageser

Higher temperatures caused by climate change mean California’s all-important snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is smaller and melts faster than it did in the past. As a result, forests are dryer for longer and more prone to wildfire.

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Sheriff's Deputy Assault Victims Say Plea Deal Is Not Justice Served

Sept. 19
By Claire Trageser

Fischer was initially charged with 20 criminal counts that included assault, burglary, forcing oral sex and sexual battery. But his plea deal with the DA did not include the two sex crime charges he faced.

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San Diego's Climate Crisis: How Heightened Wildfire Risk Is Altering The Work Of California's National Guard

Sept. 18
By Steve Walsh

Members of the California National Guard have always had a role in fighting wildfires, but now there is a task force working year-round on fire prevention efforts.