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Following Deadly Flu Season, San Diego Health Officials Urge Vaccination

Sept. 28
By Susan Murphy

“We need to take this disease very seriously,” said Dr. Robert Schooley, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The more people who get vaccinated, the less likely it is for this influenza strain to break out and cause deaths.”

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Soaring Fentanyl-Related Overdoses Prompt New San Diego Response Team

Sept. 24
By Susan Murphy

“People don’t know what they’re getting when they ingest these drugs (cocaine and heroin), and it leads to overdoses, and sometimes those overdoses result in death," said Colin Ruane, DEA assistant special agent in charge.

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San Diego County Adding Psychiatric Beds To Serve Growing Mentally Ill Population

Sept. 24
By Susan Murphy

A new psychiatric unit is set to open in San Diego this week as part of the county’s plan to boost services for a growing number of people suffering from mental illness. The 67-bed long-term care unit will serve people who are too ill to live on their own.

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County Officials Warn Of Fentanyl Deaths In Ocean Beach And Pacific Beach

Sept. 14
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

County law enforcement and health officials are warning residents of three deaths this past weekend caused by fentanyl-laced cocaine in Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach. Two others overdosed but survived.

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Suicides In San Diego County Rise 5 Percent

Sept. 13
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

County officials said calls to the county's crisis hotline and visits to its suicide-prevention website have also been on the rise, reducing emergency room visits for self-inflicted wounds.

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Former SDSU Basketball Star Launches Cancer Fund For Students In Crisis

Sept. 12
By Susan Murphy

Cameron McCullough, 19, is carrying a heavier load than most of his 33,000 fellow students at San Diego State University. His mom, his only family member, is fighting for her life.

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UCSD Engineer Invents Microscopic Sponge To Combat Arthritis, Other Diseases

Sept. 3
By Susan Murphy

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a microscopic sponge that can soak up proteins that trigger rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint pain and inflammation.

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San Diego Councilman Ward: Discharged Homeless Patients Need More Places To Recover

Aug. 31
By Susan Murphy

Recuperative care facilities offer sick or injured homeless people a safe and healing place to go after they are discharged from the hospital. But in San Diego County, the facilities are almost nonexistent.

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San Diego Health Officials, Police Warn Of Dangers Of Driving High

Aug. 22
By Susan Murphy

“Today’s marijuana is between five and 30 times stronger than the marijuana of 20 years ago," said Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

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San Diego Alzheimer's Day Care Center Recreates 1950s To Stimulate Brains

Aug. 17
By Susan Murphy

Dozens of Alzheimer’s patients from all walks of life, journeyed together down memory lane on Wednesday at Glenner Town Square, a miniature village replicating the 1950s.

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Rady Children's Hospital Opens Pediatric Outpatient Campus In Murrieta

Aug. 13
By Susan Murphy

“It’s the first time we’ve ever put up a building outside of San Diego County," said Donald Kearns, M.D., president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital. “We are really excited about being in Riverside County.”

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As Temperatures Hit Triple Digits, ER Doctors Brace For Surge In Patients

Aug. 10
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures in El Cajon in 30 of the last 40 days have reached 90 degrees or hotter, according to data from the National Weather Service, with nearly 10 of those days hitting triple digits.

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Easing Unhealthy Homeless People Off San Diego Streets Can Be A Daunting Process

Aug. 3
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of unhealthy homeless people who have recently racked up $20,000 or more in Medi-Cal costs are the target of a new San Diego County pilot program.

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California Doctors Who Treat Poor Get Reimbursement Boost

July 11
By Susan Murphy

Under the new state budget, doctors are receiving a pay hike for several services, including preventative care and regular office visits. The $2 billion program is funded in part by Proposition 56, a state tobacco tax that took effect last year.

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San Diego Health Officials Warn Of Contagious Bacterial Infection

July 6
By Susan Murphy

The Health and Human Services Agency is warning gay men, homeless people and those with a weakened immune system that they could be at an increased risk for shigellosis, an intestinal bacterial infection.

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San Diego Parkinson's Fighters Battle Disease As Researchers Close In On Breakthrough

July 3
By Susan Murphy

There is hopeful news for the nearly 20,000 people battling Parkinson’s disease in San Diego County. A unique boxing program is helping some people slow the progression of their neurological disease. And researchers in La Jolla are making sure they’re not alone in their fight.

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San Diego Activists Protest Use Of Former Walmart As Child Detention Center

June 21
By Susan Murphy

“I’m here to take a stand against corporations that have no empathy,” said Ali Torabi with Border Dreamers, who says Walmart played a role in a child migrant detention center in Texas. Walmart says their claim is untrue.

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Top Salk Institute Researcher Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

June 11
By Susan Murphy

Inder Verma was suspended in April following sexual harassment allegations. The institute was wrapping up its internal investigation last week when Verma gave his unconditional resignation.

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Deaths Surge From Fentanyl-Laced Street Drugs In San Diego County

June 7
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County’s fentanyl overdose mortality rate in 2017 was two times higher than the California rate, according to state health officials. Nearly 275 deaths in San Diego County were attributed to opioid overdoses, with more than half involving fentanyl.

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Chris Cate Takes Early Lead In City Council District 6 Race

June 5
By Susan Murphy

Incumbent candidate Chris Cate takes early lead in City Council District 6 race.

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Zapf Takes The Lead In City Council District 2 Race

June 5
By Susan Murphy

Incumbent Lorie Zapf, a Republican, has taken a commanding lead over the six challengers also vying for the City Council District 2 seat.

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San Diego County Invests In Homeless Outreach To Reduce Emergency Room Costs

May 31
By Susan Murphy

A pilot program is underway in San Diego County to bring health care and services to unhealthy homeless people who frequently use emergency rooms. The goal of Whole Person Wellness is to provide a path for healing while saving millions in Medi-Cal costs.

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San Diego County Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts

May 30
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Following a series of community focus groups and online surveys, the council revised its Suicide Prevention Action Plan to include nine strategies on suicide mitigation.

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Ebola's Return Reignites La Jolla Researchers' Urgency To Find A Cure

May 24
By Susan Murphy

"The worry is that there are actually four other viruses in that genus and even more in the larger family. We don't know which one will break out next," said Erica Ollmann Saphire, a professor at Scripps Research Institute.

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Republican Women On An Election Mission To Bolster The Red In San Diego

May 22
By Susan Murphy

A group of Republican women in San Diego, who claim they helped lead President Trump to victory, are hoping to bring the same outcome to local GOP candidates.

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Elderly Activists March On, Speak Out Ahead Of Election

May 21
By Susan Murphy

They were young liberal activists decades ago. Now in their 80s and 90s, these San Diego County women aren’t letting their canes or walkers slow them down.

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San Diego Homelessness Advisor Reflects On Challenging Year

May 16
By Susan Murphy

Sporting a suit and tie with a shaved head and tattoo on his neck, Herrera, 32, has been on the front lines of the nation’s 4th largest homeless crisis for ten months. He spends much of his time getting to know the people he’s working to help.

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District 6 Council Candidates Outline Plans On Housing, Sewage Pipeline, Homelessness

May 9
By Susan Murphy

The District 6 San Diego City Council campaign trail is heating up in the final sprint to the June primary election. The candidates seek to replace incumbent Chris Cate, actively participating in forums and debates.

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Council Candidates Talk Vacation Rentals, Homelessness In District 2 Race

May 7
By Susan Murphy

With the June 5 primary election fast approaching, six candidates vying to unseat incumbent Lorie Zapf in the race for San Diego City Council District 2 are pushing hard in the home stretch.

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San Diego's Rainy Season Moving Out, Dry Stretch Setting In

April 30
By Susan Murphy

Light rain showers are in the forecast for San Diego on Tuesday, but the much needed wetness is not expected to put a dent in the region’s unprecedented precipitation deficit.

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San Diego County Faces Rise In Dementia Patients

April 20
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Two studies released Friday indicate San Diego County will see increasingly devastating health and economic effects from dementia-related diseases in coming years.

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San Diego Trash Cleanup Hits 500-Ton Milestone

April 10
By Susan Murphy

City workers, dressed in hazmat suits and armed with rakes and trash bags, have spent the past seven months clearing away trash and debris from river beds, streets and alleyways as part of the Clean San Diego initiative.

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San Diego Church Offers Sanctuary To Immigrants Facing Deportation

April 4
By Susan Murphy

As San Diego County Supervisors are preparing to vote on whether to join the fight against California’s Sanctuary laws, a San Diego church announced Tuesday it will provide its own sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation.

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Climate Change Threatens Bird Migrations, Habitats In San Diego County

April 2
By Susan Murphy

It’s the most popular time of the year for birds to begin breeding and nesting in San Diego County, but climate change could soon force many feathered creatures to change their schedules.

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Trump's Planned Visit To San Diego Draws Supporters, Protesters and Tight Security

March 12
By Jean Guerrero, Susan Murphy

Security preparations are underway for President Donald Trump's expected visit to San Diego on Tuesday, when he will inspect eight prototypes for his proposed border wall.

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Moving San Diego Homeless From Tents To Permanent Housing Slow But Steady

March 1
By Susan Murphy

Thursday marks three months since the opening of the city of San Diego’s first large tent shelter. Hundreds of homeless people living under the big gray dome are finding healing and a fresh start, but some may end up living there longer than expected.

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San Diego Homeless People To Earn Minimum Wage Cleaning Trash, Graffiti

Feb. 23
By Susan Murphy

The Alpha Project is launching a pilot program this week called Wheels of Change to pay homeless people minimum wage to clean up neighborhoods around San Diego.

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High-Profile Gun Control Groups To Join Forces In San Diego

Feb. 19
By Susan Murphy

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Florida, some high profile gun control advocacy groups in San Diego are joining forces to fight for tougher gun laws.

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San Diego Temperatures Hotter Than Average As Region Enters New Drought Cycle

Feb. 2
By Susan Murphy

San Diego has been experiencing a drier and hotter than usual winter as the region enters a new drought cycle.

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'Moderate Drought' Declared Across San Diego County

Feb. 1
By Susan Murphy

A U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows all of San Diego County is now in a moderate drought.

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Women Gather In San Diego To Learn To Run For Office

Jan. 17
By Susan Murphy

First, they marched. Now they’re running — for office. At a four day conference in San Diego this week, nearly 100 women from across the nation are learning the important tools for building campaign operations — from communications to fundraising.

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Finally, Rain Is On The Way To San Diego County

Jan. 5
By Susan Murphy

After months of record breaking bone-dry weather dominated by a massive ridge of high pressure, a significant storm is finally on its way to San Diego County.

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More Than 70 Homeless Children Moving Into San Diego's Third Bridge Shelter

Jan. 4
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The "bridge shelter" opened in the East Village Thursday morning, the last of three large tent shelters for San Diego's homeless.

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Flu Cases On The Rise In San Diego, Patients Pack Into Sharp Grossmont

Jan. 3
By Susan Murphy

As there have been more than 7,000 lab-confirmed flu cases and 45 deaths due to the flu so far this season, hundreds of people have been packing the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

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San Diego's Third Bridge Shelter Set To Open This Week

Jan. 2
By Susan Murphy

The city of San Diego is expected to open the last of three bridge shelters for homeless people this week. The large industrial tent, located in the East Village, will provide 150 beds for families and single women for the next seven months.

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Climate Change A Major Culprit In Explosive Wildfires, Says San Diego Researcher

Dec. 12, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As wildfires rage across Southern California, burning more than 1,000 homes, displacing nearly 100,000 people and paving a devastating trail of destruction, a San Diego researcher said climate change is playing a major role.

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'Extreme' Fire Warning Issued For Thursday In San Diego County

Dec. 6, 2017
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County’s highest possible wildfire alert has been issued for Thursday as forecasters warn of strengthening Santa Ana winds combined with single digit humidity levels.

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Flu Season Off To Aggressive Start In San Diego County

Nov. 30, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The elevated activity has health officials urging everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccine now, before the peak hits in January or February.

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Homeless Children In San Diego To Transition From Campground To Large Tent Structure

Nov. 27, 2017
By Susan Murphy

One of the city of San Diego’s three large tent structures for homeless people is scheduled to open on Friday. Two others are expected to open in late December and early January. One will be dedicated to children and families, including the nearly 50 children currently living at the city’s homeless campground.

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San Diego Shoppers Notice Smaller Crowds On Black Friday

Nov. 24, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Black Friday was in full swing across San Diego County marking the start of the holiday shopping season. A strong economy and a 3.7 percent unemployment rate have economists expecting retail sales to increase almost 4 percent over last year.

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