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

July 3, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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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Twin Sisters Keep Historic Point Loma Lighthouse Shining Bright

Nov. 14, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Visitors to the Cabrillo National Monument will have a rare opportunity on Wednesday to climb to the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse tower to view the massive jewel-like Fresnel lens. It's one of three days of the year it's open to the public. The rest of the year, it’s off limits to almost everyone, except for a pair of identical twin sisters.

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El Cajon Fights Homelessness, Hep A With Tough New Regulations

Nov. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Serving meals to groups of homeless people in parks and other public spaces is now against the law in El Cajon as well as panhandling, sleeping on the sidewalk and setting up encampments.

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Homeless Campground In San Diego Providing Lifeline For 40 Children

Oct. 24, 2017
By Susan Murphy

For dozens of children in San Diego, a city parking lot covered in tents is the best option they have right now for a home.

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San Diego Launches Campground For The Homeless

Oct. 9, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The city of San Diego Monday opened a camping area for the homeless, with 24-hour security, bathrooms and storage.

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Homeless Campground Set To Open Near Downtown San Diego

Oct. 3, 2017
By Susan Murphy

A campground for homeless people in San Diego is set to open as early as next week, with 200 new tents set up in a city-owned parking lot at 20th and B Streets near downtown.

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Flu Vaccine Campaign Kicks Off In San Diego County

Oct. 2, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The peak of San Diego’s flu season is weeks away, but health officials are encouraging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated now — especially those with chronic health conditions such as heart and lung disease.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Teams With Mental Health Workers For Psychiatric Emergencies

Sept. 27, 2017
By Susan Murphy

As police are increasingly finding themselves on the front lines responding to people in mental crisis, a San Diego organization is working with them on how to handle the potentially deadly encounters.

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Police Clear Homeless Encampments From San Diego's East Village

Sept. 26, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Homeless encampments have been removed from 17th Street in the East Village, and other streets in downtown San Diego.

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Firefighters Worry About Hep A Exposure After Being Contaminated By Feces

Sept. 25, 2017
By Susan Murphy

About a dozen San Diego firefighters were being seen by doctors on Monday after being contaminated a day earlier with human feces, and possibly exposed to hepatitis A.

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San Diego Congressman Holds Town Hall For Seniors

Sept. 22, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Rep. Scott Peters met with about 200 seniors Friday to talk about health care and other issues.

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Death Toll Rises In San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak

Sept. 12, 2017
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

The San Diego County health department reported Tuesday that the death toll in an outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego has reached 16, and 421 people have been sickened with the disease,

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Catastrophic Hurricanes A Wake-Up Call To Prepare For Disasters And Climate Change

Sept. 8, 2017
By Susan Murphy

Climate researchers say the catastrophic storms are a preview of global warming, while emergency officials are warning the events should be a wake-up call for everyone to be prepared.

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Neo-Nazi Images In Charlottesville 'Too Much To Bear' For Jewish Seniors In Encinitas

Aug. 17, 2017
By Susan Murphy

“I felt absolutely destroyed because I didn’t think it could happen in America. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Lee Zlotnick, 89, choking back tears at a discussion at her retirement home in Encinitas.

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Rise In White Supremacy Groups Demands Action, Says San Diego Jewish Leader

Aug. 16, 2017
By Susan Murphy

The white supremacy groups that marched with torches, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags through the streets of Charlottesville was not an isolated incident, but rather a movement gaining momentum, including in San Diego, said Tammy Gillies, director of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.

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Cabrillo Offers One Last Chance For Seniors To Get National Parks $10 Lifetime Passes

Aug. 14, 2017
By Susan Murphy

On Aug. 28, the National Park Service’s lifetime pass for seniors is set to jump from $10 to $80. The significant increase and looming deadline are spurring hundreds to flock to San Diego’s only national park, the Cabrillo National Monument, to cash in on the deal.