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North County taekwondo trio bring home the gold | San Diego Union Tribune North County taekwondo trio bring home the gold
Two weeks ago, the trio of young North County women nicknamed the “Powerpuff Girls” flew to the world taekwondo championship in Argentina with high hopes and admittedly frazzled nerves. On Saturday, the newly named “Golden Girls” were welcomed home as world champions. Carly Rummerfield, 17, Jennifer...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 22, 2017
Former Vista CEO Sentenced, Admits Trafficking Luxury Counterfeit Goods | Times of San Diego Former Vista CEO Sentenced, Admits Trafficking Luxury Counterfeit Goods
A former chief executive officer of a Vista-based electronic recycling company was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods. Robert Erie, a co-founder of E-World Recyclers LLC, pleaded guilty in February, conceding that the retail value of the infringed items he trafficked in was at least $1.45 million. The 53-year-old […]
Times of San Diego | August 22, 2017
Man sentenced to prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods | San Diego Union Tribune Man sentenced to prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods
A man who trafficked in knock-off watches, earphones and other goods his Vista-based electronics recycling company was supposed to destroy was sentenced Monday to a year and nine months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Robert Erie, former CEO and co-founder of the defunct E-Word Recyclers,...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 22, 2017
SDSU Republican letter to Muslims gets harsh backlash | San Diego Union Tribune SDSU Republican letter to Muslims gets harsh backlash
A call by the student Republican Club at San Diego State University for the Muslim Student Association to denounce the Barcelona terrorist attack triggered a strong backlash — including at least one physical threat, according to the GOP student leader. The Muslim Student Association called it...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Sempra to Gain Control of Largest Texas Utility in $9.45 Billion Deal | Times of San Diego Sempra to Gain Control of Largest Texas Utility in $9.45 Billion Deal
San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced late Sunday that it has reached a $9.45 billion deal to gain control of the largest electric utility in Texas. Sempra will acquire Energy Future Holdings Corp., the indirect owner of 80 percent of bankrupt Oncor Electric Delivery Company, reportedly beating out legendary investor Warren Buffet. The $9.45 billion cash deal to […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Driver Killed, 5 in Family Injured When SUV Veers off Route 125 | Times of San Diego Driver Killed, 5 in Family Injured When SUV Veers off Route 125
The driver of an SUV was killed and three of his family members were injured following a single-vehicle crash Sunday on state Route 125 in the Eastlake area of Chula Vista. The crash happened a little before 5 p.m. Sunday on the toll portion of the highway near the H Street onramp when, for unknown […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
San Diego Megachurch Names Michele Bachmann as U.N. Envoy | Times of San Diego San Diego Megachurch Names Michele Bachmann as U.N. Envoy
The Rancho San Diego megachurch whose pastor recently took part in an Oval Office prayer session with President Trump has expanded its ministry. Skyline Church is being represented at the United Nations. According to media reports and a YouTube video posted by Right Wing Watch, Skyline senior pastor Jim Garlow has named former Rep. Michele […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Encina Wastewater Launches Program to Turn Food Waste into Energy | Times of San Diego Encina Wastewater Launches Program to Turn Food Waste into Energy
Encina Wastewater Authority and Waste Management in North County announced Monday the launch of a 90-day co-digestion pilot aimed at turning food waste into renewable energy. The program, known as CORe, will recycles pre- and post-consumer food wastes into an organic slurry that can be used as a high-quality organic feedstock for co-digestion in municipal […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
How SANDAG’s outgoing leader became a lightning rod | San Diego Union Tribune How SANDAG’s outgoing leader became a lightning rod
Gary Gallegos brought in billions of dollars for the San Diego region’s highway, bus and trolley systems over roughly a quarter-century. He racked up numerous achievements, from constructing a number of state routes to helping secure funding for the planned $2.1 billion Mid-Coast Trolley line that...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
DUI Trial Starts for Oft-Deported Mexican Citizen in San Ysidro Crash | Times of San Diego DUI Trial Starts for Oft-Deported Mexican Citizen in San Ysidro Crash
An oft-deported Mexican citizen drove drunk and caused a hit-and-run crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy, a prosecutor alleged Monday, but a defense attorney told jurors that her client wasn’t behind the wheel at the time of the collision. Constantino Banda, 39, is being tried at the Chula Vista courthouse on […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Hearts divided: U.S. Dreamers search for their past in Mexico | San Diego Union Tribune Hearts divided: U.S. Dreamers search for their past in Mexico
Mirian Juan had no recollections of her central Mexico hometown. Yet returning this month for the first time in 18 years, “the moment I landed felt like home,” said the 21-year-old math major at Cal Poly Pomona. “It filled a big hole in my heart.”Juan, who was born in La Cantera, Michoacan, was...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Thousands of San Diegans Enjoy Solar Eclipse | Times of San Diego Thousands of San Diegans Enjoy Solar Eclipse
Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday’s solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon. At least 3,000 people crowded into the plaza outside the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, watching the celestial phenomenon through special solar glasses, telescopes, a variety of pinhole viewers […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Thousands Cross Finish Line During America’s Finest City Half Marathon | Times of San Diego Thousands Cross Finish Line During America’s Finest City Half Marathon
Thousands descended upon San Diego for half-marathon and 5K races Sunday. More than 4,000 runners participated in the 40th annual America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K, according to race officials. The half-marathon’s course stretched from Cabrillo National Monument to Balboa Park through downtown San Diego. The 5K’s course was located entirely within the park. […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Moon Wet or Dry Inside? Scripps Institution Answers | Times of San Diego Moon Wet or Dry Inside? Scripps Institution Answers
The interior of the moon is likely dry, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced Monday, contradicting a recent study that suggested the earth’s satellite was wet inside. The Scripps report was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the same day that the moon blocked out the sun entirely […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Sketch of Man Who Stalked Teen Girls, Saying: ‘Too Pretty to Be Walking’ | Times of San Diego Sketch of Man Who Stalked Teen Girls, Saying: ‘Too Pretty to Be Walking’
Authorities Monday released an artist’s rendering of a man being sought for following and pestering teenage girls in East County neighborhoods early this summer. On the morning of June 29, the unidentified man honked his car horn at a 14-year-old pedestrian while driving past her in the Winter Gardens area, then made a U-turn and […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
MarketInk: SDSU Professor Named to Prestigious PRSA College of Fellows | Times of San Diego MarketInk: SDSU Professor Named to Prestigious PRSA College of Fellows
The Public Relations Society of America has announced that San Diego State University professor Kaye Sweetser has been selected for the society’s prestigious College of Fellows. The PRSA’s college is a national honorary organization comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Two studies find vitamin C can prevent and treat leukemia | San Diego Union Tribune Two studies find vitamin C can prevent and treat leukemia
Vitamin C reduces the risk of leukemia, and may also be useful as chemotherapy for the blood cancer, according to two recent studies. Both studies examined how vitamin C affects the metabolism and genetics of blood-forming, or hematopoietic stem cells. Mutations in these cells can give rise to...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Callaway Golf Buys Sportswear Maker TravisMathew in $125 Million Deal | Times of San Diego Callaway Golf Buys Sportswear Maker TravisMathew in $125 Million Deal
Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. announced Monday it has completed the acquisition of the golf and lifestyle apparel company TravisMathew LLC for $125.5 million in an all-cash transaction, subject to a working capital adjustment. TravisMathew, which will continue to operate out of its Huntington Beach headquarters, has its roots in golf but has since added other […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Vista to rip out island median to make room for Honda franchise | San Diego Union Tribune Vista to rip out island median to make room for Honda franchise
The configuration of a piece of a busy Vista intersection near state Route 78 will be redone, as the city makes room for a new car dealership. The triangle-shaped island on southbound Vista Village Drive at westbound Vista Way will be ripped out. The land where the median sits, as well as the curved...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Neighborhoods could become more lively, colorful under proposed San Diego law | San Diego Union Tribune Neighborhoods could become more lively, colorful under proposed San Diego law
San Diego might soon see an explosion of painted murals, pedestrian plazas, decorative lighting and other upgrades designed to enhance the empty spaces in commercial districts and residential neighborhoods across the city. Following the lead of Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Diego officials...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Campus eclipse viewing turns science lesson into celebration | San Diego Union Tribune Campus eclipse viewing turns science lesson into celebration
San Pasqual High School freshman Justin Hernandez put on a pair of cardboard glasses Monday morning, gazed at the sky and jumped back in surprise. “Whoa, it looks cool,” he exclaimed. “It’s so scary, though. It’s wild!” Hernandez, 14, joined scores of his classmates on the school quad to view the...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
200-Acre Wildfire Threatens Campo-Area Homes | Times of San Diego 200-Acre Wildfire Threatens Campo-Area Homes
Updated at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017: A brush fire spread over several hundred brushy open acres in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County Monday, threatening back- country homes and a naval training center as ground and airborne crews worked to subdue the flames. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 2 p.m. near […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Navy Orders Worldwide ‘Operational Pause’ After Latest Destroyer Collision | Times of San Diego Navy Orders Worldwide ‘Operational Pause’ After Latest Destroyer Collision
The Navy ordered a worldwide “operational pause” Monday as it conducts a comprehensive review of recent collisions involving destroyers based at Yokosuka, Japan. The pause came after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided Sunday with the Alnic MC, a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker. Ten sailors from the McCain were reported missing and […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Surgeon James Veltmeyer Challenging Rep. Peters; 3rd Republican in Race | Times of San Diego Surgeon James Veltmeyer Challenging Rep. Peters; 3rd Republican in Race
James Veltmeyer, a surgeon critical of Obamacare especially after his wife’s rough experience with breast cancer treatment, has announced a second bid for Congress. The Ecuador-born Republican, who heads the family health department at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, says he will challenge Democratic incumbent Scott Peters in the 52nd Congressional District. In November […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Sun and moon put on a celestial show for thousands throughout county | San Diego Union Tribune Sun and moon put on a celestial show for thousands throughout county
They came, they saw, they concurred. The eclipse was awesome. From Oceanside to San Ysidro, from solitary surfers bobbing atop boards in the Pacific to a crowd of more than 1,000 gathered outside the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, San Diego County residents stopped what they were doing Monday...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Trial begins for unauthorized immigrant charged in San Ysidro hit and run that injured boy | San Diego Union Tribune Trial begins for unauthorized immigrant charged in San Ysidro hit and run that injured boy
Lawyers seem to agree on a several points central to the case of a Mexican man charged with causing an alcohol-fueled crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy. Both sides say Contantino “Manuel” Banda Acosta, who was in the United States illegally, had been drinking for hours...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Salk president softens criticism of 2 faculty who sued for gender discrimination | San Diego Union Tribune Salk president softens criticism of 2 faculty who sued for gender discrimination
Salk Institute President Elizabeth Blackburn sent an email to the institute’s workers last week that contradicts the public criticism she leveled at two faculty members who sued the La Jolla science center for gender discrimination. The lawsuits were filed in July by researchers Vicki Lundblad...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Ex-Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Raping Passenger, Assaulting 14 Others | Times of San Diego Ex-Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Raping Passenger, Assaulting 14 Others
A former Uber driver pleaded guilty Monday to raping a female passenger and sexually assaulting as many as 14 other victims, including many who were unconscious from drugs or alcohol when the attacks occurred. John David Sanchez, 53, pleaded guilty to all 34 charges against him, including rape and sodomy of an unconscious person, on […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Man Who Shot His Pastor Sentenced to Life in Prison | Times of San Diego Man Who Shot His Pastor Sentenced to Life in Prison
A man who shot and killed his landlord and pastor on property they shared in Boulevard was sentenced Monday to 50 years to life in state prison. Paul David Carr, 61, was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder, including an allegation of intentional discharge of a firearm, in the death last Oct. 16 of […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Future of Confederate Monument at San Diego Cemetery Unclear | Times of San Diego Future of Confederate Monument at San Diego Cemetery Unclear
The future of a Confederate monument in a municipally operated cemetery in San Diego was unclear Monday amid an online petition calling for its removal. Last week, a 1926 plaque noting San Diego as a terminus of the Jefferson Davis Highway was removed hours after attention was called to it. Davis was president of the […]
Times of San Diego | August 21, 2017
Continuous glucose monitoring benefits type 2 diabetics | San Diego Union Tribune Continuous glucose monitoring benefits type 2 diabetics
Continuous glucose monitoring benefits insulin-taking type 2 diabetics, according to a study released Monday. Control of blood glucose levels improved with continuous monitoring, in those taking multiple daily insulin injections, the study found, compared to those who monitor glucose by finger...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
From colanders to crackers, eclipse viewers got creative at Balboa Park | San Diego Union Tribune From colanders to crackers, eclipse viewers got creative at Balboa Park
Thousands of people flocked to Balboa Park Monday morning and used everything from cardboard contraptions and CDs to tree leaves and telescopes to view the celestial event otherwise known as the solar eclipse. “It reminds me a little of 60s Woodstock,” said San Diego Astronomy Association member...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 21, 2017
Black Sports Car Seriously Injures Pedestrian in Mira Mesa and Speeds Off | Times of San Diego Black Sports Car Seriously Injures Pedestrian in Mira Mesa and Speeds Off
San Diego Police are searching for the driver of a black sports car that struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in Mira Mesa before speeding off. A man crossing New Salem Street near Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa was struck at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Saturday night. Witnesses reported that the car stopped briefly then […]
Times of San Diego | August 20, 2017
Tour of the Old Globe in Balboa Park gives locals behind-the-scene glimpse into iconic theatre | San Diego Union Tribune Tour of the Old Globe in Balboa Park gives locals behind-the-scene glimpse into iconic theatre
Theater enthusiasts got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Globe complex in Balboa Park on Sunday morning, from the dressing rooms to the weapons cage to inner workings of its three unique stages. A pair of docents led the outing, educating a group of more than a dozen adults and several enthusiastic...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 20, 2017
Original Highway 101, precursor to I-5, was first official north-south San Diego route | San Diego Union Tribune Original Highway 101, precursor to I-5, was first official north-south San Diego route
Nearly a century ago when automobiles were a relatively new invention, roadsters and open-air sedans made their way from the Mexican border to Orange County along a patchwork of paved and unpaved surface streets. They included Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla Boulevard, Turquoise Street, Cass Street,...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 20, 2017
4 Dehydrated Hikers Rescued in Anza-Borrego State Park | Times of San Diego 4 Dehydrated Hikers Rescued in Anza-Borrego State Park
County firefighters performed a medical rescue of multiple dehydrated hikers in the eastern reaches of San Diego County Sunday. About 3 p.m., four hikers were in the area of Buttes Pass in Anza-Borrego State Park when they became dehydrated and were forced to call for help, according to Capt. Jon Heggie of Cal Fire San […]
Times of San Diego | August 20, 2017
10 Sailors Missing After Japan-Based Destroyer Collides with Tanker | Times of San Diego 10 Sailors Missing After Japan-Based Destroyer Collides with Tanker
In the second collision involving a Navy destroyer in two months, the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca near Singapore. Early reports say five sailors were injured and 10 are missing after the Yokosuka-based guided missile destroyer collided with the Liberian-registered Alnic MC, a 600-foot oil and chemical […]
Times of San Diego | August 20, 2017
Opinion: California Writes New Chapter in Age-Old States’ Rights Conflict | Times of San Diego Opinion: California Writes New Chapter in Age-Old States’ Rights Conflict
Tension between the federal government and its states has permeated American history from the earliest moments of the nation’s founding 241 years ago. Drafting the U.S. Constitution was an exercise in balancing federal authority against “states’ rights.” The Constitution’s “supremacy clause” defined federal authority, for instance, while its 10th amendment guaranteed that states coul
Times of San Diego | August 20, 2017
Shriners dealt huge setback in campground fire lawsuit | San Diego Union Tribune Shriners dealt huge setback in campground fire lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled the Al Bahr Shriners of San Diego are barred from recovering most damages from the U.S. government relating to the destruction of their summer camp in the Laguna mountains in 2013. The Shriners lost virtually everything in their camp on July 9, 2013, when the Chariot fire...
San Diego Union Tribune | August 20, 2017
How to View the Great American Eclipse in San Diego | Times of San Diego How to View the Great American Eclipse in San Diego
San Diego is far from the path of the total eclipse on Monday, but the sun and moon will still put on a show locally. Here’s where and how to view it safely. The moon will begin to obscure the sun here at 9:07 a.m., taking an increasingly bigger bite until 10:23 a.m., then appearing […]
Times of San Diego | August 20, 2017