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Past and Present at the Tivoli

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There is no older establishment in Downtown San Diego specializing in reasonably priced spirits, sociable atmosphere and eclectic music than the historic Tivoli Bar and Grill. Although it has had an interesting 128 year evolution, the Tivoli (“I lov it” ...

Theft at Walmart turns into felony confrontation

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Women with stolen underwear made plea deals

Loss-prevention-officer Chris said two women refused his requests to give up their stolen goods, even after he showed them his “badge.” Several Walmart employees pursued Megan and Chastity through the parking lot after they were allegedly seen putting merchandise into ...

Dog bite leads to man's arrest in Imperial Beach

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Victim was walking his dog when three pit bulls approached

San Diego Sheriff Deputies and Imperial Beach paramedics were called to the 1000 block of Georgia Street in Imperial Beach early Wednesday morning October 16, after receiving a 911 call that a pit bull was attacking a man. According to ...

Jury: Oceanside man who stabbed mom was insane

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Adam Brown turned himself in to authorities five years ago

After one day’s deliberations, a jury unanimously agreed that 48-year-old Adam Brown was insane when he plunged a knife into his mother’s head. Seventy-seven-year-old Leonore Brown died in her Oceanside home in June 2008; her youngest son Adam turned himself ...

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A Man’s Thoughts While Smoking in His Truck

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Back in the truck he lights up in perfect privacy the precious red Marlboro he’s been concealing in glove compartment for weeks now. Ah, the bold flavor, the relaxation. . .beats that damn ecigarette any day. He begins thinking about ...

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A Man's Thoughts While Smoking in His Truck

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Back in the truck he lights up in perfect privacy the precious red Marlboro he’s been concealing in glove compartment for weeks now. Ah, the bold flavor, the relaxation. . .beats that damn ecigarette any day. He begins thinking about ...

Two-day cycling event drums up cash for local cancer research

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A local cycling event coming up later this month aims to replace hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and treatment eliminated by federal budget cuts colloquially known as sequestration that have plagued many sectors of the economy in ...

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Just in time for Yosemite

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They say timing is everything. That statement was especially true for me recently. I had planned a trip to Yosemite national park months in advance due to my love of forests. Enduring a six hour road trip to get to ...

Cyclist files suit against City for creating a "dangerous concealed trap" for cyclists

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Woman was hit by a car in June of this year while riding along Santa Fe Street

It's bad when cities like Billings, Montana and Sioux Falls, South Dakota beat out San Diego on the list of 50 of the Country's most bike-friendly cities, considering the sunny climate and all. It's even worse considering San Diego didn't ...

Walmart pumps $515,000 through Encinitas-based dark money group

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Arkansas discount giant that bought its Oceanside liquor license from "Papa Doug" Manchester flexes political muscle using cash from North County-based 501 (c) 4 non-profit

In a possible preview of things to come in San Diego's big money mayoral contest, retail giant Walmart has employed an Encinitas-based dark money non-profit to convey more than half a million dollars to a campaign for a new Walmart ...

Winner awarded in Port's inaugural photo contest

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The Port of San Diego recently awarded San Diegan CiCi Sayer top prize in its first “Port for All” photography contest celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary. Entrants were given four themes in which to submit their shots: maritime trade, recreation, ...

Found: Missing boy sought in Santee

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Edit, 12:05 a.m. - Cheyssial has been found along the 3300 block of Harbor Drive downtown and will be returned to his family. Sheriff’s deputies in Santee are looking for help from the public in locating 12-year-old Eric Alexander Cheyssial, ...

Motorcyclist charged with felony for punching bad driver

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Defendant Robert Owens claims driver cut him off and then ran into his bike

The witness said, “I was going to McDonald’s.” As Charles Ferraro turned onto South Santa Fe Drive in Vista, he saw an SUV pull out of a parking lot and almost hit a passing motorcyclist, right in front of him. ...

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Tolerating Zona Norte

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http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/15/54861/ The gritty streets of Zona Norte provide clear boundaries when you enter and exit, you don't need street names. Prostitutes stand in dimly lit doorways and outside of bars, lining the sidewalks while whispering to potential customers strolling past. ...

California taxpayers spend $717M annually subsidizing benefits for fast food workers, new report claims

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Workers use report release as opportunity to repeat call for higher wages

A host of activists gathered this afternoon (October 15) outside a Mission Valley McDonald’s restaurant touting the release of a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, finding that $7 billion is spent by taxpayers each year on providing ...

El Cajon man caught burgling vehicle in Walmart parking lot

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31 year-old Lance Rodgers of El Cajon was caught burglarizing a vehicle outside the Grossmont Center Walmart store in La Mesa and arrested after running into police while walking away from the scene of the crime. Shortly after 7:30 Saturday ...

Local lawyers disciplined by state bar

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Some suspended for periods, too

San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined by the State Bar of California. Thomas William Smith of Oceanside was placed on two years of probation and suspended from practice for 30 days for failing to perform legal services for 15 ...

Filner pleads guilty to one felony, two misdemeanor counts

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Victims not named. Details not released

The Union-Tribune and local TV stations are reporting that former Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty this morning to one criminal count of false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit, and two misdemeanor battery counts. Further details have not been ...

County Office of Education hit with warning letter over travel freebies

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Long running state political watchdog's investigation of controversial conduct of education office ends with a whimper as agency told not to break law again

The San Diego County Office of Education has long been a troubled patch on the corpus of local government. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/oct/15/54782/ As reported here in February 2010 by Dorian Hargrove, whistleblower Roger Hartnett has spent years in a legal battle with ...

County funds new access point to Otay Valley Regional Park

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Local officials including County Supervisor Greg Cox and interim Mayor Todd Gloria gathered in Chula Vista over the weekend for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new publicly-funded parking lot sited on private property that will allow ...

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