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News Ticker Entries for November, 2011

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Aztecs Will "Battle for the Oil Can"

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The Fresno State Bulldogs won’t officially join the Mountain West Conference until next year. The San Diego State Aztecs are considering a move out of the Mountain West, eyeing the Big East as a possible home for athletics. Their respective ...

A Tale of Two Newspapers

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In the wake of today's announcement that billionaire Warren Buffett is buying his hometown daily, the Omaha World-Herald, another Nebraskan, our political cartoonist Neal Obermeyer, weighs in below with a comparison of that paper and the Union-Tribune, soon to be ...

Agents Provide Details of Elaborate Drug Tunnel in Otay Mesa

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Agents from the DEA and Border Patrol released more details about the cross-border drug tunnel discovered on Tuesday. Initial reports had described the tunnel as elaborate, new details revealed today show just how elaborate it was. Electric rail cars ran ...

UC Students Push For Affordable Medicine

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Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an organization largely comprised of medical students across the country, is pushing University of California faculty to refrain from signing a new patent agreement until the system takes steps to ensure that medicines developed in ...

Public Invited To Weigh In On Natural-Gas Power Plant Near Sycamore Landfill

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On Friday, the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on a proposed natural-gas-fired power plant to be built south of the Sycamore Landfill. Quali Brush Genco, a subsidiary of Cogentrix Energy, proposes building the 100-megawatt peaker power plant, ...

More and More Californians Leaving the State

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The mass exodus from California continues. A recent census report found that hundreds of thousands of Californians migrated from the state in 2010. Of the ten largest state-to-state-migration-flows, the move from California to Texas topped the list with nearly 69,000 ...

Occupy San Diego Activist Arrested Over Voter Registration Table

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Occupy San Diego activist and former Congressional candidate Ray Lutz was arrested this afternoon on trespassing charges after he placed a table in Civic Center Plaza and attempted to conduct an impromptu voter registration drive. Video shows at least five ...

Union-Tribune Buyer Hires City Hall Lobbyist

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The law firm of San Diego super-lobbyist Paul Robinson recently picked up three new clients, including the Grand Del Mar resort, developed and run by prospective Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester. According to a city lobbyist disclosure filing dated November 8, ...

Increase in Poverty in San Diego County

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The number of people living below the poverty line in San Diego County increased in 2010, according to a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Along with the increase, came a decrease in median household income from $60,103 ...

He Said He Made Money for Clients in Commodities. Not So.

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has charged San Diegan Charles Steven Goodie and his CSG Commodity Service Group, a one-person outfit, with breaking commodity trading laws. According to the complaint, Goodie collected $494,000 from at least 15 investors, told them ...

Occupy San Diego Riders: Cavalry Arm of Occupation

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“We’re the cavalry arm of the occupation,” says Nexus, a participant of the Occupy San Diego Riders who meet at 9 p.m. (or whenever general assembly ends) on Tuesday nights at the Civic Center to arrange mobile protests. “This is ...

AT&T Talking with Leap, Says NY Times

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AT&T, the second largest telephone carrier, seemingly thwarted in its attempt to buy T-Mobile, the fourth largest, "has been secretly working on an audacious 11th-hour deal" with San Diego's Leap Wireless, according to the New York Times. Leap would sell ...

College Student Faces Deportation For Violating Park Curfew

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Ayded Reyes, a student athlete at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, is facing deportation after a run-in with police. Reyes, captain of the Southwestern women’s cross country team, was brought to the United States illegally by her parents at age ...

San Diego Home Values Lag Nation

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San Diego County home values dropped 0.8% from August to September — a worse performance than the 0.6% drop of the largest 20 cities, according to Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller data released this morning (Nov. 29). San Diego values were down ...

Tiny Tents Occupy Civic Center Plaza

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“We’d better get in our cars and get out of Dodge – there’s quite a group of people southbound on 3rd,” a woman commented to her friend as they hustled through the public square and into the Civic Center Plaza ...

Balboa Bridge Backers Release Promo Video, Begin Fundraising

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Backers of Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs’ vision for the removal of cars from the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park have released a new video at plazadepanama.org promoting their idea. Although highly controversial and scorned by ...

Survey Finds San Diego Budget Hotels Are A Little Too Budget

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Budget hotels in San Diego rank among the worst in the country, according to a survey by cheaphotels.org. The survey asked guests at budget hotels in 25 major U.S. cities to rate their accommodations, in terms of "overall quality" as ...

Manchester Charity Gets More Than $1 Million, Makes No Grants

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La Jolla-based developer Doug Manchester, who has made millions of dollars on leases of public tidelands and is soon set to close on ownership of the Union-Tribune, often highlights his gifts to charity. According to the curriculum vitae on his ...

Lawsuit Filed to Overturn SANDAG's 2050 Transportation Plan

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The Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on November 28 to block implementation of SANDAG's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. SANDAG's board of directors approved the $214 billion transit-plan on October 28 ...

Occupy San Diego Vows to Bring Back Tents

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Occupy San Diego is preparing to once again attempt to set up a tent encampment in Civic Center Plaza this afternoon, according to a brief release the group prepared last night. Energized by a video shot in the early morning ...

San Diego Sees An Increase In The Cost of Luxury Homes

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Values of luxury homes are up in San Diego, according to private bank and management firm, First Republic Prestige Home Index. The median price for luxury home in San Diego is now $1.63 million, a 1.1 percent increase compared to ...

Group Wants More Vegan Food at UCSD

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People for the Elimination of Animal Cruelty Through Education, or PEACE, is petitioning for expanded vegan dining offerings on the UC San Diego campus. The group, founded in late 2009, has been associated with peta2, a youth oriented spin-off of ...

S.W.A.T. Team Removes Rampaging Man From El Cajon Home

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Thanksgiving ended on a rough note for relatives of Stephen Anthony Harris, 20, who was taken into custody by the El Cajon Police S.W.A.T. team around 4:30 this morning. Shortly before 10:30 the previous night, police received a 911 call ...

Sheriff Seeking Ways to Cut Helicopter Costs

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Big changes may be afoot for San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore's air support wing, judging by a request for proposals sent out by the county November 17. Officially known as the Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies unit, the operation ...

Does Doug Manchester's Spousal Split-Up Provide Clues to Intentions for the Union-Tribune?

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Doug Manchester has been in the news as of late, and considering he just purchased the city's sole daily newspaper, chances are he will be in the news for some time. "Papa Doug" is said to have purchased the Union-Tribune ...

Former Medical Marijuana Dispensary Manager Files Appeal

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The San Diego chapter of medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access announced today that it is appealing the 2010 conviction of dispensary operator Jovan Jackson on three charges of illegal possession and sale of marijuana. During his trial, ...

Homebuilder Makes Solar Systems Standard Equipment

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The construction firm KB Home has announced a large-scale expansion on its recently adopted practice of including solar power systems as a standard feature on its new home developments. Solar systems are standard equipment in 28 new communities built by ...

IRS Delays, Questions Nonprofit Status of News Organizations

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The Internal Revenue Service is eyeing news organizations claiming nonprofit status, the Columbia Journalism Review (itself a nonprofit) is reporting. There are 26 different categories, including “fostering national or international amateur sports competition,” that are eligible for the IRS’ 501(c)(3) ...

Spanos Fundraiser for Rick Perry a Family Affair

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Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry may be sliding in the polls, but he still has the backing of Chargers president Dean Spanos (pictured) and his three siblings, as shown by an invitation to a high-dollar private Perry ...

Event Will Provide Thanksgiving Dinner For 600 Low-Income Students and Their Families

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In March of this year, a study conducted by the Food Research and Action Center concluded that nearly one-in-five people in San Diego struggle to put food on the table. According to San Diego Unified's Office of Children and Youth ...

Woman's Arm and Toes Amputated While Trying to Catch a Ride on a Freight Train

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A 27-year-old woman lost her right arm as well as some toes after she was struck by a tanker car while trying to hop a freight train near downtown after a night of drinking. The incident occurred early Tuesday morning ...

Qualcomm Launches Korean E-Reader

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San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., the world’s largest chip maker has, in partnership with the largest bookseller in Korea, Kyobo Book Centre, rolled out its first e-reader. “I think everyone knows Korea has a very special place in the history of ...

Auditors Find Myriad of Problems at SDSU

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An audit of San Diego State University by California State University headquarters in Long Beach has revealed multiple lapses in the university's management of state-owned vehicle usage, driving records, operating costs, vendor insurance, and building leases. Among other deficiencies, auditors ...

City Loses Discrimination Suit

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A federal court jury has awarded Alison Terry $100,000, agreeing with her claim that the City of San Diego is guilty of discrimination by failing to routinely denying promotions to females in its lifeguard division. The jury found the City ...

SD Growth to Continue Lagging U.S.

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Economist Kelly Cunningham of National University System Institute for Policy Research says that this year, inflation-adjusted growth in San Diego will come in at 1.4%, which will top California's 1.2% but lag the U.S.'s 1.6%. Next year, the San Diego ...

Unlicensed Magazine Peddler Steals Diamond Bracelet

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La Mesa Police arrested 23 year-old Courtney Townsend of San Diego for residential burglary Sunday night. Townsend was with a group of solicitors doing unlicensed door-to-door magazine sales when she and a second solicitor knocked on a door and asked ...

Illegal Spice Trade Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan

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The Navy continues to crackdown on synthetic drugs on board its carriers and war vessels. Today, naval officials announced that 28 crew members on the USS Ronald Reagan were using or in possession of Spice. It was the sixth investigation ...

Cyber Crimes Enforcer Gets Hacked

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AntiSec, a collection of hackers associated with the Anonymous group of online activists that have more recently branched out into live protests and/or the hacker group LulzSec, announced a massive personal data dump on Friday. The victim this time appears ...

Bersin Pressured Over Long Customs Waits

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A Los Angeles area congresswoman is putting heat on U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Alan Bersin over alleged customs staffing shortages at Los Angeles International Airport. Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn released a letter to Bersin Friday saying, "The shortage ...

UCSD Chancellor Joins Bridgepoint Board of Directors

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Bridgepoint Education, the local operator of two private colleges specializing in online classes in Colorado and Iowa, is in the news again this morning with the announcement that Dr. Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of UC San Diego, has joined its ...

Occupy San Diego Protesters Being Arrested at Civic Center Teach-in

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Verbatim from an emergency alert from Occupy San Diego media liason Ray Lutz. People congregating at the central Civic Center Plaza in San Diego are now being arrested for "loitering" during educational teach-ins. Cameras and media are requested to cover ...

Man Sentenced To 5 Years For Killing Girlfriend's Dogs

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Patrick Caleb Land was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison today for beating his girlfriend's three dogs to death over a span of two months in 2010. Investigators at County Animal Services department found DNA evidence ...

Big Bucks For Human Smugglers

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The human smuggling trade appears to be quite lucrative, according to a report by Courthouse News Service. Eight men were recently indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for acting as “coyotes,” individuals who help others enter the country illegally. The ...

Public Invited To Weigh In On Proposed La Jolla Crossroads Expansion

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On December 6, University City residents will be given a chance to speak their mind about a proposal from Garden Communities to expand the La Jolla Crossroads development by 472 additional residential units. The applicant is asking to change the ...

Democrats to Stage Fundraising Bash at Lerach Estate

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Now that controversial Republican financier Doug Manchester is poised to take over the Union-Tribune, county Democrats may have reason to fear for their future. But they can still count on at least one well-heeled local ally. Super-lawyer Bill Lerach, who ...

BMX Bandit Robs Bank

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Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, a man entered the Wells Fargo on Avocado Boulevard in El Cajon with a T-shirt pulled over his face and holes cut out for his eyes. He confronted a teller and demanded cash but did ...

To Meth Hell and Back: County Program Rescues Children From Drug-Dens

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In the 13 years since the county created the Drug Endangered Children program, 5191 children have been removed from drug-dominated households. "Thanks to [the Drug Endangered Children program], law enforcement officers no longer have to change dirty diapers. They don’t ...

Occupy San Diego Responds to Raid, Inaugurates Occupy Mission Bay

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Spokespersons representing Occupy San Diego held a 5 p.m. press conference at the Civic Center Plaza yesterday in response to a raid around 2 a.m. yesterday morning which resulted in ten arrests and the occupation area being cordoned off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYId0Z2fqo4 ...

Minority Athletic Group Criticizes SDSU's Coach-Hiring Process

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Black Coaches and Administrators, a non-profit dedicated to advancing “the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally,” has released its annual report card on hiring practices in collegiate football programs. Of 29 ...

Prop 8 Proponents Allowed To Defend Constitutionality

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Activists that pushed for a ban on same-sex marriages are allowed to defend the constitutionality of the initiative in court. On Thursday, California Supreme court judges ruled that proponents of voter-approved measures can defend measures in court on the occasion ...

Manchester Purchase of Union-Tribune Raises Questions of Timing

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Word this morning that Doug Manchester is buying the Union-Tribune may help explain some recent editorializing by the paper. Don Bauder first reported here on September 29 about rumors circulating that Platinum Equity, the Beverly Hills private equity outfit run ...

Bridgepoint Wins Online Education Award

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Bridgepoint Education, the San Diego-based operator of two small colleges in Colorado and Iowa that focus on their internet-based offerings, has announced that it is the recipient of a 2011 Quality Matters Making a Difference for Students Award. The award ...

Rumor: U-T Sale Imminent

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The rumor mill has the Union-Tribune being sold soon — perhaps this week. The same rumor mill has Canadian press baron David Holmes Black back in the picture. Before Platinum Equity bought the U-T in 2009, Black was seen scouting ...

Lawsuit Filed Against City and Police on Behalf of Occupy San Diego as Hunger Strike Continues

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Today, free speech attorneys with LGBT rights group Canvass for a Cause and members of the National Lawyers Guild representing Occupy San Diego filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and the San Diego Police Department in Federal ...

More Police Raids, But Civic Center Remains Occupied

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After once again being forcibly removed from the Civic Center Plaza by police and sheriff’s officers clad in riot gear, Occupy San Diego has returned. Last night at around 2 a.m., reports began circulating that another raid of the group’s ...

Drug Tunnel Discovered in Otay Mesa Warehouse

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On Tuesday, U.S. and Mexican authorities confiscated 14 tons of marijuana and discovered a 400-yard tunnel that linked Tijuana and San Diego. Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the tunnel had recently been completed and was outfitted with electricity, ...

Downtown Billboard Promoter Hires Well-Connected Lobbyists

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A former aide to the owner of the Denver Nuggets has been quietly pitching the idea of turning part of downtown San Diego into a giant "entertainment district," complete with massive, Times Square-style animated advertising signs, video screens, and billboards. ...

Local Software Firm Denies LGBT Programming Bias

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Phantom Technologies, San Diego-based maker of the iBoss Web Filter is denying that its service is improperly blocking non-pornographic gay-oriented websites. The technology is designed to block employees from accessing inappropriate content in the workplace. “Out of the box, iBoss ...

Harbor Police Discovers Cache of Weapons In Point Loma Home

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Harbor Police officers, along with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, found a cache of weapons inside a Point Loma home on November 9. The weapons were discovered after Harbor Police sergeant Mike Rich was called ...

Occupy San Diego Hungry for Justice

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John Kenney hasn’t eaten for eight days, and he has no idea when he will eat again. “We’re trying to get recognition of our proposal and our resolution,” says Kenney, one of a handful of Occupy San Diego protesters who ...

Fletcher Scores An Endorsement From California Small Business Association

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With the primary election less than seven months away, the candidates to become San Diego's next mayor are racing to rack up endorsements. And in a crowd of four big-name candidates, each endorsement is valued. Today, assemblyman Nathan Fletcher gave ...

Tea Party Hosts Civic Center Press Conference to Condemn Occupy San Diego

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Members of the Tea Party’s San Diego contingent gathered this afternoon at Civic Center Plaza to denounce the Occupy San Diego movement. They were led by Rhonda Deniston, an Oceanside woman who, while filming an altercation with Occupiers (warning: link ...

FBI Releases Hate Crime Numbers for San Diego

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On Monday, the FBI released annual hate crime statistics for 2010 on Monday. The data was submitted from law enforcement agencies throughout the nation and broken down into five categories; Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Ethnicity, and Mental and Physical Disabilities. ...

Foreclosures Fall in California, Across West, Rise in San Diego

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Reports are in on October foreclosures, and little has changed in California since a huge spike in new foreclosure filings last August and subsequent drop in September. While new notice of default filings continue to drop in other struggling Western ...

San Diego Superior Court's Controversial Move Toward Digital Imaging

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San Diego Superior Court has embarked on a costly and controversial program to scan legal documents for online viewing, the Courthouse News Service reports. The system, with a cost officially billed by the court at $7 million over 6 years, ...

Local Physician Announces Run For 52nd Congressional District

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Dr. Wayne Iverson, the San Diego physician that successfully challenged President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, announced that he is running for California's 52nd Congressional District. The district encompasses most of East County and stretches north to the ...

Lack of Parking Solutions in Uptown

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It's that time of year again, the time when San Diego city councilmembers are asked to approve the contracts for the Community Parking District Program. The occasion doesn't exactly merit a mark on the calendar, that is, except for some ...

SeaWorld Retrieves Killer Whale from Canada

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting this morning that a nine-year-old killer whale in disputed custody was hastily flown to SeaWorld here Saturday evening after the big marine park operator prevailed in U.S. federal court over Niagara Falls, Ontario-based Marineland. Named ...

Local Biotech Develops Human Tissue "Bioprinter"

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Local biotech Organovo has secured $3.5 million in venture capital funding for its NovoGen “bioprinting” process. The technology, it’s hoped, will allow scientists to manufacture three-dimensional body parts. The NovoGen MMX, developed in partnership with Invetech, another local firm, is ...

Local Company Specializes in "Ugly Christmas Sweaters"

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Tipsy Elves, the brainchild of Evan Mendelsohn and Nicklaus Morton, college buddies from San Diego, is set to roll out two lines of “ugly Christmas sweaters” for the 2011 holiday season. The duo decided to start the company earlier this ...

Man Choked, Arrested at Occupy San Diego

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A 28-year-old man was choked and arrested at around 2:35 this morning on the Civic Center Plaza after police reportedly told him to exit his sleeping bag and sit up, inciting accusations of police brutality from onlookers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6QCRneABhU Eyewitness Julie ...

Council to Consider Kessler Settlement

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On Tuesday, city council will consider a $200,000 settlement of the unlawful termination and retaliation suit against the City filed by Scott Kessler, who once rode herd on the business improvement districts. Kessler had cooperated with a police detective and ...

Cross-Border Trade, Energy Discussed at Imperial Valley Economy Summit

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Democratic members of the state assembly met yesterday in Calexico with Imperial County officials and business leaders to discuss the economy and cross-border strategy to improve trade with Mexico. Chula Vista assemblyman Ben Hueso was among those who met with ...

Lemon Grove City Council to Take a Position on SDG&E Solar Rate Hikes

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Energy costs for the Lemon Grove School District haven't decreased since spending more than $2 million to install solar panels at three Lemon Grove schools in 2005. Quite the opposite. In 2008, officials told the Union-Tribune that annual energy costs ...

San Diego Ethics Exec Signs Off on Controversial State Reforms

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The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that controversial new rules to allow lobbyists in dating "relationships" with legislators to pick up unlimited tabs without disclosure are being considered by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. After critics had their ...

Occupy San Diego Joins Veterans Day Parade, Holds Teach-ins

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Though police enforcement has turned the once thriving village of Occupy San Diego into a shabby encampment on the east lawn of the Civic Center, the movement which has been occupying the concourse since early October continues to hold regular ...

Bureau of Land Management Suggests 18 New Conservation Sites

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The Obama administration is calling for 18 new wilderness and conservation areas across the West, according to a report issued by the Bureau of Land Management today. Included on the list is the Beauty Mountain Wilderness Study Area, split between ...

Law Enforcement Agencies Offer $20,000 for Information on Geezer Bandit

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Chalk another heist up for the Geezer Bandit. FBI agents and San Diego Police Department now believe that he was responsible for a robbery at a Wells Fargo banking center inside the Von's supermarket on September 30. If it was ...

SEC Levels Fraud Charges Against Local Firm

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today (Nov. 10) charged Del Mar's investment advisory firm, Western Pacific Capital Management, and its president Kevin James O'Rourke, with fraud. According to the SEC, during 2005 and 2006, Western Pacific and O'Rourke were brokers ...

UCSD Has Major Cheating Problem, Study Finds

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Research conducted by the head of UCSD's academic integrity office has uncovered a major cheating problem at the 23,000-student school, one of America's leading research universities, according to a paper published this month in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics. ...

The Supreme Court Hears Redevelopment Case

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California State Supreme Court will begin to consider the fate of state redevelopment agencies. Today, the court will hear begin hearing arguments from the California Redevelopment Association who filed a lawsuit to overturn a law that would take $1.7 billion ...

SDSU to Participate in Solar Competition

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Ascent Solar, a Colorado maker of “thin film photovoltaic” solar panels, has announced San Diego State University will be one of six schools nationwide to participate in its Innovative Design Competition, which will run through the end of the 2011-2012 ...

Occupy San Diego to Take Legal Action Against City and Police

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Yesterday, attorneys representing Occupy San Diego held a press conference at the Civic Center Plaza to announce their intention to file a request on Friday for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the City of San Diego and ...

Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Small Business Package

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The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is announcing Regulatory Relief Day, set for next Monday, November 14. The event is part of what the group calls the Small Business-Friendly Policy Package. The Relief Day in large part consists of a ...

Predator Maker Linden Blue Blasts Barack Obama

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La Jolla's Linden Blue, co-chairman with his brother Neal Blue of General Atomics, the big Torrey Pines-based U.S. military contractor and maker of the Predator drones now in wide use in battlefield hotspots by the Central Intelligence Agency, is out ...

Cost Doubles on High-Speed Rail

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California’s Proposition 1A, passed with 52.7% of the vote statewide in 2008, promised a high-speed rail line running from San Diego to Sacramento would be built at a cost of about $40 billion, using state-issued bonds and federal money for ...

Carl DeMaio's Fundraiser Deemed "Disgusting" and "Publicity Stunt" by Occupy San Diego Spokesperson

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Last night, city councilmember and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a fundraiser at Downtown Johnny Brown’s bar and grill for the owners of a coffee cart and a hot dog stand who have shut down operations on the Civic Center ...

SDG&E Offers Energy Efficient Holiday Light Exchange

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San Diego Gas & Electric has announced that, for the sixth straight year, the utility will give away up to three strands of energy-efficient Christmas lights to anyone willing to trade in their old incandescent bulbs. Last year, 4,300 customers ...

San Diego Sheriff Shopping for Riot Control Munitions

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In the wake of clashes between San Diego police and Occupy San Diego demonstrations, the county, on behalf of San Diego county Sheriff Bill Gore, has issued a request for quotations from vendors willing to supply an array of "Special ...

Property Owners Allowed to Evict Marijuana Dispensaries

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It is legal for building owners to evict pot dispensaries that are operating on their property, ruled San Diego County Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager on November 1. The decision came after Kimber Investment Group informed the court of their ...

Military Brass Concerned with Childhood Obesity

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A group of retired military admirals and generals, including Navy Admiral Leon A. “Bud” Edney of Coronado and Major General James W. Comstock of San Diego, will present a teleconference tomorrow on what they see as the latest threat to ...

Home Underwater Rate Here Lower Than Nation

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There is one piece of good news in the Zillow.com report released this morning (Nov. 8). Nationally, 28.6% of single-family mortgages are underwater (more debt on a home than it is worth). The San Diego number is 25.8%. Otherwise, the ...

Amylin, Lilly Split on Diabetes Drug

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Biotech Amylin and big pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly have ended their partnership in the diabetes drug exenatide, sold as Byetta. Amylin will pay Lilly $250 million in cash and up to $1.2 billion in total, based on future exenatide sales, ...

It's Confirmed: Hedgecock to KFMB

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San Diego radio station 760 KFMB will take on the Roger Hedgecock talk show beginning Jan. 2, 2012. On Nov. 2, the Reader's News Ticker reported the rumor that Hedgecock was leaving KOGO for KFMB. The rumor was initially reported ...

Encinitas Residents To Protest Council Appointment

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"Enough is Enough," reads an email from Encinitas resident Steve Meiche. Meiche is one of many residents upset over the council's decision to appoint Fire Chief Mark Muir to fill the council seat left vacant after Maggie Houlihan passed away ...

Yes, Manchester IS Looking at U-T

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Hotelier and real estate magnate Doug (Papa Doug) Manchester is considering purchase of the Union-Tribune, VoiceofSanDiego.org is reporting this afternoon. More than a month ago, on September 29, the Reader, on this News Ticker, reported the rumor that Manchester might ...

Fletcher Creates Coalitions for Latino, Asian Supporters

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Mayoral hopeful Nathan Fletcher today announced the launch of two new coalitions associated with his candidacy – Latinos for Fletcher and Asian Pacific Islanders for Fletcher. “One of our city’s greatest strengths is the diversity of its residents and the ...

City of San Diego Lobbies Congress On Debt, Hotel Taxes

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An analysis by Washington's non-profit Center for Responsive Politics has found that more than 400 special interests, including corporations, labor unions, and non-profits, have been lobbying the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction--otherwise known as Congress's debt supercommittee. On the ...

Workforce Index Declines

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The local labor market didn't receive good news in the latest results of the San Diego Workforce Index. The index declined to 84.92 in September from August's 85.15. The consumer confidence index for the Pacific Region plunged almost 40% between ...

Man Attempts to Flee Border Patrol By Tow Truck

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers are reporting the arrest of a man who, after failing to provide proper documentation at the San Ysidro border crossing last week, used a tow truck to attempt to escape. A 36 year-old male ...

Escondido to Strongly Encourage Use of E-Verify

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Officials in Escondido will consider making some changes to a city ordinance that requires all private companies with city contracts to check their employee's immigration status. Instead of requiring businesses use E-Verify, public officials will "strongly encourage" using the online ...

Occupy San Diego Pushes Vendors to Return

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In response to the departure of both a coffee and hot dog vendor from the Civic Center plaza, who claim to have been driven out by lewd behavior and perceived intimidation, Occupy San Diego published a press release on November ...

Occupy San Diego's Big Banks Funeral March

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Occupy San Diego will march from Petco Park to the Bank of America at 10:30 a.m. today in an action dubbed the Big Banks Funeral March, a demonstration of solidarity with National Bank Transfer Day to encourage citizens to switch ...

County Supervisors to Address Gnat Infestations in Escondido and Jacumba

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County supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Dianne Jacob are looking to adopt a new strategy in dealing with eye gnat infestations in Jacumba and Escondido. They say residents have had to endure the pesky flies long enough. Swarms of "eye gnats" ...

Maienschein Paid $106,270 As Homeless Commissioner

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News arrived this morning via the Union-Tribune's Tom Blair that ex-San Diego city councilman Brian Maienschein is throwing a $3900-a-head fundraiser for his 77th district Assembly campaign at the La Jolla house where MTV's "Real World" was shot. The big ...

General Atomics Gets Navy Money For Railgun Research

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Local defense contractor General Atomics will receive almost $12.3 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. The money will be used to fund “research and development activities associated with integrated power ...

October Job Gains Anemic

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The U.S. added only 80,000 jobs in October, although the unemployment rate inched down to 9% from September's 9.1%, according to a report by the Labor Department this morning (Nov. 4). Economists had expected a gain of 90,000 jobs with ...

Emergency broadcast test

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to shut down all television and radio stations across the country for a nationwide test of the Agency’s Emergency Alert System. The test will happen next Wednesday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific ...

Occupy San Diego Reclaims Personal Property, Relocates to East Lawn

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The Civic Center concourse has been vacated of occupiers and water-filled jersey walls have remained around the plaza’s perimeter since Friday’s early morning raid which ended in 51 arrests (11 of which were at nearby Children's Park). Several San Diego ...

Trash Magnate Paying for Mayors' Newspaper Columns

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Who says the power and influence of newspapers is dying? Apparently not five North County mayors and San Diego's own Jerry Sanders. The North County mayors have inquired of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission whether or not they are ...

SDSU's Business School Earns Financial Planning Accolades

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San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration was featured as one of ten standout schools in the country for financial planning in the latest issue of Financial Planning magazine, the university announced today. The financial planning program, founded in ...

Volunteer Police Association Endorses District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

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On Thursday, the California Reserve Peace Officers Association announced its endorsement of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for Mayor of San Diego. The group, made up of 6,000 volunteer officers across the state, praised Dumanis' work for law enforcement officers. "Her ...

San Diego County Increases Number of Solar Permits

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Solar energy projects are increasing in San Diego County. By June 2012, the county predicts the number of permits for solar projects will shoot up by 36 percent when compared to July 2010 to June of this year. The 1,336 ...

Food Carts Get a Little Push from City Hall

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Mayor Sanders announced plans to bail out the owner of a downtown coffee-cart on Wednesday after the owner claimed that Occupy San Diego activists chased her out of the Civic Center plaza. Sanders said the owner of Centre City Coffee ...

Occupy, Labor Groups Advocate Mass Bank Withdrawals

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The Occupy San Diego movement, despite facing constant logistical battles with the city over its chosen occupation site at Civic Center Plaza downtown, is continuing efforts toward its ultimate goal – effecting change in the country’s economic and political landscape. ...

Pride Contingent to March in Veteran's Parade

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With the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the San Diego LGBT Pride organization, promoters of the annual Pride parade and festival, are preparing a contingent to march in the city’s Veteran’s Day Parade. “With the repeal of Don’t ...

Rumor: Hedgecock May Leave KOGO

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According to Jimmy Valentine, his former producer, radio personality Roger Hedgecock may depart KOGO and wind up at KFMB. Valentine stresses that this is rumor; his statement in Dehesa Valley Gazette, his online sheet, has been picked up by others ...

Qualcomm Stock Jumps 9.29% After Hours

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Stock of telecom superstar Qualcomm leapt 9.29% to $57.03 in after hours trading today (Nov. 2). The company reported a 22% increase in earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, topping analysts' estimates. The company reported strong sales of mobile phones ...

Auditor Says Police Botched Stripper Enforcement, Lost Track of Funds

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As if the troubled San Diego Police Department didn't have enough headaches with on-duty officer sex scandals and sexual harrassment charges, along comes the office of San Diego city auditor Eduardo Luna with a highly-critical 64-page report finding that the ...

DUI Checkpoint Targets SDSU

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The San Diego County Avoid Task Force, comprised of local law enforcement agencies, conducted another DUI sweep over Halloween, this time focusing on the 5800 block of Montezuma Road, near San Diego State University. 2,049 vehicles passed through the checkpoint ...

Could McGrory Have Given More?

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Jack McGrory, former City Manager and executive of Price Group and PriceSmart, has given $1.2 million to the Campaign for San Diego State University. That is a generous donation. Could he have given more? I don't know. At one point, ...

Bridgepoint Announces Painting Project, Improved Profits

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Bridgepoint Education, the local and controversial operator of for-profit colleges that has drawn fire for its high-pressure enrollment tactics, having a marketing budget that exceeds its education budget, and basing enrollment on a prospective student’s maximum federal loan qualifications, had ...

U.S. Puts Ensenada Car Dealer on Drug Kingpin List

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The United States has added Martin Avendano Ojeda and two brothers to its drug kingpin list, freezing their U.S. assets and prohibiting them from doing business with anyone in the United States. “Today’s action aims to disrupt the ability of ...

Popular Sacramento Watering Holes Host San Diego Pols

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The Sacramento Bee is out today with a list, complete with map, of the state capital's top 20 restaurants and watering holes receiving campaign funds since 2008, and of course there's a San Diego angle. Leading the pack is Chops, ...

Cosmetic Surgeries Spike Despite Recession

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Could the economic downturn actually be enticing consumers to spend more money on big ticket non-essentials like cosmetic surgery? Possibly, says a study released by San Diego’s Suneva Medical, a company “focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing novel, differentiated aesthetics ...

U-T Daily Circulation Falls, Sunday Rises

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Union-Tribune Monday-Friday circulation for the six months ended Sept. 30 fell to 219,347, down from 224,761 for the same period last year and 242,693 for the same period in 2009, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) data released this ...

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