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SUPERINTENDENT COLLINS TO LEAVE DISTRICT AT END OF SCHOOL YEAR

 

Accepts new position for CORE education products company
 

March 16, 2010 (La Mesa) – Robert J. Collins, Superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, will leave at the end of the school year to accept the position of vice president and chief academic officer with the CORE K12 division of CORE Projects and Technologies Ltd., an education products and services company.
 

“We are fortunate to have had someone of Bob’s caliber, work ethic and vision to lead the Grossmont District during these past three years,” said GUHSD governing board president Robert Shield.

HIGHWAY 52 WESTBOUND LANES CLOSED

 

 UPDATE 1:14 PM:  Accident has been cleared to center divide and lanes are now reopened.

 

March 16, 2010 (Tierrasanta)12:55 pm -- All westbound lanes on State Route 52 are closed and a Sig Alert has been issued. An accident near Mast Boulevard in Tierrasanta involves a gravel truck and at least three cars, CHP reports.
 

HOOLEYFEST! IRISH PUB’S ST. PATRICKS DAY BASH INCLUDES IRISH BANDS & FREE RIDES

 

March 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a fun, festive and safe way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow evening? Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill hosts its famed Hooleyfest! Celebration from 4 p.m. to midnight at both its original Rancho San Diego location and the new Grossmont Center site. Party-goers can avail themselves of free shuttle service between the two pubs—plus free rides home for patrons within a five-mile radius.

TRAIN DERAILS IN SORRENTO MESA

 

March 16, 2010 (San Diego - A freight train derailment in Sorrento Mesa north of the I-5 and I-805 junction has shut down all Amtrak train travel in both directions. Passengers will be bussed. 

AZTECS OPEN NCAA TOURNAMENT IN RHODE ISLAND; FACE TENNESSEE IN FIRST-ROUND ACTION

 

March 16, 2010 (San Diego) – The San Diego State University Aztecs, eleventh seeded men’s basketball team (25-9 overall; 11-5 Mountain West Conference), tournament champions of the MWC, travels to Providence, R.I., for a match-up against sixth-seeded and 15th/14th-ranked Tennessee (25-9 overall; 11-5 Southeastern Conference) in the fourth first-round game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Thursday.

Game time is set for 9:45 p.m. ET (6:45 p.m. PT) and the contest will be televised in high definition by CBS. The CBS game can also be accessed for free via the Internet. Radio coverage of the contest can be heard on AM 600 KOGO.

LOST JAMUL TEEN FOUND SAFE IN EL CAJON

 

 

March 16, 2010 (El Cajon) 9:15 a.m.– Brenda Luu, a 19-year-old mentally impaired teen from Jamul, has just been found safely by El Cajon Police at a bus stop at Mollison and Main Streets in El Cajon after a citizen reported seeing the missing girl 

 

At this time there is no evidence of foul play, though authorities have not yet fully questioned the girl who is being transported to the Lemon Grove Sheriff's substation, a Sheriff's official confirmed moments ago.

PASSPORT FEES MAY INCREASE

 

March 15, 2010 (San Diego) -- If you're planning to travel abroad or cross the Mexican border, you may want to apply now for your passport--since fees may go up substantially soon. Public comment on the fee increases ended March 9, and the County is awaiting the U.S. State Department’s decision to see if the increases will be implemented.

GUNMAN ROBS ATM CUSTOMER AT BANK IN LA MESA

 

 

March 15, 2010 (La Mesa) – A man sitting on the curb outside Wachovia Bank at 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard Friday afternoon waited as a customer withdrew money from the ATM machine, then displayed a handgun and demanded the money. The victim handed over the cash and the suspect fled northbound in traffic lanes of Baltimore Drive.

DON’T DEPEND ON LUCK O’ THE IRISH TO STAY SAFE THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY, SHERIFF WARNS

 

March 15, 2010 (San Diego) -- Sheriff Bill Gore wants to send a reminder about St. Patrick’s Day and safe driving. For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous. On St. Patrick’s Day 2008, thre were 134 fatal crashes—and 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved had a blood alcohol content of .08 or above, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BOATLOAD OF TROUBLE: FIRE CHIEF WITNESSES ARSON ACT IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

March 15, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Timing is everything, as an arsonist found out the hard way this morning. Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a San Miguel Fire battalion chief driving in the 3400 block of Sweetwater Springs  noticed a man toss something at a boat parked in a home's front yard. An instant later, the 20-foot ski boat erupted into flames.

TOYOTA DISPUTES SIKES’ ACCOUNT OF RUNAWAY PRIUS; QUESTIONS GROW REGARDING DRIVER

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 15, 2010 (San Diego) – After completing its own testing, Toyota concluded yesterday that it could find no evidence to support James Sikes’ claim that a sticking gas pedal caused his vehicle to accelerate to 94 mph in a widely-publicized incident on I-8 in East County last week. Toyota said its tests found that Sikes rapidly pressed the gas and brakes back and forth over 250 times and that the car’s gas pedal and backup safety system were working properly.

COPS FIND “KEYS” TO BUNGLED BURGLARY

 

March 14, 2010 (La Mesa) – Two brothers who robbed a car rental business, then dropped their own car keys as they fled, have been arrested by La Mesa Police.  Officials are now invetigating to determine whether the pair may have been responsible for other commercial break-ins.

OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLIST RESCUED ON TECATE PEAK

 

March 14, 2010 (Tecate) – Two Sheriff’s helicopters helped rescue a downed off-road motorcyclist early this afternoon half way up the northwest face of Tecate Peak. The 46-year-old crash victim suffered a shoulder injury at the 2,600 foot elevation level on a remote fire road.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: MATT DAMON, DIRECTOR PAUL GREENGRASS IN THE ZONE WITH "GREEN ZONE"

 

By Brian Lafferty

March 14, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Green Zone is relentlessly exciting from beginning to end. We know there never were weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq, which was the primary reason we went to war. We know what the outcome will be in the end, that there’s no turning back and we’re in it for the long haul, WMDs or not. Despite this common knowledge, screenwriter Brian Helgeland manages to incorporate a mystery that keeps us guessing until the very end in addition to exciting action sequences.

 

CRAFTING WITH MARY: ROCK POTS BRING SPRINGTIME INDOORS

 

By Mary Genser

March 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Want some spring decorations that really rock? These ornamental rock pots are ideal garden accessories to brighten up your home’s interiors. Use them to display artificial ivy, plants, flowers, or handy household items. They also make great gifts. Your only limit is your imagination!

JAMES JOYCE’S ULYSSES—AND WHY EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT

 

A St. Patrick’s Day reflection on a writer's own odyssey

 

By E.A. Barrera

 

"We may now imbibe freely of the contents of bottles and forthright books"
Morris L. Ernst, Co-Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. December 11, 1933.

 

March 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- The same week this country ended Prohibition, America opened the doors to let people legally read James Joyce's Ulysses. With St. Patrick's Day once more at hand, the greatest of 20th Century novels and the author whose genius gave us at look into our own daily souls deserve a brief remembrance.

REMEMBER! DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

 

Saturday, March 13, 2010 (San Diego's East County)- Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour, since Daylight Savings Time starts at midnight.

14 INFANT DEATHS PROMPT CONSUMER WARNING ABUT SLING CARRIERS FOR BABIES

 

TWINS, PREEMIES, YOUNG BABIES & INFANTS WITH COLDS MOST AT RISK

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age. In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.

SHERIFF WARNS PUBLIC OF MAN FOLLOWING 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO & FROM SCHOOL IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Spring Valley) – San Diego Sheriff has issued a warning to the public about a man who has been following a 10-year-old girl to and from Kempton Elementary School in Spring Valley. The most recent incident occurred March 10 in the area of Piedmont Street and Grand Avenue. The first incident occurred on February 22, however the victim delayed reporting it because of fear.

INTERNATIONAL FAIR AT LAKESIDE SCHOOL OFFERS FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC & DANCES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Lakeside) -  Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.  It's all part of the Lakeside Union School District and Riverview Elementary School's second annual International Fair on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FALLBROOK MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN & DOMESTIC THREAT

 

March 12, 2010 (Fallbrook) – Todd Norton, 43, of Fallbrook has been arrested for threatening to harm his wife and shoot up her house after she reported him to authorities for possession of child pornography, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s office.

FIRST LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH FOUND IN COUNTY

 

March 12, 2010 (Bonsall) -- Residents are being asked to report any sightings of the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), which was discovered in a trap located in a lemon grove in Bonsall.

 

The find prompted California Department of Food and Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to place additional traps in the area. A quarantine will be triggered if a second LBAM is found.

FREEBIE ALERT: WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

 

March 11, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - One of East County’s treasures is The Water Conservation Garden. Sunset Magazine calls it one of the “Top 10 Gardens of the West.” This is a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a leisurely afternoon. However, it’s also a learning experience!

FDA RECALLS 153 PRODUCTS FOR HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN SALMONELLA CONTAMINATION

 

 

March 12, 2010 (Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday the U.S. Food & Drug administration listed 153 food items subject to  recall for hydrolyzed vegetable protein believed contaminated with salmonella.   The list includes boullion, dressing and dressing mixes, flavoring base and seasoning products, frozen foods, gravy mixes, prepared salads, ready-to-eat products,sauce and marinade mixes, snack foods, soups and soup mixes, dips and dip mixes.

RENAISSANCE FAIRE BRINGS MEDIEVAL HISTORY TO LIFE SATURDAY

Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center hosts full day of merry-making

 

March 12, 2010 (Valley Center) – Highland games, archery, medieval music and cooking demonstrations are all part of the fun this Saturday, March 13th . Historical re-enactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. Renaissance Group will host a Renaissance Faire at Bates Nut Farm in Escondido from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ON A ROLL: 2ND ANNUAL CASINO ROYALE NIGHT SET FOR MARCH 18

 

Tickets still available for La Mesa Chamber’s James Bond bash at Town & Country Resort

March 11, 2010 (La Mesa) – Try your luck at Monte Carlo-style gaming tables amid a night of glitz, glamour and prizes galore at La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s Casino Royale Night on Thursday, March 18th . The event takes place in the Golden Ballroom at the Town & Country Hotel, where a silent auction, raffle, and elegant food stations will all be part of the fun.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: LINCOLN UPSETS HOOVER, WINS DIV. II SECTIONAL TITLE WITH 58-51 WIN

by Christopher Mohr

 

(San Diego) March 11 - If you like to watch basketball played above the rim, you would have enjoyed the matchup between the Hornets of Lincoln High School and the Cardinals of Hoover High School for the Division II section championship at Jenny Craig Pavilion Friday night. This battle between schools named after past U.S. presidents was a game that local high school hoops fans could not afford to miss.

Both teams' lineups featured athletic players that did not know the meaning of the term, 'vertically challenged'. Lincoln's starting lineup had an average height of 6'5", including 6'10" center Nathan Maxey. Hoover's lineup although not as tall, included 6'9" Angelo Chol.

JAZZ 88.3 TO LAUNCH "THE SPEAKEASY" JAZZ PROGRAM ONLINE

 

By Bill Pogue

March 10, 2010 (Mt. Helix) -- Snap your fingers, toss your head, and toe-tap to the rhythms of all kinds of jazz on KSDS 88.3 FM, a San Diego jewel. Mark DeBoskey, station manager and a Mt. Helix resident, has helped to make Jazz 88.3 one of the world’s premier jazz stations.

 

Now the radio station hopes to launch “The Speakeasy” -- an interactive, web-based jazz program. There will be content of all kinds and direct, internet communication with other jazz lovers. “The Speakeasy” will be available in 125 countries, just as is the current Jazz 88.3, streaming away on the internet.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR 1 OF 4 IN STATE TO WIN COMMUNITY COLLEGES’ HIGHEST TEACHING AWARD

 

 

Music Professor Pat Setzer to receive Hayward Award for Excellence in Education

EL CAJON – Cuyamaca College music instructor Pat Setzer, a key player in the planning and construction of a performing arts complex inside the campus’ sprawling $45 million communication arts center, is one of four community college faculty members statewide to win the 2010 Hayward Award for Excellence in Education.

RIVER PARK FOUNDATION HOLDS “SAVE THE SOURCE” PROJECTS MARCH 13

 

March 10, 2010 (Lakeside) --On March 13th, the San Diego River Park Foundation and its partners will team up for a new event to raise awareness about the San Diego River. More than 100 volunteers will participate in five special projects in Lakeside, Ramona, and Julian areas. The public is invited to participate in the events, which include clean-up and park beautification efforts as well as an open house at a nature preserve.

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