August 2017 Articles

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS‘ TRIBUTE TO MILITARY IN EL CAJON

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo:  Congresswoman Susan Davis addresses audience at veterans’ town hall in El Cajon.

Listen to veterans’ town hall with Congresswoman Davis:

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August 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- With the United States involved in war campaigns in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia over the past century, there are U.S. soldiers who have returned home visibly unscathed by the hell of war. But there are those soldiers who have returned home healthy on the outside, yet everyday continue to deal with the ravages of war on the inside, enduring post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.


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SULLIVAN SOLAR INSTALLS FIRST CERTIFIED LG CHEM BATTERY IN CONTINENTAL U.S.

 

Local solar firm is slated to lead the state in LG Chem battery installations

East County News Service

August 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday, the first LG Chem residential energy storage unit in the continental United States went live. It was installed by Sullivan Solar Power at the Keefe residence in Carlsbad. This milestone is a big step toward grid independence for Americans.” It can also power your home in case of a blackout, keeping the lights on while neighbors are left in the dark.


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SCAM TARGETS LA MESA RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (La Mesa) — Scammers claiming to be from the “La Mesa Energy Control Board” have been calling La Mesa residents to solicit information and money, according to a post on the La Mesa Next Door forum.


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TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY ON TROLLEY IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have arrested two teenagers for armed robbery aboard a trolley on July 5th.

According to police, the victim, a juvenile male, was riding a trolley from San Diego. When it arrived at the Amaya Trolley Station in La Mesa, a group of young males approved the victim and one asked for the time.


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LEGALLY BLONDE, YOUNG ACTORS THEATRE AUGUST 3-13, IS MORE THAN FLUFF

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com and Freelance Writer, Splash Magazine

August 7, 2017 (Casa De Oro) - Young Actors Theatre took on Legally Blonde to show that beyond fun and fluff, the real message is for young women in today's society to stay positive, believe in yourself, dig deep and stay strong. For the rest of us, not everything is as it first appears. Look beneath the blonde to find what's important.


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: GREY FOX

 

East County News Service

August 7, 2017 (Boulevard) – John Mauris snapped these photos of a Cailfornia grey fox in Boulevard. Though less colorful than their cousins, the red foxes, grey foxes are even more agile.

These crafty foxes are one of only two species of canines capable of climbing trees.  


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ECM PADRES REPORT: HOME RUNS COME IN PAIRS AS REDS DEFEAT PADRES

 

 

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Photo:  former Padre Patrick Kivlehan hit a grand slam in the eighth that sealed the win for the Reds.  Via @Reds on Twitter

August 7, 2017 (Cincinnati) - Yesterday’s walk-off by the Pirates was heartbreaking, but tonight, the Padres started a new series with a new team, the Reds, for four games.  Jhoulys Chacin started game one tonight against Tim Adleman for the Reds.


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CHIEF’S CORNER: A BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- When I was younger, I hated all the back-to-school commercials. They were a dreaded reminder that summer was over and pretty soon, I’d be back inside a hot, stuffy classroom, mourning my lost freedom.


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MAN DIES AFTER JAMUL CRASH

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (Jamul) – A 51-year-old man from San Diego has died after an accident last night in Jamul. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 2008 Acura MDX driven by the man on Skyline Truck Trail east of Lawson Valley Road drifted off the road and struck a dirt embankment.


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LA TO HOST 2028 SUMMER OLYMPICS

 

By Liz Alper

August 7, 2017 (Los Angeles) - On July 31, Los Angeles announced a deal to give up their bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics and instead host the 2028 Olympics.  Paris will now host the 2024 Olympics.



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MEDIA WATCH: MORE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS AT FOX NEWS

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - Is Fox News a hotbed for sexual harassment?  Fox News host Eric Bolling is the latest in a string of high profile Fox figures embroiled in allegations of tawdry workplace behavior.


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COURT TO FAA: CHECK SAFETY EFFECTS OF SMALLER AIRLINE SEATS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -  In recent years, passengers have been complaining about shrinking seat sizes while airlines seek to squeeze out maximum profits.

But last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, to conduct a review to determine whether those claustrophobic small seats pose safety hazards to passengers.


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RARE RHINOS REBORN?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- Only three northern white rhinos remain on earth – and none of them can breed.  But thanks to scientists at the San Diego Zoo, this rare rhinoceros species may yet be saved from extinction.


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GOV. BROWN: CALIFORNIA MAY SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER “SANCTUARY CITIES” FUNDING CUT

 

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association.

Photo: Screenshot, Governor Jerry Brown on NBC Meet the Press

August 7, 2017 (Sacramento) - Gov. Jerry Brown said California may sue the Trump administration over its threat to cut federal funding from cities that refuse to comply with the federal immigration crackdown.


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MEDICAL MEET AND GREETS FOR REFUGEES SOON TO BECOME REGULAR AFFAIRS

 

By Rachel Williams

August 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Medical handouts, translated to English and Arabic, are strewn across the table at St. John’s Church for Syrian and Afghan refugees. Health organizations around San Diego participated in an educational meet and greet to introduce the differences in urgent and emergency care, proper nutrition and disease prevention.


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KNSJ RADIO TOWER DAMAGED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 6, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – KNSJ Radio, 89.1 FM Descanso, has been knocked off the air by lightning hitting the transmitter during last week’s monsoonal storm. Funds are needed to help the station get back on the air.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: RODRIGUEZ'S WALK-OFF HOMER GIVES BUCS SERIES WIN OVER PADRES

 

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Photo:  Sean Rodriguez's walk-off home run in the 12th gave the Pirates a 5-4 win over the Padres.  Via @Pirates on Twitter

August 6, 2017 (Pittsburgh) - Whoever won today’s game won the series, so the Padres made sure to make good with Clayton Richard on the mound against Jameson Taillon for the Pirates.


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LOS COYOTES TRIBE FORGING AGREEMENT WITH GB SCIENCES FOR COMMERCIAL CANNABIS VENTURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Image: Pixabay

August 6, 2017 (Los Coyotes Reservation) – An agreement to grow, manufacture and distribute commercial cannabis products has been reached between GB Science, Inc. and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeña Indians. The Los Coyotes reservation is located in a mountainous area near Warner Springs in San Diego’s East County.


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FATAL SHOOTING IN SAN CARLOS

 

East County News Service

August 6, 2017 (San Carlos) – A 23-year-old man has died after being shot in the San Carlos neighborhood where he lived with his family.

San Diego Police indicate the shooting was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Friday night in the 6600 block of Park Ridge Boulevard.  A family member took the victim to Kaiser Zion Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


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SHOW YOUR BEST SHOTS: ANZA-BORREGO DESERT PHOTO CONTEST

 

East County News Service

August 5, 2017 (Anza-Borrego) -- Calling All Photographers!  The 2018 Anza-Borrego Desert Photo Contest is now live and ready to accept your entries!

The contest is meant to encourage desert lovers and photography enthusiasts to capture their favorite views, moments and adventures in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Since the theme of the contest is the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all photographs must be taken within the Park boundaries.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: COLEMAN'S HOMER LIFTS PADRES OUT OF DANGER, EVENS SERIES

 

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Photo:  Dusty Coleman's two-run homer in the eighth took the Padres from a dangerous 3-2 lead to a 5-2 victory.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 5, 2017 (Pittsburgh) - Gregory Polanco took away the Padres’ lead last night, but ever determined, our intrepid heroes sought out to take game two against the Pirates tonight with Dinelson Lamet on the mound against Gerrit Cole for the Pirates.


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PLAY FOR THE 14-TIME CHAMPIONS: SOCKERS ANNOUNCE PAIR OF TRYOUT CAMPS

 

By Nick Pellegrino

August 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- Really, what chance is there to obtain a roster spot with the San Diego Padres? What about that football team that used to play in town? 

Slim to none? Not according to a club that is a 14-time national champion.


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RAINS RAISE TARANTULA SIGHTINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: National Park Service

August 5, 2017 (San Diego) – If you suffer from arachnophobia, you may not like this story.  Those winter showers have brought out more than May flowers. The wet weather has also led to an increase in tarantula sightings locally due to plentiful populations of critters on which these giant spiders feast.


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DONATIONS SOUGHT TO HELP FAMILIES OF BIG-RIG CRASH VICTIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Fundraising sites have been established at GoFundMe for two families devastated by last week’s crash of a big rig truck that lost control and struck multiple vehicles.


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LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEWCOMER REBEKAH BASSON TO EMPTY SEAT

 

Board passes over ex-PTA president/LMSV bond oversight committee member and former teacher’s union representative to select church worker

By Kendra Sitton

Read full transcript of meeting here.

August 5, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Rebekah Basson received the appointment to the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education during a special meeting on Aug. 3, just two days before the deadline for an expensive special election to be held in its place.


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WESTBOUND I-8 CONNECTOR RAMPS TO NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND SR-125 CLOSED SATURDAY NIGHT

 

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August 4, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Caltrans maintenance crews will close the connector ramps from westbound Interstate 8 (I-8) to northbound and southbound State Route 125 (SR-125) Saturday at 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday for bridge joint repair work. 


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TEEN GIRL, 15, MISSING FROM ESCONDIDO SINCE JULY 22 WITH PET SNAKE

 

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August 4, 2017 (Escondido) – Public help is sought to help locating Seraphine Bustillos, a missing Escondido 15-year-old who may have left home with a foot-and-a-half long ball python snake and a black backpack.  She has hair dyed black, blue eyes, pierced ears, and is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 110 pounds.


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THE BUFFET AT VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT BEGINS KING CRAB LEG FRIDAYS

 

The sustainably sourced and succulent favorite is flown in fresh every week for guests to savor

East County News Service

August 4, 2017 (Alpine) -- Crab lovers, rejoice: The Buffet at Viejas Casino & Resort is kicking off King Crab Leg Fridays, when guests can enjoy an unlimited feast of the delectable culinary favorite. Flown in fresh every week from the icy waters off of the Alaskan coast, the sustainably sourced King Crab is the newest featured addition to The Buffet’s recent enhancements, which also include a state-of-the-art, no-wait, no-hassle reservation system created in partnership with Yelp.


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EAST COUNTY DRUG COURT CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GRADUATION CEREMONY

 

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August 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Superior Court of California and Mental Health Systems, Inc. will hold a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 9th at 5:00 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside.  This is the court’s 45th Graduation ceremony since it was founded 20 years ago in August 1997.  The 20th anniversary of East County Drug Court and the uplifting commencement ceremony is evidence of the tremendous impact that East County Drug Court has had on our community, a release from  the county’s Mental Health Service department states.  


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ECM PADRES REPORT: EL COFFEE'S THREE-RUN HOMER, SIX-RUN SEVENTH LIFTS BUCS OVER PADS

 

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Photo:  The Padres held a 6-4 lead over the Pirates until the seventh, when Gregory Polanco unleashed a three-run homer to give the Buccos the lead.  Via @Pirates on Twitter

August 4, 2017 (Pittsburgh) - Yes, the Padres just faced the Bucs, but because the MLB said so, they're facing them again, this time in Pittsburgh.  Travis Wood started against Ivan Nova for the Pirates.


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