February 2018 Articles

February 2018 Articles

SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER INDICTS 13 RUSSIANS

 

The Plot To Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election, by Malcolm Nance (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., New York, New York, 2016, 186 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“I wouldn’t know anything about it. You know, there are so many hackers today and they work with such finesse, planting a trail where and when they need…. It’s difficult to trace, if even possible…. The important thing here is what the public was shown…. One shouldn’t draw the public attention from the core of the issue by replacing it with secondary details like who did it.” – VLADIMIR PUTIN

February 17, 2018 (San Diego) - Coming on the heels of my recent review of former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Donna Brazil’s book Hacks, Malcolm Nance, international expert on counterterrorism intelligence, and MSNBC TV contributor, as well as New York Times Bestselling Author of Defeating Isis, has written a provocative and timely book on espionage and the state of affairs between the United States and Russia; The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

PYEONCHANG RECAP: LILLIS WINS AERIALS QUALIFIER; JHK STEALS SILVER; WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SKIING PLACES BEST-EVER FIFTH

 

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By Liz Alper

February 17, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Pittsford, New York's Jon Lillis was halfway across the world when his brother died in October.

"We're coming home," he told his father after hearing the news that his brother had died in his sleep.

Jon and his brother Chris were about to let their lives go.  But then they remember that Mikey, an Olympic hopeful himself, wouldn't let them do that.  On Saturday, Jon qualified for the men's aerials, avenging his brother's death.

TOP COUNTY PARKS TO GET MARRIED IN

 

Take a fresh approach to your wedding ceremony and say “I do” in a park. From romantic country meadows to bayfront ocean views or rustic ranchos, San Diego County Parks and Recreation has a wide array of outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions in every part of the county.

With venue fees starting at $105, County parks are not only a beautiful option, but a budget-friendly one, too! To tour event spaces or make reservations, contact Parks at (858) 565-3600.

Here are just a few of the scenic spaces to exchange vows. Find the complete list of venues online.

LA MESA OFFICIALLY INVESTIGATES HELIX USE OF FORCE INCIDENT

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Barry Aninag, B.A.investigations, via Linked In

 

February 16, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa's City Manager Yvonne Garrett and City Attorney Glenn Sabine signed an agreement today with Barry Aninag, B.A. Investigations, LLC, in connection with the January 19, 2018 use of force incident by a La Mesa Police school resource officer on a handcuffed female student at Helix Charter High School.

Aninag's LinkedIn profile states that Aninag is the owner of B.A. Investigations and is a “retired police executive after having served thirty years in law enforcement.”

YOU'RE INVITED TO OUR MARDI GRAS DINNER PARTY FEB. 28!

 

 

February 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to our Mardi Gras dinner party benefit for East County Magazine!

Join us Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. at the award-winning San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room (8364 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa for a catered New Orleans Cajun/Creole dinner and festivities -- all for just $28 (leap year pricing on leap day!).  

$28 price includes tax, tip, Mardi Gras mask, beads, New Orelans dinner and a glass of wine

RSVP required by Feb. 21 as we must guarantee a number and prepay the caterer.

There will also be opportunity drawings, a silent auction, games and prizes galore! Scroll down or click “read more” for the delicious details.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS WINS MW OPENER AT UNLV 4-3

 

Aztecs notch first dual-match victory of the year

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Sander Gjoels-Andersen secured the Aztecs' win at UNLV with a victory at No. 3 singles.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 17, 2018 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team ended three weeks of frustration with its first victory of the season after rallying for a 4-3 triumph over UNLV on Friday in the Mountain West opener for both squads at Fertita Tennis Complex.

T-NO. 14 WATER POLO DOWNS TORONTO IN EXHIBITION 13-6

 

Aztecs complete trip to Orange County with two wins

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 17, 2018 (Newport Coast, Calif.) - T-No. 14 San Diego State, which earlier in the day defeated Concordia in its Golden Coast opener, completed its trip to Orange County with a 13-6 exhibition win over the University of Toronto at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast.

T-NO. 14 WATER POLO WINS GCC OPENER VS. CONCORDIA 12-5

 

Aztecs improve to 27-0 all-time in GCC play

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 17, 2018 (Irvine) - T-No. 14 San Diego State opened its fourth-straight Golden Coast Conference regular-season title defense with a 12-5 road victory at Concordia on Friday afternoon. The decision moved the Aztecs to 5-4 (1-0 GCC) on the season, while the Eagles fell to 3-2 (0-1 GCC).

SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING IN THIRD AFTER DAY THREE OF MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Courtney Vincent wins individual title in 100 fly

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 17, 2018 (San Antonio) - The San Diego State swimming and diving finished the third day of competition at the Mountain West Championships on Friday and currently stands in third place (734.5 overall points) heading into the final day of competition at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO USC 5-2

 

SDSU drops five of six singles matches in loss to Trojans

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 17, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team started its day off strong claiming the doubles point but ultimately lost speed in singles against USC, falling 5-2. Today’s loss is the third straight for the Aztecs.

ALASKA STRING BAND IN CONCERT MARCH 16 AT KROC THEATRE

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2018 (San Diego) -- The Alaska String Band will perform at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on Friday, March 16th at 7 p.m. to benefit the ministries of Alpine’s Christ the King Episcopal Church.  Be entertained by the delightful talent of this family band, as they take you on a musical journey filled with the rich sounds of bluegrass and a variety of timeless American classics while wide-screen images portray the beauty of Alaska to create a visually captivating setting.

PYEONCHANG RECAP: NATHAN CHEN CATAPULTS TO FIFTH; HOCKEY BOUNCES BACK

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Nathan Chen of the United States competes during the Men's Single Free Program on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 17, 2018 (Pyeonchang, South Korea) - America was expecting so much from Nathan Chen.  He let us down the first time.  He didn't let it happen again.

“I definitely did want to redeem myself after the two short programs and I think I did here,” said Chen.  He made it sound like he was redeeming something pointless like a gift certificate, but he redeemed so much more.

SDSU BASEBALL TAKES DOWN UCSB 9-1 ON OPENING NIGHT

 

SDSU pitching staff strikes out 14 while allowing just four hits

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 16, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team kicked off its 2018 campaign in commanding fashion, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-1, on Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Logan Boyer, a preseason all-MW selection, impressed in his first start of the season, going 3.2 innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. After Boyer started his evening inducing a 6-3 groundout, Boyer went on to strikeout the next four Gaucho hitters he faced.

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNED BY NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY 2-1

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Iesha Hill drove in SDSU's lone run in a 2-1 loss to North Dakota State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 16, 2018 (San Diego) - North Dakota State tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth inning and scored an unearned run in the seventh to rally past the San Diego State softball team 2-1 Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Bison improved to 4-3 with its second win of the day at the 28th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic, while the Aztecs dropped to 1-8 with their sixth straight loss.

SOCKERS: SAN DIEGO EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO THREE WITH 4-2 VICTORY IN TIGHT GAME

 

Goalkeeper Boris Pardo moves to 8-0-1 and is the MASL leader with a 3.66 GAA

Source:  San Diego Sockers

Photo courtesy San Diego Sockers

February 16, 2018 (Lakeland, Fla.) - The Pacific Division Champion San Diego Sockers were held to only four goals, but that was enough to defeat Florida 4-2 at RP Funding Center on Friday night. San Diego improves to 15-3, while the Tropics' playoff hopes were dashed with the loss to drop to 9-8. 

13 RUSSIANS INDICTED BY SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER FOR INTERFERING IN 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – It’s official:  Russia actively worked to sabotage American democracy and put Donald Trump in the White House.

Today, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller released copies of indictments filed against 13 Russians and three Russian entities on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and other charges ranging from bank fraud to identity theft in their quest to violate laws that prohibit foreigners from spending money to influence U.S. elections.  Read the full indictment here.

The indictment language is damning, documenting how the Russian organization Internet Research Agency plotted “information warfare against the U.S.” paid for in Russian rubles at a budget of $1.25 million a month. 

Russians posing as Americans used social media to post positive information on Trump and negative information,  much of it false, disparaging other candidates opposing Trump including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton.  They also organized pro-Trump and anti-Clinton marches and rallies in the U.S.

They were aided by at least 100 U.S. citizens and and communicated with members of the Trump campaign, the indictment makes clear, and funneled illegal contributions into electing Trump.  At least some of those contacts were "unwitting."

CIRCLE OF ART SHOW AND SALE IN BORREGO SPRINGS MARCH 10-11

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2018 (Borrego Springs) – Art lovers can view works of over 70 fine artists at the 29th annual Circle of Art Show and Sale on Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs. This popular event will be held Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SDSU SOFTBALL DROPS 5-0 DECISION TO NO. 25/25 KENTUCKY

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 15, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State softball team was shut out by No. 25/25 Kentucky 5-0 Thursday night in the opener of the 28th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic at SDSU Softball Stadium.

Zaria Meshack, Taylor Stewart and Molly Sturdivant each had a hit and a walk for the Aztecs, who fell to 1-7 with their fifth straight loss.

SDSU SWIM & DIVE IN SECOND AFTER DAY TWO OF MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Frida Berggren wins individual title in 200 IM

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 15, 2018 (San Antonio) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team stands in second place after the second day of the Mountain West Championships at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center. The Aztecs currently have 451.5 total points after Thursday’s events, trailing MW championship leader Boise State (491 points) by 39.5 points. 

RETIRED FIREFIGHTER BECOMES HIGHWAY “HERO” IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jose Estrada from Cal rans presents Dan Russell with an award in appreciation of his tireless efforts

February 15, 2018 (Pine Valley/Campo) – Dan Russell worked 27 years for the San Diego Fire Department. Now he’s a local hero for a different reason – working tirelessly to clean up trash along Interstate 8 and other roadways in East County.

“I’ve been doing it now for 12 years,” says Russell.  “I would say I average five hours a day, six days a week.  I pick up just under a thousand pounds a month…real close to 10,000 pounds a year; over 100,000 pounds since I got started.”

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 17-APRIL 24

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 14, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes President’s Day weekend activities at Lake Jennings, a jazz concert at San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa, the Martin Luther King Community Choir in Lemon Grove, a star party and a Celtic harp concert at Mission Trails, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, tips from La Mesa Beautiful, and hawk watching in Ramona.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Boots Ball in Borrego Springs, a St Patrick’s Day run through El Cajon, Gregory Page in concert at Mission Trails, Tomatomania at the Garden, a harmonica festival in La Mesa, Santee Lakes’ Springtime Extravaganza, Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, the season opener of Cajon Classic Cruise nights, an antique and crafts fair, and Heritage of the Americas Museum’s anniversary party.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

MAN TRIES TO KIDNAP WOMAN AT MAILBOX IN WARNER SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2018 (Warner Springs) --  The Ranchita/Warner Springs Sheriff's Substation asks public help to locate a man in a pickup truck who tried to kidnap a woman yesterday shortly before 7:30 a.m. at her mailbox in the 29000 block of State Route 79 in Warner Springs.

The victim, 29, told deputies she was getting off her car to get her mail when a man attacked her and tried to get her into his truck. She was able to fight off the attacker and drive away from the area. She says the man followed her from the scene for some distance and then he continued driving westbound on State Route 76 toward Valley Center.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released, says Sergeant Brian Jenkins with the San Diego Sheriff’s department.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO LEFT FATALLY INJURED WOMAN IN ROADWAY



By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police are seeking witnesses to identify the driver who hit and fatally injured a woman pedestrian found still alive at 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Sunshine Avenue.  She died while being transported to a hospital, Patch.com reports.

The woman may have been homeless, according to Lt. Royal Bates.

EAST COUNTY COUPLE AMONG 93 TAKING VOWS ON VALENTINE’S DAY AT COUNTY FACILITIES



 

 

Source: County News Service

February 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Jason and Darinka Viau of East County are among 93 couples married on Valentine’s Day at County facilities. 

They are planning a bigger wedding and reception in Mexico later in the year. Jason Viau said a few weeks ago, he decided he didn’t want to wait any longer to make Darinka his bride and suggested a Valentine’s Day wedding at Waterfront Park. She said yes.

JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP RECEIVES IBMA FOUNDATION GRANT

 

Local music camp represents Southern CA as only camp to receive IBMA honor; April 11-15 camp includes many musical styles, instruments from fiddle to cello


February 15, 2018 (Julian) -- The Julian Family Fiddle Camp (JFFC) received a grant from the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation (IBMA) the first week of February for its dedication and contribution to sustaining acoustic music in the local community. 

LOVE TO SING? SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA INVITES YOU TO "COME SING WITH US"

 

Deadline for new members to apply is Feb. 26 to perform in Spring Concert April 29

 

By Teresa Fistere, San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra

February 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus, based in East County, is in its 18th season, and never sounded so good!

We are non-sectarian, performing choral masterworks and popular choral arrangements in the same program.

Our winter concert featured the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” and a zany “Musicological Tour of the Twelve Days of Christmas”. 1400 people attended our performance at the College Avenue Baptist Church, a marvelous venue.

This spring’s concert starts with John Rutter’s “Requiem”, a modern choral masterpiece. Anyone would be inspired by it. Then we get to perform songs from a new choral version of “West Side Story”. It’s a wonderful American musical. We finish the concert with delightful songs from “The Wizard of Oz”.

SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING TIED FOR FIRST AFTER FIRST DAY OF MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztecs share lead with Nevada after day one in San Antonio

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 15, 2018 (San Antonio) - The San Diego State swimming & diving team capped off the first day of the Mountain West championships with a share of first place with Nevada, owning 189 total points.

The Aztecs recorded a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Alma Thormalm, Caitlin Delany, Summer Harrison and Klara Thormalm teaming up to post an SDSU season-best time of 1:38.69 – just .46 seconds behind first-place finisher Boise State.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY SIX: MIKAELA SCHIFFRIN WINS SECOND OLYMPIC GOLD; FIRST IN GIANT SLALOM

 

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Photo:  Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States poses on the podium after the Ladies' Giant Slalom on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 15, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Mikaela Schiffrin waited for her turn to race.  And waited.  And waited.  And...waited.  She waited for three days for winds to subside.  But finally, on Thursday, she got to hit the slopes.

And she made the winds pay.

MALIK POPE REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS AS AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS WYOMING 87-77

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

February 15, 2018 (San Diego) - It may be Valentine’s Day, but it felt more like this year’s V-Day competition, Ash Wednesday, inside Viejas Arena as two Mountain West rivals squared off in men’s basketball.  The Aztecs greeted the Cowboys of Wyoming, who rank third in the Mountain West.

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT WYOMING 70-50

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 15, 2018 (Laramie, Wyo.) - The San Diego State women's basketball team fell at Wyoming 70-50 Wednesday evening at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowgirls (17-7, 10-3 MW), the conference's best three-point shooting team, went 13-for-27 from behind the arc and used a 20-0 first half run to give them a double-digit lead the Aztecs (10-14, 4-9 MW) couldn't recover from.

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