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NFL wants 'tangible results' in San Diego

utsandiego.com — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, long complimentary and supportive of the Chargers' stadium effort, sounded pleased on Friday that a task force has been seated to try to find a solution toward that end. But the commissioner also seemed as skeptical as the Chargers are about developments in San Diego.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @DHBerman: Name a plaza after Goodell. RT @UTsandiego NFL commissioner says "we need to see tangible results" in San Diego: bitly.com/1zGPsua

Jan 30, 2015

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Family of Padres TV commentator Mark Grant survives ghastly car crash.

utsandiego.com — Only a few days after an Oregon man emerged almost unscathed from his mangled pickup truck, sandwiched between two big rigs on an icy highway, family members of Mark Grant, color analyst for Padres TV broadcasts, escaped from a wreck that also looked unsurvivable.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Chargers stadium task force unveiled

utsandiego.com — Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday unveiled the members of a task force that will focus on crafting a comprehensive proposal for a new Chargers stadium, including the optimal location and how best to pay for it.

U-T Watchdog: Former CPUC boss to be feted by industry

utsandiego.com — Even as state investigators rummaged through Michael Peevey's kitchen, office and garage this week, many of the people he regulated as president of the California Public Utilities Commission have been invited to spend $250 apiece to toast him at a farewell dinner. Page 1 of 2
Jan 30, 2015

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Mayor's Chargers stadium task force is made up of civic leaders and financial experts

U-T Watchdog: Warrants indicate San Onofre notes seized in raid

utsandiego.com — State agents seized bank statements, computers. miscellaneous files and a host of other materials from the Los Angeles area home of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey this week, indicating a public-corruption case is growing more serious.

Husband-wife police officers get prison in prescription drug case

utsandiego.com — Two married San Diego police officers who admitted they acquired and sold prescription painkillers, sometimes while on duty, were sentenced Friday to three years in prison. Bryce Charpentier, 32, and Jennifer Charpentier, 42, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to posess and sell a controlled substance - hydrocodone.

McStay murder suspect will represent himself at trial

utsandiego.com — The man accused of murdering a Fallbrook couple and their two toddler sons can represent himself at trial, a judge ruled Friday. Judge Michael Smith granted the request made by Charles "Chase" Merritt, who is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph McStay, his wife Summer, and their two children, sons Gianni, 4, and Joey Jr., 3.

7th threat phoned into San Ysidro High

utsandiego.com — A digital recording of a threat was called into San Ysidro High School Friday morning -- the seventh such threat made in two and a half weeks. Police searched the campus and found it to be safe. As in the previous cases, the call was made by a Skype phone number.

U-T Watchdog: One firm rules them all, schools-wise

utsandiego.com — More than 35 school districts in the region turn to the county Office of Education for help with certain legal issues, and an obscure agency in that office assigns most of the casework to one firm.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @UTWatchdog: One firm gets most schools' legal work >> Shinoff gets 70 percent, although legal agency says cases are rotated http://t.co…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AshlyReports: One firm gets most schools' legal work; districts don't get the bills, some unaware they're board members utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/… @utwatchdog

Jan 30, 2015

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Widower hears recovered voicemail of late wife, cries tears of joy

utsandiego.com — Stan Beaton, 68, who lives in West Yorkshire, England, had kept the outgoing answering machine of his late wife Ruby, 63, since she died of stomach cancer in 2003. Then the phone company lost it. This is the magical story of how he got it back.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Veteran Resource Center opens inside San Diego's downtown library

utsandiego.com — A new Veteran Resource Center has opened inside the San Diego Central Library in downtown. Trained volunteers at the center will provide veterans with information and support related to state and federal veterans benefits and services. It's located on the 3rd floor of the library, 330 Park Blvd., just east of Petco Park.

Starbucks could jolt home values

utsandiego.com — Say what you will about Starbucks, but having that little green coffee fairy around your neighborhood could also mean more green in your wallet. A new analysis from Zillow says homes located near a Starbucks appreciate much faster than homes farther away from the coffee giant.

Ducks' AHL tickets hot; but still no name

utsandiego.com — San Diego's new AHL team doesn't even have a name yet, but fans are already buying tickets for games that will begin this October. President of Business Operations Ari Segal said Friday that the Anaheim Ducks took more than 500 deposits for season tickets in the first 24 hours of the San Diego AHL team's existence.
Jan 30, 2015

Even w/o team name, @AnaheimDucks #SanDiegoAHL season tickets are selling hot. But what's the naming hold up? fb.me/6XpayUrtg

GoFundMe donors give back to San Diego Highwayman Thomas Weller

utsandiego.com — Thomas Weller, aka the San Diego Highwayman, has helped stranded motorists for 48 years without asking them to do anything but pay it forward. Now they are: To him, to help fulfill his "ultimate wish." A new documentary has drawn attention to his plight. Page 1 of 2
Jan 30, 2015

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Scientists recant claim about birth of universe.

utsandiego.com — A global team of astronomers said Friday it was wrong last year when it triumphantly announced that it had found evidence that the universe began to rapidly expand just after the Big Bang -- a claim heavily based on a data from a telescope that UC San Diego helped develop.

GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio stopped in San Diego late Tuesday for a fundraiser

utsandiego.com — On the go: GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, son of a bartender and a hotel housekeeper, stopped in San Diego late Tuesday to woo supporters. The gathering, arranged by veteran political fundraiser Karolyn Dorsee, was hosted by Dan and Sally Shea at their Donovan's Steak & Chop House at 1250 Prospect St.

Ducks grow SoCal hockey from ground up

utsandiego.com — Thursday was a big day for the Anaheim Ducks. At a press conference in San Jose that morning, they announced the relocation of their AHL franchise from Norfolk to San Diego as part of the newly formed AHL Pacific Division.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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At 85, Dion Rich's storied career of gate-crashing Super Bowls continues to be told

utsandiego.com — King of Crash: At age 85, retired San Diego nightclub owner and ticket broker Dion Rich still is making news for his ability to get close to celebrities and VIPs he has never met. This week Rolling Stone reporter Brendan Prunty published a lengthy online article about Rich's stealth appearances.