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SeaWorld: Gaffed sea lion has died

utsandiego.com — SeaWorld officials announced Thursday that young adult sea lion found hooked with a fisherman's gaff at La Jolla Cove Sunday has died."It is with great sadness we report that the sea lion rescued by SeaWorld on Sunday at La Jolla Cove after being impaled by a gaff pole has passed away," read a message from SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz.

Greek police clear apartment used by rebel monks

utsandiego.com — THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - Dozens of Greek police have taken part in an operation to clear an apartment used as the headquarters of a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church. Police said one monk and five supporters were in the apartment in Thessaloniki during the raid early Friday, which followed a court decision for the eviction.

State breaks another promise on bullet train

utsandiego.com — In 2008, in order to get California voters to approve Proposition 1A - a bond providing $9.95 billion in seed money for a state network of bullet trains - advocates made specific promises about the cost of the project, the cities it would serve, the number of jobs it would create and the price of tickets.

Jason Verrett to need shoulder surgery

utsandiego.com — How this ends is Jason Verrett undergoing surgery. The severity to his left shoulder demands that. How long that procedure can be deferred is the unknown as the Chargers enter the second half of their season. The first-round rookie cornerback played his senior year at TCU despite a torn right labrum.
Oct 30, 2014

So that's bad ... "@UTgehlken: Jason Verrett's labrum is torn in 3 places, source says. Also damage to rotator cuff: utsd.us/1zjLczs

Oct 30, 2014

CB Jason Verrett's labrum is torn in three places, source says. Also damage to rotator cuff: utsd.us/1zjLczs

Oct 30, 2014

@UTgehlken: Chargers CB Jason Verrett out indefinitely. Surgery inevitable but may be deferred: utsd.us/1zjLczs” >Bummer. But 4 best

Oct 30, 2014

Chargers CB Jason Verrett out indefinitely. Surgery inevitable but may be deferred: utsd.us/1zjLczs

Cutting-edge British retailers Topshop and Topman open doors at Fashion Valley today

utsandiego.com — Shoppers began camping out as early as 4 a.m. Thursday at Fashion Valley, and by the time and threw their doors open at 11 a.m., the line wrapped around the building. The British brother and sister retailers, famous for their speed and agility in bringing styles from the runway to the clothing rack, bring with them possibly the fastest in fast fashion San Diego has ever seen.

San Diego installing modern parking meters that take credits

utsandiego.com — San Diego is catching up, at least partly, with a worldwide trend this week by installing modern parking meters that accept credit and debit cards. Nearly all of the city's 4,700 coin-only meters will be replaced by January with sleek looking "smart" meters, city officials said. Installation began last weekend in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @UTDavidGarrick: #SanDiego unveils modern parking meters that accept credit cards, catching the city up partly with a worldwide trend. tinyurl.com/lh9kj9r

Oct 30, 2014

#SanDiego unveils modern parking meters that accept credit cards, catching the city up partly with a worldwide trend. tinyurl.com/lh9kj9r

San Diego's streak of warmer than normal temperatures hits 12-month mark

utsandiego.com — Halloween will bring one more scary temperature statistic in a year full of them: San Diego will officially be warmer than normal for 12 straight months as of today. Complaints about the city's persistent warmth now stretch back a full, sweaty year.

Peters and DeMaio trade punches in final debate

utsandiego.com — Scott Peters and Carl DeMaio went toe-to-toe for the last time Thursday night, exchanging pointed barbs once again over their roles while on the San Diego City Council. Incumbent Democrat Peters said Republican DeMaio's campaign has centered around those issues at the expense of broader, national concerns.

Architects strut their stuff at the annual design awards program

utsandiego.com — American Institute of Architects local chapter hands out 31 annual Design Awards, including young architect of the year. This is a story gallery of 13 projects.
Oct 31, 2014

Enjoy some of AIA San Diego's Design Awards winners. bit.ly/1vmcYEM

Stem cell patent appealed to Supreme Court

utsandiego.com — The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to intervene over a controversial embryonic stem cell patent, opponents of the patent said Thursday. Jeanne Loring, a stem cell scientist at The Scripps Research Institute, said the court will be asked Friday to overturn a lower court decision and allow the opponents to seek cancellation of the patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF.

El Cajon motel ordered closed until code enforcement approval

utsandiego.com — A motel attached to a liquor store in El Cajon has been closed and its owner levied a fine of up to $5,800 per day until the city's code enforcement officers deem the property safe for guests to return.
Oct 31, 2014

El Cajon motel with 'deplorable living conditions' closed utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/… via @utsandiego

Reinforcements coming for Chargers

utsandiego.com — Two Chargers returned to practice Thursday after extensive absences. Additional help is on the way. Cornerback Brandon Flowers and outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu were listed as full and limited participants, respectively. Flowers missed one game with an Oct. 19 concussion against the Chiefs. Attaochu has played one or fewer snaps five of the past six weeks.

In horse racing, ladies get the worst purses

utsandiego.com — With no Title IX to protect them and give them equal opportunities, fillies and mares race for less purses and in less prestigious races. No where is that more apparent than in the championship races for three-year-old and older horses in the Breeders' Cup.
Oct 30, 2014

In horse racing, ladies get the worst purses utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/… via @utsandiego Do they deserve more for their championship?

Dead voter ‘signature’ resembles mom’s

utsandiego.com — The November 2012 mail ballot cast in the name of Dara Welty carries a signature that looks nothing like hers. That's no surprise. Welty - nature lover, world traveler, opera singer - died in Bolivia in 1998 at age 22. Her home was in Encinitas, where she remains registered to vote there to this day.
Oct 30, 2014

Wish we could've taken a photo of an actual zombie voter's ballot signature. But this will do. utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @UTWatchdog: Dead voter ‘signature’ resembles mom’s >> Retired teacher acknowledges similarity, but DA cites insufficient evidence http:…

Twenty years ago the California Desert Protection Act added 7.6 million acres of wilderness.

utsandiego.com — Twenty years ago today, the California Desert Protection Act dedicated 7.6 million acres of new wilderness in the state's arid backcountry. Portions of that land had been scarred by mining, grazing and illegal off-roading, leaving the terrain in a state of ecological ruin that underscored the desert's reputation as a lifeless wasteland.
Oct 30, 2014

Twenty years ago the California Desert Protection Act added 7.6 million acres of wilderness. | UTSanDiego.com bit.ly/105R6oN

Padres decline option on Josh Johnson

utsandiego.com — The Padres made their first transaction of Major League Baseball's offseason on Thursday, declining their $4 million club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. Both sides continue to be amenable to negotiating a new contract. "His first choice is to go back to San Diego," Johnson's agent, Matt Sosnick, said early Thursday evening.
Oct 30, 2014

Both the Padres and Josh Johnson continue to be willing to negotiate a new deal. utsd.us/1xGAwqh

Del Mar library marks centennial

utsandiego.com — In September 2014, Haidee Howard, clerk of the Del Mar School District, petitioned the County Board of Supervisors for a library in Del Mar. The building, sitting atop a hill with ocean views, became a landmark. Church parishioners included Hollywood stars Jimmy Durante, Desi Arnaz and Bing Crosby.
Oct 30, 2014

Del Mar Library marks centennial at Sat. celebration utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/… via @utsandiego

Caltrans alert: Major traffic delays on north I-5 in North County

utsandiego.com — Caltrans is advising motorists to avoid northbound Interstate 5 in North County on Thursday evening because an overturned crane in San Clemente has all northbound lanes blocked. Traffic is backed up as far as Basilone Road in the Camp Pendleton area. The backup is expected to extend further south as the evening commute continues, Caltrans said.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @UTsandiego: Big traffic delays on north I-5 due to overturned crane in San Clemente: bitly.com/1uayYYD Caltrans says to seek alternate routes.

San Diego fire, lifeguard heroes honored for life-saving actions

utsandiego.com — Some of the guys had just finished work, and others were about to start shifts at a Kearny Mesa Costco when a small plane crashed into their parking lot yards away and burst into flames. Without pausing, the men ran to the fiery wreck, tore open the door, fought the flames with a fire extinguisher and carried out the pilot and her passenger.
Oct 30, 2014

Fire, lifeguard, civilian heroes honored at SD Fire Foundation awards lunch. utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/…