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    The San Diego County public health officer declared an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis at San Diego State University Friday after the third student in recent months contracted the bacterial disease. 

    A male undergraduate student showed symptoms of meningococcal meningitis on Tuesday and was tested by the California Department of Public Health, the county said. 

    "Close contacts of the new case have been identified and provided antibiotics to prevent illness. There is no need for antibiotics for those who were not in direct contact," the county's communications office said. 

    It was determined that the student had the same bacteria -- serogroup B --  that hospitalized a female student earlier this month and another female student during the summer break. The latter was not attending class or living on campus at the time. 

    In 2014, a deadly form of meningitis killed one SDSU freshman and infected students at multiple colleges throughout the country.

    Sara Stelzer contracted Type B meningococcal meningitis. While she had been vaccinated against meningitis, the vaccine did not cover the rare Type B bacteria.

    Bacterial meningitis is spread by sharing items such as cigarettes or drinking glasses or through intimate contact such as kissing.

    The bacteria are not airborne, officials said, so they do not spread like germs associated with the common cold or the flu.

    To prevent further spread, County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten recommends all undergraduate students under the age of 24 get vaccinated for meningitis B.

    SDSU graduate students, open university students, staff, faculty and visitors are not currently recommended to get the vaccination.

    There are currently vaccines available to prevent meningitis. The MC4 vaccines are recommended for people 11 to 18 years of age or people who are 19 to 21 years of age and living in college residence halls.

    Meningococcal group B vaccines are recommended for people older than 10 years old who are considered high risk including those with certain medical conditions or those exposed during an outbreak.

    Those who feel they may have been exposed and suffer from a sudden onset of symptoms including fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and/or vomiting, should go to the hospital, health officials said.

    Learn more about the available meningococcal vaccines through the CDC's website.

    Or you can talk with someone by calling SDSU Student Health Services 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 619-594-4325 or by calling San Diego County Public Health Services’ Epidemiology Division at 619-692-8499.


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    Democrats came full-throated to Friday's Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and furiously pleaded their cases for why the nominee should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court without more investigation into sexual misconduct allegations, with some even walking out of the meeting in protest.

    The meeting followed a long and emotional day of testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when they were teens. On Thursday, the events turned partisan as the day dragged on, with Kavanaugh and Senate Republicans claiming in fiery statements that Democrats used Ford and her experience as political pawns. 

    Kavanaugh called his confirmation process a "national disgrace" and Sen. Lindsey Graham deemed it "the most unethical sham." 

    After remaining relatively measured through their questioning of Ford and Kavanaugh, Democrats displayed their outrage right off the bat on Friday.

    As soon as the committee opened, Democrats offered a motion to subpoena Mark Judge, the high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said was the sole witness to the alleged assault. Judge has said he does not recall the incident, and the motion offered by Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut was quickly blocked by Republicans in a vote. Blumenthal and three other Democrats, Kamala Harris of California, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, then stood from their seats on the dais and walked out of the hearing room. 

    "It’s bad enough that we sent one person to the Supreme Court with this kind of cloud. We should not be sending both," Hirono told reporters outside the hearing room, referencing the confirmation of Justice Clearance Thomas after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. 

    Harris said Republicans were "ramming" Kavanaugh's confirmation through, telling reporters, "There should not be a tyranny of the majority."

    "This has been about raw power," Harris added. "You're seeing that in display in this hearing this morning. You’ve been seeing it from the process in the beginning." 

    Sen. Corey Booker, of New Jersey, followed suit, leaving the meeting after delivering an impassioned speech to committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley. Booker said that “this is a moral moment in our nation.” 

    “We do not have to have this vote today,” he told Grassley, adding, “I cannot stomach that are going to move forward.” 

    Harris and Booker both refused to vote on Grassley's preferred 1:30 p.m. time for Friday's vote on advancing Kavanaugh out of the committee.

    "They're refusing to vote because this is so unfair," Hirono yelled before she and the three others walked out in protest.

    Some Democrats who remained in the room repeated calls for another FBI background investigation into Ford’s claims, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota. She argued that a federal probe could obtain necessary information and statements from the people alleged to be involved in or related to the incident. She claimed it’s “not the same thing” to rely on a letter from Judge’s lawyers denying the events described by Ford, which Republicans have used to chip away at Ford’s credibility. 

    Whitehouse returned to the room to rebuke his committee colleagues for not supporting another investigation. He drew renewed attention to Kavanaugh’s calendars that the judge had submitted to help support his claim that the gathering Ford described didn’t happen. Whitehouse argued that an entry written by Kavanaugh on July 1, 1982, indicated there had been a gathering of the same people Ford had alleged were present at the party and that they were getting together for beers. 

    “This may, may be powerful corroborating evidence that the assault happened, that it happened that day, and that it happened in that place, but with no FBI investigation, we can’t tell,” Whitehouse said. 

    Rachel Mitchell, the special prosecutor hired by the Republicans to question Ford and Kavanaugh, questioned the judge briefly on the July 1 calendar date. After this line of questioning from Mitchell, the rest of the Republican senators claimed their time with Kavanaugh and Mitchell did not question Kavanaugh further.

    Though expressing sympathy for Ford and belief that something happened to her, Republicans held their ground in their support for Kavanaugh. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana called the confirmation process "an intergalactic freak show" and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said it is an example of "Washington D.C. at it's very ugliest."

    "Judge Kavanaugh, he too has been dragged through the mud for the last two weeks in a way that has no precedent,"  Cruz added.

    Graham, whose visible anger and shouted attacks on Thursday seemed to surprise his fellow senators, called the allegations against Kavanaugh "a bunch of garbage."

    "We are in the Twilight Zone," he said, echoing a phrase used by Kavanaugh in denying one of the accusations against him.

    However, Democrats did manage to get one key committee Republican on their side by the end of the meeting. In a dramatic turn after speaking with friend Sen. Chris Coons and several other Democrats, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake suggested that the full Senate vote be delayed while the FBI investigates Ford's claims. Only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can approve a delayed vote; the committee then decided 11-10 to proceed to a full Senate vote.

    Coons had said that women have reached out to him to share their own stories of sexual assault and that "speaks to what a public service is being done here." After Flake called for a federal probe, Coons praised his close friend and said they share a deep concern about the health of the nation and closing the growing divide in the country together.

    Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont defended his party’s approach and handling of Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings, saying Democrats aren’t trying to delay the nomination ahead of the midterms but that they are “doing our job.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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    Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., joined by from left, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks to media about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., joined by from left, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks to media about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

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    A flight departing for Canada from San Diego was forced to make an emergency landing Friday when a caution light illuminated in the cockpit, according to an airline spokesperson.

    Air Canada flight 8667 was en route to Vancouver when the pilot called air control to report a "potential electric failure" as the plane was ascending at about 7:25 a.m., a spokesperson for the San Diego International said Airport said.

    About five minutes later, the plane landed safely at the airport.

    Air Canada said a caution light came on in the cockpit, prompting the pilot to call for an emergency landing, as is procedure.

    “While they did not experience any issues with the aircraft systems the caution light did prompt the crew to make the decision to return to San Diego for maintenance inspection,” Air Canada communications manager Debra Williams said.

    The flight returned to the gate at SAN and passengers were rebooked on other flights.



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    LONDON - JULY 31: An Air Canada passenger plane is shown in flight at Heathrow Airport July 31, 2002 in London, England. Passenger numbers have fallen since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Airline companies have all suffered a difficult trading period. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)LONDON - JULY 31: An Air Canada passenger plane is shown in flight at Heathrow Airport July 31, 2002 in London, England. Passenger numbers have fallen since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Airline companies have all suffered a difficult trading period. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)

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    A garage fire late Thursday night in Oceanside led to the discovery of a "suspicious growing operation," officials said.

    The fire started around 11:35 p.m. in the garage of a house on the 3300 block of Carolyn Circle near the Oceanside Swap Meet, Oceanside fire Battalion Chief Greg DeAvila said.

    Crews arrived within five minutes of the call and encountered heavy smoke but the fire was doused within 20 minutes, he said.

    No one was home at the time of the fire, DeAvila said.

    Crews also discovered what looks like a marijuana growing operation inside the house and contacted the Oceanside Police Department to conduct the investigation.

    It was unclear how many plants were at the house because the majority of it was burned in the fire, Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.

    The house was rented and the renters have not been located, DeAvila said.

    Investigators are looking for several persons of interest and trying to determine who lives in the house, he said.



    Photo Credit: Oceanside Fire Dept.

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    Calls to a national hotline for victims of sexual assault surged Thursday, the day Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate, detailing allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network announced that the number of calls to its National Sexual Assault hotline surged by 201 percent Thursday, NBC News reported.

    “We often see an uptick when sexual assault is in the news," RAINN spokeswoman Sara Mcgovern said in a statement. "For example, last weekend, from Friday to Sunday we saw a 57 percent increase compared to an average Friday to Sunday. Since Dr. Ford has come forward with her allegations, we have seen a 45.6 percent uptick compared to the same time period in 2017."



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    Demonstrators hold anti-Kavanaugh hold posters outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2018. -Demonstrators hold anti-Kavanaugh hold posters outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2018. -

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    An El Cajon city councilmember has settled a lawsuit filed against him over blocking members of the public from posting on or seeing his social media accounts.

    Ben Kalasho agreed to settle the case filed by activist Mark Lane on Thursday, September 27.

    Kalasho, who was served the lawsuit during a El Cajon city council meeting earlier this month, allegedly blocked Lane from viewing and commenting on the councilmember’s official Facebook page. In doing so, claimed the lawsuit, Kalasho violated Lane’s constitutional rights.

    Kalasho is not the only politician in San Diego County to get sued for blocking members of the public from accessing their social media accounts. Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and National City Ron Morrison also face similar lawsuits, all of which filed by attorney Cory Briggs. 

    Kalasho is, however, the first elected official in San Diego to settle. A surprising move considering that after getting served with the lawsuit, Kalasho called the lawsuit “frivolous,” and accused attorney Briggs of trying to “line his pockets.”

    In June, NBC 7 Investigates filed public record requests for the “blocked lists” on every San Diego County mayor and city councilmember’s Facebook and Twitter profile. The records found 19 politicians who had blocked members of the public from seeing or posting on their pages. 

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    The terms of the settlement are included in a court document filed in federal court on September 27. 

    Kalasho agreed to refrain from blocking members of the public from his social media accounts absent any posts that contain physical threats or that include profanities or if the posts are from software-generated profiles, also known as bots.

    In addition, Kalasho has agreed to pay $1,500 in attorney’s fees to settle the case.

    NBC 7 emailed Ben Kalasho for a response to the settlement but have not heard back.

    In a statement to NBC 7, Lane’s attorney Cory Briggs says he and his client are “pleased that Mr. Kalasho has come to embrace the public’s constitutional right to speak to public officials.”


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    Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including world on Westfield UTC's new blockbuster opening and a look at culinary superstars in a local kitchen. 

    Inside Little Italy's Handsome New Restaurant and Bar 
    The just-opened Nolita Hall is India Street's newest hangout, with a shuffleboard court, communal tables, and an expansive bar. The stunning spot offers a menu of salads and woodfired pizza as well as 24 beer taps and craft cocktails. 

    Dumpling Experts Din Tai Fung Opening Monday
    The wildly popular international eatery, which specializes in Chinese soup dumplings, opens its first San Diego location at Westfield UTC on Monday, October 1. Reservations are going quickly but can be made online. 

    Addison Hosts Culinary Luminaries Including Thomas Keller, and Dominique Crenn 
    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the impressive roster of star chefs, including the French Laundry's Thomas Keller, Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and PBS host and restaurateur Ming Tsai, who joined forces for a gala dinner held at Addison Restaurant. 

    Fernside Bar and Restaurant Opens in South Park
    Take a peek at the neighborhood's newest hangout, an all-day eatery that's equally welcoming to families and date-seekers. It brings an infusion of craft cocktails to the community, as well as a destination for late night bites.

    La Jolla's Parakeet Cafe Expanding to Little Italy
    The charming eatery from downtown La Jolla will launch a second, much larger location on India Street that features specialty coffee drinks as well as a health-conscious menu of organic eats. New dinner options will be added to this outpost.

    DC-Based Fast-Casual Eatery Launches in Encinitas
    Cava, a booming Mediterranean concept, is continuing its SoCal expansion with the first stop in Encinitas, where it opens Monday. The casual eatery, which serves a customizable menu of bowls, salads, and pitas, has at least two more locations planned for San Diego.


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    "The Bachelor" star Colton Underwood has reportedly been spotted in San Diego filming an episode of the show. 

    Reality Steve, who writes about the ABC show, tweeted out several videos of the Bachelor and his date arriving in San Diego's Belmont Park by helicopter for a date. 

    According to Reality Steve, the pair will be in town for the day at Belmont Park spending time together before heading back to Los Angeles. 

    It's not the first time Underwood has spent some time in San Diego. Some San Diego fans may remember Underwood was a former tight end with Chargers and Raiders.

    Underwood was first seen on "The Bachelorette" with Becca Kufrin. He was later on "Bachelor in Paradise," before he was picked as the next "Bachelor." 



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    "The Bachelor" Colton Underwood.

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    Police are investigating an anonymous threat of violence made in connection with an Escondido High School football game Friday night.

    The Escondido Police Department received an anonymous tip about the threat, which appears to have originated on social media, just before noon Friday, according to Lt. Chris Lick.

    Lick said officers are trying to determine the validity and origins of the threat, and said extra officers will be at the game as a precaution.

    Suspicious activity at the game, as well as general information regarding the threat, can be reported to EPD at (760) 839-4722 or online at police.escondido.org. Anonymous tips can also be made at (760) 743-8477.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    The Miramar Air Show is going to new heights this year! On Friday, members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team demonstrated their skills by jumping out of planes in front of an audience. 

    The Golden Knights Parachute Team is doing demonstrations during the Miramar Air Show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon. 

    Team members are jumping out of the Blue Angels' transport plane known as 'Fat Albert.'

    The plane was two miles up in the air when the parachuters launched out of them. 

    "There's a little bit of courage required but it's mostly professionalism, training, and skills," said Lieutenant Colonel Ned Marsh, Commander of the U.S. Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights, and an army parachuter for the last 18 years. 

    Some parachuters held up the American flag, the Marines flag and others are they descended to their tiny target on the ground.  

    "We spend a lot of time in the air practicing, making sure we land on the 'X' every time," LTC Marsh added. 

    Members of the Golden Knights, headquartered in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, must demonstrate excellence in parachuting.

    "Learning how to read the winds is the big thing," said LTC Marsh. "The parachutes are like airplane wings and you fly it just like a glider." 

    The 2018 Miramar Air Show is going on from September 28-30. 


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    A disagreement over President Trump's policies led to a fight involving at least four people, including the son of a California Appellate Court Judge. 

    The fight took place at the KPBS Studios on the San Diego State University campus on the September 6. 

    Two witnesses tell NBC 7 that the incident arose out of a disagreement between Don Benke, a long-time employee at KPBS, and Peter Anderson, a communications professor who was at the studio for the taping of a segment. The two men were arguing over Anderson's opinions surrounding President Trump. 

    Witnesses who wished not to be identified said they heard Benke tell Anderson at least twice to not disparage the President's policies. Witnesses said Anderson responded by saying, "This isn't Nazi Germany." 

    Witnesses said Benke immediately left the studio but his son Peter Benke, who does not work for KPBS, arrived at the studios shortly after and confronted Anderson. 

    According to a San Diego State University Police Department report, the confrontation turned "violent" at that point. 

    One KPBS staffer, 64-year-old Kevin Schrader wrestled with Peter Benke, age 34, and both men were cited and released on assault charges, according to SDSU Police. 

    On Thursday morning, Schrader was in an El Cajon courtroom requesting a permanent restraining order against Peter Benke, the son of Patricia Benke, who is an Appellate Court Judge. 

    At the request of Stephen Cummings, Peter Benke's attorney, the judge delayed his decision on the request for a permanent restraining order until October 30. 

    NBC 7 reached out to KPBS but the station's General Manager, Tom Karlo, said this is a personnel matter and he cannot talk about what happened as it is still being investigated. He said that those involved work for the SDSU Research Foundation. 

    Peter Benke's attorney said he couldn't comment on the case at this time.


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    Former KUSI entertainment reporter and TV personality Fred Saxon died Thursday from a heart attack, his girlfriend told NBC 7. He died at his home near Detroit.

    Saxon was a familiar face on television in San Diego for nearly two decades. He was the entertainment reporter for KUSI from 1991 to 2000 and for the now-defunct XETV-Fox 6 from 2002 to 2005. In between the stints at KUSI and Fox, he hosted a half-hour arts and entertainment program for KPBS and UPN 13.

    “He always woke up with a smile on his face and wondering what today is going to bring,” his girlfriend Kathy Nader said.

    Saxon was loved by everyone who’s worked him. Former KUSI weather anchor Terry Burhans remembered the first time he met Saxon in 1977 when Saxon was covering entertainment for CNN.

    They both were on a media junket for the new ABC shows that season, which included shows such as “Mork and Mindy” and “Dallas.”

    “Between interviews, I was in the hotel’s lobby and I heard a page, ‘Phone calls for Fred Saxon,’ Burhans said. “Later at dinner, I introduced myself to a guy sitting next to me and he said his name was Freddie. I said, ‘Are you Fred Saxon?’ He said, ‘Yeah, how’d you know.’ I said, ‘There was a page for you.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I know. I called myself and page me.’”

    Burhans last talked to Saxon on Tuesday and he sounded so happy and full of life, he said.

    “I love him like a brother,” Burhans said. “He was an individual unlike any other. He was an amazing person.”

    His death was first announced on Facebook by radio personality Bob “Sully” Sullivan. Saxon was a regular contributor on his radio show, “Big Biz Show,” for 20 years.

    “Just yesterday he did a half-hour segment with me and @Russ T Nailz Russ Stolnack - laughing, doing his corny jokes and his horrible Stallone impersonation,” Sullivan wrote on his Facebook page.

    Saxon wasn’t only known in San Diego. His work appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Bert Newton Show” on Australia’s Nine Network.

    Saxon began his career in Atlanta where he received the first of his five Emmy nominations. He’s won two Emmys for his work over the course of his 25 years on television.

    He was also an actor, appearing on such shows as “Dallas,” “Dark Skies” and “Silk Stalkings.”

    Saxon is survived by his daughter and granddaughter.


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    Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, two women who said they were survivors of sexual assault, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) Friday ahead of the Senate judiciary committee's vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.


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    A SWAT team has surrounded a home in the Normal Heights neighborhood.

    San Diego police initially made a welfare check at the home near the intersection of Felton Street and Collier Avenue just after 6 p.m.

    Officers requested assistance from the department's Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) and SWAT units responded later.

    San Diego Police Department officers at the scene confirmed to NBC 7 around 8:30 p.m. that the subject of the welfare check was dead of apparent suicide.

    SDPD said evacuated neighbors would be let back into their homes at around 9:30 p.m.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday extended the state National Guard's participation in President Donald Trump's border deployment by six months, a low-key announcement that was made without any of the acrimonies that characterized his early negotiations with the federal government.

    The California National Guard said in a press release that the mission will now run until the end of March. It had been scheduled to expire on Sunday.

    In April, Brown and Trump clashed fiercely and publicly over whether the Guard would participate and under what terms. Brown insisted that troops have no involvement in immigration enforcement or construction of any border barriers — a condition that the California Guard said will continue during the six-month extension.

    The Republican governors of the three other border states with Mexico — Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — quickly signed up for the Guard's third major border deployment since 2006 and without the conditions that Brown insisted on. Brown, a Democrat, initially held out but his eventual commitment of 400 troops brought the total to about 2,400 for all four border states, above the low end of Trump's target of sending 2,000 to 4,000.

    The Democratic governor has cast his decision as a welcome infusion of federal support to fight transnational criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers.

    The California Guard currently about 400 troops assigned, including some 250 in the San Diego and El Centro areas on the Mexico border.



    Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/AP, File

    In this June 21, 2006, file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence Wednesday, June 21, 2006, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump said Tuesday, April 3, 2018, he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built.In this June 21, 2006, file photo, members of the California National Guard work next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence Wednesday, June 21, 2006, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. President Donald Trump said Tuesday, April 3, 2018, he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built.

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    Standing in front of the street sign that now bears his name Trevor Hoffman summed up 2018 with the efficiency in which he pitched a 9th inning:

    "It's tough to come up with a better summer than Trevor Hoffman had this year."

    This is accurate.

    Over the last several months Hoffman was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, had a statue and a plaque of him installed at Petco Park, was the subject of more celebrations and bobbleheads than you can shake a stick at, and finally Hoffy became a street.

    Trevor Hoffman Way now forms a corner with Tony Gwynn Drive outside the home plate gate at Petco Park. The fact that Hoffy gets to be linked once again with his late, great teammate makes this honor just a little more special.

    "To have the opportunity to once again be in connection with the great Tony Gwynn, on a Chamber of Commerce day, I don't think I can elaborate much more on the fact that I am honored to be, again, a part of Tony's legacy and commitment to the San Diego Padres."


    A stretch of Park Blvd. from Imperial Ave. to Tony Gwynn Drive was renamed Trevor Hoffman Way on Friday.A stretch of Park Blvd. from Imperial Ave. to Tony Gwynn Drive was renamed Trevor Hoffman Way on Friday.

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    Neighbors in a quiet Scripps Ranch community are growing fearful since three homes have been burglarized in the past week and no one has been caught.

    Parks, families, and strolls around the neighborhood. It's what you will see in the Stonebridge community, but thieves see something different.

    “It violates your sense of security around here in what everyone considers a safe neighborhood,” Stonebridge resident Cynthia Kurose said. “Scripps ranch really is.”

    Despite security cameras and other security measures, police don't have a description on the suspect or suspects connected to the break-ins.

    Larry Parker says he was in his home a week ago when his neighbor’s house was broken into. He didn't hear or notice anything.

    “It was a six bedroom house. They went through every bedroom, opened up every drawer, emptied it,” Parker said, describing one break-in. Parker is a Stonebridge HOA board member. “Kitchen, living rooms, family rooms, everything was opened up and spread out all over the floor.”

    “He had jewelry that was in a suitcase in a closet, and they actually went in his closet, opened up every suitcase and found his jewelry,” Parker continued.

    The break-in Parker described was the third incident in just one week. The San Diego Police Department said they haven't been able to get a suspect description and don't know if they are looking for one person or multiple people.

    Meanwhile, neighbors are scrambling to secure their homes.

    “It causes you to really think about the security measures that you may have in place at home,” neighbor Cynthia Kurose said. “All the neighbors are really talking about deterrents and everything that you can install and try and protect yourself and your family.”

    A lot of homes in the neighborhood have some sort of visible surveillance or home defense system. Parker says everyone is trying to do their part.

    “Be aware. Turn on your outside lights. Make sure your doors are locked. Make sure if you do have valuables that they are tucked away in a safe,” he said.

    Although police haven't caught those responsible for the break-ins, there are some commonalities between all the incidents. All three happened between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., and in all three cases the burglars broke windows to get inside of the homes.


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    An early morning shark attack in Encinitas has one teenager life-flighted to Rady Children’s Hospital.

    The attack happened at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, around 6:55 a.m. Saturday morning.

    According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, a 13-year-old boy was flown to Rady Children’s Hospital with serious injuries to his ear and shoulder.

    NBC7 spoke to a witness who helped rescue the teenager to safety. The witness said approximately 30 people were in the water at the time of the attack, catching lobster.

    The witness said he first heard the boy scream, they he heard him say “I got bit.”

    “I paddled to him,” he said, “and there was a big wake of blood behind him. His entire back was open. The shark hit him in the clavicle. The shark’s top teeth got him in his cheek,” he said.

    The teenager arrived at Rady Children’s Hospital around 7:45 a.m.

    A Rady Children’s spokesperson said his condition at this time is unknown.



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    Nearly two weeks ago, when Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolinas, the storm destroyed the trailer Army veteran Paganda Howard lived in with her husband and two daughters. Now she's like many others in this historic colonial town, forced to live with family in cramped and outright hazardous conditions, NBC News reported.

    Howard is currently staying at her sister's home, where a tree slumps against the roof and walls are warped by water damage. The family of four has joined her sister and six nephews, crowding into the modest three-bedroom home where clothing sits in wet piles and mold appears to coat the bathtub and vents.

    Many families are forced to live in unsanitary or unsafe conditions because they have no other choice right now. But Howard said finding adequate housing in New Bern has always been a challenge — the storm only served to show how dire circumstances have become for some.

    About a third of households in Craven County, where New Bern is the county seat, are considered cost-burdened by the North Carolina Housing Coalition. This means more than 30 percent of a family’s budget is committed to rent and utilities, and that’s because the average rent of a modest two-bedroom apartment in Craven County is nearly 20 percent higher than what the average renter here can afford, according to 2016 data collected by the coalition.



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    Members of a combined New Bern/Greenville swift water rescue team Brad Johnson, left, and Steve Williams take a rest after they went out searching for people stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C., on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)Members of a combined New Bern/Greenville swift water rescue team Brad Johnson, left, and Steve Williams take a rest after they went out searching for people stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C., on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

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    Did you attend an NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 event in the community? Find photos from the events here.

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    Things have definitely been taking off at the Miramar Air Show! If you’re in the area, come to the NBC/T20 booth and say hello!Things have definitely been taking off at the Miramar Air Show! If you’re in the area, come to the NBC/T20 booth and say hello!

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