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    Some mattresses brands sold online are well-known. But now they’re being joined by more and more online retailers you may not know, increasing the competition for traditional brands you see at a mattress store. That’s why Consumer Report performs a myriad of mattress tests so you can find exactly what’s right for you.

    Take, for example, CR’s durability test, which simulates eight years of use to see how well a mattress stands up over time. CR has also developed a standardized firmness scale to help compare mattresses across different brands, from one (for soft) to 10 (for firm).

    Testers also check to see how well a mattress will support big, tall, and petite people. One size does not fit all. The ratings are set up so that you and your partner can each find what you need in a mattress.

    Even better, CRs tests consistently find that you don’t have to spend thousands to get a good mattress. 

    For memory foam, the $995 Casper Mattress is a CR Best Buy. It’s one of the few mattresses that do well for back and side sleepers, especially petite sleepers. It earns top scores among memory foam mattresses for durability.

    If you like a mattress on the firmer side, CR suggests you consider the $1,400 Avocado Green. It’s an innerspring mattress that performs well for all types of sleepers of all sizes.

    If you prefer a softer mattress, CR says you may want to try out a new mattress from Sealy Posturepedic, the Performance Copper 2. It’s a softer hybrid mattress combining memory foam and innerspring materials for about $1,500.

    CR says you may still be able to try out a mattress that’s sold online. Some online retailers, like Casper, now have showrooms. In any case, most online mattress retailers have generous return policies. For example, many offer a trial period of 100 nights. If you don’t like the mattress you bought, the retailer will take it back, free of charge. 

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    A new report from the United Nations warns of climate change causing crises around the world as soon as 2040 if carbon emissions aren’t cut down.

    The report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Monday.

    The temperature of the atmosphere may warm 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit if the world continues its current rate of greenhouse gas productions, the IPCC said.

    “This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people’s needs,” said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II. “The next few years are probably the most important in our history.”

    The world’s CO2 concentration has already been raised by 45 percent, according to geoscientist Jeff Severinghaus. “That’s a big change.”

    Dating back to the 1850s, the earth has already warmed by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, making the danger zone now less than a degree away, the IPCC said.

    “Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

    Wildfires, droughts, and food shortages could intensify and become more frequent, according to the report.

    “We’re looking at epic hurricanes and floods that make those look minor in comparison,” Severinghaus said. “We’re talking a substantial loss of property and loss of life.”

    The necessary changes in global environmental policies to prevent these dangers are “far-reaching and unprecedented,” according to the IPCC.

    The world would have to cut greenhouse gas emissions by almost 50 percent by 2030. Coal use would have to drop as low as 1 percent, said the IPCC.

    If not, the most serious damages caused by climate change throughout the century could cost $54 trillion, according to the U.N. report.

    The Paris Agreement, meant to prevent worsened climate change, won’t be enough, said the IPCC.

    President Trump, who said the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, also rolled back Obama-era coal pollution controls and natural gas drilling restrictions in August and September, respectively.

    Consequences of climate change can already be seen, according to Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I. Zhai pointed out extreme weather, rising sea levels, and diminishing Arctic sea ice.

    “The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I.

    The report was created by 91 scientists from 40 countries. They looked at more than 6,000 studies to form their conclusions.

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    FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. said Thursday Nov. 3, 2016, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the U.N. said Thursday Nov. 3, 2016, warning of a worldwide human tragedy unless governments step up efforts to fight global warming.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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    A horrific limousine accident in the Bay Area five years ago helped make stretch limos safer in California.

    Five women riding to a bachelorette party died inside a Lincoln Town Car May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo Bridge near San Francisco.

    They were trapped inside the limo when it caught fire. As a result, California lawmakers now require additional exits on stretch limousines.

    Limousines can have an extra, fifth door, and either two pop-out emergency window exits or a rooftop escape hatch.

    Older stretch limos with only four doors must have the two pop-out windows and a rooftop escape hatch.

    Passengers must be able to open that fifth door, at all times.

    “That way, if there’s an accident and the driver is disabled, the passengers are able to get out on their own,” said Ryan Silva, owner of Epic Transportation and Limousine in San Diego.

    The pop-up roof hatch and emergency window exits can save lives if the limo’s doors won’t open.

    “Sometimes you’re in an accident in which the (limo) frame or body will twist in a way that the doors are hard to open,” Silva explained. “So in that case, you have an exit on the roof."

    A horrific limo crash that killed 20 Sunday in New York is serving as a reminder customers to exercise due diligence when signing rental agreements with companies.

    Silva said the California Highway Patrol routinely inspects limousines and party buses, checking the vehicle’s brakes, tires and mechanical systems.

    “They (the CHP) also go through our paperwork to make sure our drivers are drug tested before they're hired, that they're randomly drug tested (after hiring), and that their past history does not include accidents or drug problems."

    Before you sign a contract with a limousine or party bus company, you should confirm that it has a valid state permit and liability insurance. That information is available on the California Public Utilities Commission website.

    Silva strongly suggests you also visit the limo company's business address and check out the vehicle you want to rent before signing a contract.

    "Does it look like it's in good repair? Are the tires in good shape?” said Silva. “A website makes you look like a million dollar company. But once you go to that operation, you'll know quickly if that's a vehicle that you want to get in or not."

    Silva said the cost of compliance with state safety regulations has put some San Diego limousine companies out of business.

    He said other companies try to cut costs by not complying those new laws.

    That's why Silva stresses the importance of checking a limo company's license and insurance and seeing the vehicle before you sign a contract.

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    A pedestrian was struck fatally by a car in San Ysidro Monday, police confirmed.

    The man believed to be in his 50s was walking along the 3600 block of Beyer Boulevard just before 9:30 p.m. when they were hit, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    Officers said the driver, a 19-year-old man, stayed at the scene after the collision. His parent told NBC 7 he was on his way home from work or school at the time fo the crash.

    A Sig Alert was issued for Beyer Boulevard at Smythe Avenue.

    No other information was available.

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    With less than a month to go before the midterm elections, how has confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh affected voters?

    Both parties are claiming momentum after the confirmation, but Monday night, Republican voters were the ones celebrating.

    The Republican Party of San Diego flooded the Towne and Country Hotel in Mission Valley to watch as Kavanaugh was ceremoniously sworn into the high court.

    “We’re very, very happy and very happy with the top Republicans in the Senate who worked hard to get him in and he’s in now," one voter said.

    Many voters at the watch party said Kavanaugh’s confirmation is just what the party needs to energize its voters and motivate them to get to the polls this November, and that’s a shared sentiment between voters on both sides of the aisle.

    “I was devastated, to be honest with you,” Democrat Elena Czarnowski said about the confirmation. “I felt kicked in the gut, that I could not believe that all of these senators said it's OK, another time.”

    Czarnowski’s anger has activated her political activity and has even given her the urge to vote next month, which is something she doesn’t usually do.

    “Honestly, I wasn't a huge midterm voter,” she said. “I just thought those things would shuffle out.”

    The stay at home mother to a 2-year-old told NBC 7 it’s been hard to get involved in primaries in the past. This time, though, is different.

    She’s spent her weekends making calls and canvassing for 50th Congressional district candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar and even wants to host a meet-and-greet at her home.

    “Right now, I think it's the Democrat’s time,” she said. “This is my mission ‘til November 6.”

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) called the nomination fight a "Great political gift" for the GOP, and said the voter base is “fired up.”

    Both of San Diego County’s closely-watched congressional races are tight according to recent polls. Democratic candidate Mike Levin holds a close lead over Diane Harkey in the 49th District and Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter is working to protect his lead over Campa-Najjar in the 50th.

    Photo Credit: Susan Walsh/AP

    President Donald Trump with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, speaks before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.President Donald Trump with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, speaks before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

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    At a White House event Monday, President Donald Trump said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was "proven innocent" before ascending to the high court.

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    Hollywood brought one of its most iconic characters back home to Coronado Monday as film crews took over the main gate to Naval Air Station North Island. 

    Actor Tom Cruise is revising his role as Navy pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from the mega-hit movie "Top Gun" in a film expected out next year. 

    On Monday, security was extremely tight as film crews set up outside the main gate to the naval military installation at 4th and Alameda. After hours on standby, an NBC 7 camera crew caught Cruise, flanked by security and production staff, as he jumped on a motorbike and let open the throttle.

    Cruise and his signature smile could only be seen for a few seconds before production staff put up a privacy tent that blocked the view of the set.

    The sequel first began filming in San Diego earlier this summer for just a few days. Filming took place at NAS North Island for a week, The Department of Defense and U.S. Navy confirmed for a previous article. 

    The movie is scheduled for release in July 2019.

    Most locals can identify the San Diego streets and locations in the original 1986 film. 

    The "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" scene was filmed at Kansas City Barbeque on Harbor Drive. 

    Parts of Liberty Station, which was formerly the site of Naval Training Center San Diego from 1923 to 1997, served as a backdrop for the original movie.

    Navy property on Point Loma and a stretch of Oceanside can also be seen in the original film. 

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    Finishing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has taken on a whole new meaning for one first-time runner.

    Seconds after Valerie Bolek’s finish, her boyfriend Jose Rangel was waiting, ready to propose.

    “I saw him with the medal in his hand and I thought oh ok that’s pretty cool,” Valerie Bolek said.

    Bolek’s boyfriend said he noticed she looked nervous.

    "I just said, 'congratulations I’m very proud of you,'" Jose Rangel said.

    As a first-time marathoner, Bolek didn't know what to expect as she had no idea what would come next.

    “I had her medal ready and in hand, but I had the box hidden behind the medal,” Rangel said.

    Rangel dropped to one knee and the caught-on-camera proposal that consisted of months in the making became a different kind of photo finish.

    “I was just like oh my God, I had no idea… I was taken aback,” Bolek said. “I was very surprised.”

    Bolek who is a CPS computer teacher at Volta Elementary School, said she was running to raise money for the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run-Chicago.

    “Eight years ago, I started running and this was my first race,” Rangel said.

    Since that first marathon in 2010, Rangel said he’s run the Chicago race two more times since.

    This year however, he chose to hold a more supporting role, sporting signs and then popping the question at a milestone moment that now takes on even more meaning.

    “That was my first marathon and to have her be the first marathon as well… it was good,” he said.

    Rangel said he learned from friends that the marathon is actually the perfect metaphor for marriage.

    “It’s long distance, take your time, keep a good pace,” he explained.

    It's a fairytale finish to kick off a new beginning for the newly-engaged Chicago couple.

    “You can’t top this,” Bolek said. ”I’m good on marathons now… because I can’t top this marathon.”

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  • 10/09/18--08:40: Alex Spanos Dies at 95

  • The longtime San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday, his family announced. He was 95.

    The team Spanos bought and ran as a family business for decades relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 under the management of his son, Dean Spanos. 

    "From humble beginnings to becoming the top apartment builder across the nation and the owner of an NFL franchise, Alex proved that dreams do come true," according to the family's statement.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week, the family said.

    Spanos borrowed less than $1,000 in the early 1950s to buy a used catering truck. The truck was used to sell meals to migrant farm workers in the Central Valley, according to his biography on the Chargers’ website.

    His autobiography “Sharing the Wealth: My Story” describes his early business ventures.

    Spanos bought an interest in the Chargers in 1980 and acquired the team outright in 1984. Ten years later, he put his son, Dean, in charge of operations and retired.

    In fact, he built the A.G. Spanos organization and the San Diego
    Chargers as family-run operations.

    "His uncompromising drive for success – one rooted in toughness, resilience and hard work – made an indelible mark on the team," the Los Angeles Chargers said in a statement Tuesday.

    In 2008, Spanos announced he was suffering from dementia by publishing a letter in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    That same year he was awarded the Medal of the Commander of the Order of Honor by the Greece president.

    He and his wife, Faye, met when Spanos was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They were together for 77 years until her death in August at age 92.

    He had four children, Dean, Dea Spanos Berberian, Alexis Spanos Ruhl and Michael along with 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the name of Alex Spanos to the following charities: American Legion – Karl Ross Post #16, 2020 Plymouth Road, Stockton, CA 95204; The Stockton Scholars Endowment Fund at UOP, University of the Pacific, Attn: University Development/Stockton Scholars, Endowed Fund, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211; The Discovery ChalleNGe Academy, 2922 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA 95206; or YMCA of San Joaquin County, 2105 West March Lane, Suite 1, Stockton, CA 95207.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/Stephen Dunn


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    Several people were injured Monday night in a stampede at a crowded event for rapper Phora at the famous intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Ten people were injured, eight of whom were hospitalized. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    Security was hired for the event, but the LAPD said the hired hands were unable to handle the crush of people that turned up outside the Shoe Palace to see the rapper originally from Anaheim, and police were asked to respond at 9:15 p.m.

    Witnesses said the crowd rushed forward when Phora jumped on top of a car. The crowd started stampeding over people and injuries occurred as a result of the mayhem.

    "I apologize to the LAPD. I apologize to the fans from the bottom of my heart," said Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer. "I think it's just because it was so hot, there were so many people. I'm claustrophobic myself... I'm about to pass out."

    Newschopper4 Bravo flew over the scene and noted that Highland Avenue was temporarily shut down between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street.

    In addition to the LAPD, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene.

    At approximately 10:15 p.m., Phora exited a business and was immediately mobbed by fans holding up camera phones. The rapper, who was not injured, left in a vehicle.

    Fans started lining up early Monday morning outside the shoe store after the rapper posted a message on social media that he would be there for a giveaway.

    "The love tonight was real. Over 6,000 people showed up in LA," Phora later tweeted. "We bought hundreds of shoes for people. And ended up getting shut down. I appreciate the love, thank you to the fans. Forever owe it to you."

    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    A crowd gathered Monday Oct. 8, 2018 in Hollywood to see rapper Phora.A crowd gathered Monday Oct. 8, 2018 in Hollywood to see rapper Phora.

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    Azul Hospitality Group has teamed up with Oram Hotels, both San Diego-based companies, to open a new luxury hotel, The Guild, in early 2019. Azul is the managing partner while developer Alvin Mansour from Oram has hired Incommon Design to oversee interior design, reports

    The 162-room, seven-floor Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel will be converted from the Army-Navy YMCA building in downtown San Diego. The property, originally developed in the 1920s, will feature a lobby bar, outdoor restaurant, outdoor gardens, a private penthouse with a rooftop deck and a grand ballroom that was once the gym’s basketball court. According to a press release by HFF commercial real estate firm, which was posted in January on its website, the company secured $36.55 million in construction financing for the renovation and development project.

    “The YMCA building has always been a jewel in the middle of a long-overlooked part of the city and I knew it had the potential to become something unique from the start,” Mansour told “Downtown San Diego has so much to offer, not only to tourists, but locals alike, and we are committed to creating something new, unexpected and authentic to the city we call home and its evolving cultural imprint.”

    The Italian Renaissance-style exterior and the grand staircase will remain, while guestrooms of various sizes will feature European-inspired accommodations, reports the site.

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    An image of the location where the Guild Hotel will be located taken by Google in March 2018.An image of the location where the Guild Hotel will be located taken by Google in March 2018.

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    The East County Performing Arts Center, shut down nearly 10 years ago as a recession forced the City of El Cajon to make budget cuts, is in the midst of a transformation.

    The center, located next to city hall, is scheduled to reopen in April 2019, with a new partner, a renovated interior, and high expectations for its impact on downtown El Cajon.

    "It's going to be the same building, the same bones, but it's all going to be dressed up differently so that if you've been to this venue before, it's going to feel different," said Tony Mendoza, associate engineer for the City of El Cajon. "It's going to feel refreshed, it's going to feel new."

    The interior is currently in the demolition phase. In the theater area, the old control room will become a V.I.P. lounge and 200 audience seats will be added, increasing the overall capacity to about 1,300 seats. The first few rows will have plush seating.

    Workers will install a new elevator in the lobby to replace the old chairlift that once took people to the second floor.

    A new bar area will also welcome people as they walk through the front doors.

    Minimal changes will be made to the building’s exterior.

    A big part of the renovations won't be visible to visitors. Construction crews with Wieland are installing new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and making other updates. 

    The renovations align with a new strategy: hiring Live Nation to manage the performing arts center.

    "Having Live Nation as a partner has helped us understand what the music industry needs, what the performing industry needs, where we would as staff, we would never know that," said Graham Mitchell, El Cajon's City Manager. "This is sort of that next catalyst project that I think will take the downtown to another level."

    Mitchell said the parking spaces outside the courthouse and city hall, which the city owns, will be available for events.

    "We'll compete with any concert venue in San Diego," added Mitchell. 

    The cost of renovations is estimated at $6.3 million dollars. Most of the funding came from selling the old El Cajon Police Department building on Fletcher Parkway. 

    City officials are also considering corporate naming rights for the new arts center.

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    A hurricane churning off the coast of Baja California was expected to increase swells at San Diego and Orange county beaches this week as it makes its way northeast. 

    High surf at local beaches will begin to build Tuesday morning and will likely peak Thursday into Friday as Category 1 Hurricane Sergio approaches the region.

    The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement during that time. 

    Strong rip currents are likely and waves will average 5 to 8 feet with some swells reaching 10 feet, especially in North County San Diego, NBC 7 weathercaster Llarisa Abreu said.

    There is also a possibility for isolated coastal flooding during high tide at southwest facing beaches like Oceanside beaches and Cardiff State Beach. 

    Abreu said to obey warning signs and swim near a lifeguard while the beach hazards statement is in effect. 

    Hurricane Sergio was packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and moving northeast at 6 miles per hour on Tuesday. As it approaches the coast of Baja California on Thursday night, the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical cyclone.

    High surf in San Diego County is expected to subside Friday night. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    High surf is expected to pound local beaches throughout the weekend as the storm moves in.High surf is expected to pound local beaches throughout the weekend as the storm moves in.

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    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set to consider Tuesday a plan that would ban target shooting in the backcountry area near Dulzura.

    The public hearing to add a shooting ban in the Donahoe Mountain area is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building.

    The local National Rifle Association chapter and other gun rights groups are encouraging their members to show up at the meeting to speak before the board.

    The Bureau of Land Management already bans shooting in the area during times of high fire danger but Supervisor Dianne Jacob has proposed that restrictions stay in place year-round. 

    Jacob has pushed for the shooting ban for years, but the push grew stronger after the May 2017 Gate Fire, which was sparked by gunfire before flames burned more than 2,000 acres. 

    Some say the push is unnecessary because the majority of gun owners are careful and responsible. 

    "There's people that don't take those things into consideration and they should, you know, they cause a nuisance and give the rest of us shooting enthusiasts, they give us a bad rap," gun owner John Dupree said shortly after the Gate Fire. 

    Jacob said the wildfire threat is just part of the issue. Residents have also complained about trash and stray bullets coming close to their homes.

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    A man was caught peering into a Pacific Beach residence Tuesday.

    The San Diego Police Department was called to a home on Hornblend Street, Between Cass and Dawes streets when someone noticed the man at about 12:30 a.m., SDPD said. 

    The man was about 5 foot 7 inches tall and was wearing baggy gray sweatpants at the time of the incident. He was described as having short blonde hair or was bald, SDPD said. 

    He was last seen walking away from the residence. 

    Last week, a woman was sexually assaulted by an intruder while she was sleeping in her Pacific Beach apartment, about six blocks away from the incident on Tuesday.

    SDPD has not said if the two incidents were believed to be related. 

    No other information was available.

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    If at first you don't succeed, try again: On Tuesday morning, 91x announced its annual holiday show, Wrex the Halls, for Dec. 14 at Valley View Casino Center and they've turned, once again, to Death Cab for Cutie for headlining duties -- the same band that sat atop the marquee (with Beck) of the station's ill-fated 2018 X-Fest show.

    Joining the indie-rock group (currently on the touring circuit in support of their recently released studio album "Thank You for Today") at Wrex is semi-charmed, '90s-rock stalwarts Third Eye Blind; electro-pop singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (who also sports her own headlining show at SOMA just a month earlier); atmospheric-folk-rockers Lord Huron; and British blues-rock darling Barns Courtney.

    Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. via and the Valley View Casino Center box office.

    "For this year’s Wrex the Halls, we worked to curate a diverse lineup that represents the true musical breadth of 91x," program director Garett Michaels said in a press release. "Death Cab for Cutie have a great new album and a catalog of hits spanning over a decade, Third Eye Blind will be performing all of the songs we know and love from their seminal debut album, Billie Eilish is the new artist breakthrough story of the year, Lord Huron are incredible live performers with a strong new album and a smash single, and Barns Courtney is one England’s most promising new singer-songwriters. We’re excited and cannot wait until Friday, Dec. 14."

    Tuesday's announcement follows ongoing difficulties for the alt-rock radio station's annual premier events. This year's X-Fest, scheduled for Aug. 11, was scrapped altogether on July 12. In a press statement, 91x wrote "After considerable thought and reflection, we feel we are unable to deliver the level of experience the fans expect from X-Fest."

    That disappointment followed another misstep: 2017's Wrex the Halls -- which was scheduled as a two-night affair with Run the Jewels, Rise Against, the Used and more last December -- was unexpectedly whittled down to just one night only two weeks beforehand due to "unforseen circumstances."

    Here's to hoping 91x can avoid the issues that have plagued its last two big shows -- and that 2018 Wrex the Halls goes off without a hitch.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images for iHeartRadio

    Death Cab for Cutie headline 2018 Wrex the Halls.Death Cab for Cutie headline 2018 Wrex the Halls.

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    Tributes poured in Tuesday for longtime Chargers owner Alex Spanos who died Tuesday at age 95. 

    "Laura and I send our condolences to the Spanos family on the death of their beloved patriarch, Alex Spanos," former President George W. Bush said in a statement. "Alex was one of a kind. ... He was a wonderful citizen and friend, and the Bush family will miss him."

    Spanos, at one time an avid golfer, counted among his friends Bob Hope, Gerald Ford and many prominent politicians.

    Hope sometimes attended Chargers home games, sitting in Spanos' box at the stadium in Mission Valley.

    Born in Stockton on Sept. 28, 1923, Spanos took an unlikely road to NFL ownership. After working in his father's bakery and serving in the Air Force during World War II, Spanos borrowed $800 from a banker to buy a truck from which he sold sandwiches to migrant farm workers in the San Joaquin Valley. He began investing in real estate and started a construction company that mostly built apartment buildings, eventually expanding its footprint across the Sunbelt and Midwest. 

    Spanos and his wife were generous philanthropists, giving to many causes related to hospitals, universities and youth programs. He gave extensively to the University of the Pacific, his alma mater in Stockton, where the Alex G. Spanos Center houses the Tigers' basketball and volleyball teams.

    "Alex Spanos lived the American Dream," former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Twitter. "His incredible story should inspire each and every one of us. As a son of immigrants, he rose from working in his father's bakery to become a titan of real estate and business. But more importantly, he used his money and platform to give back to the world. He was a dear friend and I'll miss him dearly."

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hailed Spanos as "an American success story, driven by a tireless work ethic inspired by his humble beginnings." 

    "Alex became one of the country's most successful businessmen, but he never forgot his roots and the call to help others," Goodell added in a statement. "Along with Faye, his beloved wife of nearly 70 years, Alex's philanthropic and civic contributions touched many lives throughout California and around the country. He was a marvelous friend and partner whose impact on the NFL will never be forgotten. We all benefited from Alex's compassion, character and zest for football and life."

    Read more about Spanos here.

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    A formal San Diego Chargers portrait of Alex Spanos taken in 2007.A formal San Diego Chargers portrait of Alex Spanos taken in 2007.

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    A three-year-old boy was reported missing in Linda Vista, according to San Diego police.

    Officers were called just after 10 a.m. to an area near Ulric Street.

    The boy, named Kevin, was wearing Cookie Monster pajamas, according to police.

    SDPD believed Kevin walked away from his home around the Astro Vista Apartments.

    His mother left the room to use the restroom, and when she came back, Kevin was gone, SDPD said.

    The front door was shut when Kevin's mother noticed he was gone. This was "concerning" because most children would leave a door open if they walked out of their home, said SDPD Lt. Christian Sharp.

    Police don't believe a family member could have taken the boy.

    There are canyons within walking distance to Kevin's home. SDPD is searching these areas with concerns of heat and him possibly becoming dehydrated, Sharp said.

    “Anywhere that this child might have wondered and, kind of, hidden into, we’re checking over and over again,” Sharp said.

    Officials began searching the area with a helicopter.

    A search dog team arrived around 11:30 a.m. The dogs were given a few of Kevin's belongings to get his scent.

    There are now more than 30 officers looking for Kevin at this time, Sharp said.

    Kevin is bilingual and can respond to English or Spanish, according to Sharp.

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    TGI Weekend! San Diego will become a hub of arts, culture and fashion this weekend as local events shine a spotlight on some of the top up-and-coming filmmakers and fashion designers. At the Museum of Man, art and animals collide for a wild masquerade party. Those looking for more low-key fun this weekend can shop handcrafted goods at local markets. Or those in the mood for some festive frights can head to one of several haunted "houses." There is so much to do. Get up. Get out. Play!  

    Thursday, October 11
    San Diego International Film Festival
    Times Vary (through Sunday), Locations Vary
    Up-and-coming independent filmmakers to big-name stars will be in San Diego this week for the San Diego International Film Festival, just one of several top film festivals across the globe where artists showcase their latest projects. Guests will be able to indulge in world premiere films, buzzworthy indies, filmmaker panels and glamorous parties during the festival’s five-day stint in San Diego. Films will be screened at Balboa Theatre, Regal Cinema and the ArcLight UTC and tickets can be purchased to individual films starting at $16, to a full day of films for $75 or to multiple days, which also include access to parties, starting at $250. Take a look at the full festival lineup of events here

    Kids Free October 
    Times Vary (through October), Locations Vary
    It’s the time of year where celebrating the little ones in your life gets even easier. October is Kids Free month in San Diego at more than 100 participating restaurants, attractions and hotels. That means free meals, free admission to theme parks, museums and more, and free gifts at several other locations. Kids can take a dive at Legoland when an adult buys their ticket, visit the animals at either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or both!), or dine free at Carnitas Snack Shack, just to name a few. A list of all deals being offered in San Diego County this October can be found here. 

    Boomont & Fall Fest 2018 
    5 to 10 p.m. (through Sunday), Belmont Park
    Get thrills and chills during Belmont Park’s annual Halloween festival, Boomont. The amusement park along Mission Bay is transformed into a festive getaway with themed rides and attractions like the Spooky Coaster and Zombie Laser Tag. Ride wristbands will be half-price to those that mention the offer. Kids 12 and under can dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each night. The festival is held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday through November 12 with different featured events each night.

    Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar 
    5:30 p.m., Locations Vary
    Do you have a burning question that you think only a scientist could answer? Well, here is your chance to ask it thanks to an event hosted across the county by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Scientists will be posted up at bars across San Diego with signs that read, “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” and they mean it. The events are free to attend. Times vary by locations but most start around 5:30 p.m. Find a location near you here

    Coastchella Benefit Concert
    6 p.m., The Belly Up
    An "American Idol" winner is joining in to help Scripps raise money for the Intensive Care Unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas. Coastchella at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach (143 South Cedros Ave.) will start with a cocktail reception and live auction before "Home" singer Phillip Phillips take the stage for a special performance. Tickets can be purchased here for $250.

    Pumpkin Succulents 
    6 p.m., Mint Studio
    Two of the trendiest plants in home decorating come together for this centerpiece design class. Learn to create a perfectly-fall pumpkin succulent centerpiece in this beginner-level class presented by Mint Studios. Several classes are being held starting at $30 this month, including this Thursday at Otay Ranch Town Center (2015 Birch Rd, Chula Vista) and Saturday at the Forum Carlsbad (1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad). 

    Dana Carvey
    8 p.m. (Thursday through Saturday), American Comedy Co.
    We’re not worthy! "Saturday Night Live" alum Dana Carvey is bringing his comedic talent to San Diego for three nights of stand up performances for ages 21+ only. The comedian is known for portraying Garth, President George W. Bush, and one-half of Hans and Franz during his seven-year stint on SNL. Carvey has performed stand up comedy for decades and recently released a Netflix special, "Straight White Male, 60." Tickets to the show cost $25 and there’s also a chance to win tickets through the comedy club’s website.

    Friday, October 12

    San Diego Fashion Week 
    Times Vary, LUX Art Institute (Encinitas)
    Fashion designers from across the globe will show off their latest designs at San Diego’s growing Fashion Week event. The collections from 15 brands will not have been seen before appearing on the 100-foot runway at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas (1550 S. El Camino Real) on Saturday. On Friday, an opening party will be held and on Sunday, the annual Trunk Show and Fashion Awards will give guests the chance to shop the runway they saw the day before. Passes for $150 and up get you into all three nights of San Diego Fashion Week. Tickets to the trunk show only can be purchased for $100.  

    21st Annual Harvest Festival 
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through Sunday), Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Thousands of handmade goods created by local and incoming artisans will be on display during this large art and craft show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. On top of finding handcrafted creations and crafting items, guests can expect to see crafting demonstrations, live entertainment and even a kids zone during the three-day festival. General admission is $9 each day and parking at the fairgrounds is $13.

    MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fleet Science Center
    Can you pull a tablecloth without disturbing the dishes on it? Do you stay drier running or walking in the rain? Get the answer to some of your burning questions at the new exhibit based on the popular TV show, Mythbusters. Just like in the show, this hands-on exhibit will allow guests to use the scientific method to test some commonly held theories. Access to the exhibit, which is open through Jan. 6, 2019, can be added to a general admission ticket for $5.

    Movies in the Park
    Times Vary, Locations Vary
    Across the county through October, cities are taking part in movie screenings at their local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week, San Diegans can find a different free outdoor movie screening thanks to the county-wide initiative. The full calendar of screenings for the summer can be found here. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket to enjoy the movie of your choice starting at sunset.


    Wild Life 
    7 to 9 p.m., Museum of Man
    Unleash your wild side at this event inspired by the Museum of Man’s "Living With Animals" exhibit. The masquerade event will allow guests with a $30 ticket roam to unexplored parts of the museum, where creepy crawlies will test your fear. Guests will also enjoy live breakdancing performances, a DJ and more. Tickets to the 21-and-up cocktail event come with a feast of delectable bites and one drink.

    Del Mar International Horse Show 
    8:30 a.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
    For more than two weeks, spectators can watch equestrian riders compete in a variety of jumping challenges at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Del Mar International Horse Show starts this week with Welcome Week and runs through October 28.

    The Haunted Hotel
    6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), 424 Market Street (San Diego)
    It’s time to check in to The Haunted Hotel. One of San Diego’s most popular Halloween haunts returns with some spooktacular frights. Guests will take a ride up the hotel’s haunted Hellavator before walking own a bleak corridor filled with scares. On Wednesdays, try the whole thing in the dark. Tickets cost $20 and times vary; check the schedule here.

    Saturday, October 13

    MCRD BootCamp Challenge 
    6:30 a.m., Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
    Live through what it takes to become a U.S. Marine a the annual BootCamp Challenge, a three-mile obstacle course race that allows guests to run the same route of a Marine recruit. The course is filled with over 50 obstacles, including tunnel crawls, log hurdles, a 6-foot climbing wall and more, all manned by drill instructors who motivate you to the end. Guests can register individually for $45 or with a team starting at $120. After the race, enjoy music and freebies from sponsors before the award ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

    Ladies at the Lake Fall Market
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
    Shoppers can stock up on their holiday goodies early at this open-air market in Santee. Browse goods from a variety of vendors, like health and beauty items, jewelry and clothing. There will be food trucks for hungry shoppers and a raffle during the free event.

    Ocean Beach Oktoberfest 
    3 to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), Ocean Beach Pier
    Get a taste of Ocean Beach’s handcrafted beer at this year’s Oktoberfest celebration. The two-day festival will bring together OB’s unique local breweries as well as beer makers from across the globe for a three-hour tasting session on Saturday. With a $35 ticket, guests will get entry into a tasting session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free entrance into the full Oktoberfest celebration. Tickets to all other days cost $5.

    The Renegade Science Project
    10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fleet Science Center
    The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is calling all unconventional thinkers for a new outdoor experience in the museum’s backyard. The Renegade Science Project invites guests to participate in experiments and complete challenges during a 90-minute interactive tour of Balboa Park. The museum promises the tour is nothing like you’ve ever experienced and is sure to be filled with insta-worthy moments. The tour covers a 1.5-mile path so guests may want to wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Tours are every day of the week at either 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $40 for non-members, which includes admission to the Fleet Science Center and an IMAX film.

    Liberty Station Outdoor Movies: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
    Sunset, Liberty Station’s North Promenade
    Liberty Station’s free outdoor movie series presents a different film on the promenade on the second Saturday of every month. For October, Liberty Station presents last year’s summer blockbuster and the latest installment in the Star Wars saga “The Last Jedi.” Arrive early for surprise pop-up performances and activities, or to check out the shops, restaurants and art exhibits that surround the Promenade.

    An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin 
    8 p.m., Balboa Theatre
    Comedian and classic actress Lily Tomlin has been entertaining the masses for decades. This weekend, she takes the stage for a one-night-only performance that will showcase some of her iconic characters, like Mrs. Beasley and Ernestine. Guests with a ticket, which starts at $40, are asked to arrive at the theater 45 minutes before Tomlin takes the stage with her witty, observational comedic style.

    Sunday, October 14

    Lane Field Park Markets 
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane Field Park (Downtown San Diego)
    San Diego County has a new weekly farmer’s market to add to the growing list of fresh produce-buying options. Lane Field Park Markets will feature dozens of vendors every Sunday near the San Diego Harbor. See which food trucks and local businesses will be featured at the market each week here

    The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through October), Children's Nature Retreat (Alpine)
    Escape to this animal haven in East County for a unique pumpkin patch experience. Children's Nature Retreat invites kids daily (except Mondays) to learn about nature and its creatures through hands-on interaction with more than 120 animals on this 20-acre farm. During the month of October, the ranch gets a fall twist, transforming into a pumpkin patch and equipped with a six-foot-tall hay maze on top of the ranch’s daily feeding and interactions. A single day pass to the farm costs $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

    SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
    10 a.m. to 9 p.m., SeaWorld San Diego
    Don’t wait for Halloween to trick or treat. Kids and their parents can stroll trick-or-treat booths set up throughout the SeaWorld San Diego for their annual Halloween Spooktacular, which runs this year through October 28. On top of treat hunting, families can sing and dance along to the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, catch a holiday-themed Clyde and Seamore show and more. Spooktacular comes with a general admission ticket starting at $55, which gives guests access to all of SeaWorld’s daily offerings.

    Nature Walk at Silver Strand State Beach
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lifeguard Headquarters (Silver Strand)
    Join a guide from Silver Strand State Beach on this free, one-hour nature walk as you use binoculars and hand lenses to learn about the plants and animals of the park in their natural habitat. While the walk is free, there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. The walk begins at Lifeguard Headquarters.

    Sunday Organ Concert
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
    Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

    The Scream Zone 
    7 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Everybody scream! The Del Mar Fairgrounds again becomes a playground for horrifying creatures of the night for The Scream Zone. Enter if you dare into the three maze-filled haunts, including the popular haunted hayride, and other terrifying attractions with the purchase of a $34 ticket.  A single haunt ticket is available for $21. This Friday only, admission is slashed in half. Outside the mazes, there are food and drink vendors and photo opportunities. The Scream Zone runs through October 31.

    Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
    Times and locations vary

    Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

    Photo Credit: Instagram/@tracycg13

    Instagram user @tracycg13 snapped this #SanDiegoGram shot of the golden hues at Embarcadero Marina Park, with the Coronado Bridge in the background.Instagram user @tracycg13 snapped this #SanDiegoGram shot of the golden hues at Embarcadero Marina Park, with the Coronado Bridge in the background.

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    A vegetation fire broke out to the west of Rancho Santa Fe Tuesday afternoon.

    The fire is at half an acre at this time, according to a tweet from Cal Fire San Diego.

    It began at the intersection of Artesian Road and Rio Vista Road.

    Cal Fire and Rancho Santa Fe Fire are at the scene.

    No other information was available at this time.

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