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    A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a car in Carlsbad Sunday night.

    The man, identified Tuesday as 21-year old Jean Jacques Zepeda, collided with a Toyota Tundra near the intersection of Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road, police said. 

    Zepeda, a resident of San Marcos, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    He was found with serious injuries and was pronounced dead while en route to a nearby hospital, said Carlsbad police.

    The driver of the Tundra was a 38-year-old man from Grand Terrace, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

    Both the motorcycle and the Tundra had extensive damage, police said.

    Northbound Carlsbad Boulevard at Cannon Road was temporarily closed for an investigation. 

    Carlsbad police initially reported the motorcyclist was a 19-year-old but a medical examiner determined he was 21-year-old Zepeda. 


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    Everything from paper to pencils to erasers and crayons was handed out Tuesday to 10 schools in National City.

    The National City Police Department organized its annual school drive to help students get the essentials to make their school year a success. 


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    A man with dementia who was believed to be lost after wandering from his assisted living facility in Shelltown has been located, police said. 

    The 81-year-old man went missing Sunday morning from the facility on Mission View Drive east of Interstate 5. 

    Police were concerned because the man is diagnosed with dementia and believes he lives in Yuma, Arizona. They asked the public for help finding him.

    On Tuesday, police said the man had been located and thanked the public for their help.


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    Former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. faced his son's political opponent Tuesday in front of the Midway Museum for what he described as a "security briefing."

    Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter for his congressional seat in the Nov. 6 election, said it was more like a "sideshow."

    Hunter described how Campa-Najjar's grandfather, now deceased, was behind the Munich Massacre and attempted to assassinate Golda Meir. He also said the Democratic candidate is the son of a man who was a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization for decades.

    “This has nothing to do with race, this has to do with terrorism,” the former congressman said.

    The historically Republican 50th District could go to a Democrat in the midterm elections. 

    The younger Hunter and his wife Margaret Hunter, who served as his campaign manager, were indicted in August and accused of misusing campaign funds to finance family trips to Italy and Hawaii, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets and even fast food purchases. Both have pleaded not guilty in federal court.

    Hunter, Sr. did not address the felony charges his son faces when he met with the media on Tuesday. 

    He did share additional information about Campa-Najjar’s heritage which was the subject of a recent campaign mailer. 

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    A controversial Hunter campaign ad revealed to many that Campa-Najjar’s grandfather was involved in the 1972 massacre in Munich. . He said the candidate's grandfather also attempted to assassinate former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir but the attempt failed.

    Hunter, Sr. talked about Campa-Najjar's father who resigned from the PLO in the spring after working with the organization for 23 years and showed an image of the candidate with his father. 

    Campa-Najjar spoke after Hunter and called the media event "an act of desperation." 

    “Daddy is not going to bail him out this time,” Campa-Najjar said of the incumbent. “I don’t need my dad to stand here to fight my battles. I’m my own man.”

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    He said the image of him and his father was taken on Father's Day in 2015 when his father was in San Diego for the first time since 1995. 

    He said he posted the image on social media. 

    “I felt like after the pain of his life, I needed to give him an olive branch,” the candidate explained.

    He was granted security clearance in 2016 by the FBI after he had posted the image.

    Campa-Najjar said his grandfather was associated with something that was heinous and wrong and disavows the murder of innocent people. He added that he never met his grandfather who died years before he was born.

    His father, he said, wants to be an advocate for peace. 

    "This is a symptom of Hunter not understanding personal accountability. His family, his wife and his children are not responsible for his actions," the Democratic challenger said.

    "In the same way, I’m not responsible for the actions of my family.”

    The Munich Massacre happened in Berlin, Germany in September 1972. 

    Eight members of the Palestinian group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes and coaches hostage. The Palestinian attackers demanded Israel release prisoners in exchange for the hostages.

    Five athletes, six coaches and a West German police officer were killed in a botched rescue attempt. 



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    Former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. waits for photographers to hand over microphones to his son's opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.Former Congressman Duncan Hunter, Sr. waits for photographers to hand over microphones to his son's opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

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    TGI Weekend! Halloween is fast approaching and the ghouls are out to play. From scary mazes to haunted houses, spirited train rides to pumpkin patches, there are spooky ways to celebrate the holiday in each corner of the county. Get up. Get out. Play!  

    Thursday, October 18
    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. 

    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 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.

    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.

    Ghouls in the Garden: 'Lost Boys'
    6:30 p.m., Stone World & Bistro Gardens (Escondido)
    Have a haunting evening at Stone Brewing’s sprawling Escondido garden as its overtaken by the chill of fall and a spooky movie screening. For the month of October, the brewery presents “Ghouls in the Garden,” on select nights. Brave guests can watch these classic spooky films at the Escondido location’s upper deck, like this week’ pick “Lost Boys” released in 1987. While there, grab a pint of Stone Delicious IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale or one of the dozens of other brews on tap. The screening is free but space is limited on a first come, first serve basis.

    Friday, October 19

    Pumpkin Express 
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (Campo)
    All aboard the Pumpkin Express! The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association invites brave guests to take a ride through San Diego County’s mountains on their haunted railcars. Trains depart from the Campo Depot three times a day through Sunday, Oct. 28 for a scenic ride through the winding San Diego and Arizona Railway for those with an $18 ticket or $14 ticket for kids. When guests return to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, they will be met with a variety of Halloween-time activities, like pumpkin decorating and two haunted train walkthroughs.

    Brick or Treat
    5 to 9 p.m., Legoland Resort
    Trick-or-treating gets Legofied this Halloween season. Brick or Treat at Legoland California Resort brings not-so-spooky thrills to families on Saturday nights through October 27. The amusement park will be adorned with 16 treat stations that each night will be filled with more than one million pieces of candy. Little ones can craft pumpkins and meet Lego friends at the fall festival within the park. Then, a midnight monster jam lets families dance the night away. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume for Brick or Treat. Tickets to the event alone cost $54 or can be purchased in combination with a day admission pass to Legoland or Sea Life Aquarium starting at $79.

    Haunt Fest on Main 
    5 to 10 p.m., Downtown El Cajon
    Before Halloween creeps into San Diego County, get some family-friendly spooks at Haunt Fest on Main. El Cajon’s annual Halloween bash, on E. Main Street between Magnolia and Avocado avenues, is perfect for little ones and parents alike; the event features pumpkin patches, a kids zone, which will screen family-friendly movies during the event, and a trick-or-treat style candy challenge and carnival rides. The free event will also have two stages this year with live music, performances and this year’s Haunt Fest costume contest. 

    Hops on the Harbor 
    7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
    Flagship Cruises’ Hops on the Harbor gives a local San Diego brewery a chance to show off their best suds alongside a curated menu of offerings that perfectly accompany each beer. This month, Second Chance Beer, the award-winning Carmel Mountain brewery, joins Hops on the Harbor. Guests will enjoy four 6-ounce samples of Second Chance’s creations and a cruise around San Diego Bay aboard a yacht. This month’s menu features: a rhubarb-apple chutney grilled chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes paired with Second Chance’s Brewbies in my Mind; and a grapefruit marmalade California halibut with a wild rice pilaf, roasted vegetables and accompanied by the brewery’s Clever Hoppy Name, just to name a few. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

     

    The Haunted Trail 
    7 to 11 p.m., Balboa Park
    Are you daring enough to traverse one of San Diego’s most popular haunted Halloween-time destinations? The Haunted Trail, located on the corner of Balboa Drive and Juniper in Balboa Park, is a mile-long walk filled with the likes of Freddy, Michael Myers, The Nun and other terrors. The trail is not recommended for those under 10 years old. Tickets cost $25 but a VIP fastpass is available for $12 more.

    The Heart of Rock & Roll 
    8 p.m., The Old Globe
    One of rock and roll’s most iconic artist is getting an entire show dedicated to his works. Huey Lewis told NBC 7 he never thought a musical adaptation of his works would be a reality. But through October 21, The Heart of Rock & Roll, which exclusively features the “Hip to Be Square” artist’s work, will play on the Donald and Darlene and Shiley Stage at the Old Globe. The comedy follows a band playing the Chicago dive bar circuit waiting for their “big break.” Tickets start at $39.

     

    Saturday, October 20

    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.

    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.

    Ye Scallywag! Festival 
    12 to 9 p.m., Waterfront Park
    The San Diego Waterfront will become the spot for music lovers and beer fans alike this weekend. Performing at this year’s Ye Scallywag! Festival are artists Rancid, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters. Guests with a $55 general admission ticket to will get access to more than 150 craft breweries, like Mason Ale Works, Ska Brewing, Thorn Brewery and more, offering up pours of their suds for three hours. Get an extra hour of tasting and access to special lounges with a $129 VIP ticket.

    Dia de los Muertos 
    2 to 10 p.m., La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary (National City)
    The Mexican tradition to honor the spirits of loved ones who have passed away comes to National City. La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary (3191 Orange Street) is hosting their 10th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Guests can see altars decorated as they have been for centuries while enjoying cuisine from food trucks, music, art and live entertainment, all in honor of the dead. General admission tickets cost $5 and come with a shuttle ride from Plaza Bonita Mall. 

    Cans & Jams 
    2 to 5 p.m., Searsucker (Downtown)
    The downtown bar and restaurant, Searsucker, has partnered with AleSmith Brewing this month to delight guests in sips of their brew for $6 a can. Some of the brews that will be available are named for famous San Diegans, like Sublime, named after the reggae-rock band who contacted AleSmith to create the suds. The beer makers also named a batch after Mt. Padre Tony Gwynn. $1 of each can sold during the event will be donated to the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Signature bites from Searsucker’s tasty menu, like their duck fat fries, spicy tuna poke and fish tacos, will also be available for happy hour prices. There is no ticket purchase required but guests should RSVP in advance

    Fleet Week San Diego: Military Tailgate 
    4:30 to 6:30 p.m., SDCCU Stadium
    The Military Tailgate at SDCCU Stadium launches this year's Fleet Week celebration in San Diego. The event will feature an afternoon of tailgating, music and games ahead of the San Diego State Aztecs football game. The event is followed by a weeks worth of events and activities meant to celebrate San Diego's military men and women. 

    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.

    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.

    Sunday, October 21

    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
    7:30 a.m., Balboa Park
    Breast Cancer affects so many lives in the United States. The American Cancer Society hosts this annual walk to ensure those people know they are not alone. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 are walking in this year’s "Making Strides American Cancer Society Walk" and want to invite you to join our team! The walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of 6th Avenue and Laurel Street and travels four miles around Balboa Park. After the walk, stay and enjoy live entertainment and food trucks.

    Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K 
    6:30 a.m., Green Flash Brewery (Mira Mesa)
    San Diego is perfect for two things -- running and craft beer. This half-marathon decided to combine the two for a race through Mission Valley and along State Route 56. The Craft Classic ends its run with a pint of fresh brew from Green Flash Brewing Co. for all participants. Runners will also be given a commemorative t-shirt, beer glass and medal once completing the 5K or half-marathon. Then, hang out in the post-race beer garden. Registration costs start at $60.

    Escondido Grand Avenue Festival 
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grand Avenue (Escondido)
    Escondido’s main thoroughfare will once again be home to more than 400 arts, craft food and drink vendors as the Grand Avenue Festival takes over. The event is held twice a year and features live entertainment and plenty of family-friendly activities. The free event spans Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper.

    San Diego Kids Expo & Fair
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Del Mar Fairgrounds
    A children’s paradise is taking over the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend. Kids will be able to choose from dozens of activities -- from a petting zoo to a magic show, a zip line to a pedal car race track and dance or karate classes to rock n’ roll stages, just to name a few. Inside, more than 150 booths will have kid-friendly products to test out. Kids can get access to it all with a $35 wristband. Adult admission is $10. 

    Cephalopod Celebration 
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Birch Aquarium
    Celebrate the multi-legged sea creatures of the cephalopod family at the Birch Aquarium. Squid, octopus, cuttlefish, and their cousins have been around since before the dinosaurs, according to the aquarium, who will share their history during the weekend’s festivities. Guests will -- for the first time ever -- be allowed to encounter an octopus. There will be other encounters, hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt during the Cephalopod Celebration. Access to the event is included with the purchase of a $19 adult of $15 child ticket to the Birch Aquarium. 

    Coronado Art Walk 
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coronado Ferry Landing
    Dozens of local artists will feature their original works of fine art -- from paintings to photography, sculpture to woodworking during this year’s Coronado Art Walk. The free two-day event will be held at the ferry landing on 1st Street.

    Halloween BYOD 
    2 to 7 p.m., Quartyard
    This party’s going to the dogs. Quartyard is hosting a Halloween-themed Bring Your Own Dog party for you and your furry companion this Sunday. Bring your dog to the urban park located in East Village for this event that will feature dog-friendly vendors and music. There will even be a dog costume contest with prizes for winners. The event is free but a $5 donation is suggested.

    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.


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    More than 90 percent of House Democratic candidates in top races outraised their Republican rivals over the past three months as Democrats continue to hold a substantial fundraising edge with less than a month to go before Election Day.

    New fundraising figures filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Democratic candidates more than doubled Republican fundraising in the 108 districts considered the most competitive by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. In some cases, challengers outraised Republican incumbents by a factor of three or more, NBC News reported.

    Fundraising success is far from a direct predictor of electoral success — some Democratic candidates in high-profile special elections earlier this cycle fell short despite their cash advantages. And some of these Republican incumbents are still in strong shape despite their fundraising deficits.



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    Katie Hill, Democrat running for California's 25th Congressional district seat in Congress, speaks during the opening of the SCV Democratic Headquarters for 2018 in Newhall, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2018.Katie Hill, Democrat running for California's 25th Congressional district seat in Congress, speaks during the opening of the SCV Democratic Headquarters for 2018 in Newhall, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

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    A man was in police custody Tuesday, accused of peering into Pacific Beach residences.

    James Wayne Hubbard, 48, was arrested on Oct. 12 and booked into jail on six counts of peeping and one count of petty theft.

    Investigators said Hubbard is connected to six reports of someone peering into the windows of unsuspecting women in Pacific Beach between the dates of Sept. 11 and Oct. 12. 

    In one incident, officers were called to a home on Hornblend Street, Between Cass and Dawes streets when someone noticed something after midnight.

    Investigators said the suspect description was consistent: a white man, bald, of medium height, and medium to heavyset build. 

    Anyone with information on these incidents can call San Diego Police Department Northern Division at (858) 552-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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    Davis police are investigating reports that two Da Vinci Charter Academy students brought cookies they baked containing one of their grandfather's cremated remains to school and gave them to nine other students.

    The sugar cookies were reportedly brought to school on Oct. 4, Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov told NBC affiliate KCRA. There were no reports of students getting physically ill from consuming the cookies, Doroshov said.

    Police are investigating, but have been unable to prove that human remains were baked into the cookies.

    All of the information about the tampered cookies come from statements made by students.

    Read more from KCRA



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    FBI agents in San Diego have released images hoping to solve four bank robberies that occurred in the last 60 days.

    On Tuesday, agents released images tied to robberies on September 11 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 5522 Balboa Avenue and on October 6 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 276 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas.

    The same man is believed to be responsible for both incidents, according to the FBI.

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    He’s described as 50 to 60 years old, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with dark gray hair and an athletic build.

    In both incidents, he wore a hat and sunglasses.

    In the robberies, he presented a note demanding money from the bank teller in a similar manner, agents said.

    After receiving money, he left on foot.

    Last week, FBI agents released images involving two other bank robberies. They believe one man is responsible for the robberies of Mission Federal Credit Union in El Cajon on September 14 and the Wells Fargo on Jamacha Road on October 9.

    This man is described as 50 to 60 years old and stands 6-feet tall, agents said.

    Anyone with information on these robberies can call San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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    Surveillance images from a bank robbery at Wells Fargo at 5:08 p.m. on September 11 at the branch located at 5522 Balboa Avenue, San Diego.Surveillance images from a bank robbery at Wells Fargo at 5:08 p.m. on September 11 at the branch located at 5522 Balboa Avenue, San Diego.

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    USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono has quickly stepped down  — spending just a weekend on the job — following criticism by two Olympic gold medal winners.

    Part of the backlash against Bono was over an anti-Nike tweet she posted last month aimed at former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBC News reported.

    Bono released a statement on Tuesday announcing her departure, writing that in the wake of her tweet she had experienced personal attacks that "left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization."



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    Then-U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Ca., speaks during a meeting of the Joint Committee Session on addressing the Nation's Opiod Crisis at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015.Then-U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Ca., speaks during a meeting of the Joint Committee Session on addressing the Nation's Opiod Crisis at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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    #Permit Patty. #BBQ Betty. #Cornerstore Caroline. A series of videos posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube this year show black people being badgered by white people as they swim, barbecue, babysit or engage in other everyday activities. The widely shared confrontations, often with alliterative hashtags, drew enormous audiences for what might have once been private disputes. Here are some of the #LivingWhileBlack encounters that have gone viral and what happened as a result:

    #Cornerstore Caroline

    A white woman accused a 9-year-old black boy of grabbing her backside in a Brooklyn deli on Oct. 10 but two days later, after watching surveillance videotape, admitted that the boy had accidently brushed up against her possibly with his bag. "Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry," she said.

    Blocked at the Door

    A white neighbor tried to block a black man from entering his loft in downtown St. Louis on Oct. 12, asking him which unit he lived in and following him to his apartment. D'Arreion Nuriyah Toles told her that he had already entered the building. Police later arrived at his door. The woman was fired by her employer, Tribeca-STL Management, a property management company and Toles told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was looking into his legal options.

    #PermitPatty

    A white woman, Alison Ettel, threatened to call police about an 8-year-old black girl selling bottled water without a permit in San Francisco in June. Ettel said that the girl, Jordan Rodgers, was being too loud. Rodgers’ mother countered that Ettel never asked Jordan to be quieter, and instead immediately demanded to see a permit. Afterward Ettel stepped down as the chief executive of TreatWell, a California company that produces cannabis-based tinctures and edibles, saying in a statement that the company, its patients and employees, “should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment.”

    #BBQBecky

    In April, a white woman called police to complain about black residents barbecuing at Lake Merritt Park in Oakland. The woman referred to the danger posed by their charcoal grill, which was not permitted at that spot. The black residents, among them Kenzie Smith, said that she threatened them with jail. A “BBQing While Black” cookout followed, Smith was nominated for a position of the city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Committee and in July he announced a campaign to run for Oakland City Council.

    Sitting in #Starbucks

    Two 23-year-old men were led out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in handcuffs in April because they had not ordered anything while they waited for a business partner to arrive for a meeting. A manager had called the police. The men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, reached a financial settlement with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. Starbucks closed its more than 8,000 company-owned coffee shops in the United States and its corporate offices for racial-bias training on the afternoon of May 29.

    #SwimmingSheriffSusie

    Shane Holland was asked to leave a pool at his own apartment complex in Indiana in July after he showed his key to an off-duty police officer who was providing security at the pool but refused to give her his address. An apartment manager confirmed Holland was a resident but asked him to leave because he had not answered the off-duty officer’s question. The manager was put on administrative leave.

    Accusations of profiling at swimming pools recurred throughout the summer.

    Swimming With Socks

    On the Fourth of July, a manager of another apartment complex, this one in Memphis, demanded that a black man take off his socks while he dipped his feet in the pool. Kevin Yates refused — he said the ground was hot — and the manager, Erica Walker, called police. Yates' girlfriend, Camry Porter, said that white people who were wearing shirts or hats were not asked to remove them. Walker was fired.

    #IDAdam

    Also on the Fourth of July, a white man called police after a black woman would not show him her identification at a community pool in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The woman, Jazmine Abhulimen, was at the pool with her son when Adam Bloom, the pool chairman of the Glenridge Homeowners Association, asked for her ID. Abhulimen had a key card that allowed her into the pool. Bloom was fired from his job at Sonoco, an international packaging firm, and resigned as pool chairman and from the association’s board.

    #PoolPatrolPaula. A white woman from Summerville, South Carolina, hit a 15-year-old at a neighborhood pool and was charged with third-degree assault. Stephanie Sebby-Strempel told the teenager and his friends to leave. She was fired from her job as a consultant at skin care company Rodan + Fields.

    Eating Lunch at Smith 

    An employee at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, called campus police on a black student who was eating her lunch in a common area while on break from her on-campus summer job in July. The employee said Oumou Kanoute seemed out of place. Smith placed the employee on leave and ordered an external investigation of the incident. The college’s president apologized to Kanoute, who says she felt humiliated and who wants an apology from the employee whom Smith declined to identify.

    Leaving an Airbnb

    A neighbor called police and reported a possible burglary as four people left an Airbnb in Rialto, California, in April. Three of the four were black and one was a filmmaker and granddaughter of Bob Marley. "The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air," another guest, filmmaker, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, posted on Instagram. "They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us." They sued The Rialto Police Department, saying they had been treated unfairly. The police department says its officer treated the group with dignity and respect.

    Black Women Golfing

    Five black women golfing in Dover Township in York County, a largely white suburb in Pennsylvania, in April were approached by a former county commissioner whose son owns the Grandview Golf Club and told they were playing too slowly. They were asked to leave and threatened with the cancellation of their memberships. Golfers behind the women told The Daily Record that the women had kept up the pace. Police arrived but left quickly and the state Human Rights Commission later held hearings.

    Babysitting in Georgia

    A woman called police on a black man babysitting two white children in Marietta, Georgia, after the man, Corey Lewis, refused to left her speak to the children. He had taken the children to a Walmart, then a gas station, when the woman followed them. Lewis runs a child care and mentoring business called Inspired By Lewis. The police officer questioned the children and called their parents.

    A "Suspicious Person"

    An Oregon state lawmaker was reported to police as a “suspicious person” while she was canvassing constituents’ homes in Portland in July. A sheriff’s deputy told Janelle Bynum that a caller said she appeared to casing the neighborhood for unoccupied houses that could be burglarized. When the deputy called the caller, she apologized to Bynum.

    Napping While Black

    A black graduate student at Yale University, Lolade Siyonbola, who took a nap in a common room while working on papers, was awakened by a white student whom she said told her she was not supposed to sleep there. The white student called campus police. A Yale vice president called the May episode "troubling" and promised listening sessions with students. 


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    What would you do if you won hundreds of millions of dollars?

    The Mega Millions lottery jackpot was raised Tuesday to $667 million, the largest in the game’s history and third-largest in U.S. lottery jackpot history. 

    The Mega Millions jackpot has been climbing since July. On Tuesday, lottery officials said that it peaked at the highest it has ever been. 

    San Diegans were dreaming about what they would do with the money. 

    “I would probably get some classic cars,” said Dan Casses, who was buying a ticket at Murphy Canyon Market & Liquor Tuesday. “Maybe build a really nice swimming pool.” 

    If no one wins Tuesday night during the Mega Millions drawing, the amount will go up to $868 million for the Friday, October 19 drawing. 

    The previous record for the Mega Millions was a $656 million jackpot in March 2012. That prize was shared by winners in Maryland, Kansas, and Illinois.

    A man who bought a Mega Millions quick-pick ticket at a CVS in Chula Vista won $1.5 million in July 2017.

    Alexander Olimpo matched five numbers but missed the Mega number 10 by one digit, which would have put his winnings at $248 million. 

    “A lucky store seems to carry good luck,” said Josh Hansen, who was buying a ticket at the same CVS on Tuesday. “So I would hope that would help me out.” 

    As for the Powerball jackpot, it is at $345 million. The largest Powerball prize was $1.586 billion in January 2016. It was shared by lucky winners in Tennesee, Florida, and California. 

    The Mega Millions drawing will be announced at 8 p.m. Tuesday.



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    Biren Shah, of Chicago, displays the Mega Millions and Powerball slips at his newstand Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in Chicago. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, dozens of states will begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery. By the time all the states sign on to the new system this spring, the nation's two biggest lotteries will be sold in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Biren Shah, of Chicago, displays the Mega Millions and Powerball slips at his newstand Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in Chicago. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, dozens of states will begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery. By the time all the states sign on to the new system this spring, the nation's two biggest lotteries will be sold in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    A Chula Vista Police Department officer is being recognized as an example of the "heart behind the badge" after finding a young girl's dog days after it got loose during a walk.

    The young girl was walking her beloved Muffin along Third Avenue last Friday when he pulled himself from her grip on his leash and jetted up Fourth Avenue.

    Muffin proved to be too fast to chase, so the young girl and her father approached CVPD Officer Oluvic for help.

    Oluvic kept an eye out for the family's precious Husky, and on Sunday he spotted Muffin on East Park Lane.

    He called Muffin's family and they were quickly reunited with their pup.

    CVPD Captain Phil Collum told NBC 7 the department is proud of all of its officers who go above-and-beyond to help out others in need, whether they have fur or not.

    "Officer Oluvic is an excellent example of the heart behind the badge," Capt. Collum said.


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    A fire that started in the kitchen destroyed an entire apartment unit at a complex in El Cajon Tuesday night.

    Firefighters were called to the two-story complex on Wisconsin Avenue just after 8 p.m.

    The fire started in the kitchen of a downstairs unit, according to Heartland Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Case. Case said an unattended pot of oil caught fire on the stovetop and the flames spread to the kitchen cabinets and then to the rest of the unit.

    A witness video shared with NBC 7 showed a heavy stack of flames shooting from the window of the unit.

    Two adults, a child and a dog were inside when it started and managed to get out of the apartment safely, Case said.

    The unit above was damaged by smoke but residents were expected to be allowed back inside, according to Case.

    Residents of the complex say the property manager is to credit for helping the rest of them evacuate safely.

    Residents also said the manager tried to spray the flames with a hose.

    The Red Cross responded to the apartment to help the displaced residents.

    No other information was available.

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    Its fruits and vegetables are planted in polluted soil. Yet, a community garden on taxpayer-owned property in National City has been operating for years.

    Mundo Gardens is located near the 805 in National City. Mayor Ron Morrison told NBC 7 it has been there for years but only recently did the city realize it was operating without a permit and without any soil testing.

    The city commissioned a study of the soil by Geosyntec Consultants. The results of the study, delivered on Sept. 13, showed that concentrations of chlordane and dieldrin exceeding residential screening levels were found in the soil.

    Chlordane is a man-made chemical that was used as a pesticide in the United States from 1948 to 1988, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATS).

    The ATS says dieldrin is another man-made compound once used in insecticides. Both compounds are harmful to humans if ingested, according to the ATS.

    “They’re growing on soil that we now know is unsafe,” said Stepheni Norton, who owns the nearby, privately-owned Dickinson Farm.

    Norton said she would never eat the food grown at Mundo Gardens because of the soil.

    Norton said she spent close to $2,000 on permits from National City, San Diego County, the State of California, and the federal government.

    She said that included getting her soil tested to make sure it was safe to grow fruits and vegetables.

    Norton wondered why Mundo Gardens inexplicably didn’t do any of that.

    “They are the rules and all of us have to follow them and when people aren’t following them, it’s not only discriminatory by the agency that’s allowing it, it’s also potentially not safe,” she said.

    The “agency” she referred to is the City of National City. They own the property where Mundo Gardens is growing.

    Morrison said they do not have a permit, insurance, or indemnification. He said the community garden has somehow operated for years under the radar. He said the city only recently realized Mundo Gardens wasn’t permitted and never had its soil tested.

    “We don’t know who they’ve been giving it [produce] out to or selling it to. We don’t know,” said the mayor.

    Morrison said he personally remembered removing trash from the site years before it was Mundo Gardens.

    “There was batteries, there was paint, there was everything else that was dumped on that lot,” he said.

    “You’re hurting the community that you’re feeding,” said Norton. “I definitely think there’s a double standard.”

    Norton said the woman running the garden, Janice Reynoso, has been in the community all of her life while Norton moved to National City only a few years ago.

    Morrison said two councilmembers, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis and Mona Rios, publicly supported the garden even though it’s on city-owned property.

    “We’re holding them to an entirely different standard than we are people on their own property,” said Morrison. “Anyone from either an environmental or health standard situation should be concerned about an operation like this.”

    NBC 7 called, emailed, and Facebook messaged Reynoso and Mundo Gardens the past week. None of the messages were answered.

    NBC 7 contacted several other National City City Hall leaders. No one could explain how Mundo Gardens was allowed to slip through the system to grow food on tainted soil.

    “It’s kind of this outlaw-type situation,” said Mayor Morrison.

    Norton said she’s only concerned about one thing: “We wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t care about healthy food.” 

    Geosyntec's report recommended that raised garden beds be used at the site. For continued in-ground gardening, the report suggested excavating at least 2 feet of soil from the garden space.


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    In three weeks, California voters will decide if they want to keep or nix a gas tax approved by state legislators last year.

    Proposition 6 will ask Californians if they want to repeal that tax. A yes vote means you want the tax to go away, and a no vote means you’d prefer if it stayed.

    The passage of SB1 by lawmakers implemented a 12-cent and 20-cent per gallon hike on regular and diesel fuel, respectively, and increased vehicle registration fees anywhere from $25 to $175.

    The tax and added fees equate to $5.2 billion in state revenue that will go towards fixing aging highways, bridges, roads and other transit infrastructure.

    In May, the California Transportation Commission approved more than $300 million to be spent on projects in San Diego.

    Former City Councilman and current repeal campaign chairman Carl Demaio calls the repeal a money saver. Opponents of the repeal say it’s a “pay me now or pay me more later,” situation.

    "The fact of the matter is if we let our roads continue to deteriorate it's going to be more costly to repair over the long run," Opposition Coalition representative Catherine Hill said.

    DeMaio says voting yes would achieve three things.

    "It repeals the gas tax increase. It overturns the car tax that was imposed on everybody and it says that politicians can't raise the car or gas tax ever again without first seeking voter approval," DeMaio said.

    DeMaio told NBC 7 in April that according to an audit by the California Legislative Analyst's Office, just 20 percent of existing gas tax revenue goes into road projects.

    "The politicians have consistently diverted the gas tax funds to other programs, not to our roads," DeMaio said.

    Hill claims there is a guarantee the money will go to local streets and roads.

    Whatever you call it, your vote on Proposition 6 may be less about how much money is necessary to repair the state's infrastructure and more about how that money is raised and for what improvements.

    DeMaio says the gas and registration increases cost the average Californian between $650 and $800 dollars per year depending upon how much you drive.


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    St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in University Heights was desecrated with hate graffiti aimed at a parish employee.

    Pastoral Associate Aaron Bianco returned to the church Monday to find an anti-gay slur spray painted on an office wall.

    “I had to step back and kind of get my breath. Just the thought that people are so hateful today," said Bianco.

    A sign hanging outside the church says it’s a welcoming and inclusive, but that open mind policy doesn’t sit well with some.

    Bianco, an openly gay man, says it’s the umpteenth time he’s been targeted by anti-gay messages in his two years working for the parish.

    He keeps a folder of hate mail that’s been mailed to the church and left on his car.

    He’s also been the subject of articles posted that claim he and Bishop Robert McElroy are corrupting the church at the parish and diocesan levels.

    “Jesus was always welcoming and even if you believe someone is sinful Jesus was still sitting with them, eating with them and having a conversation with them. There was never hate involved,” Bianco said.

    He says there have been renewed attacks since a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailing charges of child sex abuse against priests was released in August.

    This latest threat is the first time anyone has violated their space inside the church, which Bianco says has shattered his sense of security.

    “It was probably the first time I actually thought, ‘do I want to continue doing this?’” he said.

    He’s since decided that he won’t give vandals power over him, and plans to continue his work with the church.

    While police investigate the incident, he's checking surveillance video to see if cameras captured the crooks.

    The church has also added more cameras to shore up any blind spots.

    NBC 7 reached out to the Catholic Diocese of San Diego for comment and was told Bishop McElroy was unavailable.


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    Fluoride prevents cavities and tooth decay, something confirmed by numerous studies, yet a small but vocal minority has gotten dozens of cities to remove the naturally occurring compound from the water supply, NBC News reported.

    "Anti-fluoridationists" blame fluoride for lower IQs and diseases, despite long-established science. The American Dental Association says that 74 cities have voted to remove fluoride from their drinking water in the last five years, and proposed bans are on the ballot in two more cities this November.

    "You cannot tailor public health to the whims of a small group of people," said Dr. Johnny Johnson, a retired pediatric dentist who leads the nonprofit American Fluoridation Society. "If you are doing that, you are harming a large group of people."

    While nearly 75 percent of the United States gets fluoridated water, more than 80 percent of New Jersey residents do not, and the Texas Republican Party now opposes water fluoridation as well.



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    The mother of the 1-year-old boy who was allegedly bitten by a rat in his sleep amid a disgusting infestation inside a New York City public housing building is demanding a complete and thorough fix. 

    "They need to take everybody out of this building and really need to get to this rat problem," said Asia Clemente, a tenant in the Claremont Consolidation Complex in the Bronx. "Don't just cover up the holes and tell us, 'When you see another one, call us back.'" 

    Clemente first told News 4 New York she found a rat biting her toddler son's stomach while he was sleeping Monday morning. She thinks the rat was gnawing at the feeding tube attached to the stomach of baby Daniel, who suffers from chronic lung disease and other health problems. 

    The rats, she believes, are "smelling the milk that comes out when we disconnect [the tube]," said Clemente. 

    She took her son to the hospital and he was put on antibiotics. Returning home Tuesday, "his stomach is very tender due to being bit for the second time, so it's kind of hard feeding him and giving him medicine since he's crying, doesn't want to be touched," she said. 

    Complaints about rats overrunning homes inside NYCHA's Claremont complex have exploded since last week, when a basement garbage compactor was shut down, displacing the rats and driving them upward. One video taken last week shows a group of rats popping out from behind a washing machine and scampering across the kitchen sink, one right after another. The family in that apartment boarded up the kitchen, fearful the rats would attack their dog. 

    "There were as many rats in that apartment as there are in a sewer," said councilman Ritchie Torres. "I don't believe that NYCHA is just now learning it was this bad." 

    "They come out here, run around here. This is their playground," said tenant Jessica de Jesus. 

    Torres is now calling for an investigation into how the rat problem got so bad both inside and outside people's homes in the complex. NYCHA said it shut down the compactor room last week so that it could aggressively fight the existing complaints of infestation. But the basement is important to residents because that's where Con Edison meters are located -- and since the rats prevent workers from going into the basement to read the meters, the utility has been sending estimated bills to customers. 

    One family said they were charged $458 for one month. On one notice, the utility said it will charge an extra $25 if they don't get access to the meter. 

    "I'm not sure what I am paying for is very accurate at all," said Clemente. 

    Clemente said her family arrived at Claremont to escape rats in another NYCHA building. After NYCHA saw her story on News 4 New York Monday night, the agency contacted her on Tuesday in order to schedule a meeting about finding a new place to live. 

    As for Con Edison, the utility said Tuesday it will reimburse any fees that residents incurred because it couldn't read the meters. Con Ed also said it had reached out to NYCHA since the summer saying it needed the problem fixed immediately so that workers could do their job.

    In a statement Monday, NYCHA spokesman Michael Giardina said, "Our residents should not have to live in these conditions. Since this first came to our attention, we have taken aggressive steps to address the current infestation by eliminating rodent access to the building and the apartments, which will also keep future rodents away. We apologize to our residents and will continue to vigilantly monitor this situation."


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    A man died after he was struck by a car in Oak Park Wednesday.

    The man, identified by San Diego police as 57 years old, was crossing 54th Street at Haniman Drive at 4:47 a.m. when he was hit by a Nissan Altima.

    The Nissan driver continued about a block,  parked her car and then walked back to check on the pedestrian, police said. 

    She stayed on the scene until police arrived. 

    The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from serious head injuries, police said. 

    Investigators said the man was not in a crosswalk at the time he was struck. He had stepped into the southbound lane moments before the collision.

    Drugs and/or alcohol are not considered to be a factor, police said.

    The location of the incident is north of State Route 94 and east of Interstate 805.



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