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TGI Weekend! Celebrate life with the dead this weekend in Old Town for Dia de los Muertos or find your favorite local craft beer at the Embarcadero for San Diego Beer Week. They are just two of a multitude of uniquely San Diego events happening this weekend. Get up. Get out. Play!
Thursday, November 1
Reverberate: Sound and Image
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park)
The winning entries in an annual competition featuring young artists from San Diego and Tijuana has culminated in this exhibit at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The competition is meant to showcase the talent of young artists centered around a particular theme. This year’s theme was sound. Winners are chosen based on creativity and artistic interpretation. Admission to the museum is pay-as-you-wish, meaning guests can pay what they are able to or enter the exhibit for free.
The Renegade Science Project
10:30 a.m. (through Saturday), 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 on select days of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets can be purchased online for $40 for non-members, which includes admission to the Fleet Science Center and an IMAX film.
Shop Under the Stars
4 to 8 p.m., Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Shop til you drop, or just stop by for an evening under the stars at Carlsbad Premium Outlets. The shopping center is hosting the Shop Under the Stars charity event to raise funds for local charities like Rady Children’s Hospital, Rancho Coastal Humane Society and others. Guests with a $30 ticket to the event will get a $25 gift card and a silent auction.
Oceanside Sunset Market
5 to 9 p.m., Main Street Oceanside
As if anyone needed another excuse to head to the beach for an evening sunset over the Pacific Ocean, the Main Street Oceanside business association is giving you one anyway. The Oceanside Sunset Market is taking over four city blocks of the downtown area so that about 200 local merchants can feature homemade crafts and tasty grub as live music wafts through the sea breeze-driven air. The free market is located on Pier View Way between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ocean every Thursday.
California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
7 p.m., Pechanga Resort and Casino
California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival shines a spotlight on this year’s films created by or featuring stories about indigenous people. The film festival at Pechanga Resort and Casino on opens on Thursday with a screening of "Warrior Women," the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, the real-life American Indian Movement activist who spearheaded an alternative to government-sponsored boarding schools. More than a half-dozen other movies will be screened and panels will be held during the event’s three-day run at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Tickets can be purchased to individual movies at the box office or by phone at (888)810-8871 starting at $10.
Friday, November 2
2018 San Diego Beer Week
Times Vary, Locations Vary
San Diego County is proving this week why it holds the unofficial "Craft Beer Capital of America" title. San Diego Beer Week is a 10-day celebration, from Nov. 2 to 11, of the more than 130 independent craft breweries that call "America’s Finest City" home. Individual breweries host their own events during the span while combining for larger multi-brewery activities, like beer week’s SD Guild Fest on Saturday. The event brings together more than 60 independent breweries for a celebration of all things beer at the Embarcadero from 2 to 5 p.m. A general admission ticket for $50 comes with unlimited pours $95 VIP ticket extends your sipping time for nearly three hours and comes with an hour-long cruise on San Diego Bay. There are dozens of other beer-centric events happening throughout San Diego Beer Week. Scour the list here to find one near you.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fleet Science Center
Explore the nature of electricity through several interactive exhibits at the Fleet Science Center. The museum’s newest exhibit, It’s Electric, uses 16 fun activities to teach about fundamental properties, like magnetic fields and batteries. The exhibit is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket, which is $22 for adults and $19 for kids up to 12.
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.
Dia de los Muertos
12 to 9 p.m. (Times vary through Sunday), Old Town
Pay homage to loved ones lost at one of the largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the county. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday to honor ancestors by paying tribute to the dead and celebrating life. In Old Town, restaurants, galleries, museums and more will join the celebration as artisans and crafters take over the streets. Guests can decorate sugar skulls, make Dia de los Muertos masks, enjoy lively Ballet Folklorico dance and Mariachi music and so much more during this free event’s three-day run this weekend. Bazaar Del Mundo, a marketplace in Old Town, will feature a special array of goods in honor of the holiday and several artisans are expected to sell Dia de los Muertos-themed goods. The event runs Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2 to 6:30 p.m., Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
A new exhibit is opening at the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego featuring the artwork of painter Yutaka Murakami. For the exhibit’s opening, the artist himself will join the garden to teach guests how to paint their own postcard. The workshop is free for guests with an admission ticket to the Japanese Friendship Garden, which costs $12 for adults and $10 for kids.
Friday Night Liberty
5 to 9 p.m., Liberty Station
Take a stroll through Liberty Station at dusk and browse the dozens of artists showcasing their work at Friday Night Liberty, a free art walk held on the first Friday of every month. Guests can enjoy live dance, theatre and musical performances, visit museums and galleries and enjoy the wide range of mediums that will be on display.
Saturday, November 3
Little Italy Mercato
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
Every Saturday, more than 200 tents line the streets of Little Italy, spanning five blocks and showcasing an array of farm fresh produce, meats, flowers and artisan craft goods from local vendors. The Mercato has moved back to its original location along W. Date Street from Front Street to Kettner Boulevard. Grab a crepe as you stroll, or sit in the Piazza Famiglia while enjoying music from local artists. This has been a neighborhood tradition for years and has become one of the biggest farmers markets in San Diego.
Whale Watching Aboard America
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego
Experience San Diego’s whale watching season aboard America, a 138-foot sailing yacht that launches from the Maritime Museum. This 4-hour tour cruises the coastline on a quest to view the sea creatures. Light snacks and beverages are included in the ticket price, plus admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego before or after the cruise. Tickets range from $42.50 to $85, with discounts for active duty and retired military. Check-in is 30 minutes before your departure time at the booth in front of the Berkeley Steam Ferry.
Escondido Tamale Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grape Day Park
Indulge in corn husk-wrapped goodness at Escondido's Tamale Festival. This event celebrates the influence of Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced the region's food and culture. Tamales will be offered in a variety of flavors and will include vegetarian options and dessert-style tamales. Judges will pick their favorite during a "best tamale" contest. The event is also a part of San Diego Beer Week, so there will also be a craft beer and wine garden featuring local breweries. The event is free to attend but a $40 VIP ticket will get guests a beer- and wine-tasting wristband, plus entrance into a tamale making class, plus more.
Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruises
5 to 6:30 p.m., Oceanside Harbor
This scenic sunset ride on a 50-foot catamaran is perfect for couples or groups of wine-loving friends. Included in the $39 hour-and-a-half cruise is three tastes of wine from Oceanside’s seaside vineyard Beach House Winery and an appetizer platter. Private tours are available by calling Oceanside Adventures Catamaran.
Art of Flamenco
7 p.m., Cafe Sevilla
Enjoy a three-course dinner while the popular Flamenco dance is performed at Cafe Sevilla in downtown San Diego. The Spanish dance features folkloric traditions set against soulful-style music. The show will be accompanied by a serving of Spanish-style salad, the seafood dish Paella, and a choice of dessert. Tickets to the dinner show cost $65 each and reservations can be made by calling (619) 233-5979.
Dr. Seuss's ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’
7 p.m., The Old Globe
The Grinch can't stop Christmas from coming this year but he can bring his shenanigans to The Old Globe once again for the 21st year of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" The classic musical will delight guests through the holiday season with classic songs like, "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)." See the show on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage with a ticket starting at $54. Times vary by date so be sure to check the calendar.
Sunday, November 4
2018 Carlsbad Fall Village Faire
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carlsbad Village
One of North County’s largest free street fairs returns to take over 14 blocks in the Carlsbad Village Sunday. More than 800 booths will line the streets, offering craft goods, handmade art and mouthwatering bites from more than 50 food vendors for the free 44th Annual Carlsbad Spring Village Faire. Shopper will be able to find anything from clothes and accessories to antiques and home decor. There will be plenty of entertainment; the faire will feature a children’s area, equipped with a bounce house and rock-climbing wall, and is just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Adults can indulge in sips, suds and live music at the event’s beer and wine garden.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Fleet Science Center
Can you pull a tablecloth off a table without disturbing the dishes on top? 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 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 Sept. 3, can be added to a general admission ticket to The Fleet for $5.
Champagne Brunch Cruise
10:30 a.m., Hornblower Landing
Brunch can only get better with a view of the San Diego skyline. Hornblower Cruises & Events Champagne Brunch cruise will give you that view with a two-hour tour along San Diego Bay. The $69 buffet-style brunch treats guests to classic breakfast staples, like egg scrambles and pastries, a seafood station, and a eggs benedict station. Of course, free-flowing champagne is also included. The two-hour-long cruise departs from Pier 1 at 1800 North Harbor Dr.
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.
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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Debbie Davis’ eight-year-old grandson loves ice-cream. She gives him some when she takes care of him after he gets off from school. But one hot summer day in July her grandson spotted something strange about his ice cream.
“My grandson went to get some ice cream and informed me there was only soup in there,” Davis told NBC 7 Responds.
Davis walked over to the freezer to check the temperature. She says it was at 15 degrees. She checked the temperature on the refrigerator. It was at 51 degrees, well above the recommended setting of 35 degrees.
She immediately called Sears, where she purchased the refrigerator two years earlier.
A representative looked up her warranty and told her a technician would be sent out to fix the problem but the soonest one could be there was two weeks away.
That started off what she said was more than one month of living out of a cooler and a small refrigerator that her son loaned her.
A technician arrived two weeks after Davis placed her call. The technician replaced the compressor but she says the unit still wouldn’t work. Two weeks later another technician arrived and replaced a computer board.
“Sears came out a total of six times,” Davis said. “I was desperate. I wondered how long it would go on. I had family coming in to stay with me. I have my grandson here and I didn’t know how I was going to feed him.”
That’s when Davis called Sears back to ask them to replace her refrigerator.
They said that her warranty did not cover replacements, only repairs. They said she could have $500 towards a replacement.
“I can’t afford a new refrigerator. This refrigerator was only two-years-old and was supposed to outlive me,” said Davis. “It’s not like I have a tree in the backyard that grows money on it.”
A friend suggested Davis call NBC 7 Responds for help.
She did. And NBC 7 Responds called Sears.
That day Davis got a call from Sears with some unexpected news.
“I was amazed,” she said. “You made one call and sent some emails and within the same day they called to tell me they were sending a replacement.”
Davis received the new refrigerator three days later.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Sears told NBC 7 Responds, “The satisfaction of our members is our top priority. Our member services team reviewed and resolved Ms. Davis’ situation by replacing her refrigerator. As a courtesy, we have refunded all the payments made on her warranty and non-covered expenses. We hope she remains a loyal Sears customer and Shop Your Way member.”
Davis says she is appreciative that Sears stepped up and for NBC 7 Responds’ help.
“NBC 7 Responds saved my life, as a senior on social security, you people saved my life.”
Added Davis, “And, my grandson is thrilled he has ice cream again.”
For more information on warranties and what you should know before buying one, log onto our website and search "warranty."
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A Chula Vista cannabis dispensary was shut down by the city for selling marijuana unlawfully.
This was the second time the building operated an illegal dispensary in two years, according to the City of Chula Vista.
The Chula Vista Police Department acted on an abatement warrant for the business, the city said. This type of warrant involves “public nuisances,” according to the city.
Unpermitted construction, electrical violations, and lack of licensing are some of the reasons for a “public nuisance” to be shut down.
The now-closed dispensary was on Third Avenue.
The City of Chula Vista said it shut down nearly 40 illegal dispensaries in the past three years.
Many dispensaries continue to pop up throughout Chula Vista, while the city struggles to keep up.
The City Attorney’s Office plans on creating a prosecution unit to shut down more illegal businesses.
In 2016, private use of marijuana was declared legal statewide after Prop 64 passed. But local governments could continue to ban its commercial activity.
In March 2018, the city approved an ordinance that would allow them to regulate the up-and-coming economy; however, all marijuana sales remains prohibited.
Measure Q on this November’s ballot could decide the fate of marijuana dispensaries and manufacturers in Chula Vista.
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The streets of San Pedro Tapanatepec in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico changed overnight.
The tranquil town in south-western Mexico was interrupted by the bustle of thousands of migrants, mostly Honduran, who stopped to rest for a few hours in between long days of walking on their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
Among those who arrived, are Raquel and her parents.
The newborn barely opens her eyes and her tender fingers move slowly while her father, Ernesto, uses a piece of cardboard as a fan to protect her from humidity and heat.
"We are here because of the heat, but at night we go to the shelters," said Ernesto, who is accompanied by his wife and two other daughters, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old.
Ernesto, who did not share his last name and asked not to be identified on camera, said he fears for his life and his safety is in under constant threat in Honduras.
It was a sentiment shared by several of the migrants NBC 7 and T20 spoke with while traveling with the caravan from Tapanatepec northwest to Santo Domingo Zanatepec.
Maryui Elizat said that if she returned to Honduras, she would fear violence and face hunger for the rest of her life. She is eight months pregnant and scheduled to give birth in less than three weeks.
Elizat still has several hundred miles ahead of her before reaching the border, where she, along with others in the caravan, planned to seek asylum to gain entry into the U.S. They traveled approximately 25 miles Monday through the state of Oaxaca.
The caravan of thousands is made up of hundreds of children like 9-year-old Aisleen.
"I feel a little happy, but like, I have a little bit of fear. I feel a little nervous," the young girl said. "But first, God, let's get there."
Aisleen's mother, Eucebia Domínguez, only brought one of her three children along for the long journey. Aisleen admitted that the hardest part of the journey hasn't been the walking, but the fatigue and hunger is what haunts them.
When the migrants can rest -- trying to fight exhaustion, prevent illness and deportation during the journey -- they are helped along the way by locals. The Mexican Red Cross has also been offering assistance.
"Thank God, they have supported us a lot, just like when we were in Guatemala, they supported us a lot," said a migrant in the caravan.
Angela Corté, a merchant in Tapanatepec, made a salsa and cheese for the migrants. Corte told T20 that it was all she could afford to offer.
Meanwhile, other Mexican residents along the route have opened their homes and business for the migrants to charge their cell phones and provided water drums for them to bathe in.
Some preferred to clean themselves in the rivers that run along the road. When they change their clothes, the migrants shield one another. And although they carry very little money, with all the help they've received, they haven't lacked anything.
Nine-year-old Aisleen wants to get an education when she arrives in the U.S. She said while the path to get there is long, she knows it will be worth it.
"We are going to get there; we have faith that we are going to get there, and you know, only God can break barriers," said Eucebia Domínguez, citing scripture.
The Jewish refugee settlement agency targeted on social media by the man accused of attacking a Pittsburgh synagogue has received an outpuring of support this week, accoording to the group's leaders.
"The response has been absolutely incredible," Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, said on "The Rachel Maddow Show." "We have people from all faiths contributing to HIAS. We’ve been getting many calls and letters and emails from ordinary people, by people who have been helped by HIAS, by people whose grandparents were brought by HIAS."
HIAS, the oldest refugee agency in the world, has worked for more than a century to help persecuted Jews resettle in the U.S. Over time, the mission broadened to help refugees worldwide and is among the nine groups that have a contract with the State Department.
The agency, however, has increasingly become a target of right-wing rage and conspiracy theories, according to the Associated Press. Moments before Robert Gregory Bowers opened fire, he left a final message on the social media site Gab, used by many white nationalists.
"HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people, I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in," he wrote.
Bowers apparently believed in a conspiracy theory that stated HIAS was behind the Central American migrant caravan making its way through Mexico.
"We were clearly identified as being a motivation for this murderer," said Hetfield. He believes this was due to the group's strong media presence and how it has helped refugees resettle in Pittsburgh in partnership with Jewish Family and Community Services.
HIAS was outspoken about the migrant caravan and stated through a press release that asylum seekers should be able to apply by presenting the claims required by law. The group said all immigrants should be treated humanely.
"I hope this is an opportunity to re-examine how we speak about the other," Hetfield said to Maddow. "That we re-examine how we are fighting hate speech. There is too much space right now for hate and that is what happened here. Hateful speech almost always leads to hateful acts."
Hetfield said there has been an outpouring of support, with over 400 congregations joining the welcome campaign for refugees and a significant increase in donations and volunteers.
Photo Credit: Matt Rourke/AP
A makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting.
Goodbye, Gao Gao. The San Diego Zoo said farewell Tuesday to one of its most recognizable fuzzy residents: Gao Gao, a giant panda who has long helped lead conservation efforts for the species.
Gao Gao – a father of five cubs born at the San Diego Zoo – had been living at the facility for the past 15 years as part of a long-term loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China.
With his work in San Diego now completed, the patriarch is returning to the Chinese Center for Research and Conservation for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in Dujiangyan, China, zoo officials said.
The panda’s departure comes as the San Diego Zoo’s giant panda conservation program enters a new phase. When the program began more than two decades ago, extinction threatened the species. Today, the giant panda population is on the rise, with about 2,000 giant pandas living in the wild, according to the zoo.
Two years ago, the increase in the panda population also led the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species to down-list pandas from endangered to vulnerable. While threats to the survival of the species remain high, the zoo said conservation efforts are working and pandas are in less danger of extinction than before.
Now, conservationists are creating a plan to continue protecting the panda for many years to come.
“We must look to the future with a new set of objectives and, along with our collaborators in China, build on current conservation successes while attaining a deeper understanding of the panda,” Carmi Penny, director of Collections Husbandry Science at the San Diego Zoo, said in a press release.
As one can imagine, transporting a panda to the other side of the world is not a simple undertaking. Zoo officials said Gao Gao traveled accompanied by some members from his animal care team.
Kathy Hawk, senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo, said Gao Gao’s diet was adjusted for the trip and he would be monitored carefully to ensure his return to his homeland would be “seamless.” Once he arrives in China, animal care specialists from both the CCRCGP and San Diego Zoo Global will help him get acclimated.
And, back in San Diego, though Gao Gao may be gone, zoo visitors can still marvel at pandas daily. The Panda Canyon exhibit at the San Diego Zoo continues to be home to two giant pandas – Bai-Yun, 27, and her son, Xiao Liwu, 6.
Photo Credit: Photo taken on October 25, 2018
Giant panda Gao Gao has left the San Diego Zoo after living at the facility for many years as part of a loan and research agreement with the Chinese government.
Investigators tell NBC 7 they are looking into whether more people were involved in the shooting death of an active-duty sailor Saturday on the shoulder of Interstate 15.
Brandon Acuna, 21, the man suspected of killing 21-year-old Curtis Adams, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting but the San Diego Police Department says more people could be responsible.
SDPD said Adams was driving southbound on I-15 around 2:20 a.m. when he saw what he thought was a stranded driver near the northbound Interstate 5 on-ramp and pulled over to help.
When Adams got out of his car and approached the stranded vehicle, he was shot, SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree said.
He was with his girlfriend at the time who quickly called 911. Adams was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center where he died.
The news of Adams' death spread quickly to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, and hit especially hard for an East Coast host family that took him in for several summers through the Fresh air Fund, a program that pairs low-income kids with families and even provides them with summer vacations.
"I was like his surrogate mom," Tammy Gosselin said. "Our two boys, and we also have a daughter, and they all hit it off. They were like a family. He was a son to us. He was a good kid."
Gosselin had no shortage of positive things to say about Adams, describing him as a "polite and sweet boy" who had a heart of gold and would help anybody.
Gosselin runs a daycare and said Adams helped out on multiple occasions during the three consecutive summers he spent with her family.
She also recalled one of the first things Adams ever said to her -- that it was relieving that he could go outside in the evening in his new neighborhood without worrying about crime.
The car Acuna was in sped off after the shooting and he was taken into custody when California Highway Patrol spotted the car on northbound I-5 near 32nd Street and contacted SDPD.
Acuna was booked into San Diego County Central Jail on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree burglary and held with no bail.
“He took away a young life that he had so much to offer to this world. A lot. And now he’s going to be able to get a hot meal behind bars, a roof over his head. It’s not fair," Gosselin said.
It was unclear why Acuna shot Adams.
Investigators say Acuna was involved in another shooting 10 minutes earlier near the 600 block of Boundary Street in Mount Hope. He allegedly shot at a man who interrupted his attempt to break into the man's car, according to police.
The investigations of both incidents are ongoing, police said.
Records reveal Acuna has a history of misdemeanor offenses and show he was fined and sentenced to three years probation on Sept. 7, just six weeks before the fatal shooting.
Anyone with information about the incidents was urged to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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Local emergency room doctors are warning people this Halloween of marijuana-infused candy and the health concerns that come with taking them unknowingly.
Since marijuana became recreationally legal in California in January, adults age 21 and over are able to buy an assortment of cannabis products from gummy bears to chocolate bars to drinks.
Dr. Roneet Lev of Scripps Health said kids can accidentally eat these chocolates and gummies with pot in them.
But adults can be at risk too, Dr. Lev warns. She has seen people come into the emergency room on a regular basis with symptoms of marijuana poisoning, which can including psychosis, screaming, and vomiting.
Lev said the condition has become so common, ER staff have coined a term that helps identify it: "scromiting," for "screaming" and "vomiting."
But Osvaldo Rodriguez, the manager of SDRC, a recreational marijuana dispensary in Mission Valley, said there are telltale signs that candy has cannabis in it.
“The packaging itself is super child-resistant, tamper-proof," said Rodriguez. "It’s very hard for even an adult to open it."
Rodriguez added that chocolate with cannabis in it is not only marked on the packaging but also stamped into the edible portion of the product.
"The recommended dose for California is every edible has to be at 10 mg per piece," Rodriguez explained. "The chocolate itself also has the 10 mg number perforated into it as well.”
Rodriguez said college students celebrating Halloween should be extra vigilant this year when eating candies at parties. It can prevent a trip to the hospital.
"The candy will have a distinct smell of herbal wheatgrass," said Rodriguez. "Don't consume it. Taste it: give it a lick or bite it and spit it out. You will be able to taste the difference between a jolly ranger and a jolly ranger with plant inside of it."
Between 2006 and 2014, the number of persons discharged from emergency departments in San Diego County (with cannabis as a primary diagnosis) increased from 86 to 232.
The number of persons discharged from San Diego County emergency departments with cannabis as a primary or secondary diagnosis combined, increased from 1,108 to 10,302.
White nationalist posters were found around California State University San Marcos Monday and were quickly taken down by campus police.
The posters advertised an organization identified as a hate group by several civil rights organizations, according to CSUSM President Karen Haynes.
She did not name the group.
“It has been noted that white supremacist groups are increasingly using propaganda like flyers and posters to spread bigoted messages on college campuses across America,” Haynes said.
The San Diego Union-Tribune described the posters as large stickers that were found on light poles, a bus stop, and on the wall of a campus building.
At this time, it’s not clear if CSUSM students put them up, according to the school.
“The discovery of these posters on our campus comes on the heels of two recent horrific shootings,” CSUSM said.
Both incidents happened last week, totaling 13 deaths.
“I want to be clear: White supremacy and anti-Semitism, or any other doctrines that expose hate and elevate one group above another, have no place at Cal State San Marcos,” Haynes said.
To read the university’s full statement, go to its website.
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The San Diego City Council approved a $1,492,500 payment to sixteen exotic dancers who claimed that officers harassed them and violated their civil rights.
The incidents happened in 2014 and 2015 when San Diego Police Department officers questioned dancers at the Cheetahs and Expose adult clubs and inspected their adult entertainment licenses which are required of all topless, nude and other adult performers in the city of San Diego.
The women claim that that the license checks were an illegal use of police force because officers allegedly herded the dancers into their dressing rooms as they arrived for work, ordered them to change from street clothes to bras and underpants, took photos of their tattoos and piercings, and refused to let them leave, even though there was no evidence of any crimes.
“I (had) my pictures taken from knees upward, and I (was) half-dressed,” Cheetah’s dancer Brittany Murphy said. “I felt kind of violated."
Sixteen dancers eventually sued the city in federal court.
One of them, who goes by the stage name “Angie," said she joined the lawsuit because the police inspections, in which officers carried guns and wore bullet-proof vests, was an unprovoked and unnecessary show of force.
"Not just a show of force like 'We can do this,' but 'We're going to do this and we're going to be jerks about it, and we're going to degrade you and humiliate you, and we're going to show you who's boss,’" Angie said.
Attorney Dan Gilleon, who represented Angie and 14 other dancers, argued that the officers' use of force, threats, and involuntary detention violated his clients' basic legal rights.
Federal Judge James Lorenz agreed in part, ruling that "...using inspections as a means of harassing and discouraging adult entertainment businesses violated the First Amendment, on its face."
Gilleon said that the pretrial ruling, and another like it, prompted the city to pay the dancers and settle the lawsuits.”
“You're never going to get the city attorney's office or the city of San Diego to admit they did anything wrong,” Gilleon said. “But when they pay $1.5 million, that's an admission."
Each dancer will receive about $55,000 from the city’s general fund, after deductions for attorneys’ fees and legal costs.
"It's not even necessarily about the money,” Angie said. “What (police) did has permanently changed the way I view the people that are supposed to protect and serve me. I shouldn't have to be afraid. I'm afraid now."
The payments and legal settlements were approved without discussion on the city council’s consent agenda Tuesday morning.
Council members Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez voted “no,” but did not respond to questions from NBC 7 about why they opposed the agreements.
The city attorney, mayor and the police department also declined to answer questions about whether the women’s complaints or the lawsuits have prompted changes to the department’s license inspection guidelines.
A favorite community cool-off spot in Poway is reopening after renovation delays kept it closed during one of the hottest summers in recent history.
The Poway Community Swim Center was closed in January so that work could begin on a $3.8 million renovation project. The tarp was originally slated to come off in mid-June, but five months and $600,000 in excess costs later, the city has planned a grand reopening for Nov. 15.
Project delays were blamed primarily on issues with the removing the old pool which was originally installed in 1988.
When the doors finally open, the locker rooms will be brand new, there will be family restrooms, and the pool will feature a splash pad for younger children.
A preview day is scheduled for Nov. 14, the day before the grand opening.
A man died after a fishing boat collided with a yacht off the coast of Imperial Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday.
Richard Neff was on a fishing trip with friends when the incident happened around 7:50 p.m. Friday.
“Everyone was just in shock at what happened,” deck hand Andrew Warren said.
A 332-foot yacht, Attessa IV, crashed into the 65-foot Prowler with 29 people on it, the agency said.
It occurred about 9 miles from the coast, near Mexico's maritime border.
“It’s like getting bit by a shark – it’s going to happen once in a great while, and all it is is people aren't paying attention,” fisherman Alan Dyer told NBC 7.
The crash caused extensive damage to the starboard quarter of the sports fishing boat, disabling it and critically injuring Neff and several others, the Coast Guard said.
It took the Coast Guard about an hour to arrive on the scene and airlifted Neff to UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest where he died Saturday morning, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Joel Guzman said.
Seventeen people, including two with injuries, were taken to San Diego by the Coast Guard's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.
The remaining 10 passengers were returned to San Diego aboard the Attessa IV.
The captain of the Prowler remained on board to wait for a commercial salvage boat to tow it to shore, according to Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard's Sea Otter, which was diverted to assist with the rescue effort, remained on scene with the Prowler.
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Coast Guardsmen and emergency medical services personnel assist a man who was injured in a boat collision off the coast of Imperial Beach on Oct. 26, 2018. The man was airlifted to San Diego and taken by an ambulance to UCSD Medical Center-Hill Crest. Photo by Fireman Taylor Bacon, USGC
A warning comes this Halloween to pay attention to your car while trick-or-treating as it’s one of the top holidays for car thefts.
California has the most holiday vehicle thefts in the country, according to a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
In 2017, there were over 2,300 vehicle thefts in California on Halloween alone.
The most popular cars for thieves are older models of the Honda Civic and Honda Accord, said the Regional Auto Theft Task force (RATT).
RATT says most car thefts are preventable. Car thieves prey on people making careless mistakes like leaving valuables visible in their car.
One of the most common ways thieves steal cars is simply checking for unlocked doors.
Many people who have push-start vehicles will mistakenly leave their key in the car, making it fairly effortless for thieves to drive off with someone else’s car.
The husband of a woman who was found dead in Jamul nearly a year ago was arrested Tuesday in Maryland, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced.
The SDSO, Maryland State Police and U.S. Marshals Service agents took 49-year-old Winnie Whitby into custody in Goldsboro, Maryland, on a murder warrant.
Deputies say evidence gathered over the course of their year-long investigation into the death of Melissa Whitby, 49, linked Winnie to her murder.
Melissa was reported missing December 30, 2016, and her body was discovered by hikers seven days later along the Skyline Truck Trail, about a mile and a half away from the couple's home.
Deputies said Winnie told investigators Melissa left the home the night before she was reported missing. When her body was discovered, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office determined Melissa died from trauma sustained to her upper body and confirmed the manner of her death was a homicide.
Deputies did not reveal any information about the evidence that led to Winnie's arrest.
The sheriff's department is asking anyone with information about the incident to call the SDSO Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330 or after hours at (858) 565-5200, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers online or by calling (888) 580-8477.
NBC 7 learned in January that Winnie was tried and acquitted of a double murder charge in Maryland in the 1990s.
An NBC 7 reporter spoke briefly to Perry a few days after hikers found his wife's body.
He said a few words through the screen door of his home, including that he last saw his wife on Dec. 29, 2016. Perry said he had been in contact with Melissa a few times before reporting her missing to deputies on Dec. 31, 2016.
He also said he had been fully cooperative with investigators, but declined an interview, adding, “[I’ve] been through this before and [I] know how this all works."
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The body of Melissa Whitby was found along the Skyline Truck Trail on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
A former Rancho Bernardo High School baseball player who filed a lawsuit against the Poway Unified School District and the school's famed baseball program says a former coach's sucker punch derailed his collegiate baseball aspirations.
The suit claims then 14-year-old Alex Coast suffered brain damage after being punched in the back of the head while doing pushups by freshman coach Dan Kelly in July 2014.
"He had a lump on the back of his head about the size of the half of a ping pong ball," Alex's dad Mark said.
The pushups were ordered by the coaches as an attempt to force the players to reveal who had written unflattering comments about the coaching staff in the helmet storage area in the dugout, according to court documents.
In November 2016, Coast was diagnosed by a physician who believes the injury from the punch led to eyesight impairments. His vision issues eventually made it unsafe to play baseball.
Rancho Bernardo High's baseball program, along with its former coach Sam Blaylock, is legendary.
It’s produced several professional players and was referred to as "The factory" in the movie "Money Ball."
The Coasts are hoping their lawsuit, which claims Blaylock created a "toxic environment" for their son after he reported the alleged assault, will prove that the winning culture came at a price.
According to the lawsuit, coach Kelly would routinely call the players derogatory names and punch them in the chest or arm to "toughen them up."
It also describes another coach routinely using his hands or a wooden bat to "tap" the players in their groin. That coach on several occasions also damaged or destroyed players' equipment, like breaking the laces in their gloves, and nothing was done despite it being witnessed by coach Blaylock, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says parents felt intimidated by the coaching staff and were fearful that complaints would result in their kids being removed from the baseball program and shut them out from future scholarship opportunities.
"Hopefully, in the long run, someone is not going to be abused because of the system," Mark said. "The wins are not worth the abuse."
Coast is now in college out of state and has shifted his career focus toward the Marine Corps.
Kelly no longer coaches at the school.
The district said it has not yet seen the lawsuit, but it also cannot comment on pending litigation.
Attorneys included a letter from the district dated April 2017 in which the district denied a claim filed by the Coasts because it was not presented within six months of the incident as required by law.
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The California Highway Patrol was in pursuit of an SUV along Interstate 5 Tuesday before it exited the freeway and drove into Camp Pendleton in Oceanside.
A spokesperson for the base said the driver didn't stop at the Del Mar gate but crashed shortly after passing through.
The driver surrendered to the Provost Marshall's Office at the scene and was turned over to the California Highway Patrol, USMC Captain Luke Weaver said.
There is no indication the driver was a Marine, according to Capt. Weaver.
No other information was available.
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The impact of the Chargers' departure continues to be felt in San Diego.
The latest fallout? The iconic Chargers Blood Drive.
Since its start in 1979, the single-day blood drive collected more than 2,000 pints of blood on average.
San Diego Blood Bank Chief Executive Officer David Wellis said the 38-year relationship with the Chargers was productive.
“Over the 38 years we partnered with the Chargers on this drive we’ve collected over 70,000 pints of blood. If you quickly do the math, one pint can save three lives, we saved over 200,000 lives during the course of that blood drive," Wellis said.
After the Chargers left, numerous San Diego sports teams partnered to host a one-day drive and keep the event going, but on average they collected less than 600 pints of blood.
Due to the shortfall, the San Diego Blood Bank has decided to end the sports-themed blood drive and rebrand it as "San Diego Cares, A Season of Giving.”
“Our job is to keep enough blood in the San Diego community for those patients in need, so we had to evolve and think of new ways to cover that gap by missing that one big drive,” Wellis said.
The rebranded blood drive will be a multi-day effort that will take place at various sporting events, community events, and businesses from late November through early January.
Wellis thinks this could make it easier for the donors.
“It’s not a single day or single place that they have to go, they can go all over San Diego County,' he said. "It will be happening all over, geographically, and happening over the course of a month.”
After 38 years of a strong union, Wellis admits the Chargers departure has stung and forced them to rethink ways to keep San Diego stocked with blood.
“Yes it’s a challenge, but I couldn’t think of a better place to actually have that challenge because the community around is so collaborative and wanting to help," he said.
More information about San Diego Cares, A Season of Giving can be found here.
With Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as its leader, a group of Republican senators is pressing the Trump administration to put an end to civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, NBC News reported.
Five senators say they had concerns about nuclear cooperation with Saudi Arabia even before Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to a letter obtained by NBC News. But his death has fueled further doubts about the kingdom's leadership.
"The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current decision makers in Saudi Arabia," the senators write. "We therefore request that you suspend any related negotiations for a U.S.-Saudi civil nuclear agreement for the foreseeable future."
They threatened to use obscure provision in the Atomic Energy Act to block any U.S.-Saudi nuclear agreements if Trump does not heed their call. In addition to Rubio, the letter was signed by GOP Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Todd Young of Indiana.
The White House's National Security Council did not have an immediate response.
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In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference to discuss Paid Family Leave legislation, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Talk about being at the right place and the right time.
Matthew Dippel was hiking in Yosemite National Park on Oct. 16 when he asked a friend to stand on Taft Point so he could snap a photo of him. While waiting for his friend to reach the popular overlook, Dippel noticed a couple in the distance stepping out on to the rock’s edge.
When the man got down on his knees Dippel realized he was witnessing a proposal from afar and the Michigan-based photographer snapped a photo of the stranger popping the question to his girlfriend.
Dippel didn’t know who the couple was and wanted them to have the photo. He posted the stunning image on social media and asked the internet to help him track them down. The picture went viral and 10 days later Dippel had found them.
Husband-to-be Charlie Vo said he saw the photo on Instagram and was surprised to learn that "the world is looking for us." After verifying with his fiancée, Melissa Ngo, that the photo was actually of the two of them, he reached out to Dippel.
"I saw my dress — I had to zoom in a little bit — but as soon as I did, I was like 'Oh my gosh, that's me," Ngo said.
Dippel had actually photographed the couple's second proposal. Vo asked for Ngo to marry him back in February because they wanted to make sure an ailing grandmother knew a wedding was on the way.
Vo, from Alhambra, said the couple love traveling and the outdoors, so when the couple planned a trip to the California national Park he knew he wanted to do something more "meaningful" and private since the first one included family.
Some of the couple's friends also snapped photos of the proposal from afar, but none compare to Dippel's stunning picture of a silhouette of man on one knee holding a woman's extended hand while standing on top of the scenic cliff.
“Even this morning I woke up and I was like ‘I think I’m just dreaming this all,’” said Melissa. “I checked my phone and I was like ‘nope, it actually happened.”
Vo told NBC News he had actually given Ngo a Ring Pop in the proposal captured by Dippel since his fiancée already had a ring.
The two met in college and began dating about two years ago, according to NBC. They plan on tying the knot in April of next year.
“It makes us happy that people like our story,” Vo said, “and how much it means to them.”
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A woman believed to be tied to the killing of an East Village business owner has been arrested, the San Diego Police Department said Wednesday.
Lorena Del Carmen Espinoza, 34, is suspected of being a possibly disguised woman spotted by surveillance cameras inside a flooring business after the slaying of 49-year-old Ghedeer Tony Radda.
The East Village business owner was not breathing and had no pulse when officers arrived at the Bottom Price Flooring located on G Street on the afternoon of October 10.
The next day, SDPD released surveillance photos showing a man wearing a mask resembling an older woman with grey hair and a woman in what appeared to be a long purple hair wig.
Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, was arrested in the City of El Cajon on Oct. 17 and pleaded not guilty to murder charges later that week.
Prosecutors said at his arraignment hearing that Espinoza lured Radda to the back of the store where Cartwright shot him multiple times before stealing money from the register.
Cartwright was once known as the "Wishing Well Bandit" for his role in a series of brutal beatings on elderly victims.
The prosecutor did not say whether Cartwright and Radda knew each other or did business together, and he did not reveal how investigators were able to identify Cartwright as the disguised man in the video.
Police have not identified a motive in Espinoza's killing.
Anyone with information can call the homicide team at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.