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A self-proclaimed cancer expert convicted of practicing medicine without a license now faces a $105 million verdict in a civil lawsuit brought by a former patient.
Dawn Kali sued Robert O. Young for fraud and negligence, in San Diego Superior Court.
Young is the author of “The pH Miracle” and other best-selling books that promote an alternative theory of cancer and other serious diseases.
During the five-day trial, Kali testified that Young promised to cure her breast cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Kali said she continued to believe Young’s theory that cleansing her blood and avoiding sugars would defeat the tumor, even as it grew.
Kali testified that she paid thousands of dollars for massages, colonic therapy and baking soda infusions at Young’s “Miracle Retreat Center” in Valley Center.
But when cancer spread to her bones in 2013, Kali told the jury she panicked and sought out a medical oncologist for traditional cancer treatments.
She also sued Young for fraud and personal injury.
Kali’s attorney, Bibi Fell of Gomez Trial Attorneys, told jurors that Young is a “fraud … . He is greedy. He is selfish. I think he’s a narcissist, and he values his own glory more than he values the lives of other human beings.”
Fell argued that Young’s negligence and fraud allowed Kali’s cancer to spread unchecked.
After deliberating just three hours, the jury on Wednesday awarded Kali $1 million for medical expenses and $89.5 million for past and future pain and suffering. In addition, the jury hit Young with $15 million in punitive damages.
"I hope that this sends him the message that he will not be able to profit off of hurting other people,” Fell said.
Kali's doctor said she has a life expectancy of four years, but Kali, who has four children, said she’s optimistic that chemotherapy and other treatments will save her life.
She also offered advice for other patients: "I think they need to be really leery of any alternative practitioner that is claiming they can cure your cancer."
Young said the jury verdict is "outrageous, and not supported by the evidence" and promised to appeal the judgment.
He also said Kali knew he is was not a medical doctor and was always free to seek conventional treatment for her cancer.
Young is serving a three-year-eight-month sentence for practicing medicine without a license.
The migrants are marching towards Mexico City on Thursday in hopes of eventually reaching the U.S. border to seek asylum but one of the major problems they are facing now is illnesses.
On Thursday, the migrants walked roughly 31 miles after the Mexican government announced it would not help the migrant caravan with busses to get to Mexico City.
The migrants are now in the town of Matías Romero in the state of Oaxaca, some 400 miles from the Mexican capital. They said they will not stop even if they are not feeling well.
“They told me I have an inflammation in my throat,” one migrant woman told NBC 7 in Spanish. “They told me to wear a mask to cover my mouth.”
The mother of two was not the only one who was not feeling well. There are others with running noses and children with fevers.
“There are people who have fainted due to dehydration,” Daniel Sanchez with the Mexican Red Cross told NBC 7.
And others from high blood pressure from complications due to the extreme weather, he said.
In an effort to prevent the spread of illnesses, the Mexican authorities have provided help from volunteers to clean the areas.
Some migrants are also passing out hand sanitizers to each other.
So far, there were no cases of infectious diseases other than flu-like symptoms.
The caravan members are also receiving free dental assistance and medication as part of the same effort from the Mexican Government.
The migrants said they are treating themselves the best they can to prevent the spread of diseases and be as healthy as they can be before they arrive at the border.
A pedestrian was killed Thursday evening crossing the street in Encinitas, a sheriff's official said.
The person was hit around 6:30 p.m. while walking in the middle of the street on the 200 block of North El Camino Real, near Encinitas Village Shopping Center, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy told NBC 7.
The victim was carrying bags of recyclables, which were thrown all over the street.
The driver remained on the scene until authorities arrived. The driver was not cited and released.
Deputies do not suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The victim's identity has not been released.
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The idea that your family pet could be used on the cruel blood sport of dog fighting may be the furthest thing from your mind, but it can happen in ways you don't even realize.
Small dogs, cats, even rabbits are used to train other dogs used for fighting to be more aggressive.
They're called bait animals.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society just rescued 20 dogs from that very fate.
The 20 dogs, many of them puppies, from a shelter in Helena Arkansas, were brought to Encinitas shelter on a "Wings of Rescue Flight" last Thursday.
The dogs survived multiple break-ins where the burglars, for their own amusement or profit, staged dogfights in the facility.
Some of the shelter animals were used as bait dogs, others were forced to fight.
The use of bait animals for the purpose of training dogs to kill is the accepted practice among those in this cruel and illegal blood sport.
"The bait dogs are brought in to agitate the fighters to hone those skills." Really terrible, terrible process." said Steve MacKinnon, chief of Humane Law Enforcement for San Diego Humane Society.
MacKinnon said bait animals can be of any breed or size and not just dogs.
"They are trying to build the aggressiveness in these dogs," MacKinnon said. "They stir them up and release them and get that aggressive tendency"
Last Thursday's "Wings of Rescue" flight was a rescue of a rescue.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society took in 20 dogs from the Humane Society of the Delta in Helena, Arkansas.
"For some people, it is culturally acceptable," Rancho Coastal Humane Society Spokesman John Van Zante said. "How do you change a culture that has been in effect 100 years?"
Van Zante says the Helena shelter is understaffed, underfunded and unsecured.
Several times burglars brought in fighting dogs after hours and used the shelter dogs as bait.
They also staged dogfights among the rescues for their own amusement, he said.
Bitten and bloodied was how some shelter dogs were left after one of the break-ins.
"In some cases, there is minor injuries. In some cases, there is major injuries and in some cases there is fatalities," Van Zante said.
The rescued dogs from Helena are not fighting dogs.
Van Zante said criminals don't adopt shelter dogs to use as bait because it's cost prohibitive, time-consuming, and most couldn't pass the vetting process.
Law enforcement officials said dog fighters looking for bait animals often search the web, classifieds such as Craigslist and other social media sites for pets that people are giving away.
"There is certain language that could be used in a posting that could suggest this is a dogfighting-related case," MacKinnon said.
They also snatch family pets out of their backyards and leave the gate open to make owners believe the animal ran away, he said.
Investigators estimate 100,000 people participate in dog fighting nationwide.
Still, it's difficult to investigate because of the closed culture.
MacKinnon said the best leads come from the pet owners who may be unknowingly fueling the fights.
If, for whatever reason, you have to surrender your pets, Van Zante said don't give them away to strangers take them to a reputable shelter.
Also, keep a close eye on your pets even when they are behind closed gates or in your backyard.
Humane law enforcement relies on tips from the community to help identify animal abusers.
MacKinnon said use your instincts. If there is a situation involving pets that doesn't seem quite right report it.
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Just days before the midterm election, embattled Congressman Duncan Hunter announced his enthusiastic support for President Trump’s plan to send thousands of troops to the southern border.
“We’re here standing up for the one thing that I think is extremely important in that we agree with the President as he sends and directs troops to the border,” Hunter said at a press conference Thursday.
Hunter said he wrote a letter to President Trump encouraging him to use those border troops to build infrastructure such as border roads to help Customs and Border Protection.
“With the military on its way to the border now," he said. "Now is the time to strike and start building the border road."
Hunter has largely stayed out of the public eye since being indicted in August for misusing campaign funds. But with an American flag held behind him and Republican congressional candidates Diane Harkey and Juan Hidalgo around him, Hunter insisted the media event was not a campaign event.
“It’s not a campaign ploy or stunt,” he said.
Hunter repeated that claim to sidestep questions about his pending indictment and a widely criticized ad his campaign put out calling his Democratic opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar a security threat.
“At the end of the day [the ad] was racist, it was xenophobic, and it was un-American,” Nick Singer, a spokesman for the Campa-Najjar campaign, said.
Recent polls show the incumbent, Hunter, holds a narrowing lead over Campa-Najjar in the deeply red district.
Political observers tell NBC 7 this race should never have been close at all.
Hate-filled messages were scrawled inside a Brooklyn synagogue, the latest incident in a string of alarming attacks on New York City's Jewish population in the borough, police say.
The anti-Semitic messages written in black marker at Union Temple in Prospect Heights come less than a week after a gunman stormed into a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people.
The NYPD said the messages, which include “Die Jew Rats We Are Here,” “Jews Better Be Ready,” "Rose" and “Hitler,” were discovered by a woman congregant around 8 p.m. Thursday on the second and fourth floors of the house of worship.
A political event hosted by “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer was canceled after the messages were found. A video posted to Instagram shows Glazer addressing a crowd. Glazer was scheduled to moderate a talk with a journalist and state senate candidates, including Andrew Gounardes.
Gounardes told News 4 he had been "incredibly excited" to appear on Glazer's series and to work alongside State Senate candidate Jim Gaughran and Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now!" to talk about the importance of the election.
"Hate speech and anti-Semitic graffiti have no place in New York State. I am outraged that cowards would make threats and deface property to spread their hate," he said in a statement. "I am proud to stand with my brothers and sisters in the Jewish community and all religious affiliations because we are all Americans and all New Yorkers."
Neighborhoods in the borough have been the targets of anti-Semitic acts in recent weeks. Several days ago, swastikas were found in Brooklyn Heights and last month a man was charged with assault as a hate crime in a beating of a Jewish man in the middle of a Borough Park street.
A Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.
Acts of hate against Jews have also been on the rise across the country. In February, the Anti-Defamation League reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents against Jewish institutions rose nearly 60 percent last year over 2016, the largest single-year increase on record.
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A man was arrested Thursday in the rural community of Boulevard after he allegedly shot and killed his older brother on the property that they shared.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said David Smith, 52, killed Danny Smith, 63, at a home located in the 38000 block of Highway 94 in Boulevard, a small community in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County.
Deputies arrived at the property at around 4:15 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting at the residence. There, they discovered Danny, who had been shot to death.
The SDSO said the brothers each lived in separate homes located on the same large, rural property. At this point, the motive for the killing is unknown.
David was arrested at the scene and was booked into San Diego Central Jail where he is being held without bail on one count of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
The case is under investigation; anyone with information can call the SDSO’s Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330 or (858) 565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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A fire outside a Santee home is being investigated as possible arson after several trees went up in flames Friday morning, forcing some residents to evacuate.
Crews were called to a neighborhood just off Magnolia Avenue near El Nopal just before 4:45 a.m. where at least two Juniper trees were on fire in a home's front yard, the Heartland Fire Department said.
A resident from inside the home grabbed a water hose and attempted to spray the trees before firefighters arrived. The trees were fully engulfed in flames, video of the scene showed.
Neighbors next door, eight people including children and a baby, were evacuated as the flames threatened to spread to their home, they told NBC 7.
A family inside the home where the fire started did not need to evacuate, firefighters said.
No injuries were reported.
Crews were able to knock the fire down within minutes of arrival.
There was some minor damage to one of the homes and a fence was burned.
At the base of the trees, firefighters spotted melted junk and debris. Crews said compost can often generate heat when decomposing also.
Investigators are looking into possible arson. The exact cause of the fire was still under investigation.
No other information was available.
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A lack of health care hits residents especially hard in Maine, with the oldest population in the country, and so the Democratic challenger in the state's Second Congressional District is focused on saddling the incumbent with his vote to kill "Obamacare," following a playbook unfolding across the country.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin, New England's only Republican in the House of Representatives, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year in the Republicans' most recent attempt to end former President Barack Obama's signature program. Democrat Jared Golden is not letting voters forget.
Asked why he thought the race was so close — the Cook Political Report puts it as a toss-up — Golden singled out Poliquin's vote and the deep cuts in Medicaid it would have brought. Maine residents have voted to expand Medicaid under "Obamacare," a step with bipartisan support that would give an additional 80,000 people health coverage.
"There is no clearer contrast in this election than that and it's not between me and Bruce, it's between Bruce and his own constituents," Golden said.
Not only does Maine have the oldest population in the country, according to the Census, an AARP survey in September found that health care was the top issue for those 50 and older.
The Second District sprawls across Maine, the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River, a mostly rural expanse covering all but the southern part of the state near Portland and Augusta. It has an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans, and more voters than either without a party affiliation.
Poliquin has represented it for two terms, but before he won the seat in 2014 it was held for 20 years by Democrats. President Donald Trump took the district in 2016, following Obama four years earlier. The race is one of the most closely contested in the country. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which labeled the contest a "hot race," Golden outraised Poliquin $4.6 million to $3.7 million and has outspent the incumbent.
Outside money also poured in, putting the election on track to be the most expensive congressional race in Maine history, according to The Associated Press.
This article, part 8 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.
Poliquin, 65, is a third-generation Mainer who worked in finance before returning to Maine, according to his House biography. He did not respond to a request for an interview.
In an August 2017 recording leaked to the website Maine Beacon, Poliquin can be heard saying he rarely agrees to interviews, saying, "It would be stupid for me to engage the national media, to give them and everybody else the ammunition they need and we lose this seat."
Golden, 36, is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, enlisting after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He worked on national security issues for the state's Republican U.S. senator, Susan Collins, and is now in his second term in the Maine Legislature, where he is the assistant House majority leader.
Golden is emphasizing two main Democratic issues, health care and the Republican tax cuts, which he ties together to dispute his opponent's assertion that Maine's economy is benefiting from the GOP tax reform bill.
"The two go hand in hand because we've lost a lot of our good middle-class manufacturing and mill jobs," Golden said.
Hospitals are the largest employer in many rural communities, he said. About half of Maine's hospitals are designated critical access hospitals by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, meant to keep essential services in rural communities, and they would have been hard hit under the "Obamacare" repeal bill, Golden said.
Last year, the Maine Hospital Association estimated that the state's hospitals received $200 million a year from insurance subsidized by "Obamacare."
Golden has argued that Medicaid expansion would bring almost $500 million in federal investment into the state's economy and create 3,000 new jobs. At the same time, one in five people in Maine is on Medicaid. He says the country needs to move toward a universal health-care system like Medicare for all.
Medicaid expansion has been a contentious issue in the state. Voters in both of Maine's congressional districts approved the move by referendum after Republican Gov. Paul LePage repeatedly vetoed the Legislature's attempts to do it. LePage argued that there were insufficient funds.
Poliquin first voted against repealing "Obamacare" in 2015, saying that he believed a replacement plan first needed to be in place. He changed his vote last year, approving a move to repeal and replace it with the Republicans' American Health Care Act.
He said afterward that he knew that the House bill needed work — it would have stripped 24 million Americans of health insurance by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office — but had hoped it would be improved by the Senate. Instead, it failed there with Collins' help.
At a debate in October, Poliquin pointed to his first vote against ending "Obamacare" and said, "Everybody in this country needs to have health care. And everybody needs to be able to afford health insurance in order to get that care."
Poliquin says he would protect residents with pre-existing conditions, but the plan he voted for would have driven up their premiums.
"Health care is a huge issue in this election, as much as any one issue is, and Poliquin has votes to explain away, which he has not done yet," said L. Sandy Maisel, a political science professor at Colby College.
The district is blue-collar and socially conservative, said Maisel, the co-author of "Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process." Poliquin, though socially conservative, "does not really support the working class nature of the district."
"Enter Jared Golden — of the district, the opposite of Wall Street, a veteran who can field dress a rifle, plain talking, close to his roots," he said. "While progressive on some issues, he can sell himself to the district. In fact, I would argue he is the perfect Democrat for this district — if he cannot beat Poliquin, no one can."
Poliquin touts a career creating jobs. He's a member of the House Financial Services Committee who served as Maine's treasurer and who says the district is benefiting from his efforts to bring about less red tape, lower taxes and fairer trade deals. He's also called Golden a young radical with a socialist agenda.
Golden counters that his record shows anything but a socialist. He described himself as a labor Democrat, who supported tariffs on softwood lumber, for example. He said he would work with Trump when he could, as he has with Maine's governor on allowing returning military members with a medic background to get licensed as a nurse.
Golden said that to improve the economy, he would emphasize investing in infrastructure — revamping utilities, focusing on renewable energy to bring down Maine's high energy costs, rebuilding roads and bridges and improving rail lines. Low employment does not equal a successful economy, he said.
Poliquin has attacked Golden on his gun record, too, comparing his A rating from the National Rifle Association to Golden's D rating. Poliquin says on his website that he supports the state's "long outdoor traditions including firearms ownership," and that he defends the Second Amendment.
Golden supported legislation allowing courts to confiscate weapons from domestic abusers, opposes a ban on semiautomatic rifles but would back a debate about whether to limit high-capacity magazines.
James Melcher, a professor of political science at the University of Maine at Farmington, said Poliquin was helped in past election years by ballot measures connected with firearms — on restrictions on bear hunting in 2014 and on more stringent background checks in 2016. There is no similar ballot initiative this year.
On Tuesday, Maine will use what is called ranked-choice voting for the first time in a federal race, a system in which voters pick candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote — and there are two independent candidates, Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar — the one with the fewest number of first-ranked votes is eliminated and those ballots are assigned to each voter's second choice. The process continues until there is a winner.
"Because the race is close, even a few voters could flip over," Melcher said.
Democrats have tried to portray Poliquin as someone who does not really fit the district, he said, and cited an ad in 2016 in which a suit-clad actor meant to be Poliquin struggles with a kayak.
"Mainers are very, very willing to split their ticket for somebody with whom they feel personally comfortable, especially at the local level, so that sense of fit I think is important," Melcher said.
But, he added, "Democrats have underestimated Poliquin again and again and again and they underestimate him at their peril."
Calista Cross, 76, is voting for Golden. She likes his military background — she said she has helped to erect two memorials to veterans — and his position on health care. The governor and Poliquin have not done much to ensure affordable health care for residents, she said.
Cross, who lives in Cornish, dismisses accusations that Golden would not be a supporter of Second Amendment gun rights, but others among his supporters fear the issue might hurt his chances.
Maryanne Forbes, a 62-year-old retired nurse who lives in Hanover and who has been making telephone calls on Golden's behalf, said he needed to make a clearer statement about his positions. Voters she has spoken to believe he will try to take away their rifles and their ability to hunt, she said.
"They're not going to vote for him," she said. "They like him, they think he's a good candidate — but the guns."
Sharon Sibley, the vice chair of the Lincoln Town Council and the office manager of her family-owned logging company, Hanington Bros. Inc., backs Poliquin, citing his support for legislation that has benefited the logging industry.
Poliquin opposed the creation of a national monument in Maine's North Woods under Obama and agreed with a recommendation from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to allow trees to be cut there. He also has introduced legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in logging operations under parental supervision.
"I think experience plays a huge role, his experience as a business owner," said Sibley, 53.
She said she would support Medicaid expansion provided funding was available. The company's group insurance premium for 32 employees rose 34 percent this year and 29.4 percent last year, she said, and employers cannot absorb those kinds of increases plus a tax increase to support others' insurance.
"It's going to take more than one man and one president to fix health care," she said.
Professors Maisel and Melcher agreed that Trump did not seem to be much of a presence in the race, but Cross was quick to accuse the president of stirring hate by repeatedly attacking people.
"Trump is a bad influence," she said.
Golden, who said he was not running a campaign against Trump, argued that voters were fed up with the country's extreme partisanship. He has been endorsed by nonpartisan PAC With Honor, which backs veterans of both parties with the goal of moving away from the political divide.
"We are trying to push a message that we've got to get beyond this deep partisanship and get back to the kind of environment where we're all thinking about things as Americans and not as some member of a political party," he said.
—Nathalie Sczublewski and Sam Hart contributed to this report.
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Arcimoto Inc., which produces three-wheeled electric vehicles capable of carrying two people, said it plans to open a rental location, showroom and charging station at 630 10th Avenue in downtown San Diego.
Oregon-based Arcimoto said it will join with San Diego-based HULA Holdings Inc. to open the facility in the coming months.
Arcimoto calls its three-wheeled cycle an FUV, short for Fun Utility Vehicle. FUV is the company’s Nasdaq ticker symbol.
The planned, 4,500-square-foot facility will contain 40 Level 2 chargers that can power electric bikes, scooters and cars in addition to the Arcimoto vehicles.
“Even as a national leader in [electric vehicle] adoption, downtown San Diego still faces challenges in reducing congestion, lowering transportation emissions and improving parking,” said HULA co-founder Peder Norby in a statement issued by Arcimoto and HULA. “We believe the FUV Hub San Diego will allow us to attack these problems head-on.”
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A three-wheeled electric vehicle from Arcimoto.
In solidarity with the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue attack, major Jewish organizations have invited people of all faiths to "show up for Shabbat" this weekend.
The American Jewish Committee started the Show Up For Shabbat campaign to increase attendance at Friday night and Saturday religious services as a show of support for Pittsburgh's Jewish community after 11 people were killed in the shooting at their house of worship a week ago.
The Oct. 26 tragedy is the deadliest act of anti-Semitism to occur on U.S. soil to date.
Daniel Elbaum, the American Jewish Committee’s chief advocacy officer, said the Jewish community is taking initiative to send a message that challenges the hate that motivated the Pittsburgh shooting.
“That message for Jews is we’re not afraid, that we won’t go back to those dark times in our history when Jews were afraid to publicly congregate in our places of worship,” Elbaum said. “And we wanted to give an opportunity to our allies, to our friends and all other communities to stand with us, to show their solidarity and say that a crime against one of us is a crime against all of us.”
The movement has attracted the attention of orthodox and reform congregations across the country and world, as well as many politicians and public figures.
The Jewish Federations of North America have partnered to help spread the word.
The Tree of Life will hold their Shabbat services at the neighboring Beth Shalom synagogue, which has enough seating for 1,000 attendees, according to the Boston Globe.
Rabbi Matthew Soffer of Temple Israel of Boston told the Boston Globe his synagogue is expecting about 1,500 people to join its Friday evening Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage service. Soffer also said Boston’s Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Sen. Edward Markey, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Police Commissioner William Gross plan to attend.
For those unable to attend Shabbat in-person, New York City’s Central Synagogue will live-stream its services, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Prominent political figures and celebrities have also urged people to attend Shabbat service this weekend.
“This weekend, Americans of many faiths are gathering to send a message of strength and unity against the forces of anti-Semitism that continue to exist in this country,” tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. “We have so much more in common than what separates us.”
When the American Jewish Committee tweeted at “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven to ask if he would attend services, Piven responded, “It would be an honor.”
The initiative has also spread to Jewish congregations across the pond.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted Thursday that he planned to attend services in his city.
“Places of worship should be sanctuaries and safe spaces,” Khan wrote. “Tomorrow I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with Jewish Londoners for their Shabbat service to show solidarity to the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting last weekend.”
Elbaum said it’s been “truly wonderful” to see how quickly #ShowUpForShabbat resonated with Jewish and ally communities as far away as London, South Africa and Asia.
“We’re hopeful that this is just the beginning of the story, that these relationships that have been rebuilt...can help us address some of the real pressing issues in society and really heal a lot of rifts that our society feels,” Elbaum said.
Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, hopes the campaign shows that the Jewish community and its supporters will not tolerate hate, will remember the innocent lives lost and will celebrate the first responders who saved lives last weekend.
“We come together as a community that will not tolerate hate, will not tolerate anti-Semitism, we will not tolerate racism, we will not tolerate xenophobia,” Silverman said. “We will be resilient, we will be unified and we will be together.”
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A makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
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Construction on the Gilman Drive Bridge in La Jolla will shut down overnight traffic on Interstate 5 for two more weekends before the bridge is officially unveiled.
The bridge has been covered by wooden support beams for more than a year as crews construct a bridge that will span I-5, connecting Gilman Drive to Medical Center Drive.
The wooden structure will need to be removed over the next two weekends, forcing a closure on the roadway beginning Sunday.
From Nov. 4 to Nov. 8 and again on Nov. 13 to 15, northbound lanes of I-5 will be fully closed from La Jolla Village Drive to Genessee Avenue from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and find alternative routes.
The bridge was created through a partnership by the San Diego Association of Governments, Caltrans, and the University of California, San Diego.
It will be the second on-campus crossing over I-5, according to SANDAG.
Construction on the bridge began in November 2016.
Photo Credit: SANDAG
Draping a bulletproof vest over the “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City Friday, a Parkland father sought to spread a bold message: “Fearless Girl” was suddenly #FearfulGirl, protected only by the bulletproof attire she donned.
Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver was killed during the Parkland school shooting in February, placed the vest on the statue in the hopes of promoting sensible gun laws ahead of Tuesday’s elections, according to a statement.
“The Fearless Girl is undeniably brave, but bravery isn’t bulletproof,” the statement read.
Oliver’s organization, Change the Ref, seeks to use urban art “as creative confrontation to expose mass shooting disastrous effects in America,” according to the official Twitter page. The organization tweeted an image of #FearfulGirl with the caption: “She can’t be fearless if she’s afraid to go to school.”
Activist David Hogg retweeted the image, saying “This is America.”
The bronze, 50-inch-tall Fearless Girl statue was installed in front of Wall Street’s charging-bull statue just before International Women’s Day in 2017. State Street Global Advisors commissioned and placed the statue, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Change the Ref” partnered with nonprofit “Fighting Gunfire With Fire” on the project. University of Alabama advertising students MK Holladay, Emeline Earman and Mingyu Jo came up with the idea, which grew into #FearfulGirl, according to the statement.
#FearfulGirl is the latest in a series of projects from Oliver that protest gun violence. Last week, Oliver created a 3D sculpture of his late son to fight blueprints used to print 3D guns.
According to a variety of polls, millennials are shaping up to buck the trend of low voter turnout. So NBC7’s Marianne Kushi wanted to find out for herself -- are young voters planning to vote in the midterm elections?
A Tufts University study of the voting rate at schools across the country shows UC San Diego with an extremely low voting rate of 6.9% among 18- to 21-year-olds in the 2014 midterm.
She talked to UC San Diego students about the biggest obstacle to voting and what’s different for them this time.
In a series of conversations, you’ll hear that it’s not voter apathy that keeps them from the polls or mailing their ballot. You’ll also see that they have some wide-ranging views on what's important.
Take a listen as they describe why they are heading to the polls:
The Youth Factor: Turning Out to Vote for Environmental Issues
MARK HOLTON is a junior at UC San Diego. He grew up in L.A. and is studying Bio-Informatics. His passion for politics led him to become Executive Director of SOVAC (Student Organized Voter Access Committee). He gave a not-often-heard reason for getting into politics.
The Youth Factor: Turning Out to Vote for Healthcare
MOHAMED AL ELEW is a senior at UC San Diego who was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He majors in Computer Science and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the independent student newspaper: "The Triton." He’s worried about one thing in particular when it comes to the future: Healthcare.
The Youth Factor continues Monday. Watch the series live from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on NBC 7 News Today.
Only Diddy has gone through more name changes: Mattress Firm Amphitheatre -- the massive 20,000-seat Chula Vista concert/event venue -- has, yet again, undergone a name change. Its latest moniker? North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre.
The venue, owned and operated by Live Nation (a SoundDiego sponsor), announced the rebrand on Thursday, Nov. 1, and marks the beginning of a multi-year deal with the credit union (the San Diego County division of California Credit Union).
Mattress Firm, the the nationwide bedding behemoth, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.
"As we were exploring new avenues to support our community, bring more benefits to our members, and extend our brand awareness, the incredible opportunity to partner with Live Nation at this local venue proved to be a natural fit for both of our brands," said California Credit Union President/CEO Steve O'Connell in a press release. "We think fans will be excited about all that North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre will have to offer when the new season kicks off."
Thursday's name change is just the latest in a long line: The 70-acre venue opened in 1998 as Coors Amphitheatre. It operated under that name until 2008, when it was changed to Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre -- and then eventually changed in 2013 when Sleep Train bought the naming rights. Just last year, it was renamed again to Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (after Mattress Firm purchased Sleep Train and rebranded those chain's stores with its own name).
"North Island Credit Union is dedicated to enriching relationships within their community, so they were a natural fit as a like-minded, long-term partner for this classic amphitheater," said Andy Peikon, senior vice president of Live Nation venue sales, in a press release.
Regardless of the name, the venue will still play host to some of San Diego's biggest concerts. This year, fans attended shows featuring Chris Stapleton, Charlie Puth, Foreigner, Evanescence, Cyndi Lauper and Rod Stewart, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, Niall Horan, Paramore, and others. Ozzy Osbourne's rescheduled July 23, 2019 show is currently the only concert listed on the venue's schedule at the moment.
For tickets and more information, visit livenation.com.
Photo Credit: Alex Matthews
Rod Stewart performing with Cyndi Lauper earlier this year at the venue formerly known as Mattress Firm Amphitheatre.
San Diego's craft brew scene is marking an accomplishment this month: 10 years of San Diego Beer Week (SDBW), a special county-wide celebration filled with hundreds of beer-centric events.
SDBW runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 11 this year with more than 500 events at local breweries and restaurants across the county. From beer-themed scavenger hunts to food-and-beer pairings, homebrewing workshops and suds-inspired music festivals, there are a wide array of events for locals to chose from during SDBW's 10-day run.
A limited edition beer celebrating the local beer industry will be offered at several of these events. "Capital of Craft IPA" was a collaborative effort between Guild-member breweries. The hoppy brew features a 2-row pale malt and white wheat malt and is made with agave syrup.
While events begin on Friday, SDBW officially kicks off with its main event, Guild Fest. More than 60 independent breweries will gather in one place, San Diego Embarcadero South, to offer sips of their creations.
Guests with a $50 general admission ticket will get a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited samples at the annual festival, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The event closes on Sunday, Nov. 11 with another tentpole event, the SDBW Beer Garden. The Lodge at Torrey Pines will be home to dozens of local brewers and chefs from 12 bto 3 p.m. for this food and beer pairing event. An admission ticket for $85 gets guests unlimited bites and sips.
SDBW The event is hosted by the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), who represents more than 130 brewers across the county -- from titans like Stone Brewing to fan favorites like Belching Beaver and newbies like Thunderhawk Alements.
For a list of all the sudsy offerings during this year's SDBW, visit here.
No one has (yet) given San Diego County a crown for its contribution to the beer industry but the sheer amount of awards given to local craft breweries -- which for the most part are not more than three-decades old -- has given San Diego a special place in the hearts of beer lovers across the country.
The city has been unofficially called the "Craft Beer Capital of America."
San Diego's beer scene contributed about $1.1 billion to the local economy and generated about $802 million in revenue in 2017, according to the SDBG.
Years, or even decades, may have passed, but San Diego investigators continue to search for leads in unsolved local cases that have grown cold.
Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department
On Nov. 5, 2007, Tony Hawkins, 36, was shot multiple times at a gas station located at 1025 Euclid Ave. in San Diego’s Valencia Park area. The shooting happened at around 5:50 p.m.; Hawkins died from his wounds. Eleven years later, police are still searching for the suspect or suspects who shot Hawkins. Anyone with information on this cold case can call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
A thief known as the “Pinky Bandit” and his accomplice pleaded guilty in federal court this week to a robbery spree targeting Metro PCS phone stores across San Diego County.
The crimes happened between Jan. 25, 2017, and Feb. 21, 2017, when Carlos “Pinky Bandit” Soto would enter Metro PCS stores holding a weapon, while Justin Caldwell – in most of the cases – waited outside in a getaway car.
According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney Southern District of California Adam L. Braverman, Soto was dubbed the “pinky bandit” for his distinctive pinky finger, which “protruded out from the weapons he held” during the string of robberies. Sometimes, his weapon of choice was a machete or Taser. Other times, it was a pellet gun that resembled a handgun.
Soto would point his weapon at store clerks and demand cell phones and money.
In at least one case, Caldwell – also wielding a weapon that looked like a handgun – entered a Metro PCS store with Soto. The duo forced an employee into a storage area in the back of the store and made the victim kneel while they loaded a backpack with phones. Then, they demanded the employee open the cash register.
The serial robbers were able to hit 10 Metro PCS stores and one Subway restaurant during their nearly month-long spree in communities like Kensington, Egger Highlands, Normal Heights, and Clairemont, College East and San Marcos.
The crimes left some clerks feeling on edge.
Sometimes, Soto used disguises to cover his face. In all, investigators said the pair stole about $50,000 worth of merchandise.
Law enforcement officers across several agencies noticed the pattern of crimes emerging as more and more Metro PCS stores were targeted by the pair. The FBI, San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department worked together to crack the case.
Braverman’s office said investigators were able to identify the suspects after one of them registered a cell phone stolen during one of the robberies.
Soto and Caldwell were placed under surveillance and, on Feb. 21, 2017, investigators were able to follow them to the final robbery in the series near Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach. Soto was arrested after a foot chase, while Caldwell was arrested inside his parked car.
In March 2017, Soto and Caldwell pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
This week, nearly two years after the spree, Soto and Caldwell each entered guilty pleas in federal court for the 11 robberies. Braverman’s office said the charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a$250,000 fine; they will both be sentenced on Jan. 22, 2019 in front of U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan.
Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
A Metro PCS store on Grand Street in Pacific Beach.