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    Firefighters responded to a house fire in Ramona Tuesday evening.

    At approximately 9:40 p.m., firefighters arrived at a residence off Carousel Road, according to Cal Fire. 

    At the time of their arrival two people were unaccounted for, but by 10 p.m. the residents were reported as accounted for.

    Cal Fire said the fire spread from the home to some vegetation, but the brush was put out.

    At 11:22 p.m. firefighters were reported as still putting out hot spots in the home.

    The two residents have been displaced due to fire damage, but no injuries were reported.

    Photo Credit: Monica Garske

    San Diego Fire Rescue-Department.San Diego Fire Rescue-Department.

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    San Diego Sheriff (SDSO) deputies surrounded a Vista apartment complex, after a suspect fired shots at them early Wednesday.

    Deputies responded to several calls of someone randomly firing shots in the area of Rose Drive, near Maryland Drive, Thursday about 11:30 p.m. 

    Witnesses said the shots possibly came from a red pickup truck. 

    Just after midnight Wednesday, deputies spotted the red pickup truck.

    As they attempted to stop the truck, the occupants fired at deputies and fled. 

    Deputies were not injured.

    A short time later deputies found the red pickup unoccupied at The Meadows apartments homes on Meadowlake Drive and are now searching the area.

    No other information was available.

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

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    A motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 15 near Kearny Mesa early Tuesday.

    According to the California Highway Patrol, the motorcycle rider was on the I-15 transition to westbound SR-52 when he lost control about 5:20 a.m.

    He was thrown onto SR-52. 

    Roads are closed while CHP officers investigate.

    No other information was available.

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

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    Firefighters responded to fully involved structure fire in Escondido early Wednesday.

    The fire broke out at West Country Club Lane and Golden Circle Drive about 5:20 a.m.

    Crews were not able to enter the building after part of it collapsed. 

    Firefighters were running out of water and called the water department to increase water pressure. 

    No other information was available.

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

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    The nation's first hotel-based dispensary is opening in the heart of the Sunset Strip next year.

    The Standard, Hollywood is partnering with Lord Jones – a company that manufactures and distributes cannabis and CBD infused products – to "bring the cannabis movement into the mainstream."

    The dispensary, which is slated to open in Hollywood in early 2018, will be located on the hotel's ground floor and will be open to both hotel guests and the local neighborhood.

    The two companies also plan to develop a line of co-branded THC and hemp-derived CBD products that will eventually be available to guests at all Standard hotel locations, according to a news release.

    Although legal recreational marijuana sales kick off on Jan. 1, many cities in California are still struggling to establish local rules for pot shops and growers. 

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Standard

    In early 2018, the country's first-ever cannabis dispensary in a hotel is opening at The Standard Hollywood. The boutique hotel is partnering with cannabis brand Lord Jones to open the flagship dispensary.In early 2018, the country's first-ever cannabis dispensary in a hotel is opening at The Standard Hollywood. The boutique hotel is partnering with cannabis brand Lord Jones to open the flagship dispensary.

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    TGI Weekend! Besides feasting, there’s a lot to do on this long Thanksgiving weekend in San Diego and, for this, we give thanks. From Turkey Day trots across the county to tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, holiday attractions and Small Business Saturday, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season in San Diego. Get up. Get out. Play!

    Thursday, Nov. 23

    Pacific Marine Credit Union Oceanside Turkey Trot
    6:55 a.m., Oceanside Civic Center
    This downhill 10K and 5K starts at the Oceanside Civic Center and finishes along the beach at the Oceanside Pier. The 10K begins at 6:55 a.m. The 5K run follows at 8:05 a.m. and the 5K walk at 8:45 a.m. Entry fees start at $45 for adults and $28 for kids age 17 and under. Part of the entry fee can go to a runner’s choice of an Oceanside school or nonprofit, or the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation.

    San Diego Run for the Hungry
    7 a.m., Westfield Horton Plaza
    The annual San Diego Run for the Hungry starts and ends at Westfield Horton Plaza mall bright and early on Thanksgiving morning. Runners tackling the 10K start at 7 a.m., while those running the 5K start at 8:15 a.m. The course runs through the Gaslamp Quarter and downtown’s East Village, including past the San Diego Central Library, Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center. Registration fees start at $49 for adults; all profits from the race are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and will benefit local hunger-relief programs. Organizers say that for every participant’s racing fee, at least 185 meals will be raised to help hungry San Diegans in need. Now, that’s satisfying.

    Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K
    7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Balboa Park (6th Avenue and Laurel Street)
    Thousands of runners will trot at this Turkey Day 5K at Balboa Park, meant to raise awareness on homelessness in San Diego. The race helps support Father Joe’s Villages’ continued efforts to provide and serve close to one million meals each year to our homeless neighbors in need. Registration costs $42 for adults and $39 for kids age 17 and under. A post-race festival starts at 8:30 a.m. in the heart of Balboa Park, which includes a kid’s zone, costume contest, live music, vendors and a beer garden for the 21+ crowd. This Thanksgiving tradition typically draws about 7,500 spectators and runners.

    Encinitas Turkey Trot & Food Drive
    7:30 a.m., Coast Highway 101 (under the ‘Encinitas’ sign)
    This scenic Thanksgiving 5K and 10K will take runners along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, complete with ocean views. The race supports the Encinitas Community Resource Center and the “Thanksgiving Meals in a Basket” program through Encinitas American Legion Post #416, which purchases meals for active duty military families. Race day includes a costume contest, so wear a fun getup. Registration costs $46 to $56.

    Waddle & Trot 5K
    8 a.m., Santee Lakes
    This 6th annual Waddle & Trot at Santee Lakes welcomes runners and walkers of all skill levels. The fast and flat course winds around the first five lakes with waterfront views the entire way. Registration (which ends at 5 p.m. on Nov. 22), costs $40, with proceeds from the 5K benefitting the community’s Santee Santas Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation.

    San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive: 15K, 10K, 5K
    8 a.m., Rohr Park
    Move your feet before you eat at the San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot in Bonita. Runners can choose from three stretches – a 5K, 10K or 15K – at Rohr Park (4548 Sweetwater Rd.). The 15K starts at 8 a.m., with the others following at 8:05 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Registration ranges from $52 to $72 for adults and $46 to $66 for children 17 and younger.

    Running of the Turkeys 5K & 10K Trail Run
    8 a.m. to 10 .am., Torrey Hills Park
    Run your way through this trail course at Torrey Hills Park on Turkey Day. Donations are encouraged and those funds will be donated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound program, which supports U.S. military members, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.

    Family Mile Fun Run
    8 a.m., Del Mar Racetrack
    And away YOU go! This fun run invites families to trot on the Del Mar Racetrack. Runners begin at the starting gate, make a one-mile lap all the way around and finish at the Winners’ Circle, complete with an end-of-the race photo opp. Some Del Mar jockeys will partake in the run, and participants are encouraged to come in costumes. Proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its equestrian therapy program for children and adults with special needs. The race fee (starting at $22 for adults and $12 for kids) includes admission to the track and other goodies, including pre-race activities and games for the kids.

    Skating by the Sea
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado
    Now in its 13th year, The Del’s seaside ice skating rink opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day. The rink is located on Windsor Lawn and adds to the spirit of the season at the landmark, where visitors will also find thousands of white lights decking out the hotel’s iconic Victorian buildings, holiday music and hot cocoa. Skating by the Sea runs through New Year’s Day; check The Del’s website for exact times and dates. Skating costs $30 per person and includes ice skate rentals.

    Thanksgiving at San Diego Landmarks
    Times and Locations Vary (link to new article)
    Craving a Thanksgiving Day feast without the cooking? Some of San Diego’s most recognizable landmarks – from The Prado at Balboa Park to the Hotel Del Coronado – will offer holiday feasts on Thursday. Call ahead to reserve your spot and make sure there’s room at the table.

    Friday, Nov. 24

    Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Bates Nut Farm
    Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center will host this three-day craft fair featuring more than 80 artisans selling their homemade goodies and fine art. While visitors shop, musicians will perform live. Free hayrides with Santa Claus will be offered on Friday and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Valley Center Lions Club will be whipping up an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $6, which includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice, with proceeds supporting local charities. Admission to the Christmas Market is free; bring money to shop. Parking is also free.

    Bing Crosby Season
    11 a.m., Del Mar Racetrack
    It’s your final weekend to bust out those fancy hats and buy some betting slips: Bing Crosby Season is coming to a close at the Del Mar Racetrack. Friday’s schedule includes eight horse races; the gates open at 11 a.m. and the first post is at 12:30 p.m. The races end on Sunday – at least until next summer and fall.

    Global Winter Wonderland: ‘Circus of Light’
    5 p.m. to 11 p.m., SDCCU Stadium
    This 17-acre holiday festival makes its way to San Diego for the first time ever this season, setting up at SDCCU Stadium through Jan. 7, 2018. The family-friendly international celebration features the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, plus acrobatics performances, carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, food and shopping. The little ones can even write letters to Santa Claus and visit sections like Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole. Global Winter Wonderland will open daily at either 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m., but is closed on some dates. Check this calendar ( for exact dates and times to plan your visit. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 or senior citizens age 62 and older. Kids 3 and under get in free.

    Family Night Gaming
    6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fleet Science Center
    Grab the family and enjoy a night of gaming at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, which will extend its hours to 10 p.m. Families can compete against one another on the Giant Dome Screen starting at 7:15 p.m. and play more than 100 games featured in the center’s exhibition, “Game Masters,” which showcases the work of the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s online games. For 21+ visitors, adult beverages will be available for purchase so you can sip while you play. This all-ages event is included with admission into the Science Center: $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids.

    Giving Tree Lighting to Benefit USO San Diego
    6:30 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
    Visit The Headquarters at Seaport Friday for this festive celebration in the courtyard. The evening includes performances by the All American Boys Chorus, plus free hot chocolate, a visit with Santa Claus, and the lighting of the Giving Tree. Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy donation; the event is free. After the tree lighting ceremony, Eddie V’s will host an after-party in its lounge (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and a portion of proceeds from sales will be given to USO San Diego.

    San Diego Gulls vs. Bakersfield Condors
    7 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
    Take in some hockey on your long holiday weekend by catching this Gulls games Friday night at the Valley View Casino Center. San Diego takes on Bakersfield, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

    Saturday, Nov. 25

    Small Business Saturday
    All day, North Park
    North Park is a hub for cool, tiny shops and Small Business Saturday is a perfect day to explore them. Support local business owners and pick up unique holiday gifts that you just won’t find at the mall. University Avenue and 30th Street are great places to start.

    Boardwalk Craft Market
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Old Poway Park
    The Boardwalk Craft Market – a juried show with crafts created and by San Diego County artists – is held every Saturday morning (through Christmas) at Old Poway Park. Artists are on-hand to answer questions about their work. Admission is free. After the holidays, this market returns in February.

    Craft Beer & Cider Fest
    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack
    Raise your glass to the Craft Beer & Cider Fest, one of the final events of the Bing Crosby Season at the Del Mar Racetrack. For $20, attendees can sample five tastings from more than 100 selections of local, international, seasonal and specialty craft brews, ciders, wine and craft cocktails all while meeting local brewers and dancing seaside to tunes spun by DJs. Entry to the fest is free with paid admission into the track ($6); the tastings cost extra, for the 21+ crowd.

    Wing Feast
    11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack
    As the Craft Beer & Cider Fest goes down at the track, the Wing Feast will simultaneously offer chicken wings created by some of San Diego’s top wing spots, including Full Belly BBQ, Scratch BBQ, West Coast Wings, Doc’s Wings and Social Tap. Chefs will present an assortment of wings in creative flavors – from sweet glazed teriyaki to honey habanero BBQ – for just $1 a pop.

    Sip ‘N’ Shop on Small Business Saturday
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Benchmark Brewing
    Benchmark Brewing will support Small Business Saturday with “Sip ‘N’ Shop” at its tasting room (6190 Fairmount Ave.), an event featuring several local vendors selling everything from jewelry and apothecary products to food and tasty treats for dogs. Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs will be at the brewery selling grub, too, so skip the mall and make a day of it, brew in hand. 

    San Diego State Aztecs vs. New Mexico Lobos
    12:30 p.m., SDCCU Stadium
    What’s Thanksgiving weekend without football? Catch the SDSU Aztecs as they take on the New Mexico Lobos in this 12:30 p.m. Friday game at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. Tickets start at $19.

    Surfin’ Santa Arrives in San Diego
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport Village
    He’s back! Surfin’ Santa – a jolly, SoCal-style St. Nick decked out in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts – makes his big arrival at Seaport Village this Saturday. Santa will arrive via Dragon Boat at the San Diego Harbor at 1 p.m. He’ll then cruise down the boardwalk in a red convertible and lead a parade featuring live music, stilt walkers and holiday cheer. After the parade, Santa will hang ten with visitors, taking free photos on his surfboard until 4 p.m. The 12th annual Surfin’ Santa celebration also includes crafts and activities for kids and street performers. With 50 locally-owned small businesses at Seaport Village, this could also be a good place to support Small Business Saturday. The event is free; two hours of validated parking costs $5 in the Seaport Village lot with a minimum purchase of $10 at a shop or eatery inside the center, and $3 every 30 minutes thereafter or part thereof. You can also park at the Hilton Bayfront parking lot for $10 for the day and take a free shuttle, running every 15 minutes, to Seaport Village.

    Country Christmas Tree Lighting in Julian
    2 p.m., Pioneer Park
    The charming mountain town of Julian kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of its huge Christmas tree at Pioneer Park. Attendees can also visit with Santa and enjoy other festive activities. The event is free.

    Paradise Hills Night Market
    4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Penn Athletic Field
    The first annual Paradise Hills Night Market will showcase the small businesses that make San Diego’s Paradise Hills so diverse and special. The “Made in Paradise Hills” movement highlights the dozens of success stories and up-and-coming talent, food and businesses to come out of this southeast San Diego community. The night market will set up shop at Penn Athletic Field (2555 Dusk Dr.) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    The Offspring
    After the Final Race, Seaside Stage at Del Mar Racetrack
    The final seaside concert of the Bing Crosby Season is pretty fly: The Offspring. The group will perform on the Seaside Stage after the final race Saturday. The show is free with paid stretch run admission into the track, which costs $6.

    The Teddy Ball
    7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Town & Country San Diego Hotel & Convention Center
    Get dolled up for this black-tie celebration Saturday night organized by the nonprofit, Cruise 4 Kids. The gala collects new stuffed teddy bears to donate to sick and needy children, and raises money to reach a goal of 1,500 plush toys. General admission tickets cost $75 in advance. The event includes live entertainment, DJs, dancing, cocktails, a photo booth, exotic cars, a balloon drop, raffles and silent auctions.

    Sunday, Nov. 26

    Guided Nature Walk
    9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
    Join a trail guide from Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) on this free, 1.5-hour nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history and ecology of the park. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. These walks are typically held at MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring water.

    Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., The Old Globe
    One of San Diego's favorite holiday traditions, now in its 20th year at The Old Globe, runs through Christmas Eve, with several performances on the weekends. The whimsical characters and stories from the classic Dr. Seuss book jump off the page and onto the stage in “Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” featuring songs like “This Time of Year” and “Fah Who Doraze.” Tickets start at $37 for adults and $24 for children.

    Beauty or Torture: Society’s Demand of Perfection Examined
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Women’s Museum of California
    This exhibition at the Women’s Museum of California at Liberty Station explores the timeless quest for beauty and the lengths women have gone to over the centuries to alter their looks to conform to society’s beauty standards of the time. The exhibition takes a look at weird beauty trends and how routines weren’t always pretty. Admission is $5. “Beauty or Torture: Society’s Demand of Perfection Examined,” is on display at the museum through Jan. 28, 2018.

    Live Music Sundays: Steel Dawn
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Public Market Patio
    Enjoy another round of live music on the patio at Liberty Public Market on Sunday as rock ‘n’ roll group Steal Dawn takes the stage. The group plays the Top 40 hits from the last 40 years – from Aerosmith and ZZ Top to Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. As always, this concert at the market is free.

    SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical
    2 p.m. and 7 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
    The world-premiere production of “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” continues its run at the La Jolla Playhouse this weekend. The musical put together in part by the director (Des McAnnuff) and choreographer (Sergio Trujillo) that worked on “Jersey Boys,” follows the life of the singer from her modest Boston childhood to her rise as the Queen of Disco. The show is led by a Tony Award-winning actress, a former “Hamilton” star and a local San Diego favorite. Tickets start at $80, and if you’re considering attending, you may want to act fast: tickets have been selling out quickly for all performances of this musical. The musical runs until Dec. 17.

    West African Dance Class
    2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., The World Beat Center
    Join this West African Dance class – complete with live drumming – at The World Beat Center (2100 Park Blvd.) at Balboa Park, led by Makida Anderson. The high energy, poly-rhythmic dance style is a great full-body workout. The class costs $12.

    Il Trovatore
    3 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
    The Pacific Lyric Association presents “Il Trovatore,” an abridged version of the tale of love and vengeance set in 15th Century Spain. The show features profession opera soloists and a chorus singing in Italian, with the storyline narrated in English. Tickets cost $35.

    Succulent Wreaths Workshop
    5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Culture Brewing Co.
    Get crafty while enjoying some craft brews at this workshop at Culture Brewing Co. (4845 Newport Ave.) in Ocean Beach focused on making succulent wreaths perfect for the holiday season. A $35 ticket gets you two pints of Culture craft beer and all of the supplies needed to create one wreath. Instructors will also share tips on how to keep succulents looking fresh for months to come. All ages are welcome to partake in the workshop, but you must be 21 and up to enjoy the brews; kid-friendly beverages will be available upon request

    Rex Navarrete
    7 p.m., The American Comedy Co.
    San Francisco-based comedian Rex Navarrete makes his way to San Diego to perform his stand-up act this weekend at The American Comedy Co. Over the course of his career, Navarrete has performed alongside big names like George Lopez and D.L. Hughley. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $18.

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

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

    Photo Credit: Monica Garske

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    Police have identified the badly decomposed human remains found inside a plastic drum floating in Chula Vista's marina last month.

    According to investigators, a completed autopsy determined the remains are those of Chula Vista resident Omar Medina, 28.

    Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) acting Capt. Eric Thunberg said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this point. It's been seven weeks since the discovery of Medina's remains; no arrests have been made in the case.

    On Oct. 12, a diver spotted a plastic barrel with a hazard tag and a wireline attached to it, floating in the water off J Street and Marina Parkway. He called harbor police to report the object, saying he was concerned that it could be a navigational hazard.

    When police pulled the barrel to the shore, they made a grisly discovery: a body was inside, so badly decomposed that the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said the remains could take a while to identify.

    The barrel appeared to be tied down with cement blocks. Police believe a metal chain may have also weighed it down before it broke loose and surfaced at the marina. Police said there was no rust on the barrel, so it was likely in the water for only a few days before it was discovered.

    Photo Credit: OnScene.TV

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    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unleashed an insult-laden tirade against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, denouncing the Trump administration's decision to end protections for Haitians and other immigrants living in the United States.

    "There is no compassion whatsoever in the White House. I'm just beside myself with sadness because our president is a bully, our president is a punk, and he just doesn't get it."

    "I don't know where he was raised, but his family didn't do a good job raising that guy," Kenney said. (You can watch a portion of Kenney's comments on Trump above or the full set below.)

    Kenney made the remarks after calling on the Trump Administration to reverse recent decisions to end Temporary Protective Status for Haitians, Sudanese, and Nicaraguans. Hondurans are still awaiting a decision on their status.

    Often abbreviated as TPS, the program was created in 1990 and currently allows for 435,000 people from nine countries affected by natural disasters or war to live and work in the United States.

    On Monday, nearly 60,000 Haitians were notified they must leave the U.S. by July 2019. All moved to the U.S. to escape devastation left behind by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010. Seven years later, the Carribean nation is still struggling to rebuild, but the Department of Homeland Security said conditions have improved enough to send people back.

    "Could you imagine if they ended TPS for the Irish when we came here in the 1840s? Sent us all back to starve in our home country?" Kenney, an Irish-American, said while flanked by Haitians and immigration advocates.

    Kenney said the decisions are "simply un-American." He said deporting these immigrants will be a detrement to the local economy. The mayor also questioned what would happen to TPS immigrant children, who were born in the U.S. and thus are citizens.

    "This country used to be a country of compassion and empathy and it is now a country of anger and divisiveness and Donald Trump is the reason why we've gotten where we are," Kenney said adding that Trump should "get out" of the U.S.

    NBC10 has reached out to the White House for comment.

    You can watch Kenney's full comments below:

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    Photo Credit: NBC10

    Mayor Jim Kenney at a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, ripping President Trump on the White House's immigration policies.Mayor Jim Kenney at a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, ripping President Trump on the White House's immigration policies.

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    The mother of a 2-year-old boy who drowned in La Mesa over the summer found him "motionless" on his side by the steps of their pool, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

    The toddler, Jack Ferguson drowned at his family's home on Princeton Avenue in early August. According to the report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's (ME) Office, the boy's mother, Allison Ferguson, told investigators she knew something was wrong when her son did not knock on her bedroom door at 7:30 a.m. that day.

    "At approximately 9 a.m., Allison woke up and was surprised Jack had not knocked on her bedroom door as he always did in order to wake her and Bryan (her husband) up," the ME wrote.

    Allison then walked into the family room and into every parent's worst nightmare: a sliding glass door that was open.

    "Allison called out for Jack without obtaining any response, then searched throughout the house without finding him," the ME wrote.

    La Mesa Police Lt. Chad Bell told NBC 7 in August that both parents believed they had locked the sliding glass door before going to sleep.

    The ME said when Allison went outside, she searched the pool area and did not see Jack at first. Her two pet dogs were standing by the steps of the pool, which lead out to the shallow end. It was there that she saw Jack, lying motionless.

    "Allison ran and pulled Jack from the pool. She then returned to the house with Jack, while calling out to Bryan," the report read.

    Her husband began CPR on Jack, while she called 911. The fire department came and took the tot to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    The ME ruled Jack's death an accidental drowning. He had no previous health conditions.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    A La Mesa squad car at a home.A La Mesa squad car at a home.

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    For record collectors, this year’s day of maniacal shopping -- (un)affectionately known as Black Friday -- might as well be referred to as “Green Splatter” Friday or “Blue Marble” Friday.

    On Nov. 24, hundreds of worldwide independent record shops that participate in Record Store Day (RSD), the annual April vinyl-centric shopping event, will also offer exclusive Black Friday titles. As in years past, consider it a bonus RSD for record lovers and music fans (as well as another way to drain the ol’ bank account).

    Black Friday’s event will feature roughly about 10 percent of the number of releases the official RSD event usually offers, but that’s not to say plenty of sought-after titles won’t be up for grabs.

    This year, Ryan Adams, the Black Lips, At the Drive-In, the Doors, Fleet Foxes, Gorillaz, Paul McCartney, Sublime, U2, Neil Young, and tons of others get in on the action with either RSD Black Friday exclusives or ‘RSD First’ releases. For a full list of selections, visit the official Record Store Day website.

    As expected, many of the San Diego shops that typically participate in RSD are gearing up for the Black Friday event -- as well as the following day, Small Business Saturday (which is always a good reminder to shop local when possible, folks). While most of our local shops aren't going as big as they do in April, there are guaranteed good times in store. 

    Participating 2017 RSD Black Friday San Diego shops

    Cow Records: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 5040 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach.

    FeeLit Records: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Huge $1 vinyl sale in addition to RSD titles and restocks. 909 E St., East Village.

    Folk Arts Rare Records: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 100s of rare 45s will be put up for sale, along with RSD exclusives. 3072 El Cajon Blvd., North Park.

    Lou's Records: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Numbers handed out to those in line at 9 a.m. 434 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

    M-Theory Records: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Live music performed by Dead Hearts Club and Ivan Garson. Coffee and food by Heartwork Coffee Bar and Los Slydogz. 827 W. Washington St., Mission Hills.

    Normal Records: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Huge vinyl sale in addition to RSD exclusives. Also, free pizza and prizes, while supplies last. 4201 30th St., North Park.

    Record City: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 3757 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest.

    Spin Records: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 370 Grand Ave., Carlsbad.

    Taang! Records: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 3830 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest.

    Of course, not every participating record shop will be carrying all the titles scheduled to be released for RSD Black Friday. Quantities are spread out the world over and often shops don't know what they'll be receiving until the shipments show up at their door.

    Also, it's worth noting that the new Tim Mays/Eric Howarth-helmed Vinyl Junkies Record Shack in South Park is set to host its two-day grand opening on Nov. 24-25 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. While they won't be offering any RSD Black Friday titles, they will have tons of vinyl on sale and feature DJ sets by Justin Pearson (Dead Cross/Retox), Mike and Anja Stax (the Loons), Pat and Lety Beers (the Schizophonics), Al Howard, Brian Karscig (the Nervous Wreckords/Louis XIV) and others -- along with live performances by Birdy Bardot (Friday) and the Bassics (Saturday). For full details, visit their Facebook event page. Should be one helluva time. 

    Happy diggin’!

    Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow, plays music and operates the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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    Record Store Day's Black Friday hits San Diego independent record shops on Nov. 24.Record Store Day's Black Friday hits San Diego independent record shops on Nov. 24.

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    A San Diego State University (SDSU) student killed while walking on the freeway had a blood alcohol content of .29 percent in her system and had drank at least eight shots prior to the tragic accident, autopsy and toxicology reports confirmed.

    Jasmine Madarang, 20, was found dead in the middle of eastbound Interstate 8 near Mission Gorge and Waring roads on Sept. 16. Investigators said the college student had walked onto the westbound lanes of I-8 from the north shoulder and tried to cross the south side of the freeway when she was hit by a car.


    A report released Wednesday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office said the impact from the collision threw Madarang onto the hood of the car. She then rolled off onto the roadway, and the driver ran over her. Passersby moved her body to the shoulder of the freeway, and she died at the scene.

    Madarang was a junior at SDSU majoring in engineering and was a member of the university’s Delta Zeta sorority. Hours before her death, she had been tailgating with friends in Mission Valley ahead of the football game between SDSU and Stanford University.

    According to the ME report, investigators learned that Madarang had spent that day with a friend. As they got ready for the football game, they took approximately eight shots of Captain Morgan Rum.

    The women took the trolley to Qualcomm Stadium and friends told investigators that Madarang drank an unknown amount of beer during the tailgate party. Investigators said Madarang exchanged text messages with friends between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. that evening.

    She was hanging out with a fellow sorority sister and friends but, at around 6 p.m., Madarang somehow got separated from her group. The sorority sister texted Madarang several times but received no response.


    The ME report said investigators learned that Madarang took several Lyft and Uber rides around the SDSU and stadium area that day. Her last requested ride ended at 7:17 p.m. on Stadium Way near the off-ramp to Waring Road.

    At 7:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received a call of a woman sitting on the Waring Road off-ramp. Officers found Madarang’s body near the off-ramp and freeway about a half-hour later, her broken phone and a shoe scattered nearby.


    At a candlelight vigil held at SDSU for Madarang shortly after her death, friends described her as a sweet, young woman with a “heart of gold.” One friend said Madarang had the ability to connect with people and make anyone feel as though she had known them for years.

    Madarang’s funeral was held on Sept. 23 in Laguna Hills, California. She was buried at the Ascension Cemetery in her hometown of Lake Forest, California. An online fundraising page created to help the student’s family surpassed its goal of $15,000.

    Photo Credit: Family photo

    Jasmine Madarang, 20, died on Saturday, Sept. 16 while attempting to cross Interstate 8 in Mission Valley.Jasmine Madarang, 20, died on Saturday, Sept. 16 while attempting to cross Interstate 8 in Mission Valley.

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    A Southern California man shot in the back during the Las Vegas massacre last month was reunited with the heroic off-duty firefighter who helped save his life.


    Zack Mesker, 21, of San Marcos, was one of hundreds of victims shot at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, raining down bullets on the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.

    Mesker's mom, Lorraine Mesker, told NBC 7 she got a call from her son's girlfriend, Lauren Kyander, that night.


    "I got a call about what had happened at the concert and that Zack had been hit," Mesker said. "He was in triage and they were asking her to run and leave the scene."

    Kyander posted on Facebook that Meske had collapsed near the Tropicana hotel.

    There, a hero stepped in to help him.

    "When Zack collapsed, an off-duty firefighter helped him and never left his side until he got an ambulance," Kyander wrote on Facebook.

    Cal Fire firefighter Chris Wetzel, of the Riverside County Fire Department, was at the concert that night. Wetzel, who lost a friend during the shooting, was off-duty at the time.

    He told NBC 7 he does not consider himself a hero.

    "I just saw people suffering and in pain, and it's all I could do," Wetzel wrote to NBC 7.

    On Sunday, Wetzel and Mesker finally had the chance to reunite.

    During the shooting, Mesker told Wetzel he was worried about losing his flip-flop. Wetzel brought him a new pair.


    "He had lost a flip-flop when I was helping out and he said to me 'Wait my flip- flop,'" Wetzel wrote. "I told him 'Don't worry about the flip-flop, we gotta get you out of here.'"

    Wetzel also said he wasn't sure how important the flip-flops were to Mesker, but he told himself if he ever reunited with Zack, he would get him another pair.

    Mesker spent three weeks in a Las Vegas hospital before coming back home to San Diego County. He is currently back in San Marcos, recovering with his family and girlfriend.

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    It will feel like Thanksgiving in July this holiday, as sweltering temperatures and dry conditions scorch San Diego County through the weekend.

    Record-breaking heat was recorded in San Diego Wednesday, where temperatures reached 90 degrees in the afternoon, shattering a record set in 2015 of 84 degrees, NBC 7's Jodi Kodesh said. 

    By mid-day, temperatures across the county were three to 10 degrees warmer than average for this time of year, NBC 7's Whitney Southwick said. Intense heat could be felt across the county as coastal communities and the valleys saw temperatures in the low 90s. Mountain areas were experiencing slightly more comfortable temperatures in the high 70s.

    Some Santa Ana winds were reaching San Diego County's mountains and foothills, but were relatively light, NBC 7's Whitney Southwick said. 

    Similar conditions were expected on Thanksgiving day, albeit a few degrees cooler. Temperatures will still be very hot. 

    Wednesday's high temperatures were expected to be 90 degrees along the coast, 99 degrees inland, 75 degrees in the mountains and 90 degrees at the deserts.

    For Thanksgiving, temperatures were expected to fall three to seven degrees in all areas except the deserts.

    Big changes to the weather are ahead, though, NBC 7's Whitney Southwick said. A cool down could drop temperatures up to 10 degrees this weekend with even cooler temperatures expected next week. 

    No rain was expected in the next 10 days. 

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    A view of San Diego Bay on the morning of Nov. 21, taken from NBC 7’s scenic camera at Coasterra, A Cohn Group Restaurant.A view of San Diego Bay on the morning of Nov. 21, taken from NBC 7’s scenic camera at Coasterra, A Cohn Group Restaurant.

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    With a mouthwatering crispy salmon and eggs dish, one San Diego chef won top honors at this year’s “Chef of the Fest” competition at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, defending his tasty title.

    Chef Mark Kropczynski, of The US GRANT Hotel’s Grant Grill, was crowned winner of the Nov. 18 cooking competition at The Grand Tasting – the main annual event of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

    His victorious dish – pitted against artful creations from 24 other top local chefs – featured crispy salmon, salmon eggs, sugar-cured eggs and egg lemon curd. This was Kropczynski’s second consecutive win at the event. Last year, he won the title with a grilled lamb loin dish boasting pumpkin seed oil and fig vincotto.

    His salmon and eggs dish also won the competition's seafood category.


    Kropczynski’s grand prizes included a feature in the 2018 “En Bouche Magazine” and in the spring 2018 issue of “DiningOut,” a round-trip airline ticket, $3,000 in cash, and other goodies like chocolate, beer and culinary tools.

    The culinary competition was judged by the San Diego Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (AFD), along with guest judges including: Suzette Gresham, the San Francisco-based executive chef of Acquarello; Urs Emmenegger, executive Chef at Casa De Manana and President of the ACF Chefs and Culinarians of San Diego, Tommy Gomes, a fishmonger for Catalina Offshore; James Campbell Caruso, chef and owner of La Boca Tabera y MAS in New Mexico; Hanis Cavin, a chef at San Diego’s Carnitas’ Snack Shack.

    The 25 contestants were narrowed to four finalists and four category winners, ranked on cumulative scores that looked at the presentation of their dish, flavor, innovation, quality and preparation in the allotted time.

    While Kropczynski earned first place, he was joined in the winner’s circle by good company. Other top chefs included:

    Second Place Winner
    Todd Nash - The Blind Burro
    Lengua Tacos Wood Grilled Macha Marinated Beef Tongue Salsa Macha Pickled Vegetables Spiced Candied Peanuts Corn Tortilla 

    Third Place Winner
    Evan Cruz - Arterra Restaurant
    Ukoy Soft Shell Crab Mussels Shrimp Sweet Potato 

    Fourth Place Winner
    Accursio Lota - Solare Ristorante
    Porcini Mushroom Ravioli Parsnip Root Arugula Extract Black Truffle Confit "Almond Coffee Dirt" 

    Meat Category Winner
    Todd Nash - The Blind Burro
    Lengua Tacos Wood Grilled Macha Marinated Beef Tongue Salsa Macha Pickled Vegetables Spiced Candied Peanuts Corn Tortilla 

    Poultry Category Winner
    Trevor Chappell - The Barrel Room
    Duck Confit Pupusa Tea Smoked Duck Port Salut Pupusa "Burnt" Orange Gel Crispy Skin Watercress 

    Seafood Category Winner
    Mark Kropczynski - Grant Grill
    Salmon and Eggs Crispy Salmon Salmon Eggs Sugar Cured Eggs Egg Lemon Curd

    Vegetarian / Raw Category Winner
    Accursio Lota - Solare Ristorante
    Porcini Mushroom Ravioli Parsnip Root Arugula Extract Black Truffle Confit "Almond Coffee Dirt"

    The annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is a showcase of the world’s premiere wine and spirits producers, chefs and gourmet food, with a spotlight on San Diego’s thriving dining scene.

    This year, it was held Nov. 12 through Nov. 19, with many cool culinary events throughout the week, culminating with the Grand Tasting, which featured scrumptious samples from more than 150 wineries, breweries and spirits companies, plus bites from dozens of local chefs representing 60 of San Diego’s top restaurants.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

    Grant Grill executive chef Mark Kropczynski won top honors at the Grant Grill executive chef Mark Kropczynski won top honors at the "Chef of the Fest" during the 2017 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting on Nov. 18.

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  • 11/23/17--10:09: A Man's Man in Sparkles

  • Chris Knierim remembers leaving middle school early to practice figure skating at the San Diego Ice Arena and not telling his friends about it, fearing they'd make fun of his newfound passion.

    Many years later, Knierim who grew up in Escondido and Ramona, looks back on those days and laughs, feeling confident about who he is and all he has accomplished.

    Knierim is zeroing in on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he and his pairs partner Alexa Scimeca hope to break a nearly 30-year drought for Team USA. American pairs figure skaters haven't medaled at the Olympics since 1988.

    Knierim and Scimeca don't lack for chemistry. They're a pair on and off the ice. The couple, married now for a little more than a year, knows they have something special and they hope it will give them an extra edge over their competitors.

    Knierim said there are many stereotypes surrounding male figure skaters and he hopes to break those down so younger boys feel confident pursuing the sport.

    "There was always this, like, you're a male figure skater, so you have to be a certain way," he explained. "And I was not the typical -- even now I work on cars -- I'm a man's man but I go and I skate. And I wear sparkles -- if my wife tells me."

    The couple now lives in Colorado, but thanks to their success on the ice, they get to travel the world competing together.

    But, Knierim misses a lot of things about his hometown of San Diego, including the smell of the beach, his friends and family, including his brother Tyson who lives in Ramona, and In N' Out Burger.

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    From Washington, D.C. to Sacramento and other state capitols around the country, stories of sexual harassment just keep spreading.

    Jobs are in jeopardy.

    Lawyers are looking into legal settlements.

    It's one thing when the misbehavior of movie producers and musicians gets widespread coverage. It's another when media figures, business executives, and politicians are stained by sexual scandals.

    Women who work in the California state Legislature have been saying "enough is enough".

    "I think over time the focus has been, how do you protect the institution of the Capitol?” State Sen. Toni Atkins (D-39th District) said. “But I think there are people saying, to protect the institution you have to have policies that actually work. You have to have employees that feel safe."

    Last month, nearly 150 women who work in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate came forward with a statement of outrage over the sexual harassment they say they routinely endure.

    U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is now in a harsh limelight for his hands-on mistreatment of women, and it’s expected that the list of elected officials accused of similar behavior will grow longer.

    In a recording session for Sunday's edition of NBC 7’s weekly “Politically Speaking" program, political consultant Laura Fink was asked about an unwelcome groping from then-Mayor Bob Filner in 2013.

    She said she promptly began a process of bringing it to public attention, and it eventually became one of 20 sexual harassment complaints leveled against Filner, who left office convicted of felonies and misdemeanors.

    As was reported earlier this week, Bob Filner's days in Congress also have come back to haunt him.

    A Colorado lawmaker told "Meet the Press Daily" that she pushed him away when he confronted her in an elevator.

    Fink and Atkins cited cultural factors such as power and domination behind certain men’s tendencies to press themselves upon women.

    It’s time, they said, for young women and men to adjust their thinking if they hope to avoid the typecast roles that are played in sexual harassment scenarios.

    "We shouldn't have to tell our daughters that this is going to happen to you, and you're going to have to deal with it,” said Fink. “We have to start at the root of the behavior -- which is the permissiveness that we allow men, the latitude that we allow them. And I think that will free men from having to participate in this sort of thing. Or if they're bystanders, to tolerate it."

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The California state Capitol building.The California state Capitol building.

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    Since 2010, 71,000 guns were reported lost or stolen in California, according to data obtained by NBC 7 Investigates, more than a dozen NBC stations across the country and the nonprofit journalism organization, The Trace

    Many of those weapons are arming the very criminals they are meant to protect against.

    Stolen and lost guns come from many places, including gun dealers, pawn shops, law enforcement. The largest number of them come from private owners. National Crime Information Center statistics show thefts from private owners increased 42% from 2005 to 2014.

    Click here to see more on where stolen guns end up across the U.S.

    Five years ago a San Diego area law enforcement officer, who wished to be identified only as Mike, said he was devastated after his nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun was stolen from his car.

    "Because of me, I put a gun on the street," he said.

    According to Mike, he returned home around five o’clock in the morning after his second double shift in a row. Tired, he said he forgot the gun in his console and locked the car. Later that night a thief struck.

    “The gun was missing,” Mike said. “My wife she had some Prada glasses in there. The baby's diaper bag was missing. It all hit me.”

    In data from more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies in 36 states and Washington D.C., NBC 7 Investigates found more than 204,000 guns stolen since 2010. In San Diego County, nearly 200 stolen guns were recovered in connection with crimes, including two attempted murders, 15 assaults, and 40 burglaries.

    ATF Operational Intelligence Agent Kevin O'Keefe said after cash, guns are the most desirable thing to steal.

    "We just ask that everybody partner to realize what's going on to not make it easier for the bad guys to get at these guns," he said.

    According to the police data, of the thousands of guns lost or stolen from California, 359 traveled more than 50 miles; some traveling as far away as Maryland, New York, and Florida.

    Sixteen hours after stealing Mike's weapon the suspect's getaway vehicle was photographed on the South Bay Expressway. According to Mike, the stolen diaper and gym bags in the bed of the truck can be seen in a photo taken while the vehicle traveled through the checkpoint.

    Mike’s gun was ultimately recovered and wasn't used in any crimes. A relief to this law enforcement agent who is also a father of three.

    "I don't want any danger to come their way and I don't want it to be me to be the cause of that," Mike said.

    Mike reported the theft of his gun to the Chula Vista Police Department.

    In California, Proposition 63, which went into effect in July, requires gun owners to report stolen weapons within five days or face fines up to one thousand dollars after multiple infractions.

    A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association said, "a law that requires reportage (of stolen or lost guns) is nothing but punitive. It does not prevent crimes from being committed, and it only serves to further victimize¦ an otherwise law-abiding person(s) after they've been robbed."

    Mike said he now transports his handgun in a firearm safe bolted to his car.

    “It's better that the average citizen has weapons and is able to protect them,” Mike said. “With the responsibility that comes with it, you just can't be careless.”

    He said he turned one careless fatigued moment into a forever lesson so the next crime he investigates isn't perpetrated with his gun.

    The FBI estimates 2 million guns were lost or stolen in the U.S. over the last 10 years. According to law enforcement experts, a quarter of those are never reported to police.

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    Anyone who walks into the Hotel Del Coronado this season might have to do a double take at the upside down Christmas tree in the lobby. 

    "This year we're taking a whimsical approach to Christmas," said Whitney Taylor, catering sales manager for the Hotel Del Coronado. "We want people to have fun!" 

    Dozens of guests poured in and out of the hotel on Thanksgiving Eve, many eager to hit the beach with temperatures in the mid-90's. 

    “The tree is absolutely gorgeous,” said Terry Nuzzolo, visiting the hotel from Boston. “It’s upside down of course and there’s lots of colors and those colors are reflected all throughout the lobby.” 

    But some on social media said the upside down tree is disrepectful to traditional Christmas values. 

    "I was very surprised when I saw it," said Kathy Parker, a hotel guest. "In a traditional, old hotel like this, a traditional tree would be keeping with the hotel." 

    This is not the first time the Hotel Del Coronado has tried something new for Christmas. On the lawn of the hotel, you can see the world's first outdoor tree that was electrically-lighted for Christmas. That happened in 1904. 

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    As part of an annual tradition to help homeless San Diegans during the holidays, volunteers at Father Joe’s Villages served Thanksgiving meals Wednesday. But organizers say this year is different, in part due to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak.

    “It's caused more phone calls of concern,” Father Joe’s Villages President and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas said.

    Vargas says that people are more aware of the homeless population this year, and of the hepatitis A outbreak, which began its spread in November 2016 and has infected more than 550 people in San Diego County. Twenty people have died.

    The outbreak has hit the homeless population and illicit drug users the hardest.

    “I think there is a heightened awareness out there in the community as far as the homelessness crisis... especially with hepatitis A," Vargas said. "That has raised the consciousness level in people."

    San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has distributed more than 103,000 vaccines in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. 

    A public health emergency declaration continues to be in place, allowing the county to garner funding for vaccines.

    This week, HHSA officials were hopeful that the outbreak was slowing, noting a downward trend in new cases.

    Father Joe’s Villages, an advocate for homeless outreach, has been part of the effort to stop the infection’s spread.

    “We as an example have administered over 1,500 vaccinations against hep A, and so things are different this year than they were last year in a number of ways, in a number of dynamics," Vargas said.

    Hepatitis A is spread person-to-person through contact with a fecal-contaminated environment, according to HHSA.

    That puts those that work with the homeless population at risk, according to HHSA, including employees and volunteers at Father Joe’s Villages.

    But the outbreak doesn’t seem to have affected those wishing to help. Last year, 10,000 people volunteered at Father Joe’s Villages. The organization says this year’s numbers appear to be on par, and for that, the homeless population is grateful.

    "I was homeless, had no money, and [Father Joe’s Villages] got me into those apartments and for that I say, thank you Father Joe, and for this food, because I’d be hungry tonight,” one individual dining at Wednesday’s Thanksgiving dinner said.

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a review of how well the national gun background check system is working, a response to the deadly shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, NBC News reported.

    Sessions said the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, better known as NICS, "is only as reliable and robust as the information that federal, state, local, and tribal government entities make available to it."

    The Defense Department is conducting a review of its own practices after the Air Force discovered that it did not report the court-martial conviction of Devin Kelley, the church gunman. That failure allowed Kelley to buy the rifle he used in the Texas shooting.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington.Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington.

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    The San Diego Police Department is searching for a man suspected of robbing a Bay Park gas station Wednesday morning.

    An armed suspect entered an ARCO gas station located off Morena Boulevard around 6 a.m., and pointed a gun at the cashier while demanding money, according to  police.

    The suspect fled the scene with an unknown amount of cash and headed eastbound on Morena Boulevard, near Discount Gun Mart.

    SDPD describes the suspect as a male wearing a Chargers beanie, black jacket with a hood, grey sweatpants and prescription glasses.

    Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call SDPD or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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    A man accused of setting a fire in a trash can near Horton Plaza earlier this week was already on probation for threatening to blow up a local hospital, a prosecutor said Wednesday. 

    Brian Smith, 58, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of arson in connection with a trash can that was found ablaze near Horton Plaza earlier this week. 

    A prosecutor said Smith had a previous conviction for threatening to blow up a hospital. The prosecutor did not elaborate, but the judge found it troubling enough to hold Smith without bail. 

    On Monday, firefighters were called when OMG Crepes food cart kiosk was found ablaze on the lower level of Horton Plaza shopping center in downtown San Diego. 

    It's the same location where a hot dog food cart burned in September

    About an hour later, a second fire broke out in a trash can on Broadway Circle. Shortly after, a third fire was reported in front of a building nearby. 

    San Diego police arrested Smith in connection with the trash can fire later that morning. Smith has not been connected to any other fire beside the trash can fire.

    San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) investigators are looking into whether any of the fires are linked.

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward in October for any information leading to an arrest in the hot dog food cart fire. 

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    A fourth San Diegan has died from flu complications in a flu season moving at a faster pace than previous years, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced Wednesday.

    A 92-year-old woman died Nov. 11 and tested positive for influenza A. She is the fourth person to die as a result of the flu this season.

    Last week, 133 new flu cases were reported, bringing the total to 574 cases. This surpassed the 174 cases reported the same time a year ago.

    “The number of flu deaths and cases being reported this year continues to outpace the totals from the last season,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The flu can be deadly, especially for vulnerable populations. The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated.”

    Health officials urge people who are at risk of developing serious complications from influenza to get vaccinated.

    High-risk groups for flu complications include people with asthma, diabetes and lung disease, pregnant women, adults 65 and older and people living with or caring for others who are at higher risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).

    Everyone 6 months and older is recommended to get a flu shot every year.

    In an effort to stop the flu virus, health officials encourage people to use hand sanitizers, wash their hands, stay away from sick people and stay home when sick. They also encourage people to clean commonly touched surfaces and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

    The Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Influenza Watch reported:

    • Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 1 percent of all visits (the same as the previous week)

    • Lab-confirmed influenza cases for the week: 133 (compared to 58 the previous week)

    • Total influenza deaths to date: 4 (compared to 1 at this time last season)

    The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, and County public health centers. For a complete list visit this site or call 211.

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 26: (FILE PHOTO) A technician prepares a flu vaccine by drawing it from its vial through a needle into a syringe September 26, 2002 at a health clinic in Chicago. Flu-shot season officially begins next week. Health officials are calling for wider use of influenza vaccine this during the Flue season. About 36,000 people die each year from influenza or its complications. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 26: (FILE PHOTO) A technician prepares a flu vaccine by drawing it from its vial through a needle into a syringe September 26, 2002 at a health clinic in Chicago. Flu-shot season officially begins next week. Health officials are calling for wider use of influenza vaccine this during the Flue season. About 36,000 people die each year from influenza or its complications. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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    The Escondido Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Wednesday evening. 

    At approximately 8:04 p.m. a commercial fire was reported at a two-story apartment off East Washington Avenue, according to Escondido police.

    The fire is believed to be on the second floor. The building was evacuated, but there is no information regarding injuries or the number of people evacuated.

    This is the second apartment fire in Escondido in the past two days.

    No further information is available. Check back for updates.

    Photo Credit: Monica Garske

    San Diego Fire Rescue-Department.San Diego Fire Rescue-Department.

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    A pedestrian was struck and killed in Lincoln Park Wednesday evening, San Diego police said. 

    At approximately 8:42 p.m., police responded to an emergency call off South 47th Street and Logan Avenue where they discovered a female pedestrian believed to be in her 30s, according to police

    SDPD said the woman died on scene.

    The driver fled the scene after the incident and plowed into a home about a block away, causing minor damage to the house.

    The driver and two passengers took off on foot.

    Authorities initially detained a person, but he was later released. 

    At this point, it's unknown why they were released.

    Police are still looking for two other people who were in the pickup who ran off after the crash.

    No further information is available. 

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    A Rancho Bernardo crash left thousands of residents without power on Thanksgiving. 

    The crash happened at Bernardo Center Drive and Bernardo Heights Parkway at approximately 7 a.m. on Thursday, according to San Diego Police Watch Commander Tony Martinez. 

    A car struck a San Diego Gas and Electric electrical box and hit a transformer, officials said. 

    As a result, more than 2,000 customers are without power in Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo, right as Thanksgiving cooking gets underway. 

    By 9 a.m., all but a few dozen customers had power, according to SDG&E. 

    No further information is available. 

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    With New Year's Eve right around the corner, why not make plans now to ring in 2018 with a concert? Here's our handy guide to San Diego's best live-music bets.

    Let's start things off with a hard-rock bang: Alkaline Trio, Rocket From the Crypt (pictured), and Sharp Shock perform at the Observatory North Park on Dec. 31. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $45 at's start things off with a hard-rock bang: Alkaline Trio, Rocket From the Crypt (pictured), and Sharp Shock perform at the Observatory North Park on Dec. 31. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $45 at

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    Hundreds of local military and their families will be celebrating Thanksgiving together, thanks to USO San Diego and many generous donors and volunteers.

    The organization is hosting a Thanksgiving feast at its Downtown Center big enough to feed an Army (as well as Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard).

    They’re also providing dinner at the USO Neil Ash Airport Center and delivering meals to several hundred more active-duty service members who have to work.

    “It’s very important for us to give back to the military in this community,” said Ashley Camac, Director of the Downtown Center. “The active-duty people who are deployed – a lot of the families come here. A lot of the families are depending on a place to go where they can see other military families that they may know and feel a sense of community. That’s really the reason we do that every year,” Camac said.

    USO San Diego’s Downtown Center opens its doors for military personnel from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year and hosts a number of events in addition to Thanksgiving dinner.

    Camac, a military wife for 18 years now, spent many holidays by herself while her husband was deployed or working. She said having a place like USO San Diego is invaluable.

    “You want to see other people who are going through the same thing and feel that. You build friendships that way. And that’s how you get through and you’re resilient through their career,” Camac said.

    To learn more about USO San Diego, visit their website by clicking here.

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    California is full of places to celebrate the stunning scenery, wildlife and history preserved by the National Park Service.

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    California has a lot to offer when it comes to its parks and historic sites.California has a lot to offer when it comes to its parks and historic sites.

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    Fire crews rushed to the scene of a fully-engulfed house fire in La Mesa on Thanksgiving. 

    The fire broke out around 10:18 a.m. Thursday on the 3800 block of Carbo Court in La Mesa. The location is just north of State Route 94. 

    The initial fire started in the garage, fire officials said. They have since put that fire out, but the flames extended into the house. Crews are working to put out those flames. 

    SDG&E officials have been asked to respond in addition to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials and Heartland Fire officials. 

    No other information was available.

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

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    Fire crews at the scene of a La Mesa house fire.Fire crews at the scene of a La Mesa house fire.

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    A new driver’s license for Californians is coming out and you may not be able to get on a plane or on a military base without it by late-2020. 

    According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the new license has been in the works for years but the state hasn’t started issuing them yet.  

    “It’s not mandatory, so if you don’t fly or enter federal facilities that require ID or military bases, you don’t need a Real ID,” Jessica Gonzalez, a spokesperson for the California DMV said. 

    The new licenses stem from the Real ID Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 after the events of 9/11, Gonzalez said. Homeland Security established Real ID, a standardized card that serves both as a driver’s license and a federally approved identity card.  

    Gonzalez said the state will start issuing the new ID cards to the public on January 22, 2018. 

    “This is really the last step for California, which means people physically coming into those offices and re-establishing their identity with the DMV if they choose to apply for a Real ID,” Gonzalez said. 

    That worries some people who were waiting in line at the DMV office in Clairemont. 

    “Look around the DMV, it’s congested, so it’s going to be a hassle but I do see the importance of it,” said Don Meadows. 

    Melanie Rundle agreed, saying, “It’s going to be a toughie, there is going to be some long lines I’m sure.” 

    Getting a Real ID requires more than your standard driver’s license renewal. To get the new card, California residents will need to bring a social security card, W2 form or pay stub with your full social security number printed on it, your birth certificate and proof of your current California residence. 

    Gonzalez said the DMV plans to hire more workers and bring back Saturday office hours at 60 locations across the state to deal with the anticipated rush. 

    While the Real ID cards will begin being distributed on January 22, 2018, Gonzalez said federal officials will not require you to have the ID to fly or enter a federally secured location until October 2020. 

    “We want to try and make it work out along the way,” Gonzalez said, “We don’t want everyone rushing in the first day and we don’t want people waiting until the last day but we know we’re going to get both of those things.” 

    For people who don’t want the national ID and still want to fly, they can bring a valid U.S. passport. Officials warn that after October 2020, if you don’t have a REAL ID card or a passport, you will be stopped by security and not allowed to fly.

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    Sample image of the Real ID card. According to the California DMV, federal law requires REAL ID cards to have distinct designs, colors and/or marking(s). Individuals who are eligible and apply for a REAL ID card will receive a card with a marking in the upper right corner with the California grizzly bear and a star.Sample image of the Real ID card. According to the California DMV, federal law requires REAL ID cards to have distinct designs, colors and/or marking(s). Individuals who are eligible and apply for a REAL ID card will receive a card with a marking in the upper right corner with the California grizzly bear and a star.

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    Some families are without Thanksgiving groceries after the online arm of Vons grocery stores failed to deliver on time -- or at all.

    NBC 7 producer Jillian Duran was hoping to be halfway through her holiday cooking Wednesday evening, but a Vons online delivery issue delayed her start for hours.

    When she e-mailed customer service to check on her delivery, she got a  "system unavailable" response.

    Her hour-long wait to reach customer service caused a scare.

    “When I first talked to them on the phone, they said my order might not be coming at all," Duran said. "I was like, wait. Thanksgiving without food. What is that?”

    She was not alone in her holiday scare.

    La Mesa resident Natalie D' Angelo tweeted her frustration. Over the phone, she said she tried to keep it all in perspective.

    "I’m trying to remind myself of what really matters, and what Thanksgiving is all about," D’ Angelo said. "And I’m grateful I can afford food and I can go to the grocery store. It’s not the end of the world.” 

    Vons issued the following statement:

    “A routine security update unexpectedly caused online orders not to be routed correctly to stores. We began working on a resolution immediately in the early morning hours when we learned of the problem. Unfortunately, orders were delayed throughout the morning and early afternoon. We worked throughout the day to catch up as quickly as possible to ensure as many orders were fulfilled. We recognize the inconvenience that this unexpected issue caused before the Thanksgiving holiday and sincerely apologize to our valued customers. As soon as possible, our team will reach out to customers whose orders were unfulfilled today so that we may extend an offer for us to regain their trust with our home delivery."

    Customers like D’Angelo and Duran are not happy with the company’s delayed communication.

    “I will not be using Vons' online shopping ever again,” said Duran. "First and last time. They said they’d credit my account for all the hassle I had to go through this time. There will not be a next time."

    Vons is not saying how many people were affected, only that California is one of five areas impacted across the country.

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    Your computer can be your lifeblood these days. When it breaks down, you feel lost.Michael Bruner’s laptop was just a year old when his hard drive went out.He already bought a 3-year extended warranty. So, he wasn't worried when he took it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, Wednesday November 15, 2017.Your computer can be your lifeblood these days. When it breaks down, you feel lost.Michael Bruner’s laptop was just a year old when his hard drive went out.He already bought a 3-year extended warranty. So, he wasn't worried when he took it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy, Wednesday November 15, 2017.

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    Last minute shoppers can expect jam-packed grocery stores. 

    The day before Thanksgiving, grocery stores saw long lines.

    “It’s just that time of the year, and they have to be patient," said shopper Marilyn Biggica. "If they didn’t want to run into this, they should have shopped yesterday."

    Grocery stores like Sprouts, in Hillcrest, say this is an "all hands are on deck" situation. 

    On average, 100 staff members are on duty making sure everything is in order and to ensure that customers can find everything they need.

    Preparing a big meal can be stressful, but one shopper who spoke to NBC 7 said Thanksgiving is all about tradition.

    “Me and my kids, we cook together. It is a family tradition,” said Jamaal Bryan.

    The crowds are expected to get worse on Thanksgiving Day as many make a run for some last minute items. 

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    Despite record-breaking heat this Thanksgiving weekend, many people have already lined up, waiting in line for Black Friday shopping. 

    Early shoppers are now faced with the unusual challenge of trying to beat the November heat while waiting in line.

    Armando Martinez, an eager shopper and first in line outside a Best Buy, couldn't escape the heat Wednesday in Mission Valley, where temperatures reached the low 90s by midday.

    "The deals are good, so I think it's worth it," he said.

    Martinez is one of many who are camping out for the deals, even in the heat.

    In Chula Vista, another record-breaking day is expected for Thanksgiving.

    Shoppers waiting in line are trying to prepare as much as they can.

    "I was going to bring a giant heater from home, and then we got here and it was hot, like stupid hot," said shopper Larunce Moffett.

    Moffett and friend Zion Mills planned for just about everything. They had a generator to power their video games, laptops, phones, music and even a fan. 

    Even though it is expected to be almost as hot in Chula Vista on Thanksgiving, nothing, not even the heat, will stop their spirit.

    "I mean it's the last day so let's get it," Mills said. "Might as well. Finish strong."