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    Working out at the gym not exactly a walk in the park


    I was perfectly content walking in the park. It was our daily routine until my wife decided we had to join a gym. She said I needed a more enhanced workout, insisting the park wasn’t cutting it. Neither was bread-making. It had been my favorite form of...

    I was perfectly content walking in the park. It was our daily routine until my wife decided we had to join a gym. She said I needed a more enhanced workout, insisting the park wasn’t cutting it.

    Neither was bread-making. It had been my favorite form of exercise until she nixed that too. I’d mix...

    Driver smashes into tree, is seriously hurt in Rancho Bernardo


    A driver smashed his car into a tree in Rancho Bernardo and was trapped in the wreckage for nearly an hour Friday, San Diego police said. The male, whose age was unknown, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. His sedan veered off...

    A driver smashed his car into a tree in Rancho Bernardo and was trapped in the wreckage for nearly an hour Friday, San Diego police said.

    The male, whose age was unknown, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.

    His sedan veered off Paseo Lucidio near Camino del Norte, struck...

    Ex-gang member earns his way off injunction


    Michael “Mad Dog” Ortiz Torres spent at least two decades as an Oceanside gang member — and even after he left that life, the label stuck. Back in 2004, he hadn’t much cared when his name landed on a court-ordered gang injunction banning him from...

    Michael “Mad Dog” Ortiz Torres spent at least two decades as an Oceanside gang member — and even after he left that life, the label stuck.

    Back in 2004, he hadn’t much cared when his name landed on a court-ordered gang injunction banning him from a number of activities, including hanging out with...

    Guest Commentary: Some background on Southern Cross


    This is in response to Jeffery C. Crimmel’s “Why A Confederate flag?” in last week’s Sentinel. Seeing the “Southern Cross” today in California can elicit many different thoughts or ideas. Personally, I have a great respect for the flag...

    This is in response to Jeffery C. Crimmel’s “Why A Confederate flag?” in last week’s Sentinel.

    Seeing the “Southern Cross” today in California can elicit many different thoughts or ideas. Personally, I have a great respect for the flag itself, as my family hails from Tennessee and had eight direct...

    High school bands to perform for concert association


    Ramona High School Symphonic and Jazz Bands will perform for the Ramona Concert Association under the direction of Band Director Art Ruiz on April 29. This will be the sixth year the concert association has presented the music of Ramona High School’s...

    Ramona High School Symphonic and Jazz Bands will perform for the Ramona Concert Association under the direction of Band Director Art Ruiz on April 29.

    This will be the sixth year the concert association has presented the music of Ramona High School’s music department. The concert will be in the...

    Clemson coach raves about new Chargers WR Mike Williams


    The worst-case scenario flashed through Dabo Swinney’s mind as the Clemson coach watched star receiver Mike Williams get carted out of Memorial Stadium, his body strapped to a backboard and his neck in a cervical collar, in the 2015 season opener...

    The worst-case scenario flashed through Dabo Swinney’s mind as the Clemson coach watched star receiver Mike Williams get carted out of Memorial Stadium, his body strapped to a backboard and his neck in a cervical collar, in the 2015 season opener against Wofford College.

    “My first thought was,...

    Short-term rental hosts beware: city going after delinquent lodging taxes


    Even as confusion still reigns over whether short-term rentals are legal in San Diego, the city plans to step up its efforts to collect back lodging taxes from home-sharing hosts, whether they’re renting out a spare bedroom or multiple properties at...

    Even as confusion still reigns over whether short-term rentals are legal in San Diego, the city plans to step up its efforts to collect back lodging taxes from home-sharing hosts, whether they’re renting out a spare bedroom or multiple properties at the beach.

    While the City Treasurer’s Office...

    Encinitas streets to be filled with art


    The Spring Street Fair, a three-decade tradition in Encinitas, is expected to attract more than 100,000 folks to the downtown area Saturday and Sunday. The free 34th annual event features six blocks filled with more than 450 vendor booths along highway...

    The Spring Street Fair, a three-decade tradition in Encinitas, is expected to attract more than 100,000 folks to the downtown area Saturday and Sunday.

    The free 34th annual event features six blocks filled with more than 450 vendor booths along highway 101 selling everything from ethnic imports,...

    More slick trickery from a California utility


    When Pacific Gas & Electric announced last June that it would close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025, officials with the giant investor-owned utility dismissed consumer advocates’ concerns that the decision to close...

    When Pacific Gas & Electric announced last June that it would close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025, officials with the giant investor-owned utility dismissed consumer advocates’ concerns that the decision to close California’s last nuclear plant would lead to...

    Little to like about San Diego County leaders’ power plays


    San Diego County’s leaders have grown accustomed to arranging the installation of their successors with little or no public input or debate. In 2009, Sheriff Bill Kolender announced plans to resign and said Undersheriff Bill Gore would take over the...

    San Diego County’s leaders have grown accustomed to arranging the installation of their successors with little or no public input or debate.

    In 2009, Sheriff Bill Kolender announced plans to resign and said Undersheriff Bill Gore would take over the county Sheriff’s Department upon his retirement....

    Poll: Donald Trump thinking of calling it quits?


    Are we about to lose our latest president? Is Trump getting ready to resign? The statements “I miss my old life,” “I thought it would be easier than this” lead me to believe that these are preludes to Trump stepping down. If this were to happen,...

    Are we about to lose our latest president?

    Is Trump getting ready to resign? The statements “I miss my old life,” “I thought it would be easier than this” lead me to believe that these are preludes to Trump stepping down. If this were to happen, Mike Pence would likely give Trump amnesty.

    If this...

    Eagles get a top talent on layaway in Sidney Jones


    The Eagles made a pick for the future when they made former University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones the 11th pick of the second round (43rd overall). Jones, widely considered to be a first-round talent, tore his left Achilles at the Huskies’...

    The Eagles made a pick for the future when they made former University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones the 11th pick of the second round (43rd overall).

    Jones, widely considered to be a first-round talent, tore his left Achilles at the Huskies’ pro day in March and underwent surgery.

    His...

    Ahoy, cruisers: Your terminal may move to Harbor Island


    As it plans its next 50 years, the San Diego Unified Port District is considering moving its cruise ship terminal on B Street Pier to Harbor Island. Port Commissioner Bob Nelson sprang the idea on his six fellow board members at an all-day workshop...

    As it plans its next 50 years, the San Diego Unified Port District is considering moving its cruise ship terminal on B Street Pier to Harbor Island.

    Port Commissioner Bob Nelson sprang the idea on his six fellow board members at an all-day workshop Thursday on the port’s new master plan, in the...

    Car wraps around tree, snarls traffic


    A single-vehicle accident near the Rancho Bernardo/Carmel Mountain Ranch boundary was likely to keep traffic in the area snarled into the early evening Friday while San Diego police conducted their investigation, officials said. A blue Hyundai Veloster...

    A single-vehicle accident near the Rancho Bernardo/Carmel Mountain Ranch boundary was likely to keep traffic in the area snarled into the early evening Friday while San Diego police conducted their investigation, officials said.

    A blue Hyundai Veloster was traveling north on Paseo Lucido just past...

    Chargers get guard Forrest Lamp in second round


    One day after providing Philip Rivers a passing target, the Chargers drafted someone they hope will keep him standing long enough to throw the ball. Forrest Lamp, a guard from Western Kentucky, was selected with the sixth pick of the second round, No. 38...

    One day after providing Philip Rivers a passing target, the Chargers drafted someone they hope will keep him standing long enough to throw the ball.

    Forrest Lamp, a guard from Western Kentucky, was selected with the sixth pick of the second round, No. 38 overall.

    “I thought his Alabama (game) was...

    Backcountry development could be halted if county doesn't quickly deal with climate change, judge rules


    The latest twist in the Sierra Club’s longstanding legal battle to force the San Diego County government to embrace a plan for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions came Friday. San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor denied the environmental...

    The latest twist in the Sierra Club’s longstanding legal battle to force the San Diego County government to embrace a plan for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions came Friday.

    San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor denied the environmental group’s attempt to block new large-scale developments...

    Why nuclear power has no future in California or U.S.


    To those who have watched the nuclear industry collapse, the recent bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Corp. is nothing short of the industry’s death rattle and the final chapter in the 20th century’s deluded affair with nuclear power. The...

    To those who have watched the nuclear industry collapse, the recent bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Corp. is nothing short of the industry’s death rattle and the final chapter in the 20th century’s deluded affair with nuclear power.

    The company’s demise can only be read as decisive proof: There...

    SDSU to pay $10K settlement to former student accused of sexual assault


    San Diego State University has agreed to pay $10,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who said he was suspended and wrongly accused of sexual assault. Francisco Sousa was a 20-year-old foreign exchange student from...

    San Diego State University has agreed to pay $10,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who said he was suspended and wrongly accused of sexual assault.

    Francisco Sousa was a 20-year-old foreign exchange student from Portugal when he was arrested by SDSU police Dec....

    Vista Entertainment Center closing for good, Honda coming to site


    After nearly 60 years, the Vista Entertainment Center — home to a 40-lane bowling alley — will shut its doors for good at the end of May, to be replaced by a Honda dealership. Entertainment center owner Suzi Harmatz said Friday that she’d been...

    After nearly 60 years, the Vista Entertainment Center — home to a 40-lane bowling alley — will shut its doors for good at the end of May, to be replaced by a Honda dealership.

    Entertainment center owner Suzi Harmatz said Friday that she’d been quietly trying for more than a year to sell the bowling...

    Why use nuclear power? Cheap fossil fuels won’t last forever


    Several nuclear power plants in the United States are being shut down. The electricity they generate is being replaced by electricity from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The utilities say that their nuclear plants are more expensive to operate than...

    Several nuclear power plants in the United States are being shut down. The electricity they generate is being replaced by electricity from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The utilities say that their nuclear plants are more expensive to operate than their fossil-fueled plants operating on cheap...

    California should rethink everything when it comes to climate change


    Over the course of this century, the world must make massive investments in new carbon-free energy systems to meet the growing energy needs of humanity while eliminating the pollution that causes global climate change. It is likely that many of these new...

    Over the course of this century, the world must make massive investments in new carbon-free energy systems to meet the growing energy needs of humanity while eliminating the pollution that causes global climate change. It is likely that many of these new systems will rely upon electrical energy,...

    Port dropped the ball on Anthony’s property


    Regarding the “Port explores demolition of empty Anthony’s” (April 26): Why was Anthony’s prematurely shuttered by the port? Why couldn’t Anthony’s have remained in business with a month-to-month lease until all the issues were settled,...

    Regarding the “Port explores demolition of empty Anthony’s” (April 26): Why was Anthony’s prematurely shuttered by the port?

    Why couldn’t Anthony’s have remained in business with a month-to-month lease until all the issues were settled, perhaps for several more years? This is nothing less than...

    Liberty Public Market gets weekly farmers market


    The market is getting a market. Liberty Public Market, the popular food hall at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, will debut a weekly outdoor farmers market on Thursday with more than 60 local produce, meat, cheese and specialty food purveyors, as well as...

    The market is getting a market.

    Liberty Public Market, the popular food hall at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, will debut a weekly outdoor farmers market on Thursday with more than 60 local produce, meat, cheese and specialty food purveyors, as well as artisan crafts.

    The California Certified Farmers...

    Man and his dog are cycling for a world record


    Four years ago, ex-bartender Mike Minnick and his rescue dog, Bixby, climbed aboard a touring bicycle in Galveston, Texas, with the goal of seeing how far they could go. Forty-four U.S. states and nearly 25,000 miles later, they’re still on the move in...

    Four years ago, ex-bartender Mike Minnick and his rescue dog, Bixby, climbed aboard a touring bicycle in Galveston, Texas, with the goal of seeing how far they could go. Forty-four U.S. states and nearly 25,000 miles later, they’re still on the move in a world record-settting cycling campaign billed...