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    Summer matches helping Rancho Bernardo’s Tyler Badgett


    The Rancho Bernardo wrestling coaches tagged Tyler Badgett with the nickname “The Answer.’’ “He can be down in a match, but he’ll always come up with the answer to win,’’ Broncos’ coach Joe Terribilini said. “His future is so...

    The Rancho Bernardo wrestling coaches tagged Tyler Badgett with the nickname “The Answer.’’

    “He can be down in a match, but he’ll always come up with the answer to win,’’ Broncos’ coach Joe Terribilini said. “His future is so bright.’’

    Last season, though, Badgett, then a freshman, failed to find...

    Anglers smash Lake Poway record with monster catfish


    The summer-warm waters of Lake Poway have produced a new blue catfish record, and it’s not even close. And there is another twist. The new catfish record will be shared between the two anglers who participated in landing the monster whiskerfish. Those...

    The summer-warm waters of Lake Poway have produced a new blue catfish record, and it’s not even close.

    And there is another twist. The new catfish record will be shared between the two anglers who participated in landing the monster whiskerfish.

    Those anglers would be Ryan Hopkins and Nathan DeWeese...

    Baseball buddies now coaching together


    Their friendship developed in a very strange way, one that still draws laughs from both Matt Jervis and Kyle Dean. Jervis, who is two years older, was playing shortstop for Rancho Bernardo High in a Friday night game at Poway, where Dean was the...

    Their friendship developed in a very strange way, one that still draws laughs from both Matt Jervis and Kyle Dean.

    Jervis, who is two years older, was playing shortstop for Rancho Bernardo High in a Friday night game at Poway, where Dean was the Titans’ center fielder.

    Dean, then a freshman, hit...

    King cobras packed in potato chip cans intercepted, man arrested in smuggling case


    A man was arrested this week after authorities intercepted a shipment of cobra snakes that were packed in potato chip cans and were being sent to his Monterey Park home from Hong Kong. The three venomous snakes, which were 2-feet long, were discovered...

    A man was arrested this week after authorities intercepted a shipment of cobra snakes that were packed in potato chip cans and were being sent to his Monterey Park home from Hong Kong.

    The three venomous snakes, which were 2-feet long, were discovered in the package in March along with three albino...

    Carjarcker hits, bites woman in bold morning attack in Carlsbad


    A carjacker attacked a woman in Carlsbad on Wednesday morning, hitting her repeatedly and biting her as she walked to her car just east of the city’s downtown Village area around 8 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Within hours of the attack, Los Angeles...

    A carjacker attacked a woman in Carlsbad on Wednesday morning, hitting her repeatedly and biting her as she walked to her car just east of the city’s downtown Village area around 8 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

    Within hours of the attack, Los Angeles police recovered the woman’s car and arrested...

    Affordable housing among concerns raised at town hall meeting


    The region’s lack of affordable housing and difficulties businesses experience with San Diego City Hall’s permit process were among topics raised by locals during a town hall meeting with their councilman on Sunday afternoon. “Not building enough...

    The region’s lack of affordable housing and difficulties businesses experience with San Diego City Hall’s permit process were among topics raised by locals during a town hall meeting with their councilman on Sunday afternoon.

    “Not building enough housing impacts you if you own or rent,” City Councilman...

    State agency overhaul weakens taxpayer protections


    The tension between taxpayers and their government will always remain, but the scales — the “delicate balance” proclaimed in the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights between the state and its citizens — have unquestionably been tipped in favor of the...

    The tension between taxpayers and their government will always remain, but the scales — the “delicate balance” proclaimed in the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights between the state and its citizens — have unquestionably been tipped in favor of the government. In spite of bipartisan protest, the oxymoronic...

    Tax oversight agency due for reforms


    It may sound ironic that the state board charged with ensuring property taxes are equitable throughout the state was doing just the opposite. Sadly, that discovery was just the tip of the iceberg. The widespread problems at the California Board of...

    It may sound ironic that the state board charged with ensuring property taxes are equitable throughout the state was doing just the opposite. Sadly, that discovery was just the tip of the iceberg. The widespread problems at the California Board of Equalization (BOE), which collects more than $60...

    Ramona Girls Softball plans ‘try it’ day for Aug. 5


    Ramona Girls Softball will conduct a “Try Softball Day” on Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, to give girls who have never played softball the opportunity to try it to see if they are interested. The event will be held at the fields off Fifth Street and...

    Ramona Girls Softball will conduct a “Try Softball Day” on Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, to give girls who have never played softball the opportunity to try it to see if they are interested.

    The event will be held at the fields off Fifth Street and Aqua Lane and will include throwing, fielding,...

    SDMT's 'Pump Up the Volume' dials it back to the 1990s


    The 1990s had the blistering grunge of Nirvana and the bubblegum of the Spice Girls; the cultural explosion of hip-hop and the curious implosion of Milli Vanilli; the tragedy of Princess Di and the madness of whatever the Macarena was. It was a decade of...

    The 1990s had the blistering grunge of Nirvana and the bubblegum of the Spice Girls; the cultural explosion of hip-hop and the curious implosion of Milli Vanilli; the tragedy of Princess Di and the madness of whatever the Macarena was.

    It was a decade of some pretty stark contrasts, and trying...

    REVIEW: ‘The Little Mermaid’ makes a great splash on Moonlight’s stage


    Fans of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” — and those who love musical theater in general — will not be disappointed with the live version of the beloved animated film that has splashed onto the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage in Vista. From stellar...

    Fans of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” — and those who love musical theater in general — will not be disappointed with the live version of the beloved animated film that has splashed onto the Moonlight Amphitheatre stage in Vista.

    From stellar performances — including a scene-stealing Ursula (Randall...

    Summer school gives students a boost


    As the song goes, “School’s out for summer,” but for some students that time arrives a bit later than for others. Students in Ramona High School’s Edgenuity program have most of the summer to re-take a course to try to improve their grade....

    As the song goes, “School’s out for summer,” but for some students that time arrives a bit later than for others.

    Students in Ramona High School’s Edgenuity program have most of the summer to re-take a course to try to improve their grade.

    “That’s designed specifically for credit recovery,” said...

    Commentary: Losing animal services would affect us all


    In case anyone hasn’t heard about it, the County of San Diego is planning to take an action that will affect every animal owner in this community. Which means, it will affect all of us. The county is considering closing its Department of Animal...

    In case anyone hasn’t heard about it, the County of San Diego is planning to take an action that will affect every animal owner in this community. Which means, it will affect all of us.

    The county is considering closing its Department of Animal Services, laying off hundreds of employees, and outsourcing...

    News Briefs: ABC training, National Night Out, Labor Day campout, and more


    Light rain Thunder and lightning greeted Ramona residents Monday morning, bringing a sprinkling of rain. The National Weather Service at Ramona Airport reported receiving .01 of an inch. Country Estates received .03 of an inch, Mt. Woodson .23 of an...

    Light rain

    Thunder and lightning greeted Ramona residents Monday morning, bringing a sprinkling of rain. The National Weather Service at Ramona Airport reported receiving .01 of an inch. Country Estates received .03 of an inch, Mt. Woodson .23 of an inch, and Warner Springs .32 of an inch, which...

    Hoarder house in Normal Heights goes up in flames


    A home that caught fire Wednesday morning was so crowded with stuff that firefighters had a hard time getting inside to douse the flames, a fire official said. The fire sparked at a single-story house on Mansfield Street near Arthur Avenue about 6:20...

    A home that caught fire Wednesday morning was so crowded with stuff that firefighters had a hard time getting inside to douse the flames, a fire official said.

    The fire sparked at a single-story house on Mansfield Street near Arthur Avenue about 6:20 a.m.

    Firefighters arrived minutes later, and...

    SD Unified to test all campus water for lead in coming years


    San Diego Unified School District will test every drinking fountain and kitchen sink on campuses for lead in the water over the next few years, greatly expanding on tests previously conducted by the City of San Diego. School district trustees adopted the...

    San Diego Unified School District will test every drinking fountain and kitchen sink on campuses for lead in the water over the next few years, greatly expanding on tests previously conducted by the City of San Diego.

    School district trustees adopted the testing plan, expected to cost $200,000,...

    Rob Thomas talks Matchbox Twenty, solo career and being 'complete idiots'


    It is not uncommon for established rock stars to stretch out and explore new creative pursuits or business projects. Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas is most assuredly not one of them. “I don’t have plans for other careers,” he said. “I don’t...

    It is not uncommon for established rock stars to stretch out and explore new creative pursuits or business projects. Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas is most assuredly not one of them.

    “I don’t have plans for other careers,” he said. “I don’t want to act, or produce, or work for a record label...

    Teacher who challenged checkpoint policy was out of line


    Regarding “San Diego teacher refuses to answer Border Patrol questions at checkpoint” (July 24): After watching the video it’s clear that Bell Middle School teacher Shane Parmely was disrespectful and out-of-line in her objecting to answering...

    Regarding “San Diego teacher refuses to answer Border Patrol questions at checkpoint” (July 24): After watching the video it’s clear that Bell Middle School teacher Shane Parmely was disrespectful and out-of-line in her objecting to answering citizenship questions at a border check point.

    Our...

    Padres owner on Brad Hand: 'Other things being equal, right now I don't see us moving him'


    The Padres shipped out two of their most marketable relievers on Monday, including Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter as part of a deal with the Kansas City Royals. With five days left before the non-waiver trade deadline, the possibility looms that their...

    The Padres shipped out two of their most marketable relievers on Monday, including Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter as part of a deal with the Kansas City Royals.

    With five days left before the non-waiver trade deadline, the possibility looms that their best bullpen arm isn’t going anywhere (at...

    Second Republican challenges Rep. Duncan Hunter


    Republican Daniel Casara has announced he is running against Rep. Duncan Hunter, the latest of eight challengers to take on the six-term GOP congressman. “I served in the United States Army because I wanted to make a difference, and now I want to...

    Republican Daniel Casara has announced he is running against Rep. Duncan Hunter, the latest of eight challengers to take on the six-term GOP congressman.

    “I served in the United States Army because I wanted to make a difference, and now I want to continue by making policy,” Casara said.

    Casara...

    Poway meetings planned on districts, Poway Road's future


    The public is invited to participate in City Council-hosted discussions on elections by districts on Tuesday night and the future of Poway Road on Wednesday night. The public hearing on council districts will be held in conjunction with the regular...

    The public is invited to participate in City Council-hosted discussions on elections by districts on Tuesday night and the future of Poway Road on Wednesday night.

    The public hearing on council districts will be held in conjunction with the regular council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. The meeting...

    Union wasn't concerned about shelter pets until now


    Regarding “Animal Services workers object to outsource plan” (July 20): David Garcias, the president of the labor union that represents county Department of Animal Services workers, and his union workers have not once complained to the management or...

    Regarding “Animal Services workers object to outsource plan” (July 20): David Garcias, the president of the labor union that represents county Department of Animal Services workers, and his union workers have not once complained to the management or the board of supervisors that govern the county...

    Trump bans transgender troops in a tweet


    President Donald Trump has called for an end to open service of transgender troops, handing an apparent victory to conservatives fighting Obama-era changes to military social policy. Trumps tweeted early Wednesday that “Our military must be focused on...

    President Donald Trump has called for an end to open service of transgender troops, handing an apparent victory to conservatives fighting Obama-era changes to military social policy.

    Trumps tweeted early Wednesday that “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot...

    San Diego housing costs have people searching for solutions


    Population control is debate we must have I’m in total agreement with David R. Gillespie (“Region lacking more than parking spots,” July 23) regarding the adverse effects of allowing and even promoting overpopulation in a desirable area such as San...

    Population control is debate we must have

    I’m in total agreement with David R. Gillespie (“Region lacking more than parking spots,” July 23) regarding the adverse effects of allowing and even promoting overpopulation in a desirable area such as San Diego.

    On a larger scale, we have the same lack...

    David Sanborn, smooth moves and stellar views at Thornton Winery Sunday


    In his three-plus decades career, David Sanborn has played the blues, R&B, funk and pop as sideman with nearly every music legend, from Albert King to Stevie Wonder to David Bowie. On his own, Sanborn has released two dozen albums and picked up six...

    In his three-plus decades career, David Sanborn has played the blues, R&B, funk and pop as sideman with nearly every music legend, from Albert King to Stevie Wonder to David Bowie. On his own, Sanborn has released two dozen albums and picked up six Grammy awards. Catch the alto sax jazz man performing...