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    Mira Mesa home catches fire after suspected DUI driver hits parked cars, house


    A house in Mira Mesa caught fire after a SUV driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into it Sunday night, authorities said. The home on Ferndale Street near Westonhill Drive ignited after a Ford Expedition hit it after first smashing into six...

    A house in Mira Mesa caught fire after a SUV driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into it Sunday night, authorities said.

    The home on Ferndale Street near Westonhill Drive ignited after a Ford Expedition hit it after first smashing into six parked cars along Ferndale around 8:30 p.m., said...

    Region should consolidate regional water authorities


    There are about 25 different water “authorities” in San Diego County, each with their own staffs and management and expense structures, lots of employees and tremendous duplication of service. Over the years, the pension costs have skyrocketed in...

    There are about 25 different water “authorities” in San Diego County, each with their own staffs and management and expense structures, lots of employees and tremendous duplication of service.

    Over the years, the pension costs have skyrocketed in addition to administrative and payroll. The financial...

    Sneak peak at Legoland's latest hotel: a castle


    You might call it Lego on steroids. From the moment young kids are greeted in the hotel lobby by a towering Lego wizard who stages a surprise light show to when they crawl into their bunk beds and gaze up to see a shooting star, they are transported to a...

    You might call it Lego on steroids.

    From the moment young kids are greeted in the hotel lobby by a towering Lego wizard who stages a surprise light show to when they crawl into their bunk beds and gaze up to see a shooting star, they are transported to a medieval castle inhabited by more than 2,000...

    Legoland wants you to spend the night with knights and wizards


    Here are some of the highlights of Legoland’s new 250-room Castle Hotel, which boasts 2,100 Lego models crafted from more than 3 million Lego bricks. GRAND HALL: Greeting guests in the lobby is a five-foot tall Lego model of a bearded wizard standing...

    Here are some of the highlights of Legoland’s new 250-room Castle Hotel, which boasts 2,100 Lego models crafted from more than 3 million Lego bricks.

    GRAND HALL:

    Greeting guests in the lobby is a five-foot tall Lego model of a bearded wizard standing atop a pile of Lego spell books. With the tap...

    Memory village for Alzheimer's patients set to open


    Bill Foley’s eyes went wide with wonder for a moment when he stepped inside the doors of Glenner Town Square on Thursday afternoon. Then, with his usual boundless energy, the retired math professor set off, walking briskly past Rosie’s diner, Joy’s...

    Bill Foley’s eyes went wide with wonder for a moment when he stepped inside the doors of Glenner Town Square on Thursday afternoon.

    Then, with his usual boundless energy, the retired math professor set off, walking briskly past Rosie’s diner, Joy’s boutique, Geiger’s Garage and the Pied Piper cinema...

    Luis Torrens drives in four runs for Storm


    Luis Torrens’ climb back to San Diego started at high Single-A Lake Elsinore. So far, so good. The former Rule-5 pick drove in a career-high four runs on two hits, including his second home run of the season, in the Storm’s 8-6 win at Rancho...

    Luis Torrens’ climb back to San Diego started at high Single-A Lake Elsinore.

    So far, so good.

    The former Rule-5 pick drove in a career-high four runs on two hits, including his second home run of the season, in the Storm’s 8-6 win at Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday afternoon.

    Torrens also walked twice,...

    Was the California Medical Association's endorsement of Newsom tactical — or cynical?


    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the frontrunner to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in November, depicts himself as a gung-ho supporter of Senate Bill 562. The measure would commit California to adopting a single-payer health-care system — but without specifying how...

    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the frontrunner to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in November, depicts himself as a gung-ho supporter of Senate Bill 562. The measure would commit California to adopting a single-payer health-care system — but without specifying how its $400 billion annual cost would be paid or...

    Why a great year for CalPERS’ investments wasn’t nearly great enough


    In 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System had one of the better years a giant pension system has ever enjoyed. Its investment fund soared by $47 billion, a nearly 16 percent gain that brought its total to $350 billion. But as pointed...

    In 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System had one of the better years a giant pension system has ever enjoyed. Its investment fund soared by $47 billion, a nearly 16 percent gain that brought its total to $350 billion.

    But as pointed out by Ed Mendel on the invaluable Calpensions.com...

    His valor forgotten for a half-century, Marine killed in action to receive battlefield award


    Killed in Vietnam 51 years ago, Philip H. Sauer will receive the Silver Star, one of the nation's highest awards for battlefield bravery, at a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.The Coronado Marine tried to save his patrol by holding off a...

    Killed in Vietnam 51 years ago, Philip H. Sauer will receive the Silver Star, one of the nation's highest awards for battlefield bravery, at a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.The Coronado Marine tried to save his patrol by holding off a much larger North Vietnamese Army unit with...

    Weaning the county jail population off opioids


    It wasn’t long ago that a complaint of pain at a San Diego County jail easily scored an inmate a prescription for an opioid. These days, the highly addictive, highly abused painkillers have been largely swapped out for Tylenol and ibuprofen as part of...

    It wasn’t long ago that a complaint of pain at a San Diego County jail easily scored an inmate a prescription for an opioid.

    These days, the highly addictive, highly abused painkillers have been largely swapped out for Tylenol and ibuprofen as part of a program to stem the cycle of opioid addiction...

    How's this for some motivation in the workplace?


    Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, famously argued that leaders should fire the bottom 10 percent of their workforce each year -- cull the herd, cut the least effective members of the team and then bring in new ones. This is the “up or...

    Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, famously argued that leaders should fire the bottom 10 percent of their workforce each year -- cull the herd, cut the least effective members of the team and then bring in new ones. This is the “up or out” model of Wall Street and the investment banking...

    Informational interviews worth their weight in golden opportunities


    Several years ago, I wrote Job Won! because I was meeting so many just-graduated job seekers who had no clue what they wanted to do for a living. Same with frustrated clients who hated their current jobs and wanted to make a change – but they had no...

    Several years ago, I wrote Job Won! because I was meeting so many just-graduated job seekers who had no clue what they wanted to do for a living. Same with frustrated clients who hated their current jobs and wanted to make a change – but they had no clue what they wanted to do.

    So I developed an...

    Informational interviews worth their weight in golden opportunities


    Several years ago, I wrote Job Won! because I was meeting so many just graduated job seekers who had no clue what they wanted to do for a living. Same with frustrated clients who hated their current jobs and wanted to make a change – but they had no...

    Several years ago, I wrote Job Won! because I was meeting so many just graduated job seekers who had no clue what they wanted to do for a living. Same with frustrated clients who hated their current jobs and wanted to make a change – but they had no clue what they wanted to do.

    So I developed an...

    Falkiewicz, Miessner run to victories at La Jolla Half Marathon


    From the third mile of the 37th annual La Jolla Half Marathon, Andrew Falkiewicz built a commanding lead well apart from the field. However, never did the Coronado High grad feel alone on the course. That’s because of cheers from friends and support...

    From the third mile of the 37th annual La Jolla Half Marathon, Andrew Falkiewicz built a commanding lead well apart from the field. However, never did the Coronado High grad feel alone on the course.

    That’s because of cheers from friends and support from well-wishers along the way of the 13.1 mile...

    NFL Draft has quarterbacks, but no Bradys


    Imagine a forthright George Washington and “Honest” Abe Lincoln as NFL general managers at work in April. (So it’s a stretch. Remember, these were versatile men.) George would be lying through his wooden/ivory/whatever teeth, and Abe would...

    Imagine a forthright George Washington and “Honest” Abe Lincoln as NFL general managers at work in April.

    (So it’s a stretch. Remember, these were versatile men.)

    George would be lying through his wooden/ivory/whatever teeth, and Abe would establish presidential prevarication records (PPR) that...

    Padres-Rockies II coming up


    These things generally don’t carry over. “Nothing happens,” Padres catcher A.J. Ellis said with a laugh. “Absolutely nothing happens.” Ellis was responding to a question about what can be anticipated when the Padres and Rockies meet Monday at...

    These things generally don’t carry over.

    “Nothing happens,” Padres catcher A.J. Ellis said with a laugh. “Absolutely nothing happens.”

    Ellis was responding to a question about what can be anticipated when the Padres and Rockies meet Monday at Coors Field for the first time since they both cleared...

    College baseball wrapup: Aztecs take series vs. Fresno State; Toreros swept at Pepperdine; Tritons sweep CS San Bernardino


    San Diego State senior right-hander Jorge Fernandez pitched six shutout innings in Sunday’s 7-0 home win over Fresno State, giving SDSU a series victory while inching the Aztecs closer to first place in the Mountain West. Fernandez (4-3) struck out...

    San Diego State senior right-hander Jorge Fernandez pitched six shutout innings in Sunday’s 7-0 home win over Fresno State, giving SDSU a series victory while inching the Aztecs closer to first place in the Mountain West.

    Fernandez (4-3) struck out seven without walking a batter before relievers...

    Diamondbacks cool down Lucchesi, beat cold Padres


    The education of Joey Lucchesi continued on Sunday, something the Padres can endure from a 24-year-old rookie who has made five major league starts. What continued transpiring with the offense in a 4-2 loss in the finale of a three-game series against...

    The education of Joey Lucchesi continued on Sunday, something the Padres can endure from a 24-year-old rookie who has made five major league starts.

    What continued transpiring with the offense in a 4-2 loss in the finale of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks is more troubling...

    Brush fires in Otay Mesa area knocked down, freeway connector reopened


    Several brush fires reported in the Otay Mesa area Sunday afternoon prompted officials to closed down a connector linking Interstate 805 and state Route 905 for a short time. Motorists started calling 911 to report seeing fires brush and trees along...

    Several brush fires reported in the Otay Mesa area Sunday afternoon prompted officials to closed down a connector linking Interstate 805 and state Route 905 for a short time.

    Motorists started calling 911 to report seeing fires brush and trees along eastbound 905 near Interstate 805 around 2:36...

    Earth Day event reminds attendees we're all in this together


    We’re all in this together. That was the theme of this year’s EarthFair, which drew thousands of environmentally-conscious activists, artists and community volunteers to San Diego’s Balboa Park on Sunday. The theme changes every year, according to...

    We’re all in this together.

    That was the theme of this year’s EarthFair, which drew thousands of environmentally-conscious activists, artists and community volunteers to San Diego’s Balboa Park on Sunday.

    The theme changes every year, according to Carolyn Chase, who launched the now-legendary event...

    Fernando Tatis Jr. to critic: 'We talk in September'


    Every player has critics. Fernando Tatis Jr. – mired in a slow start at Double-A San Antonio – addressed one of his Sunday morning. It’s worth remembering that Tatis and Barry Bloom, a former columnist at MLB.com, have history. From a series of...

    Every player has critics. Fernando Tatis Jr. – mired in a slow start at Double-A San Antonio – addressed one of his Sunday morning.

    It’s worth remembering that Tatis and Barry Bloom, a former columnist at MLB.com, have history.

    From a series of tweets following a July visit to Parkview field in...

    Driver dies after running off road, into tree in Fallbrook


    A man was killed when his car went off the road and ran into a tree in Fallbrook early Sunday, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The crash was reported at 12:17 a.m. on winding section of De Luz Road in a hilly, wooded area just north of downtown...

    A man was killed when his car went off the road and ran into a tree in Fallbrook early Sunday, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

    The crash was reported at 12:17 a.m. on winding section of De Luz Road in a hilly, wooded area just north of downtown Fallbrook.

    A 20-year-old man was driving...

    Fire in Paradise Hills home kills 1, critically injures second man


    One man died and another man was injured in a Paradise Hills house fire Sunday night and investigators are trying to determined how the blaze started, fire officials said. The fire was reported on Calle Cumbre near Sedgewick Street around 10:15 p.m. and...

    One man died and another man was injured in a Paradise Hills house fire Sunday night and investigators are trying to determined how the blaze started, fire officials said.

    The fire was reported on Calle Cumbre near Sedgewick Street around 10:15 p.m. and by time firefighters arrived, the single-family...

    Man stabbed while sitting on bench in Balboa Park


    A man was stabbed early Sunday while sitting on a bench in San Diego's Balboa Park, authorities said. The stabbing was reported at 12:26 a.m. on Park Boulevard near Inspiration Point Way, Officer John Buttle said. The suspect walked up to the 29-year-old...

    A man was stabbed early Sunday while sitting on a bench in San Diego's Balboa Park, authorities said.

    The stabbing was reported at 12:26 a.m. on Park Boulevard near Inspiration Point Way, Officer John Buttle said.

    The suspect walked up to the 29-year-old man and asked him for a cigarette, Buttle...

    Earth Day: Time for Congress to act to save the planet


    From childhood, we learned to respect nature and the environment. We are lucky to enjoy clean air, water, beaches and communities. Most people, no matter their politics, believe we are stewards of this beautiful planet with an obligation to protect it....

    From childhood, we learned to respect nature and the environment. We are lucky to enjoy clean air, water, beaches and communities. Most people, no matter their politics, believe we are stewards of this beautiful planet with an obligation to protect it.

    Leaving a damaged environment to our children...