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Owning Enthusiasm: SDSU Wants to Trademark ‘I Believe’ Cheer

San Diego State University is trying to trademark a cheer.

It’s commonly referred to as the “I Believe” cheer. At Aztec games, one fan screams “I” and the crowd repeats it; then “I believe,” adding one word at a time through “I believe that we will win!” It ends with an ear-piercing climax when the whole crowd shrieks, “Win!”

Aztec basketball fans have become famous for using the cheer in recent seasons. The student section, known as “The Show,” will have hundreds of fans jumping and chanting the cheer in unison during games. They are waves of Aztec passion, like breakers to the shore.

The synchronized, undulating mob screams the mantra to both inspire their team and freak out the opposition.

It has been known to work.

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Refugee Teens Learn San Diego Culture By Playing Outdoors

“A day at the beach is a standard San Diego outing, but not for this group of 80 teenagers from El Cajon Valley High School. These are survivors. All of them are refugee immigrants who came to San Diego County less than three years ago. Most are from Iraq. Many can’t even swim.

El Cajon Valley High School teamed up with the nonprofit Outdoor Outreach to give these teens a chance to play in the water. On this day they were learning how to kayak and paddle board. The secret to success, according to 15-year-old Mustafa Mustafa, is to, “keep doing it and keep falling — you’re going to learn.”

Read more here http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jul/09/san-diego-iraqi-teens-bringing-new-life-san-diegos

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 17, 2014

At 54-years-old San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died yesterday. Known as Mr. Padre, Gwynn played 20-seasons with the Padres before retiring. After leaving Major League Baseball Gwynn went on to become the head baseball coach at his Alma Mater, San Diego State University. Gwynn died from cancer that he blamed on a long time chewing tobacco addiction. A public memorial is being planned.

The USS Peleliu and its one thousand fifty sailors are leaving San Diego this morning. They are going to take part in what the Navy calls the “world’s largest naval exercise” RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific drill will have 23 countries, 47 ships, 6 submarines, over 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 service members participating in massive exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This morning at 9:00 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is reviewing reports about last month’s wildfires and talking about what can be improved. Last month there were as many as 12 wildfires burning at one time.

At 10:00 AM San Diego City Council is talking about a proposed $1.25 per night fee for parking over-sized vehicles on city streets. They’re also expected to approve $250,000 in attorney’s fees for a lawsuit about city permitting policies.

At 11:00 AM the Metropolitan Transit System will be calling on all of San Diego to take public transportation this Thursday for “Dump the Pump Day”.

At 2:00 this afternoon Chula Vista City Council is meeting and on the agenda is next year’s budget.

And finally at 11:00 AM the East San Diego County city of El Cajon is honoring El Cajon native and race car driver Jimmie Johnson for his community work. His foundation has given over 6.5 million dollars to help schools.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2014

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault an Escondido gym employee is making the rounds. Escondido police say the man hid inside the gym past closing then jumped out and attacked the female gym employee closing up for the night. The woman was able to fight off her attacker. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 35 – 45 years old, five foot five inches tall, shaved head, tattoo across his left ring finger and a teardrop tattoo on his left eye. He was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks. Anyone with any info is asked to contact Escondido police by calling 760-743-8477 or online at Police.Escondido.org.

San Diego County Jails will no longer hold suspected undocumented immigrants past there release dates unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warrant for the suspects arrest. Before it was practice to hold county jail inmates after their release date if they were suspected of being undocumented, giving I.C.E. time to detain them. Now San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says unless his department is presented with an arrest warrant he is going to release them. Gore did not give an explanation for the new policy however the American Civil Liberties Union says they think it has to do with a recent federal court decision. The courts said holding someone in local jails without a warrant in a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The whale carcass that washed ashore near the Mexican border is being cut apart and disposed of this weekend. The 50-foot long dead fin whale has been lying on the beach near Border Field State Park for about a week now. Researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service are taking samples for the lab then the rest will be hauled to a landfill.

Today is Bike to Work Day. Originally it was supposed to two weeks ago but was postponed because of more than a dozen wild fires that broke out. San Diego Association of Governments organizes the event. SANDAG expects 8,000 riders and they have over 100 pit stops.

All the fun around San Diego’s world famous Rock N Roll Marathon kicks off this morning at 10:45 at the San Diego Convention Center. Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is leading the official start for the events.

Today the health and fitness expo opens. The marathon is this Sunday and starts at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street near Balboa Park and the finish line is at 13th and K streets near PETCO Park in Downtown.

60-years of Bring Your Own Booze is over for the San Diego traditional summertime Over The Line Tournament along with some other rule changes. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or OMBAC says on its web site that the new rules are being forced upon them by the city.

Notable changes are

1: No more BYOB

2: Alcohol will be sold inside the tournament playing area.

3: The tournament playing area will be a fenced and a controlled 21 years old and up area only.

OMBAC says the rule changes are because the voters banned drinking on the beaches without special permits and a group that was denied a permit last year sued the city crying foul.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 environmentalists are protesting at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins office at 1350 Front Street. They are upset that Atkins supports Assembly Bill 2145. According to the group the bill will make it imposable for communities to pursue clean energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 27, 2014

San Diego State University Aztecs Men’s Basketball faces the University of Arizona Wildcats in a sweet 16 showdown. The Wildcats are heavily favored but many think that’s way overblown and the Aztecs are going to trounce their overconfident foe. Game starts at 7:17.

73-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease went missing yesterday afternoon and San Diego Sheriff’s Department wants you to keep an eye out for her. Her name is World Luz Loper, she’s five foot one inch tall, weighs about 100 pounds, has brown hair, and short white hair done up in a Mohawk. Sheriff’s Departments says that Loper likes to wear a trash bag when its raining and that if you ask her how old she is she’ll smile and say “Sweet 16” Anyone with any info is asked to call 858-565-5200.

One sentencing and an arraignment worth mentioning today.

At 8:30 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Aaron Franklin will be sentenced for murdering a member of his own gang.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Ernesto Dominguez is being arraigned and accused of breaking into a Spring Valley home.

At 11:00 AM Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Education President Jim Cartmill and Superintendent Ed Brand are talking to the press about the contract talks with teachers union. This board of education has been plagued with problems. One of its board members was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year. This week the board canceled a meeting for the second week in a row. They were supposed to talk about the teachers’ contract. So everyone is very curious what President Cartmill and Superintendent Brand will say.

San Diego County Treasure and Tax Collector Dan McAllister is talking to the press at 11:00 this morning about the approaching property tax deadline.

Then at 11:30 San Diego State Political Science professor Mikhail Alexseev, a Ukrainian native, is giving a talk about what effect the Kiev protests have had and what he thinks is going to happen in Ukrain’s future.

Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 10-years of working with the AFL-CIO this morning at 8:15.

Then at 9:15 the North County Transit District and San Marcos Fire Department is practicing rescuing people from a train stalled on a bridge. So if you see fire trucks at the Rancheros Road and Woodland Parkway rail bridge that goes over the 78 in North County, don’t freak out.

Long term parkers at San Diego’s airport are getting one of their lots back this morning at 10:00. The 2000 space lot just north of Lindbergh Field is re-opening, it now has some space set aside for a new rental car center that’s supposed to open in 2016.

At 10:30 the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is hosting a meeting about how the oceans affect human health. They’re talking about the molecular processes behind global marine pollutants, human exposure to methyl mercury, oil oxidation following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and much more.

And finally … how pirates have helped to advance the progress of science is the topic of a talk at University of California San Diego at 7:00 tonight.

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Good morning this is the AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 21, 2014

San Diego State Aztecs beat New Mexico State Aggies in a nail biting NCAA game last night in Spokane Washington. It was their first game of the tournament and at the first half the Aztecs had a 12-point lead but it all feel apart by the end of the game. The Aggies came back but lost in overtime to SDSU 73-69. Next game for the Aztecs is North Dakota State tomorrow afternoon at 3:10 on TNT.

Here in San Diego at the Viejas Arena more NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament games start. First up at 11:10 AM Arizona goes against Weber State Gonzaga vs Oklahoma State after that. And at around 4:30 Virginia Commonwealth takes on Stephen F. Austin With UCLA vs Tulsa finishing off the night.

SeaWorld is celebrating its 50th anniversary today. They are unveiling a new entrance called Explorer’s Reef at 7:00 this morning.

At noon protesters calling themselves “Concerned San Diegans” will have an unveiling of their own. They are displaying a message outside SeaWorld on the corner of Sea World Drive at Sea World Way they say it showcases a new vision for Sea World in the 21st Century.

Jane Cartmill, President of San Diego Animal Advocates says … “We envision SeaWorld as it should always have been – providing real education in an eco-conscious environment.”

In court one sentencing and one arraignment of note, both at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Linda Vista’s juvenile court Kenneth Hamilton, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, is being sentenced for shooting and killing two teenagers in Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And Jayne Colantonio is being arraigned in San Diego’s courthouse and accused of stabbing and killing her boyfriend, whose body was found in the San Diego River.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is opening the exhibit “Tattoos and Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor” this morning at 9:00.

Tonight at 7:00 the last concert for the guitar exhibit at Ruben H. Fleet Science Center is being headlined by Steve Poltz, a founding member of The Rugburns.

And finally at 8:00 tonight the San Diego Symphony is playing a concert of European music from both the Classical and Romantic eras at the Jacobs Music Center on B Street in downtown.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 20, 2014

San Diego State Basketball faces New Mexico State in their first match-up for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Spokane Washington. Tip-off is just before 7:00 and the Alumni Association is gathering at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill to watch the game. If … I’m sorry I apologize … I mean after the Aztecs beat New Mexico their next game will be up against the winner of the Oklahoma State vs North Dakota State game.

Today starting at 8:00 AM tickets for the NCAA games being played here in San Diego go on sale on line. A limited number of tickets for the games at SDSU’s Viejas Arena will be available at Ticketmaster.com and NCAA.com

And all eight teams playing will have practices today and they’re open to the public

— Weber State is from noon-12:40 p.m.

— Oklahoma State, 12:45-1:25 p.m.;

— Arizona, 1:30-2:10 p.m.;

— Gonzaga, 2:15-2:55 p.m.;

— Virginia Commonwealth, 4:25-5:05 p.m.;

— UCLA, 5:10-5:50 p.m.;

— Stephen F. Austin, 5:55-6:35 p.m.; and

— Tulsa, 6:40-7:20 p.m.

This morning after 8:00 the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer and it’s 300 sailors leave San Diego for an independent deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. Commander Randy J. Van Rossum says that they have spent the past year and half getting ready for this deployment.

Well known Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, Democratic Congress people Susan Davis and Scott Peters, along with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are all getting together this morning at 9:00. They are talking about a new report that says cyber security is a $1.5 billion dollar business for San Diego County. They are going to announce a new public-private partnership called Cyber Center of Excellence. It’s supposed to connect cyber companies with military leaders and academic partners so they can all coordinate and promote San Diego’s regional cyber strengths. It’s also one of the few times these three congress people will agree on anything.

Then at 12:15 this afternoon Mayor Faulconer is announcing his new 26-member staff.

This morning in Balboa Park’s Prado at 9:30 AM ten of San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies are being recognized at the annual auto-theft enforcement awards. They are credited with 51 arrests and the recovery of 167 stolen cars with a value of more than $1.1 million.

Two arraignments of note this afternoon at 1:30, both in San Diego’s courthouse.

42-year-old Ghazal Mansury is accused of murdering her 79-year-old mother then dumping her body in an isolated area in far East San Diego County on the Barona Indian Reservation.

And 7-people are being arraigned for the same crime. Travis Wilbert Ross III, Travis Cofey, Derrick Henderson, Robert Shannon Jr., Carlton Blue, Manuel Castaneda and Sharika Bradley are all accused of stabbing and killing a 25-year-old in a street fight

Chula Vista is breaking ground on some new affordable housing this afternoon at 1:00. It’ll be the first mixed-use housing project in San Diego County’s South Bay. The development is going to have 33 apartments and be built on land that has been unused for over a decade at 240 Landis Ave. They’ll have 1 and three bedrooms and rents will range from around $600 to just over $1200.

And finally a reminder that the SDSU Alumni Association watch party for the Aztecs vs New Mexico State men’s basketball game is tonight starting at 6:15 at Randy Jones All-American Sports Grill, 7510 Hazard Center Drive.

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