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UC San Diego Annual Halloween Pumpkin Drop Breaks Record

For the past 40 years a massive Halloween pumpkin has been dropped of the 11th floor of U-C San Diego’s Tioga Hall. This year’s pumpkin weighed 500 pound and had 100 pounds of candy stuffed in side.

Hundreds of UC San Diego students came out to watch the traditional Halloween pumpkin drop. The drop broke a 15-year splat radius record.

The previous record holding drop was in 1995. Students dropped a 398-pound pumpkin that sent its bits and candy flying just over 100 feet.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 21, 2014

The 684-foot USS Summerset is coming home to San Diego this afternoon around 1:30. It’s the third of three ships for the Navy named in honor of the 9/11 attacks. The Summerset is named after Summerset County which is the county wear United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville Pennsylvania. The amphibious transport dock ship was commissioned on March 1st. It has a crew of about 400, can transport 1,200 Marines, carry helicopters and deliver cargo.

Three U.S. Coast Guard mariners are being honored this afternoon at 3:00. Last May they rescue a father and his two adult sons from their capsized boast off coast near La Jolla.

In court today three sentencing’s of note..

In San Diego’s courthouse at 9:30 Phillip and Roselia Kubeck along with Earl Allen are being sentenced for bringing people into the United States through a hole in border fence then flying them in a small private plane all over the country.

Still in San Diego but at 1:30 Shawn Moore is being sentenced. Moore was caught during a robbery, tried to run away, tripped, fell and was hit by a car.

Also at 1:30 but in Vista’s courthouse Robert James Lynch is being sentenced for after pleading guilty to charges he related to a carjacking.

At 10:00 AM Earth Week at University of California San Diego starts today and to kick it off students are going to sort 1,000 pounds of trash. In the annual demo the refuse is dumped along UC San Diego’s International House Walk and is supposed to show how much of our trash can be recycled.

At 11:00 AM the non-profit the Equinox Center is releasing its annual Quality of Life Dashboard. It shows a bunch of environmental info for San Diego like water quality and consumption, transportation and land use.

At noon Supervisor Greg Cox is starting this year’s mosquito eradication campaign with the unveiling of a new app for your smartphone devoted to tracking the West Nile virus.

And finally at 7:00 tonight San Diego Unified School District is giving a talk about how to support our kids so they can successes at school.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 16, 2014

San Diego Police are asking for your help to catch a killer. 45-year-old Alberto Sanchez was sitting in his SUV when a man in his 20’s rode up on a bicycle and shot him several times. Sanchez died at the hospital shortly after that. Anyone with any info is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 858-580-8477.

San Diego’s City Council has a full plate today.

First at 9:00 AM the Council’s Budget Committee is meeting about the Tourism Marketing District’s plans for the coming fiscal year.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is meeting about changing the city’s medical marijuana rules. The city’s new rules about medical marijuana dispensaries go into effect on April 24 and the dispensaries that are operating outside those rules will not be grandfathered in. The committee is also looking at how food safety rules should impact edible medical marijuana products.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting this morning at 9:00 about roads and changing building codes so they help improve energy efficiency.

The United Farm Workers online archive has been purchased by U.C. San Diego library. Late this afternoon at 4:00 the library is officially announcing the accusation in a ceremony on campus at Geisel Library’s Seuss Room.

And finally tonight at 5:00 you can meet San Diego’s mayor and ask him questions. Mayor Faulconer is talking with San Diegans at the Bayside Community Center at 2202 Comstock St.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for February 27, 2014

An agitated and possibly suicidal 62-year-old man raised a rifle at San Diego Police officer forcing them to shoot and kill him. Yesterday morning at around 10:30 police got a call about a man with an AR-15 in an upstairs apartment between 9th and 10th avenues on Broadway in Downtown. Police say “Initial responding officers as well as emergency negotiators tried to communicate with the suspect, to no avail”. Police go on to say that the suspect was agitated and acting despondent when he raised the weapon at the officers. Then the veteran officer of 22-years fired about dozen shots at the suspect, killing him. The officer is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

San Diego’s politicos have a packed morning.

At 9:00 AM Council members from San Diego and Tijuana are meeting for a bi-national conference about our shared political and economic issues.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is giving his final press briefing this morning at 10:00. The new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, takes over on Monday.

At 11:00 AM the city of San Diego is celebrating Black History Month at the City Administration Building. Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole are leading the party.

And a Campaign for reusable shopping bags is the subject of Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s 11:30 news conference.

In court there are two sentencings and two arraignments all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In San Diego’s courthouse Jason Arringdale will hear his fate for threatening a woman and baby with a knife in a department store bathroom

Then Ahmad Abassi is also in San Diego’s courthouse being arraigned and accused of threatening someone with a gun on campus at University of California San Diego.

Up north in Vista’s courthouse Michael Young is being arraigned and accused of beating his brother to death, reportedly in a fight over the noise at their father’s house.

And also in Vista … Agustin Garcia Morales is being sentenced for vehicular manslaughter. He was driving a car that hit and killed a toddler in Encinitas.

Tonight at 7:00 the San Diego Democrats for Equality is picking why they’ll endorse for district attorney.

And finally tonight at 5:00 the 125th Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Champions tennis tournament will take to the courts at the La Jolla Beach and tennis Club. Starting the tournament … college doubles.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for January 22, 2014

A self-styled “Campaign Guru” is accused of funneling half a million dollars into local campaigns and plotting to fire San Diego’s current Police Chief then pick the new one. 41-year-old Ravneet Singh owner ElectionMall Inc. was arrested on Friday by the FBI and was in a San Diego’s federal court yesterday. Former San Diego Police Detective Ernesto Encinas is also named in the complaint and accused of working with Signh. The government says that Encinas oversaw the security of the person referred to as the “the foreign national” in the complaint. The government alleges that from 2011 to 2013 Signh and Encinas helped the foreigner donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a string of candidates. Including the San Diego’s 2012 mayoral election and the 2013 special election for mayor. While Singh was officially accused in court it’s not yet known if Encinas’s will be accused as well.

The FBI says

“Foreign nationals are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level.”

In an attempt to limit the spread of this season’s flu Scripps Health hospitals are adding restrictions to visitors. Now all visitors will be screened and if they’ve got flu-like symptoms they won’t be allowed in and Kids under 14 are not allowed in … unless they or their parents have an appointment.

Scripps Chief Medical Officer Dr. James LaBelle says

“We ask that visitors follow these new guidelines so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.”

It’s the first day of class for San Diego State University’s spring semester and a bunch of events celebrating the brand new 206,000 square foot Aztec Center start today at 9:00 AM. The building cost $104 million to build. It has restaurants, a bowling alley, theater, ballroom, meeting rooms, and student government offices.

At 6:40 AM Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the Zurich Pro-AM. This is part of the festivities leading up to the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla.

This morning at around 7:00 hundreds of people will officially become citizens at San Diego’s Golden Hall.

At 10:30 San Diego’s interim Mayor Todd Gloria is launching a multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign.

And at 3:00 this afternoon petitions in opposition to the linkage fee will be turned in. The linkage fee is a fee charged to all non-residential construction. The fee originally was 1 point 5 percent then in the mid 90’s it was lowered to point 75 percent and now some city leaders want to raise it back to the original rate. The money raised helps to fund affordable housing. Opponents say if the fee is increased it will hurt business expansion.

Kenneth Hamilton will be in Vista’s courthouse this afternoon at 1:30 and he wants to change a guilty plea. Originally Hamilton pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in the murders of two teens at Oceanside’s Libby Lake Park.

And finally tonight at 6:00 in the University of California San Diego’s Great Hall the good life and being happy are the topic for a series of lectures. Tonight’s is called “Ben Franklin and the American Dream”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 4, 2013

It is cold in San Diego today. Now cold in San Diego is a subjective term. Today the low in the city is 46 degrees with a high of 61 and tomorrow it’s supposed to be even colder with a low of 43 and a high of 57. Parts of San Diego’s East County are even expected to hit the freezing point over the next few days too. The cold snap is expected to run through the weekend

This morning at 9:00 AM San Diego’s annual Project Homeless Connect will start helping the homeless at downtown’s Golden Hall. The annual event helps homeless people get access to city services and gives them things like clothes and luggage. Last year they helped over 1100 people and they hope to help more this time around.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 there is a sentencing and arraignment of note.

First in San Diego’s downtown courthouse twitter taunter Wanda Podgurski is being sentenced for a frailer to appear. Podgurski was convicted of insurance fraud in San Diego then she ran to Mexico. While in Mexico she was taunting the District Attorney over twitter, drawing attention to herself and reviling her location. Mexican authorities arrested then deported her back to San Diego.

Then in Vista’s courthouse Kristopher Nesmith is being arraigned. He’s accused of stabbing a 67-year-old man during some kind of domestic dispute.

In Escondido at 10:00 AM Palomar Health and the Mayo Clinic are announcing their new collaboration. This will be the first time the Mayo Clinic is collaborating with a California health care system. What they are collaborating about is top secret until the big revile at the press conference.

At the Encinitas Farmers Market late this afternoon at 4:00 County Supervisor Dave Roberts will ask San Diegans to buy locally grown food over the holidays. It’s all part of the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s Think Local First initiative. They say it helps to create jobs and keeps people health when they buy locally grown food.

At 10:00 AM the University of California San Diego’s Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety program is launching its distracted driving project. It’s a free one-hour class funded by the state that’s supposed to show drivers what could happen if they use a smart phone while driving.

And finally … Carlsbad Unified School District is helping to guarantee that its students can go to college. Tonight at 6:00 the district and Cal State San Marcos are signing a memorandum of understanding that will guarantee Carlsbad District students addition to CSU San Marcos … Assuming they meet the minimum requirements.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 20, 2013

The first election for San Diego Mayor is over.

The results are …

Nathan Fletcher got 49,645 votes and that amounted to 24.30%.

David Alvarez got 52,283 votes or 25.59 percent

And Kevin Faulconer walked away with 89,043 votes or 43.58%.

Because no single candidate was able to get more than 51 percent of the votes Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez face each other in a run-off election early next year.

It was a hard fought but mostly collegiate campaign. Now if Alvarez is able to take in Fletchers voters he could win and be the next mayor. However if Faulconer is able to convert some of Fletcher’s Democratic voters to cross the isle then he could win.

It going to be an exciting next few months.

Health care workers at the many University of California hospitals and clinics are holding a one-day picket all across California. Picketers accuse the U.C. system of unfair labor practices and furthermore they say that patient care is being used a “bargaining chip” by management. Employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. The University of California and the union have been in negotiations for nearly 18-months now. Here in San Diego they’ll be at the University of California San Diego campus just off of 9500 Gilman Drive at 8:30 AM. Then at 9:30 AM they’ll be at the UC San Diego Medical Center Thornton Hospital at 9300 Campus Point Drive. And at 10:00 this morning then again at noon picketers will be making their point in front of the UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest at 200 West Arbor Drive.

Growing San Diego’s biotech industry is what Interim Mayor Todd Gloria is talking about at 10:00 this morning at the San Diego Convent5ion Center. He’s also going to announce the return of the Bio International Convention to San Diego next year.

At 1:00 this afternoon the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is meeting to talk about how to renovate the public space at the Lyceum Theatre.

Jose Luis Sanchez the Navy Commander accused of accepting cash, hookers, and other things form defense contractors in exchange for classified info is in San Diego’s Federal Court this morning at 10:30

Marcian Flores Jr. is being arraigned for a crash that killed his 60-year-old father at 1:30 this afternoon in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

Also at 1:30 in Chula Vista’s courthouse the arraignment of Alberto Figueroa Jr. who will be accused of killing his brother with a samurai sword and barbecue fork.

And finally at 6:30 tonight the Central Library is hosting a talk from Professor Rick Kennedy about the One Book One San Diego featured book “Caleb’s Crossing”

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