UCSD plans space launch

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The countdown has begun for a proposed launch next March of a rocket designed and built by UCSD students. Engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, in La Jolla, are trying to make their school the very first university in the U.S. to successfully send a rocket into space. The attempt is being made with the help of funding from both the Navy and aeronautics companies.

San Diego County welcomes five new mayors

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On election day, 2014, the voters of five different San Diego County cities decided to hand the reins of power over to new mayors. Chula Vista, El Cajon, Encinitas, La Mesa and Poway all propelled first-time mayors into their city governments.

10 Scary Halloween laws

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Here are ten spooky laws actually on the books concerning Halloween from down your block and around the world:

Fall back! Daylight savings ends, standard time begins this Sunday morn, November 2, 2014

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Tomorrow is October 31, and we all know what that means. Boo! No, no, not that. It means next weekend heralds the ceasing of the saving of daylight for 2014. Fall Back! The holiday season is full blown upon us, now is the time of year to take the time to remember to turn back the hands of all the clocks in your home and your car (excepting the ones that are synchronized by the internet, like your cable box or cell phone) come this Sunday morning, ostensibly at 2:00 a.m.

Decision for 2017 America’s Cup venue coming soon

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The choice is down to two prospective sites for the staging of the next America’s Cup: our own fair city of San Diego, and Bermuda, the U.K.-owned island in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The final decision by the committee charged with making the call will be made soon and the Port of San Diego has released a slick video extolling the virtues of America’s Finest City as the venue for the 35th staging of the Cup, coming in 2017.

2014 Kiteboard North American Championship held off Coronado shore

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This year’s Formula and Foil Class Kiteboard racing North American Championships were held from the 7th to the 10th on the beaches of Coronado Shores. Organized and put on by the San Diego Yacht Club of America’s Cup fame, the event draws almost all of the most outstanding competitors in the sport each year. The “Coronado Roads” area was the actual site of the races.

Sea World sees birth of bottlenose dolphin

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Sea World welcomed its newest resident this past Saturday at 3:32 p.m., a 40 pound bottlenose calf. Since the marine-themed amusement park opened in 1964, this birth marks the 80th successful dolphin delivery there. After a pregnancy that lasted the normal twelve months, the labor and birth was described as easy by experts employees of Sea World. Sadie, the proud dolphin mom is thirteen and this is her second calf, after having birthed a bottleneck in five years ago.

King Tut replicas visit Museum of Natural History

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Following stops in museums in such locales as Seoul, Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Munich, and Prague, the eagerly-anticipated exhibition of “The Discovery of King Tut” arrived at Balboa Park’s San Diego Natural History Museum last Saturday.

October events at Reuben H. Fleet

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It’s October: Autumn leaves are falling (okay, not from the palm trees, but, you know…), football’s in full swing (Go Chargers!), trick-or-treat’s around the corner, and the Space Museum has some tricks and treats on tap for the Fall.

San Diego breweries win 14 medals at the Great American Beer Festival

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Each autumn, the Great American Beer Festival is held to celebrate brewing, tasting, enjoying and comparing the sudsy drink. This year, Denver’s Colorado Convention Center saw ten different nations send 220 judges to choose among more than 5 thousand beers. There were 90 separate categorizations of prizes, and our local brewing industry, on the rise for many years, did quite well. 14 medals were presented by the Brewer’s Association to breweries based in America’s Finest City.

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