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overprescribed: veterans and the painkiller problem


camp pendleton marine jeremy thomas had his hand blown off in afghanistan in 2011. a year later, he was hooked on prescription painkillers. another year in, he had turned to street heroin and crime to support his addiction.by 2014, thomas was booted from the marine corps and headed for a near-deadly overdose.spring valley, california, usa, february 10th, 2017: | jeremy in the front yard of his home. | (alejandro tamayo, the san diego union-tribune)alejandro tamayo / the san diego union-tribunespring valley, california, usa, february 10th, 2017: | jeremy in the front yard of his home. | (alejandro tamayo, the san diego union-tribune)spring valley, california, usa, february 10th, 2017: | jeremy in the front yard of his home. | (alejandro tamayo, the san diego union-tribune) (alejandro tamayo






san diego zips where the home price went down in 2016


just a slow year?john gastaldo / san diego union-tribuneit may be hard to believe, but the median home price in these san diego county zip codes went down from 2015 to 2015, said data provided by corelogic. however, all the zips have increased since before the housing boom.it may be hard to believe, but the median home price in these san diego county zip codes went down from 2015 to 2015, said data provided by corelogic. however, all the zips have increased since before the housing boom. (john gastaldo / san diego union-tribune)see more galleries






san diego zips where the home price went down in 2016


just a slow year?john gastaldo / san diego union-tribuneit may be hard to believe, but the median home price in these san diego county zip codes went down from 2015 to 2016, said data provided by corelogic. however, all the zips have increased since before the housing boom.it may be hard to believe, but the median home price in these san diego county zip codes went down from 2015 to 2016, said data provided by corelogic. however, all the zips have increased since before the housing boom. (john gastaldo / san diego union-tribune)see more galleries






biggest home price increases, by zip, since 2003


biggest zip price increaseseduardo contreras / ut san diego/ tweets @contreras_edjanuary 29th, 2015, san diego, california, usa. -------- | this is the cardiff neighborhood home designed by architect deborah shewaga on thursday in encinitas, california. | ----------- mandatory credit: p o by eduardo contreras, u-t san diego/copyright 2015 san diego union-tribune llcjanuary 29th, 2015, san diego, california, usa. -------- | this is the cardiff neighborhood home designed by architect deborah shewaga on thursday in encinitas, california. | ----------- mandatory credit: p o by eduardo contreras, u-t san diego/copyright 2015 san diego union-tribune llc (eduardo contreras / ut san diego/ tweets @contreras_ed)see more galleries






san diego storm recap: a river ran through us


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pacific storm to pound san diego county during evening rush hour


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strong winds hit san diego county ahead of rain


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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could the chainsmokers be grammy 'villains'?


(chadd cady / san diego union-tribune) this year's grammys have two mega-star heroes -- beyoncé and adele -- in contention for the top honors. but the ceremony also has a villain, of sorts, in the chainsmokers: the pop-edm duo whose bros-on-pledge-night antics are only matched by their savvy at staying atop the pop charts. the times profiled the group in october , right when "closer" heralded their shift from the trolling jokes of "selfie" into more respectable, sensitive songwriting with huge pop appeal. you can’t pay attention to how people perceive you. the people who get it will get it, and the people who don’t, they won’t. you’ve got to stick to your guns and be yourself. alex pall, the chainsmokers the duo this afternoon won the grammy for dance recording for "don't let me down






here are all the streets that are flooded


floodingnelvin cepeda / san diego union-tribunedrivers on monday morning were caught off guard as they drove through a large body of water on plaza bonita road in bonita.drivers on monday morning were caught off guard as they drove through a large body of water on plaza bonita road in bonita. (nelvin cepeda / san diego union-tribune)






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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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watch the full video of donald trump's unprecedented press conference


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federal officials announce investigation into huge tijuana river sewage spill


federal officials in the united states and mexico announced on thursday a joint investigation into a massive sewage spill in the tijuana river that has polluted beaches as far north as coronado — and which now looks to have been intentional as some elected leaders in san diego suspected.the decision comes as a growing number of u.s. officials have called for an official probe into why effluent spewed into the river in mexico and then flowed north into the pacific ocean without any notification from authorities south of the border.last week, the u.s. side of the international boundary and water commission reported that and estimated 143 million gallons of the sewage had spilled into the river starting on feb. 6 and lasting for 17 days.according to a press release from baja california’s stat






federal officials announce investigation into huge tijuana river sewage spill


federal officials in the united states and mexico announced on thursday a joint investigation into a massive sewage spill in the tijuana river that has polluted beaches as far north as coronado — and which now looks to have been intentional as some elected leaders in san diego suspected.the decision comes as a growing number of u.s. officials have called for a probe into why effluent spewed into the river in mexico and then flowed north into the pacific ocean without any notification from authorities south of the border.last week, the u.s. side of the international boundary and water commission reported that and estimated 143 million gallons of the sewage had spilled into the river starting on feb. 6 and lasting for 17 days.according to a press release from baja california’s state public s






federal officials announce investigation into huge tijuana river sewage spill


federal officials in the united states and mexico announced on thursday a joint investigation into a massive sewage spill in the tijuana river that has polluted beaches as far north as coronado — and which now looks to have been intentional as some elected leaders in san diego suspected.the decision comes as a growing number of u.s. officials have called for a probe into why sewage spewed into the river in mexico and then flowed north into the pacific ocean without any notification from authorities south of the border.last week, the u.s. side of the international boundary and water commission reported that and estimated 143 million gallons of the sewage had spilled into the river starting on feb. 6 and lasting for 17 days.according to a press release from baja california’s state public ser






california student was forced to urinate in a bucket during cl . she sued


by lindsey bever, (c) 2017, the washington posta southern california cl room was filled with high school freshmen when one of them realized that she needed to run to the restroom.patrick henry high school in san diego, however, had a policy at the time stipulating that students were not permitted to take bathroom breaks during cl – and the teacher took a strict interpretation of it.the teacher, gonja wolf, forbid the 14-year-old from leaving the cl room that wednesday in february 2012. instead, she let the pee in a bucket, then empty it in a cl room sink, according to a lawsuit.the gossip reportedly spread through the school, then hit the news media, leading to the ’s anxiety, depression and an attempted suicide.now five years later, the san diego unified school district was ordered wednes






live updates: donald trump addresses congress


follow along for live updates as donald trump delivers an address to a join session of congress. copyright © 2017, the san diego union-tribune






rapper yg did not break $60,000 sdsu contract by doing anti-trump song


a good number of attendees at friday night’s greenfest concert at san diego state university enthusiastically sang along when rap star yg performed his popular 2016 protest anthem “f--- donald trump.”however, contrary to reports monday in billboard magazine and other national media outlets, yg did not breach his contract or forfeit his approximately $60,000 concert fee by performing his anti-trump song.“at sdsu's greenfest concert this weekend, the song in question was played by yg and he was paid for his performance that evening,” sdsu interim chief communications officer gina jacobs told the union-tribune monday afternoon, via email.“the concert was for sdsu students only. he was paid the contracted amount.”in response to further questions from the union-tribune, jacobs said in an email:






rapper yg did not break $60,000 sdsu contract by doing anti-trump song


a good number of attendees at friday night’s greenfest concert at san diego state university enthusiastically sang along when rap star yg performed his popular 2016 protest anthem “f--- donald trump.”however, contrary to reports monday in billboard magazine and other national media outlets, yg did not breach his contract or forfeit his approximately $60,000 concert fee by performing his anti-trump song.“at sdsu's greenfest concert this weekend, the song in question was played by yg and he was paid for his performance that evening,” sdsu interim chief communications officer gina jacobs told the union-tribune monday afternoon, via email.“the concert was for sdsu students only. he was paid the contracted amount.”in response to further questions from the union-tribune, jacobs said in an email:






tevlin: trade connection to mexico essential


san diego – across america they were rounding up undocumented ­workers and promising to build that wall, but 10 floors above and a few miles from the busiest border crossing in the world, a group of politically diverse leaders met last week to stress the importance of open trade with mexico, the economic lifeblood of the region.“it’s been honestly kind of crazy times,” said u.s. rep. scott peters, d-san diego. peters, a former dorsey and whitney attorney whose main charge from voters when he got elected was to facilitate more trade, seems stunned that attitudes toward mexico have changed so much.want crazy? on the same day secretary of homeland security john kelly visited the border near san diego to talk about building the wall, the top business story in the san diego union tribune was ab






san diego mayor inquires about raiders


the san diego raiders?it might have a hail mary’s chance of becoming reality, but san diego mayor kevin faulconer wasn’t dismissing the possibility that the nfl’s relocation shell game could end with his city filling its sudden vacancy by luring the raiders.according to columnist kevin acee of the san diego union-tribune, faulconer reacted to tuesday’s news of the raiders’ imperiled bid to relocate to las vegas by picking up the phone and letting nfl officials know that his city would like to remain engaged in talks for a franchise.the report cited multiple sources as saying that calls were exchanged between a san diego city official and raiders personnel, although it’s unclear whether the two parties had any actual dialogue.san diego is without an nfl franchise after the chargers’ surpris






tevlin: trade connection to mexico essential


san diego – across america they were rounding up undocumented workers and promising to build that wall, but 10 floors above and a few miles from the busiest border crossing in the world, a group of politically diverse leaders met last week to stress the importance of open trade with mexico, the economic lifeblood of the region."it's been honestly kind of crazy times," said u.s. rep. scott peters, d-san diego. peters, a former dorsey and whitney attorney whose main charge from voters when he got elected was to facilitate more trade, seems stunned that attitudes toward mexico have changed so much.want crazy? on the same day secretary of homeland security john kelly visited the border near san diego to talk about building the wall, the top business story in the san diego union tribune was abo






biggest home price increases, by zip, since 2003


median price increase since 2003: 49.7%2003 median home price: $354,0002016 median home price: $530,000 (david brooks / san diego union-tribune)






wiggins says she was bullied in wnba because of her sexuality


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);former stanford star candice wiggins says she retired from the wnba and its “toxic” culture because she got tired of being bullied for being one of the league’s few heterosexual players.“me being heterosexual and straight and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” wiggins told the san diego union-tribune. “(as a heterosexual) i felt like the 2 percent versus the 98 percent. it felt that way to me. and it’s not just the players. it was the coaches. it was the leaders.”wiggins, 30, had hoped to keep playing but decided to step away from the wnba before the 2016 season. “i wanted to play two more seasons of wnba, but the experience didn’t lend itself to my mental state,” wiggins told the union-tribune. “it was a depressing stat






coronado schools won't take part in navy funeral processions


coronado, calif. — a california school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for sailors and navy seals killed overseas that have drawn thousands of students.the san diego union-tribune (http://bit.ly/2mkbedr ) says the coronado unified school district and the navy agreed on the move out of concern for children with parents serving overseas.officials say some young participants have been traumatized by thoughts of their parents dying.the city near san diego is home to a sprawling naval base. processions wind from there to national cemeteries.at a november procession, some 2,000 students lined a street.coronado officials say they're also pulling out of the processions, which have morphed from informal affairs to mass media events that draw thousands of outsiders, strain p






school district: no more part in us navy funeral processions


coronado, calif. — a california school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for sailors and navy seals killed overseas that have drawn thousands of students.the san diego union-tribune (http://bit.ly/2mkbedr ) says the coronado unified school district and the navy agreed on the move out of concern for children with parents serving overseas.officials say some young participants have been traumatized by thoughts of their parents dying.the city near san diego is home to a sprawling naval base. processions wind from there to national cemeteries.at a november procession, some 2,000 students lined a street.coronado officials say they're also pulling out of the processions, which have morphed from informal affairs to mass media events that draw thousands of outsiders, strain p






investigators in district attorney's office endorse summer stephan to replace bo


the labor group that represents investigators in the district attorney’s office has endorsed chief deputy district attorney summer stephan in her campaign to replace bonnie dumanis in 2018.the endorsement from the san diego district attorney investigators association was announced monday and marks the second employee group to announce it is backing stephan.the union representing prosecutors and its associated political action committee san diegans against crime also came out last month in favor of stephan, the only candidate who has formally announced plans to succeed dumanis.in a statement, the president of the investigators group said stephan has shown leadership in her 27-year career with the district attorney’s office.“summer’s reputation of being fair and honest has made her a respect






oscars 2017: show highlights - the san diego union-tribune


barry jenkinschris pizzello / invision / associated pressbarry jenkins, center, and the cast and crew of "moonlight," which won the oscar for best picture.barry jenkins, center, and the cast and crew of "moonlight," which won the oscar for best picture. (chris pizzello / invision / associated press)see more galleries






oscars 2017: show highlights - the san diego union-tribune


2017 oscarskevin winter / getty imagesdamien chazelle accepts the award for best director for "la la land" from halle berry.damien chazelle accepts the award for best director for "la la land" from halle berry. (kevin winter / getty images)see more galleries






oscars 2017: show highlights - the san diego union-tribune


2017 oscarsrobert gauthier / los angeles timestrevante rhodes hugs mahershala ali after "moonlight" was correctly identified as the winner of best picture.trevante rhodes hugs mahershala ali after "moonlight" was correctly identified as the winner of best picture. (robert gauthier / los angeles times)see more galleries






navy's third fleet splashes through the south china sea


when the navy’s supercarrier carl vinson slipped out of san diego nearly two months ago and steamed toward hawaii, it marked the first time since world war ii that the third fleet prowled the pacific ocean under its own command.now sharing the eastern stretches of the pacific with the navy’s japan-based seventh fleet, carrier strike group one was bisecting the south china sea thursday morning, steaming between the philippines and china.and so far the “third fleet forward” experiment is going great, according to the group’s commander at sea, rear adm. james kilby.  “the third fleet forward concept is working really well,” said kilby during a telephone interview with the san diego union-tribune, the whoosh of jets catapulting off the vinson’s flight deck above him.“i can’t be more proud of t






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.