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‘Idol’ finalist to visit area

“American Idol” Top 3 finalist Adam Lambert is expected in San Diego Friday for radio and TV appearances and a homecoming parade in his honor.

The 26-year-old Lambert, a graduate of Mount Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos, will be in the Star 94.1 radio studios in Kearny Mesa around 8 a.m. for a live interview, immediately followed by a second radio interview at Channel 93.3, according to the Jeff and Jer Showgram and A.J.’s Playhouse.

Telephone scam targets elderly

Authorities warned the public Thursday to beware of a type of telephone scam that has swindled several San Diego-area senior citizens out of thousands or tens of thousands of dollars each.

The perpetrators of the crimes call older people, claiming to be a grandchild or a law enforcement officer, and ask them to wire funds to help out with some type of legal problem the supposed relative has gotten into in Canada, according to police.

It’s rattlesnake season

Rattlesnake season has arrived, and California residents should take steps to avoid getting bitten as severe reactions are becoming more common, a UC San Diego doctor cautioned Wednesday.

Most rattlesnake bites occur between April and October, with the greatest number in May, according to the California Poison Control System.

Union Tribune eliminates 192 positions

The San Diego Union-Tribune announced Thursday it is eliminating 192 positions, including a number of newsroom jobs, as part of a post-sale restructuring.

The layoff announcement comes three days after completion of the sale of
the Union-Tribune to Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity.

Three county high schools reopen

Three San Diego County high schools that were closed because of an outbreak of swine flu will reopen Wednesday, according to county health officials.

Kearny High School in Kearny Mesa, the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills and Mission Hills High School in San Marcos were closed last week after students at each of the schools tested positive for the virus, formally known as H1N1.

Man pleads not guilty in dog beating case

An Orange County man who allegedly beat his dog with a 3-foot switch in Del Mar because the canine ate his lunch pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentional cruelty to animals, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Watering restrictions to take effect June 1

The City Council voted Tuesday to crack down on excess water use in San Diego, declaring a “Level 2″ drought alert and imposing mandatory outdoor water-use restrictions in what Mayor Jerry Sanders called a “new era” in local water use.

Three high schools cleared to reopen

Three San Diego County high schools that were closed because of an outbreak of swine flu will reopen Wednesday, according to county health officials.

Nine more flu cases confirmed in county

Nine more people have contracted swine flu in San Diego County, bringing the total number of confirmed local cases to 24, health officials announced Monday.

Among the newly confirmed local H1N1 influenza virus cases are students at three area schools, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Area schools closed due to flu

San Diego State’s campus daycare center is temporarily closed Monday as a precaution because 20 children and three staff member have reported flu-like symptoms.

Also closed because of suspected cases of the so-called swine flu are Kearny Mesa High School, the School of Creative Arts in Paradise Hills, and Mission Hills High School in San Marcos

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