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Navy ship to be named for late gay rights leader Harvey Milk

The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S. Navy ship will join the list.

A Navy official said Friday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Congress earlier this month that a new fleet of replenishment oilers being built in San Diego will be named for Milk and five other civil and human rights icons.

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Algae bloom forces Lake Elsinore closure

Swimming, boating and fishing are prohibited in Lake Elsinore after water quality officials Friday detected harmful levels of toxins related to blue-green algae.

A notice on the city’s website said the the popular recreation spot about 70 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles would remain closed until further notice.

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Woman dead in Harbor City shooting

A woman was fatally shot and a man was wounded Friday when an assailant fired at a barbecue stand outside an auto parts store in Harbor City.

Police said the attack occurred about 1:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

The gunman approached the Wheaton’s Eatins barbecue stand in the Pep Boy’s parking lot and opened fire, authorities said.

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Ex-teacher gets two years in prison for having sex with student

A former Crawford High School teacher accused of having sex with a male student was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Toni Nicole Sutton, 38, pleaded guilty last month to sex crime charges — including two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Essential California: Attack on San Diego police

Good morning. It is Saturday, July 30. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:


Officer killed: A San Diego police officer was killed and his partner seriously injured after they stopped a person in the Southcrest area about 11 p.m. Thursday. Officers Jonathan “J.D.”

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Meningitis outbreaks among gay men have experts puzzled

As cases of meningitis, a rare and potentially fatal disease, popped up in cities nationwide over the past several years, public health officials noticed a trend: many of those infected were gay men. 

There’s no known medical reason why meningitis, which is transmitted through saliva, would spread more among gay and bisexual men.

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