SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Thousands of turkey dinners were served to the needy across San Diego County Thursday.
The Salvation Army held its 28th annual Thanksgiving meal at Golden Hall, where hundreds of families began lining up as early as 7 a.m. for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. More than 300 volunteers helped to feed an expected 2,000 people.
Because of the anemic economy, more low-income seniors than ever are expected to seek free Thanksgiving meals, including people in their 60s, said Denise Scatena, a spokeswoman for the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center on Fourth Avenue in downtown.
Meanwhile, families of needy students at five San Diego Unified School District campuses were treated to a meal at the House of Blues.
Thousands of runners turned out Thursday morning for 5K runs at the Oceanside Civic Center and in Balboa Park. The latter benefits the homeless services at Father Joe Carroll's St. Vincent de Paul Villages and raises about $4 million annually to help the homeless.
Thursday evening, Bertrand at Mister A's in downtown San Diego held a ceremony to light their Christmas decorations.
Also, Thursday evening the "Holiday of Lights" exhibit opened in Del Mar for the holiday season. The exhibit includes more than 400 lighted, animated scenes along a 1.5-mile route.
After two mistrials, a judge Friday dismissed felony DUI and hit-and-run charges against an oft-deported Mexican citizen accused of causing a crash in San Ysidro that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy returning home after a day at Disneyland with his family.
Students and community members in San Diego County plan to march for gun control this weekend as part of a nationwide "March for Our Lives."
A stabbing outside a Costco store in Carlsbad Friday left one person seriously injured and an acquaintance of the victim's in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.
Congress gave President Donald Trump the $1.6 billion he wanted this year for his proposed "big, beautiful" border wall with Mexico but the headline number masks what he didn't get on one of his signature campaign promises.
Annual data from San Diego county medical services show an alarming number of local underage drinking deaths.
A man accused of killing his girlfriend -- a mother of two -- in the apartment they shared in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego must stand trial on murder and misdemeanor child endangerment charges, a judge ruled Friday.
The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent to 3.5 percent in February amid "better-than-average" growth, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
School shootings, for good reason, make news. Most make national news. Some even make international news.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of bomb threats made against two North County high schools late Thursday night was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.