June 17, 2021

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Jennifer Rocha celebrated her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC San Diego, but instead of a regular graduation photo shoot, she decided to honor her parents and the sacrifices they made for her.

The U.S. government has put an end to two Trump administration policies that made it harder for immigrants fleeing violence to qualify for asylum

Facing mounting debt, Western Community Energy will not reorganize. It marks the first time a CCA in California has closed due to financial pressure.

Lobbying prompts Coastal Commission to reject proposal to broaden access, uses of island’s southwestern tip

Reopening

State and national politics

Fearful of Republicans regaining control of the Senate next year, progressive Democrats are ramping up calls for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down

Given California’s low coronavirus infection rates and high vaccination levels, Newsom’s move to rescind restrictions will likely ensure that the shutdowns and political missteps that helped fuel dissension fade into memories by the time voters head to the polls for a recall election, political observers say.

President Biden brings up human rights and cyberattacks in meeting with Putin. The Russian leader later rejects blame and accuses the U.S. of abuses.

The Biden administration is announcing the major expansion of a program to allow young Central Americans into the United States legally

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Thursday, June 17

11:30 a.m. | Together San Diego
Chris Gomez, will talk about the Little Italy Association, a non-profit organization that works at preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. Their Taste of Little Italy will be held on June 22 and 23.

San Diego News Fix
Imagine if everything you held up to your nose smelled like sewage -- enticing food, your beloved family, everything. That’s what some COVID-19 patients are experiencing for months after they recover.

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As part of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s effort to support local journalists, we awarded six grants last year for reporting on social justice issues.
The goal of the project was to present authentic voices of the racial and social justice movement in ways not otherwise seen in San Diego media.

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Padres beat writer Kevin Acee and sports editor Jay Posner discuss all things Padres.

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UC San Diego graduate Lisa Nicole Flores Chandler

Images from Union-Tribune staff and contributing freelance photographers

MIGRANT VOICES TODAY FILM COMPETITION

The Migrant Voices Today Film Challenge showcases diverse short-form films exploring loss, separation, current political realities and COVID-19’s effects on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on a worldwide scale.

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Arianna Chávez posts about countywide resources for food, housing, and COVID-19 issues on her San Diego Free Resources Instagram page

Latinx audiences, key to the success of “Fast and Furious,” are Hollywood’s most dependable customers. Now they’re helping movie theaters bounce back after COVID-19. Will they be rewarded?

Maya Alfaro, 18, is a graduate of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego and one of the youth artists whose work is included in the Museum of Photographic Arts’ “Darkest Nights, Brightest Stars: 15th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition”

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday eased back on the harsh message she sent to potential migrants during her trip earlier this week to Guatemala and Mexico, saying that she is “committed” to guaranteeing that the United States will be a “safe haven” for people seeking asylum.

Los Cabos, a violent arm of the CJNG, is accused of planning the killings of two San Diego teens in 2018

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved this week the creation of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, which will serve as a hub to connect families and individuals to available services and resources.

Amnesty International outlines how the U.S. treats unaccompanied migrant children from Mexico different from other nationalities, denying a chance to request asylum

Newly released data show that migrants were stopped 180,034 times across the southern border in May, nearly eight times the total a year ago

The two cities are collaborating on bid to become first binational region to earn world design designation

Juneteenth celebrations, live theater and lots of flowers is what you’ll find happening in San Diego from June 17 to 20, 2021.

The event in Pacific Beach coincides with California’s June 15 reopening, and will highlight a different holiday each hour

Family-style pizza chain based in Newport Beach debuts second Oceanside location on June 12

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