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Business profile: Lava Sushi in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California – Lava Sushi’s philosophy is simple: provide customers the highest quality dining experience possible.

“We want to be the place where you can come to get away from your busy life; a place to relax, have a drink and enjoy some amazing food,” Lava Sushi owner Jack Qashat said.

This dedication to providing top-notch dining experiences is shared with his business partners as well as their entire staff.

“Our renowned Sushi Chef, Takuya Kudo, has more than 15 years’ experience in rolling sushi and everything he’s done has been incredible,” he said.

HBA mixer to discuss University Avenue Pipeline Project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Hillcrest Business Association will host its next quarterly Open House & Mixer on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5-7 pm at The Buffalo Public House.

The event will include mixing and networking among Hillcrest business owners and others in attendance, followed by a discussion on the University Avenue Pipeline Project.

Subway rider disrupts homophobic preacher with "Willy Wonka" song

Mass transit can be hell -- and even worse when you have someone yelling at you about Sodom and Gomorrah when you're just trying to make it to work on time.

This week a video is making the rounds on the Internet in which a preacher is spewing anti-LGBT rhetoric on a New York City subway, only to be interrupted by a passenger with a golden voice -- literally.

The unidentified rider successfully drowns out the preacher with an impressive rendition of “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and his fellow passengers cheer him on in support.

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RGOD2: How sexism is at the root of homophobia

Three thousand women will descend upon the United Nations in New York in March to review global progress or regression in the past 20 years on gender equality.

Focusing on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995, the Commission on the Status of Women will basically review the global scorecard on how the human family is doing with its girls and women.

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Green Scene: It's never too late for a greener home

Many of us concoct a list of New Year’s resolutions. Going to the gym and eating healthier often top the lists of popular resolutions. Unfortunately, after a few weeks or months, those well-intentioned resolutions are given up.

Robert Gleason appointed to Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's LA board

LOS ANGELES, California -- The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco appointed Robert H. Gleason, a San Diego resident and a well-known member of the local LGBT community, to its Los Angeles Branch board of directors.

Gleason was appointed along with Ilyanne Morden Kichaven of Los Angeles, who serves as the executive director of SAG-AFTRA. James A. Hughes, CEO of First Solar, was appointed chairman of the board.

Peggy Tsiang Cherng of Rosmead, co-chair and co-CEO of Panda Restaurant Group, was reappointed to a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2016.

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Heart & Soul: Changing our story

I received a pretty amazing phone call last night from my high school career and guidance counselor. He was a dear friend and mentor, but we lost track of each other a few years after I went off to college.

After we exchanged important numbers and hung up, I started thinking about what has happened in my life since I last saw him, and how I would tell “my story.”

China: Transgender sex workers among most marginalized Chinese

BEIJING, China -- Xia Yu has not visited her family in years, afraid that they would be ashamed of her identity. Yang Zhou stopped taking the subway to avoid the stares of strangers. Xiao Tong was once beaten by police. “They asked really perverted questions, like how do you have sex,” she said. “I turned around and asked, do you want to try? Then he kicked me, really, he kicked me.”

England: First gay school to serve young victims of homophobia

MANCHESTER, England -- Britain's first school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils is reportedly being planned to cater for young victims of homophobia.

Proposals for the school, the idea for which is based on the famous Harvey Milk School in New York, have been drawn up by a taxpayer-funded youth group in Manchester.

The group, LGBT Youth North West, wants the school to cater for children aged 13 and over who have been bullied, the Daily Mail reports.

Those behind the plan have reportedly denied suggestions the school would become a 'ghetto' for gay children.

San Diego to attempt to break world record for largest dog-friendly yoga event

SAN DIEGO, California — San Diego Humane Society and Leash Your Fitness are teaming up to host the largest dog-friendly yoga event that ever existed.

On Sunday, Jan. 25, more than 250 people and their canines are expected to participate in this unique event, which would break the Guinness World Record for the most people and dogs doing yoga together in one place.

San Diego Humane Society will have adoptable dogs present to lend a hand – er, paw – at setting a new world record.

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