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In Case You Missed It: San Diego Good News for Sunday, Feb. 24

Five 'good news' stories from the previous week

To help make sure you stay informed, each Sunday we'll revisit five stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

Today's collection highlights some of the positive news events that happened this week. 

1. It's Official: Manny Machado is a San Diego Padre

Of course, at the top of our good news list this week is Machado! The superstar infielder signed a record-setting $300 million contract with the Friars and, at a press conference in Peoria, Arizona, finally donned Padres white and blue. 

Machado said the deal came together in less than two months and said "the whole thing was perfect." 

We agree, Manny. We agree. 

See more clips from press conference here

NBC 7's Darnay Tripp and Derek Togerson report from Padres Spring Training in Arizona.

2. San Diego Makes Forbes’ Travel Guide’s 14 Top Destinations of 2019 List

We didn't need Forbes to tell us San Diego is a great city to visit. But it sure is nice to be included amongst the likes of Singapore, Istanbul, St. Barts and Vietnam as one of the best destinations in the world. The magazine said San Diego made Forbes Travel Guide’s 14 Top Destinations List because of an influx of new food places -- some fronted by celebrity chefs -- and the craft beer scene. 

3. USD Biology Instructor Launches Study to Track the Wild Birds

Parrot pandamonium! A University of San Diego professor has launched a program to study and monitor a flock of wild parrots that has lived within the local communities. The parrots have been spotted at the El Cajon Courthouse, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Escondido and Point Loma. The study will look at how the birds came to reside in San Diego and how these "urban" parrots vary from other parrots.

A new study being launched by a University of San Diego instructor and her students will track the wild parrots to learn more about them. NBC 7's Audra Stafford reports.

4. Students in Coronado Try Out F-35 Simulator

Future U.S. Navy officers got a declassified look at a cool new gadget at Naval Base Coronado. The college students trained to fly in stealth fighters by piloting an F-35 flight stimulator, experiencing what it is like to soar through the sky at speeds more than 1,000 miles per hour. 

Some residents told NBC 7's Erika Cervantes they couldn't even get out of there houses, let alone take their kids to school.

5. Nearly 2 Feet of Fresh Powder Dumped on Mount Laguna 

Let it snow! San Diego mountains were covered in snow after a two-day storm system moved through the region. Most of San Diego's peaks saw at least a dusting -- at elevations as low as 2,000 feet. On Mount Laguna, that took the form of 20 inches of fresh powder. On Julian, more than 14 inches of snow fell and in Pine Valley, more than 6 inches were recorded. It may be time for a snow day. 

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