* Is a San Diego County Chipotle Mexican Grill to blame for six cases of hepatitis A? Health officials are investigating the health concerns of some patrons who ate at the La Mesa establishment between March 1 and yesterday. Twenty-five employees at the restaurant are being tested for the viral infection that is spread by fecal contamination of food or water.
* Gaining a rather dubious distinction, four of the top five stolen car cities are in California. According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Modesto is the top city with the highest per capita rate for auto thefts nationwide in 2007. After Las Vegas, the next three cities are San Diego, Stockton and San Francisco.
* BB&T Insurance Services has reached an agreement with Union Bank of California, N.A., to purchase its San Diego-based insurance subsidiary, UnionBanc Insurance Services Inc. The acquisition would expand BB&T Corporation's insurance operation in California, where wholesale insurance subsidiary CRC Insurance Services and large account commercial insurer McGriff, Seibels & Williams already operate. The deal has been approved by the directors of BB&T Corporation and Union Bank holding company UnionBanCal Corporation. It is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter pending regulatory approval. For more on this story, visit dailyinsurer.blogspot.com.
* Behind 49 points from Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 lead in their series with the Denver Nuggets, posting a 122-107 victory at Staples Center. The first-round series now shifts to Denver this weekend for games 3 and 4.