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Stories for April 16, 2012

City Council Votes To Keep Their Pay The Same

April 16
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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One month after rejecting a plan to more than double the salaries of San Diego's elected officials, the City Council voted 7-1 today to keep their compensation the same.

NATURE: River Of No Return

April 16
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Central Idaho’s Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 States. Endless rugged mountains, wild rivers, forests and deep canyons define this land — home to numerous species of wildlife, including wolves, who have just returned after 50 years of near absence. A young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock, chose this wilderness for their year-long honeymoon. But what begins as a romantic adventure becomes something much greater for the couple — and a tale of hope and celebration for every life trying to make it in the unforgiving heart of the wilderness.

Tax Tips for Last-Minute Filers

April 16
By Neiko Will
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April 17th -- tomorrow -- is tax day. If you haven't filed yet, you are not alone. The IRS reports a third of taxpayers wait until April to file.

Border Patrol Apprehends Boatload of Undocumented Immigrants

April 16
By Adrian Florido
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Agents spotted the boat two miles off the coast of Ocean Beach and swarmed it when made landfall.

Community Groups Want More Say In San Diego Budget

April 16
By Katie Orr
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Several San Diego community groups are calling for more public involvement in the city budget process.

Missing Camp Pendleton Wife Victim of Foul Play, Say Investigators

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Investigators believe missing Camp Pendleton wife Brittany Killgore has met with foul play. And they say jailed Pendleton Marine Louis Ray Perez may be tied to her disappearance.

Quadruple Amputee Soldier Fights for Life (Video)

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, a soldier who lost all four limbs to an IED blast in Afghanistan on April 10th, underwent surgery today in what is considered the first step on a very long road to recovery.

Navy Bomb Patrol Unit Hosts Kids Career Day in San Diego (Video)

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the Navy's elite bomb patrol units hosted a career day for kids in San Diego.

Activists Call for Permanent Shutdown At San Onofre As More Tubes Showing Wear

April 16
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As Southern California Edison reports tubes in a second reactor are also showing signs of accelerated wear, activists are calling for the nuclear power plant to be permanently shutdown.

Car Accidents Leading Cause Of Teen Deaths

April 16
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Despite a sharp decline in teens getting their drivers licenses nationwide, car accidents are still the leading cause of death for 16-to-19 year olds.

7th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival

April 16
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On Saturday April 28, the San Diego Shakespeare Society will hold its 7th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival in Balboa Park from noon to 4 p.m.

FRONTLINE: The Real CSI

April 16
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A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom. From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony and the FBI’s botched investigation of the Madrid terrorist bombing to capital cases in rural Mississippi, FRONTLINE documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice.

Military Scopes Out High Schools for Cybersecurity Talent

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. military and defense contractors are looking to the nation's high schools for talented youngsters who could one day help defend the country against cyberattacks.

PACs Playing Major Role In Congressional Fundraising

April 16
By Kevin Crowe and Investigative Newsource
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As the June primary nears, candidates running for federal office in the 52nd and 51st Congressional Districts are drumming up support for their campaigns.

A Brewery's Vivid Artwork, Mothballed for Years

April 16
By Angela Carone and Kelly Bennett
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A brewery built in Barrio Logan after Prohibition contained bright murals and colorful windows, furniture and even ceiling beams. The property is now a parking lot, and the art's been sitting in storage for more than two decades. This is the first of a two-part series reported together with Voice of San Diego.

Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years

April 16
Frank James, NPR
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Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, with collaborator Howard Rosenthal of New York University, has spent decades charting the partisan ideological shifts and polarization in Congress from the 18th Century until now to get the view of how the political landscape has changed from 30,000 feet up. What they have found is that the Republican Party is the most conservative it has been a century.

Navy Plans To Homeport Two More Aircraft Carriers

April 16
City News Service
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The U.S. Navy plans to homeport two additional aircraft carriers and 10 more surface ships in San Diego by 2017, an admiral is expected to tell the City Council today.

Brother Of Stephanie Crowe To Ask Judge For Pronouncement Of Innocence

April 16
City News Service
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The wrongfully accused brother of a slain 12-year-old Escondido girl will ask a judge today to make a formal pronouncement that he is factually innocent of killing her.

Americans Do Not Walk The Walk, And That's A Growing Problem

April 16
Bill Chappell, NPR
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"Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer Tom Vanderbilt. A reliance on cars combined with a lack of sidewalks means that what started as a push for convenience has become a difficult problem.

Marine Questioned In Case Of Missing San Diego Woman

April 16
City News Service
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Authorities searched today for a 22-year-old North County woman who disappeared last week under suspicious circumstances after getting together with an active-duty serviceman, who was later jailed on an unrelated weapon charge.

Bill Aims To Make Things Easier For Chronic Pain Sufferers

April 16
By Kenny Goldberg
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Chronic pain sufferers could get doctor-prescribed medicines sooner under a bill in the California Legislature.

San Diego Council To Get Balanced Budget

April 16
By Katie Orr
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For the first time in years San Diego is not looking at an upcoming budget deficit. The council will be presented with the mayor’s proposed budget today.

San Diego Gas Price Sliding Down

April 16
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gas prices are on the verge of dipping below the $4 a gallon barrier. Prices have been falling since last month.

How Can Romney Win? GOP Women Have Some Ideas

April 16
NPR
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A new poll shows women prefer Obama over Gov. Mitt Romney by 19 points. Even some Republican women say Democrats probably represent women's interests better. That perception problem is something many GOP leaders are trying to fight — luckily, some of them are women, too.