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Stories for April 23, 2012

World Book Night Hosts Giveaway

April 23
By Helen Hawes
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One million books will be given away tonight to entice more readers to lose themselves in the printed word.

Friends Set Up Memorial Facebook Page for Camp Pendleton Marine Killed in Afghanistan

April 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The loved ones of Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser are remembering their friend today on Facebook after learning he was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Judge Will Not Stop Walmart Construction In Sherman Heights

April 23
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A judge on Monday denied a bid for a temporary restraining order that would have stopped demolition work at the site of a Walmart store in a landmark building in Sherman Heights.

High School Athletics Losing Out To Club Sports

April 23
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There was a time when a kid played soccer on whatever youth team he or she was assigned to, and then went on to play on the local high school team. But times have changed, and now parents want their teenagers on time-consuming and expensive club sports. The goal? College athletic scholarships.

Baby Elephant Seal Rescued at Moonlight Beach

April 23
By Katie Schoolov
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Springtime is when young seals are weaned from their mothers, but if they're hunting skills aren't up to par, they beach themselves on San Diego's shores. At Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, three California Elephant Seals have been rescued just in the past week.

U.S. Drug Strategy Shifts To Prevention, But Mostly Funds Enforcement

April 23
By Jill Replogle
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The Obama Administration recently released its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy which it says includes a stronger focus on prevention and treatment. But funding for enforcing anti-drug laws still predominates.

San Diego Lottery Winner Gets $230,000

April 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Someone who purchased a Fantasy 5 ticket at a College Grove area liquor store for Sunday night's drawing won more than $230,000, the California Lottery announced today.

Bill To Expand Abortion Access To Go Before California Legislature

April 23
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill that could increase the number of abortion providers in California gets its first hearing in the state legislature.

Marine Found Dead at MCRD San Diego

April 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Marine was found dead this morning in the barracks at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Marine Found Dead In MCRD Barracks

April 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A Marine was found dead today in a barracks room at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, base officials reported.

Haditha Marines Face Dismissal For Lying To Investigators

April 23
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recently decided to order separation procedures for two Marines who admitted to lying about the 2005 shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Camp Pendleton Dad Finalist for Military Fatherhood Award

April 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton-based Navy Lt. Dennis Kelly is one of three finalists for the National Fatherhood Initiative's 2012 Military Fatherhood Award.

Security Clearance Yanked for Military in Secret Service Sex Scandal

April 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon has yanked the security clearance of members of the military involved in the Secret Service sex scandal.

Bizarre Turn in Case of Slain Marine Wife (Video)

April 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The case of murder victim and Camp Pendleton wife Brittany Killgore has taken a bizarre turn.

North County's Ecke Ranch Has An Option To Sell

April 23
By Alison St John
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The Ecke Ranch in Encinitas is famous for making poinsettia flowers synonymous with Christmas. The historic property may soon be sold to a non-profit foundation.

GOP Intensifies Its Outreach To Latino Voters Focusing On The Economy

April 23
Padmananda Rama, NPR
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Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is trying to end the deficit it's running with Latino voters by stepping up its outreach efforts.

Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor

April 23
NPR Staff
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Welfare reform in the 1990s helped slash cash benefit rolls, yet the use of food stamps is soaring today. About 15 percent of Americans use food stamps. They've become what some call the new welfare.

San Diego Gas Prices Fall Again

April 23
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County decreased today for the 25th time in 26 days, falling eight-tenths of a cent to $4.202, its lowest amount since Feb. 23.

Anglo-Swedish Drug Company Buying San Diego Biotech

April 23
Associated Press

Anglo-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca PLC is buying Ardea Biosciences, Inc., in a deal which values the U.S. biotech company at $1.26 billion.

Immigration Remains A Dicey Issue For Romney, GOP

April 23
Don Gonyea, NPR
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At a Republican candidates' forum in Wisconsin before the state's primary earlier this month, a speaker who wasn't on the ballot had strong words for the GOP regarding its low standing among Hispanic voters.

SD City Council Reaches Tentative Agreement With Employee Unions

April 23
City News Service

The city of San Diego reached tentative collective bargaining agreements with all six of its employee unions, including one in which an impasse hearing had been scheduled for today.