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Stories for April 25, 2012

County Crime Rate Hits 30-Year Low

April 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Rates of violent and property crime in the San Diego area hit new, 30-year lows once again last year, according to an annual regional report released today.

One Dead, Four Injured In I-805 Crash That Leaves SUV Hanging Off Bridge

April 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A chain-reaction freeway crash caused by a hit-and-run driver today left five people injured -- one fatally -- and trapped in a mangled SUV hanging precariously over the edge of a three-story-high bridge on Interstate 805 in Sorrento Valley.

San Diego's S&P Credit Rating Improves To A+

April 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Ratings for San Diego's long-term bond issues were raised today from A- to A+ by the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's, which cited improved forecasting practices and budget adjustments.

Colombian Ambassador To The U.S. Talks Drug War

April 25
By Jill Replogle
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Some Latin American leaders, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, are lobbying for a serious discussion on new ways to fight what many see as a losing war against illicit drugs.

2 Million Gallons Of Sewage Flow From Tijuana River To Ocean

April 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A spill of roughly two million gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River left an already contaminated stretch of shoreline just north of the U.S.-Mexico line further fouled today.

San Diego Executives Move To The Middle

April 25
By Katie Orr, Mark Sauer
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They’re socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and they say they’re going independent. A group of San Diego business executives is calling for political moderation.

New Details In Navy Officer's Triple Murder Suicide Released

April 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Sheriff's officials released their final conclusions today about a New Year's Day triple murder and suicide carried out by a 25-year-old naval officer at a Coronado condominium, revealing new details about the shooting rampage but providing no answers as to what motivated it.

Festival Highlight: San Diego Student Film Festival

April 25
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Catch a glimpse of the next generation of filmmakers at the first annual San Diego Student Film Festival being held Thursday April 26 from 5:00 to 10:00pm at San Diego City College's Saville Theater.

SD Conference Focuses On Veterans Mental Health Issues

April 25
Midday Edition
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Former U.S. Drug Czar, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, talks about efforts to help returning veterans who've suffered brain injuries and mental health problems.

Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New

April 25
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The second in a series of Lidia Celebrates America specials airing on PBS, this one‐hour program explores America’s rich cultural heritage as seen through the lens of its wedding ceremonies and the special foods and traditions associated with them.

First Case Of Mad Cow Disease Discovered In Calif.

April 25
Midday Edition
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The Government says the discovery of one California cow with mad cow disease proves the food safety system works.

Anti-Obama Marine Sgt. Gary Stein Officially Discharged Today

April 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Anti-Obama Marine Sgt. Gary Stein has been dismissed from the Marines today with an "Other than Honorable" discharge.

San Diego Air Quality Not America's Finest

April 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new report says San Diego has some of the nation's most ozone-polluted air.

SDSU's Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Placed On Interim Suspension

April 25
KPBS News And City News Service
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The Phi Kappa Theta fraternity at San Diego State University has been placed on interim suspension pending the conclusion of an investigation into the death of SDSU student Barzeen Barzanji, according to a statement by SDSU officials.

Marine Found Dead at MCRD San Diego Identified

April 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military has identified the Marine found dead Monday morning in his MCRD San Diego barracks. No cause of death has been released for Lance Cpl. Martin Lopez Jr., who was just 20-years-old.

Second Arrest in Murder of Marine Wife Brittany Killgore (Video)

April 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton Marine believed to be the last person to see Marine wife Brittany Killgore alive has been arrested for her murder.

Spring Storm Moves Into San Diego

April 25
City News Service

A late season storm will move into San Diego County today, with the heaviest precipitation this evening, forecasters said.

SD School Board OKs Layoffs Of 1,000 More Employees

April 25
City News Service
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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education voted 3-1 Tuesday night to issue layoff notices to about 975 full- and part- time classified employees for the next fiscal year to help balance a budget deficit that could reach $122 million.

Controversial Arizona Law Reaches Supreme Court

April 25
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The U.S. Supreme Court takes up yet another incendiary election issue Wednesday when it hears arguments on a controversial Arizona law that targets illegal immigrants.

Alpha Project's Casa Raphael Is Changing Lives And The Community

April 25
By Dwane Brown
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Two former San Diego gang members who grew up in the same neighborhood are now trying to turn their lives around. They're residents of the county's largest state licensed alcohol and drug treatment facility run by the Alpha Project.