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Stories for August 16, 2012

Border Patrol Union President Indicted For Diverting Thousands In Funds For Personal Use

Aug. 16
City News Service
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The retired president of the National Border Patrol Union was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges he used his position he held for more than two decades to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.

Sally Ride Science Hires New CEO

Aug. 16
City News Service
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Sally Ride Science, a Golden Triangle-based education company working to increase interest in science and science careers, announced the hiring of a new CEO today to replace its founder, deceased astronaut Sally Ride.

City Council Says It Can Prevent Attempts To Block Prop B Implementation

Aug. 16
City News Service
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Current and incoming members of the San Diego City Council said today they have the votes to deny any attempt to block implementation of a critical component of a pension reform initiative passed by voters in June.

California Health Insurance Bills Pass Key Committees

Aug. 16
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network
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Under the measures, California health insurers could only set premium rates based on age, geography and family size starting in 2014. But the legislation would not let insurers charge smokers more for coverage.

New Poll Shows Munger's Tax Initiative Gaining Ground

Aug. 16
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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A new poll shows more Californians support tax measures on November’s statewide ballot.

Juveniles Could Get Shot At Parole After Key Legislative Vote

Aug. 16
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A controversial bill that's been stuck for more than a year has squeaked out of the California Assembly by a single vote. The measure would give juveniles sentenced to life without parole the chance to request a parole hearing.

Drones Are Controversial But Profitable For San Diego

Aug. 16
By Alison St John
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A veterans group is protesting the proliferation of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. Meanwhile researchers say San Diego reaps significant economic rewards for developing drones.

Ryan's District Gains Despite His Positions

Aug. 16
Brian Naylor, NPR
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Mitt Romney's running mate has staked out a reputation as a fiscal conservative, opposing the economic stimulus as well as earmarks. But when it comes to helping out his district in southern Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan's principles have been flexible.

Link Discovered Between PTSD And Concussions In The Military

Aug. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Troops who suffer concussions caused by blast or blunt trauma are more likely to suffer residual symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study.

As Heat Dries Land And Lake, Asthma Fears Rise In Imperial County

Aug. 16
By Adrian Florido
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Imperial County's water is being sold to thirsty Los Angeles and San Diego, raising fears that fallowed land is worsening an already bad asthma problem there.

MLB Owners Approve Padres Sale

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge
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Major League Baseball owners have approved the sale of the San Diego Padres to a group that includes the O'Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.

Could Ryan Lure Younger Voters To GOP?

Aug. 16
Sami Yenigun, NPR
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"He's young. He's energetic. He's popular. He's rising through the ranks of the Republican Party and in the House," says Rob Harrelson. "I think he's a great candidate. He's bringing a lot of energy to the campaign."

Pendleton Marines Among Those Killed This Week In Afghanistan

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
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As the War in Afghanistan winds down for U.S. troops, it is taking a frightening turn into uncertainty. Afghan soldiers have attacked and killed members of the U.S. military, foreign troops and even their own compatriots in recent days.

Weekend Preview: Esperanza Spalding, Tango At SummerFest And Big Freedia

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
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Gender-bending hip-hop from New Orleans, nuevo tango from Argentina and a musical phenom from Portland, Ore. are all coming to San Diego this weekend.

San Diego Public Market Plan Gains Momentum

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego is known for great weather, beautiful beaches and its laid-back lifestyle. Two women are working to make San Diego also known for its year-round public market.

U.S. Forest Service To Allow Nighttime Aerial Attacks On SoCal Fires

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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The U.S. Forest Service has decided to allow nighttime aerial attacks on wildfires in Southern California in a change of policy spurred by controversy over a 2009 blaze that grew to 250 square miles and threatened Los Angeles suburbs, congressional representatives announced Thursday.

Power Restored To 2,000 San Diego County Residents

Aug. 16
10 News
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San Diego Gas & Electric is reporting that power has been restored for about 2,000 homes and businesses affected by outages early Thursday.

USS Decatur To Depart San Diego On Friday For 8 Month Deployment

Aug. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Decatur is slated to leave San Diego tomorrow for an eight-month deployment. The guided-missile destroyer is headed to the Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility, which includes the Persian Gulf.

7 U.S. Troops Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

Aug. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Seven U.S. troops and four Afghans were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed this morning in Afghanistan. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for shooting down the aircraft.

Evacuation Orders Remain In East County As Wildfires Continue To Burn

Aug. 16
KPBS and City News Service
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About 400 residents of two back-country hamlets east of Julian remained under evacuation orders today as firefighters continued to make steady headway against a succession of lightning-sparked blazes that have raged over more than 15,500 open acres this week.

California's Most Modern Hospital Opens In Escondido

Aug. 16
By Kenny Goldberg
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It's not your grandfather's hospital. The new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido was designed with patients in mind.

San Diego County Jails Ban Letters For Inmates

Aug. 16
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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has a message for jail inmates: No more letters.