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Stories for August 22, 2012

Bomb Threat At SDSU: Campus Given All Clear

Aug. 22
By Elle Masri
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At approximately 3:30pm a bomb threat was called in to San Diego State University. After SDSU Police and bomb-sniffing dogs were called in, an all clear was given at 5:35pm.

Accused Killer's Courtroom Outburst: "I'm Guilty!"

Aug. 22
By Katie Orr
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Accused killer Armando Perez stunned a downtown courtroom by shouting "I'm guilty!" at his Superior Court arraignment today.

Ban On Doghunts Of Bears, Bobcats Passes Assembly

Aug. 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A bill that would ban the use of dogs to hunt bears or bobcats in California has passed the State Assembly after a bitter debate.

PBS Convention Coverage: A NewsHour Special Report: Republican Convention

Aug. 22
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Veteran journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchor complete live coverage of the Republican National Political Convention, from the opening gavel to its official close. Between speeches and events on the convention floor, Ifill and Woodruff interview political newsmakers and solicit analysis and perspective from NewsHour regulars Shields and Brooks, presidential historians and others.

Bill Would Tack One Dollar On To Many Traffic Fines

Aug. 22
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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Many traffic fines would go up a dollar under a bill approved by the California Senate today.

Diesel Trucks Inspected In Otay Mesa For Pollution Laws Compliance

Aug. 22
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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Heavy-duty diesel trucks filling the air with dark smoke were inspected at Otay Mesa before entering Mexico today.

Navy SEAL Who Watched Osama Bin Laden Die To Publish Book

Aug. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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One of the Navy SEALs responsible for taking down Osama Bin Laden is publishing a book about the mission. Called “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,” the book is scheduled to be released on September 11.

Lily Pond Receives Temporary Repairs

Aug. 22
City News Service
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Temporary fixes were completed today at the iconic lily pond at Balboa Park, which was damaged during a water gun fight that got out of control.

Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division (Forward) Arrives Home Today

Aug. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The troops of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division (Forward) returned home today after seven months in Afghanistan. Family and friends were on hand early this morning to greet the 130 Marines and Sailors of the 1stMarDiv (Fwd).

Travelscope: Naturally Los Angeles

Aug. 22
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Uncover the secrets and hidden treasures of some of the world's most exciting destinations in the second season of TRAVELSCOPE. While most visitors head for Hollywood or Rodeo Drive, host Joseph Rosendo introduces viewers to some of Los Angeles’ little-known treasures from hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and wine tasting in Malibu to the Venice Beach drum circle — a weekly celebration of the city’s diversity.

Afghan War Death Toll Now More Than 2000 - Do Americans Care?

Aug. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The New York Times claims 2,000 Americans have died in the Afghanstan War as of this week. CNN tallied the death toll at 2,000 back in June. The Department of Defense reports the number of U.S. troops dead in Operation Enduring Freedom at 1,972. But is civilian America even noticing? Most polls say no.

High Tech Hook To Keep Kids In School

Aug. 22
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An SDSU professor has found a high-tech way to keep kids in school. We hear about this new software, where it's being tested and when it could be used in San Diego.

What's Next For San Onofre?

Aug. 22
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News that Southern California Edison is laying off 730 employees at the San Onofre nuclear power plant has many questioning what the future holds for the idle plant. Both reactors have been offline since January, when leaks were found inside tubes that carry radioactive water through the steam generators. We take a look.

New Scandinavian Cooking: Rich Farmland

Aug. 22
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In this episode, Andreas visits the county of Hedmark in Eastern Norway, a region known for big farms and abundance of produce. Inspired by 19th-century recipes of Norway's first cookbook writer, Andreas makes beef meatballs, sour cream porridge with air-cured ham and thick steaks served with mushroom ragu and potato gratin.

What Pronoun Usage In Books Says About Cultural Shifts

Aug. 22
Midday Edition
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New research from San Diego State University looks at how pronoun usage in books reflects changing gender roles and other cultural shifts over the last century.

Mars Rover Curiosity Makes First Test Drive

Aug. 22
ALICIA CHANG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The NASA rover Curiosity made its first test drive Wednesday on ancient soil of Mars. The drive was successful and means the rover's mobility system is fully functional.

New Sea Otter Count Shows Slow Population Growth

Aug. 22
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New data show a slight increase in the number of threatened California sea otters swimming in coastal waters, a comeback made more difficult because of a recent uptick in shark attacks.

Simply Ming: Cooking On The Fly: Shermay Lee & Peranakan Cooking

Aug. 22
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Chef Ming explores Peranakan cooking in Singapore with chef and cookbook author Shermay Lee whose cooking is living proof that grandmothers know best. Sharing with Ming her grandmother’s decades old recipe for a traditional dish, Shermay takes us, and Ming, on a culinary adventure. From finding ingredients in an outdoor market to using her family’s timeworn mortar and pestle, this episode highlights the culinary history and the exotic flavors found only in Singapore.

Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

Aug. 22
Mark Memmott, NPR
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Two new polls come to much the same conclusion about the 2012 presidential campaign: There is little evidence that Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan will affect the election, beyond helping unify Romney's conservative base.

Fugitive Husband Of Slain SD College Student Returned To US From Mexico

Aug. 22
Associated Press
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Authorities say a man wanted in the killing of his 19-year-old estranged wife at San Diego City College in 2010 has been returned to the United States from Mexico.

Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers

Aug. 22
Tracy Samilton, NPR
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Some day, your car might be able to "talk" to other cars and traffic signals. In this brave new world, wireless devices will alert drivers to traffic jams, dangers ahead and even take control of the vehicle from the driver to avert a collision.

Remains Of Missing WWII Airman Identified

Aug. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Nearly 68 years to the day that Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan went missing over the skies of Germany during World War II, his remains have been identified and returned to his family. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery will full military honors on Friday.

Lawyers Say We'll Soon Know The Cost Of Reclaiming De Anza Cove

Aug. 22
By Tom Fudge
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Court is expected to settle the legal question of relocating mobile home park residents early next year.

Pilot Project Gets San Diego's Chronic Homeless Off The Streets

Aug. 22
By Dwane Brown
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A former frequent flyer to the emergency room has been off the streets of San Diego for more than a year, thanks to a rental assistance voucher program.

Will Common Core Curriculum Clear The Way for Arts In Schools?

Aug. 22
By Kyla Calvert
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Critics of using standardized test scores to judge schools say its focus on basic reading and math skills has crowded subjects like art and science out of many schools. California is starting to roll out new curriculum standards this year that some hope will bring arts back to the classroom.

55 San Diego Kids To Graduate From Drug Court Program

Aug. 22
City News Service
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It's graduation day for 55 San Diego youths who have remained drug-free and law-abiding for nine months.

San Diego County Treasurer Calls For School Bond Reform

Aug. 22
City News Service
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San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector Dan McAllister proposed legislation Tuesday to bring California's government and education codes into alignment regarding how school districts issue bonds.

Turtle Rescued After Being Taped To Balloons

Aug. 22
10 News
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Authorities are looking for whoever taped a turtle to several balloons and sent it flying in an Oceanside neighborhood.