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Stories for August 27, 2012

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The Born Free Legacy

Aug. 27, 2012

Joy Adamson’s book "Born Free" caused a sensation when it was first published in March 1960. As well as topping the New York Times bestseller list, the book and its later film adaptation made a massive impact on conservation and science. This program revisits the inspirational story of Joy and her husband George, a game warden turned wildlife observationist and author. The entertaining account of the couple’s experiences and adventures in Africa as they raised orphaned lioness cub Elsa, and their success in training her to survive in the wild, won the hearts of people around the world and completely changed perceptions of human and lion interaction.

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San Onofre Vigilant About Earthquakes, Even While Offline

Aug. 27, 2012
By Alison St John

Operators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant felt the earthquakes that shook Brawley over the weekend. Even though the reactors are currently shut down, earthquakes are still a threat at San Onofre.

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San Onofre Preparing To Empty Radioactive Fuel From One Reactor

Aug. 27, 2012
MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press

The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is preparing to empty the radioactive fuel from one of its twin reactors, a federal official said Monday, another sign the plant won't be operating at full capacity anytime soon, if ever.

State Assembly Approves Bill Requiring Drivers To Give Bikers 3-Foot Buffer

Aug. 27, 2012
Associated Press

California bicyclists who navigate busy roads may be able to ride a little easier if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law.

Assembly Approves Bill To Allow More Than Two Parents

Aug. 27, 2012
HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

A bill approved Monday by the state Assembly would allow judges to declare more than two legal parents for some California children.

How To Prepare For An Earthquake: Fire Officials' Reminder

Aug. 27, 2012
City News Service

In response to the Imperial Valley earthquake swarm that was felt in parts of San Diego County, fire officials today issued a reminder on how to prepare for an emergency.

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San Diego Relief Agencies Prepare for Isaac

Aug. 27, 2012
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross sent five disaster workers to the Gulf Coast to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac, while San Diego-based International Relief Teams was doing some early groundwork in case more help is needed, the agencies reported today.

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Archbishop Arrested On DUI Suspicion At SDSU Checkpoint

Aug. 27, 2012
City News Service

A San Diego native recently appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend in his hometown.

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Military Helps States In Tropical Storm Isaac's Path Prepare (Video)

Aug. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

States like Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi are directly in tropical storm Isaac's projected path, and the military is helping those states prepare for what could be a direct hit from a hurricane.

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Soldiers Who Burned Quran To Get Administrative Punishments

Aug. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The six American soldiers who accidentally burned Qurans they thought were trash will face administrative punishments and not courts-martial, it was announced today. The Quran burnings sparked weeks of violent protests in Afghanistan.

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SDSU Fall Semester Starts Today

Aug. 27, 2012
By Neiko Will and City News Service

It's back to school for SDSU and Cal State San Marcos today.

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Beach Face Lift To Begin Next Month

Aug. 27, 2012
By Alison St John

San Diego beaches will get a face-lift next month as millions of tons of sand are pumped from the ocean floor onto beaches from the South Bay to North County.

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No Courts-Martial For Marines Who Urinated On Dead Taliban

Aug. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The three Marines who were videotaped urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban will not face court martial, according to an announcement today by the Marine Corps.

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What Do The RNC And Republican Platform Mean to San Diego?

Aug. 27, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

As the Republican National Convention gets underway, political science professor Carl Luna explains what the convention and the party platform mean to San Diegans.

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New Hope For Juveniles Sentenced To Life Without Parole

Aug. 27, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A bill that would allow judges to reconsider juveniles' sentences after they serve at least 15 years in prison was passed last week by California legislators. But, Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants to veto it.

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Afghan Soldier Kills Two U.S. Troops In Latest Insider Attacks

Aug. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Two more U.S. troops have lost their lives to green on blue violence. An Afghan soldier described as "rogue" by several media outlets shot to death the two Americans in east Afghanistan today.

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Outside Donors Fuel Prop. Opponents, Fund Mayoral Hopefuls

Aug. 27, 2012
By Kevin Crowe / inewsource

If all politics is local, all fundraising isn’t. Councilman Carl DeMaio headed north to Orange County last week to raise money for his mayoral campaign in San Diego.

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Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Aug. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, 20, died August 24 in Bagram, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. No cause of death was given. Horne is the 36th woman to die in Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Tempest In Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

Aug. 27, 2012
Ron Elving, NPR

The storm may give the GOP presidential contender a unique chance to make an impression.

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San Diego Man Mauled To Death By Grizzly Bear

Aug. 27, 2012
City News Service

A San Diego man mauled to death by a grizzly bear he was photographing in Alaska's Denali National Park had taken mandatory bear awareness training but failed to stay a safe distance away from the wild animal as instructed, it was reported Sunday.

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Isaac Churns Into Gulf, May Strike Near New Orleans

Aug. 27, 2012
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the northern Gulf Coast early Monday and promised to give the Republican National Convention a good drenching after lashing the Florida Keys with wind and rain but apparently causing little damage.

Used Car Dealer Measures Still Moving Despite Opposition

Aug. 27, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Opponents of efforts to crack down on “Buy Here, Pay Here” used car dealers are hoping to block three bills in the California legislature before Friday’s end-of-session deadline.