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Stories for December 5, 2012

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Lorena Gonzalez Announces Run For State Assembly Seat

Dec. 5, 2012
KPBS News

Lorena Gonzalez, the secretary-treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, announced Wednesday she will run for the 80th State Assembly District.

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Power Outage Hits More Than 3,000 In Hillcrest

Dec. 5, 2012
KPBS News

More than 3,000 residents of Hillcrest, Balboa Park, Golden Hills, Old Town and Mission Hills were without power Wednesday evening.

Washington State Governor Signs Gay Marriage Into Law

Dec. 5, 2012
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Gay and lesbian couples in Washington state can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses tomorrow. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Wednesday a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state.

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New Stunning Nighttime Views Of Earth Unveiled

Dec. 5, 2012
Associated Press

NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," seems lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday.

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Elderly Members Of Atheist Group Face Jeers, Fears From Peers

Dec. 5, 2012
By Claire Trageser

A group of retirement center residents in Carlsbad have started a group called Atheists Anonymous. But the group's leader says their reception hasn't been positive.

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Tuberculosis Cases Found At Vista, San Ysidro Schools

Dec. 5, 2012
City News Service

People at school campuses at both ends of San Diego County have been diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have infected students and employees, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

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San Diego State Applications Hit Record High

Dec. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State received more than 74,000 applications for fall 2013.

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Gloria Pushing 'Sexy Streets' In San Diego

Dec. 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Newly-elected City Council President Todd Gloria wants to make San Diego’s streets sexy, and he wants communities to help.

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San Diego Law Enforcement Agencies React To Immigration Opinion

Dec. 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The San Diego Police Department says it will not change any of its policies relating to the treatment of undocumented arrestees.

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Looming Spending Cuts Would Hit Hard All Over

Dec. 5, 2012
Jim Zarroli / NPR

Tax increases are only a part of what lies ahead if Congress can't come to an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff by the new year. Massive spending cuts will also kick in -- and those cuts will be felt throughout the economy.

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White House To Seek Emergency Sandy Funds

Dec. 5, 2012
Brian Naylor / NPR

Billions in damages and not enough in the bank account -- that's where federal officials find themselves in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Obama And House GOP Engage In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Only Briefly With Each Other

Dec. 5, 2012
Mara Liasson / NPR

The president and House Republicans continued to snipe at each other Wednesday over the impending set of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. They traded accusations and blame during another day with plenty of talk, but -- until late in the day, at least -- no negotiations.

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It Ain't Got That Twang Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Dec. 5, 2012
Matt Largey / NPR

When most people think of Texas -- and what makes a Texan -- one of the first things that might come to mind is the way Lyndon Johnson or the late Gov. Ann Richards spoke.

In Arid West, Cheatgrass Turns Fires Into Infernos

Dec. 5, 2012
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Cheatgrass is about as western as cowboy boots and sagebrush. It grows in yellowish clumps, about knee high to a horse, and likes arid land.

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MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Steaming

Dec. 5, 2012

Steaming is one of the fastest and healthiest ways to cook — and it’s not just for vegetables. Martha demonstrates a variety of steaming techniques and tools that allow you to make complete meals in just minutes. She’ll show you how to cook chicken breasts in parchment paper for moist, flavorful meat, as well as how to clean and steam mussels. And if you’ve never used a bamboo steamer before, you’ll become a convert after watching Martha use one to prepare steamed salmon and peas simultaneously for a quick and easy dinner.

As Two States Legalize Pot, Tommy Chong Isn't Nostalgic About The Old Days

Dec. 5, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

With Washington state set to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana just after midnight tonight, and Colorado set to decriminalize pot next month, All Things Considered today turned to "stoner" comic Tommy Chong to get his perspective.

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MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Roasting

Dec. 5, 2012

This episode is devoted to roasting, a straightforward and adaptable technique that works well for meat, fish and chicken. Martha’s roast chicken showcases the benefits of this method, with a crisp exterior and moist interior. Because roasting so beautifully concentrates the flavors of the ingredients, it’s also well suited to vegetables, and Martha includes a recipe for a delicious roasted root vegetable salad.

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La Jolla Cove Stinks. What Are The Options For Cleaning Up The Bluffs?

Dec. 5, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

La Jolla residents have nosed out the problem, now they need a plan to stop the smell at the cove.

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Are Tourism Woes For Baja Over?

Dec. 5, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Tijuana and Rosarito Beach used to be prime destinations for holiday shopping and celebration. But then came the drug cartel war and tourism ground to a halt.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Monsters Of Folk

Dec. 5, 2012

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, alternative rock supergroup Monsters of Folk performs songs from its debut album.

Supervisors Approve Eye-Gnat Program

Dec. 5, 2012
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a program today to reduce the number of eye gnats around organic farms -- without the use of pesticides.

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New Study Examines Phoenix-Sonora Business Ties

Dec. 5, 2012
By Jude Joffe-Block

The Maricopa Association of Governments commissioned the study, which is focused on boosting cross-border ties between small and medium-sized businesses.

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Holiday Concerts, Both Traditional And Non-Traditional

Dec. 5, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

Whether you love or loathe holiday music, there are many concert options to help celebrate the season, from the traditional to more tongue-in-cheek.

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In Remains Of 'Pozolero' Victims Dissolved In Acid, Tijuana Families Find Hope

Dec. 5, 2012
Erin Siegal

Investigators in Tijuana have made a gruesome discovery in the last week — but it is one that gives hope to families in Baja California whose loved ones have been kidnapped or "disappeared."

Border Patrol Agent Kills Illegal Immigrant

Dec. 5, 2012
By Michel Marizco

The FBI is investigating a U.S. Border Patrol-agent-involved killing that happened Sunday afternoon along the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Coast Guard Member's Death Signals Greater Danger In Patrolling Border Waters

Dec. 5, 2012
By Jill Replogle

The recent death of a Coast Guard member during an apparent smuggling incident suggests the California coast may be an increasingly dangerous front in the war on drugs.

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'NY Post' Photographer: I Was Too Far Away To Reach Man Hit By Train

Dec. 5, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

It's a horrifying image that has sparked a passionate debate.

Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

Dec. 5, 2012
David Schultz / NPR

More than 10 years after she was a internal medicine resident, Dr. Vineet Arora still thinks about how her shifts used to end.

San Diego School Bond Projects Move Forward

Dec. 5, 2012
City News Service

Nearly 50 San Diego Unified School District construction projects were completed under a $2.1 billion bond approved in 2008, and the Board of Education on Tuesday night voted 3-0 to combine its remaining planned projects along with those slated under a $2.8 billion bond passed last month then tackle the most urgent first.

Final San Onofre Steam Generator Being Moved To Utah

Dec. 5, 2012
City News Service

The last of four original steam generators being moved from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Utah for storage will be trucked out beginning tonight, according to plant operators.

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Girls Gain Dating Violence Awareness, Filmmaking Skills

Dec. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A new program based in Linda Vista teaches girls filmmaking skills and how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship.

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San Diego Rents Show No Hint Of Falling

Dec. 5, 2012
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's rental housing market hasn't recovered to pre-crash levels, but low vacancy rates mean rents will likely continue their upward journey.

'Gay Therapy' Ban in Legal Limbo

Dec. 5, 2012
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio Network

A new and controversial California law that would crack down on a therapy aimed at turning gay people straight has sparked two conflicting rulings by two different federal judges.

Legislators Want Prop 39 Money To Go To Energy Projects In Schools

Dec. 5, 2012
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio Network

Proposition 39, which was approved by California voters last month, sets aside $2.5 billion for energy efficiency projects by ending a tax exemption on out-of-state companies.Legislation introduced would use part of that money on schools.

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Food Truck Fundraiser Supports Meals On Wheels

Dec. 5, 2012
By Dwane Brown

Meals On Wheels is getting support from food truck vendors and car dealers to feed low-income seniors in San Diego county.

Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods

Dec. 5, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

A week-old strike that "crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach" and kept about $1 billion worth of goods a day from arriving on shore is set to end today.

Crime On The Farm: Hay Thefts Soar As Drought Deepens

Dec. 5, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

Your crime fodder ... sorry, make that blotter ... news of the day.