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Stories for December 6, 2012

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To Catch A Suspect -- On Pinterest

Dec. 6
Emma Jacobs / NPR

Pinterest is known as a place where people share recipes, crafts or fashion. But a new set of images have started showing up on the social media site: mug shots.

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Mexicans In US Make Less Money Than Any Other Immigrant Group

Dec. 6
By Jill Replogle

Mexican immigrants in the U.S. make less on average than immigrants from any other part of the world, according to new research based on U.S. Census and labor data.

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Unfinished Narco-Tunnel Discovered In Tecate

Dec. 6
Erin Siegal

On Thursday in Tecate, Mexico, a partially constructed-drug tunnel was discovered by the Mexican army.

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State Gives San Diego $6.9 Million In Miscalculated Fees

Dec. 6
City News Service

The city of San Diego will receive $6.9 million after the state Supreme Court ruled that counties miscalculated fees for the administration of property taxes, and the funds should go straight into public safety needs, Mayor Bob Filner announced today.

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Citizen Activist Challenges License Amendment For San Onofre

Dec. 6
By Alison St John

A San Diego citizen activist is challenging Southern California Edison’s attempt to change San Onofre’s operating license agreement.

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San Diego Facing Several Special Elections

Dec. 6
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Elections and resignations have led to a game of political musical chairs in south San Diego County. But different deadlines and jurisdictions means it’s unlikely one special election can sort everything out.

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Decreasing Number Of Undocumented Immigrants Living In US

Dec. 6
Erin Siegal

The sharp decline of unauthorized Mexican immigrants living in the United States continues, says the Pew Hispanic Center.

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U.S. Olive Oil Makers Say Imports Aren't Always So 'Extra Virgin'

Dec. 6
Allison Aubrey / NPR

Italians may still be light-years ahead when it comes to gelato, but when it comes to extra-virgin olive oil? Watch out: U.S. producers are on it.

Mormon Church Launches Website On 'Same-Sex Attraction'

Dec. 6
Dana Farrington / NPR

The Mormon Church has a new website to clarify its position on "same-sex attraction" and to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."

Crime-Ridden Camden To Dump City Police Force

Dec. 6
Ailsa Chang / NPR

As the New Jersey city of Camden blasts through its all-time-high homicide record -- exceeding 60 murders so far this year -- city officials have an unusual solution to rising crime: laying off the entire police department.

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Post-Sandy Fixes To NYC Subways To Cost Billions

Dec. 6
Joel Rose / NPR

Most subway stations in New York City affected by Superstorm Sandy have opened by now, but the South Ferry station at the southern tip of Manhattan is still closed. And when you get inside, it's easy to see why.

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Boehner Faces Conservative Backlash Over Fiscal Cliff Talks

Dec. 6
Tamara Keith / NPR

The Internet has not been kind to House Speaker John Boehner in recent days. On Twitter, there are some new, not-so-subtle hashtags going around: #boehnermustgo, #fireboehner and #purgeboehner.

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Businesses, Not Consumers, Sour On Economy

Dec. 6
Yuki Noguchi / NPR

When it comes to the economy, consumers and business owners have very different takes right now. Consumers are feeling positive, but the mood among businesses is at recession levels.

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School Board To Swear In New Member On Monday

Dec. 6
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District will swear in its new and re-elected trustees at a special meeting scheduled for Monday.

To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness

Dec. 6
Kathy Lohr / NPR

For the past decade, Spelman College, a historically black women's school in Atlanta, has fielded NCAA teams in basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and other sports. But when its small Division III conference started dwindling, college President Beverly Tatum says the school decided it was time to change focus.

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Texas Lawmaker To Invoice Mexico's New President

Dec. 6
By David Martin Davies

A Texas state representative says he's sending a bill to Mexico's new president for illegal immigration.

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Medical Manual Changes Designation Of Some Autistic Disorders

Dec. 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

The American Psychiatric Association's manual that classifies mental disorders has changed the designation of some autistic disorders. How will this affect families in San Diego?

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SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan Derailed, What's Next?

Dec. 6
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Leaders of the group that brought the lawsuit that took down the county's regional transportation plan explain why they challenged the RTP in court.

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December Arts And Culture Picks

Dec. 6
By Alex Morales

The year is coming to an end and the holidays are in full swing. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales shares her top 10 arts and culture picks for December.

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Weekend Preview: Local Art Shows And Boozy-Themed Dinners

Dec. 6
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

From local art shows to unique, four-course meals inspired by the drinks they're paired with, here are a few events to check out this weekend.

US, Mexico Complete Trial Of Flying Deportees Home

Dec. 6
Associated Press

The U.S. and Mexican governments have completed a two-month program to fly deportees deep into Mexico, and the U.S. is looking to the new administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on whether to continue the effort aimed at relieving overwhelmed Mexican border cities.

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Officials To Move 80,000 San Diego Kids To Medi-Cal

Dec. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

California officials say they're going full speed ahead with plans to close the popular Healthy Families program and move kids to Medi-Cal.

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Post-Sandy: Atlantic City Wants Its Tourists Back

Dec. 6
David Schaper / NPR

A month after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey Shore, Atlantic City is back in business. Even though most of the casinos and restaurants received very little damage in the storm, they're now suffering from a lack of visitors. But the city has launched an effort to change that.

What Should The U.S. Learn From Europe's Woes?

Dec. 6
Tom Gjelten / NPR

As President Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers assess the need for spending cuts and tax increases against the risk of triggering a new recession, they might look across the Atlantic for insights from those who have already grappled with those budgetary questions.