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Stories for December 12, 2012

Animal Adoption Center Opens For First Time In Pet Store

Dec. 12
By Dwane Brown
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For the first time, the Humane Society has partnered with a pet store for animal adoptions.

Peña Nieto Hears Needs, Concerns From Tijuana Business Leaders

Dec. 12
By Jill Replogle
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Less than two weeks after his inauguration, Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto met with business leaders in Tijuana on Wednesday. He got a long list of requests.

Gloria Targets Infrastucuture In Committee Assignments

Dec. 12
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San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria proposed creation of a new city committee and named new committee chairs.

Teach For America Coming To San Diego Schools For First Time

Dec. 12
By Kyla Calvert
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After years of layoffs, San Diego school trustees are laying foundations for future teacher hiring.

San Diego Voter Demographics Signal Permanent Power Shift, Report Says

Dec. 12
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Changes in San Diego voter demographics that became apparent with the election of Bob Filner as mayor are probably permanent, with the city's political power shifting toward independents and residents south of Interstate 8, according to a study released today.

California Gov. Brown Being Treated For Prostate Cancer

Dec. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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California Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer, which his physician says was caught at an "early stage." The governor's office announced the news today, adding that Brown's work schedule has not been disrupted.

Governor Jerry Brown Is Being Treated For Prostate Cancer

Dec. 12
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Gov. Jerry Brown's office says the California governor is undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

San Diego Water Managers Work To Extend Lifetime Of Massive Water Pipes

Dec. 12
By Erik Anderson
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The San Diego County Water Authority is in the midst of a major pipeline project that will extend the life of underground water pipes in the San Carlos area.

Wide Variations In Elective Surgeries Among Western Cities

Dec. 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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The likelihood of having elective surgery largely depends on where you live. A new report reveals some wide variations on elective surgeries among different parts of the West.

San Diego County Registrar Of Voters Deborah Seiler To Retire

Dec. 12
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San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler, who is retiring before the end of the year, said today she is anxious to return to her home in Sacramento and spend quality time with her husband and granddaughter.

Who Needs College? Young Entrepeneuer Bets On Bright Idea For Solar Energy

Dec. 12
Steve Henn / NPR
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Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient.

From Belgium To Piggly Wiggly: U.S. Beer Fans Snatch Up Elusive Ale

Dec. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR
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To many beer fans, the arrival of the Westvleteren 12 Trappist ale in American shops today is a chance to try a beer they've only read about on beer-geek blogs and sites -- where it's often given a "world-class" rating of 100.

Home Prices Continue Their Upward March

Dec. 12
By Tom Fudge
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November home prices in San Diego were up by nearly 14 percent compared to a year before.

From Icebergs To Desalination, Southwest Water Proposals Are Far-Reaching

Dec. 12
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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Solving the water woes of the Colorado River Basin is the subject of a new study released today by the Bureau of Reclamation.

In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012

Dec. 12
Liz Halloran / NPR
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No one can argue the setback to organized labor served up by Michigan's new law, which bars unions from requiring workers to pay dues even if they don't join their workplace bargaining unit.

New Policy For Young Immigrants Creates Paperwork Deluge

Dec. 12
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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In the six months since a new law opened a path to temporary legal status for some young immigrants in the U.S., more than 300,000 people have applied -- and have rushed to request qualifying documents from their schools.

Georgia Town Makes Claim For Fruitcake Capital Of The World

Dec. 12
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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In the small town of Claxton, Ga., two bakeries make more than four million pounds a year of the holiday treat. Both bakeries say Claxton is the fruitcake capital of the world, despite a similar claim made by a company in Corsicana, Texas.

Happy Birthday, El Cajon

Dec. 12
Consuela Steward
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The children waited patiently for the recreation leader to announce the next activity. He pulled out two brightly colored, round parachutes. Once untied, each one billowed, revealing colors of red, green, yellow and blue. There were not enough handles on the parachutes for every child, but that didn’t matter. They listened carefully to the leader’s instructions. It was apparent in their faces of anticipation that they all knew exactly what to do.

Veterans IVF Coverage Bill Could Soon Be Kaput

Dec. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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In vitro fertilization currently isn't covered by the VA for veterans with combat injuries which prevent them from naturally conceiving a baby. And legislation that would have changed this now looks like it won't make it out of Congress alive.

Brees Lawsuit Claims His Charity Was Cheated

Dec. 12
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his foundation are suing one of the former organizers of his celebrity golf tournament in southern California, saying the organizer cheated benefactors of the foundation out of thousands of dollars he kept for his own marketing firm.

Do Coercion Claims In Border Drug Smuggling Cases Signal A New Trend?

Dec. 12
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Claims of coercion in recent drug smuggling across the U.S. border could signal a new tactic being used by drug cartels.

Prop 30 Revenue Remains Unknown As SD Unified Votes On First Budget

Dec. 12
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When California voters approved Proposition 30 in November, many thought the landmark tax measure meant the beginning of the end of school budget woes. Last night San Diego Unified School Board approved its first budget, which included more cuts to make up a $84 million deficit.

San Diego Safari Park Breaks Ground On 5-Acre Tiger Habitat

Dec. 12
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Work began today on a five-acre Sumatran tiger habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, to be named after movie producer Thomas Tull and his wife, Alba. The exhibit will be named the Tull Family Tiger Trail to man behind the "Dark Knight'' films and other popular movies like "The Hangover'' and "300.''

Ravi Shankar, Sitar Virtuoso, Dies At 92

Dec. 12
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Shankar was responsible for making Indian classical music popular in the West, collaborating with artists as diverse as the Beatles and Yehudi Menuhin.

Soldier Killed In Vietnam War Buried Today At Arlington

Dec. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Capt. James M. Johnstone will be buried today in Arlington National Cemetery. The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced last week that Johnstone's remains had been identified after excavation in Laos. The Army captain had been missing in action since 1966.

Gay Marriage, Homosexuality Find Growing Support Among US Latinos

Dec. 12
By Veronica Zaragovia
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In the U.S., the Latino community is the youngest ethnic group. It's also becoming among the most supportive of gay marriage and homosexuality.

Peralta Again Denied Medal Of Honor

Dec. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The office of Rep. Duncan Hunter has told the U-T San Diego that the Department of Defense will not reconsider awarding San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta the Medal of Honor.

Scientists Mourn Popular Wolf Shot By A Hunter

Dec. 12
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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The most popular wolf in Yellowstone National Park was shot by a hunter last week, a big blow to scientists and many wildlife enthusiasts who loved following her story.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Dec. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 10, according to the Department of Defense. Williams, 25, was a native of Clark County, Ohio. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space (Video)

Dec. 12
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The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.

North Koreans Celebrate Launch Of Long-Range Rocket

Dec. 12
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North Koreans danced in the streets of their capital Wednesday after the Pyongyang regime successfully fired a long-range rocket, defying international warnings and taking a big step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile.

Military Parents Pick Out Donated Toys For Their Children

Dec. 12
City News Service
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The Armed Services YMCA this morning will open its annual SuperParent holiday gift shop, where military parents can pick out donated gifts for their children.

Winter Storm To Bring Rain And Snow To San Diego County

Dec. 12
City News Service
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A cold Pacific storm is expected to bring rain and snow to San Diego County starting late today and lasting through Thursday, along with hazardous travel conditions in the mountains.

Refugees In City Heights Fight For Better Medical Translation

Dec. 12
By Megan Burks
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Federal health reform is expected to increase the number of non-native English speakers with insurance. Refugees living in City Heights say they already need a more culturally competent health care experience.

Pondering The Age Of The Grand Canyon

Dec. 12
By Laurel Morales
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Last month geologists published a paper in the journal Science that concluded the Grand Canyon -- or at least part of it -- is much older than most researchers think. The study reopened a contentious debate among scientists.

As Shots Rang Out In Oregon Mall, Shoppers And Santa Dove For Cover

Dec. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There are harrowing stories this morning from the shopping mall just outside Portland, Ore., where a festive holiday scene turned into a nightmare when a gunman opened fire Tuesday afternoon.

Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling

Dec. 12
Brian Naylor / NPR
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Among the loose ends that lawmakers would like to tie up before the end of this lame-duck session is the farm bill, which is made up mostly of crop subsidies and food stamps.

N.J. Spars Over Free Beach Access Post-Sandy

Dec. 12
David Schaper / NPR
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At an oceanfront park in Long Branch, N.J., Tim Dillingham looks out over the beach in awe of how much the pounding waves and high waters of Hurricane Sandy have changed the Jersey shore.

Democrats Draw Line On Medicaid Cuts

Dec. 12
NPR
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At least in public, Republicans have been clear that they see the current budget negotiations as a chance to address what they see as the source of Washington's deficit problem: Major entitlement programs