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Stories for December 17, 2012

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Local University Says No To LGBT Organization

Dec. 17, 2012
By Deb Welsh

Point Loma Nazarene University will not allow an LGBT organization on campus. For many students not only is the decision disappointing, but it's also frustrating.

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San Diego County Keeps Close Tabs On DUI Offenders

Dec. 17, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

DUI offenders who are at high risk of making the same mistake are being closely monitored by the San Diego County Probation Department.

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Holiday Baskets Delivered In Time For The Holidays

Dec. 17, 2012
By Erik Anderson

More than a hundred senior citizens in the Encinitas area got special care packages for the holidays on Monday.

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Murdered Taxi Driver's Daughter Advocates For Cab Cameras

Dec. 17, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Driving a taxi is a notoriously dangerous profession. It’s been a little over a year since two taxi drivers in the San Diego region were killed in robberies. Yet in that time, progress on safety improvements for cabs has stalled.

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Not Just For Coffee Anymore: The Rise Of Caffeinated Foods

Dec. 17, 2012
Allison Aubrey / NPR

That buzz from your morning cup of joe waning? How about a quick boost from caffeinated mints, gum, Perky Jerky or, from the makers of Cracker Jack, coffee-flavored Cracker Jack'd snacks?

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At Funeral Services For Newtown Victims, Sharing Memories And Grief

Dec. 17, 2012
Padmananda Rama / NPR

Two first-graders killed in the Newtown shootings were the first victims to be laid to rest at funeral services Monday. Both Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner were 6 years old.

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Great Performances: The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

Dec. 17, 2012

Released in 1967, "Magical Mystery Tour" was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves. On the coach, they’re joined for a series of episodic misadventures by a cast of eccentric characters.

Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88, As Senate Loses Its Most Senior Member

Dec. 17, 2012
Bill Chappell / NPR

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, has died of respiratory complications, according to reports from the AP and other news agencies. The World War II veteran, a Democrat, had been the most senior member of the Senate. He joined its ranks in 1963, shortly after Hawaii became a state.

Investors Shun Gun Makers As Gun-Control Talk Increases

Dec. 17, 2012
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

(Scroll down for a Tuesday morning update.)

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Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

Dec. 17, 2012

Produced at the peak of Beatlemania in 1967, "Magical Mystery Tour" is the least known of the various films starring the Beatles. It was never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, receiving only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s. This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film and provides context for “the summer of love” era that set the scene for its production.

Some Senators Show Willingness To Take On Gun Laws

Dec. 17, 2012
David Welna / NPR

As President Obama spoke to mourning families in Newtown, Conn., on Sunday night, he clearly seemed to suggest a need for tougher gun laws.

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Federal-State Tug Of War: Drawing The Lines In Immigration Overhaul

Dec. 17, 2012
Debbie Elliott / NPR

Inside a modest storefront in Loxley, Ala., 18-year-old Maria Lola Melisio points out the Mexican spices and other products for sale in her mother's market.

City Council Creates Standing Committee To Address Infrastructure Needs

Dec. 17, 2012
JAMES R. RIFFEL, City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to create a committee to deal with a backlog of infrastructure improvements.

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The Many Lovers Of Jane Austen

Dec. 17, 2012

Professor Amanda Vickery returns to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's first novel "Sense and Sensibility" in "The Many Lovers of Jane Austen." When Jane Austen died her slight reputation appeared to die with her. Her books soon went out of print. Now, 200 years later, she sits at the summit of English literature and thanks to television and film adaptations, as well as the internet, she is an international cultural brand.

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California Lawmaker Promises Action On Gun Control

Dec. 17, 2012
Associated Press

A California lawmaker said Monday that he will introduce gun control legislation aimed at strengthening the state's restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

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Sailor Dies Of Non-Combat Related Injuries While On Leave

Dec. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Navy Lt. Leonard Robinson, 29, died December 15 of non-combat related injuries while home on leave in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Department of Defense has not given further details as to the circumstances leading to his death.

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6-Year-Old Shooting Victim Was Former San Diego Resident

Dec. 17, 2012
City News Service

One of the 6-year-old students killed in Friday's school shooting in Connecticut was a former San Diego resident, it was learned today.

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San Diego Leaders Discuss School Safety

Dec. 17, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and City News Service

San Diego police were maintaining a higher-than-usual presence at schools today in response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children, including a 6-year-old girl who used to live in Mira Mesa, San Diego Unified School District officials said.

Time To Talk About Assault Weapon Ban, Says 'Gun Rights' Sen. Manchin

Dec. 17, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

It's time to talk about both banning assault weapons and how the nation treats those with mental illness, one of the Senate's most notable "gun rights" Democrats said today.

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San Diego ACLU's Emphasis On Latino Civil Rights Growing

Dec. 17, 2012
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico

The San Diego ACLU has elevated a Latina to a top post. Norma Chavez Peterson will focus on Latino political empowerment, equal access to education for Latinos and immigrant rights.

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A Bounty Of Holiday Food Gifts For San Diego Foodies

Dec. 17, 2012
By Alison St John, Maureen Cavanaugh

A bounty of holiday food gifts for San Diego foodies.

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Schools Across Nation Step Up Or Assess Security After Newtown Killings

Dec. 17, 2012
Mark Memmott, NPR Two-Way Blog

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

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What Shut The Back Door To Congressional Compromise

Dec. 17, 2012
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Remember the important contributions Republicans made to civil rights legislation back in the 1960s?

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Marines On Duty To Face Random Breathalyzer Testing

Dec. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Starting January 1, the Marine Corps will require random Breathalyzer tests for troops. A December 12 Corps memo announced the Alcohol Screening Program, or ASP, to make sure Marines aren't drinking while on duty.

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AMERICAN MASTERS: Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance

Dec. 17, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

Uncover the story of the first quintessentially American dance company, the Joffrey Ballet. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino pioneered a new dance philosophy by daringly combining modern and traditional techniques and art with social statement, and integrating pop and rock music scores. Tracing the struggles and triumphs of the company from 1956 to the present, the film features interviews with former and current Joffrey dancers, the breakthroughs of choreographers Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington, and rare archival performance footage, including excerpts from signature works "Astarte," "Trinity" and "Billboards."

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Report Shows Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Down 31 Percent

Dec. 17, 2012
Erin Siegal

The FBI recently released its annual compilation of statistics related to hate crimes in the United States.

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Schools Across Nation Step Up Or Assess Security After Newtown Killings

Dec. 17, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

Man Held In Alleged Threats To LA Schools

Dec. 17, 2012
Associated Press

Police have arrested a man for allegedly posting Facebook threats against Los Angeles elementary schools.

Calif. Judge Considers Sex Offenders' Social Media

Dec. 17, 2012
Associated Press

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether sex offenders' use of social media constitutes free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.

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Pentagon Announces The Deaths Of Three Soldiers

Dec. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Pentagon announced the deaths of three soldiers last week due to violence in Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, died December 13 and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, died December 14 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, died December 13 in Landstuhl, Germany from wounds suffered in Afghanistan on December 9.

Cheese And Raw Veggies May Be Antidote To Kids' Mindless Eating

Dec. 17, 2012
Allison Aubrey / NPR

It's hard to eat just one potato chip. The salt, the fat, the crunch -- no wonder we mindlessly munch away, especially if we're parked in front of the TV.

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Details Of Newtown Shootings 'Too Difficult To Discuss' Now, Police Say

Dec. 17, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

As new pieces of information come in about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., we'll post them here:

More Rain, Snow Coming To San Diego

Dec. 17, 2012
City News Service

Light rain fell around San Diego County early today, with heavier downpours likely tonight through Tuesday because of a strong cold front, forecasters said.

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Suicide Car Bomb Hits US Compound In Kabul

Dec. 17, 2012
Associated Press

A car bomb exploded outside of a compound housing a U.S. military contractor in the Afghan capital Monday, blowing apart an exterior wall, killing at least two Afghan workers and wounding more than a dozen other people, company representatives and police said.

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What's Soft, Warm, Hairless, Hypoallergenic, Carnivorous, And Can Sport A Natural Mohawk?

Dec. 17, 2012
Erin Siegal

No, it's not a riddle. It's more of an homage: to the team, and to the unique canine mascot whose spirit they (perhaps) embody.

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Faulconer Now Most Senior Member Of San Diego City Council

Dec. 17, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The San Diego City Council will hold its last meeting of the calendar year today. It will start 2013 with several new faces, but also some experienced veterans.

For Latinas, Patient Navigation Can Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Dec. 17, 2012
By David Martin Davies

It’s not uncommon for Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram test to not follow up and get the medical treatment that can need. But a little extra support can make the difference.

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Obama Grieves, Promises To Use Power To Help

Dec. 17, 2012
Associated Press

Alone on a spare stage after the worst day of his tenure, President Barack Obama declared Sunday he will use "whatever power" he has to prevent shootings like the Connecticut school massacre.

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Death Of Camp Pendleton Marine Under Investigation (Video)

Dec. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The death of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Michael J. Guillory, 28, is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense. Guillory died December 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Funerals Begin In Newtown, Investigation Continues

Dec. 17, 2012
Mark Memmott / NPR

Six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner -- two of the 20 first-graders killed Friday when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. -- are to be remembered at funeral services this afternoon.

Teenager's Faith At Odds With Locator Tags In School IDs

Dec. 17, 2012
Wade Goodwyn / NPR

A federal court in Texas on Monday will take up the case of a high-school student who refuses to wear her location-tracking school ID.

New Car Features May Keep Older Drivers Out Of The Big Yellow Taxi

Dec. 17, 2012
Sonari Glinton / NPR

In some of the most potent cultural images we have of cool cars, they are being driven by young men -- Ron Howard cruising in American Graffiti, cousins Bo and Luke from The Dukes of Hazzard sliding over the hood of the General Lee, James Dean behind the wheel of his Porsche.