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Stories for June 4, 2012

Alaska Airlines Starts Flying To Fresno

June 4
By Tom Fudge
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Alaska Airlines begins daily service from San Diego's Lindbergh Field to three mid-sized California markets.

Congresswoman Davis Offers Options On Navy Broadway Project Location

June 4
By Alison St John
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San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis is working on legislation that offers the Navy an alternative to building its new head quarters on San Diego’s waterfront.

County Registrar Predicts Election Turnout To Be Low

June 4
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

Early evidence points to a low turnout for tomorrow's primary election in San Diego County, according to the registrar of voters.

Proposition 29 Election Day Preview

June 4
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

On Tuesday California voters will decide whether to raise the state’s tax on tobacco products to pay for cancer research. Proposition 29 has become the loudest battle of this Primary election.

Voters To Decide On Term Limits

June 4
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to change term limits for California legislators.

California's First "Top-Two" Election Could Test Voters

June 4
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Tuesday could be a confusing day for some voters at the polls. It's the first statewide primary under California's new "Top-Two" system.

The Battle For North America

June 4
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Over two centuries ago, Britain and France fought a battle that would change the world. Now largely forgotten, the Battle of Quebec was once a story every schoolchild in the U.K. would have known. At stake was the future of North America and the fate of the British Empire. Dan Snow, an expert in this period of history having recently written a book about the expedition, sets sail up the magnificent St. Lawrence River following the route taken by the British.

Mega Drone "Phantom Eye" Completes First Test Flight (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, it's Phantom Eye - an enormous drone that recently completed its first autonomous test flight in California.

California's Top-Two Primary System Faces First Statewide Test

June 4
Tamara Keith, NPR
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Under California's new system, the top two finishers in the primary move on to the general election, regardless of party. Backers hope this system will favor moderates. It could be years before it's clear if that's true, but the system is already changing how political operatives work.

Pendleton Marine Marries Into 'Real Housewives' Cast (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The daughter of one of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" recently married a Camp Pendleton Marine, much to the initial chagrin of her reality-show star mother.

Grading San Diego Mayoral Ads On Civility

June 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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This election, some San Diego political ads have been accurate and fair. Others, not so much.

San Diego Unified's District E Seat

June 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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We look at the District E open seat on the San Diego Unified School Board.

San Diego Names New FBI Chief

June 4
City News Service
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A woman who most recently headed the FBI's Intelligence Division in Los Angeles today assumed the job of special agent in charge of the bureau's San Diego field office.

Candlelight Vigil Held For Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The small, rural community of Covington, Indiana held a candlelight vigil last night in memory of hometown boy and Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Witsman. Witsman, 23, was killed in Afghanistan last Wednesday.

Mexican Presidential Frontrunner Draws Crowds, And Protests

June 4
By Jill Replogle
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Mexican presidential frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto campaigned in Tijuana this past weekend. Is he the new face of an old political party?

Four U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

June 4
By Beth Ford Rothand U.S. Department of Defense
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The Department of Defense has announced the deaths of four soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan at the end of last month.

Low Pressure System To Bring Gusty Winds, Strong Rip Currents To San Diego

June 4
City News Service

A trough of low pressure is expected to bring gusty winds to the mountains and deserts of San Diego County later today as well as 3- foot to 6-foot surf and strong rip currents along the coast.

Bill Clinton Campaigns As Obama's No. 1 Surrogate

June 4
Mara Liasson, NPR
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Former President Clinton and President Obama had a famously rocky relationship. But the days when Clinton tried to help his wife, now secretary of state, defeat Obama in the 2008 primaries are ancient history. Now, for better or worse, Clinton is Obama's highest-profile advocate.

What's Different About The Brains Of People With Autism?

June 4
Jon Hamilton, NPR
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The difference may involve fibers that carry information from one part of the brain to another.

POW/MIA Searchers Get Access To New Sites In Vietnam

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three areas in Vietnam previously closed off to POW/MIA investigations will now be available for searching.

A Growing Number Of Preschoolers Have Extensive Tooth Decay

June 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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Tooth decay is on the rise among preschoolers. Many of them have to go to the hospital to have their cavities filled.

Wetlands Restoration Program Sees Record Year In California

June 4
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

A federal program to restore wetlands added a record amount of land in California last year. Landowners voluntarily participated to protect more than 18 square miles of wetland.

Last Chance For Foie Gras

June 4
By Neiko Will

Some say it’s cruel. Others say it’s delicious. But either way foie gras will not be sold in San Diego eateries after July 1st.

Some Mayoral Candidates Better Tweeters Than Others

June 4
By Claire Trageser
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Among the San Diego mayoral candidates, some are more social media savvy than others.