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Stories for June 5, 2012

Marti Emerald Wins New District 9 Seat

June 5
By KPBS
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Marti Emerald won the new District 9 seat. The incumbent from District 7 got three-quarters of votes cast, trouncing challenger Mateo Camarillo.

Project Labor Agreement Ban Approved

June 5
By KPBS News
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Despite intense opposition from area unions, San Diego voters approved Proposition A, which would would outlaw Project Labor Agreements in San Diego.

California Voters Approve Term-Limit Reform

June 5
By Claire Trageser
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California voters have approved a tweak to term limits that supporters say will promote consistency and reduce the influence of lobbyists.

Danon, Roberts Headed For Runoff In County District 3 Race

June 5
By KPBS News
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With 47 percent of the precincts reporting, Steve Danon and Dave Roberts were virtually tied for the San Diego Diego County Board of Supervisors.Steve Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, and the deputy mayor of that coastal city, Dave Roberts, were headed to a runoff Wednesday in their race for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

San Diego Voters Approve Cuts To City Pensions

June 5
By Katie Orr and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press
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Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to cut retirement benefits for government workers in San Diego on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney Wins California Primary

June 5
STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
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Mitt Romney has won the California Republican presidential primary, completing a sweep of contests in five states.

Feinstein Easily Advances To November Ballot

June 5
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has easily won her primary election race, advancing to the November ballot.

Evans, Foster Lead In San Diego Schools Races

June 5
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President John Lee Evans was headed for a runoff Wednesday against his challenger, Mark Powell.

Vargas, Crimmins To Battle Again In 51st Congressional Race

June 5
By Claire Trageser
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Democrat Juan Vargas was the top vote-getter and Republican Michael Crimmins placed second in the race for the 51st Congressional District. Under California's new "top-two'' primary system, the pair of candidates with the most votes will square off in the general election in the House races.

Unopposed Candidate A Rarity In District 5

June 5
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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The race to elect a councilmember for District 5 is unique. Not only is Mark Kersey running unopposed, but he is also a non-incumbent. The last time this happened in the city of San Diego was when Harley Knox was elected to this seat in 1932.

Walker Survives Recall Election In Wisconsin

June 5
Scott Bauer, Associated Press
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.

Rattlesnake Bites Are Up In San Diego County

June 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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Health officials say rattlesnakes are striking an increasing numbers of San Diegans, with a bite that's more toxic than in the recent past.

How Accurate Is Obama's Attack On Romney's Jobs Record?

June 5
Jim Zarroli, NPR
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A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.

Romney's Health Care Prescription Gives Some Conservatives Heartburn

June 5
Julie Rovner, NPR
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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney insists that when it comes to health care, his first priority is the full repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But some of his actions of the past few days have conservatives scratching their heads.

Navy Rescues Endangered Baby Fox Named "Garth"

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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An endangered California Channel Island Fox pup nicknamed "Garth" has a new home in the Santa Barbara Zoo, after being rescued and cared for by Navy biologists. The three-month-old fox was given an official send-off Monday at Naval Base Coronado before heading to his new home in Santa Barbara.

Justin Timberlake Takes Marine Ball Date To Awards Ceremony

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember back when Marine Cpl. Kelsey De Santis took Justin Timberlake as her date to her Marine Corps Ball? Well, JT did, because the actor-musician invited De Santis to be his date to the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards.

Rants and Raves: Funding Indie Films

June 5
By Beth Accomando
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Independent filmmaking is tough. And one key factor is money or lack thereof. Here's your chance to make a difference for one film made right here in San Diego.

Oceanside Hosts The World's Most Extreme Bicycle Race

June 5
Midday Edition
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The author of "Hell On Two Wheels" talks about the extreme bicycle marathon called Race Across America.

Tuna Was A Way of Life In San Diego

June 5
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As the San Diego History Center celebrates what the tuna industry once meant to this city, we look at those who were instrumental in making tuna the city's second largest industry and examine the reasons for its decline.

Breastfeeding Moms Silenced By The Military

June 5
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Breastfeeding in public, while serving in the military. We look at the controversy surrounding photos used for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

U.S. Puts Kibosh On Pakistani Version Of Sesame Street (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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A plan by the United States government to fund a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street" has fallen through, amid allegations of corruption against local puppeteers in Pakistan.

California's Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage Ban Looks Headed To Supreme Court

June 5
Lisa Leff, Associated Press
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A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a landmark ruling by two of its member judges that struck down California's ban on same-sex marriages.

USS Midway Sees 1 Million Visitors In A Year

June 5
City News Service
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More than 1 million people have visited the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego's waterfront in the past year, making it the first such attraction to reach the seven-figure attendance mark in a 365- day period, the museum announced today.

Rare Transit Of Venus 'A Beautiful Event'

June 5
VĂ©ronique LaCapra, NPR
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A rare astronomical event will take place Tuesday evening: The planet Venus will pass between Earth and the sun, appearing as a small black dot moving across the sun's bright disk. It's known as the transit of Venus, and it won't happen again for more than 100 years.

Letters Returned To Fallen Soldier's Family After Forty Years (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Handwritten letters to loved ones stolen from the body of Army Sgt. Steve Flaherty in 1969 during the Vietnam War will be returned to his family, as part of historic artifact swap between the United States and Vietnam.

KPBS Special Coverage: Election 2012

June 5
By KPBS
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People from across San Diego County go to the polls today to choose new mayors, county supervisors, congressmen and congresswomen and to decide on a wide variety of ballot measures.