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Stories for May 7, 2012

USNS Cesar Chavez Christened, Launched Saturday

May 7
By Katie Schoolov and CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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The Navy's newest ship was christened Saturday evening on Cinco de Mayo in honor of the late Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Local Environmental Groups Don't Like Governor's Water Plan

May 7
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Three San Diego-based environmental organizations expressed opposition today to a plan by Gov. Jerry Brown to consolidate state regional water quality control boards in Southern California.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: There Once Was An Island - Te Henua E Nnoho

May 7
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This program gives a human face to the issue of global climate change. It is the story of a Pacific Island community fighting to preserve what really matters in the face of rising tides. Takuu Atoll is an idyllic home to articulate, educated people who maintain a 1,200-year-old culture and language. The island is disintegrating and when scientists arrive to investigate, residents realize that their attempts to preserve the atoll are making the situation worse.

San Diego Sends Convention Center Expansion To Court

May 7
By Katie Orr
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A judge will decide whether San Diego’s plan to pay for a Convention Center expansion is legal. The council voted today Monday to send the issue to court.

Alliance For Regional Solutions Plans To Expand In North County

May 7
By Alison St John

Social service agencies in nine north county cities have decided it’s better to work together rather than compete for scarce resources. The Alliance for Regional Solutions plans to expand.

NATURE: The White Lions

May 7
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This is the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Both are female, sisters born as white as snow in May 2009 in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Growing up on the savanna, they must overcome not only the same survival challenges that all young lion cubs must face, they must also overcome the threats their high visibility brings.

No Timetable For San Onofre Nuke Plant Restart

May 7
Associated Press
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The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday there is no timetable for restarting the sidelined San Onofre nuclear plant on the Southern California coast and a federal review of its troubled tubing will take whatever time is necessary to complete.

Marti Emerald

May 7
www.martiemerald2012.com

Marti Emerald excelled as a broadcast journalist for 30 years before taking the oath of office for the San Diego City Council in 2008. Most notably, Marti was the Consumer Advocate (The Troubleshooter) at San Diego’s ABC television affiliate for 22 years, earning more than 100 awards for community service and journalistic excellence.

Mateo Camarillo

May 7
communities4camarillo.org

I'm a candidate for the newly created majority Latino City Council District 9. I'm an immigrant like many District 9 residents.

Dennis Ridz

May 7
www.dennisridz.com

I will protect your neighborhoods from over-development. I will fight for your fair share of funding for libraries, parks, roads, fire and police. I will balance the budget and protect taxpayer money.

Scott Sherman

May 7
shermanforsandiego.com

Scott Sherman isn’t a San Diego native. He moved here with his military family when he was five months old and never looked back.

Mat Kostrinsky

May 7
mathewkostrinsky.org

Mat was raised in the San Carlos and Del Cerro communities of San Diego and attended Pershing Middle School and Patrick Henry High. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University and, after graduation, moved to Washington, D.C. to work for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Rik Hauptfeld

May 7
www.hauptfeld2012.org

I recognize how difficult it is to entrust someone, as your representative, make the right choices for you and your community. I know it is even more challenging to know who that person should be.

Nathan Johnson

May 7

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Mark Kersey

May 7
letsfixsandiego.com

Mark Kersey is the founder and principal analyst of Kersey Strategies, an independent research and consulting firm in San Diego, CA that focuses on the HDTV, IPTV, telecommunications and cable industries.

Todd Gloria

May 7
toddgloria.com

District Three voters elected Todd Gloria to represent them on the San Diego City Council on November 4, 2008. As a third generation resident of District Three, his roots in the community are deep and his commitment to the community is strong.

Bryan Pease

May 7
www.bryanpease.com

I am a public interest attorney running for San Diego City Council, District 1, in the June 5, 2012 election. As an elected city councilmember, I will continue fighting for environmental protection, governmental transparency and fiscal responsibility.

Sherri Lightner

May 7
www.sherrilightner.org

Since taking office in 2008, Councilmember Sherri Lightner has served the communities of District 1, balancing fiscal responsibility with preserving public safety and neighborhood services.

Ray Ellis

May 7
rayellisforcouncil.com

City Council candidate Ray Ellis spent most of his life building businesses and raising a family. Like many of us he wasn’t involved in the politics of our city –when he wanted to help the community he got involved in private organizations and charities.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: Under A Jarvis Moon

May 7
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This is the story of 130 young men from Hawaii who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific. For the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists, what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy.

Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Disapproved Of War In Afghanistan

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. John Patrick “J.P.” Huling, left for his deployment to Afghanistan on Good Friday last month, even though he didn't believe the U.S. should be fighting the war there. He was killed yesterday by a bullet to the chest, shot by a militant dressed in an Afghan Army uniform, according to his grieving mother and the Department of Defense.

A Mother's Day Gift For 30-Somethings Trying To Get Pregnant

May 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Just in time for Mother's Day, we'll debunk some myths about pregnancy after age 35. Author and Professor Jean Twenge says it's not as risky as you might think.

'I Am Not A Hipster'

May 7
Midday Edition
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"I Am Not A Hipster" was shot in San Diego by SDSU grads and focuses on the San Diego indie music scene. The film has its official San Diego premiere on Friday at 6pm and 9pm with a musical performance at 8pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Debate Over Prop A: Should City Ban Project Labor Agreements?

May 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Is it a ban or isn't it? Is it constitutional or isn't it? San Diego Proposition A on the June ballot either bans or doesn't ban the city from engaging in project labor agreements on construction projects.

Would PTSD Name Change Mean Less Stigma For Vets?

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Should post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, be renamed post-traumatic stress injury? Would a different moniker reduce the stigma attached to the word "disorder"? These are some of the questions a group of psychiatrists will grapple with today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.

Street In Hillcrest May Get New Name

May 7
By Neiko Will

The San Diego City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on renaming a city street after Harvey Milk who is recognized as one of the first openly gay politicians to hold public office in the United States.

Obama: Focus On The Next 4 Years, Not The Last Ones

May 7
Scott Horsley, NPR
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The president officially kicked off his re-election campaign with rallies in two pivotal states: Ohio and Virginia. He acknowledged the economic recovery still has a long way to go. Yet he argued his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, would move the country backward, not forward.

Mystery Surrounds Death of Soldier Who Died On Skype With Wife

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army investigators are still searching for a cause of death for Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, who died suddenly while talking on Skype from Afghanistan with his wife. Susan Orellana-Clark was chatting with her deployed husband at their El Paso, Texas home when he suddenly collapsed on May 1st.

92-Year-Old Suicide Kit Seller Given 5 Years Probation, $1,000 Fine

May 7
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

A 92-year-old retired school teacher who made at least $42,000 from sales of kits designed to help people commit suicide and failed to pay taxes on those earnings was sentenced today to five years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Follow The Money: Non-Monetary Campaign Donations

May 7
By Ryann Grochowski
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In the latest installment of the “Follow the Money” series, we examined the details behind what candidates can accept in contributions other than cash.

Unemployment Benefits End For 100,000 Californians

May 7
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

At the end of this week, nearly 100,000 Californians will lose their unemployment benefits.

Democratic Congressional Candidates For 52nd On Job Creation

May 7
By Alison St John
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Two Democratic candidates, Port Commissioner Scott Peters and former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, are vying to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray in November. They prioritize different strategies when it comes to creating jobs.

U-T San Diego Editor Doesn't Want Filner In Mayoral Race

May 7
By Katie Orr
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The editor of U-T San Diego made some news himself last week when a recording was released of him weighing in on the San Diego mayor’s race.

Deal To Fund Convention Center Expansion Draws Fire

May 7
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego City Council will vote today on whether to ask a judge to weigh in on the legality of the funding plan for a proposed Convention Center expansion.