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Stories for May 9, 2012

Sweetwater, Southwestern College, City Of San Diego Among 'Golden Fleece' Finalists

May 9
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Nine public agencies -- including the city of San Diego twice -- were named today as finalists for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Golden Fleece Awards.

CA Veterans Train To Fight Fires Hoping To Find Jobs

May 9
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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The California Conservation Corps and the US Forest Service are training more than 50 young veterans to fight fires. The goal is to help them transition from military to civilian life and give them a shot at a job with the Forest Service.

Primary Care Doctors Who Serve California's Poor Could Get a Pay Raise

May 9
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

The federal government announced today that states could get 11 billion dollars to bolster payments under programs like Medi-Cal.

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Season Two - The Hounds Of Baskerville

May 9
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The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer, including a computer-savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world. In the second episode of season two, Sherlock and Watson pursue the trail of the Baskerville experiments — top-secret government research on genetically engineered gigantic animals for military use. Or so it is rumored. Whatever the truth, something big is up on the moors.

Dumanis Reaches Out To Women As Primary Election Nears

May 9
By Katie Orr
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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is reaching out to women voters in her attempt to make it through San Diego's June mayoral primary.

Mayor Sanders Applauds President's Same-Sex Marriage Decision

May 9
Evening Edition
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Mayor Jerry Sanders said he supports President Obama's reversal on gay marriage. Sanders had a similar change of heart five years ago.

Somalis In City Heights Lead Fight Against Liquor License

May 9
By Tom Fudge
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The move to create a new liquor store next to a mosque in City Heights has led to intense neighborhood opposition.

Fines Urged For Banks Whose Foreclosed Properties Are Eyesores

May 9
By Erik Anderson

Community advocates want fines assessed against banks in San Diego that own foreclosed properties but fail to maintain them properly.

Cultural Picks For The Month Of May

May 9
By Alex Morales
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You only live once, so discover something new. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales shares her top 10 arts and culture picks for the month of May.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: John Legend, Wanda Sykes and Margarett Cooper

May 9
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Musician John Legend and comedian Wanda Sykes discover the extraordinary stories of the free black ancestors they never knew about, while Professor Gates himself and his 98-year-old friend Margarett Cooper delve into the mysteries shrouding the free people of color in their family trees.

Secret Shopper Survey Finds Health Agencies Strong On Customer Service

May 9
By Kenny Goldberg

A new survey finds when it comes to providing answers to consumers, California health agencies do a good job.

City Councilmembers Express Support For Increasing Public Art Funding

May 9
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A push by area arts leaders for greater financial backing from the city of San Diego gained tentative support from the City Council today, though votes on the issue will come later.

New Facebook Suicide Prevention Tool Created For Military Users

May 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Facebook is introducing a new suicide-prevention tool aimed at military families, inspired in part by a new Blue Star Families survey that shows Facebook is a lifeline for many isolated military spouses.

Art In The Twenty-First Century: Change

May 9
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Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us. This episode features artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie, who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

Obama Says He Supports Same-Sex Marriage, First President To Do So

May 9
JULIE PACE, Associated Press
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President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful election-year consequences.

Prop 28: Should We Change Term Limits In Sacramento?

May 9
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California Proposition 28, called the "Change In Term Limits Initiative," would reduce the number of years a politician can serve in the California legislature from 14 to 12. But, it would increase the time a legislator can serve in either the Assembly or the Senate.

Orchestra Nova Goes Green With New 'Surf'-Inspired Work

May 9
Midday Edition
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Orchestra Nova celebrates Mother Nature in a new concert series, featuring Beethoven and the world premiere of Joseph Waters' commissioned piece, "Surf".

A Primer On Your Primary Election Ballot For San Diego County

May 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego political races are entering the final stretch -- absentee ballots were mailed out on Monday and the primary vote takes place on June 5th. San Diego Registrar of Voters, Deborah Seiler gives us a primer on what the open primary, also called the top-primary, means for your ballot.

Camp Pendleton Identifies Marine Found Dead On Monday

May 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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The military has identified the Marine found dead at Camp Pendleton Monday morning as Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ronner. He was 23-years-old. NCIS is investigating the death as a suicide.

More Than 1,300 Tubes Damaged At Ailing San Onofre Nuclear Plant

May 9
Associated Press
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The utility that runs the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California says over 1,300 damaged tubes in its ailing steam generators will be taken out of service.

SD Scientists Say Increase In Plastic Trash Is Altering Ocean Habitats

May 9
Associated Press
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An increase in plastic debris floating in a zone between Hawaii and California is changing the environment of at least one marine critter, San Diego scientists reported.

USS Ronald Reagan To Return To San Diego In 2013

May 9
City News Service
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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan will head back to San Diego early next year, it was reported today. The Navy confirmed the Reagan's plans on Tuesday, saying it would return to North Island Naval Air Station after completing a year of maintenance work in Washington state, according to U-T San Diego.

Budget Cuts Could Drive Successful Program Out Of San Diego Schools

May 9
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified's successful International Baccalaureate programs are at risk thanks to years of budget cuts.

American Raised In Mexican Orphanage Reclaims Her Citizenship

May 9
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Flor Jacqueline was always aware she was a U.S. citizen, but her mother forbade her from returning to the U.S. Now 18, she has reclaimed her citizenship and is on her way to the U.S. One of her goals: help the family that caused her so much pain.