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Stories for May 10, 2012

Congress Members Lambaste Border Patrol Over 2010 Detainee Death

May 10
Associated Press

Sixteen members of Congress called today for stricter oversight on Border Patrol personnel in light of new evidence of "appalling behavior'' on the part of agents during an arrest that led to a detainee's death at the U.S.-Mexico line in San Ysidro two years ago.

San Diego Restaurant Cultivating Next Generation Of Foodies

May 10
By Kyla Calvert
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Healthy eating and obesity prevention programs are popping up in schools all over the country. One San Diego chef wants to reconnect students with not only the basics of healthy eating, but the fun of cooking and sharing a meal with friend and family.

PPIC Reports High School Students Less Likely To Go To College

May 10
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

A new report finds more California high school students are prepared for college, but fewer of them are attending one of the state’s public colleges or universities.

National Park Service Says Balboa Park Plan Could Risk Historical Designation

May 10
By Katie Orr
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In a letter to the city of San Diego, the National Park Service says plans to alter Balboa Park’s Cabrillo Bridge to keep cars out of the Plaza de Panama could put the park’s historical designation at risk.

Oceanside Mobile Home Election Flyer 'Facts' Are Questionable

May 10
By Alison St John
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Oceanside voters are being flooded with flyers presenting so-called “facts” for and against Proposition E. There is reason to question whether those “facts” are true.

San Diego School Board Members Tussle Over Finances

May 10
By Kyla Calvert and CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A dispute broke open today among trustees of the San Diego Unified School District over the perilous nature of the agency's finances.

California Governor Brown Submits Signatures for Proposed Tax Measure

May 10
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown has turned in the signatures needed to get his proposed tax initiative on the November ballot.

U.S. Transportation Secretary in Sacramento, Urges Support for High Speed Rail

May 10
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is urging the California legislature to vote in favor of funding for high speed rail in next month’s budget.

Returning Marine Sees Disabled Son Walk For The First Time (Video)

May 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The 6-year-old son of Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney had quite a surprise for his dad when he returned from deployment. Defying doctors' prognoses, young Michael Cooney - who has cerebral palsy - learned to walk while his father was overseas.

ACLU Demands Investigation Of Alleged Customs And Border Protection Abuses

May 10
By Adrian Florido
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The ACLU is calling for an investigation into alleged abuse by Customs and Border Protection agents along the U.S.-Mexico border.

San Diego-Based Ship Helps With $363 Million Cocaine Bust

May 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS McClusky was involved in helping seize almost 5,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $363 million.

Are You About To Lose Unemployment Benefits?

May 10
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Nearly 100,000 Californians receiving long-term unemployment benefits will be cut off on Saturday. A drop in the state's unemployment rate to 11 percent is triggering the federal cut-off of emergency, long-term unemployment pay.

SDG&E Pledges $20,000 To Palomar Mountain State Park

May 10
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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San Diego Gas & Electric has pledged $20,000 to help keep Palomar Mountain State Park open, it was announced today.

Do You Think The President's Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Will Impact The November Election?

May 10
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President Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage has sparked a national discussion. What impact, if any, do you think the president's change of heart will have on the November election?

Gussie Zaks

Jewish Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

May 10
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As a Holocaust survivor, Ms. Zaks speaks about the atrocities of hate crimes and racial and religious discrimination in the U.S. and the world. Ms. Zaks also speaks to schools and various organizations to help others learn about the Holocaust. She inspires young men and women to make a positive difference in their own and others’ lives. She has been recognized by many organizations including the Board of Education of San Diego City Schools, and she received the Channel 10 Leadership Award-2000.

Calif. Bill Targets Parents Who Skip Kids' Vaccines

May 10
HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizations for their children.

Jill Spitzer

Jewish Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

May 10
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In 1984, Jill Borg Spitzer started at Jewish Family Service when the agency had a staff of 20, an annual budget of $500,000 and it focused primarily on family counseling. But, as CEO for the past 25 years, Ms. Spitzer began focusing on emerging social issues that were impacting the community including domestic violence, mentoring young boys and girls, senior centers and hunger. She holds a Masters degree from Columbia, and is a licensed clinical social worker. She is also a member of the Senior Women’s Basketball Association in San Diego.

Effects Of Repeat Head Trauma In Sports And Combat

May 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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How is repeated head trauma affecting athletes and our military men and women returning from combat? We hear from a local neurologist about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Summer Film Program For Military Kids With Autism in San Diego

May 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military children with autism will have the opportunity to learn about filmmaking this summer through a free two-week program in San Diego. Joey Travolta, actor and brother of John Travolta, will be the students' guide - with the help of professional filmmakers from Inclusion Films, Travolta's filmmaking workshop for adults with disabilities.

What Difference Will Presidential Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Make To Prop 8?

May 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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California's Proposition 8 legal battle is working its way through the appeal process. But supporters of same-sex marriage say the president's support adds authority to their cause.

Ikunosuke "Mike" Kawamura

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

May 10
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Kawamura was one of five production engineers from the Kyoto Ceramic Company, Ltd. ( now Kyocera Corporation), who left Japan in 1971 for a bold new assignment in California – opening the first manufacturing plant outside of Japan. Mr. Kawamura’s ideas and relentless efforts at Kyocera helped create a new generation of semiconductor packages that paved the way for the mass-commercialization of many important semiconductor technologies. In addition to his work as a chemist, manufacturing engineer and training/education professional, Mike Kawamura is actively involved in promoting intercultural understanding and harmony.

Dennis-Michael Broussard

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

May 10
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A New Orleans native, Mr. Broussard is the founder of Silk Road productions, an event management and production firm, through which he has created acclaimed special events and raised thousands of dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. He is responsible for bringing several important events to San Diego: the Asian Cultural Festival; the Filipino American Culture and Heritage Festival; and the AMP Music Festival. Mr. Broussard has a reputation for being down to earth, inspirational to others, a leader in the community and willing to take action for the benefit of the San Diego community.

Weekend Preview: Surf Film Festival, Art Openings And Delta Spirit

May 10
Midday Edition
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From surf films to art openings to live music, there is no shortage of cultural offerings happening this weekend in San Diego.

House Panel Votes To Ban Gay Weddings On Military Bases

May 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday night to ban gay weddings on military bases - the same day President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage.

Junior Seau Remembered In Private, Public Memorials

May 10
City News Service
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A private church service is planned today for the family of late former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, while a public "Celebration of Life'' tribute is set for Friday.

Obama Gambles On Gay Marriage

May 10
Frank James and Liz Halloran, NPR
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The president's open support for same-sex marriage could energize GOP voters on Mitt Romney's behalf.