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Stories for May 14, 2012

Voter Registration Deadline In One Week

May 14
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The deadline to register to vote for the June 5 primary election is a week from today, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office announced.

City Council Passes Contracts With Two IT Firms

May 14
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Contracts with two companies that will handle the bulk of the city of San Diego's information technology systems were passed unanimously by the City Council today in hopes of saving money while improving services.

Senior Athletes Compete For Hard Court Championship

May 14
By Helen Hawes
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Tennis players from age 50 to over 90 compete in the National Senior Women's Hard Court Tennis Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The Spring Senior Championships for men aged 60 to 80 is also in play.

NATURE: Cracking The Koala Code

May 14
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From the miracle of marsupial birth to tender moments of discovery between mother and newborn joey, encounters with threatening forest creatures, battles between rival males and the complex chorus of bellows and grunts that have become so important to science — join leading scientists as they unravel just what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupials themselves and cracking the koala code.

Council Considers Flag Project Celebrating Gay Pride

May 14
By Neiko Will
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A request to place a huge "rainbow flag" atop a 65-foot pole in Hillcrest was rejected by the city's Planning Commission. Now the Council will consider the project.

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Wade Wilson Killed in Afghanistan

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Wade D. Wilson was killed in Afghanistan on Friday. He was 22-years-old. His family has set up a Facebook page for friends and loved ones to share memories of the fallen Marine.

Lawmakers Call Brown's Budget Proposal Difficult

May 14
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California Republican lawmakers are calling Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal uglier than expected. The Governor is asking for cuts to health and welfare programs, and a 5-percent cut to state worker compensation to close a 16 billion dollar gap.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Summer Pasture

May 14
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This is the story of a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. The film offers a rare window into a highly insular community seldom seen by outsiders. In the collective imagination of Tibet, nomads have traditionally occupied a dual role — romanticized as embodying the purest form of Tibetan identity and mocked as being backwards, uncivilized and inferior.

Governor's Revised Budget Cuts California's Safety Net

May 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget calls for new cuts to California's safety net. The plan cuts health-care programs for the elderly and the poor.

Bilbray Co-Authors The Melanoma Research Act

May 14
City News Service
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A San Diego County lawmaker whose daughter is battling melanoma is the co-author of a bill to provide a public source of funding for skin cancer research.

Marine Dies After Rescuing Friend From Crashed Plane (Video)

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine and Iraq War veteran Sgt. Austin Anderson is being hailed as a hero after pulling his friend from the wreckage of a plane crash Friday both initially survived. Sgt. Anderson later died in the hospital from burns he suffered in the crash.

Brown: "Things That Are Good" Must Be Cut To Balance Calif. Budget

May 14
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a state budget that includes $8 billion in immediate cuts – and $6 billion more if voters reject his tax initiative this fall.

New Mayoral Poll Shows DeMaio First, Filner And Fletcher Tied For Second

May 14
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Three weeks from the San Diego Mayoral Primary, City Councilman and candidate Carl DeMaio appears to have locked-up one of two runoff spots, according to an exclusive, scientific 10News poll.

The Living Coast Discovery Center Opens New Exhibit

May 14
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The Chula Vista Nature Center changed its name to the Living Coast Discovery Center last month, and the first exhibit under the new moniker is Washed Ashore, which turns trash into art to call attention to ocean pollution.

Carl DeMaio Says His Support For Same-Sex Marriage Separate From Role As Mayor

May 14
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City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio answers questions on his stance on same-sex marriage, the Convention Center expansion and his rivalry with the other candidates.

Bob Filner Says Fletcher's Shift To Independent Was 'Hail Mary' Pass

May 14
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Congressman Bob Filner says he's not concerned by the latest mayoral polls, although they show him tied for second place. He also explains why he thinks Proposition B is unfair to city employees.

Yankees Honor Camp Pendleton Military Dog Sgt. Rex (Video)

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The New York Yankees honored retired Camp Pendleton combat dog Sgt. Rex at a pregame ceremony on Sunday. Sgt. Rex was adopted by his former handler, New York resident and retired Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey, in April.

Does Suspect's Suicide Note Give New Details In Brittany Killgore Murder? (Video)

May 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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A San Diego newspaper obtained the would-be suicide note of one of the suspects in the murder of Camp Pendleton Marine wife Brittany Killgore. Three people have been arrested for taking the life of Killgore in April.

Gay Republicans Still Look For Romney's Support

May 14
NPR
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One group watching Mitt Romney's position on same-sex marriage closely is the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for gay rights. Founder Rich Tafel says the presumptive GOP presidential candidate needs to show some support if he hopes to win valuable swing voters this fall.

USS San Diego To Open For Public Tours

May 14
City News Service
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The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego is scheduled to move today from Naval Station San Diego to Navy Pier, where it will be opened for free public tours this week.

Gov. Brown Details Budget For Tackling $16 Billion Shortfall

May 14
JUDY LIN, Associated Press
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California Gov. Jerry Brown will lay out details of a revised state spending plan today after announcing over the weekend that the state's budget shortfall has swelled to $16 billion.

52nd Congressional Race And Tax Reform

May 14
By Alison St John
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The two Democrats competing for one of two top spots on the November ballot each have a different perspective on tax reform.

Thousands Of Marine Mammals May Be Harmed By Navy Sonar

May 14
By Peggy Pico
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A new report by the U.S. Navy predicts its use of explosives and sonar may hurt or kill thousands more marine mammals than previously thought.

Nathan Fletcher Signed Anti-Tax Pledge In 2007, Says He Would Not Sign It Now

May 14
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Five years ago, state Assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher signed Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," promising to vote against all efforts to increase taxes. But Fletcher told KPBS that he would no longer sign that pledge today.

Unscrambling The Impact Of Prop B

May 14
By Katie Orr
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You may be too busy dealing with your own retirement fund to worry about anyone else’s. But if you live in the city of San Diego, you’ll have to decide in a few weeks whether the city should switch to a 401(k) system or stick with its traditional pension. We break down what the switch would mean.

Bonnie Dumanis Says She Deserves Pension, Supports Eliminating Pensions For Future Workers

May 14
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District Attorney and mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis says when she retires, she stands to earn just under a $200,000 pension. But she also supports Proposition B, which would put an end to pensions for new city employees and give them 401(k)-style plans instead.