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Stories for May 15, 2012

Hillcrest Rainbow Flag Approved Unanimously By City Council

May 15
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A plan to install a 65-foot pole that will fly a rainbow flag over Hillcrest -- home to San Diego's vibrant gay and lesbian community -- was unanimously approved today by the City Council.

California Budget To Get Huge Windfall From Facebook IPO

May 15
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Mark Zuckerberg stands to make billions of dollars this week as Facebook goes public. But he’s not alone. The state of California expects to make billions off Facebook’s initial public offering too.

Poway Schools Foundation Considering Corporate Sponsorships

May 15
By Kyla Calvert
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Last week, members of the Poway Unified School District Foundation took fundraising proposals to the district’s school board that included corporate sponsorships for things like technology, sports teams and school transportation.

Garrow's Law: Season Three

May 15
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In the third season, Garrow continues to champion the rights of prisoners against the power of the State. Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong and Lyndsey Marshall star in this series inspired by actual legal cases from the late 18th century. In the third episode, Garrow is confronted with an impossible choice: to expose British colonial brutality in open court or to re-unite Lady Sarah with her son. In the final episode, a vicious riot erupts after polling has closed in the Westminster constituency.

Proposition 29 Gives Smokers One More Reason To Quit

May 15
By Helen Hawes
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Smokers can choose from an array of services to help them quit for good.

Plaza de Panama Supporters Say Opponents Using Scare Tactics

May 15
By Katie Orr
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Backers of the proposed Plaza de Panama project in Balboa Park say their opponents are trying to scare them into dropping the plan.

Third Person Charged With Murder Of Marine Wife Pleads Not Guilty

May 15
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service
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A woman accused of involvement in the death of a 22-year-old military wife in Fallbrook last month pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.

Ex-Mexican Official Pleads Guilty To Aiding Cartel

May 15
JULIE WATSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A former Mexican law enforcement official pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in San Diego to aiding members of a violent Tijuana-based drug cartel in a case prosecutors said included helping traffickers get away with a double homicide in 2010.

Bones Of Turkana

May 15
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Follow famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his wife, Meave, daughter Louise and their colleagues as they work in the arid northern regions of Kenya’s Turkana Basin to unravel the mysteries of human evolution. While one of the Leakeys’ goals is to demonstrate the complexity and truth of human evolution, they also seek to show how the qualities that we proudly call human were all born in Africa.

Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Awarded Navy Cross (Video)

May 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Christopher Farias will receive the United States' second highest medal for combat valor on Friday, when Navy Undersecretary Robert Work awards him the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony.

USS San Diego Open For Tours, With Strict Security

May 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego is scheduled to open for three days of public tours at Navy Pier today.

La Jolla Children's Pool Rope Meant To Protect Seals Removed Today

May 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A rope barrier designed to discourage people from disturbing harbor seals at the Children's Pool during pupping season was removed today.

Boxer Presses NRC On Questions At Calif. Nuke Plant

May 15
MICHAEL R. BLOOD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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California Sen. Barbara Boxer asked federal regulators Tuesday for details about the troubled steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, where a long-running probe into tube damage has kept the reactors sidelined for months.

Veteran With PTSD Uses Rap To Heal (Video)

May 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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"What's wrong with me? Got PTSD. These pills ain't working, man, I still can't think." Those are the words of Iraq War veteran Leo Dunson, who has found rapping about his inner war wounds helps him heal.

San Miguel Fire To Outsource Fire Protection

May 15
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How can a fire district with some 80-plus employees outsource the very job it was formed to do? San Miguel Consolidated Fire District in the East County is in negotiations with CAL FIRE to do just that.

Military Families Can Now Get Into National Parks Free

May 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Good news for military families looking to visit our country's national parks this summer - or anytime. A new program that starts Saturday lets troops obtain a free “America the Beautiful” pass (an $80 value) just by showing their military ID card.

Activists' Study Doubts Safety At San Onofre Nuclear Plant

May 15
Associated Press
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A report commissioned by an environmental group warned Tuesday that running California's San Onofre nuclear plant at reduced power would not resolve problems with badly worn tubing that have kept its twin reactors offline for more than three months - and might make it worse.

Gov. Brown Lays Out Deeper Cuts As Projected Deficit Swells To $16B

May 15
Midday Edition
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Gov. Brown's latest budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 proposes $8.3 billion in spending cuts to close a revised deficit of $15.7 billion deficit, an amount equal to 17 percent of the state's entire general fund.

State Budget Revision Will Likely Mean More Job Cuts For San Diego

May 15
By Dwane Brown
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Economist says temporary solutions to California's budget deficit haven't worked.

New Central Library Taking Shape

May 15
By Nicholas McVicker
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Take a tour of the new building rising up above Petco Park downtown, the New Central Library.

Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney

May 15
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Lately, key economic indicators seem to be moving sideways. The lack of clear improvement or real weakness has turned the presidential race into a seeming statistical tie.