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Stories for May 18, 2012

Navy To Live Stream USS San Diego Commissioning (Video)

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy will use its Facebook page to live stream the commissioning ceremony for the USS San Diego, which takes place Saturday morning. The Navy will also be live-Tweeting the event.

Households Could Pay Extra $36 A Year For Water, SDCWA Says

May 18
Evening Edition
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The San Diego County Water Authority wants to raise water rates by nearly 10 percent. The water authority blames the higher cost of water from its main supplier, the Metropolitan Water District, as one of the reasons for the proposed increase.

San Diego Auditor Says Prop. B Might Not Save Money

May 18
By Katie Orr
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San Diego's Auditor says it's not clear if Proposition B, the proposed pension reform measure on the June ballot, will save San Diego money.

CA Legislative Analyst Weighs In On Governor Brown's Proposed Budget

May 18
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California’s Legislative Analyst calls Governor Jerry Brown’s calculation of the budget problem “reasonable”, with one exception.

Owner Of OC Register Sells Texas Papers To AIM Media Texas

May 18
By Claire Trageser
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Freedom Communications, Inc., the Irvine-based owner of The Orange County Register, announced today it is selling its Texas print and online newspapers to AIM Media Texas, LLC.

Ten Thousand Students Graduate From San Diego State University

May 18
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Graduation ceremonies began today for almost 10,000 students at San Diego State University.

Battleship, The Movie: What Does The Navy Think? (Video)

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The movie critic at The Navy Times has a piece of advice for Sailors planning to see "Battleship" this weekend: don't over think it. The plot of "Battleship" involves an epic battle between the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet and invading aliens.

Measure To Control Price Of Health Insurance Could Make November Ballot

May 18
By Kenny Goldberg
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A state measure that would require health insurers to get prior approval for rate increases may be on the November ballot.

Register Now If You Want To Vote

May 18
By Alison St John
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Monday is the last day to register to vote for the June 5 election. More Democrats than Republicans are registered to vote in San Diego County, but the margin is narrow.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier And Linda Chavez

May 18
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In this episode we ask what it means to be Hispanic-and find that the answer lies in the tangled histories of European, Native American and African peoples. Crisscrossing Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and the Southwest, Professor Gates reveals stories of ancestral Conquistadors, Indian rebels, and "Crypto-Jews" (Spanish Jews who converted to Catholicism to survive the Inquisition, yet continued to practice their religion in secret)-showing that the American experience has been shaped by people who were in the New World long before the Mayflower.

John Portman: A Life Of Building

May 18
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This film examines the work and legacy of one of the world's most daring and influential architects. Over the last 45 years, John Portman's iconic urban structures and eye-popping interiors steadily rose in 60 cities across four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in the United States and skylines in Asia.

Roundtable: Water rates, Port Plans, SDUSD Insolvency, Outsourcing Fire Protection

May 18
Midday Edition
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Plans are in the news this week: to raise county water rates nearly 10 percent, to make the Port a paying proposition, to declare SDUSD insolvent, and to outsource fire protection services.

Opening: Battleships And Babies

May 18
By Beth Accomando
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Here are trailers for the latest openings: "The Dictator," "Battleship," and "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" (all opening May 18 throughout San Diego.

Former Pendleton Marine Gets 15 Years For Killing Fellow Marine

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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A judge sentenced Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Alvin Reed Lovely to 15 years in state prison for shooting to death a fellow Marine in a dispute over stolen drug money.

San Diego Unemployment Declines To Lowest Level In 3 Years

May 18
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month declined to 8.7 percent, its lowest level in more than three years, down from a revised 9.6 percent in March and less than the 9.7 percent recorded in April 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

Beach Rocks Near Camp Pendleton Set Woman's Shorts On Fire (Video)

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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How in the world did a few rocks found on a beach near Camp Pendleton cause a woman's cargo shorts to catch fire, leaving her with severe burns? That's what scientists are trying to figure out. And Marine officials at Camp Pendleton say the military had nothing to do with it.

Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song In Performance At The White House

May 18
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Enjoy a star-studded tribute to the songwriting team who penned such classic tunes as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Walk on By” and “Alfie.” Composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David’s extraordinary collaboration has produced numerous hits and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with songs featured in the Austin Powers films and on an episode of “Glee.”

Medal Of Honor Recipient Inducted Into Hall Of Heroes (Video)

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor this week, was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on Thursday.

Chula Vista's Jessica Sanchez Advances To American Idol Finale

May 18
City News Service
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A petite 16-year-old Chula Vista girl with the huge voice may be less than a week away from becoming the next "American Idol.''

Small Earthquake Rattles San Diego County

May 18
City News Service
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A magnitude-3.6 earthquake rattled the northeastern reaches of San Diego County today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Bird Strike Caused Fatal Pendleton Helicopter Crash (Video)

May 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new report finds a bird strike was to blame for a fatal helicopter crash at Camp Pendleton in September that killed Capt. Jeffrey Bland, 37, and 1st Lt. Thomas Heitmann, 27.

San Diego Janitors Fast For Family Health Care

May 18
By Dwane Brown
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A report from the Center on Policy Initiatives reveals janitors at San Diego's largest life sciences firm are paid an average of $8.84 an hour, with no health care benefits.

Mayoral Candidates Wade Into San Diego Port Issues

May 18
By Katie Orr
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With San Diego's potential influence over the Port Commission and so much of the downtown waterfront falling under Port jurisdiction, perhaps it’s no surprise the city’s four major mayoral candidates have strong opinions on what the future of the Port should be.

Federal Regulators Fail To Answer Key Question About September Blackout

May 18
By Amita Sharma
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Regulators leave out information about why San Diego did not have more local generation online during the Sept. 8 blackout which happened in the middle of a heat wave.