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Stories for May 21, 2012

Last Day To Register To Vote In June Primary

May 21
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Today is the last day to register to vote in California’s June 5th primary.

San Diego Super PAC To Promote Defense Spending

May 21
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A new political action committee that plans to promote a vigorous national defense strategy is set to launch in San Diego tomorrow.

Immigrants Rally At State Capitol

May 21
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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Immigrants from across California gathered at the state Capitol today to lobby for immigrant-friendly legislation.

Lawmakers Tout Measure To Keep State Parks Open

May 21
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A bipartisan group of California Assembly members is proposing legislation they say will help save the state parks system.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Jaczko Resigns

May 21
By Alison St John
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The Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, resigned today. Activists concerned about the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant are disappointed.

San Diego County Launches Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

May 21
By Kenny Goldberg
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The county has unveiled a new campaign aimed at getting kids to adopt healthy behaviors.

Camp Pendleton Dad, Finalist for Fatherhood Award, On National TV (Video)

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton-based Navy Lt. Dennis Kelly is one of three finalists for the National Fatherhood Initiative's 2012 Military Fatherhood Award. Lt. Kelly joined the other two finalists, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant William Edwards and Senior Airman Jonathan Jackson, on Fox News this weekend.

CSU Says Student Applications Increasing

May 21
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

California State University officials are trying to limit enrollment because of state budget cuts. But applications are on the rise.

Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Into Rancho Bernardo High

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based Navy Leap Frogs parachute team made a special appearance this weekend at Rancho Bernardo High School. The Leap Frogs high-flying performance helped kick off RB High's inaugural 12-hour relay marathon to raise awareness of the plight of wounded warriors.

Water Rates Enter San Diego Mayoral Race

May 21
By Katie Orr
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Skyrocketing water rates seem to be a constant issue in San Diego. One of the mayoral candidates is pledging to stop the increases.

FRONTLINE: Cell Tower Deaths

May 21
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The demand for better and faster cell phone service comes with a hidden cost. This joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica has found that the independent contractors who are building and servicing America’s cellular infrastructure are 10 times more likely than an average construction worker to die on the job. Complex layers of subcontracting insulate the carriers against liability, despite the fact that they set the aggressive schedule that can force subcontractors to cut corners in order to meet deadlines.

Taylor Swift To Honor Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine In New Video (Video)

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Country music superstar Taylor Swift has told the parents of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Wade Wilson she wants to honor him by wearing his dog tags in her next music video.

Eleven San Diego School Districts Might Have Problems Paying Their Bills, State Says

May 21
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Eleven school districts in San Diego County, including some of the region's largest, were among 188 in California -- an all-time high -- reporting perilous financial situations, the state Department of Education announced today.

Candidates Square Off Over San Diego City Council District 9

May 21
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The two candidates for San Diego City Council's brand new district, District 9, said increasing funding for police presence and infrastructure will be among their top priorities if elected.

CineCucina: SDIFF Pairs Food And Film

May 21
Midday Edition
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In May, the San Diego Italian Film Festival serves up CineCucina, two evenings of film all about food (and wine) and a party on the pier.

CSU Applications Rise 5 Percent For Fall 2012

May 21
ASSOCIATED PRESS

California State University says it saw a 5 percent increase in applications for the fall 2012 semester, but has held admissions to about the same level as fall 2011.

Death Penalty Sought Against Ex-Pendleton Marine For Six Murders

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Former Camp Pendleton Marine and accused serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo now faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of the six counts of murder with which he's been charged.

Civilization: The West And The Rest With Niall Ferguson

May 21
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For the past five centuries, Western civilizations have prevailed around the world. More people have been influenced by Western food, clothing, medicine, government and religion worldwide than by any other civilization. What led the West to be so influential and powerful? And how long will the West sustain its supremacy? As America approaches the 2012 presidential election in the midst of a geopolitical paradigm shift, acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson returns to public television with a timely look at the reasons behind the West’s economic ascendancy and why Eastern civilizations may now be taking the lead.

NATO To Hand Over Security Lead To Afghan Troops In 2013

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama announced today that U.S. and NATO forces will hand over the lead in Afghanistan's security to Afghan troops in 2013, a move some call an effort to end the unpopular Afghan War as soon as possible.

Bilbray’s Legislative Machine: Money, Support Surrounds Algae Bills

May 21
By Ryann Grochowski
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Big money has been pouring into the Congressional race for San Diego’s 52nd district since its boundaries were redrawn and it suddenly became wide open territory.

A Dire Sign Of The Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes Soars

May 21
Rob Stein, NPR
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The proportion of those with diabetes or "prediabetes" rose from 9 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2008.

Female Troops Suffer From Poorly-Fitting Body Armor

May 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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You've come a long way, baby...but not far enough to warrant military body armor that fits you properly. At least not yet. But of last week, the House Armed Services Committee has called upon the U.S. Army to study the issue.

San Diego Council To Consider More Off-Season Events At Petco Park

May 21
By Neiko Will and City News Service
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A plan that could result in more events taking place at Petco Park during the baseball off-season will be considered by the City Council today.

Grantville Opposition Delays Vote on 'Riverbend' Development

May 21
By Tom Fudge
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Some people in Grantville fear a new development will bring lots of traffic and environmental harm to the San Diego River Valley.

A Better Nuclear Power Plant?

May 21
By Alison St John
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Nuclear power is a hot topic these days, following the explosions at Fukushima, Japan last year, and problems at San Onofre that have shut down the plant. General Atomics in Sorrento Mesa is looking for better ways to generate nuclear power.

Millions Look Skyward As Rare Eclipse Passes

May 21
Associated Press
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From a park near Albuquerque, to the top of Japan's Mount Fuji, to the California coast the effect was dramatic: The moon nearly blotting out the sun creating a blazing "ring of fire" eclipse.