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Stories for May 22, 2012

USD Trains Mexican Lawyers For New Criminal Trial Process

May 22
By Jill Replogle
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Mexico is in the midst of a huge project to reform its criminal justice system. A key piece of the reform is the adoption of a new kind of trial process where lawyers argue their cases publicly in the courtroom. This means lots and lots of training.

State Senate Paves Way For Robocars

May 22
By Tom Fudge
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A bill approved the California Senate is the first step toward legalizing cars that can drive themselves.

Grand Jury Issues Scathing Report On Citizens' Review Board On Police Practices

May 22
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A San Diego grand jury report made public today says the city's Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices operates in an atmosphere of prejudice, fear and intimidation that impairs the ability of members to render independent and impartial decisions.

Quadruple Amputee Soldier Making Remarkable Recovery (Video)

May 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post has an update on the story of Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, the 25-year-old soldier who lost all four limbs to an IED blast in Afghanistan on April 10th. He is one of only four quadruple amputees from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to survive his injuries.

Gov. Brown Pitches Budget To Business Leaders

May 22
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown is pitching his proposed budget cuts to business leaders as the only way to get California back on its financial footing.

Baby Deaths Drop In California

May 22
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

New state figures show fewer deaths among infants under the age of one.

Today Marks 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation (Video)

May 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Marine Corps aviation. On May 22, 1912, Lt. Alfred Cunningham became the first Marine aviator in a plane the Navy purchased from the Wright Brothers.

Super PAC Launches TV Ads On Defense Funding

May 22
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A political action committee was launched today in San Diego to fight proposed defense budget cuts.

The Family Of Survivors On 'Molokai'

May 22
Midday Edition
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"Molokai" by Alan Brennert is a One Book, One San Diego selection which tells the story of how people diagnosed with leprosy survived in a colony on the Hawaiian island.

Brown Seeks Business Support For Tax-Hike Proposal

May 22
Don Thompson, Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching his proposal to raise the state sales and income taxes to an audience that traditionally opposes tax increases - members of the California Chamber of Commerce.

National Memorial Day Concert 2012

May 22
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Join co-hosts Gary Sinise ("CSI: New York") and Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) in a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 23rd annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.

District 7 Winner Could Determine SD City Council Majority

May 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The race for the San Diego City Council District 7 seat will put a brand new face on the council. We'll meet some of the candidates.

Michael Crowe Found 'Factually Innocent' In Sister's Murder

May 22
By Mark Sauer
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A San Diego Superior Court judge has found Michael Crowe and two of his friends factually innocent in the 1998 slaying of Crowe's 12-year-old sister, Stephanie.

Denise Ducheny Is Running To Replace Bob Filner In District 51

May 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Denise Ducheny wants to represent the 51st District, southern San Diego County and all of Imperial County, in Congress. Her priorities include border wait times, immigration reform and veterans' issues and getting her opponent, State Senator Juan Vargas, to debate her.

Voters Agree It's The Economy, But Split On Who Can Fix It

May 22
Greg Henderson, NPR

President Obama and his expected Republican challenger are tied on the all-important question of who can best deal with the ailing economy, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Burn Pits A Danger To Troops' Health, Says Leaked Memo

May 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Burn pits used by the U.S. military at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan to dispose of trash could harm troops' long-term health, according to a leaked Army memo.

Romney Wins Ky., Ark. Primaries; Nomination Close

May 22
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mitt Romney has swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win.

Earthquake Rattles Border Region

May 22
City News Service
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A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the far southeastern reaches of Southern California today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Free Museum Passes For Military Families Starting Memorial Day

May 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Starting Memorial Day, active-duty military and their families will be able to visit more than 1,600 museums across the country - free of charge. Family members of deployed service members can also participate.

ACLU Queries Poway School's Bid For Parents To Buy iPads

May 22
Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a San Diego County school's project to equip fourth- and fifth-graders with iPads — at parents' expense.

USS Vinson Arrives In San Diego Wednesday

May 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Carl Vinson is scheduled to arrive home in San Diego tomorrow, after a six-month deployment.

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off In Historic Journey To Space Station

May 22
Marcia Dunn, Associated Press
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A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

Chula Vista's Jessica Sanchez Sings In 'American Idol' Showdown

May 22
City News Service

The showdown between "American Idol'' finalists Jessica Sanchez of Chula Vista and Phillip Phillips Jr. of Leesburg, Ga. is tonight.