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Stories for May 24, 2012

Port Says Kissing Statue To Be Removed Next Week

May 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Workers will begin removing the statue of a sailor kissing a nurse near the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego's downtown waterfront next Wednesday, the Port of San Diego announced today.

Mostly Good Marks For San Diego Beaches

May 24
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego Beaches got pretty high marks in the latest "Heal the Bay Beach Report Card," but the survey also exposed some long-running pollution problems.

Labor Pressures San Diego Schools, Teachers To Find Ways To Reduce Layoffs

May 24
By Kyla Calvert
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Even labor leaders say San Diego teachers may have to agree give up some amount of pay or benefits next year to reduce layoffs.

Undercover Agents Take Down Car Thieves

May 24
By Katie Orr
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San Diego authorities are working to nab car thieves in the county through undercover operations.

Rock Church Incompatible With Liberty Station Land-Use Plans, Grand Jury Finds

May 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Rock Church is incompatible with land-use plans that govern Liberty Station and the city permit that allows it to operate should be suspended pending a review, the San Diego County Grand Jury said in a report issued today.

Marines' Very Last CH-46 Pilot Completes Training (Video)

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps' newest...but very last...CH-46 Sea Knight pilot completed his training yesterday at Camp Pendleton. The Marines are phasing out the CH-46 in favor of the MV-22B Osprey.

FRONTLINE: Al Qaeda In Yemen

May 24
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Since the death of Osama bin Laden, Yemen has become the hottest front in the war against Al Qaeda. Award-winning reporter and FRONTLINE correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad travels into the hub of Yemen's radical heartland. His first-hand report shows how members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken advantage of turmoil in the country to impose their rule on areas of south Yemen. Also in this hour, the story of Al Qaeda operative Fahd al Quso — killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen early this month.

Fast-Moving Wildfire Fire Burns 1,200 Acres Near Julian

May 24
By KPBS
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A fast-moving wildfire that prompted the evacuation of 100 homes and blackened 1,200 acres is 5 percent contained as of 9:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Obama Names Yucca Mountain Critic Allison Macfarlane To Lead NRC

May 24
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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President Barack Obama named Yucca Mountain critic Allison Macfarlane to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Circo

May 24
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The Ponce family’s hardscrabble circus has lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th century, but can their way of life survive into the 21st? “Circo” (Circus) intimately portrays the Ponce family circus as it struggles to make a living from its artistry, sweat and wit against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy.

Weekend Preview: The Beach Boys, Mrs. Magician And A Strawberry Fest

May 24
Midday Edition
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The long Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and there are many events happening this weekend to help you welcome warmer days.

District 1 Race Could Shift Balance Of Power On SD City Council

May 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The four candidates for San Diego City Council District 1 are making that election one of the most competitive this year.

Marine Gets Kiss From Katy Perry During Fleet Week (Video)

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's Fleet Week in New York City, and that means more than 6,000 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are in the Big Apple to celebrate the sea services. Music superstar Katy Perry already gave one of those Marines a memory to last a lifetime, when she pulled him onstage and kissed him during her concert for the troops.

Electrocution Danger Threatens Marines In Afghanistan

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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At least four Marines, including two based at Camp Pendleton, have been electrocuted to death in Afghanistan within the last six months.

Obama Seeks To Gain Support Among Military Voters

May 24
Greg Allen, NPR
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Long before Obama gave a commencement speech to Air Force cadets Wednesday, his campaign was focusing attention on his record with military families and veterans — a key voting group that could make the difference in swing states like Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

Grand Canyon Fall Kills Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine fell to his death Tuesday at the Grand Canyon. Jeffery Klingsick, 20, was visiting the national park on his way home to Kansas.

'American Idol' Finale: Phillip Phillips Wins Title Over Jessica Sanchez

May 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Chula Vista singing sensation Jessica Sanchez finished second in the 11th season of "American Idol'' but isn't expected to fade away from the spotlight any time soon.

Candidates Run To Be First New Face On County Board In Years

May 24
By Alison St John
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Historically, the public’s attention has focused on city of San Diego politics, while the county supervisors carry on their business in relative obscurity. But now there is a battle going on for the first open seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in nearly 20 years.

Bill Would Reduce Penalty For Simple Drug Possession

May 24
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill in the state senate would reduce the penalty for simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor.