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Stories for May 25, 2012

UC San Diego Scientists Net $12 Million For Stem Cell Research

May 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Five UC San Diego scientists have received almost $12 million combined from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to pay for stem cell-based research, the university announced today.

Animal Cracker Conspiracy's 'The Collector'

May 25
Evening Edition
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Animal Cracker Conspiracy is pushing the boundaries of puppetry with their new production, "The Collector" at 3rd Space in University Heights. I went behind the scenes to see what it takes to create puppet theater. Watch the video or listen to the radio feature.

City Council Asks For More Funding For Lifeguards

May 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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With revenues coming in higher than forecast, several City Council members today pushed for more funding for San Diego's lifeguards.

SANDAG Cuts Toll Rates For SR 125

May 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Toll rates for the southern end of state Route 125 will be lowered by anywhere from 35 cents to $1.10 under a fee structure approved unanimously today by the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors.

UCAN's New Executive Director Says Fight Will Go On

May 25
Evening Edition
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The consumer advocacy group UCAN announced this week it will have a new executive director: Kim Malcolm, a former chief of staff and administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Military Giving More Money To Obama Than Romney

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Members of the U.S. military and Department of Defense employees are giving more money to President Obama's presidential campaign than Mitt Romney's campaign coffers.

California Sailor Is 3000th Death Of Afghanistan War

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan J. Wilson of Shasta, California has become the 3000th death among U.S. and NATO forces in the war in Afghanistan. Wilson, 26, died in Manama, Bahrain on May 20th from complications associated with an unnamed medical condition.

Firefighters Make Progress On 2,500-Acre 'Banner Fire' Near Julian

May 25
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A fast-moving wildfire that scorched 2,500 acres near Julian and prompted the evacuation of 100 residents was 20 percent contained on Friday morning, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

Flags In: Memorial Day Tradition At Arlington National Cemetery (Video)

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Each year "Flags In" takes place at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as the Army's "Old Guard," places American flags on each of the 260,000 gravestones at the cemetery.

CHP Warns Holiday Revelers To Not Drink And Drive

May 25
By Helen Hawes
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The long Memorial Day weekend means party time for many and the risk of driving while impaired for some. The California Highway Patrol says tickets -- and potential tragedy -- can easily be avoided with a little education and planning.

Crash Leaves 4 Dead, 4 Critical Near Ramona

May 25
KPBS News

Cal Fire officials report four people are dead and four are in critical condition following a car accident on state Route 67, just south of Rockhouse Road between Poway and Ramona.

Roundtable: Schools & Police Board Are In Trouble, Michael Crowe Is Not

May 25
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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One in five teachers likely to be laid off by San Diego Unified unless concessions -- or a miracle -- happen. The Citizens Review Board of Police Practices charged with questionable practices of its own. Michael Crowe found "factually innocent"of murder -- and he's not alone.

In Lieu of Casting Votes, City Heights Teens Get Candidates To Sign Pledge

May 25
Megan Burks, Speak City Heights
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Most of the teens at Wednesday’s District 9 candidates forum at Hoover High School may not be able to vote in the upcoming election, but they just might have something better: signed contracts with both candidates in the running to represent City Heights on City Council next year.

Tim McGraw Kicks Off Military Home Giveaway On Memorial Day

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Memorial Day will be the kick-off of Tim McGraw's military home giveaway. The country music star is giving away a mortgage-free house to a service member on each of his 25 tour stops.

Business Groups, Builders And Labor Battle Over Propositions

May 25
By Kevin Crowe, Ryann Grochowski
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Supporters of the proposition to reform the City of San Diego’s pension system have outspent the opposition committees more than six to one according to the most recent financial statements filed with the City Clerk.

DeMaio Spends Big On Own Campaign, Super PACs Start Raising Cash For Mayoral Candidates

May 25
Evening Edition
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Two candidates for San Diego mayor have each raised more than $1 million so far, underscoring that this is a high stakes, high money contest. And it’s only the primary.

California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan, Mother Wants Answers

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A soldier from California was killed in Afghanistan on May 23rd, according to the Department of Defense. 2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, 25, was from San Jose. His mother has questions about the way her son died.

Marine Corps To Offer Some Troops Early Retirement With Benefits

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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In an effort to honor its contract with troops throughout a slim down of its forces, the Marine Corps will offer early retirement with benefits to members with at least 15 years of service.

Strong Winds Expected To Blow Through SD Mountains, Deserts

May 25
City News Service

A wind advisory will be in effect in the mountains and deserts until 2 p.m., when a more serious high wind warning goes into effect. The high wind warning is set to expire at 4 a.m. Saturday.