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Stories for May 28, 2012

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San Diego's Veterans Museum Provides Honorable Burials

May 28, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Katie Schoolov

Twelve years ago, some retired veterans learned that not all veterans were being buried with dignity. Some remains were being shipped to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in FedEx boxes. San Diego's Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is now offering free honorable burials for homeless veterans.

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Ceremony at Rosecrans National Cemetery Honors Veterans

May 28, 2012
By Katie Schoolov, Peggy Pico

Thousands of families, including those with members in the military, and veterans filled Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma on Monday to honor fallen troops with a gun salute and wreath laying ceremony.

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Job Fair Aims to Keep Teens Busy and Safe This Summer

May 28, 2012
Brian Myers, Speak City Heights

Hundreds of youth, young adults and their parents attended the inaugural City Heights Youth Resource and Job Fair on April 28.

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Romney Honors Veterans In San Diego

May 28, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney honored veterans in San Diego on Monday. More than 2,000 San Diegans poured into Balboa Park for the Memorial Day ceremony.

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Camp Pendleton Battalion Honored In Unique Way On Memorial Day (Video)

May 28, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The parents of a 19-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine who was killed in 2010 have restored a vintage Chevrolet truck to honor him, and his Marine unit - the Darkhorse Battalion. The truck was unveiled today at Six Flags in St. Louis.

Recruiters Have Easier Time Enlisting Young Men and Women

May 28, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A high unemployment rate is making it a bit easier for recruiters to attract young men and women to the military.

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VFW's Finding New Ways to Attract Young Veterans

May 28, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Over the last few years, California Veterans of Foreign Wars has seen a drop in its membership. Its now trying to attract younger veterans to the organization.

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National Database Compiled To Prevent Wrongful Convictions

May 28, 2012
By Katie Schoolov, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

For two decades we've been hearing about cases of wrongful convictions - and until now it's been difficult to get a sense of exonerations in the U.S. We hear about a new database detailing exonerations and how it can help future cases.

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Former Navy SEAL On Combat, Service & His Own Rescue

May 28, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his team were ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005. He survived. The other three did not. After his return from a second tour, he reflected on his experiences in a book, Lone Survivor. His new book is a tribute to those who serve.

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14th Annual LGBT Film Festival Kicks Off Wednesday

May 28, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

The 14th Annual FilmOut San Diego -- San Diego's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival -- kicks off Wednesday and runs through June 3 at the Birch Theater in North Park.

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Obama: We Must Be 'Nation Worthy Of Your Sacrifice'

May 28, 2012
Associated Press

President Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, saying the country must strive "to be a nation worthy of your sacrifice."

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Memorial Day Discounts And Freebies For Troops

May 28, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Many nationwide business chains are honoring the military this Memorial Day by offering discounts - and in some cases freebies - to active-duty service members and veterans.

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Marine General Marks Memorial Day By Reading Letter From Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine

May 28, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Marine General John Allen, the top U.S and NATO commander in Afghanistan, paid tribute to all fallen troops on this Memorial Day by reading the final letter of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. William Stacey, who died in January.

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Just Weeks Away From Wedding

May 28, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Keaton Coffey, 22, was killed in Afghanistan on May 24th. A native of Boring, Oregon, Cpl. Coffey was to be married in just a few weeks.

Romney, McCain Honor Troops In San Diego On Memorial Day

May 28, 2012
City News Service

Memorial Day in San Diego will feature appearances by Republican presidential candidates past and present and the traditional military service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Banner Fire 90 Percent Contained

May 28, 2012
City News Service

Firefighters east of Julian hope to have wildfire that has burned more than 5,321 acres surrounded sometime today.

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Americans Honor Troops On Memorial Day

May 28, 2012
Associated Press

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation's fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died during the Vietnam War. Republican Mitt Romney was scheduled to appear Monday with McCain in San Diego, home to a large number of military personnel and veterans.

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Last Day To Register To Vote By Mail Tuesday

May 28, 2012
By Alison St John

Tuesday is the last day to request a mail-in ballot, if you are not going to the polls next Tuesday. For the first time, more than half of San Diegans who are registered to vote have signed up to permanently vote by mail.

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Veterans Village San Diego Produces Memorial Day Tribute, 'In Their Honor'

May 28, 2012
By Elle Masri

Veterans Village of San Diego produced a Memorial Day tribute to honor fallen soldiers and the family and friends suffering from their loss.

State Officials Push Co-Pays For Medi-Cal Patients

May 28, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

State officials are once again pushing the idea of charging people on Medi-Cal co-pays.

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California Drivers Paying A Hefty Premium At The Pump

May 28, 2012
By Erik Anderson

The summer driving season is here, and California drivers are paying premium prices at the pump. The difference between local and national prices is nearly double what it was last year.

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Park Staff Prepare To Tackle A San Diego Summer

May 28, 2012
By Tom Fudge

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, which is prime time for city parks.

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Ensuring The Security Of Future San Diego Workers

May 28, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Voters in San Diego will decide in a few days whether the city should end its traditional pension system for most new workers and switch to a 401(k). But if Proposition B passes, it’ll raise another big question for the city.