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Stories for May 3, 2012

Squirrel On Palomar Mountain Tests Positive For Plague

May 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A ground squirrel trapped during routine monitoring at the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain tested positive for plague, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health reported today.

Environment Groups Stage Elaborate Events for Climate Change Awareness

May 3
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

Across California and around the world, environmental groups are staging demonstrations on Climate Impacts Day tomorrow. Local groups will head to the vulnerable levees to send a message about climate change.

Junior Seau's Death Confirmed As Suicide By Medical Examiner

May 3
KPBS News

The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed today that Junior Seau's death was a suicide.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho And Martha Stewart

May 3
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The three guests are all children of first or second-generation immigrants and share the peculiar burdens of that heritage. In an episode that crisscrosses the planet, from India to Korea to Poland, catch a glimpse of three distinct yet oddly overlapping experiences of families leaving their homes and becoming American.

Calif. GOP Starts Statewide "Party of Yes" Tour

May 3
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California Republicans are heading out on a statewide tour ahead of the June Primary election.

Star Cellist Wows Chula Vista Students

May 3
By Kyla Calvert
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Orchestra students at Chula Vista High School got a visit from a world-renowned cellist this morning.

USNS Mercy Leaves San Diego For Humanitarian Mission (Video)

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The hospital ship USNS Mercy left Naval Station San Diego today to kick-off a four month humanitarian mission to several Asian countries.

State Assembly Approves Ban on Open Carry of Long Guns

May 3
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would ban the carrying of unloaded rifles or “long guns” in public.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Minneapolis, Minn. - Hour One

May 3
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Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Sebastian Clarke at the American Swedish Institute to discuss Mora clocks, beautiful tall case timekeepers cherished by many Swedish-Americans who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include a questionable George Elmslie chair that, if authentic, could fetch $50,000; and a 1976 fancy intense yellow diamond ring, valued at $140,000-$160,000.

UCSD Names New Chancellor

May 3
By KPBS
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Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering in Pittsburgh, has been named as the eighth chancellor of UC San Diego.

Bin Laden Papers Show Frustration

May 3
Larry Abramson, NPR
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The former al-Qaida leader was upset with the actions of affiliated groups he couldn't control.

Fletcher Endorsed By Deputy Sheriffs Association

May 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher picked up an endorsement in the San Diego mayoral race today from the San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs Association, which cited his independence and ability to work across the political spectrum for public safety.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Poirot IX: Cat Among The Pigeons

May 3
By Jennifer Robinson
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Poirot tackles an intriguing and dangerous murder case involving international espionage, a Middle-Eastern revolution and a missing princess. The surviving heir to a Middle-Eastern throne is hidden away from revolutionaries in a small English girl’s school, but when — one by one — teachers are found murdered, it seems the school may not be such a haven for the princess after all.

Many Questions After Junior Seau's Death

May 3
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Fans, friends and family of Junior Seau are mourning his loss and asking why. We talk to those who knew him and address the issues of suicide and depression.

Navy To Christen And Launch USNS Cesar Chavez On May 5

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The widow of civil rights activist and Navy veteran Cesar Chavez will be on hand as the Navy christens and launches the ship named in her late husband's honor on May 5.

Marine Captain's Memories of Junior Seau

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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During a business trip to Camp Pendleton last year, Marine Capt. Albert Flores Jr. shared an unexpected but memorable evening with the late Junior Seau.

Re-Review: 'Re-Animator The Musical'

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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Some things just won't stay dead. Thankfully, "Re-Animator The Musical" (opening May 3 at the Hayworth Theater in LA) is one of them. It is reopening tonight for a 10-week run at the Hayworth Theater in LA before heading to New York and then heading to Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Both showcases could lead to further re-animation!

SDG&E Won't Pay Blackout Claims

May 3
Associated Press

San Diego Gas & Electric says it won't pay claims filed over last fall's power outage that affected millions of people in Southern California, Arizona and Mexico.

Another Balboa Park Proposal To Be Unveiled

May 3
City News Service

A competing proposal to the city of San Diego's plan to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park is scheduled to be unveiled today.

Guest Review: 'The Avengers'

May 3
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Reviewer
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Today at 11:00am Marvel has assembled a marathon of all the films leading up to the release of "The Avengers" (opening at 12:01am May 4 throughout San Diego) and with a special early screening of the eagerly awaited sequel. My self-confessed comic book fanboy guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez has this SPOILER free review.

The Business Of Providing A Low Cost Of Dying

May 3
By Tom Fudge
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A new San Diego undertaker wants to corner the market on low-cost funerals.

UCSD Student Left In Cell Seeks $20 Million In Compensation

May 3
Julie Watson, Associated Press

After two days of being handcuffed in a tiny holding cell and desperate for food and water, Daniel Chong said he realized he had to stop wondering when he'd be let out and start thinking about how to stay alive.