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Stories for May 30, 2012

CCDC Makes No Recommendation On Fat City Hotels

May 30
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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An application for permits required to build two hotels on the old Fat City restaurant property north of downtown San Diego was forwarded today to the chairman of the Centre City Development Corp. without recommendation after labor unions expressed opposition.

Gay-to-Straight Psychotherapy Ban Passes Senate

May 30
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A form of psychotherapy intended to turn gay children straight would be banned in California under a bill that passed the State Senate Wednesday. California would be the first state to pass such a ban.

Scott Peters Lent His Campaign $1.25 Million in May

May 30
By Ryann Grochowski
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Democrat Scott Peters, an attorney and port commissioner, lent his campaign $1.25 million dollars in May. He’s now the top fundraiser in the race, approaching $2 million. Nearly 70 percent of that cash comes from his own bank account.

Assembly Passes Bill That Would Expand Family And Medical Leave

May 30
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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A bill that would expand California’s family and medical leave law passed the Assembly on a party line vote.

New Swim Guide Reveals Water Quality At California Beaches

May 30
By Peggy Pico
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Beachgoers now have a fast and easy way to find out if the water at their favorite beach is safe to swim in.

Bill To Help Families Pay For College Passes Assembly

May 30
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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A bill to help middle class families pay for California colleges and universities has passed the Assembly by a two-thirds vote.

Mayoral Candidates Square Off In One Of The Last Debates

May 30
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The four contenders for the San Diego mayor's job verbally jousted today over their voting records, reliance on ballot measures and plans for port jobs in one of the last debates before Tuesday's primary election.

Crews Put Out Talmadge House Fire, Two Police Officers Hurt

May 30
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Fire crews have responded to a house fire in the Talmadge area. The fire was first reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of 51st Street near El Cajon Blvd, according to dispatchers.

LGBT Community Says Prop B Bad For Gay Couples

May 30
By Katie Orr
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Members of San Diego’s LGBT community say the pension reform measure on next week’s ballot would be harmful for gay couples.

Thousands Petition Gov. Brown To End Cap And Trade

May 30
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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More than 2500 cards and petitions were delivered to Governor Jerry Brown’s office demanding an end to California’s plans for a cap and trade program.

Calif. Senate Passes Digital Textbooks Legislation

May 30
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The California State Senate has approved a pair of bills intended to make inexpensive digital textbooks for popular courses available to college students. Both measures passed overwhelmingly Wednesday despite textbook industry opposition.

Hong Kong Dog Shelter Gets TLC From San Diego-Based Sailors

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sailors and Marines from the San Diego-based USS Makin Island volunteered at a dog shelter during a recent four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

Parolee Boards L.A.-Bound Plane At Lindbergh Field Without Ticket

May 30
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An investigation was under way today into how a parolee fresh out of jail managed to evade security at Lindbergh Field and get onto a Los Angeles-bound plane without a ticket, authorities reported.

Kiss Statue Taken Down, Replacement Scheduled By End Of Year

May 30
By Angela Carone
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Workers today began removing the statue of a sailor kissing a nurse near the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego's downtown waterfront.

State Higher Ed Cuts Offer Opportunities For Private School Growth

May 30
By Kyla Calvert
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State budget cuts have reduced classes at California’s public universities and colleges. Some of San Diego’s private schools are looking to fill that void.

Man Exonerated Of Rape Contacted By Six NFL Teams In Two Days

May 30
By Claire Trageser
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Brian Banks, a promising football player who was wrongly convicted of rape when he was 17, has been contacted by six NFL teams over the past two days. His conviction of rape and kidnapping charges was overturned last Thursday in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Mark Kersey: A City Council Winner Before Votes Are Cast

May 30
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One of the only sure winners on this year's primary ballot is Mark Kersey, the unopposed candidate for San Diego City Council District 5.

'Jazz Loft Project' Provides Behind-The-Scenes Look At Jazz Greats

May 30
Midday Edition
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A new exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts reveals the sights and sounds of New York's budding jazz scene during the late 1950s-1960s.

Jeri Dilno

LGBT Pride Month: 2012 Honoree

May 30
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Jeri Dilno has spent her career working as a courageous political and social justice advocate on behalf of women’s and gay/lesbian rights. Her own military undesirable discharge in 1961 for being a lesbian led her to risk personal safety on behalf of gay and lesbian civil rights. Ms. Dilno is currently on the Board of Directors of LGBT Pride, serves as a member of the City’s Balboa Park Committee, which is an advisory board to City Council, and a member of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee.

Military Moms Breastfeeding In Uniform Create Controversy

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Photographs taken of military moms breastfeeding their babies in uniform are stirring up controversy on the Internet.

Larry T. Baza

LGBT Pride Month: 2012 Honoree

May 30
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Larry T. Baza’s career as a professional arts administrator and advocate has been driven by the belief that access to the arts “is vitally important to a civilized society.” His work has included directorships of many local nonprofits including the Centro Cultural de la Raza, Sushi Performance and Visual Art, California Pacific Theatre and others. He has also participated as a consultant, grant panelist, site visitor or board member for: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Arizona Arts Commission, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and culture, California Association of Local Arts Agencies and more.

San Diego Middle School Students Turn Their Lens To Bullying

May 30
By Susan Murphy
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A dozen students at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights spent three months documenting bullying incidents on their campus in hopes of opening the eyes of their peers and teachers to stop the hatred.

Police Review Board Responds To Grand Jury Criticism

May 30
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The Citizens Review Board on Police Practices has responded to a San Diego County Grand Jury report which said the board is rife with cronyism, prejudice, intimidation and conflicts of interest. Incoming board chair Jim Kaese says the report contains errors, but the board is already addressing the issues.

Camp Pendleton Marines Deploying To Afghanistan This Summer

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton-based 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment is headed to Afghanistan this summer for a deployment of undetermined length.

Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan Kills Two U.S. Soldiers

May 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense has identified the two American soldiers killed on Memorial Day when their helicopter crashed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Son Jarocho Creates Community On Both Sides Of The Border

May 30
By Adrian Florido
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Son Jarocho is a musical style with roots in rural southern Mexico, but in recent years its popularity has surged in Mexican cities and in the U.S.

Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Crossed The Pacific To US

May 30
Associated Press
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Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

Quake Could Trigger San Onofre Shutdown, Officials Say

May 30
Associated Press
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The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that could have temporarily cut off the plant’s emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday.

For U.S. Troops, One More Big Push In Afghanistan

May 30
Tom Bowman, NPR
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U.S. soldiers are trying to deal a crippling blow to the Taliban in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni. It's one of the last major Taliban strongholds, but the American forces are trying to do the job on a short timetable.

Gov. Brown Weighs In On San Diego Mayoral Race

May 30
By Katie Orr
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California’s Democratic governor is weighing in on the San Diego Mayor’s race, but you may be surprised about which candidate he’s talking about.