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Stories for May 31, 2012

Is Temecula Still Worth The Commute?

May 31
By Tom Fudge
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High-priced gas and changing values have made the affordable homes of south Riverside County seem like they're even further away.

Water Task Force Considers Supply Issues

May 31
By Erik Anderson
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The city of San Diego has pulled together a panel to consider how to deal with growing competition for a shrinking pool of imported water and cope with the growing scarcity of water.

Numerous Bills Pass Before Friday Deadline

May 31
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Tomorrow is the deadline for all bills in California legislature to pass in the chamber where they started or die. That made Thursday a busy day under the Capitol dome.

California Governor and Lawmakers Will Get 5-percent Pay Cut

May 31
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown, legislators and statewide office holders will have their pay cut by five percent.

Grand Jury Says San Diego Redistricting 'Timely, Professional' But Needs Updating

May 31
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego County Grand Jury today praised the work of the city of San Diego's Redistricting Commission and City Attorney and City Clerk's offices for redrawing council district boundaries, but said the process needs to be updated.

Sesame Street Songs Used To Torture Gitmo Detainees? (Video)

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Guantanamo Bay? Apparently, there are more than a few Gitmo detainees who know the answer to that famous musical question, after being forced to listen to Sesame Street tunes for hours (or days) on end as a form of torture - according to an Al Jazeera documentary.

Bills Would Guarantee Coverage to Californians Who Can Buy It

May 31
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

Two identical bills in the California legislature that would implement key components of President Obama’s health care overhaul passed their houses of origin this week, but not without debate.

Marine Urination Video Prompts Follow-Up Probe

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Members of the Marine Corps battalion infamous for being videotaped urinating on Taliban corpses are the subject of another military investigation.

Boy Wins Disney Trip, Gives It Away To Fallen Soldier's Daughter (Video)

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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A young boy who spent months on the internet earning a free trip to Disney World gave that trip away to a girl who's father was killed in Afghanistan. Today, there's a new twist to the story.

Bond Tax Fund Helps Pay For Morse High Culinary Arts Facility

May 31
By Dwane Brown
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The grand reopening for the Hungry Tiger marks an end and a new beginning for Morse High schools culinary arts program. Its also senior Laly Martinez last few weeks to sharpen her skills before going off to culinary school to become a chef. "I've tasted the food yes and its really good," she said.

Final Mayoral Forum Tonight To Focus On Latino Issues

May 31
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The final forum of the yearlong mayoral campaign is scheduled tonight at the University of San Diego's Shiley Theater, hosted by the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association.

DeMaio Leads, Filner Second In Latest Mayoral Race Poll

May 31
By Katie Orr and CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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If a primary election for San Diego Mayor was held on Thursday, three of the candidates would have the potential to advance to a general election in November, according to the latest 10News Poll results.

Medical Marijuana Case Dismissal Is Victory For Advocates

May 31
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The case against a medical marijuana co-op was dismissed by a San Diego judge. Advocates say this decision has broader implications for medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners.

Are TV Ads About Proposition 29 To Increase Cigarette Taxes Accurate?

May 31
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Proposition 29 on the June 5th ballot would increase the state tax on cigarettes by a dollar per pack. The state says the tax will generate about $735 million a year, the bulk of which would be dedicated to fund cancer research.

Proposal To Raise Tricare Fees Blocked By Congress

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Congress has blocked a proposal by the Obama administration to increase TRICARE enrollment fees. But participants in the military's health care program may end up paying more in other ways.

Right Fears Entitlements Are Killing American Dream

May 31
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney agree that the American dream is out of reach for too many people today. They disagree on how to fix the problem.

Mexico Sees Model In San Diego Domestic Violence Center

May 31
By Jill Replogle
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The San Diego Family Justice Center is serving as a model for similar centers set to open up around Mexico.

Suicide Considered By 13% Of Deployed Marines, Study Says

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new study finds 13 percent of Marines who've been deployed overseas have considered taking their own lives.

San Diego Student Advances In National Spelling Bee

May 31
City News Service

Francis Parker School eighth-grader Snigdha Nandipati will be among the 50 competitors in today's semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.

Judge Rules Barriers Should Be Used At SeaWorld

May 31
City News Service
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Killer whale trainers at SeaWorld San Diego may have to stay out of the water for good during the marine park's iconic Shamu shows, it was reported today.

Weekend Preview: Dance, Music, And Arabian Horses

May 31
Midday Edition
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This weekend you can see the beauty of the human body in motion with Eveoke Dance Theatre or the grace of Arabian horses at the Del Mar Fairgrounds plus much more.

New Survey Reveals Both Widespread Satisfaction And Problems With Medi-Cal

May 31
By Kenny Goldberg

A new survey from the California HealthCare Foundation shows Medi-Cal enrollees generally like the program, but have problems seeing specialists.

City Heights Class Cautions Girls About Falling Prey To Sex Trafficking

May 31
Evening Edition
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Teen girls with a history of trouble and low self-esteem often fall prey to sex traffickers. A youth organization in City Heights is working to prevent girls from becoming victims.