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Stories for November 12, 2012

Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 12
By Christopher Maue
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Veterans march in San Diego's 2012 Veterans Day parade along Pacific Highway.

Pot Legalization Concerns Latin American Leaders

Nov. 12
By Jill Replogle
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The vote to legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington State is making waves beyond U.S. borders as Latin American leaders call for a re-evaluation of drug control strategy.

Cal State Trustees To Consider Fee Hike

Nov. 12
By Kyla Calvert
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California State University trustees will consider levying fees aimed at moving students through the system on a four-year timeline.

Strong Success for Calif. Tax Measures May Not Be New Trend

Nov. 12
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California voters are historically resistant to statewide tax measures. But last week, they approved two of them – Propositions 30 and 39 – and more than 70 percent of local tax and bond measures. Is that a new trend? Perhaps not.

First Pilot To Break Sound Barrier Honored In Veterans Parade

Nov. 12
City News Service
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Thousands lined Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego today for the 11th annual Veterans Day Parade, which featured as grand marshal the retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier.

This Election Brought Few Women to the Legislature

Nov. 12
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

This election brought a change that many California women lawmakers say is disappointing.

San Diego Humane Society Wants To Neuter 5,000 Pets

Nov. 12
City News Service
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The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has launched a new program to spay or neuter 5,000 pets between now and next June 30, the animal welfare organization announced today.

San Diego Zoo To Announce Baby Panda Name Tuesday

Nov. 12
City News Service
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The San Diego Zoo is scheduled to reveal the name of its 15-week-old giant panda cub on Tuesday.

Army Captain Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Capt. James D. Nehl died November 9 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Nehl was shot to death while on patrol during combat operations.

Post-Sandy, Residents Gut Hard-Hit Rockaway

Nov. 12
Ailsa Chang / NPR

Ferry service into Manhattan started Monday for the Rockaway section of Queens, one of the hardest hit New York City neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy. Many residents are still feeling cut off, struggling without power or adequate public transportation options. And now worries about mold are creeping in.

Opportunities Emerge For Vets In Tough Job Market

Nov. 12
Yuki Noguchi / NPR

Many veterans aren't just looking for a job; they're looking for a career, a calling, and of course, financial stability. Those recently separated from the military have to confront what is still a fairly weak civilian job market.

Poway Unified Superintendent Talks Special Taxes

Nov. 12
By Kevin Crowe
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Poway’s superintendent, John Collins, talks about Poway Unified’s use of Mello-Roos fees to build new, top-flight schools.

Pulling Back The Curtain On The Mayor's Race

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
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The San Diego mayor’s race was expensive, hard fought and by most standards, nasty. The campaign strategists — the men behind the candidates — are paid to shape the persona and mould the message.

Mexico, Central America React To U.S. States' Legalize Marijuana Votes

Nov. 12
Associated Press

Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Georgia Immigration Law Trips Up Doctors And Nurses

Nov. 12
Jim Burress / NPR
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Hundreds of health care workers in Georgia are losing their licenses to practice because of a problem created by a new immigration law in the state.

Police Shoot 29 Palms Marine To Death In Palm Springs

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Officers with the Palms Springs Police Department shot and killed Marine Cpl. Allan DeVillena II, 22, on Saturday morning. DeVillena was assigned to the 1st Marine Logistical Group, which is based at Camp Pendleton, although he was stationed at Twentynine Palms.

SDSU To Host NCAA Tournament Game

Nov. 12
City News Service
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San Diego State University was selected today to host early-round games of the 2014 Division 1 men's college basketball tournament, the NCAA announced today.

Firestorm Erupts Over Virginia's Education Goals

Nov. 12
Claudio Sanchez / NPR

As part of Virginia's waiver to opt out of mandates set out in the No Child Left Behind law, the state has created a controversial new set of education goals that are higher for white and Asian kids than for blacks, Latinos and students with disabilities.

Students Build App To Determine The Best Time To Cross Border

Nov. 12
By John Rosman
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A team of students has built an app to determine traffic patterns along the U.S.-Mexico border.

An Iraq Veteran Talks About Peace At USD

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Iraq War veteran Paul Chappell lectures at USD on "Why Peace is Possible."

USD Training Nurses To Assist Veterans

Nov. 12
Midday Edition
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While some U.S. military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will settle back into their lives at home, others continue to deal with the after-effects of war. While some of their wounds are apparent, others are not. We take a look at what USD is doing to prepare health care workers working with our nations veterans.

Two Soldiers From Southern California Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two soldiers who grew up in Southern California were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend in separate incidents. Army Spc. Daniel L. Carlson, 21, of Running Springs, died November 9 in Kandahar province. Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Bennett, 26, of Glendora, was killed November 10 in Sperwan Gar.

Businesses Offering Free Meals To Military and Veterans Today

Nov. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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While Sunday was officially Veteran's Day, many businesses are observing the holiday today, and with it offering free meals and to folks in the military, and, of course, veterans. Home Post has the low down.

Woman In Petraeus Affair Spoke About Having Access To Classified Information

Nov. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Paula Broadwell, the woman whose extramarital affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation Friday from the post of CIA director, is a major in the Army Reserve who specializes in counterterrorism issues. She's also the author of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, a biography of the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Deficit Cutters Look To Pentagon Budget

Nov. 12
DONNA CASSATA/The Associated Press
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One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality - fewer dollars.

US Veterans 'Banished' To Mexico

Nov. 12
Evening Edition
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How many U.S. veterans are deported each year? No one knows, but a group of "banished veterans" in Mexico is trying to help.

Veteran Photo Officer Shares Memories Of Vietnam And Comrades

Nov. 12
By Dwane Brown
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Some of the Marines who saw action during the Vietnam War carried cameras instead of guns.

Reflective Pavement May Heat Nearby Buildings

Nov. 12
By Erik Anderson
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A San Diego researcher says reflective pavement may have an unexpected and unwanted side effect.

Construction Of New Naval Hospital On Track

Nov. 12
By Alison St John
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The new Naval Hospital being built on Camp Pendleton is 70 percent complete.

Petraeus Affair: Lawmakers Want To Know Why They Weren't Told

Nov. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Phase II of this story has begun:

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Nov. 12
Alix Spiegel / NPR
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In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.