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Stories for November 15, 2012

Tony Young To Resign From San Diego City Council

Nov. 15
By Katie Orr
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There’s a major shake-up happening at San Diego City Hall. Council President Tony Young is resigning his post.

Head Of Customs Brokers Association Pleads Guilty To Import Scheme

Nov. 15
By Jill Replogle

The head of a customs brokers association working on the U.S.-Mexico border has pleaded guilty to heading up a conspiracy to avoid paying import taxes.

4 Dead, 17 Hurt As Train Hits Veterans Parade Trailer In Texas

Nov. 15
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

At least four people are dead and several others injured after a train crashed into a trailer carrying veterans during a parade in West Texas.

Fatalities Reported As Train Hits Veterans Parade Trailer In Texas

Nov. 15
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

At least four people are dead and several others injured after a train crashed into a trailer carrying veterans during a parade in West Texas.

USD President Addresses Faculty Leaders After No Confidence Vote

Nov. 15
By Kyla Calvert
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Controversy over President Mary Lyons' decision to revoke a scholar's invitation to speak is still roiling the University of San Diego campus.

Roberts Officially Becomes Newest Supervisor As Danon Concedes

Nov. 15
By Claire Trageser
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Steve Danon, the Republican candidate for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat, conceded the race today.

San Diego Economy Poised To Continue Moving Up

Nov. 15
By Erik Anderson
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One of San Diego's leading economists predicts a gradually improving local economy next year and says the housing market may lead the way.

California Pollsters Give Post-Election Analysis

Nov. 15
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Two of California’s most prominent pollsters say that the state’s ethnic population is playing a more significant role in the outcome of elections.

What 44th Street Can Teach Us About Trauma

Nov. 15
By Megan Burks
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After a deadly shooting on their block, residents spread the word about trauma-informed care.

Filner Keeps Public Safety Chiefs, Calls For Multi-Million Dollar Public Safety Investment

Nov. 15
By Katie Orr
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San Diego Mayor-elect Bob Filner announced today that he would keep Fire Chief Javier Mainar and Police Chief William Lansdowne when he begins his administration. Filner also said he’s going to put about $22 million into public safety in the next few months.

San Diego Student Diagnosed With Meningitidis Infection

Nov. 15
City News Service

A first-grade student at Freese Elementary Arts and Culture Magnet School was diagnosed with an infection caused by meningococcal bacteria, San Diego County health officials said today.

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House

Nov. 15
Frank James / NPR
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Some Democrats complain that Republicans in recent decades have had the edge in House races because GOP state legislatures have been better at the gerrymandering game. Except that may not be true.

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Approaches

Nov. 15
Julie Rovner / NPR
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There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Is Extended

Nov. 15
Julie Rovner / NPR
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There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Pechanga Tribe Plans To Purchase Liberty Quarry Land

Nov. 15
By Claire Trageser
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Pechanga Tribal leaders announced Thursday that they have agreed to purchase the Liberty Quarry site south of Temecula from Granite Construction.

In Sandy's Wake, A Reshaped Coastline

Nov. 15
Adam Cole / NPR

New Jersey's most affluent community, Mantoloking, sits on a narrow barrier island 30 miles north of Long Beach. As Sandy approached, most of the residents fled inland. But Edwin C. O'Malley and his father, Edwin J. O'Malley Jr., hunkered down in their 130-year-old house.

As Dust Settles, Voters Cite Campaign's Negativity

Nov. 15
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Voters were frustrated by a 2012 presidential race they called more negative than usual and more devoid of substantive discussion of issues, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Capitol Flag Flown At Half-Staff For California Soldier

Nov. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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California Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags over the State Capitol be flown at half-staff today in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Bennett. The 26-year-old from Glendora was killed by an improvised explosive device on November 10 in Afghanistan.

Extortionists Target 900,000 Homes, Businesses By Phone In Tijuana

Nov. 15
Erin Siegal

A new poll by a market research firm shows that many businesses in the state of Baja California, Mexico are victims of extortion over the phone, just like private individuals have been.

Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land

Nov. 15
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

The air reeks so strongly of rotten eggs that tribal leader Wes Martel hesitates to get out of the car at an oil field on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He already has a headache from the fumes he smelled at another oil field.

Cheaper Fruits And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts

Nov. 15
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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Tens of millions of Americans can't follow the government's guidelines for healthful eating because they can't afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's because they live in what's known as a "food desert," places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods.

Cheaper Fruit And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts

Nov. 15
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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Tens of millions of Americans can't follow the government's guidelines for healthful eating because they can't afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's because they live in what's known as a "food desert," places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods.

Nathan Fletcher To Work At Qualcomm After Assembly Term Ends

Nov. 15
By Claire Trageser
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Assemblyman and former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher said he plans to join Qualcomm as senior director of corporate development after his term in the state Assembly ends on December 2.

Navy Crews Sent To Help San Diego Minesweepers In Persian Gulf (Video)

Nov. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy has eight minesweepers in the Persian Gulf right now, four of which are based in San Diego. The Navy is sending two additional crews to help operate the minesweepers, along with unmanned robotic tools to detect mines.

UC San Diego Named Most Vegan-Friendly School By PETA

Nov. 15
City News Service
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An animal rights group named UC San Diego the most vegan-friendly large school in the country, members of the group announced today.

Three Convicted Of Murder In Craigslist Robbery-Killing

Nov. 15
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

Three young men were convicted today of first-degree murder in the death of a college student who was lured to a late-night robbery in Paradise Hills by a Craigslist ad for a laptop computer.

BP Settlement Of Little Comfort To Some, A 'Down Payment' To Others

Nov. 15
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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There's mixed reaction this afternoon to the news that BP has agreed to a deal with federal authorities to pay $4.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill.

Using Twitter To Predict Elections—Or The Flu

Nov. 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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An SDSU project is discovering how social media and websites can be mined for key words and timelines. The resulting mass of information can be used to predict events such as a presidential election.

Midday Movies: Bond. James Bond.

Nov. 15
Midday Edition
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Bond. James Bond. With that famous introduction Ian Fleming's British secret agent announced himself on the screen in 1962. This past weekend Bond 23, "Skyfall" just opened. Time to geek out about 007. Listen to the extended discussion of Bond online.

The Latino Vote Will Only Grow

Nov. 15
By John Rosman
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If you thought the Latino vote mattered in 2012, just wait until 2030 — it's projected to double.

Camp Pendleton Marines Protect Endangered Mouse

Nov. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The largest population of the endangered Pacific pocket mouse is found at Camp Pendleton. Marines there do their best to avoid harming the tiny creature during training, but Marine officials are working for more formal guidelines to ensure the mouse's survival.

BP's $4 Billion Criminal Penalty: Who Gets The Money?

Nov. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Now that BP has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4 billion in criminal penalties for misconducted related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill, there's a logical question:

Smoke From Controlled Burn Visible In East County

Nov. 15
City News Service
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Plumes of smoke were expected to be visible over Julian and the surrounding areas today as state firefighters perform a brush-clearing operation.

Unintended Pregnancy More Common Among Military Women

Nov. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The researcher behind a recent study that found military women have a higher rate of unintended pregnancy is calling for review of how the military provides reproductive care for its female members.

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

Nov. 15
Liz Halloran / NPR

There has been no dearth of post-election Republican self-flagellation.

What Are They Smoking In Seattle? Check Out Police Dept.'s Guide To Pot Use

Nov. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We love when police departments put some personality and pizzazz into their public statements.

BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4.5 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill

Nov. 15
Carrie Johnson / NPR

Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: Oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill and will pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, the company just confirmed. It will make the payments over six years.

BP Expected To Plead Guilty, Pay Record Fine In Gulf Oil Spill Criminal Case

Nov. 15
Carrie Johnson / NPR

Oil giant BP is preparing to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill later today, according to two sources familiar with the case. The sources said the settlement deal will also include the largest-ever penalty in a criminal case, topping the more than $1 billion payment by pharmaceutical maker Pfizer in a drug marketing prosecution (Pfizer also paid about $1 billion in civil penalties).

Panetta Orders Investigation Of Generals

Nov. 15
By Beth Ford Roth and Associated Press
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday he knows of no other senior U.S. military officers being linked to the David Petraeus investigation that has ensnared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Still, Panetta has ordered an investigation into why so many generals are having legal and ethical issues.

Winter Shelter Opening Delayed Until At Least Thanksgiving

Nov. 15
Midday Edition
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego’s temporary winter homeless shelter is set to open next week, but won’t have nearly enough beds to accommodate the growing homeless population.

As Years Pass, Juarez Women Remain Missing

Nov. 15
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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The faces of young women missing in Ciudad Juárez are now imprinted on tortilla paper wrapping. It ensures this serious problem gets daily attention, but it may be too little, too late.

Flood Maps Raise Questions About Convention Center Expansion

Nov. 15
By Amita Sharma
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A San Diego landmark slated for a $500 million expansion may be partially underwater by 2050.

School Nurses Spread Thin By Staffing Cuts

Nov. 15
By Kyla Calvert
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The days when every school had a full-time nurse are long gone for San Diego Unified School District. There was even more of a squeeze on the district’s remaining nurses when school started this year.