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Stories for November 26, 2012

Only Irresponsible Council Leads To Deep Red Budget, City Manager Says

Nov. 26
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

San Diego would only go back deeply into the red in coming years if the City Council acts irresponsibly, which probably will not happen, the city's chief operating officer said today.c

Obama To Meet With Mexico's President-Elect

Nov. 26
By Jude Joffe-Block

Mexico's president-elect has signaled he hopes to expand bilateral priorities beyond drug and security concerns.

Feds Finalize Cobell Settlement With Tribes

Nov. 26
By Laurel Morales
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The federal government has finally closed a long, contentious chapter with American Indian tribes. They’ve finalized the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, which accounts for more than a century of mismanaged Indian land royalties.

Supreme Court Hears Case Asking: Who's A Boss?

Nov. 26
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that asks the justices to define who is a "supervisor" when the issue is harassment in the workplace. The definition is important because employers are automatically liable for damages in most cases in which a supervisor harasses a subordinate.

T'ai Chi - Health And Happiness With David-Dorian Ross

Nov. 26

Host David-Dorian Ross, author, lecturer and eight-time T’ai Chi U.S. national champion, demonstrates why this ancient Chinese martial art is the ultimate exercise for body, mind and spirit. Ross offers an engaging description and detailed description of the practical benefits of T’ai Chi, and the special health and wellness advantages of each part of the forms.

All Bets Are Off: Intrade Shuts Door To U.S. Customers

Nov. 26
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Intrade, the prediction website that accepted bids on, among other things, the result of the presidential election, is shutting its operations to U.S. customers. The move came Monday just hours after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused the Ireland-based company of violating the agency's ban on off-exchange options trading.

SDSU Football Will Play Rival BYU In Poinsettia Bowl

Nov. 26
City News Service
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San Diego State University accepted an invitation from the Poinsettia Bowl today to take on longtime rival BYU at Qualcomm Stadium.

Will Florida Pythons Slither To Rest Of The U.S.?

Nov. 26
Greg Allen / NPR

There are several exotic snake species that have become a problem in the Everglades. But for wildlife managers, the biggest headache is the Burmese python.

Post-Sandy Aid Inaccessible For Some Immigrants

Nov. 26
Reema Khrais / NPR
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The living room was muddy and foul when 16-year-old Prisma revisited her family's apartment days after Superstorm Sandy washed through it last month. The furniture was tarnished, and most of the family's belongings were scattered and in ruins. The home was uninhabitable.

Frye's Future At San Diego City Hall In Doubt

Nov. 26
By Katie Orr
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A prominent politician's return to San Diego City Hall may be thwarted.

GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye

Nov. 26
Liz Halloran / NPR
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A handful of congressional Republicans after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners decided to give anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist the brushoff, saying they wouldn't abide by his "no new taxes" pledge as they work on a budget deal.

GOP Push-Back On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye

Nov. 26
Liz Halloran / NPR
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A handful of Congressional Republicans after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners decided to give anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist the brush off, saying they wouldn't abide by his "no new taxes" pledge as they work on a budget deal.

Multiple Murder Sites Discovered In Chihuahua

Nov. 26
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe

It was a violent weekend in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Police discovered two separate crime scenes involving multiple victims.

Salute To Vienna

Nov. 26
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"Salute To Vienna," narrated by the late Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck, features an all-star cast of Austrian and American soloists and the inspired pairing of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Taped at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna in 1999, the program marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Vienna's renowned "Waltz King," whose prolific library of music consists of over 400 compositions.

Prescribe 'Morning-After' Pill For Teens Before They Need It, Doctors Say

Nov. 26
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The nation's largest group of pediatricians is urging its members to write prescriptions in advance to enable teenagers to have fast access to the so-called "morning after" birth control pill.

Navy SEAL Attempts Pull-Ups Record Again (Video)

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember the Navy SEAL who attempted to break the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in a 24-hour period on the Today Show last September? Well, Chula Vista native David Goggins was at it again this weekend, attempting to break the record while visiting his mother in Tennessee.

Manning Plea Offer Another Odd Piece Of An Odd Case

Nov. 26
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The young Army private accused of passing diplomatic cables and war reports to the website WikiLeaks has made an unusual offer: Bradley Manning says he'll plead guilty to minor charges in the case. But he rejects the idea that he ever acted as a spy or helped America's enemies.

A Jolly Christmas? Retailers Count The Extra Days

Nov. 26
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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For merchants, the stars are lining up -- at least so far.

Streak Of Falling Gas Prices Ends

Nov. 26
City News Service
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A 48-day streak of decreases ended today when the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was unchanged at $3.779.

ICE Detention Center In Texas First To Offer Spiritual Space

Nov. 26
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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The federal immigration detention center in El Paso, Texas is breaking in a new intercultural faith center, which officials said is the first of its kind in the country.

Hearing Today For Ex-Navy SEAL Accused Of Theft

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego County prosecutors say Jason Matthew Mullaney used his influence as a ex-Navy SEAL to convince his former military brothers to invest in his money-lending business. Mullaney is set to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing today to see if there is enough evidence for a trial.

First Inmate Released Under Revised Three-Strikes Law Is San Diegan

Nov. 26
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A San Diego man sentenced to life in prison under California's "three-strikes" law will be the first person in the state to be re-sentenced and released under voter-voter approved Proposition 36.

Why Did San Diego's LGBT Community Support Filner?

Nov. 26
Midday Edition
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San Diego's LGBT community activists are immersed in politics these days, sometimes in surprising ways. Many supported mayoral candidate Bob Filner over Carl DeMaio, who is gay.

Happy Holiday Fare At San Diego Theaters

Nov. 26
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The holiday shopping season has officially launched, Christmas lights are already going up, and San Diego theater companies are turning to holiday themed fare to bring audiences in.

Miramar Marine And Ex-Drill Instructor Shows Her Strength

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The hardest thing Staff Sgt. Monica Paz ever had to do as a Marine was serve as drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. So when she found out she had a spinal cord injury, Paz believed she was ready for the challenge.

Outdoor Education Center Named After Slain Boys Opens In Imperial Beach

Nov. 26
City News Service

The mothers of two young boys killed nearly 20 years ago will be on hand today when an outdoor education center named for them is opened in Imperial Beach, according to county officials.

Small Quake Rattles San Diego County

Nov. 26
City News Service

Parts of San Diego County were rattled today by a shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5, the U.S. Geological survey reported.

SEC Chief Schapiro Is Leaving

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Securities and Exchange Commission just confirmed that Chairman Mary Schapiro is stepping down on Dec. 14.

Navy SEAL From California Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert was killed in Afghanistan on November 24, according to the Department of Defense. The 32-year-old Navy SEAL was originally from Arcata, California.

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

VIDEO: High Dives Into 'World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves'

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In case you haven't fallen for its charms yet, there's a video of three fun guys from Utah and their friends jumping into the "world's biggest pile of leaves" that's getting lots of views these days.

US Defends 'Enormous' Climate Efforts At UN Talks

Nov. 26
Associated Press
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The U.S. defended its track record on fighting climate change on Monday at U.N. talks, saying it's making "enormous" efforts to slow global warming and help the poor nations most affected by it.

Army Pfc. Manning’s Treatment In Brig At Issue In WikiLeaks Case

Nov. 26
Associated Press
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An Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history is trying to avoid trial by claiming he’s already been punished by confinement conditions that a United Nations torture investigator called cruel, inhuman and degrading.

Final Vote On Poseidon Desal Plant Could Be This Week

Nov. 26
By Alison St John
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The Poseidon water desalination plant, that’s been debated for a decade, is up for a vote this Thursday.

Border Patrol Opposes Cross-Border Energy Project

Nov. 26
By Michel Marizco
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The U.S. Border Patrol says a proposed natural gas pipeline to Mexico could clear a path for smuggling across the border.

As Country Debates Teacher Evaluations, Poway Sticks With Peer Review

Nov. 26
By Kyla Calvert
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While the country debates using student test scores to evaluate teachers, Poway Unified's teacher peer review program continues to draw attention.

San Diego Council To Consider Major Financial Issues

Nov. 26
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego City Council will take up two big financial issues today.

State Regulators To Decide This Week Whether To Reimburse SDG&E For '07 Fire Costs

Nov. 26
By Amita Sharma
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The expected vote by the five-member California Public Utilities Commission comes one month after an administrative law rejected reimbursement for the utility.

Robbers Follow Children Home In San Diego

Nov. 26
Associated Press

Police are seeking two robbers who followed children home in San Diego, pulled a handgun and ransacked their house.

'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' Then 'Weeping Wednesday?'

Nov. 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

After Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and No Clever Name For It Sunday, we're on to Cyber Monday and already looking ahead to Giving Tuesday.

'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?

Nov. 26
Pam Fessler / NPR

First, there was the post-Thanksgiving sales spectacle Black Friday and then the online version, Cyber Monday. Now, charitable groups want to start a new holiday tradition -- it's called Giving Tuesday and the first one is tomorrow.

Supreme Court To Look At Who Is A 'Supervisor' In Harassment Cases

Nov. 26
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court this week takes up the question of who qualifies as a supervisor when the issue is harassment in the workplace. The court's answer to that question could significantly restrict employer liability in racial and sexual harassment cases, or, in the view of some business organizations, it could result in frivolous litigation.