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Stories for October 2, 2012

Council Approves 'River Bend' Project In Allied Gardens

Oct. 2
City News Service
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The San Diego City Council today gave its unanimous blessing to a nearly 23-acre residential project on undeveloped property along Mission Gorge Road across from the Allied Gardens neighborhood.

Sister Helen Prejean, Church Leaders Urge Passage Of Prop 34

Oct. 2
By Tom Fudge
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A dozen San Diego religious leaders joined the author of "Dead Man Walking" in a movement to repeal the death penalty.

San Diego To Add 117 Charging Stations For Electric Cars

Oct. 2
City News Service
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The city of San Diego will add 117 charging stations for electric vehicles at public facilities by the end of this year, under a plan unanimously approved today by the City Council.

Business Groups Oppose California's Cap and Trade Auction

Oct. 2
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California business leaders urged the California Air Resources Board to stop the planned auction part of the state’s cap and trade program.

Why Patricia A. Dixon Never Stops Learning

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
By Monica Medina
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This Thanksgiving, Professor Patricia A. Dixon has much to be thankful for. “I think I was lucky. I had great parents, and good teachers throughout my life. I had far more good teachers than bad teachers. I was encouraged to read and to dream and I was taught to work hard.” And, though she does plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with her family this week, there’s one aspect about the holiday that’s off the table.

Schwarzenegger Laments Lack of Calif. Rainy Day Fund

Oct. 2
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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In an interview on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he had been able to set up a state budget reserve during his time in office.

Democratic Party Now The Relative Majority In San Diego County

Oct. 2
City News Service

An upswing in Democratic voter registration makes the party the relative majority in San Diego County, the chairman of the county Democratic Party said today.

North County Times Employees Laid Off After U-T Purchase

Oct. 2
By Alison St John

One third of the newsroom employees at The North County Times will lose their jobs as a result of the purchase of the paper by U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester.

PBS Newshour Debates: A Special Report 2012

Oct. 2
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PBS NewsHour's special election broadcast coverage continues with live coverage and post-debate analysis of the 2012 Presidential Debates on October 3, 11, 16 and 22, 2012 at 6 p.m. Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will anchor broadcast coverage and will be joined in the studio by the NewsHour's regular political analysts, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Special guests will include NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, who will offer analysis and perspective from the site of the presidential debates, and Debbie Elliott and Brian Naylor, providing analysis of the vice presidential debate.

Jeopardy! Looking For Military Contestants

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The game show Jeopardy! is looking for active-duty service members to compete in a special tournament for military contestants. As a former contestant myself, I can tell you being on the show is a truly unforgettable experience.

Mayor, Council Members Celebrate Step Toward Prop B Implementation

Oct. 2
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

Mayor Jerry Sanders and two members of the City Council today lauded what they called a major step in implementation of a voter-passed pension reform initiative.

California Marine Using Cooking Skills To Make Dream Come True

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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California native Staff Sgt. Juan Contreras, a Marine with the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), has always had a passion for cooking. He hopes the food service skills he's picking up in the Marine Corps will help him open a restaurant in San Diego one day.

Leroy Elliott

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
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Mr. Leroy Elliott is a tribal elder who has served his Native American tribe as their Chairman for the past 14 years. His tribe, the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, is an economically disadvantaged sovereign government assigned to reservation land in a remote area of the San Diego County backcountry. In spite of these challenges, Chairman Elliott actively seeks and has secured revenue opportunities that provided much needed government services and job opportunities. Elliott is the Treasurer and a long standing Board member for the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association; the Chairman of the Southern California Indian Health Clinic; and a volunteer Assistant Fire Marshall for the Campo Fire department.

Cultural Finds for October

Oct. 2
By Alex Morales
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It's the right time to get weird, wild and a little spooky. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales reveals her top 10 arts and culture finds for October.

Camp Pendleton Marine MIA More Than 60 Years Identified

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has identified the remains of Marine Pfc. Richard S. Gzik, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and served in the Korean War. Gzik was killed in action in North Korea in 1952, but his remains were only identified this year.

Feds: Navy Scam Suspect Is Harvard-Trained Lawyer

Oct. 2
Thomas J. Sheeran/Associated Press
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A former fugitive suspected of running a $100 million cross-country scam collecting donations for Navy veterans has been identified as a Harvard-trained attorney wanted on unrelated fraud charges since 1987, authorities said this week.

Body Of Man Found Near Ocean Beach After Boat Capsizes

Oct. 2
City News Service

Authorities today identified a 50-year-old San Diego man whose body was plucked from the Pacific Ocean several hours after the sailboat he and another man were on capsized in Mission Bay.

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shot In Southern Arizona

Oct. 2
By Michel Marizco
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One U.S. Border Patrol agent was fatally shot and another wounded early Tuesday morning near Naco, Ariz.

Report: U.S. Discussing 'Unilateral Strikes' On Terrorist Groups In Africa

Oct. 2
Mark Memmott/NPR
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During a "series of secret meetings in recent months," the White House began to "consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes" aimed at terrorist groups operating in North Africa, The Washington Post writes this morning.

Target Shooting Possible Cause Of Shockey Fire

Oct. 2
City News Service
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Target shooting may have been the cause of a 2,556-acre wildfire that killed a man and destroyed 25 structures last week in southeastern San Diego County, authorities reported today.

Chargers Launch NFL's First Military Fan Club

Oct. 2
City News Service
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The San Diego Chargers were expected to launch a military fan club today -- a first in the NFL -- in conjunction with AT&T and the Armed Services YMCA.

Housing Construction Boom Transforms San Diego State

Oct. 2
By Tom Fudge
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Demand for student housing and construction of apartment buildings is turning San Diego State into a true campus community.

Louis Frick: A Life in 'Perpetual Motion'

Disability Awareness Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
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Louis Frick was living the California dream. As a young man, the San Diego surf was all he needed. In fact, you could say, the ocean was his life. Then tragedy hit.

Laurel Moorhead on Being 'One of Many'

Disability Awareness Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
By Monica Medina
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In the course of your life, there are moments that pass undetected, and moments that are life changing. The latter are the ones that can overwhelm you, give you hope or open a new door.