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Stories for September 13, 2012

City Council Returns From Break, Resolution Backs Military Spending

Sept. 13
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

A resolution calling for action to prevent automatic cuts in the defense budget was passed unanimously by the San Diego City Council today.

County Sheriff To Hire 2,000 People By 2016

Sept. 13
Associated Press

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department plans to hire 2,000 people through 2016, including deputies and civilian workers.

Fewer Californians Like High Speed Rail or New Pension Law

Sept. 13
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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A new survey shows that two critical issues in California – pension reform and high speed rail– are NOT sitting well with voters.

Judge Rejects Challenges to California's Law on Farm Animal Cages

Sept. 13
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network
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A federal judge in Los Angeles has upheld California's law that bans the use of tightly confined cages for some farm animals.

Hot Weather Coming To San Diego This Weekend

Sept. 13
By Erik Anderson
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Hot weather will drive into the region and park over San Diego for a couple of days, but the heat wave isn't expected to last long.

Chargers Get 24 Hours To Avoid TV Blackout

Sept. 13
City News Service
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The San Diego Chargers were given another 24 hours today to try to avoid a local television blackout of its home opener against the Tennessee Titans Sunday.

San Diego Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High

Sept. 13
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego home sales hit a seven-year high last month and home prices here are the highest they've been in six years.

NRC To Hold Public Meeting On San Onofre Oct. 9

Sept. 13
City News Service
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today it has scheduled an Oct. 9 public meeting in Dana Point to discuss issues with the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

House Passes Revised 'Stolen Valor Act'

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The House of Representatives today passed the Stolen Valor Act of 2012. The proposed law would make it a crime to lie about being awarded military medals for monetary gain.

Happiest Baby On The Block With Dr. Harvey Karp

Sept. 13
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In 2002, Dr. Karp stunned the medical world (and made parents cheer!) by solving the 3000-year-old mystery of colic with his discovery of the calming reflex – the incredible “off-switch” for infant crying and on switch for baby sleep that can soothe most fussy babies in minutes… or less and add 1-3 hours to a baby’s sleep. Since the initial release of his work, this award winning DVD and book, "The Happiest Baby On The Block," have literally redefined our culture’s understanding of the needs of newborns.

KPBS General Manager Elected to National PBS Board

Sept. 13
By KPBS

KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo has been elected to the 2012/2013 PBS Board of Directors.

Second Ex-Navy SEAL From San Diego Killed In Libya Violence

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Imperial Beach man who was a Navy SEAL for twenty years has been identified as the fourth American killed in attacks at the U.S. embassy in Libya. Tyrone Woods, 41, was one of two ex-Navy SEALs from San Diego County who died in the Libyan attacks.

USNS Mercy Returns To San Diego On Friday (Video)

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USNS Mercy is returning home to San Diego tomorrow after five months at sea. The hospital ship with a crew of 1,200 participated in Pacific Partnership 2012, providing humanitarian aid to countries in Southeast Asia.

A Look At Measures On November's Ballot

Sept. 13
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Two political experts explain several state and local propositions that will appear on the November ballot.

Danny Gutierrez Gets a Second Chance

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Sept. 13
By Monica Medina
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It's hard to pinpoint the moment that propelled Danny Gutierrez's life into a spiral of self-destruction. After all, there was no singular instant that set him on a path of joining a gang, breaking the law, using drugs, and causing pain to those around him.

Deportations Are Up, But Is Anyone Applauding?

Sept. 13
By Adrian Florido
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The Department of Homeland Security has released new deportation statistics, and they show the number of immigrants being removed from the U.S. reaching all-time highs. Or do they?

Weekend Preview: 'Pippin,' Restaurant Week And Pinback

Sept. 13
Midday Edition
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Whether you're a theater lover, music lover, foodie or all of the above, this weekend has plenty to offer.

Encinitas Man Reportedly Among Dead In Libya

Sept. 13
By KPBS

Fox 5 News reports friends say a former Navy SEAL is among four Americans killed in Libya.

UC San Diego Researchers Use Stem Cells To Restore Mobility

Sept. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

For the first time, researchers at UC San Diego have used stem cells to help rats with severed spinal cords regain mobility.

Ex-Navy SEAL From Encinitas Killed In Libya Embassy Attack

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, 42, was among the four Americans killed Tuesday during an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. Friends say he was an Encinitas resident.

Pentagon Deploys Warships And Drones To Libya (Video)

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon has deployed warships USS Laboon and USS McFaul, both armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, to the coast of Libya in the wake of the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. U.S. officials now say they believe the attack on the embassy was "well-executed" by a group with possible links to al Qaeda.

Legal Battleships Are Still Docked At De Anza Cove

Sept. 13
By Tom Fudge
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The years-long court battle over 76 acres of Mission Bay Park, and the mobile homes that remain there, could end early next year... unless it's appealed.

San Diego Could Pay Millions More To Pension Next Year

Sept. 13
By Katie Orr

Turmoil in the international financial markets and changing retirement benefits mean San Diego could owe significantly more to its pension fund next year.

Orchestra Nova At Impasse With Local Musicians Union

Sept. 13
By Angela Carone
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San Diego’s Orchestra Nova says they are at an impasse in contract negotiations with the local musicians union. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the orchestra is making an unusual demand and it’s become one of the major sticking points.