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Stories for September 17, 2012

Court Overturns Smuggling Conviction, Citing Deportation Of Key Witness

Sept. 17, 2012
By Adrian Florido

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals faulted a local judge and U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy's office for keeping important testimony from a jury.

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California Forever

Sept. 17, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

CALIFORNIA FOREVER is a two-part PBS television special that tells the story of California’s magnificent state parks, from Yosemite in 1864 to the present day. Together the two one-hour programs remind viewers of the importance of California’s state parks as well as their priceless legacy. The idea for the film was sparked after David and Sally watched the battle between conservationists and developers over the proposed Orange County Toll Road which would have paved over a portion of San Onofre State Beach. David and Sally felt compelled to tell the story of California’s State Parks as a way to remind viewers of its value and to inspire its preservation and protection.

ISO Makes Contingency Plans In Case San Onofre Still Off Line Next Summer

Sept. 17, 2012
By Alison St John

The agency responsible for keeping the lights on in California is taking steps to prepare for a second year without power from San Onofre.

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Alcohol And Drug Abuse In Military A Growing Problem

Sept. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The abuse of alcohol and drugs by members of the U.S. military has become a growing problem, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine.

Faulty Solar Panels Removed From San Diego Schools

Sept. 17, 2012
By Neiko Will

San Diego Unified removed solar panels that posed a potential fire risk from 24 schools. But, the district plans to add new solar panels at 15 more.

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Two Marines Killed In Camp Bastion Attack From MCAS Yuma

Sept. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The two U.S. Marines killed on Friday when a team of insurgents attacked Camp Bastion in Afghanistan were based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, died in the attack, according to the Department of Defense.

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George Takei On 'Allegiance'

Sept. 17, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

"Allegiance" is a musical that made its premiere at the Old Globe Theater and will soon make its Broadway debut. George Takei, probably best known to people as Sulu in the original "Star Trek" TV series, describes the play as his "legacy project."

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San Diegans Lobby Washington To Keep Federal Dollars

Sept. 17, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego and Baja California officials took a major lobbying trip to Washington D.C. last week. The main agenda topic was the impact on San Diego of threatened across-the-board federal spending cuts due at the end of this year.

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Four U.S. Troops Killed In Afghan Insider Attack (Video)

Sept. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Four U.S. troops were killed Sunday after they were allegedly lured to their deaths by Afghans they believed to be allies.

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Winning Lottery Ticket Purchased At Naval Base San Diego

Sept. 17, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Someone purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket at Naval Base San Diego worth more than $170,000. But the winner has yet to come forward.

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Camp Pendleton Fire Is 95 Percent Contained

Sept. 17, 2012
Associated Press

A 1,200-acre fire that began during a training exercise on the Camp Pendleton Marine base is about 95 percent contained.

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Federal Stimulus Dollars Boost California Electronic Health Systems

Sept. 17, 2012
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

California officials say a federal infusion of stimulus dollars has been key to bringing electronic health record-keeping to the state.

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Some Question The Tactics Of The Election Integrity Project In San Diego

Sept. 17, 2012
By Tom Fudge

A citizen's group will watch out for voter fraud at San Diego polling places this November. Whether the group is good influence or not depends on who you ask.

San Diego Scientist Inspired By Frankenstein

Sept. 17, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

It's not often that scientists get grants to take chances, but three San Diego researchers have won awards that will allow them to do just that.

Three Education Bonds On The Ballot In North San Diego County

Sept. 17, 2012
By Alison St John

Some North County voters will find three education bonds on their November ballot. Some anti-tax groups are digging in their heels.

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Judging San Diego's Judicial Candidates (Video)

Sept. 17, 2012
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

Superior Court Judge races usually don’t get a lot of attention, and candidates, not a lot of scrutiny. The KPBS/I-Newsource Investigations Desk takes a closer look at judicial seat number 25 and what’s at stake.

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Dropout Nation: From Detention To Diploma

Sept. 17, 2012

The high school dropout rate for American Indians is almost twice the national average. Educators in Flagstaff have tried to turn that trend around. And they’ve had some success at a place you wouldn’t suspect - the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center.

Registering To Vote Will Soon Be Paperless For Californians

Sept. 17, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Californians will soon have a completely paperless way to register to vote.