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Stories for September 19, 2012

Theater: 'Welcome to Ramallah'

Sept. 19
By Beth Accomando
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"Welcome to Ramallah" premiered in San Diego 2 years ago and now Art N Fashion Magazine is bringing it back for an encore performance. Co-director Paola Hornbuckle talks about the play's topicality.

Riders Stuck 300 Feet High For Two Hours On Knott's Berry Farm Ride

Sept. 19
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The Windseeker attraction at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm has broken down, leaving about 20 riders who expected a three-minute thrill dangling 300 feet over the amusement park for nearly two hours.

Port Approves Environmental Report For Convention Center Expansion

Sept. 19
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An environmental impact report on the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and an associated hotel project was approved unanimously today by the commissioners of the Port of San Diego.

Pacific Fleet Commander's Goal Is Partnerships In the Asia Pacific

Sept. 19
By Alison St John
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The US Commander in the Pacific Region, Admiral Samuel Locklear, spoke to military and business leaders in San Diego today about changing Naval strategy.

Wagner's Dream

Sept. 19
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The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, several of the world’s greatest operatic artists and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s "Ring" cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, Susan Froemke’s documentary chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner’s dream of a perfect "Ring."

Council Rules Committee Approves Increasing Donor Limits To $1,000

Sept. 19
City News Service
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The City Council's Rules Committee gave tentative approval today to a package of amendments to local campaign laws, under which limits on individual donor contributions to candidates in citywide elections in San Diego would be doubled to $1,000 per election.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths

Sept. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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Beginning in January, Californians who witness a drug overdose can call 911 without fear of being arrested for drug possession.

Veterans With PTSD Who Abuse Drugs Face Increased Risk Of Death

Sept. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Young veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars face increased risk of death when they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and have substance abuse problems, according to a new study.

Rules Committee Passes 10-Point Plan For City Council, Mayor To Get Along

Sept. 19
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A 10-point plan for the City Council and San Diego's next mayor to get along on budget issues and whittling down the backlog of capital projects was given a unanimous go-ahead today by the panel's Rules Committee.

Business Leaders Discuss What They Want From San Diego's Next Mayor

Sept. 19
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What could make San Diego better? Every sector of the city has its own ideas.

San Diego Unified School District Serving Up Healthy Lunches

Sept. 19
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San Diego Unified School District has led the way when it comes to serving up healthy school lunches. With this year's new guidelines from the federal Hunger-Free Kids Act, SDUSD is stepping up to the plate.

Four Soldiers Killed In Afghan Insider Attacks ID'ed

Sept. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The identities of the four U.S. soldiers killed in Sunday's insider attack in Afghanistan have been identified as Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, Spc. Joshua N. Nelson, 22, Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, and Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19.

Ion Theatre Reimagines A Classic Play And Sets It In San Diego

Sept. 19
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Hillcrest's Ion Theatre presents its world premiere production of "Julia," a radical reworking of August Strindberg's classic play "Miss Julie." But instead of 19th-century Sweden as the backdrop, the drama is set in 1970s San Diego.

MCRD San Diego Hosts Career Fair Today

Sept. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is hosting its semi-annual Career and Education Fair today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Mother Wants Probe Reopened In Coronado Mansion Death

Sept. 19
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The mother of a 6-year-old boy who died after falling down stairs at a California mansion has asked city officials to have police reopen the investigation into her son's death.

Sean Smith, Killed In Libya Embassy Attack, Was San Diego Native

Sept. 19
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The mother of one of three San Diegans killed last week in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said today that she wasn't told why her 34-year-old son was in the North African country.

San Diego's New Library On Track To Open In July

Sept. 19
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The new Central Library near Petco Park in the East Village is on track to open in July, coming in on time and on budget, the voluntary head of the project for the city told the City Council.

Shuttle Endeavour Is On Its Way To California

Sept. 19
Mark Memmott/NPR
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Space shuttle Endeavour has taken off on its farewell tour across the country. The third of the retired fleet of four to head off to a retirement home, Endeavour is being ferried from Florida to Los Angeles — with a stop on the way in Houston. It is perched atop a 747.

Wheelchair-Bound Attorney Disbarred for Violating Professional Standards

Sept. 19
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A wheelchair-bound attorney known for crippling small businesses in San Diego County by filing lawsuits over their access for disabled people is being disbarred for violating professional standards, it was reported Wednesday.

Supporters Of Prop 34 Say Death Penalty Is Broken And Can’t Be Fixed

Sept. 19
By Tom Fudge
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Legislative committee hosts a hearing in which people debate the merits of the death penalty and of Proposition 34, which would repeal it.

District 1 Council Race Could Impact All Of San Diego

Sept. 19
By Katie Orr
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As the countdown to Election Day continues, most San Diego voters are focused on the mayor’s race. But there is another seat up for grabs, and it’s one that could determine the political leaning of the San Diego City Council.