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Stories for September 24, 2012

Brown Signs Bills To Modernize State Election, Campaign Finance Laws

Sept. 24
Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills designed to modernize California's election and campaign finance laws, including allowing voters to register on Election Day.

Bike Lane Goes Green For Safety In College Area

Sept. 24
By Neiko Will
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Bicycling has been in the spotlight lately in San Diego. From corrals to a new sharing program, the city seems to be moving in a more bike-friendly direction. The city's newest bike-related improvement addresses safety on the road.

National Campaign Against Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Launches At San Diego High

Sept. 24
By Katie Schoolov
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San Diego High School was taken over this morning by students and staff hoping to WAKE UP! students to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.

Pentagon Urging Flu Shots For Service Members, Family

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Centers for Disease Control is recommending folks get their flu shots in early October, and the Pentagon is seconding the motion. Flu shots are mandatory for troops deployed to Afghanistan, and they're already getting vaccinated to protect the fighting force from illness.

Marines Videotaped Urinating On Dead Taliban To Be Court-Martialed

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two U.S. Marines videotaped urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban will be court-martialed for their involvement in the incident.

Arts And The Mind

Sept. 24
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Showcasing some of the nation’s most innovative and successful arts programs, as well as the work of leading American educators and scientists, ARTS & THE MIND illuminates how the arts can improve children’s school performance and keep brains agile and sharp into old age; how teenagers find meaning and hope through poetry at a renowned Los Angeles program supported by actor Tim Robbins; how the arts help heal hospitalized children and older veterans with PTSD; and why one of America’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers advises that dance is the single most effective way to ward off dementia.

San Diego To Sell Old Trolley Cars To Mendoza, Argentina

Sept. 24
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The Metropolitan Transit System in San Diego announced today it will sell two dozen older trolley cars to the city of Mendoza, Argentina, for $5.1 million.

In Love And In Afghanistan? DoD Making Accommodations (Video)

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Married couples who've deployed together to Afghanistan have the option of sharing living quarters, thanks to new military regulations. But there are still restrictions on public displays of affection, tough for a couple in "Love."

San Diego Environmentalists Weigh In On Next Mayor

Sept. 24
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Local environmentalists talk about what could make San Diego’s environment better, and how a new administration could improve conditions throughout the county.

FRONTLINE: Dropout Nation

Sept. 24
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What does it take to save a student? Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the United States quit high school without diplomas — an epidemic so out of control that nobody knows the exact number. What is clear is that massive dropout rates cripple individual career prospects and cloud the country’s future. At Houston’s Sharpstown High, once a notorious “dropout factory,” a high-stakes experiment is underway to rescue students from the edge. FRONTLINE spent a semester immersed in Sharpstown High to produce an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation.

Report Critical Of San Onofre Restarting Steam Generators

Sept. 24
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A new report introduced to a U.S. Senate committee contends the steam generators at San Onofre are in much worse shape than publicly acknowledged. This comes just weeks before Southern California Edison, which runs the plant, is expected to submit a letter to federal regulators outlining the root causes of the tube failure.

Money And Medicine

Sept. 24
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Examine the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway healthcare spending. "Money & Medicine," in addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, explores promising ways to reduce healthcare expenditures while improving the overall quality of medical care. With candor and poignancy, the documentary captures the painful end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening, as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients undergoing an assortment of elective procedures.

Newly Commissioned USS Fort Worth Headed To San Diego (Video)

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Fort Worth sets sail today for its new home port of San Diego. The Navy commissioned the Freedom-class littoral combat ship on Saturday at the Port of Galveston in Texas.

San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 11th Year On Wednesday

Sept. 24
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The San Diego Film Festival Kicks off its 11th year on Wednesday night with a film and opening night party, and runs through Sunday.

Shockey Fire Near Campo Blackens 2,851 Acres, Leaves One Dead

Sept. 24
By Tom Fudge
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Crews made accelerating progress today in defeating a wildfire that claimed one life and leveled at least 20 back-country homes in rural southeastern San Diego County over the last three days.

San Diego Zoo Offers Condolences To National Zoo Over Panda Death

Sept. 24
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San Diego Zoo officials are offering condolences to the staff at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where a week-old giant panda cub died unexpectedly over the weekend.

Soldier Killed By Rocket Propelled Grenade In Afghanistan

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Army Sgt. Jason M. Swindle, 24, died September 20, in Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when he was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade while on mounted patrol, according to the Department of Defense.

Romney Attends Del Mar Fundraiser, Criticizes California

Sept. 24
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California came in for some knocks from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who appeared at fundraisers in the Bay Area, San Diego and Beverly Hills during a two-day swing to the Golden State, it was reported today.

Memorial Monday For Marine Squadron Commander

Sept. 24
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A memorial service is planned Monday morning for the commander of an Arizona-based U.S. Marine Corps attack jet squadron who was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan. The service for Lt. Col. Christopher "Otis" Raible will be held at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station's base chapel.

San Diego City Council Unanimously Votes Down Quail Brush Power Plant

Sept. 24
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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A proposal for a power plant adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, the state's largest municipally owned park, was unanimously voted down today by the San Diego City Council.

Port Authority: Battle At The Waterfront

Sept. 24
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The Investigations Desk reports on how a long financial and political relationship between elected officials and two San Diego media moguls is playing itself out at San Diego’s waterfront. "Port Authority," a two-part series, begins Wednesday. Watch the trailer.

Bilbray And Peters Battle Over Financial Disclosure, Taxes

Sept. 24
By Alison St John
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Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray and his challenger, Democrat Scott Peters, are battling over financial disclosure and tax policies.