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Stories for September 25, 2012

New Waterfront Park To Add Sparkle To San Diego's Jewel On The Bay

Sept. 25
By Dwane Brown
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County breaks ground on new civic treasure a waterfront park outside the County Administration Center.

California Governor Signs Driverless Car Bill

Sept. 25
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Legislation aimed at getting the first driverless vehicles on the road in California was signed into law Tuesday. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

City Council Takes Step To Renew Hotel Tax

Sept. 25
City News Service

The San Diego City Council took a step today toward renewing its Tourism Marketing District, which charges area hotels in exchange for marketing special events that attract out-of-town visitors.

USD Department Of Engineering Gifted $20 Million

Sept. 25
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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The University of San Diego honored Darlene Marcos Shiley for her gift of $20 million to the department of engineering, now renamed Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern Baja

Sept. 25
Associated Press
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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled the southern part of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, but there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

Candidates Spar Over Open Seat On The Board Of Supervisors

Sept. 25
By Alison St John

For the first time in 20 years, voters will elect a fresh face to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this November. The candidates for the Third District sparred at their first forum this week.

Talks Fail To Resolve Dispute Between Orchestra And Union

Sept. 25
By Angela Carone
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Orchestra Nova and the musicians union met yesterday to resolve contract negotiations that stalled last month. No agreement was reached and both sides left frustrated.

Coronado Sailor Meets Daughter For The First Time (Video)

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military homecomings are always special, but there's something particularly poignant about a service member returning from deployment to meet his child for the first time.

Silver Star Recipients Added To Pentagon's Valor Database

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon's "Valor" database website will now include recipients of the Silver Star - the third-highest combat decoration the U.S. military can award a service member.

Two Sheriff's Deputies Shot In Lakeside

Sept. 25
City News Service
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A shooting at an apartment complex near El Capitan High School left two sheriff's deputies and a suspect wounded today.

Mayor Sanders Endorses DeMaio As Successor

Sept. 25
By Katie Orr
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Mayor Jerry Sanders endorsed Councilman Carl DeMaio Tuesday afternoon to be his successor over Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego.

New Laws Promote Voter Access In San Diego

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Six million people in California are eligible to vote but are not registered. Gov. Brown signed a batch of bills aimed at promoting voter access in California which will affect San Diego County voters.

Are College Rankings Bogus?

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The US News college rankings came out this month. So did the Forbes college rankings, the Washington Monthly college rankings and no doubt several others. But who participates in these subjective rankings and what are the numbers based on?

Marine Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing On Golf Course

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Marine helicopter assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing made an emergency landing Monday night on the Pala Mesa Resort's golf course. The four Marines aboard, all based at Camp Pendleton, were not hurt in the incident.

Get Junk Food Out Of Schools, Say Military Leaders

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A group of high-ranking retired military officials is calling on our country's public schools to remove junk food from their campuses. They say it's a matter of national security.

UC San Diego Wins Grant To Study How Mind Of Cybercriminal Works

Sept. 25
By Claire Trageser
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UC San Diego has won part of a grant that will help researchers understand how the mind of a cybercriminal works by taking apart computer scams bit by bit.

San Diego City Council Rejects Settlement Offer Over Fireworks Lawsuits

Sept. 25
City News Service
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An offer by an environmental attorney to settle five lawsuits over fireworks shows was rejected today by the San Diego City Council.

U.S. Naval Exercises Send Message In The Tense Gulf

Sept. 25
Peter Kenyon/NPR
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The U.S. military, along with more than 30 allied countries, has just launched a new round of naval exercises in the Persian Gulf at a time when tensions in the region are running particularly high.

Obama To Tell Iran That U.S. Will 'Do What We Must' On Nukes

Sept. 25
Mark Memmott/NPR
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"President Barack Obama will warn Iran on Tuesday that the United States will 'do what we must' to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and appeal to world leaders for a united front against further attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Muslim countries," Reuters reports this morning.

Groundbreaking For Waterfront Park Outside County Administration Building

Sept. 25
City News Service
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Groundbreaking is scheduled today for a long-awaited waterfront park outside of the County Administration Building.

California Expands Access To Abortions And Birth Control

Sept. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

While other states are passing restrictions on abortions and birth control, California is doing just the opposite.