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Stories for September 27, 2012

Broken Water Main Floods Traffic In Midway

Sept. 27
City News Service

A broken water main flooded traffic lanes and parking lots in a bustling Midway-area commercial district late this afternoon.

Cold-Blooded Creatures Featured At San Diego Zoo

Sept. 27
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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The San Diego Zoo is showing off creatures of the cold-blooded kind to the public through Sunday. Love them or hate them, reptiles are the featured animals at the zoo for "Reptilemania."

New San Diego County App Makes Tracking Disasters A Cinch

Sept. 27
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County officials are reaching out to smart phone owners, in an effort to help them get the latest information during a major emergency.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Ruben Barrales To Step Down

Sept. 27
City News Service
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San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ruben Barrales announced today that he will step down at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities.

Calls For Change On Border Patrol Practices Along U.S.-Canada Border

Sept. 27
By Adrian Florido
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The Immigration Policy Center claims Border Patrol agents are helping translate for local police as a pretext for deporting people.

Port Commissioner Claims U-T CEO Threatened Him; CEO Says Not True

Sept. 27
Evening Edition
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The CEO of U-T San Diego Thursday denied sending a threatening email to a port commissioner running for Congress, suggesting the email had been doctored and “somebody could go to jail” for sending it.

Jacobs Endorses DeMaio For San Diego Mayor

Sept. 27
By Katie Orr
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Another prominent San Diegan has made an endorsement in the mayor’s race. This one crosses party lines.

Navy SEAL Does 24-Hours Of Pull-Ups For Military Charity (Video)

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Since this morning, Navy SEAL David Goggins has been doing pull-ups, and he plans to keep doing them until he sets the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in a 24-hour period. He needs to complete 4,021 to beat the record.

Thomas Jefferson Law's Dean Will Step Down

Sept. 27
City News Service
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The nation's longest-serving law school dean announced today he will step down from his post at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego's East Village next June.

Sailor Killed In Single Vehicle Accident In Afghanistan

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Navy Gunners Mate 2nd Class Dion R. Roberts was killed September 22nd in a single vehicle accident in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. He was 25-years-old.

Tess Vigeland On Tough Choices For San Diego's Poor

Sept. 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Marketplace Money's Tess Vigeland examines the tradeoffs and choices San Diego's poor have to make when it comes to spending.

Free And Discounted Theater Tickets For Military Families, Veterans

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Blue Star Families is launching a program Friday that allows members of the military, their families, and veterans a chance to catch a show at their local theaters for free or at a discounted rate. Almost two dozen theaters across the country have already signed on to participate in the Blue Star Theatres program.

Call The Midwife: Season One

Sept. 27
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This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

Chula Vista Looks For Bayfront Investors In China

Sept. 27
By Tom Fudge
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Chula Vista and port authority officials visit China to drum up financing for a $2 billion bay-front redevelopment.

Weekend Preview: Tour De Fat, Adams Avenue Street Fair, Oktoberfest And More

Sept. 27
Midday Edition
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From outdoor festivals to an indoor feast, this weekend is chock-full of events to celebrate the beginning of fall (and soak up the endless summer sun).

Army Brigadier General Charged With Forcible Sodomy (Video)

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair is facing a laundry list of charges including forcible sodomy, possession of pornography, and wrongfully engaging in personal relationships. The 27-year Army veteran was sent home from Afghanistan earlier this year when allegations of his misconduct first surfaced.

Shockey Fire 100 Percent Contained

Sept. 27
City News Service
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Cal Fire says the Shockey Fire burning in the Campo area since Sunday is now 100 percent contained. There's no estimate yet on when the blaze will be brought under full control. The fire has scorched 2,556 acres, killed an elderly man and destroyed 11 back-country homes in rural southeastern San Diego County.

Ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Gets 6 Years In DUI Death

Sept. 27
City News Service
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A former Camp Pendleton Marine who was drunk when he crashed a sports car on a rain-slick road early on St. Patrick's Day, killing a fellow serviceman, was sentenced today to six years in state prison.

Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides

Sept. 27
Larry Abramson/NPR
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The global training is part of the Army's response to an alarming suicide rate — nearly one a day.

Classes At UCSD Start Today

Sept. 27
City News Service
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Classes at UC San Diego start today, with 4,500 freshmen and 2,200 transfer students expected for the fall quarter.

What's A Port Worth Anyway?

Sept. 27
Midday Edition
By Brad Racino
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Take a deep dive into San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and find out what developers and the San Diego Unified Port Commission are fighting over.

Study Shows Combat Troops With PTSD Respond To Healing Touch Therapy

Sept. 27
By Dwane Brown
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A two-year study conducted in San Diego shows promising results for combat troops suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Rich And Poor San Diegans Take Stock Of The American Dream

Sept. 27
By Tom Fudge
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In San Diego, rich people believe in the American dream because they lived it. Poor people believe because they need to.

Review: 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

Sept. 27
By Nathan John
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Here comes another high school drama. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" opens in San Diego on September 28th, and knocks the mainstream, less hipster-y socks off other films of the genre.