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Stories for April 8, 2013

Mexican Government Authorizes Additional River Flow For U.S.

April 8
Joey Palacios

The Mexican government has agreed to release additional water into the Rio Grande from its tributaries outside of a 79-year-old water rights treaty in response to a difficult drought.

Some SD Schools Shy Away From Suspensions

April 8
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified had one of the highest concentrations of schools with low suspension rates according to a new report.

The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley

April 8
By Jennifer Robinson
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Whether you're running, swimming, cycling or hula hooping, we have always been told that doing regular exercise will improve our bodies and is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life. Our one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is very rarely questioned, but with recent advances in genetic testing technology and brain stimulation techniques, scientists are uncovering the new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies, and why we all respond to it differently. In this program, Michael Mosley uses himself as a human guinea pig to discover the truth about exercise.

New Law Would Make Nuclear Power Costs More Transparent

April 8
By Alison St John
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The operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has officially applied for a temporary license amendment to restart one reactor at 70 percent power for two years. State legislation announced today would let ratepayers see the true cost of running the nuclear plant longer term.

Judge Hears Arguments In DACA Lawsuit Filed By ICE Agents

April 8
By Jill Replogle
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A federal judge in Dallas heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over Obama's deferred deportation policy for DREAMers.

Pastor Joel Osteen Is The Target Of A Complex Online Hoax

April 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

April Fool's Day was one week ago -- but an elaborate hoax targeting Pastor Joel Osteen gained wide attention Monday, after those behind the hoax used Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to spread spurious claims that the pastor had renounced his faith and would close his huge Texas church.

More Sea Lions Turning Up On Local Beaches

April 8
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SeaWorld says the park took in another half-dozen malnourished sea lions over the weekend.

FRONTLINE: Syria Behind The Lines

April 8
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In this highly charged documentary, award-winning filmmaker Olly Lambert lives on both sides of Syria’s sectarian frontline, witnessing the devastating effect of a religious feud that, regardless of the outcome of the war, is shaping Syria’s future. For generations, the many religions in Syria’s Orontes River Valley have lived together peacefully. But as the conflict spirals into a contagious and sectarian blood feud, friends and neighbors of different faiths are taking up arms against each other, as Syrian society begins to collapse.

Iowa Town Braces For New Reality In Factory Closure's Wake

April 8
Andrea Hsu / NPR
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What becomes of a city of 8,000 people when its main employer leaves town? What does it look like, and what does it feel like? I set out to answer those questions on a trip to Webster City, Iowa, last month, as part of my report on the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux.

American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman Of Character

April 8
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America in the 1960s and 70s was in turmoil. The civil rights struggle, the war in Vietnam and the sexual revolution defined a nation in conflict. But at 10 o’clock every Saturday night, in dorms and dens, in living rooms and bedrooms across the country, Americans watched “The Carol Burnett Show.” For 11 years, the wacky performer yelled like Tarzan and won — and sometimes broke — our hearts with her edgy, always sympathetic, characters.

Key Hearing In Concussion-Related Lawsuits Set For Philadelphia Courtroom

April 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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The concussion-related lawsuit filed against the NFL on behalf of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau will face a crucial test in Philadelphia.

One Manufacturing Giant Creates Winners And Losers

April 8
Andrea Hsu / NPR
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The United States lost close to 6 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Now, slowly, some of those jobs are coming back. Over the past three years, the U.S. economy has gained a half-million manufacturing jobs.

State Watchdog Agency Opens Inquiry Into U-T San Diego's Political Ad Rates

April 8
By Amita Sharma and Ryann Grochowski, inewsource
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The inquiry comes after an analysis of political ads, which appeared last fall in U-T San Diego, is done by the inewsource/KPBS Investigations desk.

Pancho The Rabbit: An Allegory For Children About Crossing The Dangerous Border

April 8
By John Rosman
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"Pancho the Rabbit And The Coyote" is an allegorical picture book, intended to teach young readers — ages 6 to 9 years old— about the hardships and danger migrants face crossing the border.

Cursive Club Tries To Keep Handwriting Alive

April 8
Monica Miller / NPR

Cursive handwriting is disappearing from the list of required courses at U.S. schools, so one New Jersey grandmother is making sure her grandson's schoolmates know how to loop their Ls and curl their Qs.

Climate Change Could Equal Teeth-Rattling Flights

April 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Buckle up -- climate change could make this a bumpy flight.

Struggling W.Va. Town Hopes Boy Scout Camp Brings New Life

April 8
Noah Adams / NPR
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Picture a tiny town set along a creek in West Virginia. A mountain rises from the town's eastern edge, overlooking the 1,400 people living below. Then, July comes -- and 50,000 people arrive on that mountain for the National Scout Jamboree.

Webster Celebrates College Chess Title, As New Hire Pays Off

April 8
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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If there's no such thing as bad publicity, how much is good publicity worth? Webster University wants to find out.

A Fleeting Glimpse Of A Speedy Crossing At San Ysidro

April 8
By John Rosman
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This weekend offered a coveted rarity for commuters crossing the world’s busiest land border crossing — a brief transit.

Searching For The Sequester In The Middle Of Ohio

April 8
Tamara Keith / NPR
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It's been a little more than a month since the start of the sequester -- the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in because Congress couldn't agree on something better.

Equal Pay For Women - The Gender Gap

April 8
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It's been 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was signed into legislation but in 2013, it's estimated women make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 9. It marks the day a woman must work into 2013 to equal the amount a man made in 2012.

San Diego Reaps Benefits Of Coachella Music Festival

April 8
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Don't have tickets to Coachella? Don't fret. Some Coachella-bound bands are making pit stops in San Diego.

Camp Pendleton Marine Investigated For Road Rage Incident (+Video)

April 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton officials say the Marine Corps sergeant caught on tape in a road rage incident is being investigated for "potential legal or administrative proceedings."

Britain's Thatcher An Unlikely Icon For American Conservatives

April 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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As an icon of the American conservative movement in the 1980s, it would have been difficult to find a more unlikely figure than Britain's Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday following a stroke.

Mayor Filner Talks Vets, Budget And Marijuana

April 8
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner talks about his upcoming budget and his ongoing battles. The city council is expected to approve the mayor's revised tourism marketing deal — but there's no reason to think the fireworks are over at City Hall.

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies

April 8
FRAZIER MOORE / Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon in a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with titles like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70.

Navy Jet Crashes Into Persian Gulf, Crew Survives

April 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed into the Persian Gulf today. Divers were able to rescue the two crew members, who had safely ejected from the jet.

'Independent Adviser' To Review Rutgers' Actions

April 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Rutgers University says it plans to have an "independent adviser ... conduct a review of the circumstances surrounding the men's basketball program as well as the procedures used to investigate allegations related to former head coach Mike Rice."

USS Cowpens Returns To San Diego After 10 Years

April 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Cowpens is slated to return to San Diego today after spending more than a decade forward deployed to Japan.

San Diego Veterans Homeless Shelter Stays Open

April 8
By Susan Murphy
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Nearly 150 San Diego veterans will have a bed to sleep on a little while longer. The cold-weather tent in the Midway District was slated to come down at 8 a.m. today, but got a last minute reprieve.

The Case Of The Stolen Bonsai Trees

April 8
By Angela Carone
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Thieves recently broke into the Japanese Friendship Garden in the middle of the night and stole six bonsai trees. They were not the most valuable in the collection, but to those who practice the art of bonsai, such a loss represents years of meticulous work wasted.

For Award-Winning Author, The Border Is More Than A Headline

April 8
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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In the Mexican border city of Juárez a few blocks south of the international bridge, sits an old Prohibition-era bar. It's called the Kentucky Club, a legendary spot beloved by border dwellers on both sides.

City Council To Vote On Appointment Process, TMD Agreement, Immigration

April 8
By Claire Trageser
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The San Diego City Council this week will take up two issues that have been points of contention for Mayor Bob Filner.

District 4 Voting Results Show Shift In Southeast San Diego

April 8
By Claire Trageser
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An analysis from a local think tank on who voted and where in the City Council District 4 special election reveals some surprising shifts in San Diego neighborhoods.

Former British Prime Minister Thatcher Dies

April 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Margaret Thatcher, who as British prime minister in the 1980s became known as the "Iron Lady" for her tough economic policies, her partnership with President Reagan in standing up to communism and the short war with Argentina over the Falklands, has died.

Blocked Or Breaking Through? Mixed Signals On Gun Bills

April 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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If this is President Obama's "make-or-break week on guns," as Politico declares, then it starts with considerable confusion about where things stand regarding the likelihood of passing new gun control laws.

Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court

April 8
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR
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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.

Fears Of Government Tyranny Push Some To Reject Gun Control

April 8
David Welna / NPR
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As the Senate returns from a two-week spring recess Monday, topping its agenda is legislation to try to curb the kind of gun violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last December.

What Drives Us? Car Sharing Reflects Cultural Shift

April 8
Wendy Kaufman / NPR
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As car sharing continues to gain traction among American drivers, Car2Go is one company benefiting from the changing way we use cars.