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Stories for April 16, 2013

The Pitch For More No. 42s

April 16
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Yet another movie about Jackie Robinson arrived as baseball held its annual commemorative celebration of No. 42, but officials of the game are fretting over the fact that only 8 1/2 percent of current major leaguers are black.

Mayor's Budget Proposal Gets Mixed Reviews From City Council

April 16
By Claire Trageser and James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Mayor Bob Filner's proposal for a five-year labor agreement with City of San Diego employees as part of his budget plans received tentative verbal support from the City Council today.

Emotions Run High As Supreme Court Hears Adoption Case

April 16
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Emotions boiled over at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices heard arguments in a case testing the meaning and reach of the Indian Child Welfare Act, known as ICWA.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Company's Coming

April 16
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In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the Best Prime Rib and perfectly Roasted Brussels Sprouts at home. Finally, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of premium butters.

Maine Court Sets $25,000 Bail For 'North Pond Hermit'

April 16
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Christopher Knight, whose 27 years of living in near-total isolation in Maine's wilderness made him an object of fascination after he was arrested for stealing food and supplies, appeared by video for a court hearing Tuesday, when a Kennebec County judge set his bail at $25,000 cash.

Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways To Expand Medical Workforce

April 16
Pauline Bartolone, California Public Radio
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A group of California physicians joined lawmakers at the state Capitol today. They say the state has a shortage of physicians, and they propose a package of bills to remedy it.

Local For-Profit University Pays Financial Aid Fraud Settlement

April 16
By Kyla Calvert
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Chula Vista-based United States University pays settlement in federal financial aid fraud case.

Barrio Logan Celebrates Murals, Chicano Park's 43rd Anniversary

April 16
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Residents have many reasons to celebrate Chicano Park.

Strict Gun Control Measures Spark Emotional Testimony in Legislature

April 16
Amy Quinton, Capitol Public Radio
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Strict new gun control proposals are moving through the California legislature.

Live From The Artists Den: Mayer Hawthorne

April 16
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“This is a secret show, right?” said Mayer Hawthorne at the start of his performance at the opulent Grand Ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. “Well, tonight, the secret word is fun.” He kept his word for the next 90 minutes, as he and his nimble band, The County, blazed through two dozen songs in his updated classic soul style, infused with everything from doo-wop to hip-hop.

Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

April 16
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This is the first in a three-part series aboutthe intersection of education and the arts.

Changes Help San Diego Homeless, But Long Road Remains Ahead

April 16
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Two years ago, we reported on an ambitious campaign to end homelessness in downtown San Diego, Calif., a city with one of the largest homeless populations in the nation. The effort involved an unprecedented coalition of business leaders, community groups and government agencies.

San Diego City Council Observes Moment of Silence for Boston

April 16
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The San Diego City Council observed a moment of silence today to honor the victims, families and first responders of Monday's bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

City Council Rejects Mayor's Nominee to Water Board

April 16
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A new clash over nominations to outside agency boards broke out today when the City Council rejected Mayor Bob Filner's nominee to serve as the city of San Diego's representative on the County Water Authority Board of Directors.

50 Years Later, King's Birmingham 'Letter' Still Resonates

April 16
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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It's been five decades since Martin Luther King Jr., began writing his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," a response to eight white Alabama clergymen who criticized King and worried the civil rights campaign would cause violence. They called King an "extremist" and told blacks they should be patient.

How Congress Quietly Overhauled Its Insider-Trading Law

April 16
Tamara Keith / NPR
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The legislative process on Capitol Hill is often slow and grinding. There are committee hearings, filibuster threats and hours of floor debate. But sometimes, when Congress really wants to get something done, it can move blindingly fast.

Fred Macmurray: The Guy Next Door

April 16
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Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television's most enduring stars. MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934, and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard and Marlene Deitrich.

American Airlines Grounds All Flights Due To Computer Glitch

April 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A computer glitch in the reservations system at American Airlines caused all of the carrier's flights to be grounded for at least two hours on Tuesday.

Background Check Battle: More Prosecution Or More Checks?

April 16
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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One argument that some gun rights groups make against expanding background checks is that the federal government isn't doing a good enough job now of enforcing the law already on the books.

Quality Conundrum: Complications Boost Hospital Profits

April 16
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Hospitals can make much more money when surgery goes wrong than in cases that go without a hitch.

Low-Sodium Food Labels Woo, And Confuse, Consumers

April 16
Nancy Shute / NPR
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The general consensus is that food labels that advertise lower sodium are a good way to help people make more healthful choices. But after that, what we think those labels mean gets a bit fuzzy, according to a new study.

Caltrans and CHP Installing "Move Over" Signs Across California

April 16
Amanda Guerrero
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The California Department of Transportation and the California Highway Patrol began installing the first of 100 "move over or slow down" signs today across California freeways as part of the statewide Move Over law.

Vatican Reaffirms Plan To Scrutinize U.S. Nuns

April 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Pope Francis' doctrinal chief has reaffirmed the Vatican's intention to overhaul the largest organization of U.S. nuns, dashing the hopes of some that the newly installed pontiff would take a more conciliatory approach than his predecessor.

Security Expert: Investigators Seeking Bomber's 'Signature'

April 16
Liz Halloran / NPR
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As investigators combed through evidence in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, seeking both motive and perpetrator, we turned Tuesday to a security expert for guidance on how the investigation may be unfolding.

Here for Each Other When Tragedy Strikes

April 16
By Monica Medina
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Whenever tragedy strikes, in any part of our country, it affects us all. We go into shock, disbelief, sadness and grief. We become riveted to our television sets, radios, computers, and smart phones, craving every bit of news available. And, the horrors of the day are played over and over until they become embedded in our hearts and minds.

USS Peleliu, 15th MEU In Hong Kong For Port Visit Amid Korean Tensions (Video)

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group - homeport San Diego - and the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Hong Kong on Monday for a port visit amid tensions in North Korea.

One Gear, One Goal: Bike Is 'Good To 100 MPH,' Builder Says

April 16
Bill Chappell / NPR
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What does it take to ride a bicycle at 100 miles per hour? That's the question being explored by Britain's Donhou Bicycles and frame builder Tom Donhou, who has mounted a mammoth chainring onto a custom bicycle. He says the steel machine has already hit 60 miles per hour on the open road.

Nat'l Healthcare Decisions Day: Are You Prepared?

April 16
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Making end-of-life healthcare decisions for a loved one is never easy and sometimes it can tear a family apart. On National Healthcare Decisions Day, we look at how to start the conversation now so your loved one can express their wishes and be part of the decision-making process.

Trailer: 'The Lords of Salem'

April 16
By Beth Accomando
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Rob Zombie's film career has been a rollercoaster in terms of the quality of work. His latest film, "The Lords of Salem," opens Friday and I am wondering which Rob Zombie will be showing up behind the camera.

Runners Dig In Their Heels: 'We Can Endure A Lot'

April 16
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Emily Root Schenkel has never run the Boston Marathon, but now she might.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO WITH SU-MEI YU: The Yin-Yang Of Protein

April 16
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Food is at the heart of many of San Diego’s most fascinating stories. Our food community is vibrant, diverse and unique, full of history, passionate people and delicious treasures. Join Su-Mei Yu, noted local cook, author and restaurant owner, as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego sharing the captivating tales of our culinary bounty.

Gang Of Eight's New Pathways To Citizenship

April 16
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman
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The hotly anticipated bill to overhaul our nation's immigration system is expected to be presented Tuesday by a bipartisan group of senators. We show with an interactive map what that might look like.

Dad Of Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Hailed As Hero At Boston Marathon (Video)

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Carlos Arredondo was at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday to support the National Guard member who was running in honor of his son, a Camp Pendleton Marine who died in the Iraq War. After the blasts, Arredondo sprang into action to help the injured.

China Gives Breakdown Of Its Military, Criticizes U.S.

April 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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China on Tuesday detailed the structure of its military force in a special national defense report that also took a swipe at the United States for what it described as stoking tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Navy Names Research Ship After Sally Ride (Video)

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has named its newest research vessel after Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and former UCSD faculty member. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography will operate the R/V Sally Ride.

Increased Security Planned for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

April 16
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Plans were underway today to beef up security at San Diego's famed Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and Marathon in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions that killed at least three people and injured more than 140.

Oklahoma City Marathon Will Proceed, Organizers Say After Boston Attack

April 16
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News of the deadly bombing attack on the Boston Marathon is echoing in Oklahoma City, where residents will observe the 18th anniversary Friday of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people. The events include a marathon, which remains on the schedule, although officials say they will review their security plans.

Shattered Family: Blast Killed Boy, Wounded Mom & Sister

April 16
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There will be many heartbreaking stories in coming hours and days about the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Children Left Behind: Deported Parents, American Kids

April 16
Beth Caldwell, Erin Siegal McIntyre and Joel Medina
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Hundreds, if not thousands, of deported parents are trying to reunite with children left behind in the United States. In 2011, some 1,500 children in Southern California were removed from detained or deported parents and placed in state care.

How To Avoid A Colonoscopy Billing Kerfuffle

April 16
Michelle Andrews / NPR
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Where preventive health care is concerned, a colonoscopy is one of the pricier screening tests, with a cost that often exceeds $1,000.

Proposed Anti-Panhandling Law Supported By Wildomar

April 16
Toni McAllister
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A proposed law that would prevent panhandling at intersections controlled by traffic signals has support from the City of Wildomar.

Navy Sends Bomb Unit To Boston

April 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has sent at least one of its three-person bomb-disposal units to Boston to help authorities there investigate the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line.

IMF Lowers 2013 Economic Growth Forecasts

April 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections for global economic growth, including in the United States, citing sharp cuts in government spending and the struggling eurozone.

The Cruelest Month: Boston Blasts Join List Of Dark Incidents

April 16
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Howard Berkes is an NPR correspondent based in Salt Lake City.

Social Media Helped Find Loved Ones After Marathon Bombing

April 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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In the chaos and mayhem that followed the Boston Marathon bombing, many people were frantic to learn the fate of friends and loved ones who were either in the race or watched it from the sidelines.

Feds Seek Suspects, Motive In Boston Bombings

April 16
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The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world's most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

Boston Doctors Compare Marathon Bomb Injuries To War Wounds

April 16
Richard Knox / NPR
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Boston hospitals always staff up their emergency rooms on Marathon Day to care for runners with cramps, dehydration and the occasional heart attack.

Boston Marathon Explosions: Latest Developments

April 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Throughout the day, we'll be updating with the latest news about the two explosions Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed at least three people -- one of them an 8-year-old boy -- and injured more than 170. We'll also be publishing related posts as the day continues.

Adoption Case Brings Rare Family Law Dispute To High Court

April 16
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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Take the usual agony of an adoption dispute. Add in the disgraceful U.S. history of ripping Indian children from their Native American families. Mix in a dose of initial fatherly abandonment. And there you have it -- a poisonous and painful legal cocktail that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.