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Stories for April 22, 2013

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Father Saves Boy From Alligator Attack, With A Stranger's Help

April 22
Bill Chappell / NPR

A 6-year-old boy's day off from school Friday left him with a vivid story to tell his classmates, after he was seized -- and eventually released -- by an alligator in South Florida. The attack occurred at a wildlife refuge near Boynton Beach, Fla., where Joseph Welch had taken his son, Joey, for a canoe ride.

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San Diego Company Prints Functional 3-D Liver Tissue

April 22
By David Wagner

The day when organs can be printed as easily as newspapers remains far in the future. But with technology that can assemble small chunks of life-like liver tissue, a San Diego company has taken one more step toward making it a reality.

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Clothesline Project Encourages Assault Victims To Speak Out

April 22
By Dwane Brown

As the Pentagon and Congress debate how to curb sexual assault in the military, the VA San Diego held its third annual "clothesline project" Monday to encourage assault survivors to break their silence and share their stories.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds May Get More Local Control

April 22
By Alison St John

A plan to have more local control over the Del Mar Fairgrounds is before San Diego County Supervisors this week.

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Prominent Local Architect Dies From Assault Injuries

April 22
By Angela Carone

Many in the design and sports communities are mourning the loss of local architect and rugby player Graham Downes. He died Sunday from injuries suffered during an alleged assault at his home.

Five Migrants Dead In Vehicle Rollover

April 22
By Michel Marizco

The Department of Public Safety and the Guatemala Consulate in Phoenix are still investigating the deaths of five people who died in a crash Saturday in southeastern Arizona.

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Justices Weigh Speech Rights For Groups Getting U.S. Funds

April 22
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court grappled with a tough First Amendment issue on Monday that pits congressional priorities against free speech rights. At issue: what speech limitations may be placed on private groups that receive federal grant money to fight HIV/AIDS abroad.

Senate Commission Hears From High Tech Sector On Immigration

April 22
By Michel Marizco

Lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from immigration reform proponents in the agriculture and technology industries Monday in Washington.

Half Of Guantanamo Detainees Now On Hunger Strike

April 22
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

We told you last week about an increase in the number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. This week, that number has risen further - to cover half of all inmates at the U.S. detention facility; also, 1 in 10 inmates is now being force fed.

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San Diego Honors Businesses For Recycling

April 22
By Erik Anderson

The city of San Diego honored top recyclers Monday as part of Earth Day.

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Airport Delays Raise Questions About Controller Furloughs

April 22
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

Some air travelers faced delays Monday as furloughs of air traffic controllers began taking effect.

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Boston Lockdown 'Extraordinary' But Prudent, Experts Say

April 22
Brian Naylor / NPR

Local officials have defended the decision to essentially lock down the city of Boston on Friday while law enforcement searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time

April 22

This is the first feature-length documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). He is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. The film was honored with an Emmy® award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 2012. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer.

Arraignment Of Boston Bombing Suspect Start Of Long Legal Path

April 22
Scott Neuman / NPR

The arraignment of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by federal prosecutors in his hospital room is just the beginning of a long and complicated legal path.

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Soldier Organizes Run To Honor Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine

April 22
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Capt. Karla Frey never forgot the young Camp Pendleton Marine she met while volunteering at Brooke Army Medical Center's burn unit in 2005. Sgt. Merlin German, 22, was horrifically injured in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq - and suffered burns to more than 97 percent of his body.

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In My Lifetime

April 22

"In My Lifetime" thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., "In My Lifetime" focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons.

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Report: Craft Beer's Economic Impact On San Diego Nearly $300M

April 22
City News Service/Erik Anderson

Craft breweries and brewpubs in San Diego had a $299.5 million economic impact on the region in 2011.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight

April 22

Each year millions of people attempt to slim down-and fail. If super-diets and weight-loss fads don't work, what does? This program presents ten science-based approaches to losing weight without starving as volunteers put the theories to the test. Experiments reveal the relationship between plate size and food consumption, why soup is the most filling of meals, how low-fat dairy products actually help the body eliminate fat, the long-term fat-burning potential of exercise, the counterintuitive fact that meal-skipping really doesn't facilitate weight loss, and more.

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San Diego City Council To Consider New Medical Marijuana Ordinance Today

April 22
By Midday Edition

The City Council is scheduled today to discuss the components of a draft law that would make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in San Diego again.

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Marines Inspire Boston Marathon Amputee With Hospital Visit (Video)

April 22
By Beth Ford Roth

A Marine who lost both legs in combat recently visited the hospital room of Celeste Corcoran, who is now also a double amputee as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings. He told her, "This isn't the end. It's the beginning."

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'Managing Tragedy': A Defining Moment For Civic Leaders

April 22
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Some people are born to be pastors or therapists, but no one goes into politics expecting to help people with grief.

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FRONTLINE: The Retirement Gamble

April 22

Ten trillion dollars in Americans’ retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special “Money, Power and Wall Street,” FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings. “The Retirement Gamble” reveals how fees, self-dealing and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals.

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Bomb Unit Removes Military Explosive From San Diego Area Beach

April 22
By Beth Ford Roth

A calm Sunday afternoon at Cardiff State Beach was disrupted when a beachgoer walking along the shoreline discovered a military ordnance on the sand, prompting evacuation of the area.

DHS Hopes To Explore Border Crossing Fee

April 22
By John Rosman

The Department of Homeland Security wants to study establishing a crossing fee along the Southwest and Northern borders.

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Miranda Rights And Tsarnaev: Ashcroft Says U.S. Move Is The Right One

April 22
Bill Chappell / NPR

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not yet been questioned -- but officials' decision not to read him his Miranda rights is the subject of much debate.

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Navy Fires Top Enlisted Leader Of Strike Fighter Squadron

April 22
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy has relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Jeff Harsh of his duties as Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron Fourteen due to his "failure to meet expected performance standards."

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Bodies Of First Responders Identified From Texas Explosion

April 22
Scott Neuman / NPR

Authorities have identified four more sets of remains of first responders who battled last week's fire and explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant that killed at least 14 people and injured 200, officials cited by The Associated Press said.

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Flight Delays Expected In San Diego As Sequestration Cuts Take Effect

April 22
By Susan Murphy

Mandatory furloughs kicked in this week for air traffic controllers, which could cause flight delays of a few minutes to a few hours at major airports, including San Diego Lindbergh Field.

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Bodies Of First Responders Identified From Texas Explosion

April 22
Scott Neuman / NPR

Authorities have identified four more sets of remains of first responders who battled last week's fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Wednesday's blast killed at least 14 people and injured 200, according to officials cited by The Associated Press.

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Want More Gender Equality At Work? Go To An Emerging Market

April 22
Maggie Penman / NPR

A White House report puts it bluntly: "Today, younger women are more likely to graduate from college than are men and are more likely to hold a graduate school degree."