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Stories for April 24, 2013

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Sanders Continues Downtown Focus In New Role

April 24, 2013
By Claire Trageser

Does the derailment of some of former Mayor Jerry Sanders' accomplishments, including Plaza de Panama, pension reform and a balanced budget, tarnish his mayoral legacy?

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Air Quality Report Shows Progress, Challenges

April 24, 2013
By Hailey Persinger

According to the American Lung Association's 2013 Report on Air Quality released Tuesday, pollution throughout California ranges from terrible to not so bad. Despite some progress in cities such as San Diego, Southern California still sits atop the list as having the worst air in America.

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It's Rattlesnake Bite Season In San Diego County, Health Officials Warn

April 24, 2013
By Susan Murphy

Rattlesnakes are emerging from hibernation across San Diego County and health officials are warning people to stay vigilant.

City Labor Groups Call For 14.5 Percent Raises Over Five Years

April 24, 2013
JAMES R. RIFFEL / City News Service

Leaders of five of the six unions that represent city of San Diego employees today publicly unveiled their offer to accept a five-year labor deal in exchange for a 14.5 percent pay raise over that time period.

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Soda Tax Measure Passes First Committee

April 24, 2013
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio

A California measure that would tax sugary drinks a penny per fluid ounce passed its first committee test today.

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Once Under Wraps, Supreme Court Audio Trove Now Online

April 24, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the final cases of the term, which began last October and is expected to end in late June after high-profile rulings on gay marriage, affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act.

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Tar Sands Pipelines Should Get Special Treatment, EPA Says

April 24, 2013
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

Up until now, pipelines that carry tar sands oil have been treated just like pipelines that carry any other oil. But the Environmental Protection Agency now says that should change. That's because when tar sands oil spills, it can be next to impossible to clean up.

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Giffords Group's Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Ayotte On Gun Vote

April 24, 2013
Frank James / NPR

After the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, the superPAC created by shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, onetime astronaut Mark Kelly, vowed to remind voters of which lawmakers voted against the plan.

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Boston Response Praised, But Intelligence-Sharing Questioned

April 24, 2013
Brian Naylor / NPR

In the days since the Boston Marathon bombings, local law enforcement officials have been given high marks for their response to the attack and the coordination among numerous federal, state and local agencies involved.

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What It Means To Have A 90-Percent Secure Border

April 24, 2013
By Michel Marizco

Before 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally can start down the path to citizenship, the U.S.-Mexico border must reach a level of security that satisfies border hawks in Congress.

Redesigned $100 Bill To Go Into Circulation After Long Delay

April 24, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

The redesigned U.S. $100 bill will begin appearing after October with new security features that will make it "easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate," the U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

How Obama's Response To Terrorism Has Shifted

April 24, 2013
Ari Shapiro / NPR

President Obama's time in office has not been defined by terrorism as President George W. Bush's was. Yet incidents like the one in Boston have been a regular, painful through line of his presidency.

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Home Sweet Home Costs More For Blacks And Latinos

April 24, 2013
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR

Black and Latino homebuyers pay more for housing than whites and Asians, according to a study released this week by Duke University. The price difference is about 3.5 percent.

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1960s Satellite Images Add To Evidence Of Shrinking Sea Ice

April 24, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Scientists have digitized and analyzed imagery taken by one of the first U.S. weather satellites to create a montage showing the extent of polar sea ice in 1964 so they can compare it to more recent satellite photos.

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How Do Mexicans Feel About The Corona-Budweiser Merger?

April 24, 2013
By Adrian Florido

The U.S. Justice Department has settled an antitrust lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev. That clears the way for the world's largest brewer to buy out Grupo Modelo, the Mexican company that makes Corona beer. How do Mexicans feel about the merger?

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Mayor Filner To Unveil Balboa Park Traffic Plan

April 24, 2013
City News Service

A new traffic management plan for the center of Balboa Park, to be unveiled late today by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, would close off vehicle traffic through the Plaza de Panama on weekends.

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Disabled Dog Welcomes Home Airman From Deployment (Video)

April 24, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Emma the pit bull mix is unable to use her back legs due to a disorder called hemivertebrae. But that didn't stop her from welcoming her Airman dad home from deployment with as much enthusiasm as an able-bodied pooch.

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SDSU Takes Poetry International

April 24, 2013
By Dillon Scalzo, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

At San Diego State University, a literary journal called Poetry International works to broaden the boundaries of poetry through careful translation.

Judge Orders Authorities To Provide Lawyers For Mentally Ill In Immigration Detention

April 24, 2013
By Jill Replogle

A federal judge ruled in a class action lawsuit that immigration detainees with mental illnesses have a right to legal counsel and a speedy bond hearing.

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Operation Homefront California Fills In Gaps For Military Families

April 24, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Operation Homefront California wants to raise awareness of the needs faced by military families.

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A GROWING PASSION: The Business Of Blooms

April 24, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

San Diego is one of our nation's top cut flower producers. These crops generate almost 78 million dollars a year. The cost of land and water has put pressure on local growers. Host Nan Sterman visit a hardy few who are helping San Diego's floraculture industry to survive and thrive.

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The DEA Wants Your Old Meds, No Questions Asked

April 24, 2013
Nancy Shute / NPR

Now that it's spring, maybe you've decided it's time to clean out the medicine cabinet. Maybe you'd rather your teenagers not be tempted by those dusty bottles of Vicodin or other forgotten prescription drugs.

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How About You Be The Decider

April 24, 2013
Linton Weeks / NPR

You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal -- here's your chance.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Who Says She Was Raped Pleads Not Guilty To Adultery

April 24, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A Camp Pendleton Marine staff sergeant who says she was raped pleaded not guilty to charges of adultery at her court-martial Monday.

1 Inmate Impregnated 4 Guards At Md. Jail, Prosecutors Say

April 24, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

This may not surprise fans of HBO's The Wire:

5 People Dead After Shooting In Small Illinois Town

April 24, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

A suspect is in custody after five people were reportedly shot to death in Manchester, Ill., a town of 300 or so residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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Orange County Supes Agree To Settle Camp Pendleton Marine Lawsuit

April 24, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins. An Orange County Sheriff's deputy shot Loggins to death on February 7, 2012 in the parking lot of San Clemente High School.

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NTSB Grills Boeing, FAA Over 787 Battery Failures

April 24, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to know how a problem with the design of batteries that led to a fire aboard a Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner' slipped through the extensive certification process for the new passenger aircraft.

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Greenhouse Gas Levels Approach 'Worrisome' Milestone

April 24, 2013
By Susan Murphy

Greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is increasing at a steep rate in the Earth's atmosphere and approaching a troubling new milestone: The heat-trapping gas could reach sustained levels of 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide by next month.

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Deferred Action: A Bird In Hand For Young Immigrants

April 24, 2013
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR

As Congress continues its debate over immigration reform, nearly a half-million young people who are in the U.S. illegally have already applied for deferred action.

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Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments

April 24, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

The latest developments in the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

SD Sidewalk Cafes

April 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal aimed at making it easier for restaurants in San Diego to open sidewalk cafes was unanimously passed today by the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee.

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People On Terror Watch List Not Blocked From Buying Guns

April 24, 2013
Ailsa Chang / NPR

Even al-Qaida gloats about what's possible under U.S. gun laws. In June 2011, a senior al-Qaida operative named Adam Gadahn released a video message rallying people to take advantage of opportunities those laws provide.