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Stories for April 25, 2013

From Poor Beginnings To A Wealth Of Knowledge

April 25
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Herman Blake grew up with his mother and six siblings just outside New York City. It was the early 1940s and the family was poor. This shaped their outlook on life.

Senate Votes To End Furloughs For Air Traffic Controllers

April 25
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The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed by unanimous consent a bill that would end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports.

House Approves Bill To End Traffic Controller Furloughs

April 25
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With flight delays mounting, the Senate has passed legislation to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.

Monarch School Adds Healthcare Center, Boutique For Homeless Students

April 25
By Dwane Brown
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Fourteen months ago, the Monarch School's new building didn't look like much. Now, after a $14 million remodel, the cramped Downtown space on Cedar Street is changing the educational lives of 350 homeless K-12 students.

Behind The Scenes: 'Parallel Lives'

April 25
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The Oceanside Theater Company offers a world premiere, a kid’s musical, and a sketch comedy in its second season of productions. The company’s creative team as well as a pair of supreme beings talk about how they are redefining community theater.

Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Vegetables (Part Two)

April 25
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Blanching, steaming and roasting — these three simple methods are the best for highlighting vegetables’ flavors and retaining their nutritional properties. Let Martha guide you through these techniques and show you how you can use them to prepare an endless variety of perfect vegetable dishes in your own home.

ACLU Sues California Over English Instruction In Schools

April 25
By Adrian Florido
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Grossmont Union High School District is among the schools singled out for not providing adequate English instruction to foreign language speakers.

Obama's Bush Library Speech Leaves Iraq And More Unspoken

April 25
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Imagine having to deliver a tribute for someone you've openly excoriated for years.

FRONTLINE: Top Secret America: 9/11 To The Boston Bombing

April 25
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In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the threat of terrorism again confronts Americans. More than a decade after 9/11 and hundreds of billions of dollars later, there are pressing questions about whether America’s investment in its “terrorism industrial complex” has made us safer.

Texas Town Honors Dead From Fertilizer Plant Blast

April 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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West, Texas, said goodbye to 14 people, including 10 firefighters and first responders, who were killed in the April 17 explosion of a fertilizer plant that leveled part of the town.

Antiques Roadshow: Rapid City, South Dakota - Hour Two

April 25
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW hits the open road to visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame — located in the town famous for its annual motorcycle rally. Highlights include TWA travel posters; a 1932 signed photograph of the national treasure, Mount Rushmore; and a Rock-Ola juke box valued at $2,000-$3,000.

Monkeys Also Want To Eat Like The Locals

April 25
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When you travel, do you want to drink Bellinis in Venice, and yak-butter tea in Tibet? Well, so do monkeys.

Max Baucus Says He Was Montana's 'Hired Hand' On Gun Vote

April 25
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Longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year, ending four decades in Congress and leaving as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Antiques Roadshow: Saltaire

April 25
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Fiona Bruce and the team head to Yorkshire where a packed house awaits at Saltaire's Victoria Hall. Amongst the family treasures attracting the specialists' attention are a doodle by Lowry worth a small fortune, two pieces purporting to be have been owned by Napoleon, and the oldest bronze seen in all 33 years of the show.

Camp Pendleton Marine Who Says She Was Raped Convicted Of Attempted Adultery

April 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A military judge has convicted a Camp Pendleton Marine, who claims she was raped by a fellow Marine, of attempted adultery.

Antiques Roadshow: Dartmouth 2

April 25
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Fiona Bruce returns with the specialists for a second visit to the Devon coast home of the cadets of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Amongst the pieces under scrutiny by the team of experts are an exquisite collection of eighteenth century miniatures, the effects of a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a precious Chinese glass vase is given a surprise valuation despite having just been dropped on the floor.

Still In The Middle Class, But Standing On A Banana Peel

April 25
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Most U.S. workers fit snugly into the middle class, but they worry a lot about falling out of it, according to a poll released Thursday.

Privacy Rights vs. Employee Tracking

April 25
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From video cameras to GPS to reading emails and social media accounts — how much tracking is too much by your employer? When does monitoring employees for productivity cross over an employees right to privacy?

Why Finding A TB Test Got Hard

April 25
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Hospitals and public health departments around the country are having a tough time coming up with a staple of preventive health care: the skin test for tuberculosis.

Body Is ID'd As Missing Student Falsely Linked To Bombings

April 25
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A body pulled out of the water earlier this week in Providence, R.I., has now been identified as that of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, a Brown University student who had been missing since March 15.

Savor San Diego with Su-Mei Yu

April 25
By Monica Medina
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For as long as she can remember, Su-Mei Yu’s dream was to leave her home in Thailand to come to America. So, when the opportunity arose at the age of 15, she seized it.

San Diego's Innocence Project To Embark On 600-Mile Journey

April 25
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The Innocence Project at the California Western School of Law plans to march from San Diego to Sacramento to bring attention to their cases.

Why The Bush Library Won't Make History

April 25
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Will history judge George W. Bush more kindly than his contemporaries have?

White House: Evidence Syria Used Chemical Weapons

April 25
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Update at 5:45 p.m. ET. 'All Options' On The Table

Hagel Releases Statement On Syria's Possible Use Of Sarin

April 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement today in which he disclosed that the White House has informed several members of Congress that Syria has used sarin as a chemical weapon during its two year civil war.

Weekend Preview: 'Other Desert Cities', 'Accomplice' and Adams Avenue Unplugged

April 25
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A new play at the Old Globe, a recently extended out-of-the-norm theater experience, a folk music festival and a party celebrating North County San Diego are what's topping our to-do list this weekend.

Report: Military Wasted Millions Using Controversial Burn Pits

April 25
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Troops used possibly toxic burn pits to destroy waste on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan instead of $5 million worth of incinerators because those incinerators were never made operational, according to a new report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Fire Out After Fuel Barge Explodes In Alabama

April 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A huge fire triggered by explosions aboard two fuel barges moored in Mobile, Ala., has been put out, but three people have been left with critical burns, The Associated Press reports. The blaze forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship.

Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

April 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There were 339,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

New Graduation Requirements Will Require Support

April 25
By Kyla Calvert
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A study examines San Diego Unified's new graduation requirements.

Broad Coalition Calls for Elimination of Looming Medi-Cal Cuts

April 25
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
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An unlikely coalition has formed to try to stop cuts to California’s Medi-Cal program.

Brown Vows Battle Over School Funding Plan

April 25
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio
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The fight over revamping school funding in California has taken center stage at the Capitol. Governor Jerry Brown says anyone opposing his controversial plan is in for a fight.

5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

April 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We're due for one of those rare moments Thursday morning when the current president and all of his living predecessors will be together.

Boston Bombing Investigation: Thursday's Developments

April 25
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The latest developments in the investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Filner Signs Agreement With Tourism District

April 25
James Riffel / City News Service
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Mayor Bob Filner today signed a much-debated operating agreement with San Diego's Tourism Marketing District.