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Stories for April 30, 2013

Get Off My Lawn! And Other Grumblings About Sports Today

April 30
Frank Deford / NPR
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My friend the Sports Curmudgeon called me the other day: "Hey, Frank, I got a few things to get off my chest." He was about to take off on a Fantasy Fan cruise, where devoted sports buffs are drafted as fans for desperate losing teams, but he promised to text me his complaints once the ship got out to sea.

May 1 Marches Show Trajectory Of Immigration Movement

April 30
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Marches for immigration reform are scheduled throughout the country Wednesday. Seven years ago, a historic May 1 day of action helped crystallize the modern immigration reform movement.

Olympic Rules May Disallow San Diego-Tijuana Bid

April 30
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Mayor Bob Filner said today his hopes to land a cross-border Olympics for San Diego and Tijuana were "undaunted'' by word from the International Olympic Committee that rules may preclude a joint bid by the U.S. and Mexico.

Scripps Wins Bid To Buy San Diego Hospice Property

April 30
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Scripps Health beat Sharp HealthCare in its bid to buy the landmark property.

Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom

April 30
Ron Elving / NPR
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On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

U-T San Diego Circulation Increases 9 Percent

April 30
By Amita Sharma
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The paper's rise in readership follows its purchase of the North County Times last fall.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

April 30
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Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POWs revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. The film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal, in shocking detail, the hearts and minds of the German fighter.

Arizona Town Agrees To Change Historic Civil Union Ordinance In Face Of Threat

April 30
By John Rosman
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The tiny town of Bisbee was the first in Arizona to recognize civil unions for gay couples. But with the city council’s passage of the resolution, came a threat from the Arizona Attorney General.

San Diego Approves New Graywater Rules for Homeowners

April 30
La Jolla Patch
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The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ease municipal code requirements for home-based water recycling systems.

NATURE: Legendary White Stallions

April 30
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Hear the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions, from their origins in ancient times to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The film, which focuses on the bond that develops between horse and rider, begins at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Here the perfect harmony between horse and rider, as well as the beauty and power of the magnificent white stallions, is celebrated in their impressive performance.

Undercover Probe Busts Alleged Drug Dealers In Poway, San Marcos, Ramona

April 30
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A yearlong undercover investigation targeting drug-dealing at four North County secondary schools culminated today in the arrests of six minors and 10 adults.

Sequester Puts Some Needing Housing Aid 'Back To Square One'

April 30
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Congress decided last week to ease the effects of the across-the-board federal spending cuts on travelers upset over airport delays. But low-income Americans who rely on government housing aid are still feeling the pain.

Lindbergh Field Opens 600 New Parking Spots

April 30
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More than 1,300 short-term parking spaces are now available in the Terminal 2 parking lot at Lindbergh Field. The newly-opened lot adds 600 new short-term parking spots at the airport.

Caffeine-Laced Gum Has Energized The FDA

April 30
Nancy Shute / NPR
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The caffeinated chewing gum has pushed the FDA over the edge.

San Diego's Historic Places: Julian

April 30
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Find out how the historic town of Julian was founded after the U.S. Civil War and how it survived the Gold Rush of the late 1800s. You'll want to take a step back in time as we tour the town's historic cemetery, gold mine and talk with the grandson of the town's founder - Drue Bailey. That's on the next episode of SAN DIEGO's HISTORIC PLACES - "Julian."

Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage

April 30
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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The Salinas Valley in Northern California grows about 80 percent of the country's lettuce, and it takes a lot of people to pick and pack it. In a field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a dozen lechugueros, or lettuce pickers, are bent at the waist, cutting heads of iceberg lettuce. They work frantically to stay in front of a line of 12 more packers, who seal them with tape and toss them onto a conveyor belt.

On California Prisons, It's The Governor Vs. The Courts

April 30
Richard Gonzales / NPR
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California Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a legal battle over control of his state's prison system. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling ordering the state to drastically reduce its prisoner population. Brown claims the state has made substantial progress, but the governor has stopped short of complying fully with the court order.

Border Security, Drug Wars, Immigration — Obama's Trip To Mexico

April 30
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The evolving relationship between the US and Mexico provides a backdrop of challenges and change as President Obama prepares for a state visit to Mexico later this week. It's the first time he'll be meeting with newly elected President Enrique Pena Nieto. We look at our ties with Mexico.

San Diego Gay Activist Objects To Honoring Bradley Manning At Pride Parade

April 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego resident Sean Sala, a Navy veteran and gay rights activist, lead the protest when word was leaked that the San Francisco Pride Parade named Army Pvt. Bradley Manning as its Grand Marshal. Parade organizers now say Manning was never a real option.

Midday Movies: Remakes

April 30
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Remake, sequel, prequel, reboot, reimagining – whatever you want to call it, Hollywood does love to return to something familiar. So what makes a good remake? Is it really a bad thing to remake an old film? Is this a new trend or have we always had to deal with remakes? Find out the answers with Midday Movies and The Geek Roundtable.

Hic, Hic, Hic: TV Weatherman Keeps Going Despite Hiccups

April 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We admire KHOU-TV meteorologist David Paul's good-natured determination.

Utah Teen's Punch Lands Soccer Referee In Critical Condition

April 30
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A soccer referee who was reportedly punched in the face by a teenager during a game is in critical condition in a Utah hospital, four days after the incident.

Evening Primrose Oil No Match For Eczema's Itch

April 30
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Eczema is an itchy and, to some, an embarrassing skin ailment. Typical medial treatments like cortisone are less than ideal.

What Do We Do About America's Racial Wealth Gap?

April 30
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We've known about the gap in wealth between white Americans and black and Latino Americans for some time. Just last year, the Census revealed that whites had about 22 times the wealth of African-Americans and 15 times the wealth of Latinos -- and those numbers only got worse over the last five years during the Great Recession.

Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Silver Star

April 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman will be awarded the Silver Star at a special ceremony on base Friday. Petty Officer 1st Class Benny Flores helped save the lives of wounded Marines during an enemy attack in Afghanistan last year, despite the fact he was injured himself.

3 NATO Troops Killed In Afghan Roadside Bombing

April 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three NATO troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Their nationalities have not yet been released.

New Arizona Law: Guns From Buybacks Can't Be Destroyed

April 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Cities in Arizona that conduct buyback programs to get guns off the street will now be required to re-sell those weapons, according to a new law signed by the governor.

Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

April 30
Nancy Shute / NPR
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That's the verdict from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has just joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a scrum of professional medical societies in calling for universal testing for the virus that causes AIDS.

San Diego To Consider Banning Dog, Cat Sales At Retail Stores

April 30
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego is considering a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, mirroring similar initiatives in cities across the nation, including Chula Vista.

SDSU Students to Build Mobile Health Tools of the Future

April 30
By David Wagner
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Dozens of San Diego State University students and faculty members will be spending the next year trying to change the way we monitor our health. If they're successful, they could be $10 million richer.

Teen Condom Access Project Expands To San Diego County

April 30
By Megan Burks
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California teens in "high STD areas" can request free condoms online and have them delivered to their doorsteps.

San Diego's International Trade Rebounds

April 30
By Erik Anderson
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International trade has bounced back to top pre-recession highs in San Diego.

Obama To Hold News Conference This Morning

April 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's word from the White House that President Obama will be holding a news conference there this morning. It's set to start at 10:30 a.m. ET (though these events often do not begin on time; and this one's already been pushed back from its "original" start time of 10:15 a.m.).

Dozen People Under Investigation In Boston Bombing Probe

April 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The investigation into the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon is widening, with authorities looking at about a dozen people to see if they might have helped the two main suspects either before or after the attack, law enforcement officials familiar with the probe tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston.

ATF Allies Say Agency Handicapped By Lack Of Director

April 30
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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It's one of the smallest law enforcement agencies in the federal government, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sure had a busy couple of weeks.

U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism

April 30
Tom Bowman / NPR
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A suspected drug kingpin from the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was captured on the high seas by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this month, brought to Manhattan and is now awaiting trial.

Will Bureaucracy Keep The U.S. Drone Industry Grounded?

April 30
Martin Kaste / NPR
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Americans are suspicious of drones. Reports of the unmanned aerial vehicles' use in war zones have raised concerns about what they might do here at home. For instance, in Seattle earlier this year, a public outcry forced the police department to abandon plans for eye-in-the-sky UAV helicopters.

Why Calif. Doesn't Want Smokers To Pay More For Health Insurance

April 30
Stephanie O'Neill / NPR
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Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won't be among them.

Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

April 30
Monica Ortiz Uribe / NPR
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On a Saturday night, the bridge that links downtown El Paso, Texas, to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is hauntingly still. Once, this was a border crossing flush with life; now, after years of brutal drug violence, it's like a graveyard. It's certainly not the border that American author Benjamin Alire Saenz recalls from his high school days.