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Stories for August 1, 2013

San Diego Business Leadership Alliance Demands Mayor Filner Resign

Aug. 1
10 News
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The San Diego Business Leadership Alliance unanimously voted to call on Mayor Bob Filner to resign at an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon.

How A San Diego Researcher Helped Foil A Cybercriminal's Heroin Set-Up

Aug. 1
By David Wagner
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Russian hackers recently tried to frame an innocent man by mailing heroin straight to his home, but UCSD's Sarah Meiklejohn used her research on virtual currencies and online black markets to help the victim clear his name.

3 Opinions On Whether Snowden Should Fight From Abroad

Aug. 1
Eyder Peralta / NPR

Edward Snowden's father, Lonnie, had a dramatic change of heart this week: Back in June, he sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in which he told him that if the U.S. promised not to detain or silence Edward before a trial, his son would be willing to return to the United States.

Glacier Helps U.S. Ski Team Drift Ahead Of Competition

Aug. 1
Annie Feidt / NPR
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The U.S. women's cross-country ski team has never won an Olympic medal. But that could change in Sochi, Russia, in February. The team has a secret weapon: a pristine glacier high above the mountains of Anchorage.

Acetaminophen Can Cause Rare, Serious Skin Disorders, FDA Warns

Aug. 1
Nancy Shute / NPR

Taking acetaminophen causes rare but potentially deadly skin reactions in some people, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

Researchers Find Dirt Has Minimal Impact On Solar Panel Effectiveness

Aug. 1
By Erik Anderson
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Typical solar panel systems don't need to be washed off in the middle of the summer, even though there's plenty of dirt collection on them.

Former Goldman Trader Found Liable For Billion-Dollar Fraud

Aug. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A federal jury in New York City has found that Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader who regulators say caused investors to lose $1 billion, is liable in the mortgage securities fraud case filed against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Victims Of Bullying Are More Likely To Be Arrested As Adults

Aug. 1
Nancy Shute / NPR
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You'd expect bullies to grow up to get in trouble with the law.

Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Awarded Silver Star On Friday

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson will present Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall the Silver Star Medal at Camp Pendleton on Friday for his actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

Sikhs Remember Tragedy By Embracing Faith

Aug. 1
Erin Toner / NPR
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Every Sunday, hundreds of worshippers descend on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee. They come here to pray and to eat a weekly meal together, called a langar. On Aug. 5, 2012, as women were preparing the meal, a gunman opened fire, killing six people, including the temple president, a priest, fathers and a mother, before turning the gun on himself. Photos of the victims now hang in the lobby of the temple, called a gurdwara.

San Diego Pension System Reports Investment Gain

Aug. 1
City News Service

The administrators of the San Diego city employees pension system reported today an investment gain of 13.4 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, based on preliminary data.

State Capitol Flags Lowered For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The flags over the state capitol have been lowered today to honor Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley, 22, of Red Bluff, California. Burley died July 30, in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.

State Court Backs County Wine Ordinance

Aug. 1
Melissa Phy / Patch.com
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In Ramona, a federally-designated viticulture area, there are 20 wine-tasting rooms today, compared to one when the ordinance was approved.

Author Says Peña Nieto Drug War Strategy Is More Of The Same

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Author and professor Ricardo Ainslie, prepares to talk at UC San Diego about "Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War."

Former San Diego COO: Mayor's Office Canceled Harassment Training

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joins us for the latest on the sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Filner's private attorney is arguing that his client's legal bills should be paid by the city because it failed to provide him with sexual harassment training, but a new report claims the mayor's office canceled multiple new employee and management training sessions in his first months of office.

In Fence-Building, Border Security Trumps Conservation

Aug. 1
By Jill Replogle
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As Congress considers adding 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, environmental concerns seem to be a thing of the past.

Cleveland Kidnapper Asks To Apologize For Decade Of Rape, Abuse

Aug. 1
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Ariel Castro, the man who admitted to abducting three women and subjecting them to years of sexual and emotional abuse in his Cleveland home, asked to apologize to his victims during a sentencing hearing Thursday. Under the terms of a plea deal, Castro will receive life in prison plus 1,000 years.

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Aug. 1
Anna Haensch / NPR
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How will humans survive the zombie apocalypse? Will it be each man for himself or will a coordinated effort be what saves us from ultimate doom?

S&P 500 Index Passes 1,700 Mark For First Time

Aug. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the benchmark of America's largest corporations, surpassed 1,700 points for the first time in early trading Thursday. The rise is being tied to a drop in weekly jobless claims, as well as assurances from central banks in the U.S. and Europe that they would continue to bolster their economies.

Filner To Pay His Own Expenses For Paris Trip

Aug. 1
By Susan Murphy
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Mayor Bob Filner will personally pay $9,399 for a controversial trip he took to Paris in June.

Beset San Diego Mayor Says He Didn't Get Harassment Training

Aug. 1
Korva Coleman / NPR

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused by at least eight women of sexually harassing them, never received a mandated training course on sexual harassment from the city, according to his attorney.

San Diego Airport Reveals Some Finishing Touches On Big-Budget Makeover

Aug. 1
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego International Airport is putting the finishing touches on a major makeover — the largest project in Lindbergh Field's 80-year history.

Airport Expansion Includes New Artwork

Aug. 1
By Angela Carone
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The $1 billion expansion of the San Diego International Airport opens in just a few weeks. The largest construction effort in the airport’s history will include new artwork for the expanded gates and food court.

Snowden Has Left Moscow's Airport, As Russia Grants Asylum

Aug. 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Moscow's airport, his Russian legal adviser told reporters Thursday. Snowden arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport from Hong Kong more than a month ago, after news media published a trove of secret U.S. documents supplied by the former National Security Agency contractor.

Above Average Surf Hits San Diego County

Aug. 1
City News Service
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A long period south swell brought above average surf to San Diego County today, meteorologists said.

To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success

Aug. 1
Christopher Connelly, Marisa Peñaloza
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Bob Moses is 78, but he has the same probing eyes you see behind thick black glasses in photos from 50 years ago when he worked as a civil rights activist in Mississippi. The son of a janitor, Moses was born and raised in Harlem. He's a Harvard-trained philosopher and a veteran teacher.

Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

Aug. 1
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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A Rhode Island company was the highest bidder in the federal government's first-ever auction for the right to build an offshore wind farm.

SD Foster Campers

Aug. 1
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 100 foster youth went to camp in Julian this morning to reconnect with their siblings, according to the county of San Diego.

NTSB Gets Complaints About Air Crash Attorneys

Aug. 1
Associated Press
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Officials are looking into whether some attorneys may have violated a U.S. law barring uninvited solicitation of air disaster victims in the first 45 days after an accident in connection with the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.