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Stories for August 15, 2013

Riding Choppers And Harleys To Protect Kids In Need

Aug. 15
NPR Staff / NPR
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Happy Dodson and Taz Roman are bikers. Not cyclists, but the leather jacket and chained wallet kind of bikers. They're also members of a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Aug. 15
NPR Staff / NPR
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For decades, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog has introduced audiences to subjects that stick in one's mind long after the credits have rolled, from a cave of artwork painted more than 30,000 years ago, to the landscape of Antarctica, to a man who believed he had a special relationship with grizzly bears.

Why This Year's Blueberry Bounty Has Growers Feeling Blue

Aug. 15
Anna King / NPR
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The blueberries on your morning cereal are less expensive this year. That's because farmers are harvesting a bumper crop this summer. It's good news for berry lovers, but the bounty might wreck some blueberry growers.

Warrants Show Man Used Incendiary Devices In Fatal Boulevard Fire

Aug. 15
City News Service

A man shot and killed in Idaho by FBI agents after allegedly abducting a Lakeside teen and killing her mother and brother a week earlier used incendiary devices to set two separate fires in his Boulevard cabin, where the victims' bodies were found, according to a search warrant obtained Thursday

San Diego Researchers Pinpoint The Genes Making Mountain Dwellers Sick

Aug. 15
By David Wagner
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Why does living way up in the mountains cause some people to die young from heart attacks and strokes while others live long, healthy lives? Thanks to recent advances in whole genome sequencing, a team of UC San Diego researchers just found an answer.

UC San Diego Professor Develops New Way To Monitor TB Patients

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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A smart phone app developed at UC San Diego offers a low-cost way to make sure that TB patients are following their treatment regimen.

Wireless Internet Access To Expand In Balboa Park

Aug. 15
By Tarryn Mento and City News Service
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Free wireless Internet access for the public will be expanded soon on the central mesa of Balboa Park, Councilman Todd Gloria announced Thursday.

Some Rural Hospitals Given Partial Exemption from Medi-Cal Cuts

Aug. 15
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio
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Hospitals in California are commending the state’s decision to prevent Medi-Cal rate cuts to rural hospitals with nursing facilities. Some of them have been at risk of closure.

Changes Announced for California Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Aug. 15
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio
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Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan say changes to the project announced are a failed attempt to show sensitivity to Delta communities. The plan includes building two tunnels that would carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta south.

California Audit Points to Lack of Oversight of Mental Health Funding

Aug. 15
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio
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The California State Auditor says there’s little oversight of a mental health services fund that has brought in billions of tax dollars over the years.

Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington

Aug. 15
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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The trailblazing strategist behind the 1963 March on Washington will this year by posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That's a long way from the days when civil rights activists counted on Bayard Rustin's hard work, but tried to push him aside because he was gay.

Semantic Gymnastics: GOP In Tug Of War Over Delegate Rule

Aug. 15
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Remember back when President Bill Clinton argued that his truthfulness about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky depended on the meaning of the word "is"?

Sycuan Tribe Expands Reservation In San Diego County

Aug. 15
By Erik Anderson
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The Sycuan Reservation more than tripled in size as federal officials allowed 1,400 acres of Sycuan-owned land to be included in the reserve.

Getting People Out Of Nursing Homes Turns Out To Be Complicated

Aug. 15
Martha Bebinger / NPR

Two years ago, Dorothy Holmes, then 75, was in the cozy pink bathroom of her home getting ready to shower when she fell. It's the type of accident that's common among older Americans -- and it's often the very thing that triggers the end of independence.

States Targeting Hybrids As Gas-Tax Revenues Ebb

Aug. 15
Jeff Brady / NPR
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Americans are buying less gasoline than they did just a few years back. While many people believe this is a good thing, it does present a problem: Most road construction is paid for with fuel taxes. Less gas tax revenue means less money for roads.

The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

Aug. 15
Nathan Rott / NPR
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball. They've won 40 of their last 48 games, and Wednesday night, they came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat the New York Mets in 12 innings.

The Life Of Muhammad

Aug. 15
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Chart the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world. In a journey both literal and historical, host Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad’s birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet, from his humble beginnings in Mecca to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, from his flight to Medina and the founding of the first Islamic constitution to his subsequent military and political successes and failures — through to his death and his legacy.

Details Emerge About Filner's Credit Card Purchases, Payments

Aug. 15
City News Service
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The City Charter in San Diego has a provision to remove municipal officers, including the mayor, for unauthorized draws on the city treasury, the City Attorney's Office announced.

Former Army Officer And Olympic 'James Bond' Dies In Wing-Diving Accident (Video)

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Former British Army officer Mark Sutton, who played a parachuting James Bond during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, was killed in a wing-diving accident Wednesday morning.

Egypt Authorizes Police To Use Deadly Force

Aug. 15
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Egyptian authorities on Thursday authorized police to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions from attacks.

San Diego Film Commission Dismantled, Now What?

Aug. 15
Midday Edition
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The Film Commission is no more and some say San Diego is losing out by cutting off this connection to the movie business. But help may be on the way.

Inside Foyle's War

Aug. 15
By Jennifer Robinson
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Go behind the scenes of the acclaimed, must-see WWII series and learn secrets about the articulate sleuth in the sharp fedora. The program features a sneak peek at the upcoming new season premiering on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! in September 2013, as well as interviews with the creators and co-stars of this enormously popular murder mystery series.

2013 Wildfire Season Proving To Be More Mild Than Wild

Aug. 15
Howard Berkes / NPR
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With 15,000 firefighters deployed and three dozen major wildfires currently burning in five Western states, this would seem to be a wildfire season for the record books. And in one tragic aspect, it is. But by most measures, 2013 is the second-mildest fire season in the past decade ... so far.

Obama Cancels Military Exercise With Egypt (Video)

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama today announced the U.S. military will not take part in Operation Bright Star with the Egyptian military, which was slated to begin next month. The president cancelled the United States' participation in the biennial joint military exercise as a response to the escalating violence in Egypt.

Alfie Boe - Storyteller At The Royal Albert Hall

Aug. 15
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Tony Award-winner Alfie Boe shares interpretations of his favorite songs in this concert taped at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Backed by a full 19-piece band, Boe performs a wide variety of selections from his repertoire, including tracks from his new album, "Storyteller," classical arias and “Bring Him Home,” his signature song from his acclaimed turn as Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables."

City Employee Levels New Allegations Against Filner

Aug. 15
By Susan Murphy, Hailey Persinger
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Another woman comes forward: Peggy Shannon, 67, said the mayor kissed her, made lewd comments and repeatedly asked for dates.

Military Commissaries Will Return To Normal Hours Next Week

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Defense Commissary Agency announced this week that its commissaries worldwide will return to normal hours the week of August 18 to 24 - a move prompted by the Department of Defense's decision to cut furlough days for civilian DoD employees from 11 days to six.

Judge In 1998 Oceanside Child Murder Case Retires

Aug. 15
Eric Yates / Patch
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John Einhorn handled the death penalty case of Brandon Wilson, who was convicted in the 1998 slaying of a 9-year-old boy in Oceanside.

Red Tide Could Persist for Weeks, Months

Aug. 15
Khari Johnson / Patch
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A red tide that started in the beginning of August offshore of Imperial Beach and Coronado could potentially stay in local waters for months, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher said.

Can Paula Deen Recover (And Who Really Pays If She Doesn't)?

Aug. 15
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Paula Deen might have a hard time recovering.

Old Globe Gives 'Double Indemnity' Its San Diego Premiere

Aug. 15
Midday Edition
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James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel "Double Indemnity" was made into a film in 1944 and into a play in 2011. The play gets its San Diego premiere this summer at the Old Globe Theatre.

Careers For Mid-City Youth Sprout From Unlikely Place

Aug. 15
Bianca Bruno
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A nonprofit that helps youth find jobs after being arrested is drawing from the local food movement to teach responsibility.

Calif. Shark Fin Ban Argued In Federal Court

Aug. 15
Associated Press
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Chinese American business organizations have asked a federal court to block enforcement of California's ban on shark fin soup, arguing it amounts to ethnic discrimination.

Calif. Shark Fin Ban Argued In Federal Court

Aug. 15
Associated Press
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Obama administration is supporting Chinese-American business organizations in their effort to block enforcement of California's ban on shark fin soup.

Gingrich: Most GOP Lawmakers Have 'Zero' Ideas On Health Care

Aug. 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Look your Republican member of Congress in the eye and ask, "What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?"

City Council Considers Stripping Filner Of Some Responsibilities

Aug. 15
City News Service
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City councilmembers are considering stripping embattled Mayor Bob Filner of his intergovernmental relations responsibilities on grounds that he has allowed the city to go without the services of lobbyists for eight months.

The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Aug. 15
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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In the 10 years since sagging power lines in Ohio sparked a blackout across much of the Northeastern United States and Canada, utility engineers say they have implemented measures to prevent another such event in the country's electric grid.

Pent-Up Demand Is Boosting Home Sales, But Can It Last?

Aug. 15
Marilyn Geewax, Chris Arnold
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Six years ago, the U.S. housing market plunged off a cliff. Now prices are bouncing back up -- sharply in many markets.