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Stories for August 16, 2013

Sierra Foothills Wildfire Leads To Forest Closure

Aug. 16
By Tarryn Mento and Associated Press
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The U.S. Forest Service has ordered an emergency closure for portions of the Tahoe National Forest near a remote Northern California wildfire that has burned more than 19 square miles of steep, wooded terrain.

San Diego Police Chief Endorses TRUST Act

Aug. 16
By Adrian Florido
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The TRUST Act would restrict cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents.

FRONTLINE: League Of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis

Aug. 16
By Jennifer Robinson
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In a special two-hour investigation, "League Of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis," FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru of ESPN to reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries drawn from their forthcoming book, "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth" (Crown Archetype, October 2013).

California Adds 38,100 Jobs in July, But...

Aug. 16
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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The latest California employment numbers are out, and on the surface, July’s 38,100 job gain looks great. But a troubling trend in today's report calls that gain into question.

Eastlake Little League Team Working Toward World Series

Aug. 16
By Erik Anderson

The baseball team from Eastlake took another step toward the Little League World Series Championship today by beating a Michigan team 3-0.

N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

Aug. 16
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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Ancient North Americans gouged elaborate rock art into a heap of big boulders northeast of Reno, Nev., more than 10,000 years ago and perhaps 15,000 years ago. That makes the carvings the oldest known petroglyphs on the continent, according to a paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Aug. 16
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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This week, North Carolina's governor signed a new law requiring a state-approved photo ID to cast a vote in a polling place and shortening the period for early voting. The move comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which had required large parts of the state to get federal approval before changing voting laws.

Department Veteran Carter Named Escondido Police Chief

Aug. 16
City News Service
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Craig Carter, a 21-year veteran of the Escondido Police Department, has been selected to head the agency, city officials announced today.

Judge Rules State Pension Law Conflicts With Local Power

Aug. 16
City News Service
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A Superior Court judge today upheld her tentative ruling to strike down a state law enacted in reaction to voter passage of a pension reform initiative in San Diego.

The Shift In Black Views Of The War On Drugs

Aug. 16
Arun Venugopal / NPR
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This week, Attorney General Eric Holder called for sweeping changes to America's 40-year war on drugs. Holder is the first African-American in the nation's top law enforcement post. He's also part of a growing movement of black leaders who have pushed for major reforms to the drug war.

Reservoir Water Release Planned For Fall Won't Impact San Diego, Officials Say

Aug. 16
City News Service

A massive reduction in releases of reservoir water to the Colorado River planned for this fall should not impact San Diego's water supply over the next year, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Friday.

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Audit Of Mental Health Spending

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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A Republican lawmaker says he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties spend billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs.

Review: 'Kick-Ass 2'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando
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“Kick-Ass 2” (opening August 16 throughout San Diego) does not equal or surpass its predecessor but it’s a solid follow up that continues the story in a logical manner.

Group Working To Recall Filner Schedules Signature Gathering Events

Aug. 16
City News Service
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Organizers of the campaign to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced their schedule of events for Sunday, the first day they can begin gathering signatures.

Roundtable: Filner Saga Rolls On; North Park vs Jack In The Box; Issa On Climate Change

Aug. 16
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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More permutations in the saga of San Diego's mayor, a Jack in the Box in North Park serves up resentment over a remodel and Congressman Darrell Issa receives an award for denying climate change.

Gloria Estefan: The Standards

Aug. 16
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Seven-time Grammy® Award-winning international superstar Gloria Estefan performs some of her all-time favorite songs, from the Billie Holiday classic “Good Morning Heartache” and her adaptation of Chaplin’s “Smile” to her wedding song, “El Dia Que Me Quieras,” translated into English for the first time as “The Day You Say You Love Me.”

Review: 'In A World...'

Aug. 16
By Beth Accomando
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When you watch a movie trailer you probably recognize the stars and even the director. But do you ever think about the person doing the voiceover? "In A World..." (opening August 16 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) does.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.8 Percent

Aug. 16
City News Service
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County climbed in July — for the second month in a row — to 7.8 percent, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

David Garrett: Music – Live In Concert

Aug. 16
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Joined by his band and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt for this stunning live extravaganza, violin virtuoso David Garrett brilliantly combines different musical styles and eras. With arrangements of the great composers from Beethoven to The Beatles, Coldplay to Clementi, David captivates his audience with different elements from the world of music and wows them with stunning visual backdrops and pyrotechnics.

California Jobless Rate Increases To 8.7 Percent

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

Southern California Customers To Benefit From Settlement With Canadian Utility

Aug. 16
City News Service
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A Canadian utility has agreed to pay $750 million to settle claims arising from the 2000-2001 energy crisis, and most of the money will go to customers of Rosemead-based Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Friday.

Did You Know? Area 51 Nearly Killed 4 Important Visitors

Aug. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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OK, our headline may be a bit of a stretch. But you'll see why we said that in this quick guide to some of the interesting things about the mysterious Area 51 that are part of a recently declassified CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program:

Calif. Fines 10 Hospitals, Alleging Safety Issues

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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Ten California hospitals have been fined for patient care errors that include removing the wrong kidney.

Chula Vista Little League Team To Begin Play in World Series

Aug. 16
City News Service

CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Grant Holman pitched a no-hitter as the Eastlake Little League All-Stars from Chula Vista began play in the Little League World Series with a seven-inning 3-0 victory over the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League All-Stars from Grosse Pointe, Mich., in South Williamsport, Pa.

Ex-Marines To Be Sentenced For Killing Sergeant

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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Two former Marines are to be sentenced for the murder of a fellow Marine and his wife at their Riverside County home.

Improv Comedy Troupe 'Second City' Roasts San Diego

Aug. 16
By Angela Carone
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What's so funny about San Diego? A lot, according to Chicago’s famed improv comedy troupe "The Second City," performing their show "The Good, The Bad, and the I-5" at the La Jolla Playhouse.

There It Is! Area 51 Revealed In Declassified CIA Report

Aug. 16
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A newly declassified CIA report written in 1992 not only mentions Nevada's Area 51, it places it on a map. What's more, it acknowledges that the place where many sci-fi stories have said space aliens' bodies are being kept is a real-life government facility.

Pentagon Issues Directive Aimed At Preventing Sexual Assault

Aug. 16
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Pentagon, hoping to stanch a sharp increase in reported sexual assaults within the ranks, has issued a plan designed to strengthen oversight and increase protections for victims.

Wild Horses Run Free As Adoption Centers Fill Up

Aug. 16
Will Stone / NPR
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Drive about 20 miles north of Reno, Nev., into the barren scrubland and you're sure to see "wild" horses -- more than 1,000, in fact. Just not in the wild.

Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

Aug. 16
Rachel Hubbard / NPR

Oklahoma was hit particularly hard by two massive outbreaks this year in what's been another deadly season of tornadoes in the U.S. Despite technology and forecasting improvements, scientists still have plenty to learn about how and why tornadoes form.