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Stories for August 19, 2013

One By One, California Agents Track Down Illegally Owned Guns

Aug. 19
Richard Gonzales / NPR
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In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when they are convicted of a crime or become mentally ill.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship

Aug. 19
Doreen McCallister / NPR
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 election. But to run for president, the U.S. Constitution says a candidate must be a "natural born" U.S. citizen; it doesn't mention dual citizenship.

The Evolution Of The Taco

Aug. 19
David Martin Davies
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In the first of a Fronteras Desk series on tacos, David Martin Davies reports on how the taco has evolved in response to American food trends.

San Diego Leaders Tell Peters, Hoyer What Innovation Economy Needs From Congress

Aug. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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How can Congress support local innovation? Congressman Peters led a forum to discuss just that.

Air Force B-1B Lancer Bomber Crashes In Montana, Crew Survives (Video)

Aug. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer crashed Monday near the Montana town of Broadus. Fortunately, the four-person crew was able to eject safely, albeit with some injures.

Tahoe Summit Takes Place Among Progress, Some Criticsim

Aug. 19
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio
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Progress is being made toward restoring the clarity of Lake Tahoe, but the job’s not over yet.

How To Make A Mayor Go Away: San Diego Weighs Filner Options

Aug. 19
Liz Halloran / NPR
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How does a city make a scandal-plagued mayor go away when he stubbornly refuses to leave?

Q&A: Why Are Back-To-School Sales Down?

Aug. 19
By Deb Welsh

Consumers are ordinarily big spenders when it comes to back to school purchases. But this year, those sales are down by as much as 9 percent. Why?

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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Nurses and other caregivers at Palomar Health have tentatively agreed to a new four-year contract that covers more than 3,000 employees at three North County hospitals.

Blurring The Border To See Two Sides

Aug. 19
Rebecca Sell / NPR
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Growing up in Santa Barbara, Calif., photojournalist Dania Maxwell saw two different sides of life.

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Aug. 19
Richard Knox / NPR
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.

Suit In Alabama Seeks To Stop School Choice Law

Aug. 19
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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Parents in some rural Alabama counties are asking a federal court to block a new state law that gives tax breaks to families who transfer out of failing schools. They argue that their children aren't getting a fair shot at a quality education.

US Judge Approves Force-Feeding California Inmates

Aug. 19
Associated Press
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A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.

Last Of Tijuana Drug Cartel Leaders Sentenced

Aug. 19
By Jill Replogle
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Eduardo Arellano-Félix, former adviser to the Arellano-Félix drug trafficking organization, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison.

Torpedo Found By Navy Dolphins Was Shot From USS Iowa In 1899 (Video)

Aug. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember back in March when Navy dolphins discovered an extremely rare 19th century Howell Torpedo off the coast of San Diego? Well, the Navy has been working since then to identify which ship launched the torpedo, and they've solved the mystery

Local Sociopath Writes A Memoir

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
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The title of M.E. Thomas' book, "Confessions Of A Sociopath: A Life Spent in Hiding in Plain Sight," is startling. A memoir by a sociopath about being a sociopath may be unique.

Race Relations Today: From Little Rock Nine To Trayvon Martin

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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He was one of the nine teens who desegregated Central High School in 1957; Dr. Terrence Roberts joins us to look at race relations in America today.

Talking To Children About Sexual Harassment And Scandals In The News

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Allegations against Mayor Bob Filner give rise to news stories that can puzzle children. The reports about Mayor Filner and other politicians caught up in scandals blare out over the radio and TV. We'll discuss what to say to children who have questions about those lurid headlines.

Mayor Involved In Mediation Session

Aug. 19
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner did not return to work today at the City Administration Building, but was believed to be involved in a mediation session regarding his future in a downtown San Diego office building.

Website Lets Military Prove Their Service To Online Retailers

Aug. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The new website ID.me allows service members and veterans to verify they're in the military, in order to obtain exclusive discounts from online retailers.

Sources: Mayor Bob Filner's Attorneys In Mediation That Includes Possible Resignation

Aug. 19
10 News
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Two inside, anonymous sources told Team 10 Mayor Bob Filner's attorneys were in a mediation session Monday morning with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and LA-based attorney Gloria Allred.

Filner Due Back At Work Amid Rallies

Aug. 19
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego City Hall is expected to be bustling with rallies and protests today as embattled Mayor Bob Filner is due to return to work.

Miramar Marine Veteran Fights For Right To Play NCAA Football (Video)

Aug. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Steven Rhodes served five years as an active-duty Marine at MCAS Miramar, where he played about a dozen football games with fellow Marines. Now a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University, an obscure NCAA rule is keeping Rhodes from playing for his college team.

California Upends School Funding To Give Poor Kids A Boost

Aug. 19
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree.

The U.S. Defense Contractors That Benefit From Aid To Egypt

Aug. 19
NPR

For decades, Egypt has been one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign military aid, receiving everything from F-16s to tear gas grenades.

University Pages: LinkedIn Launches New College Profiles

Aug. 19
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The professional connections site LinkedIn is launching a new section of its social network Monday: University Pages targets younger users who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools now have profile pages, according to LinkedIn. As part of the new effort, the company also dropped its minimum age to 14 in the U.S.

San Diego Community Colleges Adding Classes, Services

Aug. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego County's community colleges are adding classes and services after years of cuts.

City College Math, Science Majors Get Head Start At Summer Academy

Aug. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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Summer bridging programs are one way community colleges are trying to help students be more successful.

Second Opinion: What Is A Grandfathered Health Plan?

Aug. 19
By Megan Burks
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A Ramona artist weighs whether to stick with her current health plan, which is grandfathered into the Affordable Care Act, or seek a new plan with more protections.

Poway Schools Rely On Mello-Roos Tax Machine For Lunches, Signs And Old School Repairs

Aug. 19
Joanne Faryon inewsource
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The Poway Unified School District spends special property taxes called Mello-Roos on everything from catered lunches, to consultant fees, to a new administration building.

Silent Movie Night Presents 'The Eagle'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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The 26th Annual Summer International Organ Festival continues tonight with a screening of “The Eagle,” starring Rudolph Valentino. It's Silent Movie Night outdoors at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion.