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Stories for August 20, 2013

New Lottery Scam Targets Veterans And Seniors, Uses County Seal

Aug. 20
By Katie Schoolov
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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis warned the public that one couple has already lost $30,000 to a new lottery scam that uses the official San Diego County seal and targets veterans and seniors.

California Condom Bill May Be Resurrected

Aug. 20
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall said he’ll revive his bill that would require condoms be used in adult films, after a judge ruled a similar law in Los Angeles County is constitutional.

Wildfire Forces Kick Into Highest Gear

Aug. 20
Howard Berkes / NPR

The 2013 wildfire season hit a milestone Tuesday: Preparedness Level 5, an officious way of saying resources are stretched thin and it could quickly get worse.

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Silk

Aug. 20
By Jennifer Robinson
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This modern, fast-paced legal drama that follows the rivalries, passions and intrigues of criminal law stars Maxine Peake (“Little Dorrit”) and Rupert Penry-Jones (“MI-5”) as rival barristers Martha and Clive. Written by Peter Moffat (“Criminal Justice”).

Two Of Congress' Wealthiest Members Call San Diego County Home

Aug. 20
City News Service
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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, tops list of 50 wealthiest members of Congress.

Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears

Aug. 20
Greg Allen / NPR
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A key part of the Affordable Care Act takes effect on Oct. 1. That's when Americans shopping for health insurance can begin enrolling in the program.

With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

Aug. 20
Martin Kaste / NPR
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In Washington state, regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. And the man hired to help shape those rules is raising a warning to local law enforcement: toughen up on the black market.

A Defense For Ted Cruz: Founders Weren't U.S. Born Either

Aug. 20
Frank James / NPR
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If Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) really wanted to put some positive spin on his birth in Canada, he could point out that none of the first seven presidents were born in the United States either.

National Salmonella Outbreak Linked To New Mexico

Aug. 20
By Tristan Ahtone
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More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected by salmonella, many of which were children.

How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

Aug. 20
Laura Sydell / NPR
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Six seconds isn't a lot of time. If you were to read this sentence out loud, by the time you finished, six seconds would be up. But the brevity of Vine, the app that lets users make and share six-second video clips, has attracted 40 million registered users since its January 2013 launch.

'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City

Aug. 20
Melissa Block / NPR
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If you find yourself craving New Orleans food, you could go there and melt in the sweltering heat for a dose of gumbo or praline bacon. Or you could settle in on your couch, as I've been doing, and torture yourself watching reruns of the HBO series Treme. It's set in post-Katrina New Orleans and, along with the music, it puts the city's food on center stage.

A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't

Aug. 20
Noah Adams / NPR
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Upon hearing news of the death of Elmore Leonard, NPR correspondent and former All Things Considered co-host Noah Adams recalls a day he spent with the crime writer in his hometown.

Miramar Marine Veteran Cleared To Play College Football (Video)

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The NCAA has cleared MCAS Miramar Marine veteran Steven Rhodes to play football for his college team. The decision reverses an earlier ruling that banned him from playing ball because of a handful of loosely organized games he took part in while stationed in San Diego.

White House Spokesman: Obama Has Not 'Weighed In' On Filner

Aug. 20
City News Service
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President Barack Obama has not ``weighed in'' on the controversy surrounding embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a White House spokesman said today.

U.S. Attorney Says Sequestration Cuts Could Make San Diego Less Safe

Aug. 20
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The U.S. Attorney for San Diego says sequestration cuts are about to hit her office hard. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy warns that she may have to pick and choose which offenders to prosecute if the cuts go through. Government lawyers and federal investigators face furloughs in the new fiscal year. Duffy says cuts to federal courts and probation officers could make San Diego less safe.

Women's Group Uses Mayoral Scandal As Awareness Campaign Catalyst

Aug. 20
Midday Edition
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Organizers of an impromptu series of programs beginning this weekend are trying to seize the moment. They want to use San Diego's current focus on sexual harassment to open a wider discussion about women and violence. We'll tell you about the "No More Excuses. Stop It Now!" campaign.

Boat House Explosion Injures Sailors On Navy Base (Video)

Aug. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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A boat house explosion at Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey seriously injured one Sailor and left seven others with minor injuries. The blast happened this morning during routine maintenance on a utility boat.

U.S. Luge Team Conducts Tests For Winter Olympics In San Diego

Aug. 20
By Dwane Brown

To prepare for the Winter Games, a luge world champion comes to San Diego to practice in a local wind tunnel facility.

Dick Van Dyke Can Still Laugh After His Car Burns To A Crisp

Aug. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We're glad to report that 87-year-old comic actor Dick Van Dyke is alive and well after some scary moments Monday on a Los Angeles freeway.

From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Aug. 20
NPR
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Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year for his contributions to the world of music. He's won nine Grammy awards and an Emmy. He's also collaborated with legends like Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis, and contemporary stars such as Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys.

The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons)

Aug. 20
Gene Demby / NPR
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The national conversation around immigration has shifted dramatically over the past decade. That's in large part because of activists who have pushed to change the narrative around the undocumented.

Shot Through Mouth Was Bombing Suspect's Most Severe Injury

Aug. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR
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When Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived at the city's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on April 19 he had "multiple gunshot wounds, the most severe of which appears to have entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face," the doctor who treated Tsarnaev testified in court three days later.

Navy Rejects Calif. Whale Protection Suggestions

Aug. 20
Associated Press
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The Navy has rejected suggestions by the California Coastal Commission to limit sonar training to avoid harming whales and other marine mammals but talks were continuing to resolve the issue.

Supporters Of Mayor Bob Filner Rally For Due Process

Aug. 20
By Susan Murphy
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Dozens of supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner staged a rally outside City Hall while the mayor was several blocks away in a closed meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office.

Poll: Many Calif. Voters In Dark On 'Obamacare'

Aug. 20
AP Political Writer / Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama's health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October.

Poway Parents Want Answers About Their Mello-Roos-Funded Schools

Aug. 20
Joanne Faryon/inewsource

Parents who pay extra property taxes called Mello-Roos question whether they are getting the new schools they thought they were paying for.

Closure Of Skilled Nursing Center Puts North County In A Bind

Aug. 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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A skilled nursing center in Escondido that's treated thousands of patients over the last 30 years is closing, leaving a gap in the county's safety net.