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Stories for August 21, 2013

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Filner Mediation Results In Deal; Council Votes Friday

Aug. 21, 2013
By John Rosman, Mark Sauer, Sandhya Dirks

The city attorney's office is reporting that a deal has been reached with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner; it likely includes his resignation. But attorney Gloria Allred says she does not know the details of the proposed agreement.

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California Committee Delays Acting On Fracking Regulation Bill

Aug. 21, 2013
Max Pringle, California Capital Network

A California Assembly committee has punted on a bill which would require companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to share information about the chemicals they use.

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California Bill Would Update Law On Collection Of Electronic Data

Aug. 21, 2013
Max Pringle, California Capital Network

A bill that would require California government agencies to obtain warrants to access private email, social media and other electronic communications faces a key vote in the Assembly on Thursday.

Lawmakers Want Answers About Circumstances Of Prison Sterilizations

Aug. 21, 2013
Pauline Bartolone, California Capital Network

California lawmakers unanimously approved a request for an audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.

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Filner Returns To City Hall After Three-Week Absence

Aug. 21, 2013
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Embattled Mayor Bob Filner today made his first appearance at the City Administration Building in more than three weeks, prior to the resumption of mediation over his political future in San Diego.

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Last Tango In Halifax

Aug. 21, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Enjoy an uplifting comedy-drama about romance and second chances. Childhood sweethearts Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited after nearly 60 years. The celebratory tale of the power of love at any age is also a story about family — a family with baggage. Alan and Celia’s daughters, whose dysfunctional lives bring drama at every turn, would never dream of getting in the way of their parents’ happiness. But somehow they just can’t help themselves.

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Critics Say Force-Feeding Is Violation Of Prisoners' Rights

Aug. 21, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg

Critics wonder if California prison officials would rather force feed inmates who are on a hunger strike than negotiate with them.

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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback

Aug. 21, 2013
Fred Bever / NPR

Rocky, windswept Eastern Egg Rock, about 6 miles off the coast of Maine, was once a haven for a hugely diverse bird population. But in the 1800s, fishermen decimated the birds' ranks -- for food and for feathers.

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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! The Lady Vanishes

Aug. 21, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

A young socialite (Tuppence Middleton) suspects foul play when a woman inexplicably disappears from a train. This new adaptation of the classic thriller, made famous by Alfred Hitchcock and based on Ethel Lina White’s 1936 novel The Wheel Spins, also stars Keeley Hawes (“Upstairs Downstairs”) and Tom Hughes (“Page Eight”).

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California National Guard Battling Wildfires Across The State (Video)

Aug. 21, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

As several wildfires burn across the state, the California Air and Army National Guard are teaming up with CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews to battle the blazes.

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How Might Mediation Work In Filner's Case?

Aug. 21, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn, Patty Lane

To resolve the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson against Mayor Bob Filner, the parties turned to mediation. The process is gaining in popularity relative to the lengthy court process. How might it work in this case?

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Back-To-School Spenders May Be More Frugal This Year

Aug. 21, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

This year higher gas prices and payroll taxes may combine with an economy that some experts say is "stuck in a rut" to produce a weak back-to-school shopping season in San Diego and across the country.

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Studying Same-Sex Marriage

Aug. 21, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Intriguing results from early research into same-sex marriage.

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Summer of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement

Aug. 21, 2013
Shereen Marisol Meraji / NPR

All this summer, NPR is looking back to civil rights activism of 1963; marking the 50th anniversary of a number of events that changed our society. From the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Mississippi to the March on Washington; NPR is remembering the past and examining how our society has changed. The non-violent struggle for civil rights has inspired many other movements, among them, the current campaign advocating for the Dream Act and immigration reform.

Ad Dramatizes Trayvon Martin Shooting

Aug. 21, 2013
NPR

The Trayvon Martin shooting is at the center of a new video that advocates changing gun policy. The internet video reenacts George Zimmerman's shooting of the unarmed Florida teen, and includes tape from the 9-1-1 calls that night.

Jayhawks And Tigers: A Sports Rivalry Born Of Blood

Aug. 21, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Would you go to a bar to celebrate a massacre? That's a choice people in Kansas City are facing.

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Soldier Dies Of Pancreatic Cancer After Brave Battle

Aug. 21, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Army 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, died August 18 in Fort Bliss, Texas from pancreatic cancer. Santos was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer on March 24, after suffering severe back and abdominal pain while deployed in Kuwait.

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DiMaggio's Family Wants DNA Test To Determine Paternity Of Hannah, Ethan Anderson

Aug. 21, 2013
City News Service

The family of an East County homicide and kidnapping suspect who was fatally shot by authorities earlier this month is asking for a DNA test to see if two of his victims were in fact his biological children.

Not Funny: Clerk Critically Injured In Hasselhoff Sign Theft

Aug. 21, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

What's been a relatively amusing trend in New England -- the theft in the past year of more than 550 advertising signs featuring actor David Hasselhoff -- isn't funny anymore.

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Why Does The Sound of Chewing Make Some People Panic?

Aug. 21, 2013
By David Wagner

For some people, repetitive noises like gum-chewing and foot-tapping are much more than annoying. They can evoke feelings of uncontrollable panic and rage, and researchers have only just begun to study what's causing this unusual condition.

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Kosher Tacos Debut On The Border

Aug. 21, 2013
Monica Ortiz Uribe

The Southwest border is a place where people and cultures collide and inevitably blend into one another. For El Paso artist Peter Svarzbein it was the perfect setting to introduce a food experiment that compliments his latest project.

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Bradley Manning To Find Out His Fate

Aug. 21, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, is to learn Wednesday just how many decades he'll be sentenced to serve behind bars.

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Local Businesswoman Alleges Mayor Filner Inappropriately Touched Her

Aug. 21, 2013
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A prominent businesswoman came forward today as the 18th woman to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

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Kodak Reinvents Itself, Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit

Aug. 21, 2013
Doreen McCallister / NPR

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.

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Wildfires Across The West Push Spending Past $1B

Aug. 21, 2013
Associated Press

More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

Wildfire burns out of control near Yosemite

Aug. 21, 2013
Associated Press / Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- An out-of-control forest fire threatening more than 2,000 structures near Yosemite National Park was one of more than 50 active, large wildfires dotting the western U.S. on Wednesday.

Tennis Fans: A Stadium Roof Is Coming. So Is Regis Philbin

Aug. 21, 2013
Frank Deford / NPR

The ugliest, most ill-conceived physical addition to sports scenery was the construction, a few years ago, of the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium at the U.S. Open. Typical U.S. supersize. We'll be bigger than everyone else, so there.

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With An Urban Facelift, Vintage Bike Polo Picks Up Speed

Aug. 21, 2013
Hilary Stohs-Krause / NPR

Several vintage sports have seen resurgence among young people lately: roller derby, kickball and even bocce ball. But one century-old sport hasn't just found new fans; it's getting an urban makeover.

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Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

Aug. 21, 2013
Noah Nelson / NPR

Part of a series of stories produced in collaboration withYouth Radioon the changing car culture in America.

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Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

Aug. 21, 2013
Luke Runyon / NPR

As the average age of the American farmer has crept up to 60, fewer young people are filling in the ranks behind them. That's prompted some to ask if young people even want to farm anymore.

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At 1963 March, A Face In The Crowd Became A Poster Child

Aug. 21, 2013
Michele Norris / NPR

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.