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Stories for August 22, 2013

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Rise In Asylum Seekers At Border Prompts Congressional Inquiry

Aug. 22, 2013
By Jill Replogle

On the heels of reports last week about a rush of Mexican asylum seekers at San Diego border crossings, lawmakers in Washington are looking for answers.

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Allred Balks At Public Funds For Filner

Aug. 22, 2013
By City News Service

Gloria Allred said she has not been provided with details of a proposed agreement reached after three days of mediation.

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Ex-Race Horses May Get Second Life

Aug. 22, 2013
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera, Pat Finn

Owners of race horses too old or injured to continue may find their upkeep in retirement too expensive or onerous. A local nonprofit saves them from neglect or slaughter by finding them new homes.

Judge Green Lights Consumer Lawsuit Against Anthem Blue Cross

Aug. 22, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg

A consumer lawsuit accuses Anthem Blue Cross of bait-and-switch tactics.

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Camp Pendleton Squadron CO Dismissed Due To Alcohol Violation

Aug. 22, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ned Biehl was dismissed as commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton-based Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 on March 12 - because he brought bottles of liquor onto the USS Peleliu after the ship's captain told him not to.

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Union Leaders, Congressional Reps Say Sequestration's Time Is Up

Aug. 22, 2013
By Claire Trageser

Union leaders and two San Diego congressional representatives said Thursday the federal budget cuts known as sequestration are hurting the San Diego region and need to end.

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Dip In San Diego County Gas Prices Brings Welcome Relief

Aug. 22, 2013
By Dwane Brown

Summer gas prices in San Diego county are at the lowest level in almost eight months — a welcome relief for most consumers especially those who drive for a living, like pizza delivery driver Alex Homo.

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Bike Program Shows City Employees Carrying On Despite Mayoral Troubles, Councilmembers Say

Aug. 22, 2013
City News Service

The development of a bicycle rental program shows how city of San Diego employees are continuing to work hard despite the troubles surrounding Mayor Bob Filner, three members of the City Council said today.

Via Surrogacy, Some Men Opt To Become Single Dads

Aug. 22, 2013
AP National Writer / Associated Press

Trey Powell's first name has an extra resonance these days. Though still a bachelor, he now presides over a family of three as the dad of twin daughters born six months ago via a surrogate mother.

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Calif. Submits Safe Water Standard For Chromium-6

Aug. 22, 2013
Associated Press

California public health officials have submitted a safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical highlighted in the film "Erin Brockovich."

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POV: 5 Broken Cameras

Aug. 22, 2013

Nominated for an Oscar®, this a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

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Tour Bus Overturns On Southern California Freeway; 52 Injured

Aug. 22, 2013
Associated Press

A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned on a Southern California freeway Thursday, injuring more than 50 people on board, authorities said.

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USS Boxer To Depart San Diego For Deployment On Friday

Aug. 22, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The USS Boxer, USS New Orleans, and USS Harpers Ferry - all part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group - is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for deployment. The USS Boxer will become the first west coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

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Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanstan

Aug. 22, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, died August 20 when he was shot to death by enemy forces. The attack against his unit took place in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

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Training Brings More Voices Into San Diego's Budget Process

Aug. 22, 2013
By Megan Burks

The new fiscal year started about a month ago, but already the city is gearing up to decide which projects make it into next year's budget. How residents are mobilizing to make their voices heard.

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Calif. Auditor To Review State Limo Safety Regulations

Aug. 22, 2013
Associated Press

After a fire killed five women on a San Francisco Bay area bridge, California will examine the work of the state agency responsible for regulating limousine safety.

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San Diego County Gasoline Price Falls For 30th Straight Day

Aug. 22, 2013
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped to its lowest amount since January.

Chula Vista Little Leaguers To Learn U.S. Championship Game Opponent

Aug. 22, 2013
City News Service

The Eastlake Little League All-Stars from Chula Vista will learn Thursday who they'll face in Saturday's U.S. Championship Game in the Little League World Series.

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New Mexico County Begins Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Aug. 22, 2013
Carrie Jung / KUNM

The clerk in Doña Ana County, New Mexico began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday morning.

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Local Saxophonist Dubbed Living Legend

Aug. 22, 2013
By Angela Carone

Saxophonist Daniel Jackson is set to receive lifetime achievement awards from two organizations.

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California Schools Under Less Pressure, But Recession Cuts Linger

Aug. 22, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

An improving economy is lessening some pressures on California's schools, but challenges remain after years of state funding cuts.

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Preview: 'Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein'

Aug. 22, 2013

“Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” makes its San Diego professional premiere this week at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheater. I went backstage for a preview.

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Preview: Éxitos Del Cine Latino

Aug. 22, 2013
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Latino Film Festival expands its programming with a new mini-festival called Éxitos Del Cine Latino. The festival kicks off this Friday with an eclectic collection of films.

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Breakfast Tacos: A Morning Staple Close To The Heart

Aug. 22, 2013
Joey Palacios

In South Texas, the breakfast taco is a morning staple. Filled with eggs, bacon, and beans, the breakfast taco is San Antonio's Egg McMuffin, breakfast on the run for a city proud of its Latino heritage.