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Stories for August 27, 2013

Brown Releases Plan To Ease Prison Overcrowding

Aug. 27
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio
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Governor Jerry Brown is finally saying how he’ll comply with federal court orders directing him to reduce overcrowding in California prisons.

Calif. Shark Fin Ban Upheld In Federal Court

Aug. 27
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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A federal appeals court has upheld California’s new law that bans the practice of cutting off a shark’s fin to use in an exotic Chinese soup.

SDSU Starts Spanish-Language College Paper

Aug. 27
By Jill Replogle
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Mundo Azteca offers university news in Spanish to San Diego State students.

41 California Inmates Begin Seventh Week Of Hunger Strike

Aug. 27
By Kenny Goldberg
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Forty-one California inmates who've been on a hunger strike since July 8 are still refusing food. Prison officials are calling for an end to the protest.

Patients Love A Kinder Approach To Surgery, But Surgeons Balk

Aug. 27
NPR

Surgery can be a necessary misery, endured in hope of health.

State Capitol Flags Lowered For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Aug. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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California Governor Jerry Brown ordered all flags over the State Capitol lowered today in honor of Army Spc. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, of Santa Maria. Alvarez was killed August 23 in Afghanistan.

NOAA Opens New Marine Research Facility In La Jolla

Aug. 27
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego's marine research and resources have long been used to educate the world on what's happening below the surface. In La Jolla, a new facility gives scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a brand new playing field.

What The Future Holds For Girls In STEM Careers

Aug. 27
Midday Edition
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A panel discussion Wednesday night takes a look at ways to engage girls in STEM careers and looks at what the future holds.

Rep. Susan Davis On Syria, Sequestration And The Resignation Of Mayor Bob Filner

Aug. 27
Midday Edition
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Democratic Representative Susan Davis, of San Diego's 53rd District discusses issues ranging from Syria to the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner.

Bob And Ray: All-American Americans

Aug. 27
Midday Edition
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A new book pays homage to Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, who kept Americans in stitches -- mainly on the radio -- with their deadpan, ultra serious and totally absurd sketches.

Wounded Navy Corpsman Set To Be Ballperson At U.S. Open (Video)

Aug. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy corpsman Angelo Anderson was never much of a tennis fan, but he'll be running among the game's greatest players over the next two weeks as he serves as a ballperson for the U.S. Open. Anderson survived bone-shattering bullet wounds while serving in Afghanistan, and is now able to walk - and run - with enough skill to beat out 500 applicants for the ballperson job.

Job Cuts Expected At State Unemployment Agency

Aug. 27
Associated Press
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The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program, state officials told employees.

Pleasure And Pain With Michael Mosley

Aug. 27
By Jennifer Robinson
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With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley unravels the biological, sensory and evolutionary mysteries of pleasure and pain. We discover how pleasure is the driving force behind healthy behaviors such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael meets new mothers high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin, the thrill-seekers who jump 220 metres off a dam for fun and a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try and find out how much pleasure she was feeling.

Perez Vows Action On Prison Overcrowding

Aug. 27
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez says the California Legislature will vote on a plan that would ease prison overcrowding before the legislative session ends in September.

Navy Fires Squadron Commanding Officer For Alleged Affair

Aug. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has relieved Cmdr. Edward White of his duties as commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 106 for allegedly carrying on an extramarital affair with a civilian employee of the Navy.

Crews Report Progress Against Yosemite-Area Fire

Aug. 27
Associated Press
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Firefighters gained some ground Tuesday against the huge wildfire burning forest lands in the western Sierra Nevada, including parts of Yosemite National Park.

Napolitano Praises US Response In Farewell Speech

Aug. 27
Associated Press
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she is resigning with confidence from the Obama administration and that her tenure helped the agency prevent terrorist attacks and respond to disasters.

Nathan Fletcher Readies For Mayor's Race

Aug. 27
By Sandhya Dirks
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign at the end of the week, which means the competition for his replacement is already underway.

San Francisco Program Will Put Cameras On Police Supervisors

Aug. 27
Associated Press

San Francisco police supervisors serving search warrants will soon be wearing video cameras on their chests in an effort to head off allegations of wrongdoing during raids.

Mural Near Market Creek Plaza Aims To Boost Good Habits

Aug. 27
By Claire Trageser
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A new brightly painted mural on Euclid Avenue features smiling children and vegetables — both to brighten up an area that has struggled with crime and send a message about healthy eating.