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Stories for December 11, 2013

Foundation Buys Sacred Artifacts To Return To Hopi

Dec. 11
By Laurel Morales
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The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation purchased 21 Hopi sacred artifacts up for auction Monday in Paris to return them to the tribe.

Court Date Set For San Diego Man Facing Revenge Porn Charges

Dec. 11
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Kevin Bollaert was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail for 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion related to a pair of now-inactive "revenge porn" websites.

Santa Spreads Some Cheer At UC San Diego Hospital

Dec. 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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A special visitor dropped into UC San Diego Hospital in Hillcrest on Wednesday to spread some holiday cheer.

San Diego Businesses Protest City Council's Increase Of 'Jobs Tax'

Dec. 11
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego companies and business organizations prepare to fight — at the ballot box — City Council's decision to increase development taxes.

Groups Call For Repayment Of $500M Loan To California General Fund

Dec. 11
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio
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A coalition of business, environmental and local government groups is calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay a $500 million-loan from cap-and-trade carbon auction proceeds.

Sriracha Maker Says California Put Hold On Its Sauces

Dec. 11
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The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce due to stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

Bob Filner Facing Second Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Dec. 11
By City News Service
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A second city employee files a lawsuit against disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, claiming he grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at an event at a city park.

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2014

Dec. 11
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Always one of “our favorite things,” we continue the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the broadcast will feature a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews will return as host.

Miami-Area Police Chief Resigns Amid Charges Of Racial Profiling

Dec. 11
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The police chief of Miami Gardens is resigning, weeks after allegations arose that his officers stopped and searched customers of a convenience store as a matter of routine. Charges of racial profiling and civil rights abuses were bolstered by videos that showed police frisking and arresting people.

UC San Diego, SDSU Among Those Offering Best Bang For The Buck

Dec. 11
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A dozen California universities, including UC San Diego, are recognized as "best value schools" by Kiplinger magazine.

Public Transit Improvements Benefit Public Health

Dec. 11
By Alison St John
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Most people still get around San Diego by car, but it turns out cutting down on carbon emissions is not the only reason policy makers want us to change that.

FBI Agents Support Bipartisan Spending Deal

Dec. 11
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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FBI agents across the country have been among the most vocal opponents of the spending cuts triggered by sequestration, warning about everything from having to abandon surveillance work to a lack of gas money.

Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28

Dec. 11
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Unless Congress acts very quickly, some 1.3 million workers will lose their extended jobless benefits on Dec. 28.

The Things We Did And Said In 2013, According To Facebook

Dec. 11
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Did you travel in 2013? Perhaps you went to Disneyland. Or maybe you met someone special, or watched the Super Bowl. Those moments of commonality are being highlighted by Facebook, which today released its list of the year's most popular topics, events, and places.

Florida Man Airs Grievances With Festivus Pole In Capitol

Dec. 11
Jessica Palombo / NPR
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There's a brand-new holiday display at Florida's state Capitol in Tallahassee: a pole celebrating the fake holiday Festivus from the TV show Seinfeld.

Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

Dec. 11
Dan Charles / NPR
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If drug companies follow "guidance" issued Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, within three years it will be illegal to use medically important antibiotics to make farm animals grow faster, or use feed more efficiently.

After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever

Dec. 11
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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John Morse was president of the Colorado Senate until September, when he became the first elected official recalled in the state's history.

Big Batteries Needed To Make Fickle Wind And Solar Power Work

Dec. 11
Richard Harris / NPR
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Giant batteries are coming to a power grid near you. In fact, they're already starting to appear on the grid in California.

A Midwestern Meatpacking Town Welcomes Immigrants

Dec. 11
Peggy Lowe / NPR
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Meatpacking plants used to be located in urban centers like Kansas City and Chicago. Over the past few decades, many plants have moved to rural Midwestern towns, which have seen a huge influx of immigrants as a result. Yesterday, we reported on tiny Noel, Mo., which has struggled to help assimilate the newcomers who work at a large poultry plant. Today, we have this report from Garden City, Kan., a meatpacking town that embraces its new cultures.

New California Budget Spending Proposed By Assembly Democrats

Dec. 11
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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Assembly Democrats are laying out their opening California budget proposal ahead of negotiations that will begin early next year.

(Video) Great White Shark Caught By Marine Veteran Near Camp Pendleton

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps veteran and passionate angler Jeff Fangman is making headlines across the country this week for catching a great white shark off the coast of Camp Pendleton in October.

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Dec. 11
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Remember composer, conductor & PEGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch. With new interviews with family, Barbra Streisand, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, and others, AMERICAN MASTERS reveals the events that led to both his staggering success and, ultimately, his even greater humanity: his creative process, struggles, inner turmoil and breakthroughs. Directed by Tony-winner Dori Berinstein.

Carlsbad Macy's Robbed By Man With Gun

Dec. 11
By City News Service
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A robber armed with a gun stole merchandise from a department store at Westfield Plaza Camino Real mall in Carlsbad on Wednesday.

Tentative Budget Deal Could Give San Diego Economic Boost In 2014

Dec. 11
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The tentative budget deal in Washington is boosting San Diego's economic outlook. One 2014 economic forecast for San Diego predicts slow and steady growth next year. But how will economic recovery impact income-inequality?

How Does Someone Get Identified As A Gang Member In San Diego?

Dec. 11
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A recent report on street gangs finds there are more than 7,500 documented gang members in San Diego County, and their names go into a statewide database that some civil rights activists say may be flawed.

Pensions Become Less Certain For Government Workers

Dec. 11
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Federal workers have reason to be nervous. The budget agreement announced Tuesday -- if it passes -- would raise revenue by making employees contribute more toward their pensions.

Holiday Safety Tips: Avoiding Hazards And Illness

Dec. 11
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With children and older adults visiting, a loose carpet or small item that can be swallowed can mean a trip to the emergency room. We have some tips from an ER physician and San Diego's fire marshal.

Parents Of Fallen Marine Sue Over Missing Heart

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece. Now his parents are suing the Department of Defense, claiming LaLoup's body was returned to them without his heart.

Kids Create Mobile Apps In the Classroom

Dec. 11
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Tell Me More's social storytelling series is happening online using #NPRBlacksinTech. Since December 2nd, black tech innovators from all over the country have spent a day tweeting about their lives. The social media series is creating new storytelling opportunities that run parallel to what Tell Me More does every day on the radio.

Health Exchange Enrollment By State, In 2 Charts

Dec. 11
Elise Hu / NPR
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Numbers released by the Obama administration show enrollment in health exchanges edged up in November, but the uptake remains far short of the administration's initial targets.

Mystery Bidder At French Auction Plans To Return Sacred Hopi Items

Dec. 11
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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An anonymous bidder paid $530,000 for 24 Native American items that went on the block this week in Paris. The auction went ahead despite an appeal by the Hopi tribe to cancel the sale of the items it considers sacred. The U.S. Embassy asked for a delay, and the sale was challenged in court -- unsuccessfully.

Mr. Stink

Dec. 11
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Chloe (Nell Tiger Free) sees Mr. Stink (Hugh Bonneville) every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp — and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. This special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist is based on David Walliams’ best-selling book.

6 Things That Are Missing From The Budget Agreement

Dec. 11
Frank James / NPR
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The essence of the budget deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is better understood by looking at what's missing, rather than what's included in it.

No Cake For You: Saying "I Don't" To Same-Sex Marriage

Dec. 11
Liz Halloran / NPR
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There were a few snickers when a Colorado state judge ruled that a baker has to produce wedding cakes for gay couples even though he opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

NTSB: Asiana Captain Worried About Visual Landing

Dec. 11
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Report released Wednesday shows the Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach.

San Diego City Council Votes To Phase In Housing Fee Increase

Dec. 11
City News Service
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The San Diego City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to increase over two years the fee the city charges developers and uses to develop affordable housing.

Asiana Pilot Was 'Very Concerned' Before California Crash

Dec. 11
Scott Neuman, Mark Memmott
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The pilot of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet that crashed in July at San Francisco International Airport has told investigators he was "very concerned" about trying to land there, The Associated Press writes.

NTSB Hearing On SF Crash Now Slated For Wednesday

Dec. 11
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The National Transportation Safety Board says is now planning to hold its hearing Wednesday into the crash-landing of an Asiana jet at San Francisco International Airport that left three Chinese teens dead.

San Diego's Desert Residents Wake Up To Frost Advisory

Dec. 11
City News Service
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Forecasters warn residents to bring their pets indoors and cover sensitive plants amid the cold.

California Lawmakers Call For Drought Emergency Declaration

Dec. 11
By Susan Murphy
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With reservoirs depleting and forecasters predicting another dry winter, California lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state.

Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag

Dec. 11
Scott Horsley / NPR
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Enrollment in the federal government's new health insurance exchange picked up sharply in November, but the number of people signing up for coverage still trails original forecasts. Officials from the Obama administration say they expect the pace of enrollments will continue to increase now that the insurance website is working more smoothly.

Surprise Bid On Rancho Bernardo Land: Possible Seniors’ Community

Dec. 11
By Joanne Faryon
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The fate of the "water tower" site might finally be decided by the Poway Unified School District.

Amid Border Trade Worries, U.S. Lawmakers Eyeing Mexican Energy Reforms

Dec. 11
By Michel Marizco
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Members of the U.S. Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere met with experts Monday to look at how United States can improve trade with Mexico. They also heard from American businesses on the border who say long waits are slowing economic growth.

Survey: Majority Of San Diego Latinos Feel Some Discrimination

Dec. 11
By Jill Replogle
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A recent survey commissioned by KPBS and San Diego Magazine finds many Latinos feel they are targets of discrimination and stereotyping.

El Cajon Water Conservation Group Wins California's Highest Environmental Honor

Dec. 11
By Tarryn Mento
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A water conservation group in El Cajon is honored for its interactive program that teaches kids ways to save water.

'Something For Everyone To Dislike' In Budget Deal

Dec. 11
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The reviews are coming in for the bipartisan budget deal crafted by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and as the Los Angeles Times says, the package seems to have "something for everyone to dislike."

Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound

Dec. 11
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.

Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

Dec. 11
Marisa Peñaloza, Quil Lawrence
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When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.