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Stories for January 22, 2013

Fresh & Easy Ordered To Pay $833,000 For Overcharging Meat, Seafood

Jan. 22
City News Service
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The owner of Fresh & Easy grocery stores was ordered to pay $833,136 to settle a consumer protection case brought by prosecutors in San Diego and Riverside counties, alleging the grocery chain charged more for meat and seafood than prices posted on store shelves.

District Attorney Hopes To Protect Children With Free Computer Software

Jan. 22
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County's top legal official wants to help parents protect their children from online predators.

School Board Votes To Avoid Employee Layoffs Despite $90 Million Deficit

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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The San Diego Unified School District board began its annual budget process today with a 4-0 vote to avoid employee layoffs when offsetting a nearly $90 million deficit projected for the 2013-14 academic year, based on figures from Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.

In New Calif. Legislature, Moderate Dems Hold Leverage

Jan. 22
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

The most critical members in the California legislature this year could well be moderate Democrats – not moderate Republicans, as in years past, or even Democratic legislative leaders.

Most People Arrested Are Not On Parole Or Probation

Jan. 22
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

A study of four California cities by the nonprofit Council of State Governments Justice Center finds despite popular perception, most people arrested were not on parole or probation.

San Diegans Rally For Immigration Reform

Jan. 22
By Katie Orr and James R. Riffel, City News Service
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Immigrant rights activists in San Diego rallied today in support of a federal immigration overhaul.

States Become Battlegrounds For Nation's Deep Abortion Divide

Jan. 22
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thousands of activists on both sides of the issue are holding rallies marking the day at state capitals across the country.

President's New Term Doesn't Mean New Day In Congress

Jan. 22
David Welna / NPR
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The Senate picked up Tuesday exactly where it left off nearly three weeks ago. By a twist of the rules, the Senate chamber remains in its first legislative day of the 113th Congress.

In Second Inaugural, Obama Makes Climate A Priority

Jan. 22
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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President Obama pulled out a surprise in his inaugural address on Monday. After barely mentioning climate change in his campaign, he put it on his short list of priorities for his second term.

San Diego Psychologists To Play Role In Improving School Safety

Jan. 22
By Kyla Calvert
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Two weeks after agreeing to review school site safety, the San Diego Unified Board of Education will consider another plan to prevent tragedies like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

Jan. 22
Nancy Shute / NPR

Should emergency rooms track the number of people who get hurt or sick after drinking coffee? That's what the maker of Monster energy drinks suggests in response to a recent report that emergency-room visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011.

Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

Jan. 22
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Information technology has transformed much of the American economy, but its use in health care still lags, especially when it comes to electronic medical records.

Del Mar Coaster Upgrades Now Under Discussion

Jan. 22
By Alison St John
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San Diego’s regional planning agency wants the public to weigh in on plans to build a train station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Divine Rhetoric: God In The Inaugural Address

Jan. 22
Scott Neuman / NPR
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President Obama mentioned Him five times in Monday's inaugural address. God, that is.

NATURE: Attenborough's Life Stories

Jan. 22
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In honor of Sir David Attenborough's 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC's most accomplished raconteur, "Attenborough's Life Stories" is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus.

Controversy Over Port Commission Appointments Continues

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner exercised his veto powers for the first time on Friday to block the City Council's two appointees for the Port Commission.

Founder Of North County LGBT Coalition Wins Oceanside MLK Award

Jan. 22
City News Service
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A North County gay rights leader is the recipient of Oceanside's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, the city announced today.

Debt Limit? What Debt Limit?

Jan. 22
S.V. Date / NPR

House Republican leaders intended to put off the debt ceiling fight for three months. But could they accidentally be giving the Obama White House carte blanche to borrow like crazy through mid-May?

Dog Stuck In San Diego Reunited With Military Family (Video)

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Gunner the dog was able to reunite with his family in Japan after being left behind in San Diego when the Navy transfered his family to Japan. Hospital Corpsman First Class John Gromer, Gunner's owner, said he attempted to bring Gunner with the family, but American Airlines initially refused to transport the large dog.

San Diego's Ultimate Marine Has A Guidebook For Recruits

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A well-known San Diego Marine writes a guidebook for young people to help determine if they have what it takes to join the Corps.

San Diego Play Puts Spotlight On Neighborhood Segregation

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
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The play "Clybourne Park" was written as a sequel to Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun."

Obama Overseas: Speak Loudly And Carry A Smaller Stick

Jan. 22
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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An era marked by war and attempts at nation building is coming to its end.

Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

Jan. 22
Liz Halloran / NPR
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President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.

NOVA: Rise Of The Drones

Jan. 22
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These unmanned flying robots — some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds — do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense and kill has remained secret. But now, with unprecedented access to drone engineers (including a rare interview with the “Father of the Predator,” Abe Karem) and those who operate drones for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make them so powerful.

'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Jan. 22
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Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. But in some states, access to facilities that perform abortions remains limited.

Involved For Life: Pregnancy Centers In Texas

Jan. 22

While the number of abortion providers has been decreasing, the number of pregnancy centers has been increasing. According to The New York Times, there are now approximately 1,800 abortion providers around the country, compared with 2,500 pregnancy centers. These centers, largely run by Christian groups, discourage women from getting abortions and offer help during their unplanned pregnancies.

Prince Harry Talks Killing Taliban In Afghanistan (Video)

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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British Army Capt. Harry Wales (a.k.a. Prince Harry) is stirring up controversy once again - this time over remarks he made about killing Taliban during his recent four-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Arizona's Role In The Gang Of Eight

Jan. 22
By Peter O'Dowd
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Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake are part of the so-called Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group in the Senate that’s hammering out a proposal.

Clues Emerge As To Why USS Guardian Ran Aground

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The coral reef on which the USS Guardian ran aground on January 17 was misplaced by eight nautical miles on a digital chart used by the Guardian crew for navigation.

Every Tree Counts In Fighting Climate Change, Says Ecologist

Jan. 22
By Susan Murphy
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There’s an ambitious effort underway in San Diego County to map every urban tree. One ecologist says a healthy canopy is essential in fighting climate change.

Two Bald Eagles Build Nest Near Ramona, Bringing Rare Sight

Jan. 22
By Erik Anderson
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Ramona wildlife watchers have been enjoying a rare spectacle this winter. Two adult bald eagles have decided to set up house in a sweeping valley just outside of town.

'Roe V. Wade' Turns 40, But Abortion Debate Is Even Older

Jan. 22
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Jan. 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.