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Stories for January 25, 2013

Review: 'West of Memphis'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando
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The case of the West Memphis 3 is the subject of the documentary "West of Memphis" (opening today at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). Sometimes a documentary is worth seeing even if it's not well made.

Hundreds Step Out To Count San Diego's Homeless

Jan. 25
Evening Edition
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Hundreds of volunteers fanned across San Diego County Friday to get an accurate count of the region’s homeless population.

Review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'

Jan. 25
By Nathan John
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Guest critic Nathan John says, step into the world of awesome and terrible film fun with "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" (opens everywhere January 25)

To Combat Suicides, Army Focuses On The Homefront

Jan. 25
Blake Farmer / NPR
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When Sgt. Brandon McCoy returned from Iraq, he showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife, Alicia, remembers him being on edge in public.

Long Forgotten, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Survivor Speaks Out

Jan. 25
Tanya Ott / NPR
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Signs of 1963 are everywhere in Birmingham, Ala., these days. The city is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights events of that year: the children who marched until police turned fire hoses and dogs on them; Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"; and the September bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Court Ruling Upsets Conventional Wisdom On Recess Appointments

Jan. 25
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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In a bombshell decision on the limits of executive power, a federal appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., has invalidated President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

To Fight Addiction, FDA Advisers Endorse Limits On Vicodin And Similar Painkillers

Jan. 25
Rob Stein / NPR
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A key federal panel Friday recommended placing new restrictions on Vicodin and similar prescription painkillers.

Two Tied For Lead After One Round At Torrey Pines

Jan. 25
City News Service
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K.J. Choi and defending champion Brandt Snedeker share a one-shot lead over eight golfers entering today's second round of the $6.1 million Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club.

NRC To Decide On Restart Of San Onofre This Spring

Jan. 25
City News Service
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that it will decide in late April or May whether to allow Southern California Edison to restart one of two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Some In GOP Want New Electoral College Rules

Jan. 25
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Not many Americans are fans of the Electoral College. But trying to change the way electoral votes are allocated makes lots of people unhappy, too.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Revisionaries

Jan. 25
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Witness an ongoing culture war raging in Texas — a tempest in a textbook. The state’s Board of Education has been engaged in a pitched, years-long battle over what belongs (and doesn’t) in public school textbooks. Legislators, educators, parents and students debate the facts and the theories — including what constitutes a fact versus a theory. The chair of the Board of Education fights tirelessly to include intelligent design in science books, while a board member argues to exclude mention of the slave trade and the Enlightenment in history books. The result is a chaotic scene, with the next generation’s education held hostage.

Roundtable: Oaks Falling To Beetles; District 4 Race; Immigration Reform; One Paseo Is Huge In CV

Jan. 25
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A little bitty beetle is making a meal of San Diego's oak trees -- and could kill them all. The race for City Council District 4 is wide open. Immigration reform may really be coming. And a proposed development is stirring up Carmel Valley folks.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Boston, Mass. - Hour One

Jan. 25
By Jennifer Robinson
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In Boston, Massachusetts, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Wes Cowan look at a famous and controversial Paul Revere print. Notable discoveries include a Norman Rockwell collection from a guest who modeled for the artist as a child; an Aldro Hibbard oil painting brought in by the mayor of Boston; and - no visit to Beantown would be complete without it - a Red Sox World Series team-signed ball valued at $25,000 to $35,000.

Don McLean Fined For Speeding; No Chevy (Or Levee) Involved

Jan. 25
Mark Memmott / NPR

Singer Don McLean has been fined $400, BDN Maine Midcoast reports, for cruising through a Rockport, Maine, school zone last September at 43 mph when the legal limit was 15 mph.

Flu Clinic Opens At Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

Jan. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton has set up a walk-in flu clinic for TRICARE beneficiaries who are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Latinos Will Surpass Whites As California's Largest Ethnic Group By 2013

Jan. 25
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman
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The office of Governor Jerry Brown released a report that projects 2013 will be the year Latinos surpass whites as the largest ethnic group in the state.

Navy To Start Random Alcohol Tests For Sailors (Video)

Jan. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy will start sending out alcohol detection devices to commands in the United States starting next month, as part of a new initiative to stem the tide of alcohol abuse among its sailors.

Obama To Name New Chief Of Staff, New Counterterrorism Adviser

Jan. 25
Carrie Johnson, Mark Memmott
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President Obama is moving longtime aide Denis McDonough into the chief of staff post that has opened up with the nomination of Jacob "Jack" Lew to be Treasury secretary, White House officials tell NPR and other news organizations. The formal announcement is scheduled for just after noon ET.

MCRD San Diego Recruit Who Ran Across Runway Leaves Marines

Jan. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The recruit from MCRD San Diego who made news by running across the tarmac at San Diego International Airport has separated from the Marines.

Rain To Soak San Diego Through Monday

Jan. 25
City News Service

Up to an inch of warm rain is expected throughout San Diego County today ahead of cooler but more scattered wet weather this weekend, forecasters said.

Really Cool Video: 'Shroud Of Cold Air Descends On The U.S.'

Jan. 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It's been really cold across much of the nation this week, and the winter weather's expected to continue through the weekend across much of the Midwest and East.

Water Wars Spreading

Jan. 25
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Water Authority is suing its counterpart in Riverside. It’s the latest splash in water wars that involve millions of ratepayer dollars.

San Diego Hospice Moving Operations

Jan. 25
By Ryann Grochowski

The county's largest hospice provider is moving to its Hillcrest facility to save money.

City Heights Finds Permanent Memorial For Fallen Police Officer

Jan. 25
By Megan Burks
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San Diego’s Park and Recreation Board approved a request from City Heights residents to name a portion of their community park in memory of fallen police officer Jeremy Henwood.

Hispanic Federation Fights New York City Soda Ban

Jan. 25
By John Rosman
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The Hispanic Federation and the New York Chapter of the NAACP are fighting the New York City soda ban.

E-Verify Lessons From Arizona

Jan. 25
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Preventing employers from hiring undocumented immigrants is likely to be a key part of the upcoming debate over immigration reform. We look at what's happening on the ground in Arizona, after the state tried to require strict hiring practices five years ago.

Golden Tones: Saxophonist Daniel Jackson's Lifelong Quest

Jan. 25
By Angela Carone
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Every January 24 marks the beginning of Daniel Jackson Week, launching a series of concerts featuring Jackson and other local musicians.

A Brief History Of Women In Combat

Jan. 25
Greg Myre / NPR
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Traditions break down fast during times of war, and history is full of examples where women assumed dramatic new roles that never would have been possible in times of peace.

'March For Life' Rally Expected To Draw Huge Crowd In Washington

Jan. 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Organizers say today's March for Life rally in the nation's capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year's estimated 400,000.