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Stories for January 29, 2013

When Crime Pays: Prison Can Teach Some To Be Better Criminals

Jan. 29
Shankar Vedantam / NPR
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In popular lore -- movies, books and blogs -- criminals who go to prison don't come out reformed. They come out worse.

History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

Jan. 29
Frank Deford / NPR

When Secretariat won what was certified to be his last race, I went down onto the track at Woodbine, and gauging where he had crossed the finish line, snatched up the last grass that perhaps the greatest thoroughbred ever had laid hooves to in his career.

Study: Nearly Half In U.S. Lack Financial Safety Net

Jan. 29
Pam Fessler / NPR

In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even "a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else." But in reality, that's not always the case. A new report finds that one of the biggest obstacles for many Americans is that they don't have the savings or assets they need to help them get ahead.

Pro-Immigrant Activists React To Obama Proposal

Jan. 29
By Jude Joffe-Block, Jill Replogle
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Pro-immigration reform activists gathered at several locations throughout the Southwest on Tuesday to watch President Barack Obama outline his proposal for immigration reform.

SD School Bribes

Jan. 29

CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Several South Bay school board officials accused of accepting gifts in exchange for votes on construction contracts are scheduled to be arraigned today.

SD Church Fire

Jan. 29

EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in Rancho San Diego is scheduled to be arraigned at the El Cajon courthouse today.

Obama Lays Out Immigration Plan, But Avoids Thorny Issues

Jan. 29
Corey Dade / NPR
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President Obama's highly anticipated speech Tuesday outlining his blueprint for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system was perhaps most notable for the big issues left unaddressed.

Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

Jan. 29
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed -- both upstream and down.

Skate Plaza A ‘Good Start’ For City Heights Skaters

Jan. 29
By Tom Fudge
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Plans for a new park in City Heights include a skate plaza, which is some, but not all, of what skaters hoped for.

San Diego Seniors Compete In Virtual Bowling League

Jan. 29
By Dwane Brown
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Video games aren't just for kids anymore. Some San Diego seniors are using it to compete against each other.

California Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Gun Violence

Jan. 29
Amy Quinton, Capitol Public Radio

Gun rights advocates, law enforcement, and gun violence prevention experts appeared before California lawmakers at a joint legislative hearing.

Ronald McDonald House Helps San Diego Families Through Hard Times

Jan. 29
By Dwane Brown
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The Ronald McDonald House in San Diego serves as a home away from home for about 20,000 families a year dealing with premature births, cancer and other serious illnesses.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Bob Mould/Delta Spirit

Jan. 29
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In this episode, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS showcases alternative rock with Bob Mould and Delta Spirit. Punk veteran Mould showcases cuts from his acclaimed record "Silver Age," while young bucks Delta Spirit highlight their self-titled LP.

Search For Suspect Prompts Lockdown Of 5 Tierrasanta Schools

Jan. 29
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Police are searching a Tierrasanta neighborhood for a man suspected in a homicide case.

Sand After Sandy: Scientists Map Sea Floor For Sediment

Jan. 29
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Congress has now agreed to give some $60 billion to states damaged by Hurricane Sandy. A lot will go to Long Island, one of the hardest hit areas. Besides damages to homes and businesses, its system of protective barrier islands and beaches were partially washed away.

Doctors Ask Court To Review Medi-Cal Pay Cut

Jan. 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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California doctors are asking a federal appeals court to review a decision that allows the state to cut the Medi-Cal payment rate by 10 percent.

Arizona Border Residents Skeptical Of Latest Immigration Plans

Jan. 29
By Michel Marizco
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Border security played a big role in the latest immigration reform plan proposals, but in Southern Arizona, it's still an issue that has to get ironed out for anxious residents.

Union Backs 'Bar Exam' For Teachers

Jan. 29
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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The system for preparing and licensing teachers in the U.S. is in such disarray that the American Federation of Teachers is proposing a "bar exam" similar to the one lawyers have to pass before they can practice.

Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves

Jan. 29
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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For half a century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in the beach business, dredging up new sand as shorelines wash away. Federal disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy could provide billions more for beach nourishment, and that's revived an old debate: Is this an effective way to protect against storms, or a counterproductive waste of tax dollars?

Calif. lawmakers consider range of gun controls

Jan. 29
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

Hidden Internal Study Finds Corruption Among Border Agents

Jan. 29
By John Rosman

A new study suggests that the border agency may be struggling with more than crossers, but corruption. Center for Investigative Reporting dug into an internal study that has been kept secret for more than a year.

Shakespeare Uncovered: The Comedies With Joely Richardson

Jan. 29
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Joely Richardson investigates (with her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of these two brilliant cross-dressing comedies and the great comic and romantic heroines created by Shakespeare in two perennially popular plays, "As You Like It" and "Twelfth Night."

Details of Obama, Senate immigration proposals

Jan. 29
AP / Associated Press
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President Barack Obama endorsed a framework for immigration reform Tuesday that largely mirrored one unveiled a day earlier by a bipartisan group of senators -- with a few important differences. A look at the elements included in each of the plans:

Brother Arrested In San Diego Murder Of Navy Officer (Video)

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego police have arrested the brother of Jonathan Jake Tenorio, 25, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, on charges of first degree murder. Tenorio's body was found in his Mission Valley apartment on Sunday.

Salk Scientists Find Diabetes Drug Treats Lung Cancer

Jan. 29
Midday Edition
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Who'd have thought that a diabetes drug pulled from the shelves because of harmful side effects would shrink lung-cancer tumors? Scientists at Salk Institute's new Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine had that very idea, and it's panning out.

Tips On Your Taxes From IRS Expert

Jan. 29
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Last-minute legislation in Washington D.C. delayed the start of the 2013 tax season. The IRS begins accepting tax filings on Wednesday.

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: The Devastators And The Grass Heat

Jan. 29
By Jennifer Robinson
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Sometimes all you need is music. And sometimes you need that music live. Welcome to LIVE AT THE BELLY UP. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent. What’s more, San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District. This episode features The Devastators and The Grass Heat.

Study: Military Women At Higher Risk For STDs

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military women are more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than civilian women because of risky sexual behaviors, according to a new study.

Why Chicken Wings Dominate Super Bowl Snack Time

Jan. 29
Dan Charles / NPR
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Take a look at this remarkable graph -- is it the stock market? Home sales?

Finding Learning Tools In Digital Footprints

Jan. 29
NPR Staff / NPR
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Throughout Tell Me More's series, "Social Me," Rey Junco shares the research he's done as a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society into how how young people interact online.

Quadruple Amputee With Double Arm Transplant Speaks Out

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Retired Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, a quadruple amputee who recently underwent a double arm transplant, talked about his hopes for the future at a news conference Tuesday. Marrocco lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq.

VIDEO: Newtown Parent, Gun Owners Disagree On Weapons Ban

Jan. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Some websites are saying that Neil Heslin was "heckled by pro-gun activists" Monday during a public hearing in Hartford, Conn., when he made the case that assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines need to be banned.

American Pilot Of Crashed F-16 Missing

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Search-and-rescue crews have recovered what they believe to be the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet in the Adriatic Sea. The pilot is still missing.

Raw Beef Kibbeh Blamed In Salmonella Outbreak. Is Steak Tartare Next?

Jan. 29
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is amplifying recommendations it's made for years: Don't eat raw or undercooked ground beef. And the call may take on new significance in the wake of reports released last week about a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella in which nearly half the victims reported eating a raw ground beef dish at the same restaurant.

Obama To Praise And Parse Senators' Immigration Plan As He Lays Out His Own

Jan. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR

While it's expected that many of his proposals will mirror those put forward Monday by a bipartisan group of senators, there are also signs that when President Obama lays out his latest thoughts on how to overhaul the nation's immigration laws he will have some "more liberal" ideas.

Immigration Opponents Remain Adamant, Despite Political Risk

Jan. 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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After years of inaction, immigration policy changes suddenly have notable momentum in Washington.

Obama On Immigration Overhaul: 'Now Is The time'

Jan. 29
JULIE PACE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
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Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

Implantable Heart Pumps Are Keeping The Beat Going

Jan. 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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The newest generation of implantable heart pumps are keeping many patients alive while they wait for a heart transplant.