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Stories for July 1, 2013

Study Of Tree Rings Reveals Climate Change's Role In El Niño

July 1
By David Wagner
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By looking at tree rings dating back seven centuries, climate scientists have found that man-made climate change has made El Niño worse in recent years.

Pension Board Vote Blows $20 Million Hole In San Diego's Budget

July 1
By Sandhya Dirks
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After the board that manages retirement in San Diego failed to get enough votes to freeze pensions, the city budget suddenly comes up short.

Texas Abortion Fight Follows Familiar Pattern

July 1
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For many watching the abortion fight in Texas, it's deja vu all over again.

Secrets Of Althorp – The Spencers

July 1
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Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. "Secrets Of Althorp – The Spencers" takes viewers to the home of 19 generations of Spencers who have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years.

Leak Case Highlights Troubles With Security Clearance Checks

July 1
Brian Naylor / NPR
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The case of Edward Snowden has put a spotlight on the large number of people who have security clearances: 5 million people in the United States have been granted the authority to look at classified information.

City Attorney Vows No More Closed Sessions Until Dispute Ends

July 1
City News Service
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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said today that he plans to suspend closed session meetings with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the City Council.

Pioneering Native American Leader Marge Anderson Dies

July 1
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The first woman to lead a Minnesota Indian tribe has died. Marge Anderson led efforts to secure tribal hunting and fishing rights on Lake Mille Lacs. She died Saturday at age 81 of natural causes at the Mille Lacs Reservation in Onamia, Minn.

How Firefighters Cope With Profound Tragedy

July 1
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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It's not that firefighters are never afraid, but they have too many other things to worry about to give in to fear.

Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavour, Series I

July 1
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Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse. Shaun Evans (“The Take,” “The Virgin Queen”) stars as young Endeavour Morse, before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Co-production of Mammoth Screen Ltd for ITV and MASTERPIECE.

BART Strike Hits Commuters; No Word on Service Resumption

July 1
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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It's unclear Monday when the first strike in 16 years on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system may last after BART said in a statement that it wasn't sure when talks with striking workers will resume.

Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

July 1
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Doctors have been putting in a lot of ear tubes. It's the most common outpatient surgery in children.

Kids Unplugged: Summer Camps Ban Electronics

July 1
Kaomi Goetz / NPR
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A decade ago, many summer camps nationwide started instituting a no-tech policy, banning cellphones, pagers and electronic games.

Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

July 1
Mara Liasson / NPR
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All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

The ZIP Code Turns 50 Today -- Here Are 9 That Stand Out

July 1
Matt Stiles / NPR
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan, the network of "ZIP" codes we use for everything from mail delivery to credit card security.

Calif. Judge Rules Yoga In Public Schools Not Religious

July 1
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Earlier this year, we told you about some parents in the San Diego area who were suing the Encinitas Union School District to stop yoga classes because they believed the ancient Indian practice had religious overtones. Well, today we have a decision in that case: A judge ruled that the school district was not teaching religion when it offered elementary school students yoga classes.

School Yoga Classes Not Religious, Judge Says

July 1
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By Kyla Calvert
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The Encinitas Unified School District may continue to teach yoga to students after a judge ruled Monday that the instruction method was not religious.

Jurors Reach Verdict In San Diego Chalk Vandalism Case

July 1
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Jurors have acquitted a 40-year-old man accused of using sidewalk chalk to write protest messages in front of three local banks.

Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Legumes

July 1
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Martha sheds light on the wide world of legumes, exploring the many available varieties — from chickpeas to calypso beans — and how to cook them using three different methods: stovetop, oven and pressure cooker. Italian chef and bean aficionado Cesare Casella joins Martha to share some of his own recipes for exceptional bean dishes.

Several Military Bases Cancel 4th Of July Fireworks Due To Sequestration (Video)

July 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Several military bases across the country have cancelled their Fourth of July fireworks displays because of budget cuts due to sequestration. Fortunately for Southern California revelers, Camp Pendleton isn't one of those bases.

Texas Teen Jailed For Sarcastic Facebook Comment

July 1
Elise Hu / NPR
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A Texas teen faces up to eight years in prison after making a comment on Facebook about shooting up "a school full of kids." Deputies in Comal County, Texas, charged then-18-year-old Justin Carter with making "terroristic threats" -- a third-degree felony -- in March. According to the Comal County Jail, he's been behind bars since March 27, unable to make his $500,000 bail. Austin-based KVUE-TV reports:

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Rethinking Seafood Classics

July 1
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Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the Best Crab Cakes. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of crabmeat. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to perfect Grill-Smoked Salmon with lots of smoke flavor. And finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her top pick for seafood scissors.

How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition

July 1
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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All this week, NPR is taking a lookat the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Both Men Killed In Jacumba Glider Crash Were Military Veterans (Video)

July 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Decorated Navy pilot Richard Noble, 63, and Coast Guard veteran Martin Rothwell, 54, were both killed Saturday afternoon when their glider crashed soon after lifting off from the Jacumba Airport in southeast San Diego County.

SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten's First Day On The Job

July 1
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San Diego's largest school district welcomes its new superintendent today. Cindy Marten, a former principal at Central Elementary School in City Heights is the new superintendent at San Diego Unified School District.

Word Watch: On 'Crackers'

July 1
Gene Demby / NPR
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As you might have gathered from our blog's title, the Code Switch team is kind of obsessed with the ways we speak to each other. Every Monday, we'll dig into language that tells us something about the way race is lived in America today.

Live From The Artists Den: Mumford & Sons (New Season Premiere)

July 1
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The 1920s glamour of the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles provided a stunning setting for a triumphant performance by Mumford & Sons. The band delivered songs from its recent Number One album, “Babel,” along with such hits as “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait.” Mumford & Sons thrilled the invitation-only crowd of 800 throughout its rousing set, closing the evening with a blistering rendition of “The Cave” from the classic, multi-platinum debut “Sigh No More.”

State Parks Director Says Overhaul Underway

July 1
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Maj. General Anthony Jackson, who hails from Fallbrook, said he's making changes to restore confidence at the troubled park agency.

POV: Special Flight

July 1
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Watch a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system.

Death Of Soldier In Afghanistan Under Investigation

July 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Army is investigating the death of Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, who lost his life in a "non-combat related incident" on June 28 in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Jim Kelly, Actor In 'Enter The Dragon,' Dies

July 1
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Jim Kelly, who rose to fame in the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon and went on to star in several blaxploitation films, has died. He was 67.

Is San Diego Tolerant? As it Turns Out, Very — And It Helps Us Prosper

July 1
Jennier Vigil / Patch.com
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An academic examined the role tolerance plays in creating a thriving economic climate and finds it is not a result of success, but a key to growth.

Heat Wave Will Bake Southwest For Most Of This Week

July 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The record-breaking heat that has broiled the Southwest since Friday shows no signs of letting up. According to the National Weather Service, "triple-digit temperatures will be common across the Southwest" through at least Wednesday.

Marriage License Appointments Start Today For Same-Sex Couples In San Diego

July 1
By Susan Murphy
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Same-sex couples can begin making appointments for marriage licenses starting today at the San Diego County Administration Center. Wednesday is the first day for new appointments to get a marriage license, according to county officials.

19 Firefighters Killed In Fast-Moving Az. Fire

July 1
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Nineteen firefighters were killed in a central Arizona wildfire Sunday. The fire had burned 1,000 acres and 200 firefighters were working the blaze as of late Sunday night.

EU Officials Question Kerry On 'Unacceptable' Spying Claims

July 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hearing from European allies who are upset with recent reports that the U.S. has spied on its friends. The European Union's top diplomat asked Kerry about the reports at a security conference Monday. Other officials say the case could derail talks on free trade.

Regional Water Agency Starts Fiscal Year With Bigger Budget

July 1
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Water Authority starts this new fiscal year with a $1.5 billion budget that includes modest rate hikes on the price it charges member agencies for water. The increases are because more water is being used in San Diego and the cost to get it here is growing.

San Diego Gearing Up for Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment

July 1
By Megan Burks
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A San Diego nonprofit is beginning the work of getting San Diegans enrolled in health plans before the federal government's 2014 deadline.

Abnormal Brain Connections Found In Children With Autism

July 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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The diagnostic criteria for autism may need to be expanded, according to a new study from San Diego State University.

Group Works To Spread Awareness Of Hepatitis B In Asian Communities

July 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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There's a high prevalence of hepatitis B among Asians, but awareness of the disease is low. Some local doctors and pharmacy students are trying to change that.

"Gas Tax Swap" Sends Calif. Gas Prices Up 3.5 Cents

July 1
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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Californians will pay higher gas prices at the pump Monday thanks to a complex part of a state budget deal three years ago.

Preview: San Diego Fringe

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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Today marks the start of San Diego’s first Fringe Festival. Hundreds of performers from San Diego and abroad will come together for an intense week of innovative theater.

Ecuador Backs Off NSA Leaker Snowden, Citing Asylum Rules

July 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The fate of "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden is still uncertain, as he seeks asylum while being pursued by U.S. authorities. A week ago, Snowden began a journey from Hong Kong to a "third country," possibly Ecuador, and he remains in limbo at a Moscow airport.

Arizona Wildfire Kills 19 Firefighters; Deadliest In Decades

July 1
Bill Chappell / NPR
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In what is being called the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least 30 years, 19 firefighters died in Arizona Sunday after an out-of-control blaze trapped them. They had been forced to use temporary shelters in an attempt to survive.

Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Chat

July 1
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Education has been a critical topic for Michel Martin at NPR's Tell Me More, and we are eager to again tackle the topic of learning and education.

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

July 1
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act are set to begin less than three months from now. October 1 is when people can start signing up for coverage in new state health exchanges. The policies would kick in on Jan. 1, 2014.

In Houston, America's Diverse Future Has Already Arrived

July 1
Elise Hu / NPR
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All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.