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Stories for July 4, 2013

Seniors Flex Creative Muscles In Retirement Arts Colonies

July 4
Ina Jaffe / NPR

Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years -- impressionist Claude Monet, for one. But at the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, older people are proving that you don't have to be famous -- or even a professional artist -- to live a creatively fulfilling life in old age.

San Diegans Call For Privacy Rights In 'Restore The Fourth' Rally

July 4
By Claire Trageser
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A group of protestors gathered in Balboa Park on Thursday morning for Restore the Fourth, a call for the government to restore privacy rights.

Review: 'Maniac'

July 4
By Beth Accomando
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Horror films, and slasher films in particular, are often condemned for their gore and lack of substance, but I defend the genre and “Maniac" (screening July 5 and 6 at 10:00pm at the Digital Gym Cinema), a remake of the 1980 cult classic.

Baja Governor Race Under Close Watch

July 4
By Jill Replogle
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Baja California holds local and state elections Sunday. The governor's race is being closely watched, as the PAN risks losing its 24-year reign.

Early Reports Show 4th Of July DUI Arrests Down Across The State

July 4
City News Service
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DUI arrests were down statewide and locally early in the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the CHP.

Tips To Keep Skittish Pets Safe During Fireworks

July 4
By Dwane Brown
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July 4th is a festive day for people but fireworks can be terrifying for our pets. It's also a time when shelters see a big spike in the number of stray animals.

A Busy ER Doctor Slows Down To Help Patients Cope With Adversity

July 4
Annie Feidt / NPR
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Dr. Linda Smith walks into a room at Providence Alaska Medical Center, ready with a stethoscope and a huge grin. She teases her patient, Dawn Dillard, saying that her spiky hair recently resembled a "faux hawk."

Big Bay Boom Promises Not To Be A Bust This Year

July 4
By Alison St John
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Expectations are high for tonight's Big Bay fireworks display. The show over San Diego Bay went spectacularly wrong last year, as 15 minutes of fireworks went up in 30 seconds. Garden State is taking steps to make sure that does not happen again.

New Mexico Farmworkers May Be Victims Of Illegal Pay Practices

July 4
By Tristan Ahtone
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The worst drought in decades and mounting costs have driven New Mexico's agriculture industry to search for ways to stay profitable. However, the state’s ag producers may be cutting costs through questionable pay practices.

Instant Justice Offers Alternative Sentencing For Offenders

July 4
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Open containers, consuming alcohol in public and littering on the beach are offenses that qualify for "Instant Justice," an alternative sentencing for offenders.

As Southwest Finally Cools, Southeast Gets Drenched

July 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The good news from the National Weather Service:

Feds Asking Questions About $100k Donation

July 4
By City News Service
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The U.S. Justice Department is asking questions about a developer's $100,000 donation to the city of San Diego.

Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

July 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.

Here She Is: State Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

July 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.

Review: 'The Lone Ranger'

July 4
By Nathan John
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"The Lone Ranger" opens in San Diego July 3. Guest critic Nate John has a review of this classic remade.

Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events

July 4
Tovia Smith / NPR

The Fourth of July show will go on as usual tonight in Boston. For the 40th year in a row, the Boston Pops will perform along the banks of the Charles River as fireworks burst overhead.

VIDEO: Huge Sinkhole Swallows Car; Toledo Driver Rescued

July 4
Mark Memmott / NPR

After a day's worth of heavy news from Egypt, let's take a quick break with something completely different.

Future Uncertain For Devastated Arizona Town

July 4
By Michel Marizco
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“World, don’t forget us." — The plea from a tiny town ravaged by a wildfire that claimed 19 lives.

Pregnant Women Advised To Increase Water Intake

July 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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Doctors say as the thermometer rises, pregnant women need to make sure they're staying hydrated.

Old School Pitchman's 11th Year At San Diego Fair

July 4
By Angela Carone
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The salesmen and women hawking their wares at the San Diego County Fair are trying to close the deal as the fair comes to a close. For an old school pitchman from New Jersey, selling is a way of life.

The Declaration: What Does Independence Mean To You?

July 4
NPR Staff / NPR
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We often celebrate Independence Day with backyard barbecues and fireworks, forgetting the document that started this whole country: the Declaration of Independence.

Immigration Debate In Congress Riles Up Texas Republicans

July 4
David Welna / NPR
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All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic shifts that could shake up Texas politics in the coming years -- and what that could mean for the rest of the country.