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Stories for July 9, 2013

Football Needs A Guardian, Not A CEO

July 9
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Aaron Hernandez, who appears to be a monster, can no more be held up as representative of football than can Oscar Pistorius be fairly presented as an archetype of track and field.

Patients Protest Poor Interpretation At UCSD Medical Center

July 9
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City Heights refugees continue their fight for better medical interpretation, this time taking a stand in front of the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

California Assesses Its Future Energy Supplies

July 9
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The State of California is looking for a way to keep all the lights on. A State Senate Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday night on the future of energy supplies in California.

Asiana Crash Trip Was Pilot's First As Instructor, NTSB Says

July 9
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Three pilots, all of them with extensive flying experience, were in the cockpit of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, says National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman.

2-1-1 San Diego Help Hotline Adds Resources For Former Inmates

July 9
Midday Edition
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore hopes additional resources for inmates being released back into the community helps lower the recidivism rate.

Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Louisville

July 9
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW takes a look back at some of the items appraised in Louisville back in 1998. A 19th-century folk art jug, which was originally appraised at $30,000 to $50,000, has since leaped in value to an estimated $100,000 to $150,000! Tune in for more updates on items like a South Carolina Slave Badge from 1810 and James Dean’s high school yearbook.

San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise

July 9
By Erik Anderson
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The price of homes in San Diego rises again.

Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

July 9
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. In more than half the country, it's still legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Encinitas To Consider Temporary Ban On New Bars, Breweries

July 9
By Claire Trageser
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The Encinitas City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to block new bars, breweries or restaurants serving alcohol from opening.

Puppets, Marching Band Welcome City Heights Students

July 9
By Kyla Calvert
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Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights held its eighth annual puppet parade Tuesday.

Congress Still Squabbling Over Student Loan Rate Increase

July 9
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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The Senate is planning to vote Wednesday on a plan to bring interest rates on subsidized federal student loans back down to 3.4 percent for one more year. The rate doubled on July 1 when the chamber failed to agree on a plan.

After Asiana Crash, Pilot Training Gets New Scrutiny

July 9
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Investigators are continuing to examine the training and experience of the cockpit crew of the Asiana flight that crashed Saturday in San Francisco. The pilot at the controls had nearly 10,000 hours of experience flying large jets, but only 43 hours in that particular plane, a Boeing 777. Saturday was also the pilot's first 777 landing at San Francisco International.

Secrets Of Chatsworth

July 9
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In its 500-year history, Chatsworth has been home to some notable inhabitants, among them the 5th Duke of Devonshire, his wife, Lady Georgiana Spencer, and Lady Elizabeth Foster, who lived together in a ménage à trois. Billy Cavendish, heir of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, wooed and wed Kathleen Kennedy, the sister of future U.S. president John F Kennedy. Both Kathleen and her husband died in tragic circumstances and are buried in the graveyard at Chatsworth.

One Trayvon Martin Case, But Two Very Different Trials

July 9
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One gray spring afternoon last year, thousands of people descended on Manhattan's Union Square for a rally to call for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. It had been several weeks since Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, was killed by Zimmerman, then 28, who identifies himself as Hispanic, after a confrontation one Sunday night in a gated housing community where both Zimmerman and Martin's father resided.

Sharp Cardiologists Test Dissolvable Heart Stent

July 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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A clinical trial is underway at Sharp Memorial Hospital testing how well a dissolvable heart stent works compared to a conventional metal device.

Members Of Elite Firefighting Unit Memorialized In Arizona

July 9
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Thousands of firefighters are gathered in Prescott, Ariz., today, to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who were killed by a wildfire on Sunday, June 30. The speakers include Gov. Jan Brewer and Vice President Joe Biden.

California's Prison Sterilizations Reportedly Echo Eugenics Era

July 9
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Nearly 150 women were sterilized in California's prisons without the state's approval, a practice that critics say targeted inmates who were seen as being at risk of serving a future jail term. Those numbers represent data from 2006 to 2010, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, which first reported the news.

Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Shrimp

July 9
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In this episode, Martha offers a primer on a favorite crustacean. She explains which varieties of shrimp to buy and how to store them, plus whether to cook them with or without the shell and how to devein them. Basic cooking techniques result in delicious recipes for shrimp cocktail, an updated version of scampi, a traditional shrimp boil and simple grilled shrimp.

Tom Garfinkel Resigns From Post As Padres President

July 9
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Tom Garfinkel resigned as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, the baseball team announced today.

Family Of Fallen Firefighter Raising Money For His Pregnant Widow (Video)

July 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps veteran Billy Warneke was one of 19 firefighters who lost his life on June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill fire. Warneke's aunt and uncle have started a fundraising campaign to help his widow, who is due to give birth to the couple's first child in December.

The Pros And Cons Of Ballot Box Zoning

July 9
Midday Edition
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New developments are frequently controversial, but is city planning from the ballot box the answer? Should projects that are bigger, denser or higher than current law allows go to a vote of the people? Or should elected officials decide whether to give it the go-ahead?

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Skewered And Wrapped

July 9
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Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the best Grilled Beef Satay. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews his top picks for sauté pans in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to making quick Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps at home.

Should Doctors Ask Older People If They Have Guns At Home?

July 9
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Older men are at high risk of suicide, and they're far more likely to kill themselves if they have access to firearms.

Kroger Buys Harris Teeter In $2.5 Billion Grocery Deal

July 9
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In a merger of grocery chains, Kroger Co. is buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., the companies announced Tuesday. The move expands the reach of Kroger, already the nation's largest grocery chain, into the Mid-Atlantic region. The buyout values Harris Teeter at $49.38 per share, a premium of more than 33 percent over its share price earlier this year.

Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

July 9
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When Alfredo Corchado went to cover Mexico for TheDallas Morning News, he was determined not to focus on drugs and crime but rather to cover issues critical to the country's future -- immigration, education and the economy.

WATCH LIVE: Texas Lawmakers Debate Abortion Bill Again

July 9
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Thanks to our colleagues at KERA, who in turn have gotten the feed from The Texas Tribune, there's a livestream of Tuesday's debate in the Texas House. The lawmakers are taking up legislation that would give Texas some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country.

Chariot Fire 15 Percent Contained

July 9
Midday Edition
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A wildfire that scorched at least 4,700 acres and damaged or destroyed dozens of cabins and other structures in the Mount Laguna area was 15 percent contained as of 6 a.m. today, according to Cal Fire.

City Council Makes Tentative Vote To Ban Retail Pet Shops

July 9
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The San Diego City Council tentatively voted today to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in the city.

Afghan Soldier Kills NATO Service Member In Insider Attack

July 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Afghan soldier killed a NATO International Security Assistance Force service member today at Kandahar Air Field in what's being called an insider attack.

Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

July 9
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Most urban consumers are happy to leave farming to the farmers, but for those with a green thumb, it is getting easier to garden in the city. That's thanks, in part, to DIYers sharing ideas for reusing old materials to garden in and a new range of tools designed to get many more people involved with growing some of their own food.

Crash Investigators Turn To Asiana Pilot Who Was At Controls

July 9
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As they try to find out why Asiana Flight 214 crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, federal investigators plan to soon question the pilot who was at the Boeing 777's controls, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman said Tuesday on Morning Edition.

Printing Art At Home With A 3D Printer

July 9
By Angela Carone
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A Vista resident is using his own 3D Printer to create famous works of art in his home. His copies are made out of plastic, but can look eerily like the original. Increased consumer access to 3D printers is raising questions for museums.

Washington Monument Now Glows At Night

July 9
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Two-Way team enjoyed a new view on the way to work in the predawn hours Tuesday morning:

SD Air Show

July 9
City News Service
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a resolution today calling on the Defense Department to support the Miramar Air Show this fall.

Employers Face Changes After Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

July 9
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There are an estimated 225,000 Americans in legally recognized same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act means they are now eligible for the same federal benefits as straight couples.

Video: 3 Kidnapped Cleveland Women Say 'Thank You'

July 9
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For the first time, the three women held captive in Cleveland for more than a decade have broken their public silence by releasing a thank you video on YouTube. It was posted at midnight.