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Stories for July 12, 2013

Abortion Rights Activists Plan Challnge To Texas Measure

July 12
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In a major victory for the anti-abortion movement, the Texas state senate passed a sweeping bill early Saturday that has become a flashpoint in the national abortion debate. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it in short order.

Filner: 'A Fair, Independent Investigation Will Support My Innocence'

July 12
By Sandhya Dirks, Claire Trageser
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In a late Friday afternoon statement, the mayor said he believes an investigation will "support my innocence." Shortly after, Councilmember David Alvarez called on the mayor to resign and said he reported to the city information on sexual harassment allegations regarding Filner.

Interview: 'The Way, Way Back'

July 12
By Beth Accomando
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The title for "The Way, Way Back" (opening July 12 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) refers to how far back in the station wagon 14-year-old Duncan has to sit.

Trayvon Martin In Death: Whose Story Is It?

July 12
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Note: The photo we're talking about is at the top of this Gawker article. Viewers may find it disturbing.

Motivations Behind Sexual Harassment

July 12
Evening Edition
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The mayor is accused of sexual harassment. We take a closer look at what motivates someone to sexually harass others, what treatment is available and does it work?

Video: Exhibitors Talk About Comic-Con

July 12
Midday Edition
By Beth Accomando
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Comic-Con has capped attendance at 130,000 for the last few years. It also has to limit the number of dealers and artists who have booths on the exhibit floor to about a thousand with at least a 3-year waiting period to get in. I spoke with exhibitors last year to get their perspective on Comic-Con and how it’s changed.

Micro-Garden Madness: You Showed Us Your Stuff

July 12
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Earlier this week, we told you about some of the people who are trying to make micro-gardening go big -- by sharing their DIY tips and selling products designed to make gardening in a small space a piece of cake. Many readers of The Salt let us know they were all for it.

San Francisco Hospital Reports Third Death In Asiana Crash

July 12
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A third death has been reported in the crash-landing of Asiana Airline flight 214, as San Francisco General Hospital said Friday that one of its patients who was injured in the accident has died. Hospital officials described the victim as a girl; they offered no further details about her.

New Off-Campus Housing Project Opens Near SDSU

July 12
By Erik Anderson
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Developers cut the ribbon on a just-completed $42 million off-campus housing project near San Diego State University today.

'Illusioning Victory From Defeat': A Washington Story

July 12
Liz Halloran / NPR
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At the end of another demoralizing and unproductive Washington week, it struck us that the messaging of failure is a very delicate business -- for members of both flailing parties.

Years Later, Miss Indian America Pageant Winners Reunite

July 12
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The women who were crowned Miss Indian America are reuniting this weekend in Sheridan, Wyo. The Native American pageant ran from 1953 to 1984 and attracted contestants from across the country. Originally, the pageant started as a way to combat prejudices against Native Americans.

Justice Tightens Guidelines For Obtaining Records From Media

July 12
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Attorney General Eric Holder announced a tightening of Justice Department guidelines for dealing with the sensitive issue of subpoenas of journalists' communications, weeks after embarrassing disclosures that his office had secretly obtained phone records and emails from reporters as part of a probe of unauthorized leaks.

Man Hailed As A Hero After Epic Swim Saves Stranded Family

July 12
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"It wasn't an option. It just had to be done."

Birth Of Royal Baby Reminder Of Pregnancy Dangers: One San Diego Mom's Story

July 12
By Tammy Carpowich
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A Sabre Springs mom has something in common with Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge: The rare pregnancy condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the royal birth looms, she recalls her own experience with the potentially deadly condition.

Le Travel Store Shuts Its Doors After 37 Years

July 12
By Dwane Brown
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The owners of the first travel store in the country say the business has drastically changed and they're getting out.

No Military Flight Demonstrations At Miramar Air Show

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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There will be no military flight demonstrations at the Miramar Air Show this year. MCAS Miramar announced today the Pentagon turned down the base's request to use military planes in the show due to sequestration budget cuts. Officials are still deciding whether or not to cancel the entire show.

Murder Charge To Be Filed In Death Of California Boy

July 12
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The 16-year-old half-brother of an 11-year-old boy found dead earlier this week in Southern California will be charged with one count of murder, prosecutors said Friday.

Roundtable: Filner In Trouble, Says He Needs Help

July 12
Evening Edition
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Responding to calls for his resignation from former allies over multiple sexual harassment allegations, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologized via DVD Wednesday. He says he will stay in office.

Teen Who Died In Asiana Crash Was Hit By A Fire Truck, Police Say

July 12
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One of the two Chinese teenagers who died in the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight Saturday was hit by a fire truck responding to the scene on the runway, police officials in San Francisco said Friday. But it remains uncertain if that accident is what killed the girl.

Another 787 Dreamliner Fire Means Turbulence For Boeing Stock

July 12
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Boeing's stock took a sharp plunge on Friday, dropping more than 7 percent following reports out of London's Heathrow Airport of another fire aboard a 787 Dreamliner.

Opponents Want Calif. Court To Stop Gay Weddings

July 12
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Opponents of same-sex marriage demanded Friday that the California Supreme Court immediately halt the practice that recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a nine-year legal battle.

Does The Canadian Rail Explosion Make Pipelines Look Safer?

July 12
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When an oil-laden train derailed last weekend, it turned into an inferno that killed dozens in Lac-Megantic, a small town in Quebec.

Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

July 12
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What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, the Midwest was heading into one of the worst droughts in decades. Now much of the region is soggy.

Remembering A Scholar Who Reshaped States

July 12
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You've probably never heard of Alan Rosenthal, but few people have done more over the past half-century not only to describe state governments, but redefine how they operate.

A Quick History Of Accidental Online Purchases By Kids

July 12
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EBay's app is so easy to use, a toddler can do it -- and her parents would argue about whether that's a good thing.

Zimmerman Attorney: Prosecution Failed To Make Its Case

July 12
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In closing arguments Friday, George Zimmerman's defense sought to hammer home its contention that the self-styled neighborhood watch volunteer was defending himself when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle last February in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

Two US Navy Ships Move Into Red Sea To Be Near Egypt

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Kearsarge and the USS San Antonio are now sitting off the coast of Egypt, according to Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Amos, “because we don’t know what’s going to happen."

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Resigning For University Of California Presidency

July 12
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U.S. officials say Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system.

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Stepping Down

July 12
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Saying that the post has been "the highlight of my professional career," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday morning that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California.

Can You Code A Better Government?

July 12
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Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episodeWhy We Collaborate.

Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

July 12
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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episodeWhy We Collaborate.

Top Democrat Says Documents Show IRS Also Targeted Liberals

July 12
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Newly released documents appear to further undermine the idea that Tea Party groups were the only ones given extra scrutiny by the IRS for potential political activity.

Stormy Weather For San Diego Mayor

July 12
By Sandhya Dirks
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Mayor Bob Filner will not resign, but he will get help according to a videotaped statement released Thursday. Will that be enough to satisfy those who charge him with sexual harassment?

Jacobs Center Hosts Free Health Fair This Saturday

July 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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Free health screenings, healthy food giveaways, and information on the Affordable Care Act will be available at a special health fair at the Jacobs Center this Saturday.

Review: 'The Body' ('El Cuerpo')

July 12
By Beth Accomando
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"The Body (El Cuerpo)" screened earlier this year at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and thankfully it gets a full week run at the Digital Gym Cinema (2921 ElCajon Blvd.) starting today.

VIDEO: 'I Need Help' San Diego Mayor Says

July 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In a video statement to the people of his city, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner conceded Thursday that he has "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times, I have intimidated them."

Teen Jailed For Facebook Post Expresses Regrets

July 12
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"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said. ... People should be very careful about what they say" on social media sites.

READ: Instructions For The Jury In Trial Of George Zimmerman

July 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Nearly 17 months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin -- a death that would spark protests across the nation -- a jury is about to begin considering whether defendant George Zimmerman acted in self defense or should be convicted of murder or manslaughter.

SD Chariot Fire

July 12
City News Service
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MOUNT LAGUNA (CNS) - Crews laboring to get lines of containment around the largely extinguished Chariot Fire that charred an estimated 7,055 acres and destroyed scores of structures southeast of Julian had the daunting task nearly complete tonight.

SD Pride Weekend

July 12
City News Service
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Weekend festivities are scheduled to begin in Hillcrest tonight with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, a flag raising and a block party.

Chuck Foley, Co-Created Twister, Dies At 82

July 12
Doreen McCallister / NPR
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One of the men responsible for getting people tied up in knots while they played Twister has died.

Mary Hamilton, The Woman Who Put The 'Miss' In Court

July 12
Andrew Yeager, NPR Staff
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When the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling, its decisions can carry weight for generations. Think about decisions in the civil rights era that overturned school segregation, or that upheld the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama.

Will A Health Insurer Sponsor The Next 'Jackass' Movie?

July 12
Sarah Varney / NPR
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Soon, most Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine. This sounds like a marketer's dream: Captive shoppers directed by the government to buy your product. But when the product you're selling is health insurance, there are some pitfalls. Your customers may not love you. In fact, they may despise you.