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Stories for July 18, 2013

City Heights Church Celebrates A Century Of Change

July 18
Evening Edition
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The St. Marks Episcopal Church in City Heights is celebrating its centennial Saturday. From a bungalow that held 18 worshippers, the church has evolved over the years to serve an ever-changing immigrant community.

Wildfire Near Palm Springs Is 'National Priority'

July 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As a blaze that's already burned more than 23,000 acres draws within about two miles of Palm Springs, Calif., officials are saying it's atop the U.S. Forest Service's list of wildfires that need to be fought.

San Diego County Unemployment Up Since May

July 18
City News Service
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County in June was 7.3 percent, up from 6.8 percent in May but below the 9.3 percent recorded in June 2012, the state's Employment Development Department announced Thursday.

Not Guilty By Reason Of Zombification?

July 18
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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While an "Assassin's Creed" pirate ship docks behind Comic-Con, a panel on the zombie apocalypse takes place inside. Check out the video.

Grant Supports Military-Dependent Students In San Diego Schools

July 18
By Kyla Calvert
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Department of Defense grant will support English instruction and student health at five city schools.

Mexico - One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: Cooking On The Sea Of Cortez

July 18
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Rick is always up for a cooking challenge. After a day spent boating and kayaking on the Sea of Cortez with a local ecotourism group, Rick grills dinner for the group on the beach at Espiritu Santo Island — one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in the world. To stock up on supplies, Rick shops in the La Paz market for local cheese, fresh produce and chiles and on the island purchases seafood from a fisherman. Then he grills fish and makes a stunning papaya salsa on the beach.

Dueling Rallies To Support, Recall Mayor Bob Filner Scheduled

July 18
By Claire Trageser
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Supporters and opponents of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner scheduled dueling rallies Thursday and Friday.

San Diego Lands Contract To Bring Fiats Into The Country

July 18
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego got some Italian visitors today as 370 Fiat cars rumbled off a cargo ship in National City.

Tijuana First City In Latin America To Ditch Analog

July 18
By Jill Replogle
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Tijuana became the first city in Latin America to switch completely from analog to digital television. The city is a test case for the rest of Mexico.

POV: High Tech, Low Life

July 18
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Trail two of China’s first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. A search for truth and fame inspires young vegetable seller “Zola” to report on censored news stories from the cities, while retired businessman “Tiger Temple” makes sense of the past by chronicling the struggles of rural villagers. Land grabs, pollution, rising poverty, local corruption and the growing willingness of ordinary people to speak out are grist for these two bloggers who navigate China’s evolving censorship regulations and challenge the boundaries of free speech.

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

July 18
Richard Knox / NPR
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It's not just how long you live that matters. It's healthy life expectancy - the additional years of good health you can expect once you hit 65.

South Boston Transformed In Whitey Bulger's Absence

July 18
Curt Nickisch / NPR
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When the FBI brought reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger back to his old stomping ground of South Boston to be tried in federal court after 16 years on the lam, he must have done a double take. The neighborhood that Bulger is accused of terrorizing with murders and extortion is booming.

Florida Community Asks Mermaid To Swim Elsewhere

July 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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At the Fishhawk Ranch community pools in Tampa, Fla.

Wildfires Will Worsen, And Further Strain The Forest Service

July 18
Christopher Joyce / NPR
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The deaths of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., this summer have focused a lot of attention on just how bad wildfire has become in the West. And research predicts the situation is going to get worse.

EPA, Labor Nominees Confirmed

July 18
Mark Memmott / NPR

By 59-40 vote mostly along party lines, the Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

World's Biggest Virus May Have Ancient Roots

July 18
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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Researchers have discovered the largest virus ever, and they've given it a terrifying name: Pandoravirus.

Man Who Hoped To Testify Against Whitey Bulger Is Found Dead

July 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who claimed that notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger forced him -- at gunpoint -- to sell a liquor store in 1984, was found dead Wednesday in Lincoln, Mass.

Marines Transfer Skills Used In Military To Civilian Life Under New Program

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Pilot Program gives Marines the opportunity to earn certification recognized in the private sector based on the occupational skills they learned while in the military. The program is now expanding to several test sites, including MCAS Miramar and Camp Pendleton.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Bones Of The Buddha

July 18
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When colonial estate manager Willie Peppe set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they’d find. Just over 20 feet down, they made an amazing discovery: a huge stone coffer, containing five reliquary jars, more than 1,000 separate jewels and some ash and bone. One of the jars bore an inscription that appeared to say that these were the remains of the Buddha himself. This seemed to be the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology. But doubt and scandal have hung over this amazing find for more than 100 years.

The Privacy Risks Of Some Health And Fitness Apps

July 18
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Before you start putting important health data into your phone app, you will want to hear about a new study that finds some of that information may be used for purposes you never sanctioned.

The United States Of Dynasty: Boom Times For Political Families

July 18
Charles Mahtesian / NPR
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This latest one is taking shape in Wyoming, where Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Tuesday that she's challenging incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi in the 2014 Republican primary.

What San Diegans Need To Know About California's Health Care Exchange

July 18
Midday Edition
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California's health care exchange will begin enrolling individuals for health coverage on October 1. But there's still a lot of confusion over the new health care law. We get the answers to some key questions.

Justice's Rules Mean Reporter Need Not Testify, Lawyer Says

July 18
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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A lawyer for New York Times reporter James Risen is citing new Justice Department guidelines about when to subpoena journalists to support his argument that Risen is covered by a common-law reporter's privilege and need not testify about a former CIA agent who allegedly served as his source.

Dempsey: US Considering Military Force Against Syria

July 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military leaders told a Senate panel today that the use of U.S. military force in Syria is an option.

Stage Set For Smoking Ban In Most Parts Of Coronado

July 18
Khari Johnson / Patch.com
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Smoking in outdoor patio areas at restaurants may have been the biggest issue of contention at the meeting Tuesday. A lack of public places to smoke may force people into alleys if designated smoking areas are not established, city staff said.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey Of The Corps Of Discovery

July 18
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Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most important expedition in American history — a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. This program tells the remarkable story of the entire corps — not just the two famous captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave and the Shoshone woman, Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son.

Study: U.S. Viewed As 'Favorable', China As Rising Superpower

July 18
Scott Neuman / NPR
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More people around the globe view the United States positively than do China, but most of them also believe that Beijing is set to eclipse Washington as the world's dominant Superpower, according to a new Pew Research survey.

Comic-Con Invades San Diego

July 18
By Beth Accomando, Deb Welsh
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Just ahead of Comic-Con day one, KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh talks with KPBS arts reporter — and longtime Comic-Con attendee — Beth Accomando.

Tech Companies Issue Loud Call For Surveillance Transparency

July 18
Elise Hu / NPR
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Apple, Google, Microsoft and a broad coalition of major tech companies are making a loud call for greater government disclosure of digital communications monitoring.

Judge Won't Drop 'Aiding The Enemy' Charge Against Manning

July 18
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The military judge presiding over the court-martial of leaker Bradley Manning has declined to drop the most serious charge against him.

Global Survey: China Will Surpass U.S. As Leading Superpower

July 18
Greg Myre / NPR
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China has supplanted or soon will supplant the U.S. as the world's leading superpower. That's the headline from a survey by the Pew Research Center, which put this proposition to people around the world.

Mitsubishi Blamed In San Onofre Plant Closure

July 18
Associated Press
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In a statement, Southern California Edison said Mitsubishi should be held accountable for faulty steam generators.

Part-Time Workers Say Schedules Are Getting More Erratic

July 18
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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In the 1980s, a popular fast-food commercial touted chicken-breast sandwiches -- and mocked chicken nuggets sold by competitors.

Summit Focuses On Growing Diverse STEM Workforce In San Diego

July 18
By Kyla Calvert
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Industry representatives and local college staff look at how to pipe more minority and disadvantaged students into growing STEM fields.

UC Students Concerned Over Napolitano's Nomination

July 18
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio
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Some University of California students are growing increasingly critical of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s nomination as the next UC president.

Crisis Management 101: "The Unfortunate Truth"

July 18
By Brad Racino
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In light of Mayor Filner's current crisis, inewsource sat down for a Q&A with crisis management experts for an introductory lesson in how these things are handled behind the scenes.

Protesters Oppose The Senate's Proposed 'Border Surge'

July 18
By Adrian Florido
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Protesters gathered nationwide Wednesday, including in San Diego, to oppose a Senate proposal they say would unacceptably militarize the U.S.-Mexico border.

Wildfire Clears Thousands In Mountain Town Of Idyllwild

July 18
Associated Press

A Southern California wildfire that forced 6,000 people to flee is now more than 35 square miles in size, and fingers of flame are sweeping along mountain ridges near Palm Springs.