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Stories for July 19, 2013

Allegations Against Filner Reach National Stage

July 19
By Hailey Persinger
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As sexual harassment allegations continue to plague the office of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, local leaders and national pundits are forming their opinions on the story.

Rally Called First Step In Recall Of Mayor Bob Filner

July 19
By Claire Trageser
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About 100 people gathered in downtown San Diego's Civic Center Plaza for a rally they said was the first step in the process to recall Mayor Bob Filner.

Florida Governor Stands Firm On 'Stand Your Ground' Law

July 19
Greg Allen / NPR
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In the days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, protesters camped out at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee, calling for a meeting.

Sheriff's Department Sets Up Hotline For Harassment Complaints Against Filner

July 19
City News Service

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be the lead investigative agency for any sexual harassment complaints against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, according to statements issued today by the department and District Attorney's Office.

Democratic Chair: If Allegations Are True, Filner Should Resign

July 19
City News Service
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The chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party said today that allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are grounds for his resignation, if proven to be true.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Short Ribs And Chops Hit The Grill

July 19
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Test cook Julia Collin Davison show host Christopher Kimball how to make Easy Grilled Boneless Pork Chops. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for pressure cookers in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the best Grill-Roasted Beef Short Ribs, and gadget guru Lisa reviews her favorite knife accessories.

Coroner: Teen In Asiana Crash Killed By Vehicle

July 19
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As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames.

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: Ed Sheeran

July 19
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At the historic meeting house of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Ed Sheeran needed little more than his voice and a guitar to whip a crowd of 700 fervent fans into a frenzy or hush them into enraptured silence. The rising British star bounded effortlessly from the hip-hop infused pop of "Lego House," the latest single from his acclaimed debut album “+,” to sweetly, crooned ballads before sending an ecstatic audience home with his Grammy-nominated hit single, "The A Team."

Michigan AG Appeals Court Order Blocking Detroit Bankruptcy

July 19
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A circuit court judge has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the state's constitution and laws, and must be withdrawn; Michigan's attorney general has already appealed the decision.

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

July 19
Richard Knox / NPR
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A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers.

Scuba Diving Soldier Dad Creates Perfect Surprise Reunion (Video)

July 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Bethany Bronson and her four children were enjoying their day at the Kadena Marina on Okinawa in Japan, counting down the weeks until Capt. Bronson would return home to them from Afghanistan. But Bethany's husband had other plans. With the creative use of Scuba gear, Capt. Bronson pulled off one of the most touching military family reunions in recent memory.

U.S. Judge 'Troubled' By Government Drone-Strike Policy

July 19
Carrie Johnson / NPR

A federal judge considering a constitutional challenge to drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen says she's "troubled" by the idea that the courts have no role to play in what's essentially a political dispute.

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago'

July 19
NPR

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," President Obama told reporters Friday afternoon. "Another way of saying that was Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

Roundtable: Mayor Filner's Bad Week, Part II

July 19
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Week two in San Diego's ongoing civic tornado finds Donna Frye erupting with anger, Mayor Bob Filner saying he has a monster inside him, Walt Ekard taking over as Chief Operating Officer and more Democrats calling on Filner to resign.

Asiana Crash Victim Was Alive When Hit By Emergency Vehicle

July 19
Mark Memmott / NPR

Ye Meng Yuan, one of two Chinese teenagers who died at the scene of Asiana Flight 214's crash in San Francisco, was alive when she was struck by an emergency vehicle responding to the disaster, San Mateo County (Calif.) coroner Robert Foucrault told reporters Friday.

INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY: Season Three

July 19
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It’s 1968 and the swinging sixties have made their way up North and into the life of grizzled Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw), and the turbulent politics are complicating his murder investigations. Thankfully DS John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby) is on hand with banter and smarts to help navigate the Northern Soul and tensions of a country entering a cultural revolution.

The Tech Week That Was: Phone Upgrade Plans And TV's Future

July 19
Elise Hu / NPR
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So much fascinating tech and culture news, so little time. But we certainly think you should see the journalism that's catching our curiosity each week, so each Friday we'll round up the week that was -- the work that appeared in this blog, and from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

With Home Prices Soaring, Has Success Spoiled San Francisco?

July 19
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Joe Kelso and John Winter probably waited too long. The couple has been together for a dozen years but only got serious recently about buying a house in San Francisco.

How Do You Photograph A City's Bankruptcy?

July 19
Claire O'Neill / NPR
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Photographer Kirk Crippens says you can't. But that hasn't stopped him from trying. Since 2009, he has been documenting the city of Stockton, Calif., which last year became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy -- until Detroit filed yesterday. Before bankruptcy, Stockton was the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. But before that, Crippens says, it "was an all-American city -- Boomtown, USA -- housing going up everywhere."

Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins Of Hamdania Infamy To Go Free Today

July 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will not take up a request by prosecutors to reconsider its ruling to throw out the conviction of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, which allows him to be released from the MCAS Miramar brig as early as today.

Southern California Wildfire Grows Overnight

July 19
Greg Risling / Associated Press
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Overnight, a Southern California wildfire in the mountain town of Idyllwild grew to 39 square miles.

Comic-Con 2013 Sounds: An Introduction

July 19
By Angela Carone
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San Diegans are used to seeing superheroes and vampires take over downtown every summer for Comic-Con, which draws 130,000 attendees. But for those, who've never been, here's an introduction.

Pa. City Tries Wild West Auction To Rope In Cash

July 19
Craig Layne / NPR
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Leaders in Harrisburg, Pa., hope the legends of the Wild West will ride to the rescue of the cash-strapped state capital. Thanks to a former mayor's eccentric, failed museum project, the city has an extensive collection of Wild West artifacts -- some said to have ties to people like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Buffalo Bill.

How To Fight Racial Bias When It's Silent And Subtle

July 19
Shankar Vedantam / NPR
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In the popular imagination and in conventional discourse -- especially in the context of highly charged news events such as the shooting of Trayvon Martin -- prejudice is all about hatred and animosity.

Coroner To Reveal Cause Of Asiana Passenger Death

July 19
Associated Press
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A coroner plans to reveal Friday whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firetruck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane.

Consul: Determine Responsibility For Asiana Death

July 19
Associated Press

Chinese officials are urging investigators to determine responsibility for the death of a student who survived the Asiana Airlines crash only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle.

Grandpa's Story: A Comb, Penknife And Handkerchief

July 19
NPR Staff / NPR
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Jack Bruschetti was born in 1999, the same year his grandfather, Leonard Carpenter, died from Alzheimer's disease.

With Filibuster Deal, NLRB Could Soon Return To Full Force

July 19
Scott Horsley / NPR
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For decades after the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Board served as the arbiter for squabbles between management and unions, or workers who wanted to join a union. In more recent years, though, the board itself has become a battleground.

More Evacuate, Weird Weather Fears At Mountain Fire

July 19
Associated Press
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Residents of another 700 homes were advised to retreat to safety on Friday as crews fighting a wildfire in the mountains above Palm Springs grew increasingly concerned about the possibility of unstable weather and erratic winds that could last through the weekend.