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Stories for July 22, 2013

Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory

July 22
Wade Goodwyn / NPR
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It's not even noon yet but every table out front of the Pecan Lodge in downtown Dallas is filled with veterans with barbecue heaped on their plates, smirking at the gobsmacked newbies. First timers are easily discernible by the stunned looks on their faces when they walk in and see the line.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings To Be Conducted At Chargers Park

July 22
City News Service

Free skin cancer screenings will be conducted Saturday at Chargers Park as part of the national Melanoma Exposed campaign, which seeks to raise awareness of melanoma and its risk factors and encourage people to be screened.

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

July 22
Alana Levinson / NPR
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Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

Escondido Woman Takes A Different Path In Her Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis

July 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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Multiple sclerosis can be a crippling disease, but an Escondido woman refuses to submit to it.

McConnell's Challenge: Dealmaking Without Fingerprints

July 22
Frank James / NPR
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It appears that it's just a matter of days before it becomes official that Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate's top Republican, will be primaried by a Louisville businessman with Tea Party backing.

Mexico - One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: Oaxaca's Most Magical Holiday (New Season Premiere)

July 22
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Rick takes us on a remarkable journey through Oaxaca City during the revered Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. We discover that in Mexico, death is embraced as part of the circle of life. During the holiday, people welcome home the spirits of their ancestors who come to commune with their families and friends. Like all visitors, the ancestors are welcomed with food, drink, music and memories. The spirit’s presence is a blessing and brings joy to loved ones.

Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department

July 22
Brian Naylor / NPR
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Janet Napolitano's announcement that she'll be stepping down as Department of Homeland Security secretary after four years on the job leaves an opening at the top of the key Cabinet agency. But it's not the only job opening at Homeland Security.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Indian Classics Made Easy

July 22
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Man on the Street John "Doc" Willoughby learns about Indian cuisine from Chef Floyd Cardoz. Then, test cook Becky Hays teaches host Christopher Kimball how to make two classic Indian recipes: Indian Flatbread and Indian-Style Spinach with Fresh Cheese. And finally, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for juicers in the Equipment Corner, and gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews some of her favorite kitchen gadgets.

Miramar Air Show Will Go On

July 22
By Erik Anderson
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Miramar officials say they will hold their air show, even without active-duty military planes in the air.

Detroit's Emergency Manager: 'There's Just No Money'

July 22
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, defended his decision to take the city into bankruptcy. The most contentious issue regarding the city is what bankruptcy protection could mean for the pensions of some retired city workers.

Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

July 22
Dan Bobkoff / NPR
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Last fall, Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, buckled boardwalks and ruined much of the infrastructure of the small vacation spot of Fire Island, just off the coast of New York. The storm also destroyed many of the island's copper phone lines. But the island's only traditional phone company has no plans to replace them. Instead, Verizon is offering customers a little white box with an antenna it calls Voice Link.

A Ride Along The Lincoln Highway

July 22
By Jennifer Robinson
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Rick Sebak travels across America's first transcontinental highway, checking out the changing landscape along the route from Times Square to San Francisco. This road show incorporates American culture, history, food, family, traditions and the changing way of the automobile.

Sandwich Monday: Gravy Bread

July 22
Ian Chillag / NPR
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You may be familiar with the Italian Beef, a Chicago roast beef sandwich you can get dipped, completely, in Meat Juice (or jus, if you insist on trying to be classy while dipping a sandwich in Meat Juice). Order "gravy bread," and you get nothing but the bun, soaked, completely, in Meat Juice.

Offseason Arrests Raise Questions For NFL

July 22
Tyler Greenawalt / NPR
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The offseason is a time of relaxation for NFL players. A time spent away from the field and with family and friends. Unfortunately, this is also a time where players seem to get into more trouble with the law. The arrests of notable players such as Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot charged with murder, have sparked a flurry of reports regarding a "problem" in the NFL.

How Americans Get To Work, In 2 Graphs

July 22
Shiva Koohi / NPR

More than ever, Americans are getting to work by driving alone.

How Will Trayvon Martin Case Impact Race Relations In San Diego?

July 22
Midday Edition
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As 100 U.S. cities rally for justice for the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, we take a look at race relations in San Diego.

MARTHA BAKES: Pâte Brisée

July 22
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Martha demonstrates how easy it is to make a tender, flaky pâte brisée crust — one of the most versatile and essential elements in the baker’s arsenal. This crust can be used to make sweet or savory dishes; Martha offers a variety of options, including mile-high apple pie, a sumptuous tomato tart and more.

Review: 'Broken'

July 22
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest Blogger Rebecca Romani says "Broken" (currently playing at the Digital Gym Cinema) is a well-crafted story of dysfunctional life in North London.

Actor And Army Veteran Dennis Farina Dead At 69 (Video)

July 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Dennis Farina, an actor best known for staring in television shows like 'Law and Order' and 'Crime Story' died today at age 69. Farina served three years in the U.S. Army during the 1960s.

Former Communications Director Sues Filner For Harassment

July 22
Midday Edition
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Irene McCormack Jackson, former communications director for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, sues mayor for sexual harassment.

Note To Teen Boy With Blowgun: It's Exhale, Not Inhale

July 22
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Parents would like to think their teenage sons are spending the summer reviewing calculus. Unfortunately, at least a few of them may be manufacturing homemade blowguns, with unexpectedly painful results.

Faulconer, Gloria Say City Business Will Continue Amid Allegations

July 22
By Claire Trageser and City News Service
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Two leaders of the City Council today reassured San Diegans that the city's business will continue despite the sexual harassment allegations that have engulfed Mayor Bob Filner.

US Navy Jets Drop Bombs On Great Barrier Reef In Training Mishap (Video)

July 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two U.S. Navy jets dropped four bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week in a training exercise mishap. While the Navy insists the bombs don't pose a threat to the environmentally-sensitive reef, National Geographic calls the mishap "an insult to a delicate ecosystem."

MARTHA BAKES: Yellow Cake (New Series Premiere)

July 22
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Learn to create the finest desserts and goodies in your own home. Martha Stewart shares the best baking tips and techniques, giving you the confidence to create delectable baked goods — from scratch — in your own kitchen. Martha’s updated versions of the classics set the standard, while her uses of flavors and ingredients add new angles to some familiar favorites. In this episode, from a mouthwatering stone-fruit upside-down cake to a batch of strawberry cupcakes, Martha covers the possibilities for this yellow cake recipe.

A Life Destroyed By Mental Illness

July 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Last week, a San Diego family spread the ashes of their 22-year-old son in the Sierra Mountains. It was another painful moment in a life destroyed by mental illness.

TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think

July 22
Jessica Naudziunas / NPR
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Television poses a threat to children, and we're not talking the programs. We're talking a large household appliance that can hurt kids.

2013 Miramar Air Show Will Go Ahead As Planned (Video)

July 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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MCAS Miramar commanding officer Col. John Farnam announced today the 2013 MCAS Miramar Air Show will go ahead as scheduled, despite the Pentagon's grounding of military aircraft for air shows due to sequestration cuts.

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

July 22
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

Comic-Con Wrap Up

July 22
Evening Edition
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The 43rd Comic-Con came to a close last night, and as usual there was far too much to do in four days.

Second Opinion: Do I Have To Cover My Three Employees Under Obamacare?

July 22
By Megan Burks
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An Encinitas "solopreneuer" wonders whether she'll have to cover future employees' health care premiums if she decides to take on more workers.

UC Riverside Discovery Leads To Mosquito-Fighting Patch

July 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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A discovery from UC Riverside has led to a new way to protect humans from mosquitoes.

Diesel Sales Feed California's Economy

July 22
By Erik Anderson
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California's diesel consumption was up in the first quarter of the year.

VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

July 22
Mark Memmott / NPR

We can't start the new week without posting more video of the "grandma drummer" who captured so much attention on Friday.

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

July 22
Joel Rose / NPR
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A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Little Bighorn Tour Guide Brings Battle To Life

July 22
Jim Kent / NPR
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On a scorching hot summer afternoon along the banks of the Little Bighorn River in Montana, seasonal ranger Mike Donahue brings the historical Battle of Little Bighorn to life with remarkable enthusiasm and passion.