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Stories for July 23, 2013

Univision Clips 'Tweety's' Wings

July 23
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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If you drive anywhere in greater Los Angeles, you know that you spend a significant amount of time staring at the bumper of the car ahead of you. And you may have noticed that a lot of those bumpers have red and yellow stickers that say "Piolín por la mañana." A lot.

NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

July 23
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"And this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement." -- President Obama

As Obama Renews Economic Call, Partisan Stalemate Seems Certain

July 23
Frank James / NPR
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In the lead-up to the start of President Obama's series of speeches laying out his view of how to strengthen the economy, some of the Washington-based challenges facing that very economy were on full display.

More Latinos Read All About It In English

July 23
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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A growing share of Latinos in the U.S. are getting their news in English.

Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward

July 23
Evening Edition
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A second woman goes public with allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Bob Filner in an exclusive interview with KPBS.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2013

July 23
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Led by guest conductor Lorin Maazel, the renowned Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual open-air concert, this year saluting Wagner and Verdi, in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Tenor Michael Schade is the featured soloist. Selections include music from "Aida," "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg," "Otello," "Tristan and Isolde" and "La Forza del Destino."

Rants And Raves: 'The Wolverine'

July 23
By Beth Accomando
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Hollywood loves to advertise its product but the marketing campaigns for many films fall flat or fail to inspire. Not the case with "The Wolverine" (opening July 26 throughout San Diego).

California Foreclosures Fall As Home Prices Rise

July 23
By Erik Anderson
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Rising California home prices are helping push down the number of homes entering the foreclosure process.

Taco Bell Says Adios To Kids' Meals And Toys

July 23
Maria Godoy / NPR
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That Crunchy Taco will no longer come with a side of toy.

Laws Tightening Abortion Regulations Gain Traction In States

July 23
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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A judge has temporarily blocked a North Dakota law that would have banned abortions beginning around six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat it detectable. It's one of several state laws passed this year intended to limit abortion.

With An Assist From Smugglers, Cuban Players Make It To U.S.

July 23
Tyler Greenawalt / NPR
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Cigars aren't the only thing smuggled out of Cuba these days.

California Hospitals May Help People Get Health Insurance

July 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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Walk into a hospital, walk out with health insurance. That could happen beginning in October.

POV: Neurotypical

July 23
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Explore autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.

Obama Turns To Comedians To Promote Health Coverage

July 23
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Who needs jocks when you've got Jennifer Hudson and Amy Poehler?

Teachers Hit The Books To Master New Education Standards

July 23
Cory Turner / NPR
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Almost all the states and Washington, D.C., are grappling with a big challenge as the new school year nears: getting teachers up to speed on the Common Core, a sweeping set of new education standards for English language arts and math.

The Big Stink: D.C.'s Corpse Flower Put On A Show

July 23
Andrew Prince / NPR
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The line to see the thing that was supposed to smell like rotting flesh wrapped around the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., on Monday night. Most folks who braved the heat and hourlong wait weren't greeted with the overwhelming stench of death, but rather the smell of sweat and intense, intense humidity.

See The 10 States With The Fastest Internet Connections

July 23
Elise Hu / NPR
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Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware get a notable benefit of being small: faster Internet connections. In the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, they top the list of states with the fastest average connection speeds, and make the top 10 states with fastest peak connection speeds, too.

Calif. Supreme Court Denies Dronenberg's Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages

July 23
City News Service
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The state Supreme Court denied a request by San Diego County's embattled clerk/assessor/recorder to temporarily halt same-sex weddings in California, a move he said he took in order to clarify legal issues and protect gay and lesbian couples.

Howard Buffett Battles Hunger, Armed With Money And Science

July 23
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Get Howard Buffett into the cab of a big ole' farm tractor and he's like a kid -- albeit a 58-year-old, gray-haired one. He's especially excited when it comes to the tractor's elaborate GPS system, which he describes as "very cool."

San Diego Mom Offers Advice For Summer Road Trips

July 23
Midday Edition
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San Diego mom Gretchen Breuner pulled her three kids out of school, put them in a used RV and took them on a 10,000 mile adventure across the United States.

Soldier's Non-Combat Related Death Under Investigation

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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The non-combat related death of Army Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, is under investigation. Maddox died July 22 in a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany from injuries related to an incident in Andar, Afghanistan.

Impact Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Mayor, City

July 23
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A former city employee alleges sexual harassment and files a lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. We take a look at the impact on the city and what's next.

Mexican Artist Famous For "2,501 Migrants" Dies

July 23
By Jill Replogle
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Alejandro Santiago was a Oaxacan artist who built an army of clay migrants to represent friends and family who abandoned his town to migrate to the U.S.

Death In Paradise: Season Two

July 23
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DI Richard Poole is still trapped on the stunning Caribbean island paradise of Saint-Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand still continue to irritate, just as he irritates his long-suffering colleagues. His eye for detail, relentless logic and stubborn refusal to leave anything unexplained works seamlessly with the instinctive and insightful knowledge of the beautiful Sergeant Camille Bordey. With the often unorthodox assistance of Dwayne and Fidel, they tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to nuns killed in locked rooms – even solving cases with a hurricane bearing down on them.

Suicide Bomber On Donkey Kills 3 US Troops In Afghanistan

July 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three U.S. service members were killed Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan when a suicide bomber riding a donkey detonated his explosives.

California Lawmaker Calling For Florida Boycott

July 23
Harry Gibbons / Capital Public Radio
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A California boycott of Florida is being proposed in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

Rare Siberian Birds Draw Crowds To Imperial Beach

July 23
Khari Johnson / Patch
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The first ever sighting of a Lesser Sand Plover in San Diego County was reported Friday. Native to the Russian tundra, this time of year the plover should be somewhere between Southeast Asia and Australia.

Chariot Fire Probe Involves Fed Jeep, Illegal Shooting

July 23
Shauntel Lowe / Patch
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A federal agency Jeep that caught fire the same day the blaze began.

Poll: Obama's Job Approval Slips In California

July 23
Associated Press
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A new Field Poll finds that support for President Barack Obama has slipped 10 points in the last five months among California voters.

Comic-Con: Video Gaming Continues To Grow

July 23
Tony Weidinger, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Tony Weidinger says he's been going to Comic-Con ever since his mom took him as a baby in a stroller. He writes about the changes he's seen in the past two decades.

California Seeks Firms To Scout High-Speed Rail Route

July 23
Associated Press
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority has put out a call for firms to handle engineering and surveying for its prospective route from Fresno to Bakersfield.

LaGuardia Back Online After Southwest Accident

July 23
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Flights due to arrive at New York City's LaGuardia Airport were experiencing delays that averaged 1 hour and 27 minutes as Tuesday dawned, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

Which Nations Hate The U.S.? Often Those Receiving U.S. Aid

July 23
Greg Myre / NPR
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To figure out which countries dislike the U.S., one quick way is to simply look at which ones are getting the largest dollops of U.S. aid.

City Council Gives Final Approval On Retail Pet Ban, Parking Restrictions

July 23
City News Service
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The City Council gave final approval today to a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in the city of San Diego, and to restrictions on parking oversized vehicles.

How Floor Charts Became Stars Of Congress

July 23
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Watch C-SPAN long enough, and you'll see members of Congress using visual aids: big, brightly colored poster boards, known on Capitol Hill as floor charts.

In The Summer, Univision Is Numero Uno

July 23
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For three consecutive weeks this summer, Spanish-language TV network Univision won the prime-time ratings among young adult viewers. The network is bragging about its prime-time ratings domination with full-page ads in the LA Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It's English-language video exclaims: "For the first time ever, Univision is now the number one network in any language."