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Stories for July 26, 2013

Report: Violent Crime Up Slightly In California

July 26
Associated Press

State officials report that violent crimes slightly increased in California last year, but that crime rates remain at historic lows.

Efforts To Recall Mayor Filner Underway

July 26
By Tarryn Mento
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Mayor Bob Filner is heading to therapy, but he isn't leaving office. That is, if he has anything to say about it. However, he may not be the only one with input on the matter.

50 Years On, Research On Sex Can Still Be A Lightning Rod

July 26
Nancy Shute / NPR
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The world has changed a lot since a divorced mother of two teamed up with a St. Louis gynecologist to study the physiology of sex.

Councilman Says City Code On Recall Elections Should Be Amended

July 26
City News Service
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Councilman Mark Kersey proposed Friday that a San Diego municipal code section on recall elections be amended to bring it into line with state law.

Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster?

July 26
Martin Kaste / NPR
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Typically, police arrive at the scene of a crime after it occurs. But rather than send cops to yesterday's crime, a new trend in law enforcement is using computers to predict where tomorrow's crimes will be -- and then try to head them off.

Judge: VA Can Treat Vets Harmed By Experiments

July 26
Associated Press

A federal judge in Oakland has ruled that Cold War military veterans who say they were harmed by government-backed chemical and biological experiments aren't entitled to medical treatment outside the Department of Veterans Affairs medical system.

Filner Announces He Will Enter Counseling Clinic; Says Nothing Of Resigning

July 26
By Claire Trageser
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After facing an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations and demands that he resign, Mayor Bob Filner today announced he would enter "a behavioral counseling clinic."

NYC Tabs Go Gaga Over Naughty Pols

July 26
Hannah Meisel / NPR

Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer have been very good to the New York tabloids.

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming -- And Winning

July 26
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 -- and some older than 90 -- are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.

Hedge Fund SAC Capital Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

July 26
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has pleaded not guilty to wire and securities fraud, a day after federal prosecutors in New York charged the firm in connection with an alleged insider trading scheme.

US Airman Shows Off Full Windmill Dunk At USA Showcase (VIDEO)

July 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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What's the craziest thing you've ever done in combat boots? Well, this U.S. Airman pulled off quite a feat (or feet?) during the USA Basketball Showcase in Las Vegas on Thursday. During a timeout, Airman Nathaniel Mills wowed the crowd with a full windmill dunk, wearing combat boots to boot!

McConnell's Kentucky Challenger Gets Her Act Together

July 26
Frank James / NPR
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Maybe the Democrat who hopes to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready for prime time after all.

Former Filner Intern: Mayor's Staff Witnessed Alleged Harassment

July 26
KPBS News
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A 23-year-old San Diego man who served as a communications intern in the mayor's office earlier this year claims that he witnessed Mayor Bob Filner sexually harass women.

Roundtable: More Filner Accusations

July 26
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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More women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. So far, seven women, all well-known professionals, have accused the mayor of inappropriate touching and language.

DNC Leader Urges Filner To Resign

July 26
Associated Press / Associated Press

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after four more women said they were targets of his sexual advances.

War Horse 'Sgt. Reckless' Honored With Statue Today At Quanico (Video)

July 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The war horse Sgt. Reckless, who spent her last days at Camp Pendleton, is being posthumously honored today in Washington D.C. for her contributions during the Korean War.

Tech Week That Was: Facebook Triumphs, Chromecast Launches

July 26
Elise Hu / NPR
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Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

'Life Without Parole' Deal Struck For Cleveland Kidnapper

July 26
NPR

(We updated the top of this post at 11:55 a.m. ET.)

Part Of I-15 To Close For Construction

July 26
City News Service
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Motorists: Beware this weekend.

VIDEO: A Bear Walks Into A Bar ...

July 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Feel free to complete the joke in the comments thread (and we bet you can do better than this guy).

Leader Of City's Arts Commission Resigns

July 26
By Angela Carone
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Denise Montgomery, executive director of the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, has resigned her post in Mayor Bob Filner's administration.

New 'Surfing Madonna' Art Could Hit Southern California Beaches

July 26
Associated Press
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Southern California's famous "Surfing Madonna" may soon have company.

San Diego Tourism Authority Cuts 31 Jobs

July 26
Associated Press

San Diego's Tourism Authority is laying off 40 percent of its staff as it struggles with a drastic funding cut.

Review: 'Berberian Sound Studio'

July 26
By Beth Accomando
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Film is a visual medium yet "Berberian Sound Studio" (playing Friday and Saturday night at 10pm at the Digital Gym Cinema) asks us to listen as much as we watch.

Review: 'Blackfish'

July 26
Evening Edition
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In 2010, a Sea World trainer was killed by a killer whale. That incident sparked the documentary “Blackfish” (opening July 26 at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Theaters). Watch Evening Edition tonight at 5:00pm for more on the film and Sea World's reaction to it.

San Diego Mayor Must Go, His Party Says; Accuser Count At 7

July 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Four more women -- including a retired Navy rear-admiral -- came forward Thursday to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances. That brings to 7 the number of women who say they've been "on the receiving end of unwanted advances, inappropriate touching and comments by Filner," San Diego's KPBS is reporting.