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Stories for July 29, 2013

San Diego Emergency Response Times Fall Short Of Goal

July 29
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A VOSD investigation found that first responders are late to high-priority emergencies an average of twice an hour every day.

In The Nation's First Black High School, A Blueprint For Reform

July 29
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The nation's first black public high school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, opened its doors in Washington, D.C., in 1870. But more than 140 years later, Dunbar -- like many urban schools -- has fallen on hard times. The crumbling, brutalist-style building is often described as a prison, and graduation rates hover around 60 percent.

Building On San Diego Research, MIT Scientists Plant False Memories In Mice

July 29
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If the latest research on so-called "memory implants" sounds strangely familiar, your mind isn't playing tricks on you. Last week's study describing a method of producing false memories in mice builds on similar work pioneered in San Diego.

Panel Urges Lung Cancer Screening For Millions Of Americans

July 29
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A federal task force is planning to recommend that millions of smokers and former smokers get a CT scan annually to look for early signs of lung cancer.

Obama And Clinton Meet For 'Friendship' Lunch

July 29
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President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Monday for a private lunch that immediately sparked speculation about what it means for the 2016 presidential race.

Statue Brings Friction Over WWII Comfort Women To California

July 29
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For decades, Koreans have been pushing to preserve the legacy of women forced to provide sex to Japanese army soldiers during World War II. Glendale, Calif., will dedicate a statue memorializing the victims, known as "comfort women," on Tuesday. But the statue has spurred controversy in this Southern California city, where some area residents say it is a divisive reminder of the horrors of war.

Prescription Drug Discount Card Saves San Diegans $11.5 Million

July 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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You can't beat this deal: a free card that offers prescription drug discounts and rebates a portion of each sale to the county.

Legal Battles Increase Over Pipeline Projects

July 29
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At Margaret O'Keefe's farm in East Texas, they grow high-quality Bermuda grass. The fields are flat and vibrant green, surrounded by woods of a darker, richer green. The family loves this land. O'Keefe inherited it from her mother who divided it among eight children.

Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

July 29
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On any given day, there's a wildfire burning somewhere in the U.S. -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Many western forests have evolved with fire, and actually benefit from the occasional wildfire.

Canvassers For Health Coverage Find Few Takers In Boca Raton

July 29
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Tammy Spencer did a double take when she read the address on her paper and looked at the house in front of her.

Is Filner's Behavior Really Driven By A Psychological Disorder?

July 29
By David Wagner
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Starting next week, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will seek professional help for his self-described "failure to respect women." But will two weeks of behavioral therapy be enough to change the harassment he's accused of?

San Diego School Board To Consider Trayvon Martin Case Class Discussions

July 29
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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled tomorrow to consider whether to have staff discuss the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case with middle and high school students.

Goldsmith Says Part Of Recall Laws Should Be Repealed

July 29
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As efforts to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner get underway, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says part of the City's recall laws should be repealed to avoid legal challenges.

Boys With Autism Or ADHD More Prone To Overuse Video Games

July 29
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Video games can be a haven from the world, and it's easy to imagine that they would appeal to children who struggle with social interaction.

Inpatient Treatment For SD Mayor Filner Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

July 29
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After allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is seeking help. He announced Friday he will be entering a behavioral council clinic where he will undergo two weeks of intensive therapy to address his behavior. We take a look at behavioral therapy and inpatient treatment.

Nationwide FBI Sweep Saves Teens From Sex Trafficking, Leads To Arrest Of Pimps

July 29
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In San Diego, five teens were saved from exploitation and six accused pimps were arrested, results from the sweep show. The accused pimps' names were not yet released.

U.S. Beats Panama, 1-0, To Win Gold Cup Title

July 29
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For more than an hour Sunday, the U.S. men's soccer team was stymied by Panama's efficient defense and their own tight play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. But less than one minute after substitute Brek Shea entered the game, he tapped the match's lone goal into the net and sealed the championship.

Councilwoman Myrtle Cole Declines To Ask Filner To Resign

July 29
By Claire Trageser
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In a weekly newsletter sent from her office on Friday, City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole declined to call on Mayor Bob Filner to resign over sexual harassment allegations.

Camp Pendleton Marines Train To Prevent Sexual Assault

July 29
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When it comes to sexual assault, anyone can be a victim regardless of age, gender or heritage - even a fellow Marine. To combat any future issues, every Marine serving with 1st Marine Division trains to prevent incidents of sexual assault from happening to their peers by attending annual prevention training and follow-on courses.

Army Ranger Killed In Skydiving Accident (+Video)

July 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The FAA and NTSB are investigating the death of Army Capt. Martin Monahan, 30, who died last week from injuries suffered in a skydiving accident near Honolulu.

Amazon Says It Will Hire More Than 5,000 U.S. Workers

July 29
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Amazon.com plans to hire more than 5,000 full-time workers for its warehouse and order fulfillment centers, the retailing giant said Monday. Many of the jobs will be at Amazon outposts that are spread across more than 10 states.

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

July 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Obama will award Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter the Medal of Honor on August 26 for his heroic acts during battle in Afghanistan. Carter, who now lives in California, will become just the fifth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

San Diego Gasoline Price Falls For Sixth Day

July 29
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today for the sixth consecutive day, dropping two-tenths of a cent to $4.044.

Second Opinion: Is Paying The Fine Cheaper Than Offering Health Care?

July 29
By Megan Burks
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A flight school instructor wonders whether paying an Obamacare fine makes more financial sense than insuring workers.

Miami Beach Preservationists Battle Glitterati Over Homes

July 29
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Some of Miami Beach's quietest and most historic neighborhoods can be found in a chain of small islands connected by a causeway. On Di Lido Island, a community of homes built 50 and 60 years ago is being torn down and replaced, lot by lot. On one street alone, five houses currently are slated for demolition.