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Stories for June 4, 2013

San Diego Rental Market Stable

June 4
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's improving labor market is helping keep the region's apartment marketplace stable.

San Diego Woman Files Suit Against Farm Linked To Hepatitis Outbreak

June 4
City News Service

A woman filed suit in San Diego today against an Oregon fruit farm, alleging that frozen berries it sold gave her hepatitis as part of an outbreak of the disease in seven U.S. states.

Friday's El Reno Tornado Called Widest In U.S. History

June 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., Friday "is officially the widest known tornado in the U.S.," says the National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla., announcing today that at its widest, the storm stretched across 2.6 miles.

Lessons From Fukushima For San Onofre

June 4
By Alison St John
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The former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said plans to restart San Onofre at 70 percent power do not inspire him with confidence. Gregory Jaczko and former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan spoke in San Diego at a seminar.

Little Saigon District Wins Official Designation

June 4
By Megan Burks
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It's been two years in the making, but San Diego's Vietnamese community has finally gotten the recognition it's been asking for.

U.S. Skater Will Boycott Disciplinary Hearing On Tampering

June 4
Howard Berkes / NPR
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U.S. Olympic speedskater Simon Cho will boycott a hearing next week that could result in his receiving a lifetime ban from the sport, NPR has learned.

Concerns Remain Over La Jolla Trolley Extension Project

June 4
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The plan to connect La Jolla and University City to San Diego's Trolley System has been in the works for years and some community concerns remain.

U.S. Trade Body Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents

June 4
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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A U.S. trade agency says Apple infringed on its Asian rival Samsung's patent in its manufacture of some older models of the iPhone and iPad.

Christie Finesses Challenge Created By Senate Vacancy

June 4
Frank James / NPR
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Only time will tell how well New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie finessed a decision that seemed to pit his personal interests against those of the broader public.

Defense: Too Many Documents 'Classifed' In Rosen Leak Case

June 4
Carrie Johnson / NPR

The lawyer for Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former State Department contractor charged with leaking top-secret information to Fox News, has accused the intelligence community of impeding his defense by slapping the "classified" label on hundreds of irrelevant and harmless documents.

Single Black Man Seeks LTR. Single Black Woman? Not So Much

June 4
Christopher Johnson / NPR
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The numbers go like this: Very few single black women -- just a quarter of those surveyed -- said they were looking for long-term relationships, or LTRs. But on the flip side, nearly 43 percent of single black men said they're looking for a long-term partner.

Medicare And The New Health Law: How It Affects You

June 4
Emily Bazar / CHCF Center for Health Reporting
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Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers’ questions about the Affordable Care Act.

Four Big Players Emerge In Military Sex Assault Debate

June 4
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The nation's top military leaders came to Capitol Hill Tuesday primed to defend their ability to handle, in their chain of command, the sexual assault scandal that has engulfed the armed services.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO WITH SU-MEI YU: Sea To Plate

June 4
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Su-Mei takes viewers on a journey from sea to plate that begins at local fishing docks to explore San Diego's fresh catch and rich fishing history, including the families that have made it so, and then heads to famed distributor Catalina Offshore to learn the details of processing uni, one of our area's most interesting treasures from the sea.

Obama's D.C. Court Nominations Heat Up Battle With Senate

June 4
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama fired a warning shot Tuesday in the battle over Senate confirmations: He nominated three new judges to the powerful federal appeals court in Washington, and he challenged Senate Republicans not to stand in their way.

FBI Report Reveals General Uptick in Local Crime

June 4
City News Service

The statistics, compiled in the federal agency's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, show that El Cajon was the only local city with a population above 100,000 to experience decreases in both major categories of criminal offenses.

San Diego Ambulance Service Cost May Rise

June 4
City News Service
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The cost of riding in an ambulance in the city of San Diego could rise soon, according to a proposal scheduled to be heard tomorrow by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Ohio State President Will Retire In Wake Of Latest Gaffes

June 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Ohio State University president Gordon Gee will retire on July 1, ending his leadership of the school that was recently embarrassed by his verbal miscues. Gee, 69, recently sparked anger with comments he made about Catholics and rival universities.

'The Price Is Right' For San Diego-Based Sailor (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy FCC Christopher Roberts of the San Diego homeported USS Benfold was a contestant on the game show "The Price Is Right." Roberts's episode aired Monday, and he won the last (or first?) thing you'd think a Sailor would want to win.

Maternity Coverage Sought for Young Women On Parent's Plan

June 4
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

A GROWING PASSION: Garden In A Pot

June 4
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If you haven’t got a large space to garden, containers may be your answer. Whether they’re decorative or filled with something edible, they can be beautiful and productive and just right for small spaces. Host Nan Sterman shows us how pots are designed, planted, and used to solve almost every small space gardening need.

Special Forces Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, died in Afghanistan on June 2nd. The Department of Defense reports Mullen was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Former Rep. 'Duke' Cunningham Freed After Bribery Sentence

June 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Former California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is a free man today, after spending more than seven years in prison on bribery and other charges. A distinguished Vietnam War veteran and former Navy pilot, Cunningham's 15-year career in Congress ended abruptly when he admitting to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and evading taxes.

ACLU Class Action Suit Alleges Threats, Coercion By Border Patrol

June 4
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The ACLU announces a project dedicated to upholding civil rights at the border. The new Border Litigation Project will monitor border protection agencies. And, a new lawsuit accuses the Department of Homeland Security of violating the rights of people in detention.

Special Election To Replace Sen. Lautenberg Set For Oct. 16

June 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Saying that "insiders and a few party elites" should not choose the person who permanently replaces Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday afternoon that there will be primaries on Aug. 13 and a special election on Oct. 16.

Ex-Navy SEAL Comes Out As Transgender In 'Warrior Princess' (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Chris Beck was in the military for 20 years and a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6. But it wasn't until Beck's retirement in 2011 that Chris was able to become Kristen, and reveal herself to be a transgender female.

Room Upgrades, Videos & A 'Star Trek' Parody: Read IRS Audit

June 4
Mark Memmott / NPR

Already under fire for how some personnel gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status, the Internal Revenue Service is also dealing with an inspector general's criticism of the $4.1 million spent on a conference in 2010.

Video: 'American Mary' Q&A

June 4
By Beth Accomando
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Over the weekend, The Film Geeks kicked off a late night film series at The Digital Gym Cinema with "American Mary." Here is a video of the post-film Q&A with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska.

In Philly, Lo Mein Is Going Low Sodium

June 4
Taunya English / NPR
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Philadelphia is training owners of Chinese takeout restaurants to cut some of the salt in their menu items.

Suicide Bomber Kills 9 Afghan Children, 2 US Troops

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Nine Afghan children walking home from school and two U.S. troops were killed Monday by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in Paktia province, Afghanistan.

Judge Accepts Insanity Plea In Colo. Shooting Case

June 4
Associated Press
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A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect.

That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year

June 4
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Smoking is expensive, and not just for the person buying the cigs. Employers are taking hard looks at the cost of employing smokers as they try to cut health insurance costs, with some refusing to hire people who say they smoke.

Garrison Keillor Brings Lake Wobegon To San Diego

June 4
Midday Edition
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A Prairie Home Companion will be performed live this July at Humphrey's By The Bay.

At IRS Hearing: Talk Of 'Jackboot Of Tyranny'

June 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We now have faces and emotional words to attach to the scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of conservative "tea party" and "patriot" groups during the 2012 campaign cycle.

Audit: Calif. utility didn't spend $50M for safety

June 4
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co. did not use more than $50 million it collected from ratepayers that was meant to improve its gas pipeline network in the decade leading up to a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, an audit shows.

Learn How To Save A Life From San Diego Firefighters During Sidewalk CPR Day

June 4
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego emergency officials are teaming up today for Sidewalk CPR Day to teach free hands-only CPR at about 30 locations throughout the county.

Report: San Diego Surfer Committed Suicide

June 4
Associated Press
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Authorities say a surfer whose shark-bitten body washed ashore in San Diego committed suicide.

College Degrees Pay Off In California Despite Increasing Student Debt

June 4
By Kyla Calvert
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Students are graduating from college with more debt, but degrees still pay off, according to a new report.

Big Rally In Sacramento To Protest Medi-Cal Rate Cut

June 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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Thousands of health professionals will try to change state lawmakers' minds about cutting the Medi-Cal pay rate when they rally in Sacramento today.

Former Congressman Cunningham Completes Prison Term For Bribery And Tax Evasion

June 4
By Amita Sharma
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He will be released from a halfway house in New Orleans. Cunningham pleaded guilty in 2005 to bribery, tax evasion and mail and wire fraud.

The New Children's Museum Increases Summer Hours

June 4
By Angela Carone
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The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego is ready for summer. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone says as the days get longer, so will the museum’s hours.

Guest Review: 'American Mary'

June 4
Vanwall Green, Guest Critic
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Nothing gives me more pleasure than showing a film that inspires a discussion in the audience. So I was quite thrilled when an attendee from the "American Mary" screening submitted this review.

Sharks Attracting Attention In San Diego Waters

June 4
By Erik Anderson
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A large underwater predator has the attention of San Diego divers. There's been a spike in the number of sevengill shark sightings since January.

VIDEO: Kid's Salute Turns Cymbal Crash Into Symbolic Victory

June 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There may be no better way to start the day than with this video that's going viral.

Why Chase Tornadoes? To Save Lives, Not To 'Die Ourselves'

June 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The deaths Friday of veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their friend Carl Young when a tornado near El Reno, Okla., pummeled their vehicle has raised some questions:

San Diego Council Approves Cap On Campaign Contributions

June 4
City News Service
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The City Council today gave initial approval to caps on the amount of money political parties can give to candidates and causes in San Diego city elections, but left a loophole open for the election cycle that just started.

SD Meatless Mondays

June 4
City News Service

The ``Meatless Mondays'' menus in cafeterias in elementary and kindergarten through eighth grade schools were proposed by school board President John Lee Evans and Trustee Kevin Beiser.

More cool weather aids crews fighting Calif. fire

June 4
Associated Press

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) -- Another day of cooler, more humid air made it easier for thousands of firefighters building containment lines around a destructive wildfire north of Los Angeles, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for nearly 3,000 residents.