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Stories for June 24, 2013

Court Rulings Complicate Discrimination Suits For Employees

June 24
Nina Totenberg, Sommer Ingram

In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits over workplace harassment and retaliation.

Senate Adds Border Security Measure To Immigration Bill

June 24
Bill Chappell / NPR

The Senate has taken another step toward approving a sweeping immigration overhaul bill, as the legislation passed an essential test Monday evening. By a vote of 67-27, the chamber voted to include an amendment on border security to the final bill.

'Lone Ranger' Premiere Raises New Questions About Old Stereotypes

June 24
By Tristan Ahtone
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"The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp as Tonto premiered this weekend. His portrayal, complete with broken English, has stirred controversy.

Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Writer, Dies At 87

June 24
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Author Richard Matheson, whose injection of humanity into science-fiction tales engaged audience for more than five decades, has died. Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous other movie and TV scripts, including episodes of The Twilight Zone.

San Diego Set To Study Cabs And Ambulances

June 24
By Sandhya Dirks
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San Diego temporarily extends contracts to run cabs and ambulances.

Another Republican Hopes For Upset In Mass. Senate Race

June 24
Tovia Smith / NPR
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Both candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts are finishing a frantic day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

After Eight Years In Prison, North Park Man Cleared Of Charges

June 24
KPBS News
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The San Diego County District Attorney's office has exonerated a man who spent eight years in prison as a result of a wrongful conviction.

After-School Job Helps Prepare First Generation College Students

June 24
By Claire Trageser
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Juma aims to end the cycle of poverty by providing mentorship, counseling and college prep for low-income students while giving them a way to earn money at the Qualcomm café.

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

June 24
S.V. Date / NPR
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That "be on the lookout list" used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?

United Way, San Diego Food Bank Partner To Preserve Reading Skills

June 24
By Dwane Brown
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Every summer, the United Way does something to support the community and encourage reading. This year, its handing out bilingual books, bags and personalized notes to inspire a love for reading.

For Modern Jurors, Being On A Case Means Being Offline

June 24
NPR Staff / NPR
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In the Mercer County Courthouse in Trenton, N.J., John Saunders, a jury manager, spends his weekdays shepherding potential jurors. Much of what he tells them regards the paraphernalia of 21st century life: cellphones, tablets and laptops. These are OK to use in the waiting room, he tells them. "We realize life does not stop."

Week-Long Heat Wave Expected To Bear Down On San Diego County

June 24
By Susan Murphy
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The hottest temperatures of the year are expected to bear down on San Diego County starting at the end of the week as a “very strong ridge of high pressure” anchors over Southern California.

Could LeBron And RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act?

June 24
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Who's going to be more successful at selling health insurance to young men this fall: NBA MVP LeBron James, NFL rookie of the year Robert Griffin III, or Mom? If officials at the Department of Health and Human Services get their way, all may be drafted.

Parents Of Fallen Marine To Create Veterans' Sanctuary In Son's Honor

June 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Cpl. Joey Logan, who went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego, lost his life in an Afghanistan helicopter crash in January 2012. His parents are planning to build a refuge for returning veterans in Montana, to honor their son's memory.

New Pro League Tosses Its Disc Into The Frisbee Game

June 24
Tyler Greenawalt / NPR
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You know that flying disc you threw around in college or use to play fetch with your dog? Well, now people are being paid to throw that same disc professionally. They aren't paid much, around $25 a game, but all of the expenses -- travel, lodging, uniforms and insurance -- are covered by Major League Ultimate.

San Diego Attorneys Lead Series Of Legal Workshops In English, Spanish

June 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition

Do you know your legal rights and responsibilities as a small business owner? Or what your employer can and can't ask you to do? A free legal clinic takes place tonight with information on business law.

California Measure Would Prevent Cuts To Hospital-Based Nursing Care

June 24
Pauline Bartolone/Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers and the Governor have reached a budget deal, but one measure moving through the legislature would require a change in health spending.

Military Housing Window Blinds Can Be Deadly (Video)

June 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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At least six children have been strangled to death by window-blind cords in military housing, and four more seriously injured, since 1996. Child safety advocates say this is a major problem, as military families are often not allow to make changes to the window dressing in their homes.

Doctors Say Wait Longer Before Treating Kids' Sinus Infections

June 24
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Children often get sinus infections after they've had a cold.

'Rusty The Panda' Is Missing From The National Zoo

June 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's a red panda missing from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., zoo officials announced Monday morning.

Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History

June 24
Erica Ryan / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court sent a case involving the use of race in the University of Texas' admissions process back to a lower court for stricter scrutiny on Monday. It's one more chapter in the university's long struggle with how it chooses who gets in.

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

June 24
Mark Memmott, Eyder Peralta, Scott Neuman
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One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term -- a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process -- has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

Coming Up: Which Key Cases Will The Supreme Court Rule On?

June 24
Mark Memmott / NPR

It's another "decision day" at the Supreme Court. So, once again, we're waiting to see which (if any) big rulings are handed down.

Group Puts Suicide Prevention On Front Burner In San Diego

June 24
Midday Edition
By Kenny Goldberg

The San Diego Suicide Prevention Council holds its annual meeting Tuesday as it seeks to heighten awareness about a vexing problem.

San Diego Council To Consider Cab, Ambulance Contract Extensions

June 24
By Sandhya Dirks
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The San Diego City Council looks at extending contracts with the groups that run taxis and ambulances.

Lilac Hills Ranch Development Would Add Homes North Of Escondido

June 24
By Alison St John
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A major new development is proposed for a rural area in Valley Center. The developer describes it as a sustainable, smart growth community. But opponents say Lilac Hills Ranch is zoned only for rural uses in the county's recently-adopted General Plan.

Can An Old Massachusetts Fishing Port Light The World Again?

June 24
Asma Khalid / NPR
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A shabby old fishing port on the South Coast of Massachusetts was once known as the City That Lit the World. Its whale oil powered candles and lamps around the country.

In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase

June 24
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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The Chicago Housing Authority has torn down all of its high rises and says it's close to completing its plans to transform public housing. Now, city leaders are moving to the next part of their plan: using public housing funds not just to build homes for poor families, but stores where they could shop and work. Some residents, however, say the city is breaking a promise to provide affordable housing.

Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

June 24
Rob Stein / NPR

The nation's organ transplant network will consider a controversial proposal Monday to overhaul the guidelines for an increasingly common form of organ donation.

Why The AR-15 Is More Than Just A Gun

June 24
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insist that gun control legislation is not dead -- they say they're strategizing on how to bring the issue back to the Senate floor.