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Stories for June 25, 2013

After Eight Years In Prison, Man Cleared Of Rape Charges

June 25
By Dwane Brown
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Uriah Courtney, 33, served 8 years of a life sentence for a crime new DNA testing determined was committed by someone who looked like him.

Texas Lawmaker's 11-Hour Filibuster Ended On A Technicality

June 25
Elise Hu / NPR
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By midnight Texas time, it was all over but the parliamentary inquiries. After a nearly 11-hour filibuster attempt by state Sen. Wendy Davis to block sweeping restrictions on abortion, the Republican-dominated Texas Senate successfully shut down the filibuster on points of order. (See update at the bottom of this post.)

State Says Kaiser Too Slow With Mental Health Help

June 25
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio
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California health regulators say Kaiser isn't doing enough to provide timely access to mental health services for its patients. As a result, the state announced a four-Million dollar fine against Kaiser Tuesday.

McKesson CEO's Pension Reported At A Record $159 Million

June 25
Bill Chappell / NPR
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John Hammergren, the chairman, president, and CEO of drug distributor and health care services company McKesson, may have the largest pension for an individual on record, at a reported $159 million. The Wall Street Journal reported on Hammergren's pension Tuesday, citing company filings made last week.

City Council Falls Vote Short To Override Filner On City Attorney Funds

June 25
City News Service
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Members of the City Council Tuesday harshly criticized San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for vetoing their attempt to restore budget cuts to the City Attorney's Office, but an override vote fell short.

Supreme Court: Congress Has To Fix Broken Voting Rights Act

June 25
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the linchpin of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, freeing nine mostly Southern states from federal oversight.

Closing Arguments Begin In Encinitas School Yoga Trial

June 25
By Kyla Calvert
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Parents concerned that yoga is inherently religious sued Encinitas city schools to end in-school yoga classes that are part of the district’s physical education curriculum.

San Diego Campuses Try To Diversify Despite Affirmative Action Ban

June 25
By Kyla Calvert
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Local campuses target student pipeline to boost campus diversity.

City Council Endorses Enhanced Driver's Licenses

June 25
By Sandhya Dirks
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The City Council gave unanimous support to a bill that would make it easier to cross California's southern border.

Google Reader Replacement Race: Feedly And Digg Reader Make Waves

June 25
Bill Chappell / NPR
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With just days remaining before Google pulls the plug on its Reader RSS feed service, reality is sinking in. And the market for free or low-cost replacements is growing, as Digg has rolled out its new reader in the past week. Other companies report a burst of new customers after Google's announcement that it would discontinue its RSS system on July 1.

Voting Rights Ruling Could Open Lawsuit Floodgates

June 25
Frank James / NPR
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It didn't take long after the news broke about the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision tossing out a key piece of the Voting Rights Act for the fears of voting advocates, or the hopes of VRA critics, to be realized.

Three California Counties Affected By Voting Rights Act Decision

June 25
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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The United States Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act revolves around a county in Alabama. But several counties in California will be affected too.

San Diego Has History Of Starkly Opposing Opinions On Gay Marriage

June 25
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After Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Defense Of Marriage Act and ruled Proposition 8 petitioners do not have legal standing, we look back at San Diego's history with the much-debated issue.

Democrats Want Answers On 'Progressives' Targeted By IRS

June 25
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Congressional Democrats say Tea Party groups weren't the only ones being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. And they have released some documents that they say prove it.

Nostalgia Products: Making A Tasty Comeback

June 25
Brenda Salinas / NPR
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Mad Men's suave advertising executive Don Draper may have said it best: "Nostalgia: It's delicate ... but potent."

Extra Border-Security Spending Entices GOP, Raises Eyebrows

June 25
Ted Robbins / NPR
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A huge increase in border security spending was the key to getting Republicans on board with the immigration bill now making its way through the Senate. The bill is set to pass by the end of this week.

Obama's Climate Strategy Doesn't Require Congressional Approval

June 25
Richard Harris / NPR
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President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including steps to deal with extreme weather events that are already occurring.

Rants And Raves: Is Dirty Harry Getting His Way?

June 25
By Beth Accomando
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A recent Supreme Court ruling suggests we are moving closer to Dirty Harry’s point of view than Serpico’s.

In Alabama, Voting Decision Seen As Sign Of Progress, Setback

June 25
Debbie Elliott / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act came in a case from the very state that helped shape the statute: Alabama.

Proposal Would Shift Downtown Parking Meter Enforcement Hours

June 25
City News Service
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The hours that parking meters are enforced in part of downtown San Diego could be shifted under a yearlong pilot program to be considered tomorrow by the Civic San Diego Board of Directors.

Health Exchange Outreach Targets Latinos

June 25
Jenny Gold / NPR
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Andrea Velandia, 29, is just the sort of person the architects of the new health insurance marketplaces had in mind when they were thinking about future customers.

Supreme Court Rules For Adoptive Family In Dispute

June 25
Liz Halloran, Korva Coleman
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In a complex and heart-wrenching case, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the parental rights of a Native American father may be terminated if he has failed to establish a history of "continued custody" of his biological child.

More San Diegans Commit To Water-Efficient Lifestyle

June 25
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Conservation efforts in San Diego County are paying off. Since past drought conditions, many residents have continued water efficiency. Per-capita water use fell roughly 30 percent between 2007 and 2012 and many local residents continue to live a water-efficient lifestyle.

Big Weight Loss For Diabetics, But No Drop In Heart Risk

June 25
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Hundreds of overweight or obese people with diabetes have been able to do something very few Americans have done: lose a big chunk of weight and keep it off for 10 years.

Immigration Bill Moves Forward With Increased Border Security

June 25
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The U.S Senate now seems poised to approve an immigration reform bill, but what about the House?

'Victory' For Landowners At The Supreme Court

June 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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While the Supreme Court decision knocking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is getting a lot of attention Tuesday, there's another ruling that's going to be of high interest to property owners across the nation.

Is Cutting The Pentagon's Budget A Gift To Our Enemies?

June 25
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Amid the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration and a general belt-tightening mood among many on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon is being asked to reduce its spending after a decade of increases.

Congressman Peters Joins NOH8 Campaign

June 25
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Rep. Scott Peters of La Jolla recently posed with NOH8’s iconic face tattoo and duct tape to support marriage equality and non-discrimination.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

June 25
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department.

San Diego Environmental Activists Welcome Obama's Climate Change Action

June 25
By Susan Murphy
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President Barack Obama announced today a sweeping national plan to address climate change.

Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

June 25
Catherine Bracy / NPR
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Editor's Note:As part of our reboot of All Tech Considered, we'll invite contributors to blog about big-picture questions facing tech and society. One theme we're exploring is the lack of women and people of color in tech -- a gap so glaring thatridiculously long lines at tech conferences have inspired photo essays and Twitter feeds.

AS THEY HAPPENED: Supreme Court's Latest Rulings

June 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. Today's major ruling; Key part of 1965 Voting Rights Act is ruled unconstitutional.

Creating A Portrait Of San Diego For The Stage

June 25
By Angela Carone
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The La Jolla Playhouse is planning to put a portrait of San Diego on stage, using living, breathing San Diegans. The production will feature 100 non-actors who reflect the city’s demographic makeup.

California Scores Poorly In National Ranking Of Children's Well-Being

June 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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California is the most populous state in the nation, but a new report reveals it's far from the leader when it comes to children's well-being.

San Diego Kids More Likely To Get Dental Care Than Others In California

June 25
By Megan Burks
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California is among the 10 worst states when it comes to getting kids in to see a dentist. But San Diego may be setting an example for other counties in the state.

Local Music Streaming Company Prepares To Compete With Apple

June 25
By David Wagner
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With tech giants like Apple stepping into the online music business, how will a small San Diego company like Slacker Radio stay alive?

Obama To Lay Out Broad Plan To Address Climate Change

June 25
Richard Harris / NPR
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President Obama is expected to announce a sweeping plan to address climate change this afternoon.

Investigation Underway In Death Of Navy Diver (Video)

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is investigating the death of Diver 3rd Class Robert Dotzler, 22, of Berkeley, California. Dotzler was found unconscious after disappearing during diving operations on U.S. Naval Base Guam.

Navy Fires Manager Of IT Contracts Over 'Improper Relationship'

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy announced it relieved Capt. Shawn Hendricks on Monday of his duties as as the program manager for the Naval Enterprise Networks, in part because of an "improper relationship."

Soldier From California Killed In Afghanistan Bomb Attack

June 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. Javier Sanchez Jr., 28, of Greenfield, California, died June 23 in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with a homemade bomb.

State Senate Considers Public Records Amendment

June 25
LAURA OLSON / Associated Press
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California lawmakers on Tuesday will consider a swiftly drafted constitutional amendment that would affirm the public's right to inspect documents held by local governments while clarifying who should pay for making them available.