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Stories for March 28, 2013

Growing Population Of Muslims Calling Tijuana Home

March 28
Brooke Binkowski
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Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country, but the border city of Tijuana has always hosted a more diverse population of worshipers. In the last few years, one of the largest religions in the world has begun making inroads and building a presence there.

Sen. Boxer Pushes For School Safety Legislation In San Diego

March 28
By Kyla Calvert
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California Senator Barbara Boxer promoted school safety legislation in Barrio Logan on Thursday.

San Diego School District Nominated For National Award

March 28
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service
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San Diego Unified School District was named today as one of four finalists for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education, which could lead to a $550,000 award.

History Detectives: Carson Family Secrets; Yakima Canutt's Saddle; Tumbling Tumbleweeds; Modoc Basket

March 28
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The history detectives investigate four stories from the American West. Did a biography of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson once belong to members of his family? Then, from the rodeo to Hollywood, a saddle tells the story of Yakima Canutt, who made life safer for movie stunt artists. What is the meaning behind the mysterious inscription on sheet music of the popular western song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”? Finally, did a pivotal character in the Modoc Indian wars weave this basket?

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Cincinnati, Ohio - Hour One

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a look at vintage electric signs. Other highlights include a baseball bat used by Mickey Mantle; art pottery from Cincinnati’s very own Rookwood Pottery; and works by locally born and world-renowned artist Edward Henry Potthast, valued at $41,000-$63,000.

Mayor, City Attorney Dispute Expands To Criminal Accusations

March 28
City News Service, inewsource
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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said today accusations -- made by the mayor -- that he and members of the City Council have been bought off by the hotel industry are "baseless and defamatory.''

In Phoenix, A New Quest For Diverse Public Pool Lifeguards

March 28
Jude Joffe-Block / NPR

After noticing that most of the lifeguards at the public pools used by Latino and African-American kids were white, the Phoenix aquatics department decided to try to recruit minorities.

Gov. Brown Convenes State Military Council

March 28
City News Service
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Gov. Jerry Brown announced today the creation of a state military council, which includes several San Diego-area officials and is aimed at protecting the 29 installations around California and expanding defense-related jobs and investment.

Martin Recalls The Supreme Court 34 Years Ago

March 28

Finally, the pictures of people camping out in the cold outside the Supreme Court, so they could get in to hear the oral arguments on marriage equality, brought back memories for me.

Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees

March 28
Ashley Lopez / NPR
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More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways since January from an algae bloom called red tide, just as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal from the endangered species list.

Seeds Of Resiliency

March 28
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"Seeds Of Resiliency" introduces diverse individuals who have survived tragedies and traumas, and overcome mental and physical challenges, and now use their experiences to affect change and help others. Each thrives today because they refused to give up their struggle, even when all hope seemed lost. These compelling, uplifting and inspirational portraits attest to the strength of the human spirit and the power of positive thinking and action. Profiles include: a professional wheelchair athlete, Holocaust survivors, a homeless counselor, refugees from war-torn countries and a terminally ill cancer advocate.

Pennsylvania Tightens Abortion Rules Following Clinic Deaths

March 28
Jeff Brady / NPR
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A Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions is on trial for murder. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies who the prosecutor says were born alive. District Attorney R. Seth Williams laid out the case in disturbing detail in a grand jury report last year.

Kind Hearted Woman

March 28
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In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Gang Violence In San Diego's North County - What's Being Done?

March 28
Midday Edition
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Gang violence is an ongoing problem in the North County with nearly two dozen gangs claiming turf along the Highway 78 corridor.

Political Ad Consultants Targeted By Thieves On New FCC Site

March 28
Peter Overby / NPR

Poke into the obscure corners of the Federal Communications Commission's website, and you can find one of the deepest disclosures in campaign finance.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

March 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Michael C. Cable, 26, died March 27 from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Shinwar District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Corporations, Free-Market Nonprofits Foot Bill For Judicial Seminars

March 28
Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller The Center for Public Integrity
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George Mason University is the top host of events.

Federal Officals Research Sea Lion Troubles

March 28
By Erik Anderson
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Federal officials are looking into the high number of sea lion strandings along the Southern California coast.

San Diego Gas Price Drops For 29th Consecutive Day

March 28
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County decreased today for the 29th consecutive day, falling four-tenths of a cent to $4.068, its lowest amount since Feb. 7.

CALL THE MIDWIFE: Season Two: Episode Eight

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson
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Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back into life in Poplar. Fred is in high spirits when his pregnant daughter, Dolly, and her young son, Anthony, arrive to stay with him. Jenny’s own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest. The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as old buildings are demolished to make new way for new flats, a situation that reaches crisis point when the convent comes under threat.

'Love Your Butt' Campaign Tries To Conquer Colonoscopy Fears

March 28
Nancy Shute / NPR
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The billboard in Washington, D.C.'s Metro stopped me in my tracks on the way to work: "Love Your Patooty."

CALL THE MIDWIFE: Season Two: Episode Seven

March 28
By Jennifer Robinson
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On Cynthia’s district rounds, she administers daily insulin to a man who consistently belittles his wife, Annie. A visit from Annie’s son and support from Cynthia help Annie gain confidence and start to change her life. Jenny witnesses persecution of a different kind when she looks after a black mother-to-be who is subjected to racial prejudice from neighbors. Funded by the success of the Summer Fete, Nonnatus House takes ownership of a scooter to help with rounds. Fred teaches the midwives to ride — with amusing and unforeseen results.

Scripps Researchers Map Vast Underwater Volcano the Size of San Diego County

March 28
By David Wagner
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Harnessing electromagnetic technology often used to find offshore oil, Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers now have a better sense of just how enormous an underwater volcano off the coast of Central America really is.

'Shame On Us If We've Forgotten' Newtown Victims, Obama Says

March 28
Mark Memmott / NPR

Standing in front of mothers whose children have died in shootings, President Obama said Thursday at the White House that if the nation fails to toughen its gun laws, "shame on us."

Pentagon To Restore Military Tuition Assistance Programs...Soon

March 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Tuition Assistance programs halted by sequestration cuts will start once again, according to a Pentagon spokesman. However, that start date hasn't yet been decided.

Weekend Preview: VinOpera, Foxygen and Fairy Tales

March 28
Midday Edition
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The weekend ahead offers plenty of things to do, whether you'd like to enjoy a little fine dining, catch some live music or include the kiddos.

Mapping The Microbes That Flourish On Fruits And Veggies

March 28
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Deadly microbes like Salmonella and E. coli can lurk on the surface of spinach, lettuce and other fresh foods. But many more benign microbes also flourish there, living lives of quiet obscurity, much like the tiny Whos in Dr. Seuss's Whoville. Until now.

Maybe We Should Retire The Word 'Retire'

March 28
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Retirement ads are everywhere these days. The Villages lures retirees to come live, love and golf in Florida. USAA offers financial counsel to retiring military personnel. Hollywood stars such as Pat Boone and Tommy Lee Jones dole out all kinds of retirement advice in 30-second sermonettes on television and the Internet.

Residents Wait To Return Home After Landslide On Puget Sound Island

March 28
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Residents evacuated from their homes on Puget Sound's scenic Whidbey Island are waiting for a green light from geologists and engineers after a large landslide knocked a house off its foundation and threatened to damage several others.

Powerball Winner Owes Thousands In Child Support Payments

March 28
Korva Coleman / NPR
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Now he can catch up with his bills. Pedro Quezada of New Jersey claimed the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball multistate lottery on Tuesday. Instead of taking the $338 million dollar prize in installments, he opted for a one-time lump sum payment of $211 million, which is the third-largest single cash prize the lottery has ever awarded.

'Arsenal' Found At Newtown Shooter's Home; Read The Police Reports

March 28
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, three photos of "what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic" and other evidence when they searched the Newtown, Conn., home of killer Adam Lanza, according to records released Thursday.

Navy Disciplines Ex-Commander Of Stennis Strike Group

March 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy this week officially disciplined Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette, who was removed in October from his post as commander of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group during deployment in the Persian Gulf. Gaouette is a San Diego native.

Young Quintet Honors Parents Memory Through Music

March 28
By Angela Carone
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A San Diego string quintet has just returned from Washington D.C. where they played for members of the armed services. But it was more than a concert tour for the young quintet. It was a family trip.

Filner, City Council, Tourism District Agree On Revised Operating Agreement

March 28
By Claire Trageser and City News Service
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Mayor Bob Filner, the City Council and the board of the Tourism Marketing District have agreed on a revised operating agreement.

New Smartphone App Offers Info On Healthcare Quality

March 28
By Kenny Goldberg

A smartphone app that allows you to see how other consumers rate your medical group and health plan? Check.

San Diego's Efforts To Boost Mexican Gray Wolf Population Threatened

March 28
By Susan Murphy
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More than 70 members of Congress wrote to the Obama administration last week requesting that the gray wolf be removed from the endangered species list. The move could jeopardize local efforts to help save the critically endangered Mexican Gray Wolf.

Extra Pay To City Employees Is Increasing, New Report Says

March 28
Midday Edition
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A new report shows “specialty pay” increased by 60 percent between 2000 and 2011 in 16 San Diego County cities.

Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

March 28
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

Reviving The Spirit And Schmaltz Of The Jewish Deli

March 28
Padmananda Rama / NPR
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On a recent morning, just south of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle, about a dozen people are lined up outside a restaurant waiting for its lunchtime opening.

Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success

March 28
Mike Pesca / NPR
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The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's Men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.