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Stories for May 1, 2013

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Order On Plan B

May 1
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

The Obama administration filed an appeal Wednesday of a U.S. district court ruling that ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.

San Diego Police Debut Low Rider To Strengthen Community Relations

May 1
By Dwane Brown
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What has four wheels, a hydraulic system and a bumping stereo you can hear driving up the street?

San Diego Students Have Plans For Stalled Redevelopment Site

May 1
By Claire Trageser
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Redevelopment agencies are a thing of the past in California. So what happens to the areas that were being held for their projects?

Medical Marijuana Advocates Lash Out At Federal Government

May 1
By Erik Anderson
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The president of a downtown San Diego medical marijuana collective is blasting last week's raid by federal officials.

Measure To Reverse Medi-Cal Pay Cut Advances

May 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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California lawmakers seem to be inclined to prevent a 10 percent Medi-Cal pay cut to doctors and hospitals from taking effect.

Restaurant Owners Weigh In On E-Verify

May 1
By Adrian Florido

A survey by the National Restaurant Association found that restaurant owners are generally supportive of the system for checking employees' eligibility to work.

Roger Moore: A Matter Of Class

May 1
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Roger Moore has traveled from working-class South London to the Riviera's glamorous St. Paul de Vence, from just another contract player to THE SAINT and 007, from struggling film extra to Hollywood superstar, from unknown office boy to UNICEF's Ambassador-at-Large. Here is Roger Moore's own story, as told by the famous actor himself.

U.S. Aims To Track Foreigners Who Arrive, But Never Leave

May 1
Ted Robbins / NPR
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Nearly half the people now in the U.S. illegally didn't climb walls, wade across the Rio Grande or trek through the desert to get here. They arrived legally, with tourist or student visas. And when those visas expired, they just never left.

How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap

May 1
Wendy Kaufman / NPR
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This story is part of our series The Changing Lives of Women.

Two Homes Evacuated Because Of City Heights Brush Fire

May 1
10 News
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Crews are responding to a brush fire near Winona and University avenues.

The Federal Deficit Is Actually Shrinking

May 1
Scott Horsley / NPR
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During the housing bust, taxpayers were forced to bail out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But thanks to the real estate recovery, Fannie Mae could end up paying tens of billions of dollars back to the Treasury this summer.

Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

May 1
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Having a mate is supposed to be good for your mental health.

Former Mayors Sanders, Hedgecock, Wilson Reflect On Years In Office

May 1
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"Leading San Diego: Former Mayors Reflect" brought three former mayors together to look back at their time in office, share their successes, their regrets and their answers to questions from San Diegans.

Local Hero Sy Brenner Advocates for Veterans

Jewish American Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

May 1
By Monica Medina
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For years, Sy Brenner kept it bottled inside, blocking it out of his memory while moving on with his life. After all, the war was over, and he was no longer being held captive.

Police Looking For Suspect Who Disfigured Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine was savagely beaten at a Santa Monica nightclub, and police are hoping the public will help them find the man responsible.

Yale Strom, A Champion for Klezmer

Jewish Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

May 1
By Monica Medina
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Listen to klezmer music and it will harken you back to another time. Rich with tradition, the haunting melodies are a testament to the Jewish people and all they’ve endured throughout the course of history. To me, klezmer has the capacity to reach into our hearts and stir us to feel its beauty and soul.

Junior Seau's Death Keeps Spotlight On Brain Injuries

May 1
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The death of Junior Seau, a year ago, put a spotlight on brain injury and added momentum to a lawsuit against the NFL.

Edison To Decide Fate Of San Onofre By Year's End

May 1
By Alison St John
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The CEO of Southern California Edison says the company will decide by year’s end whether to shut down San Onofre, if the NRC does not approve their application to restart Unit Two.

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

May 1
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Twenty years ago, when brain imaging made it possible for researchers to study the minds of violent criminals and compare them to the brain imaging of "normal" people, a whole new field of research -- neurocriminology -- opened up.

7 Americans Killed In Afghanistan Cargo Plane Crash Named

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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National Air Cargo company officials have identified seven of their employees who were killed Monday when their cargo plane crashed soon after takeoff from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Snow In May? The Nation's Midsection Bundles Up

May 1
Korva Coleman / NPR
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It's a good thing Punxsutawney Phil's handler admitted he'd misinterpreted the early spring forecast from the world-famous groundhog weather prognosticator. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Wednesday for parts of Colorado. It says the heavy snow that has blanketed swaths of the Rocky Mountains is moving east:

From Near Death to Total Recovery: Yogi Bhava Ram Shares His Story of Self Healing

May 1
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Winning a Dupont Award is something most journalists dream about. So why would a Dupont-winning NBC war correspondent drop his profession and become a yoga instructor in San Diego?

Pew Study: Many Muslims Believe In Mixing Mosque And State

May 1
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Most Muslims around the globe tend to be deeply committed to their faith and believe that it should shape not only their personal lives, but the societies they live in, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center (PDF).

Judge Doubles Down On Double Entendres In Strip Club Case

May 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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In what Huffington Post Business calls "one of the funniest, most eloquent court documents we've ever seen," a federal judge in Texas has loaded up his ruling on a case involving San Antonio strip clubs with at least 17 double entendres.

Boston Police: Three More Suspects In Custody

May 1
Mark Memmott / NPR

Breaking news on the Boston Police Department's Twitter account:

Study: Release Program For Terminal Inmates 'Poorly Managed'

May 1
Carrie Johnson / NPR

A new watchdog report (PDF) says a Federal Bureau of Prisons program designed to help terminally ill inmates get early release is "poorly managed and implemented inconsistently."

Southern California Navy Pilot MIA Since Vietnam War Identified

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson of Huntington Park, California went missing in 1967 when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in North Vietnam. In March, his remains were identified, and he will be buried along with the remains of his fellow crew members at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.

Crews battling blazes in Calif. wine country

May 1
Associated Press

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are battling two small wildfires fueled by gusty winds in Northern California wine country.

Hot Temperatures, Santa Ana Winds Moving Into San Diego County

May 1
By Susan Murphy
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Fire danger is expected to increase on Thursday and Friday as near-record heat and dry Santa Ana winds arrive to San Diego County.

Will Amgen Tour Of California Pump Up Profits In Escondido?

May 1
By Alison St John
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Escondido will host the first leg of the Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States, this month. Escondido city leaders are hoping the economic benefits outweigh the costs.

High-Skilled Immigrants Aren't Optimistic About Reforms

May 1
By David Wagner
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Tech companies have been calling for immigration reforms to bring in more high-skilled workers from overseas. But the immigrants who've actually gone through the system have very different ideas about how to fix it.

San Diego Eases Graywater Rules

May 1
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego city officials approved new rules yesterday that make it easier for residents to tap into a water source they already use.

Boston Bombing: No Death Penalty If Suspect Cooperates?

May 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Following up on word there have been discussions between lawyers for Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal investigators about sparing him from the possibility of the death penalty if he provides valuable information about the attacks, NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston says her reporting indicates:

Markey, Gomez Vie For John Kerry's Senate Seat

May 1
Tovia Smith / NPR
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Veteran Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, who has been in office for 36 years, and novice Republican Gabriel Gomez will face off in the race to become the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts. They won their party primaries Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Automatic-Enrollment IRAs Get A Test Run In California

May 1
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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With all of the controversy over entitlement reform, there's one thing both sides can agree on: Social Security alone does not provide enough money for a comfortable retirement. For these workers, the Obama administration is proposing automatically enrolling workers in IRAs through their employers.

Mother And Daughter Injured In Boston Bombing Face New Future

May 1
Richard Knox / NPR
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Forty-seven-year-old Celeste Corcoran is propped up in her hospital bed. In a nearby window is a forest of blooming white orchids from well-wishers. On the opposite wall, a big banner proclaims "Corcoran Strong."

For A Black Doctor, Building Trust By Slowing Down

May 1
Michele Norris / NPR
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It may be hard to imagine that people can distill their thoughts on a topic as complicated as race into just six words. But thousands of people have done just that for The Race Card Project, in which NPR host/special correspondent Michele Norris invites people to send in their micro-stories about race and cultural identity. Respondents submit their six-word stories via Twitter, on postcards or online and, every so often, Morning Edition teams up with The Race Card Project to share one of those tales.You can find hundreds of six-word submissions and submit your own at www.theracecardproject.com.