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Stories for May 3, 2013

Fire Officials Urge Fire Season Preparedness

May 3
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego Fire Department officials are warning homeowners to prepare for what could be a difficult fire season.

Innovative Venue, Space 4 Art, Provides More Than Just Gallery Space

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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In an international group exhibition, Space 4 Art will present contemporary artwork that addresses themes concerning the unknown, the occult, and the metaphysical.

Diaz To Challenge Abed For Escondido Mayor's Seat

May 3
By Alison St John
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Escondido’s political future gets interesting as City Councilwoman Olga Diaz challenges Sam Abed for the mayor’s seat next year.

Palomar Observatory Will Assist In Worldwide Search For Gravitational Waves

May 3
By David Wagner
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Astronomers around the world are beginning to use new tools, some of them right here in San Diego County, to track down the ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

May 3
NPR Staff, Gabe Bullard
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The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past decade -- an African-American jockey.

Review: 'Errors of the Human Body'

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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Genetic engineering provides the backdrop for the sci-fi thriller "Errors of the Human Body" (opening May 3 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters for late night screenings only on Friday and Saturday).

Review: 'Bert Stern: Original Madman'

May 3
By Beth Accomando
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"Bert Stern: Original Madman" (opening May 2 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) had its San Diego debut at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. It's a fascinating portrait of the photographer who helped make Smirnoff popular and shot Marilyn Monroe's last sitting.

Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing

May 3
Joseph Shapiro / NPR
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This story contains language that some may find offensive.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: St. Fagans

May 3
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Fiona Bruce and the team visit the National History Museum of Wales at St. Fagans, just outside Cardiff. Amongst the objects catching the eye of the specialists are a collection of early dog collars, and a doll gifted by Queen Mary as a thank you after she took tea in a miners cottage. Plus, veteran ceramics specialist, Henry Sandon, reveals which one antique object he'd most wish to find.

Council President Gloria Shows Support For Filner's Plaza De Panama Plan

May 3
By Claire Trageser and City News Service
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City Council President Todd Gloria today expressed tentative support for a Balboa Park traffic management plan proposed recently by Mayor Bob Filner.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Saltaire 2

May 3
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A return visit to Saltaire, near Shipley in Yorkshire for Fiona Bruce and the team where one of the longest queues awaits the experts. Cameras focus in on a series of objects with famous connections including a lace fragment believed to have been part of a dress worn by Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles Dickens' inkwell, and a battered school book of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with handwritten notes by a young Diana Spencer. Meanwhile Fiona tries out a local curiosity as she climbs in to a "Wife Taming Cradle" from Victorian days.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Road Food At Home

May 3
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Bridget uncovers the secrets to perfect Slow-Cooker BBQ Brisket. Then, Adam reveals his top picks for slow cookers. Next, Chris visits Harpoon Brewery to discover the best beers for cooking. And finally, Julia shows Chris how to make the ultimate Beer-Battered Onion Rings.

Employment Numbers Tell Us A Lot (But Not That Much)

May 3
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

The nation's unemployment rate hit a four-year low of 7.5 percent and the job market improved last month. Friday's news helped push the Dow Jones industrial average above 15,000 for the first time.

Watch Time Lapse Video Of USS Anchorage Leaving San Diego

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Anchorage left its homeport of San Diego recently to head to its namesake city for commissioning. The Navy shot time lapse footage of the Anchorage's departure from San Diego, showing how much work goes into putting a ship to sea.

Review: 'Iron Man 3'

May 3
By Nathan John
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Robert Downey, Jr. returns yet again for "Iron Man 3" (opening May 3 throughout San Diego). Guest critic Nathan John has a review.

Witherspoon's Punishment: $100 Fine & A Viral Arrest Video

May 3
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Actress Reese Witherspoon on Friday "pleaded no contest and paid a $100 fine [for] berating a state trooper in Atlanta while her husband was given a sobriety test," The Associated Press writes.

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Pasta

May 3
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Explore the art of making fresh pasta from scratch with Martha and her friend Michael White, chef, restaurateur and pasta specialist. Learn how to make the dough and then form it into strands by hand or with a pasta machine, and to hand-shape dough into shapes such as farfalle and tortelli.

Reality Check: Strapped States Cutting Unemployment Benefits

May 3
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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The jobs report for April showed some improvement -- but not much -- in the unemployment rate and the total number of unemployed workers.

Hey Teenagers! We Want To Hear Your Stories

May 3
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Are you a teenager with a story to tell? NPR and Radio Diaries want to hear it. Write it down, photograph it (and record it if you want) and then submit it to the storytelling site Cowbird.

Antiques Roadshow: Rapid City, South Dakota - Hour Three

May 3
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg explores 19th-century Sioux weapons with appraiser John Buxton at beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Notable finds include a 1760s Chester County Pennsylvania spice chest; two sets of Frank Lloyd Wright blueprints; and a Favrile Fabrique Tiffany desk lamp valued at $4,000-$6,000.

Roundtable: More NCTD Troubles, Jail Violence, Ramona Teacher Unrest, H-1b Visas

May 3
Midday Edition
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Troubles for the North County Transit District mount. Series on high number of SD County jail deaths concludes. Ramona teachers head toward strike vote. Employers want more visas for high-skilled workers.

Bradley Cooper To Play 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle In Spielberg Movie

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actor Bradley Cooper will play former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in a new movie to be directed by Stephen Spielberg.

Iowa Court: List Both Same-Sex Parents On Birth Certificates

May 3
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Iowa's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state's health department must include the names of both same-sex spouses as parents on a child's birth certificate.

U.S. Air Force Tanker Crashes In Kyrgyzstan

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker crashed Friday in northern Kyrgyzstan on its way to Afghanistan. The fate of the three crew members is still unknown at this time.

Southern Calif. Wildfire Burns 15-Mile Path To Pacific

May 3
Associated Press
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A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather.

What Role Do Relationships Play In Learning?

May 3
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episodeUnstoppable Learning.

Navy's Newest Squadron Puts Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Side-By-Side

May 3
By Tarryn Mento
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Back when Vice Adm. David Buss started his military career in 1978, the idea of unmanned aircraft operating alongside conventional aircraft sounded like something out of a George Lucas film.

UCSD Grad Creates Language For HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

May 3
By Angela Carone
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When the creators of the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” needed a made-up language, they hired a UCSD grad David Peterson.

California Water Supply To Be Drawn From Storage To Meet Demand

May 3
By Susan Murphy
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The final California snow survey was bad news for the millions of residents and farmers who rely on the snowpack for their water. It also means water officials will have to draw from storage reserves for the first time since 2009 to meet demand.

Largest Of Northern Calif. Fires Continues To Grow

May 3
Associated Press
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Crews battling a growing wildfire in Northern California's Tehama County are bracing for another day of gusty winds and low humidity.