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Stories for May 24, 2013

San Diego Mayor Filner Announces Plan To End La Jolla Cove Stench

May 24
Associated Press
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Visitors will no longer have to hold their noses while taking in the scenic vistas of La Jolla's beaches if the plan announced by San Diego officials is successful.

County Animal Services Seize 10 Horses In Ramona

May 24
City News Service
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Ten horses seized in Ramona were in the care of the county Department of Animal Services Friday, and an investigation was underway into the death of another of the owner's horses.

Court Rules That Arizona Sheriff Engages In Racial Profiling

May 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A U.S. district court has ruled that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department has violated the rights of Latino drivers by racially profiling them as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration and issued an injunction to halt the practice.

Bill Would Treat E-cigarettes Like Other Tobacco

May 24
DON THOMPSON / Associated Press
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California would treat electronic cigarettes like any other tobacco product by restricting where people can use them in public under a bill approved by the state Senate on Friday.

Toronto Mayor: 'I Do Not Use Crack Cocaine'

May 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he doesn't smoke crack cocaine and isn't an addict, in response to a video that surfaced recently purporting to show him using the illegal drug.

History Makes Hiring Household Help A Complex Choice

May 24
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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Sheryl Sandberg's best-seller Lean In has sparked a national debate among women about reaching for success in the workplace. But in order for women to lean in totheir ambition and spend the arduous hours embracing the success Sandberg urges them to, they need to lean on support at home. That often comes in the form of household help -- the housekeeper or nanny. But because being the help has figured large in the history of African-American women, some who are in the position to lean in are torn about hiring domestic employees.

Obama's Terror Fight Is Colored Gray, Not Black And White

May 24
Frank James / NPR
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It's difficult for an American president to govern through nuance especially when it's necessary to persuade a majority of the people that certain actions are essential for national security. And effective persuasion usually requires clarity.

Tornado Safe Rooms In Schools A Popular, But Costly Idea

May 24
Scott Harvey / NPR
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In the days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., talk of constructing safe rooms in public schools has become commonplace.

California Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline

May 24
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers.

'Four Little Girls' Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

May 24
Bill Chappell / NPR
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They were just little girls when they were killed in 1963, in what came to be known as the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. And now Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, nearly 50 years after the attack in Birmingham, Ala.

Veterans And Their Stories Take Off With San Diego Honor Flight

May 24
By Nicholas McVicker
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More than 90 veterans took off for Washington D.C. today with San Diego Honor Flight to mark Memorial Day.

Environmental Group To Help Clean Memorial Day Beach Messes

May 24
By Erik Anderson
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Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to spend time at San Diego County beaches this Memorial Day weekend.

Battered Jersey Shore Pins Recovery Hopes On Summer Season

May 24
Scott Gurian / NPR
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Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer travel season, and it's particularly important for the resort communities along the Jersey Shore still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Heart Failure Treatment Improves, But Death Rate Remains High

May 24
Nancy Shute / NPR
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This is one of those "good news, but" medical stories.

Ex-Guatemalan President Extradited To U.S.

May 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has been extradited to the United States, where he faces charges of laundering tens of millions of dollars through U.S. banks.

Rebel: Voces Special Presentation

May 24
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"Rebel" chronicles the story of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban-born teenager from New Orleans who fought disguised as a man during the American Civil War. Based on a 600-page memoir published in 1876, this film tells the story of an unusual Civil War soldier who was considered a hoax for over 100 years, but contemporary historians have found evidence of her existence.

Craft Breweries Debut New Beer On Memorial Day To Raise Money For Military Families

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido is one of nine craft breweries nationwide that helped create Homefront IPA, a new beer debuting Memorial Day. Proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to Operation Homefront.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Swindon 2

May 24
By Jennifer Robinson
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A return visit to the Museum of Steam at Swindon for a second helping of fascinating finds as Fiona Bruce and the experts scour more family treasures. Included in the program are three locomotive signs found dumped in a skip with significant values, the most exciting doll ever seen on the show dating back to 1740, and there's perhaps the oddest reaction to a valuation when the bombshell is dropped on the owner of a glass vase.

New Jersey Shore Is Ready For Visitors, Gov. Christie Says

May 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Declaring that along 80 percent of his state's shore "you won't notice any difference" if you visit this summer, Gov. Chris Christie used a Friday appearance on NBC-TV's Today show to say New Jersey is ready for its first summer since Superstorm Sandy devastated the coast.

Military Commissaries To Close Mondays Due To Sequestration

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The effects of sequestration are about to hit home for many military families. The Pentagon announced today most military commissaries will soon be closed on Mondays.

Roundtable: City Taxi Deal, District 4's Dirty Contest, Barrera Heads Labor Group, City Budget Grows

May 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Why are working conditions for city taxi drivers so awful? Was the District 4 council race a classic Pyrrhic victory? Is it a conflict for an SDUSD trustee to head the Labor Council? How did the mayor bump-up the city budget?

INDEPENDENT LENS: Detropia

May 24
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"Detropia" is a cinematic tapestry that chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city: the owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario, and a gang of illegal “scrappers.” This unlikely chorus illuminates the tale of both a city and a country in a soul-searching mood, desperate for a new identity.

Amphibians' Population Decline Marked In New U.S. Study

May 24
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Populations of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are declining at an average rate of 3.7 percent each year, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released this week. Researchers say the study is the first to calculate how quickly amphibians are disappearing in the United States.

There's No Place For Sex Assaults In Military, Obama Says

May 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Saying that "those who commit sexual assaults are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that make our military strong," President Obama on Friday urged Naval Academy graduates to help bring an end to a disturbing series of such offenses.

Memorial Day Observed At Arlington With 'Flags In' (Video)

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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For more than 40 years, the 3rd Infantry Regiment, also known as the Army's "Old Guard," has placed American flags on each of the 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of the Memorial Day weekend in a ceremony known as "flags in."

Health Insurance At 'Good Prices' Coming To Calif. Exchange

May 24
Sarah Varney / NPR
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California just unveiled a wide array of choices for the 5.3 million people expected to qualify to buy coverage through its online marketplace established by the federal health overhaul.

Housing Commission Announces More Help For Homeless Veterans

May 24
By Tarryn Mento
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Soon 185 fewer homeless veterans will be stuck on San Diego's streets. The city's housing commission announced it will receive that many more vouchers this year, but its more than just a housing voucher program.

San Diego Zoo's New Koala Exhibit Opens

May 24
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego Zoo’s 20 koalas have moved into their new, much bigger home. The three-acre exhibit, Conrad Prebys Australian Outback, opens to the public today.

California Releases Details of Health Insurance Exchange

May 24
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

More than 5 million uninsured Californians will soon have a variety of plans to choose from through the state’s health insurance exchange. The state announced Thursday its plans for compliance with federal health care reform.

Governor Brown Urges Action on Climate Change

May 24
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown is joining more than 500 scientists from 40 countries in calling for action on climate change.

Community Surprised Okla. Tornado Death Toll Wasn't Higher

May 24
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla., killed 24 people and caused an estimated $2.2 billion worth of damage. As the community reflects on what happened, one question is: How did so many manage to survive such devastating destruction?

Tornado In Moore, Okla.: Friday's Developments

May 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As the residents of Moore, Okla., and surrounding communities continue to recover from Monday's devastating tornado that killed at least 24 people and injured more than 375, we're keeping an eye on the news from there:

'White Flash And Cold Water' After Bridge Collapse In Wash.

May 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Miracle is the word that comes to Dan Sligh's mind after he and his wife, Sally, survived a plunge off a highway bridge in Washington State on Thursday evening.

Why You Have To Scratch That Itch

May 24
Rhitu Chatterjee / NPR
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Everybody itches. Sometimes itch serves as a useful warning signal -- there's a bug on your back! But sometimes itch arises for no apparent reason, and can be a torment.

Some damage reported from 5.7 quake in N. Calif.

May 24
Associated Press

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A moderate earthquake centered in rural northeastern California but felt in two other states damaged some homes and ruptured a tank that supplies residential drinking water in the densely forested region, officials said Friday.