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Stories for May 7, 2013

With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt

May 7
NPR Staff / NPR
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Many high school seniors who are heading to college this fall have just paid their tuition deposits -- the first real taste of what the college experience is going to cost them. These students are heading to school at a time that some consider a transformative moment for American colleges and universities. Costs are skyrocketing, and there are some real questions about what value college students are getting for their money.

'Wounded Warrior' Mark Sanford Completes Political Comeback

May 7
Charles Mahtesian / NPR
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Republican Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose political career seemed to end in ignominy in 2010, capped a remarkable political comeback Tuesday by defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54 percent to 45 percent.

After Outcry, Disney Withdraws Effort To Trademark 'Dia De Los Muertos'

May 7
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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The Walt Disney Company told Fronteras Desk it will withdraw trademark applications related to the Day of the Dead holiday after an avalanche of social media backlash.

$35M Baggage Screening System Ready At San Diego Airport

May 7
By Dwane Brown
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Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport is now fully equipped with a new state-of-the-art baggage system designed to get your luggage to and from the plane faster than ever.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina U.S. Senate Seat

May 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has won election to the U.S. Senate, redeeming his political career after it was derailed by scandal four years ago.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina House Seat

May 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has won election to the House, redeeming his political career after it was derailed by scandal four years ago.

Opera "Cuatro Corridos" Addresses Human Trafficking

May 7
Midday Edition
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Grammy Award Winning Soprano Susan Narucki's new production seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking.

San Diego's Waterfront Bustles With Cruise Ships

May 7
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego on Tuesday had the rare occurrence of three cruise ships in port all at once. The region’s once faltering cruise industry is starting to make a comeback.

Grand Jury Questions San Diego Unified Action Center

May 7
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified's website section called the "Education Issue Action Center" may violate state education laws that prohibit political activity on the part of on-duty schools staff.

SCOTT & BAILEY: Season Two

May 7
By Jennifer Robinson
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Honest, powerful and true to life, SCOTT & BAILEY is a refreshing take on crime drama. Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott are detectives with Manchester Metropolitan Police’s prestigious Murder Investigation Team. Rachel is energetic, impulsive, and bold. Janet is subtle, reliable and a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor, which makes her the perfect foil for Rachel.

Are We Laughing With Charles Ramsey?

May 7
Gene Demby / NPR
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It's hard out here for a black man the Internet accidentally thrusts into the limelight. Those 15 minutes ain't no joke.

San Diego Students Get Ready For Prom In Donated Dresses

May 7
By Claire Trageser
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The final months of high school are meant to be a special time for seniors. Rituals like graduation, yearbook and prom mark the passage from one phase of life to the next. But they also bring lots of added costs.

Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993, Study Says

May 7
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Since 1993, the United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns, according to two new studies released Tuesday. Using government data, analysts saw a steep drop for violence in the 1990s, they saw more modest drops in crime rates since 2000.

Both Sides In Sanford, Colbert Busch Race Hopeful In Last Hours

May 7
Frank James / NPR

South Carolina's latest contribution to the American political stage: a House race between a former governor whose extramarital affair provided unlimited fodder for TV comedians, and a rookie candidate whose brother happens to be one of the them.

Gene Test May Help Guide Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 7
MARILYNN MARCHIONE / AP Chief Medical Writer / Associated Press

A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it.

Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms

May 7
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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The auditorium at James Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., is packed when Cy Maramangalam strolls onstage, sporting jeans and a shaved head.

Joy, And New Hope, For All Families Of The Missing

May 7
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Parents in a networking group for missing children were at a strategy dinner Monday night, discussing the terrors of Internet exploitation and the need for better communication with law enforcement, when news out of Cleveland hit somebody's smartphone and reverberated through the hotel conference room.

San Diego Veterans Less Impacted By Growing VA Backlog

May 7
Amanda Guerrero
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San Diego veterans who file disability claims receive responses from the Department of Veterans Affairs within an average of 283 days. That's a relatively shorter time period than the average for veterans across the nation.

Obama Says U.S. And South Korea Stand Firm Against Pyongyang

May 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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President Obama says the United States and South Korea are determined to stand firm against North Korean threats and that the days of Pyongyang manufacturing a crisis to get international concessions "are over."

Scripps Researchers Help Addicted Rats Stay Clean With Heroin Vaccine

May 7
By David Wagner
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Vaccines usually protect us from invaders. But scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have been making progress on a different kind of vaccine — one that would inoculate people against substances they willingly put into their own bodies.

A GROWING PASSION: California Native Grown

May 7
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They are in our canyons and hillsides, estuaries, mesas and mountains. They are native plants and San Diego has an astounding diversity of them, from desert to coast. Many make great garden plants. Host Nan Sterman will visit native plant gardens, growers, and restoration specialists who will help us appreciate these gems of the natural and backyard landscape.

Rare A.R. Gurrey Jr. Surfing Book: 'The Surf Riders of Hawaii' Up for Auction

May 7
Midday Edition
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A rare find documenting a piece of early surfing history goes up for auction this week in Orange County. The newly found hand-made surfing book by A.R. Gurrey Jr. is considered to be the first book on surfing and Gurrey the first true surf photographer.

What The State Court Ruling On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Means To San Diego

May 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The California Supreme Court says cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The ruling comes while San Diego leaders consider medical marijuana shop regulations.

Report: Military Sexual Assaults Up 35 Percent Since 2010 (Video)

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new Pentagon report shows sexual assault in the military has jumped 35 percent since 2010. The news comes one day after the Air Force announced the official in charge of its sexual assault prevention program was arrested for sexual battery.

Feds Say Debt Settlement Firm Defrauded 'Financially Desperate'

May 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal oversight agency established by Dodd-Frank three years ago, has resulted in its first criminal referral -- a case against a debt-settlement company it says defrauded thousands of people.

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar

May 7
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Name: Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)

SAVOR SAN DIEGO WITH SU-MEI YU: Orange Gold In Jamul

May 7
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In this episode, Su-Mei Yu follows the trail of a special kind of local tangerine called Kishu from the groves of Rancho del Sol Farms to Specialty Produce then demonstrates how to make a Tom Yum soup infused with citrus flavors.

How Will Gov. Jerry Brown's Plan To Overhaul Education Funding Impact San Diego?

May 7
Midday Edition
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Governor Jerry Brown wants to give more money to school districts that serve large numbers of poor and non-native English speakers. But critics say there may be some unintended consequences.

DoD Names 5 Soldiers Killed In Deadliest Day For US Forces In Afghanistan This Year

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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Five U.S. soldiers and two Marines were killed May 4 in what was the deadliest day in 2013 for U.S. forces in the Afghan War.

Disney Wants To Trademark 'Dia De Los Muertos'

May 7
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe, John Rosman
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On May 1, Disney filed trademark applications to secure ‘Dia de los Muertos’ across multiple platforms for an upcoming Pixar film.

A 'Poison Pill' In The Immigration Bill?

May 7
Zoe Chace / NPR

That big immigration bill working its way through the Senate would let in lots more highly skilled workers on temporary visas. But there's a catch.

Sexual Assaults In Military Have Increased By A Third Since 2010

May 7
Eyder Peralta / NPR

A Pentagon survey estimating sexual assaults in the military finds that cases have spiked by a third since 2010.

Military Dog Dies Trying To Save 2 Marines Killed In Insider Attack

May 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Afghan soldier shot and killed two U.S. Marines and a military working dog on May 4 in Afghanistan. According to witness reports, the dog died trying to save his handler.

N.J. Gov. Christie Underwent Weight-Loss Surgery In February

May 7
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose weight has been both joked about and treated as a real health concern, told The New York Post on Monday that he "secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery [in February] to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids."

Grand Jury Applauds Miramar Landfill's Methane-To-Energy Project

May 7
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego County Grand Jury is applauding the methane-to-power conversion at the Miramar Landfill. The garbage dump has also helped create a unique partnership between city and government officials.

Survey: US home prices up 10.5 pct. in past year

May 7
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER / AP Economics Writer / Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006.

Two Coronado Icons - the Beach and the Del - Honored Again

May 7
Jennifer Vigil
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Coronado - like a gorgeous girl who keeps collecting pageant crowns - has been named to two more top tourism lists.

CAL FIRE Says Dry Conditions Have Caused Early Fire Season

May 7
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

CAL FIRE is warning that a dangerous wildfire season has already started in California. So far more than 40,000 acres have burned statewide.

Neighbor In Cleveland: 'I Thought This Girl Was Dead!'

May 7
Mark Memmott / NPR

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who police say helped free three long-missing young women from a Cleveland home on Monday, told a vivid story as he spoke with reporters at the scene.

Many Offers, But No OKs For Burial Of Boston Bombing Suspect

May 7
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Massachusetts funeral director who is trying to find a cemetery that's willing to bury the body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he has gotten 120 offers from graveyards around the U.S. and Canada.

Cry For Help Led To Freedom For Missing Women In Cleveland

May 7
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A young woman's desperate cries alerted neighbors Monday to a frightening tale in Cleveland.

In Boston, A Rare Rejection Of The Dead

May 7
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev is stuck in a no-man's land.

Limo Driver, Survivor Views Differ On Fatal San Francisco Bay Bridge Fire

May 7
Associated Press
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As smoke thickened and a fire grew in the back of a limousine, Nelia Arellano desperately tried to squeeze through a 3 foot by 1 1/2-foot partition.

U.S. Turns Up Heat On Costly Commercial Cyber Theft In China

May 7
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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American companies that do business with China make good money. They also lose a lot of money there to cyber thieves, who routinely hack into the computers of the U.S. firms and steal their trade and technology secrets.