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Stories for May 9, 2013

SDSU Lavender Graduation Celebrates LGBT Student Community

May 9
By Hailey Persinger

Janelle Shaffer doesn't get her diploma from the psychology department at San Diego State University until next week. But on Wednesday, she walked across a stage, hugged her family and said a preliminary "goodbye" to the university's LGBTQIA community at this year's Lavender Graduation.

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Online Searches Show Recession's Effect On Mental Health

May 9
By David Wagner

The economy may be getting its groove back, but the nation's collective mental health remains in a funk. By studying online searches, a local researcher finds that the public's anxieties haven't receded, even though the worst of the recession has.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Un Ballo In Maschera

May 9
By Jennifer Robinson

Enjoy a new production of Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi. Leading Met stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion.

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San Marcos Students Protest University Response to 'Cholas' Photos

May 9
By Kyla Calvert

Some Cal State San Marcos students staged a sit-in Thursday, saying the university's response to insensitive sorority photos was inadequate.

Shape Of Debate: Tinfoil Hats And Toy Helicopters

May 9
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Things got a little out of hand at the Missouri state Capitol late Wednesday. An unusual evening session of the House featured a representative wearing a tinfoil hat, a toy black helicopter flying around the chamber and some heated words between legislators.

Departure Clears the Way for Filner's Planning Vision

May 9

One of Mayor Bob Filner's first priorities when he took office, he said, was to separate the city's planning department and the development services department, which had been operating with a single director since a shakeup orchestrated under Filner's predecessor.

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Baby Bald Eagle Hatches in Ramona Grasslands

May 9
Melissa Phy

A baby bald eagle has hatched in the Ramona Grasslands, the Wildlife Research Institute announced Thursday.

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Filner On Goldsmith: 'He Makes Too Many Mistakes'

May 9
By Claire Trageser

The San Diego City Council and Mayor Bob Filner could be headed for another conflict, this time over the mayor’s proposal to cut 13 employees from the City Attorney’s office.

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San Diego Sues State Regulators Over Kinder Morgan's Water Discharges Into Murphy Canyon Creek

May 9
By Amita Sharma

The city the California Regional Water Quality Control Board of abusing its discretion. The board says it's confident in how it has regulated the cleanup.

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Feds Reach Agreement With Montana School On Sexual Assaults

May 9
Bill Chappell / NPR

The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the University of Montana to resolve an investigation into the school's response to accusations of sexual harassment since 2009. The federal inquiry will continue to examine how Missoula city officials have handled such cases.

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More Latino Grads Going To College Than Whites

May 9
By Jill Replogle

A Pew Hispanic Center analysis found 69 percent of Latino high school graduates went on to college last year, compared to 67 percent of whites.

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California Bill Would Penalize Large Companies That Don't Provide Health Coverage

May 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Large employers would face state penalties for failing to provide health insurance to their workers, under a bill in the California Assembly.

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A City Heights Ballroom Stuck in Redevelopment Limbo

May 9
By Megan Burksand Brian Myers

The Silverado Ballroom restoration is stuck in limbo as San Diego sniffs out redevelopment scraps.

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SDG&E Rate Hike Approved By CPUC

May 9
By City News Service

The California Public Utilities Commission today authorized a $123.4 million rate increase for San Diego Gas & Electric customers.

San Onofre Hearing Set To Begin Amid Hint From Edison Of Permanent Shutdown

May 9
By Midday Edition
By Evening Edition

Southern California Edison says if nuclear regulators turn down its request to restart one reactor, Edison may decide to shut the plant permanently. But that's just one of the issues surrounding San Onofre, as we head into another summer without power from the plant.

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Feds Charge Alleged New York Cell In International Cyber Heist

May 9
Scott Neuman / NPR

Eight people in New York have been charged as part of what prosecutors say was a global ring of cyber-criminals who stole $45 million by hacking into prepaid credit card accounts and then using the data to get cash from thousands of ATMs around the world.

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Camp Pendleton Marine To Honor Fallen Military Dog 'Cpl. Tick'

May 9
By Beth Ford Roth

A military working dog named Cpl. Tick was killed on May 14, 2012 in an improvised explosive device blast. Cpl Tick's handler, Lance Cpl. Bryan Utrilla, will honor her on the one-year anniversary of her death by placing her dog tags on the Camp Pendleton cross memorial.

After 100,000+ Downloads, Group With 3-D Gun Plans Goes Dark

May 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

Minutes ago, just as we were reading a Forbes story headlined "3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days," this message appeared on the Twitter page of the group that has made those plans available to the world:

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

May 9
Matt Stiles / NPR

Google has released a stunning cache of satellite images that show how the globe has changed in recent decades. Thursday's announcement came from the search giant's official blog:

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Fanfare For Maksymowicz: A Campus Legend in the Shadow of 'Fallen Star'

May 9
By Midday Edition
By Evening Edition

The story behind an unmarked, mysterious art installation at UCSD and its rumored connection to a tragic moment in campus history.

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Gator By The Bay Celebrates Zydeco, Blues And Bayou Music

May 9
By Midday Edition

A preview of San Diego's annual Cajun-fest, Gator by the Bay, with music from the band Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters.

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Aristotle University Founder Alleges 'Comedy of Errors' in $21 Million Suit

May 9
Ken Stone

The co-founder of now-closed Aristotle University in Carlsbad has sued a state agency and others for $21 million, alleging a "comedy of errors" that led to "tarred reputations, lost political elections, hospitalizations, death and complete economic ruin."

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San Diego Convention Center Runs Up $31 Million Maintenance Backlog

May 9
By Claire Trageserand City News Service

The San Diego Convention Center Corp. is developing plans to deal with a $31.1 million backlog of capital maintenance and equipment needs, CEO Carol Wallace told the City Council today.

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Colorado Lawmakers Set Taxes And Rules For Marijuana Sales

May 9
Bill Chappell / NPR

Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax sales of recreational marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and rules. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana -- a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax.

San Diegans Can Now Access KPBS Content Via Roku

May 9
By KPBS

New PBS and PBS Kids Channels on Roku Offer Hundreds of Videos On-Demand, including NOVA, MASTERPIECE, FRONTLINE, SUPER WHY!, CURIOUS GEORGE and local favorites such as KPBS EVENING EDITION and KEN KRAMER’S ABOUT SAN DIEGO.

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Official: Body Found Near Tourmaline Surfing Park Is Missing Surfer

May 9
10News

A 42-year-old San Diego man who disappeared while surfing near Pacific Beach likely drowned and a shark may have attacked his body after death, a lifeguard official said Thursday.

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Great Fake? 'Kiss Cam Breakup' Video Goes Viral

May 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

Given that this kind of thing's been faked before, there's good reason to be very suspicious. The Los Angeles Times' Houston Mitchell is one of many who are sure it was staged.

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Probe Finds Combat Vehicle Malfunction Killed Marine

May 9
By Beth Ford Roth

A Marine Corps investigation found Lance Cpl. John Cagle, 19, was killed in 2011 when the hydraulic seat in his Light Armored Vehicle malfunctioned and crushed his throat. The probe showed the malfunction of the LAV's seat was not an anomaly.

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Report: 'Foreclosure Starts' On The Rise In California

May 9
Steve Milne / Capital Public Radio

A new report shows California home “foreclosure starts” – or the number of homes just entering the foreclosure process – were up for the third straight month in April.

Wrigley: Maybe We Won't Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

May 9
Nancy Shute / NPR

Less than two weeks after launching its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, the Wrigley Company decided that maybe the world wasn't ready for amped-up chewing gum after all.

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Boston Bombing Suspect's Body Finally 'Entombed,' Police Say

May 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

The body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev "is now entombed," the Worcester, Mass., police department announced Thursday morning.

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California's Bay Bridge Hits Trouble Ahead Of Opening Day

May 9
Bill Chappell / NPR

Faced with lingering safety concerns over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new eastern span, California transportation officials say it will take more work -- and up to $10 million -- to get the bridge ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day.

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Food Truck Market Draws Complaints In Downtown San Diego

May 9
By Tarryn Mento

They typically draw smiles and crowds, but food trucks in downtown San Diego are drawing complaints. Restaurant owners in the Gaslamp District say a mobile eatery market is moving in on their turf, but the City of San Diego says it's permitted to be there.

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Five Reasons Vetoes Have Gone Out Of Style

May 9
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

President Obama in recent weeks has twice threatened to veto legislation before Congress. Don't hold your breath that it will happen.

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County Seeks Families To Adopt Foster Children

May 9
By Deb Welsh

San Diego County is renewing its commitment to find loving, permanent homes for children now in temporary foster care. KPBS Morning Edition Anchor Deb Welsh spoke with County Supervisor Dave Roberts about the effort.

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One In Two New Rural Neighbors Is Latino

May 9
By Laurel Morales

Latinos have called both the rural and urban Southwest home for generations. But much of the rest of the nation is now adjusting to the latest wave of immigrants from Mexico and Latin America.

Sewage Alert: Pollution Warning Posted for Silver Strand

May 9
Coronado Patch

Authorities issued an ocean-pollution warning for the Silver Strand due to an influx of storm-driven sewage out of the Tijuana River.

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Reports: Cousin Of Boston Suspects Is 'Prominent Islamist'

May 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

Russian investigators have questioned a distant cousin of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev about meetings the two of them had in Dagestan during 2012, Time magazine reports.

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Cleveland Kidnappings: Horrors Began With Offers Of Rides

May 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

The three young women who were missing for about a decade before being rescued on Monday from a home in Cleveland where they say they were chained, tortured and sexually assaulted, have given police similar accounts about how their long nightmares began.

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San Diego Gasoline Price Rises By Largest Amount Since Feb. 7

May 9

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County recorded its largest daily increase since Feb. 7 today, rising 3.6 cents to $3.975.

Consumers Facing Subscription Service Overload Will Only Get More Choices

May 9
Laura Sydell / NPR

YouTube is expected to announce in the coming days that it will launch paid subscription channels, a first for the online video platform that's been around since 2005. But, with the growing number of subscription services available for entertainment, shopping and news, some consumers say they're reaching digital subscription overload.

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California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners

May 9
Pauline Bartolone / NPR

As states gear up for the Affordable Care Act, they're trying to figure out if there will be enough providers of health care to meet demand from the newly insured.

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From Mother To Daughter On 'Having It All'

May 9
NPR Staff / NPR

Anne-Marie Slaughter had been the director of policy planning for the State Department for two years -- commuting from Princeton, N.J., where her family lived, to Washington, D.C., where the job was -- when she realized something had to give.