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Stories for November 4, 2013

What Is Google Building Out In San Francisco Bay?

Nov. 4
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press

San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.

Poll Shows Kevin Faulconer Is Front Runner In San Diego Mayoral Race

Nov. 4
By John Rosman, Amita Sharma
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In the latest U-T San Diego/10News poll, Councilman Kevin Faulconer has gained a double-digit lead over the previous front-runner Nathan Fletcher.

How To Make Online Dating Less Segregated, In One Easy Step

Nov. 4
Midday Edition
By David Wagner
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People on dating sites like OkCupid might be unlikely to reach out to someone of a different race. But when someone from another background reaches out to them, they'll be much more likely to write back.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Safer

Nov. 4
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Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves? Host David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature such as earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, such as traffic accidents and contact sports. Our increasing reliance on the internet makes us vulnerable to new risks: Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks from hackers and terrorists. Risk is all around us — but we can be smart about it.

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise In San Diego

Nov. 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new report reveals an increasing number of San Diegans continue to abuse prescription drugs and heroin.

Raw To Ready: Bombardier

Nov. 4
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Short-range regional jets are the backbone of domestic air travel. To withstand a high volume of flights, these jets must be comfortable, durable and fuel efficient, like the Bombardier CRJ-1000. Glass, titanium, fiberglass, lacquer and aluminum alloy each transcend their original states, harnessed to create a modern cutting-edge machine.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Leaves Behind Wife And Three Daughters

Nov. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Forrest W. Robertson, 35, lost his life Nov. 3 when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. Robertson is survived by his wife, Marcie, and three daughters.

UC San Diego Plans To Open Stem Cell Center

Nov. 4
Associated Press

UC San Diego announced Monday that businessman T. Denny Sanford has committed $100 million to the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.

NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do?

Nov. 4
Joel Rose / NPR
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Voters in New York City go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor, and it appears all but certain that they'll elect Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate.

Biden, A Man Of Many Words, Omits One At Va. Rally: 'Obama'

Nov. 4
Frank James / NPR
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Anyone waiting expectantly for Vice President Biden to name check President Obama at an election eve rally Monday went away disappointed.

Sportvision Wants To Take You (Home) To The Ball Game

Nov. 4
NPR Staff / NPR
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These days, you'd be forgiven if you're more excited about watching the "big game" -- whether that's football, basketball, hockey -- on TV rather than from inside a sports arena. At least, that's a trend that the Chicago-based sports graphics company Sportvision is banking on.

The Kennedy Half-Century

Nov. 4
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John F. Kennedy's legacy has endured for more than 50 years due to the early efforts of family and friends, as well as through Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton's infatuation with the 35th president, and the "twinning" of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

New Mayor Asks Compton: What Can Brown Do For You?

Nov. 4
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Aja Brown made history this past summer when she became the youngest mayor in the history of Compton, Calif. There is a lot of buzz there around the charismatic 31-year-old.

Oregon's State Exchange May Be Worse Than HealthCare.gov

Nov. 4
Kristian Foden-Vencil / NPR

As the federal government consumes humble pie over failures in the health insurance exchanges, some states that have set up their own exchanges are also struggling. Oregon has yet to enroll one single person, and it's been reduced to pawing through paper applications to figure out eligibility.

Bariatric Surgery Can Keep Pounds Off For Years

Nov. 4
Nancy Shute / NPR

Weight-loss surgery is becoming increasingly popular because it's the only treatment that pretty much guarantees weight loss.

What If A Congressman Comes Out And Nobody Cares?

Nov. 4
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The final chapter in the history of bombshells of the closeted gay politician variety may have been written Monday by Rep. Mike Michaud, a Maine Democrat running for governor.

Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

Nov. 4
Dan Charles / NPR
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It's one of the most controversial practices in agriculture: Feeding small amounts of antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster.

Senate Poised To Pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Nov. 4
Eric Krupke / NPR
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The Senate is expected to vote Monday evening for cloture on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would forbid employers with at least 15 employees from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Two Navy Pilots Injured In Crash Of T-45C Goshawk Aircraft (Video)

Nov. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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An investigation is already underway as to why a U.S. Navy T-45C Goshawk crashed this morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The two pilots aboard the aircraft survived the crash, and have been hospitalized in stable condition.

Johns Hopkins Halts, Reviews Black Lung Program

Nov. 4
Howard Berkes / NPR

Johns Hopkins Medicine says it will suspend and review its black lung program, following joint investigative reports last week from the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News that found the program "helped coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits."

Education, Colonization And The Law: Native American History In San Diego

Nov. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Thanksgiving was one of the few bright spots in the history of whites and Native Americans in America. We discuss education, colonization and the law in Native American history and how that played out in San Diego County.

Remembering Martha Longenecker, Artist, Mingei Museum Founder

Nov. 4
Midday Edition
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We remember Martha Longenecker, the founder of San Diego's Mingei International Museum, who died on Oct. 29.

Marine Corps Announces New Restrictions For Tuition Assistance Program

Nov. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps tuition assistance program, which has twice been suspended this year due to sequestration cuts and the government shutdown, is facing additional restrictions. A recent service-wide announcement made clear fewer Marines will be eligible for TA.

Child Care Costs, Already High, Outpace Family Income Gains

Nov. 4
Bill Chappell / NPR

In 2012, the cost of child care in the U.S. grew up to eight times faster than family income, according to a new study of the average fees paid to child care centers and family child care homes.

California Food Stamp Recipients Will Have to Make it On Less

Nov. 4
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

Beginning today, more than four million Californians who receive food stamps will have to get by on less, as a federal stimulus boost to the program ends.

American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’

Nov. 4
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This new documentary unveils previously unseen performance footage - such as the 1968 Miami Pop Festival - and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him.

California's Toxic Waste Control Department Tries to Clean Itself Up

Nov. 4
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The California agency responsible for dealing with toxic waste in the state is trying to clean up its own act.

Veteran Pennsylvania Congressman Can't Escape GOP Civil War

Nov. 4
Don Gonyea / NPR
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At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday morning, the Bedford Diner, in Bedford, Pa., is jumping.

Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Nov. 4
Kavitha Cardoza / NPR
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This is the final report in a four-part series on adult education.

Two Male Former Cadets Exchange Wedding Vows At West Point In Historic First

Nov. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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For the first time in West Point's history, two men on Saturday married in the military academy's Cadet Chapel. Larry Choate III and Daniel Lennox are both graduates of West Point.

Pop In A Cassette And Celebrate? Chrysler's Minivans Are 30

Nov. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Depending on how many hours you spent in the backseat being tortured by a sibling or how many hours you spent in the driver's seat being forced by your kids to listen to Beat It, this may not be an anniversary you wish to celebrate.

California Congressman To Propose Middle Road On Immigration Reform

Nov. 4
By Jill Replogle
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Congressman Darrell Issa is expected to propose an immigration reform bill that would give temporary legal status to immigrants in the country illegally.

The Truth About Nathan Fletcher: Mayoral Candidate Reveals Abusive Childhood (Video)

Nov. 4
Joanne Faryon/inewsource
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In an exclusive interview with our media partner inewsource, mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher talked about a “living hell” with his biological father. Fletcher says he made the revelations hoping to set the record straight after questions about his past began surfacing in the campaign.

Second Opinion: Do Student Health Center Fees Satisfy The Individual Mandate?

Nov. 4
By Megan Burks
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A graduate student can get most of her health needs taken care of on campus for a small fee. Does that count as health coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

North County's Winter Shelter Network For The Homeless Up

Nov. 4
By Alison St John
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North County's winter shelter network for the homeless is in better shape than last year. But demand may also be higher.

San Diego Council Considers Raising Fees On Developers

Nov. 4
Midday Edition
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego City Council will decide today whether to increase fees on developers to help fund affordable housing. The proposal comes as tens of thousands of low-income San Diegans are waiting for housing assistance.

Kevin Faulconer’s Run Down The Middle

Nov. 4
By Claire Trageser
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Kevin Faulconer has the Republican Party firmly on his side in his race for San Diego mayor. But Faulconer’s campaign is working to distance him from the GOP.

Monday Political Mix: A Congressman Comes Out

Nov. 4
Frank James / NPR

This week, the political headlines are expected to be dominated by several important off-year elections whose outcomes seem a foregone conclusion, if you believe the polls.

Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us -- And In Us

Nov. 4
Rob Stein / NPR
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The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you're more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells.

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Nov. 4
Rob Stein / NPR
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After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my own microbiome.