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Stories for November 15, 2013

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Pendleton Unveils New $500 Million Naval Hospital

Nov. 15, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg

Medical care at Camp Pendleton is getting a first-class upgrade. If you were expecting Quonset huts and double-wide trailers, think again.

San Diego On Pace For $18 Million Budget Surplus

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

The city of San Diego is on pace to take in $18 million more than it spends this fiscal year, based on city financial activity in the first quarter.

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San Diego Looking For Roadmap To Help Fix Estimated $1 Billion Of Needed Infrastructure Repairs

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

San Diego officials are trying to develop a five-year plan to reducing a backlog of capital projects and maintenance that is believed to be valued at around $1 billion.

Qualcomm Stadium To Host Recycling Event For Bulky Items On Saturday

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

Furniture, mattresses and appliances will be accepted, along with electronics, metals, yard waste, fluorescent light bulbs and household batteries on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Holy Empathy! Batkid Lives Superhero Dream In San Francisco

Nov. 15, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Friday was a busy day in the crime-fighting world. As a superhero might say, you never know when a dastardly plot will emerge. And sometimes you're outnumbered. But not in Gotham, and not today -- because an entire city seemed to stand with Batkid, aka a 5-year-old boy named Miles, whose wish to be a superhero has been granted.

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Obama And Health Insurers Eye Each Other Warily

Nov. 15, 2013
Frank James / NPR

In "The Defiant Ones," a classic film directed by Stanley Kramer, two escapees from a Southern chain gang hated each other but were handcuffed together, meaning they could survive only by working together.

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Federal Health Care Enrollment Rate In San Diego Exceeds State

Nov. 15, 2013
By Susan Murphy

San Diegans are enrolling for federal health care coverage faster than the rest of the state through Covered California. Enrollment is about to become easier in San Diego with the help of more certified enrollment counselors.

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GOP Candidates Split Over Obamacare In Louisiana Race

Nov. 15, 2013
Adam Wollner / NPR

There's a House special election Saturday, but almost no one outside Louisiana has noticed.

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Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations

Nov. 15, 2013
Margot Adler / NPR

A year and half ago, Baruch Herzfeld, an entrepreneur in New York City, had a novel idea: connect immigrants in the U.S. with radio stations in their home country using nothing more than a cheap cellphone.

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

Nov. 15, 2013
Tom Gjelten / NPR

Recent disclosures about National Security Agency surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. tech sector.

Federal Brain Science Project Aims To Restore Soldiers' Memory

Nov. 15, 2013
Jon Hamilton / NPR

When President Obama announced his plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain seven months ago, it was long on ambition and short on details.

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Study: Odds Of Being Murdered Closely Tied To Social Networks

Nov. 15, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

A team of scientists has confirmed something your parents probably warned you about as a teenager -- that hanging out with the wrong crowd can be dangerous.

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Missing SDSU Student Found At San Diego Hospital

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

Melissa Romero -- who also goes by Katie Bell -- disappeared about 11 a.m. Tuesday from her Montezuma Road apartment, but turned up in a San Diego hospital.

San Diego Man Sentenced To Nearly 10 Years In Prison For Real Estate Scam

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

Timothy Mark Brachmanis pleaded guilty in August to three counts of grand theft and a tax code violation and admitted an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement.

Komen San Diego Three-Day Walk Begins Trek From Del Mar

Nov. 15, 2013
By City News Service

Special cheering stations will be set up along the 60-mile route to urge the fund raisers on. Walkers were set to complete the first day in Pacific Beach.

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Once An Ancient Village, Soon An Entertainment Complex?

Nov. 15, 2013
Greg Allen / NPR

As work began on one of the last pieces of undeveloped ground in Miami's fast-changing downtown, archaeologists uncovered the site of an American Indian village. It was already centuries old by the time Columbus arrived in the New World.

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Make-A-Wish Turns San Francisco Into Gotham City For 'Batkid'

Nov. 15, 2013
By KPBS Staff and KQED

The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed San Francisco into Gotham City so a 5-year-old leukemia patient in remission could be "Batkid" for a day.

Tails Never Fails: Coin Toss Decides Idaho Mayor's Race

Nov. 15, 2013
Adam Wollner / NPR

That was the question posed Thursday night to Don Bowden, the mayor of the Idaho town of Albion with a population of less than 300. The stakes? His job.

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Roundtable: Food Stamp Cuts; Navy Bribery Scandal; Mayoral Race

Nov. 15, 2013
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The poor now have to get by with even less. A rare bribery scandal ensnares two admirals along with an NCIS agent. And where do we stand now that San Diego's mayoral primary is almost here?

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'Rock Heads' Ran Newspaper That Panned 'Gettysburg Address'

Nov. 15, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., has gotten attention around the nation this week for retracting an editorial that ran in 1863.

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Michigan Man Charged With Murder In Shooting Death On Porch

Nov. 15, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

Prosecutors in Michigan are charging a man with second-degree murder for a Nov. 2 incident in which Renisha McBride, 19, was shot in the face after knocking on Theodore Wafer's door at night in Dearborn Heights, a suburb west of Detroit. Her family has said they believe McBride was seeking help after being in a car wreck hours earlier.

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Consumer Guide To Obama's Plan For Canceled Health Policies

Nov. 15, 2013
Jay Hancock, Julie Appleby, Phil Galewitz and Anna Gorman

President Obama's pledge to Americans that they could keep their health plans if they liked them began to backfire last month.

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Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

Nov. 15, 2013
Elise Hu / NPR

HealthCare.gov could barely function on the day the health insurance marketplace debuted, and internal emails show at least some top health officials could see the failure coming.

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San Diego's Arab Film Festival Back For Its Second Year

Nov. 15, 2013
By Rebecca Romani

Films from the Arab world are a rarity in San Diego, but this weekend promises to be a taste of film and video currently coming out of the Middle East.

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House Poised To Vote On 'Keep Your Health Plan Act'

Nov. 15, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

The House of Representatives is set to vote around midday Friday on a Republican bill that would allow Americans to keep their existing health insurance plan if they're happy with it -- even if their plan runs afoul of the standards in the Affordable Care Act.

Friday Political Mix: Obama's Health Care Fallout Writ Large

Nov. 15, 2013
Liz Halloran / NPR

Or, bad morning, if you're President Obama and absorbing the profound political reality of the botched health care law rollout, and your attempt at a fix.

How Can Deserts Turn Into Grasslands?

Nov. 15, 2013
NPR/TED Staff / NPR

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episodeMisconceptions.

Misconceptions

Nov. 15, 2013
NPR

"You're never more alive than when things get turned upside down." -- Malcolm Gladwell

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Father Says Desert Remains Are Those Of Joseph And Summer McStay

Nov. 15, 2013
City News Service and Associated Press

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon the bodies of Summer and Joseph McStay were found at two shallow grave site. The two other bodies are believed to be the McStay children, pending DNA identification.

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Imagining Art At San Diego Intersection Known For Death

Nov. 15, 2013
By Angela Carone

Since the 1980s, an intersection in Southeast San Diego ‘s Lincoln Park has been the scene of drugs and gang violence. It’s the "Four Corners of Death." But now there’s hope a new pubic artwork will transform the intersection.

Polls Reveal Season Of Record-Breaking Voter Anger

Nov. 15, 2013
Alan Yu / NPR

The American public is clearly ticked off. Between the government shutdown, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of the economic recovery, poll after poll reports signs of deep frustration and unrest.

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Making New Connections On A Trapped Subway Train

Nov. 15, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

Laura Lane met Paquita Williams, a New York City subway conductor, when their train was stopped underground for two hours. Generally, Paquita says, most passengers are nice, but "there's times if the train breaks down, people think that's my fault."

A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance

Nov. 15, 2013
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Trout fishing is a magnet that draws people from around the world to places like Ovando, Mont. Just ask the owner of Blackfoot Angler and Supplies, Kathy Schoendoerfer.

With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops

Nov. 15, 2013
Richard Gonzales / NPR

The city of Oakland, Calif., is in the middle of a robbery epidemic. In response, some residents in several Oakland neighborhoods are taking matters into their own hands, hiring private security companies to patrol their neighborhoods.

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Philippines Disaster Rekindles Fight Over Food Aid Reform

Nov. 15, 2013
Dan Charles / NPR

Emergency aid, including stocks of food, started arriving this week in cyclone-devastated areas of the Philippines; more is on the way.