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Stories for October 11, 2013

City Ethics Commission Fines San Diego Political Group $7,500 For Violations

Oct. 11
By City News Service

A $7,500 fine was levied against a political group that funded gay-baiting automated calls during last year's mayoral campaign between Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner.

Shutdown Diary: More Talk But No Deal

Oct. 11
Frank James / NPR

As the partial government shutdown drew to the end of its 11th day, Friday found Democrats and Republicans continuing to talk. But there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the United States from defaulting on its debt obligations.

Chula Vista's Living Coast Discovery Center Will Close If Fundraising Goals Aren't Met

Oct. 11
By Dwane Brown

The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista will close at the end of the month if it does not raise $200,000.

Convention Center Expansion Plan Includes $500K For Park Access

Oct. 11
By Claire Trageser
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As part of the Convention Center expansion plan, city of San Diego will pay $500,000 for ways to help the public reach the waterfront more easily.

Monarch School Could Lose Its Exemption As Homeless-Only Campus

Oct. 11
By Susan Murphy
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The Monarch School is able to serve exclusively a population of homeless students because of a special federal exemption, which could soon be eliminated under a proposed Senate bill.

Shutdown Leaves Some Seniors Worried About Their Next Meal

Oct. 11
Patrick Center / NPR
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You've no doubt heard of Senior Meals on Wheels preparing hot meals delivered to the elderly. But there's a different meal program that's been put on hold because of the partial government shutdown. It's the USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Worst Since Nixon? Report Slams White House Leak Policy

Oct. 11
Adam Wollner / NPR
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The most open and transparent administration in history? That's not how some veteran members of the press see it.

No Need For Haste In Signing Up For Covered California

Oct. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

If you haven't already signed up for health insurance on Covered California, don't worry. Consumers have until Feb. 15 to enroll in a plan.

Why A Peanut Butter Test For Alzheimer's Might Be Too Simple

Oct. 11
Maanvi Singh / NPR
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Alzheimer's disease can be tough to diagnose, especially early on. Doctors can order brain scans and assay spinal fluids. But existing tests are imperfect and some can be invasive.

Carlsbad's Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute Among Conservation Grant Recipients

Oct. 11
City News Service

The Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 93 wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and conservation education projects, it was announced Friday.

At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

Oct. 11
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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When you invite guests over, you probably straighten up the house to make a good impression.

Calif. Is First State To Ban Lead Ammo For Hunting

Oct. 11
Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will make California the first state to ban lead bullets for all types of hunting.

San Diego Airport Nabs Air Service Award In Global Competition

Oct. 11
City News Service

The San Diego International Airport won a World Routes award for its air service development efforts last year, the airport's first award in a global competition, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Friday.

Brown Vetoes Bill Banning Semi-Automatic Rifles

Oct. 11
Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.

San Diego Symphony Space Gets New Name

Oct. 11
By Angela Carone
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The San Diego Symphony has a new home. It’s the same building, but it’s now called the Jacobs Music Center, in honor of an historic gift of support.

McDonald's President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

Oct. 11
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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A video of a McDonald's worker confronting the president of the fast-food behemoth has gone viral this week, with the help of a fast-food workers' campaign aimed at raising hourly wages to $15.

Review: 'Machete Kills'

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando
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“Machete Kills” (opening October 11 throughout San Diego) is so outrageously over the top that it blows the roof off the theater.

Review: 'The Dark Touch'

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando
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Not all little girls with telekinesis are called Carrie. The new Irish film “Dark Touch” (screening Fri., Oct. 11 only at 10 pm at the Digital Gym Cinema) serves up some new horrors.

Roundtable: Money And The Mayor's Race, Convention Center Vote, Development Developments

Oct. 11
By Pat Finn, Alison St John
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From where is the money piling up in the mayor's race coming? The Coastal Commission says yes to the expansion of the convention center. San Diego's urban architect-developers think small and dense.

Genealogy Roadshow: Austin

Oct. 11
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In the Lone Star State capital, the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW team finds secrets involving some of Texas’ favorite subjects: football, politics and home-state pride. In the historic Driskill Hotel, an African-American Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer uncovers a surprising family history of land ownership, an uncommon occurrence for Blacks in 1920s Texas. A family tie to two Texas governors – 140 years apart – surprises one guest, while a Latino-American woman celebrates newfound bonds to her faith and state.

What's In That Chicken Nugget? Maybe You Don't Want To Know

Oct. 11
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Chicken nuggets: Call 'em tasty, call 'em crunchy, call 'em quick and convenient. But maybe you shouldn't call them "chicken."

Air Force Fires Top U.S. Missile Commander

Oct. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Air Force two-star general in charge of the country's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles has been relieved of his command for what's being described as questionable behavior during a temporary duty assignment.

At Urban Summit, A Feeling Of 'The Feds Can't, But We Can'

Oct. 11
Franklyn Cater / NPR

The partial government shutdown was part of the buzz this week at an international gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City.

Elizabeth Smart: My Faith And 'My Story'

Oct. 11
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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Elizabeth Smart dominated headlines back in 2002. She was just 14 years old when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home by Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. Smart was held captive for nine months. Mitchell forced her to act as his second wife, raped her nearly every day, and told her that the ordeal was ordained by God.

Tech Week That Was: Health Site Stumbling, Twitter's Roots

Oct. 11
Elise Hu / NPR
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It's Friday, which means we're rounding up the tech headlines and our NPR coverage of technology and culture this week.

Gasoline Price Drops To Lowest Amount Since Jan. 31

Oct. 11
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped to its lowest amount since Jan. 31 today, falling six-tenths of a cent to $3.832.

$2.5 Million In Six Weeks: Money Pours Into Mayor’s Race

Oct. 11
By Joe Yerardi
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In the race for cash in the special mayoral election, Councilman David Alvarez held a commanding lead with more than $1 million raised by his campaign and committees that support his candidacy as of Thursday.

Trickle-Down Stories: How The Shutdown Feels Across America

Oct. 11
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society, beyond furloughed federal workers and their families, are being severely hit.

Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize; Movement (Maybe) On Shutdown

Oct. 11
NPR

-- Chemical Weapons Watchdog Gets Nobel Peace Prize

Friday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 11
Frank James / NPR
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Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. It's the 11th day of the partial federal government shutdown, 2013 edition.

No Deal Yet, But Maybe An Opening

Oct. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Thursday saw much sound and fury about resolving, at least for the short term, the political gridlock over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown. But it's not clear what, if anything, it all signifies.

The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

Oct. 11
Laurel Morales / NPR
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Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglas horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.