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Stories for September 10, 2013

Feds Slow To Clean Up Air At National Parks

Sept. 10
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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Even though the Clean Air Act has been in effect for almost four decades, many national parks are still dealing with haze. An environmental group has called on the Obama administration to clean up the air pollution at a much faster rate.

Rolling Recording Studio Promotes Music Education In Carlsbad

Sept. 10
By Kyla Calvert
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The Museum Of Making Music hosted a traveling recording studio Tuesday.

Former Local Water Official Joins Metropolitan Water District

Sept. 10
City News Service

The former chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority Tuesday joined the Board of Directors of an agency it's suing, the Metropolitan Water District.

Cases Test The Border Patrol's Police Powers

Sept. 10
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk

Several ongoing court cases are testing the authority that United States Border Patrol agents have to enforce laws not within their jurisdiction.

How Crossing The Border Can Get Your Laptop Confiscated

Sept. 10
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk

A report by The New York Times sheds light on how the United States government has routinely confiscated and searched the computers and electronic devices of people entering the U.S., even without a search warrant.

California Lawmaker Increases Efforts To Require Condoms In Adult Films

Sept. 10
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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A California lawmaker is calling for action following four recent confirmed HIV cases among adult film stars in the state.

In Iowa, Blind People Can Carry Guns In Public; Not Everyone's A Fan

Sept. 10
NPR

A debate is taking place in Iowa over the ability of people who are legally or completely blind to carry guns in public. The issue stems from a 2011 change in the state's gun permit rules, allowing visually impaired people to carry firearms in public.

Harlem On Their Minds: Life In America's Black Capital

Sept. 10
NPR

The poet Langston Hughes liked to wryly describe the Harlem Renaissance -- the years from just after World War I until the Depression when black literature and art flourished, fed by an awakening racial pride -- as "the period when the Negro was in vogue." Note the past tense. Two new books published Tuesday explore the blossoming of black cultural life in two different decades.

Middle-Income Californians May Get A Break On Health Insurance

Sept. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

Low-income Californians will get the biggest break on health insurance under Obamacare but millions of middle-class people won't have to pay retail, either.

How Crossing the Border Can Get Your Laptop Confiscated

Sept. 10
By Adrian Florido
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A little-known exception to the Fourth Amendment allows customs officers to confiscate, without a warrant, the computers of suspected criminals.

Fresh & Easy To Close 50 Locations

Sept. 10
City News Service
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The equity firm controlled by billionaire Ron Burkle announced today it is buying Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market from U.K.-based Tesco, but terms of the deal were not released.

City Council Honors 9/11 With Moment Of Silence

Sept. 10
City News Service

The San Diego City Council took a moment of silence Tuesday remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Events scheduled in San Diego Wednesday will commemorate the anniversary.

California Immigrant Protection Law Passes State Senate

Sept. 10
Adrian Florido / Fronteras Desk

SAN DIEGO - The California State Senate has passed Assembly Bill 4 -- better known as the TRUST Act. If signed into law, the bill will protect many immigrants arrested for minor crimes in California from deportation.

Company That Conducted NM Behavioral Health Audit Has Questionable Record

Sept. 10
Tristan Ahtone / Fronteras Desk

Fifteen New Mexico behavioral health providers that were accused of fraud and shut down still haven't been able to see the audits that lead to their downfall. The audits supposedly showed the companies over-billed the state for Medicaid reimbursements. Now, the company that performed the audit is having its track record questioned.

Border Technology Contracts Take New Approach

Sept. 10
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk
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PHOENIX -- In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.

14 Schools, 1 Plan: Nevada's New Blueprint For ELL Education

Sept. 10
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk
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Nevada schools have the largest percentage of English Language Learners in the country. For the first time, the state has designated funds to go directly towards improving ELL education. The bulk of the money, nearly $40 million, will go to Las Vegas' Clark County School District, the biggest in the state.

Affordable Healthcare Act Outreach

Sept. 10
Fronteras Desk
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The Obamacare web-based health insurance marketplace goes online at the start of October. That's when consumers will finally get to see just how much it's going to cost them to enroll in the various health insurance plans.

Potential Border Spending Means Opportunity For Security, Defense Companies

Sept. 10
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk
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PHOENIX -- Imagine this scenario. An intruder hops a fence and starts to walk in a forbidden zone. Instantly, a camera senses his movement, spins around to record him, and detects that he is human, not wildlife.

San Diego Leaders Rally To Keep Immigration Reform Hopes Alive

Sept. 10
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With Congress back to work, immigration reform advocates are ramping up their efforts to get a bill passed before the end of the year. But debate over the federal deficit and Syria are threatening to push immigration reform to the bottom of the legislative agenda.

Best Of Home Post: Soldiers In Afghanistan React To Change In Breakfast Service

Sept. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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After I wrote a post about an internet rumor that troops in Afghanistan were no longer getting hot breakfasts, the soldiers themselves began to write Home Post with their personal experiences. Originally posted January 15, 2013.

Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

Sept. 10
NPR

Parents are forever warning children and teenagers that bad things will happen if they take big risks. But the kids never seem to listen. That may be because their brains just aren't properly processing the odds that they'll break an arm or be in a car crash.

Domestic Violence Victim Suing Catholic Diocese For Breach Of Contract

Sept. 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition

A former El Cajon elementary school teacher says she lost her job, because her school was afraid of her abusive ex-husband. Now she's suing the Roman Catholic Diocese because she says the school broke Canon Law when she was terminated. And, California lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would stop employers from firing domestic violence victims.

New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime

Sept. 10
Gene Demby / NPR
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Jeffrey Babbitt was walking through Union Square last Wednesday, near the Manhattan comic book store that he'd been going to for years, when he had a fatal chance encounter with a stranger.

Using The Sound Of Tibetan Bowls For Healing

Sept. 10
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Exploring the healing energy of sound with a San Diego practitioner of Tibetan singing bowl therapy.

Syrian Doctors In San Diego Launch Relief Effort

Sept. 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition

Events are changing rapidly surrounding the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.

How To Talk To Someone Who's Thinking About Suicide

Sept. 10
By Deb Welsh

A record number of people committed suicide in San Diego County last year, 413 to be exact. But why?

UC San Diego Ranked Ninth Best Public University Nationwide

Sept. 10
City News Service
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UC San Diego is named the ninth best public university in the country and 39th best overall in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Best Of Home Post: Military Moms Breastfeeding In Uniform Create Controversy

Sept. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Photographs taken of military moms breastfeeding their babies in uniform stirred up quite the controversy when they went viral on the internet last year. It seemed everyone had something to say about the matter - women and men, military and civilians. Originally posted on May 30, 2012.

Study: US Could Default As Early As Oct. 18

Sept. 10
Associated Press
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A new study predicts the United States could default on its obligations as early as Oct. 18 if Washington fails to agree on legislation to raise the government's borrowing cap.

Northern Calif. Wildfire Destroys 30 Structures

Sept. 10
Associated Press

A wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County has damaged 30 structures, many of them homes, and is threatening another 350 structures.

Lyons Fire Near El Cajon 15 Percent Contained

Sept. 10
City News Service

A wildfire that has blackened hundreds of acres in rugged, hilly terrain southeast of El Cajon was 15 percent contained early Tuesday.

Feds Plans To Release Details Of Secret Spy Court

Sept. 10
Associated Press
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The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs.

Syrians In San Diego Plead For U.S. Military Action

Sept. 10
By Susan Murphy
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As the world waits to find out whether the U.S. will strike Syria, protesters across San Diego County have been taking to the streets and social media to get their voices heard.

California Immigrant Protection Law Passes State Senate

Sept. 10
By Adrian Florido
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If signed into law, the bill will protect many immigrants arrested for minor crimes in California from deportation.

Second Opinion: Is It Cheaper To Pay The Fine Than To Buy Coverage?

Sept. 10
By Megan Burks
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A Rancho Peñasquitos family of eight looks at how the Affordable Care Act will impact its budget.

New On Blu-ray: The Bava Collection

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Mario Bava is a highly influential director from Italy’s golden age of horror and thankfully Kino Classics is re-releasing his films on Blu-ray for a new generation to appreciate.

Council Schedules Water Rate Hearing

Sept. 10
City News Service

The San Diego City Council today scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 21 to consider proposed water rate increases over the next two years.