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Stories for September 12, 2013

Interview: Voice Actor Billy West

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation continues this weekend and talented voice actor Billy West of “Futurama” will be on hand for autographs, photos and Q&A.

Rants And Raves: Cinema Under the Stars

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Cinema Under the Stars is celebrating two decades of outdoor movies in Mission Hills. Check out my video of this cozy alternate movie venue where you can watch classic movies every week through November.

Arne Duncan To Visit San Diego, Push Community-Focused Education

Sept. 12
City News Service
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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior staff at the U.S. Department of Education are scheduled Friday to conduct a town hall forum on education in Chula Vista.

Masterpiece Mystery! Foyle's War, Series VII

Sept. 12
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Foyle (Michael Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) return in three new episodes of the highly anticipated detective series, set in post-war 1946-47. Foyle and Sam adjust to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5.

NRC Schedules Public Hearing On San Onofre Decommissioning

Sept. 12
City News Service
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A Sept. 26 public meeting on the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County was scheduled Thursday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Faulconer, Alvarez Gain Endorsements In Race For Mayor

Sept. 12
City News Service
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Councilman Kevin Faulconer gained a crucial endorsement in his race for mayor of San Diego today, while organized labor prepared its support for his council colleague, David Alvarez.

Fire Sweeps Through Businesses Along Jersey's Seaside Boardwalk

Sept. 12
NPR

A fire that started in an ice cream shop is spreading elsewhere along New Jersey's famous boardwalk in Seaside Park.

San Diego Homes Sales Stay High Because Of Move-Up Buyers

Sept. 12
By Erik Anderson
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Home sales numbers hit a seven-year high in Southern California, but signs indicate the market may be cooling a bit.

New Scandinavian Cooking: Packed To Go (New Season Premiere)

Sept. 12
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A packed lunch is an important part of the Scandinavian food tradition and is taken just as seriously as dinner. In this episode, Andreas shares his favorite bread recipe, makes a healthy liver paté and creates a delicious honey crusted ham. In addition, chef Esben Holmboe Bang from Maaemo, one of Oslo’s best restaurants ,shares advice on making the most of Norway’s wild herbs.

How A 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Video Improved Asthma Treatment

Sept. 12
NPR

Doctors and staff at a British hospital were doing a lousy job of treating patients in the midst of life-threatening asthma attacks. Less than half of the doctors made use of asthma treatment guidelines. One-third of them didn't even know the asthma guidelines existed.

Gloria Brings Change On Medical Marijuana, Lobbyists, Open Data

Sept. 12
By Claire Trageser
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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria presented several changes and updates to Filner's policies and repeatedly pointed out what he said were gaps or inconsistencies in Filner's programs.

MARTHA BAKES: Puff Pastry

Sept. 12
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With Martha as your guide (and a little elbow grease), learn to make delicate, buttery puff pastry in your own kitchen. Martha demonstrates how to create the layers upon layers of buttery pastry, and then how to use it in a variety of sweet and savory treats, including the iconic French napoleon.

Southern California Home Sales Jump In August

Sept. 12
Associated Press
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Southern California posted its strongest home sales for August in seven years as rising prices lured more sellers off the sidelines, a research firm said Thursday.

Best Of Home Post: Quadruple Amputee With Double Arm Transplant Speaks Out

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Retired Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq. He underwent a double arm transplant, with limbs from a deceased donor, back in January. One thing Brendan didn't lose in war was his wicked sense of humor.

Should Edison Be Allowed To Profit On San Onofre's Faulty Steam Generators?

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric are asking ratepayers to pick up the investment costs in the generators that failed at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. They also want more than five percent return on their investment. The California Public Utility Commission's Division of Ratepayer Advocates said there should be no profit.

San Diego County Water Authority Mulls Bay Delta Project

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego County Water Authority officials are considering how the huge Bay Delta plan in Northern California will affect our water supply. A public meeting will be held Thursday in San Diego.

Big Measles Outbreaks Worry Federal Health Officials

Sept. 12
NPR

Federal health officials are worried about an unusually high number of measles cases occurring in the United States this year.

Best Of Home Post: Quadruple Amputee Keeps Promise To Greet Combat Unit Standing Up (Video)

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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I wrote this post on Labor Day, 2012. No one I've written about has labored harder to recover from his injuries than Travis Mills, one of only five quadruple amputees to survive the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues to inspire...

Calif. Wildfire More Destructive Than Thought

Sept. 12
Associated Press

Crews assessing the damage from a wildfire in Northern California have now determined that 68 homes were destroyed, up from the earlier tally of 37, a fire official said on Thursday.

Missouri Vote Fails On Measure To Invalidate Federal Gun Laws

Sept. 12
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Missouri lawmakers failed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation aimed at invalidating certain federal firearms restrictions.

Legislature Takes On Items From Prisons To Schools

Sept. 12
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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With the clock ticking down, the California legislature tackled some big items during its all-day session Wednesday.

Bill Grants Overtime To Calif. Domestic Workers

Sept. 12
Associated Press

Under the Assembly bill, domestic workers would be paid overtime if they worked more than nine hours in a day of 45 hours in a week, but the measure would have to be renewed in 2017.

Syrians In San Diego Disappointed Over Military Strike Delay

Sept. 12
By Susan Murphy
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Many Americans expressed relief over the chance for diplomacy in Syria, but a San Diego group says they're disappointed.

Review: 'Short Term 12'

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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SDSU grad Destin Cretton proves that you can go from film school to indie success. His new film "Short Term 12" (opening September 13 at Arclight and Landmark Theaters) arrives after garnering the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW.

Legoland Announces Water Park Expansion

Sept. 12
City News Service
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Legoland California announced today a three-acre expansion of its water park in Carlsbad, which will be ready in time for next summer.

For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard

Sept. 12
NPR

Native American tribes gave up millions of acres to the federal government in the 19th century in exchange for promises of funded health care, education and housing. But time and again, those funds have been cut.