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Stories for September 13, 2013

Navy Personnel Reunite On USS Midway

Sept. 13
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego is home to the longest serving aircraft carrier in the 20th Century. The USS Midway Museum now honors the legacy of those who served our country. A few hundred of them are gathering this weekend for a big reunion.

Massive Forest Thinning Project Gets New Contractor

Sept. 13
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The U.S. Forest Service announced Friday the intention to transfer the contract for an unprecedented forest thinning project to a financially sound company. Good Earth Power Global said it can handle the investment but it typically works in Africa, not forests of the southwestern United States.

San Diego Hospitals Adopt New Painkiller Policy

Sept. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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Patients hoping to score prescription painkillers from San Diego and Imperial County hospital emergency departments need to think again.

Agreement With Utility Makes Helitanker Available To San Diego Fire Crews

Sept. 13
City News Service
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Under renewed agreements, a San Diego Gas & Electric-owned helitanker will be available for firefighter efforts in San Diego County.

Vote For The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Sept. 13
NPR
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How do you break out of the pack if you're in a mayoral race with dozens of other candidates?

Timeline: New Mexico's Shake Up Of Behavioral Health Providers

Sept. 13
Tristan Ahtone / Fronteras Desk
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At the end of June, 15 New Mexico behavioral health agencies had their Medicaid funding frozen by the state's Human Services Department due to "credible allegations of fraud."

Recall Filner Campaign Announces Final Tally Of Signatures, Funds

Sept. 13
City News Service
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More than $90,000 was raised during the Recall Bob Filner Campaign, and about $50,000 was spent, campaign officials said.

Latino Americans

Sept. 13
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Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates this landmark six-hour series, the first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

Best Of Home Post: Military Dad Surprises Daughter During Spelling Bee (Video)

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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They say there's a special bond between fathers and daughters, and that adage is especially true for Staff Sgt. Therron Johnson and his little girl Skylar. Johnson planned a completely unique surprise reunion for his child. Originally posted October 12, 2011.

Andrea Skorepa Advocates for San Ysidro

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

Sept. 13
By Monica Medina
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Andrea Skorepa is a Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero who lives and breathes San Ysidro – both as a passionate advocate, and as a life-long resident of the town by the border.

Fabiola Navarro, Local Hero & Human Rights Activist

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

Sept. 13
By Monica Medina
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The world is filled with injustice. All you need do is pick up a newspaper or go online and you’ll find a litany of human rights violations—victims of torture and kidnappings, people being sent to prison camps by their own government, women suffering untold abuse at the hands of their husbands or fathers while authorities look the other way, and children being forced into labor and prostitution. Here in San Diego, Chilean-born Fabiola Navarro sees fighting such human rights violations as a life-long cause.

Affordable Care Act Outreach

Sept. 13
David Martin Davies / 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.

Local Syrians Want Action, Military Suicides And Insurance, Plastic Bags May Get Tossed

Sept. 13
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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On Roundtable: Local Syrian-Americans were disappointed that air strikes by the U.S. were tabled; a new look at the causes of military suicides reveals some surprises; and plastic bags may be banned in some San Diego stores.

Bill Would Give Law Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants

Sept. 13
City News Service
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A bill authored by state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, that seeks to permit law licenses for people in the country illegally cleared the Legislature Thursday and was awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature Friday.

Best Of Home Post: Family Reunion With A Christmas Twist (Video)

Sept. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Anytime you can make a grown man cry on live television, I say you've done something special. That's just what this reunion of a little girl and her dad at Christmas did to CBS anchor Scott Pelley. Originally posted December 27, 2011.

FRONTLINE: Egypt In Crisis

Sept. 13
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It took 80 years to rise to power, but now, after only 12 months, the Muslim Brotherhood has been ousted by its longtime foe — the Egyptian military. In a special FRONTLINE report, veteran Middle East correspondents Martin Smith (“Obama’s War,” “Return of the Taliban,” “Revolution in Cairo”) and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost (“Revolution in Cairo”) examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. How did the Brotherhood lose control? Could the U.S. have done anything to alter the course of events in Egypt? With unique access to the Brotherhood’s leadership, FRONTLINE follows the Islamist movement as it plots its next move.

Border Communities Try To Shift Immigration Reform Debate

Sept. 13
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk
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This afternoon in Nogales, Ariz., a partisan group of border community residents, activists, and politicians will stage their own version of a protest that's been steadily moving along the border.

Is San Diego Craft Beer Creating A Beer Culture?

Sept. 13
By Beth Accomando
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San Diego is something of a beer mecca drawing people from around the world with nearly 70 licensed breweries making an exceptionally diverse array of craft beers. So the question I explored for KPBS Arts Spectrum is, are San Diego craft breweries creating a beer culture?

Directive From The White House: Drink More Water

Sept. 13
NPR
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Over the years, we've done lots of stories about the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated.

Containment Of Northern Calif. Wildfire Increases

Sept. 13
Associated Press
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Fire crews have increased containment of a wildfire that destroyed nearly 70 homes in rural Northern California.

Bill Would Create California Quake Warning System

Sept. 13
Associated Press
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The governor has until Oct. 13 to act on the bill that would require the development of an earthquake early warning system.

Will Sequencing Your Genes Change The Way You Live -- And Die?

Sept. 13
NPR
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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episodePredicting The Future.

When Will Driveless Cars Be A Part Of Our Everyday Lives?

Sept. 13
NPR
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Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episodePredicting The Future.

Pacific Oysters May Clamp Down On Sensitive San Diego Habitat

Sept. 13
By Erik Anderson
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Pacific oysters are a long-time favorite of discriminating diners in Southern California, and now the Japanese bivalves are increasingly finding a home in local waters. That is prompting some biologists to wonder how the mollusks might impact the near-shore environment.

The Best Elevator Ride In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Angela Carone
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The opening of the new central library is just a few weeks away. As the books are unpacked, artwork is being installed. That includes an eye-popping work in the library’s main elevator shaft by the de la Torre brothers. It will be, hands down, the best elevator ride in San Diego.

Future Uncertain For Devastated Arizona Town

Sept. 13
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Federal officials say the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire is nearly half contained, but in just a few days it managed to destroy 19 lives and at least 129 homes.

Heavy Rains Dominate New Mexico Forecast

Sept. 13
Carrie Jung, KUNM
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Heavy rains have dominated the weather forecasts across much of the Southwest this week. Some areas in eastern New Mexico have seen almost four inches of rain so far. That's more than double the average amount of moisture that usually falls there in the entire month of September.

How One Man Continues To 'Just Pass It On'

Sept. 13
NPR
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Thomas Weller would have died in a snow bank in 1964 had a stranger not helped him. Weller, 65, has been helping strangers in the same way ever since.