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Stories for September 16, 2013

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Heavy Rains Now, More Fires Yet To Come

Sept. 16, 2013
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk

Major thunderstorms shortened the Southwest's fire season and saturated much of the region. But in terms of the long-term wildfire threat, we're not out of the woods yet ... so to speak.

The Unvarnished Truth On Twitter

Sept. 16, 2013
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk

Twitter is how so many of us track the hot topic of the day and learn what people may be saying about, well, anything. Today many folks are talking about some of the racist reactions across the Twitter-sphere following Saturday night's highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

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Bill Would Reduce Lawsuits Over Prop 65 Warning Signs

Sept. 16, 2013
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Those little signs that warn of potential chemical hazards in buildings have morphed into big money for lawyers over the years.

Las Vegas Markets To Mexico For Independence Weekend

Sept. 16, 2013
Kate Sheehy / Fronteras Desk

Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport received the largest crowd of travelers from Mexico it has likely ever seen this past weekend.

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Alleged Navy Yard Killer A Former Reservist, Authorities Say

Sept. 16, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old man believed responsible for Monday's shooting rampage that killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, was a former full-time Navy reservist who had obtained a concealed-carry permit in Texas and was arrested three years ago for illegally discharging a weapon.

Despite Leaks During Production, Natural Gas Still Better Than Coal

Sept. 16, 2013
NPR

From the standpoint of global warming, burning natural gas can be better than burning coal, a study published this week suggests.

Bill Giving California Pharmacists More Duties Goes To Governor

Sept. 16, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg

Need a tetanus shot or birth control? You may be able to get both from a pharmacist beginning next year without going to a doctor first.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Sandboarding And Hunting

Sept. 16, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

In this episode of CROSSING SOUTH, we go to the Northeast corner of Baja California where we sandboard down the sand dunes in the small town of Algodones; discover a dessert oasis called Cañon de Guadalupe; and finally go hunting in the farm country to the South of Mexicali.

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Navy Yard Gunman ID'ed As Aaron Alexis, Civilian Contractor And Ex-Sailor (Video)

Sept. 16, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Federal officials have identified the gunman responsible for the deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard as a 34-year-old civilian contractor from Fort Worth, Texas named Aaron Alexis. A Navy spokeswoman confirmed Alexis served in the Navy from 2007 until 2011.

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Police: At Least 13 Dead In Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

Sept. 16, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Law enforcement officials say two shooters could be responsible for the deaths of at least 13 people at the Washington Navy Yard this morning. Many more have been injured.

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Bill Gates, Warren Buffett Again Top Forbes 400

Sept. 16, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

It's mostly the usual suspects on the latest Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans: Bill Gates tops the list for the 20th consecutive year, with a net worth of $72 billion, followed by investor Warren Buffett and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

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San Diego Council To Consider Barrio Logan Zoning Changes

Sept. 16, 2013
City News Service

The San Diego City Council is scheduled tomorrow to consider zoning changes in Barrio Logan that a councilman said could affect the character of the community for decades to come.

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Even Bug Scientists Are Afraid Of Spiders

Sept. 16, 2013
By David Wagner

Survey shows even scientists who study bugs for a living can suffer from arachnophobia, the fear of spiders.

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No Security Changes At Camp Pendleton, Despite Earlier Reports (Video)

Sept. 16, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Despite earlier reports to the contrary from the Chief of Public Affairs at Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster, Camp Pendleton has not gone on heightened alert in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in the nation's capital.

Mixed Report On San Diego's Real Estate Market

Sept. 16, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Housing prices and home sales dipped a bit last month, adding just another wrinkle to San Diego's real estate market. Most numbers show great improvement in the housing market since last year. But some people are concerned that the recovery in real estate may slow down. Interest rates are up, and maximum federal loan amounts are about to come down.

Making A Difference In The Lives Of San Diego's Fatherless Teens

Sept. 16, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

A San Diego nonprofit is working to mentor fatherless teens. The Boys To Men Mentoring Network gives teens alternatives to getting in trouble by providing role models.

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POV: The World Before Her

Sept. 16, 2013

This is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment — and of two women who hope to shape its future. By Nisha Pahuja.

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Duncan Applauds School Turnaround In Chula Vista

Sept. 16, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ended a back-to-school bus tour in Chula Vista Friday, and praised the district's success in raising attendance and test scores.

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Obama On Navy Yard Shooting Rampage: "We're Confronting Yet Another Mass Shooting"

Sept. 16, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

President Barack Obama said of the shooting victims killed this morning at the Washington Navy Yard, "They're patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home." Obama's comments were made at the beginning of a previously scheduled event on the nation's economy.

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California Rural Fire Fee Bills Arriving For Second Year

Sept. 16, 2013
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

Rural Californians have started receiving bills for the second year of the state’s fire prevention fee. The legislature passed the $150 fee in 2011 to pay for operations like emergency evacuation planning, fuel reduction and code enforcement.

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Washington Navy Yard, Site Of Shooting, Has Long History

Sept. 16, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

The sprawling Washington Navy Yard, scene of a deadly shooting Monday, is the Navy's oldest shore establishment and has long been considered the "ceremonial gateway" to the nation's capital.

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California Bills To Address Primary Care Shortage Not Enough, Say Clinics

Sept. 16, 2013
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers approved a number of bills that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough.

Water Unaffordable To Some In San Joaquin Valley

Sept. 16, 2013
Associated Press

A new study finds people living in poverty in California's rural San Joaquin Valley pay more than two percent of their income on tap water — above the threshold of affordability set in a state law.

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New Details Emerge In Hunt For Brian Terry's Killers

Sept. 16, 2013
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

New documents recently gathered by the Fronteras Desk give some new insight into what's now become a nearly two year-long hunt for the killers of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Hearing Set For Rocker Accused Of Hiring Hitman

Sept. 16, 2013
Associated Press

The frontman for San Diego band "As I Lay Dying" is facing a court hearing to determine whether he will stand trial on charges he tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife.

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Cellphones To Play Key Role During San Diego County Emergencies

Sept. 16, 2013
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County officials are set to announce plans to use a new federal emergency alert system to reach people on their cellphones during emergencies.

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Developing: Shooting At U.S. Navy Yard In Washington, D.C.

Sept. 16, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

The nation's capital went on high alert Monday morning after a shooting incident at the city's U.S. Navy Yard that caused multiple casualties -- including, according to news reports, federal law enforcement sources and medical personnel, at least a few deaths.

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What Should San Diego Do With Its Old Downtown Library Building?

Sept. 16, 2013
By Claire Trageser

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said that as the opening of the new library downtown approaches, he's also making plans for the old library building.

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How To Beat The Flu This Season

Sept. 16, 2013
By Deb Welsh

It may still be too early to tell exactly what this year's flu season will bring, but it's not too early to roll up your sleeve for a vaccine.

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Second Opinion: How Do Former Inmates Sign Up For Obamacare?

Sept. 16, 2013
By Megan Burks

Under the Affordable Care Act, many of the California inmates leaving prison under realignment will have access to health coverage for the first time.