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Stories for September 17, 2013

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Training Accident

Sept. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Nicholas James Sell, 21, died Monday morning during a training exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Sell was killed when the tank in which he was riding caught fire.

Audit Finds Major Issues In CBP's Use Of Force Policy

Sept. 17
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Federal auditors have completed an analysis of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's use of force policies. The audit shows some major problems within the agency that officials say they're trying to correct.

National Neuroscience Effort Zooms In On Brain Circuits

Sept. 17
By David Wagner
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When President Obama announced an ambitious national effort to map the human brain earlier this year, some scientists criticized the project for being too vague, but the BRAIN Initiative is beginning to sketch out more specific goals.

Injured Veterans Find Healing In Surfing At Summer Sports Clinic

Sept. 17
By Susan Murphy
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More than 100 injured veterans from across the U.S. are in San Diego this week for the 6th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. They're learning life-changing skills through sports and recreational activities.

Judge Orders New Trial In New Orleans Bridge Shooting Case

Sept. 17
NPR

A federal judge ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans Police Department officers convicted in connection to the shooting deaths of two men on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans.

San Diego Council To Mull Future Of Ambulance Contract

Sept. 17
City News Service
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The future of ambulance services in San Diego is scheduled to be taken up by the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee Wednesday.

Occupy San Diego Moves Online, Continues Mission

Sept. 17
By Dwane Brown
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"Two years ago, this place was filled with tents from the Occupy San Diego movement," Paris said. "Today, not a tent in sight.

Median Household Income Drops For Another Year

Sept. 17
Al Macias / Fronteras Desk

New numbers out from the U.S. Census show that household income dropped again last year. The median income in 2012 was just a bit more than $51,000. In 2011, median income was $51,100.

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown

Sept. 17
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This ambitious four-part miniseries assembles four of Shakespeare’s history plays — "Richard II," "Henry IV," (Parts I & II), and "Henry V" — into a single chronological narrative. The original “Game of Thrones” has inspired bold film adaptations with a cast of leading British and Hollywood talent including Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Michelle Dockery and David Morrissey.

Amtrak Surfliner, NCTD Coaster To Share Passengers

Sept. 17
City News Service
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Amtrak, Caltrans and the North County Transit District today announced an agreement that will allow some of Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner trains to give rides to the NCTD's Coaster passengers.

Defense Secretary Orders Security Review Of Military Bases (Video)

Sept. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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In the wake of Monday's deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of security on U.S. military bases around the world. In addition, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has directed a "rapid review" of security procedures on Navy and Marine Corps installations.

No Funding For Year-Round Homeless Shelters In San Diego

Sept. 17
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One homeless advocate in San Diego says ending homelessness in our county is within reach -- but news there's not enough money to fund year-round shelters could set them back. Former Mayor Bob Filner set aside additional funds to keep the city's two winter shelters open year-round, but after crunching the numbers it's learned there's a shortfall. We take a look at how this could impact San Diego's communities.

Calif. Bill Allowing Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Comes With Cautions

Sept. 17
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The good news for people here illegally is that they may soon be able to get a driver's license. Yet some say the bad news is those licenses will be different from legal residents because of markings identifying the holders as undocumented.

Who Was Aaron Alexis? (Video)

Sept. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Aaron Alexis attained a spot in American mass shooting infamy on Monday by killing 12 civilians who worked at the Washington Navy Yard. But before Monday, who exactly was Aaron Alexis? And what provoked his murderous rampage?

Who Was Aaron Alexis? Records, Friends Offer Confusing Clues

Sept. 17
NPR

Focusing only on public documents and on-the-record statements paints a complicated picture of the man police say walked into a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday and shot dead 12 people before being killed himself.

SeaWorld Bans Some Polystyrene, Plastic Products From Restaurants, Cafeterias

Sept. 17
City News Service

SeaWorld San Diego announced today it has eliminated polystyrene foam tableware and plastic flatware at its restaurants and employee cafeterias.

15-Plus Drinks A Night: Teenagers Binge At Dangerous Heights

Sept. 17
NPR

When teenagers drink, it's all too often all out, downing five or more beers in a session. But some teenagers are drinking even more, a study finds, boosting the upper limits of binge drinking to 15 drinks or more.

Dense Fog Advisory In OC, San Diego Counties

Sept. 17
Associated Press

Dense fog advisories have been posted for the coasts of Orange and San Diego counties and the western valleys of San Diego County.

Poway District Responds To inewsource Probe With Mello-Roos Website

Sept. 17
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Homeowners who pay Mello-Roos property taxes will soon be able to double-check they're paying the correct amount.

Follow The Money: San Diego Mayoral Special Election 2013

Sept. 17
By Joe Yerardi
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Last year, mayoral candidates raised more than $4.3 million for the primary. Just more than a year later, they’re at it again and inewsource promises daily updates on the race for cash from big donors.

Debate Over Zoning Puts Barrio Logan At Center Of Turf War

Sept. 17
By Sandhya Dirks
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A turf war over zoning reveals a deep divide between neighborhood residents and industry in an ever-changing city.

Poway School Officials Front Costs With Mello-Roos Taxes; Vow To Pay It Back

Sept. 17
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An inewsource probe uncovered a trail of contradictions about how the district obtained property in Rancho Bernardo and why it’s using Mello-Roos taxes to try and sell it.

How A Heat-Seeking Bacterium Enabled The Genetics Revolution

Sept. 17
By David Wagner
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Hudson Freeze might have a chilly last name, but this week, he'll receive an award for finding something hot. An unusual bacterium he helped discover in the late '60s went on to catalyze a biotech boom and enabled modern genetic sequencing.