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Stories for September 20, 2013

New San Diego Hires Expected to Help Resolve Veterans' Backlogged Claims

Sept. 20
City News Service
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The California Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that it is hiring a dozen staffers for its San Diego office to help reduce a backlog of claims that have kept some veterans waiting nearly two years.

Rescue Mission Hosts Seventh Sleepless San Diego

Sept. 20
By Dwane Brown
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Sleepless San Diego is an annual event bringing the community together to fight homelessness. In its seventh year, it's a way to help the public understand what being homeless is really like.

Calculating The Cost Of Thursday's Border Shutdown

Sept. 20
By Adrian Florido
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Teachers protesting a proposed education reform bill in Mexico shut down the commercial border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego for 90 minutes.

Mexico Fiscal Reform Could Be Bad For Maquiladoras

Sept. 20
By Jill Replogle
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Proposed reforms to Mexico’s tax system could have consequences for U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, and for the border economy.

Thousands To Take Part In Annual Coastal Clean Up

Sept. 20
City News Service
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What's touted as the largest annual single-day volunteer event dedicated to environmental protection in San Diego County is scheduled for Saturday

Prop. 8 Players Join Bid To Repeal Transgender Law

Sept. 20
Associated Press
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Two of the major players in the passage of California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban are backing a campaign to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys' or girls' sports.

Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP

Sept. 20
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama took his fiscal fight with congressional Republicans to America's heartland Friday. Speaking at a Ford assembly plant near Kansas City, Mo., Obama warned that the federal government could turn into a "deadbeat" unless Congress passes a stopgap spending bill and agrees to raise the debt limit within the next few weeks.

The Effects Of The Snowden Leaks Aren't What He Intended

Sept. 20
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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An official assessment of the damage caused by news leaks about government surveillance programs suggests that terrorist groups are changing their communication methods in response to the disclosures, according to officials at the National Security Agency.

This Tiny Town Is Trying To Stop Neo-Nazis From Taking Over

Sept. 20
Meg Lindholm / NPR
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A white supremacist has plans to take over a tiny town in North Dakota and turn it into one for whites only. This weekend, members of one of the nation's largest neo-Nazi organizations will descend upon the town in a step toward making that vision a reality -- and several residents are trying to stop them.

Antiques Roadshow: Grand Rapids, Mich. - Hour Three

Sept. 20
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s stop in Grand Rapids includes a detour to the Holland Museum in Holland, Michigan — and a nod to Western Michigan’s Dutch roots — for a look at Delft tiles through the centuries. Highlights include a rare, Stickley music cabinet designed by Harvey Ellis; a painting by French artist Edouard Cortes that’s authenticated in a very enlightening way; and a pair of prop spears used in the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, estimated to be worth $30,000.

Camp Pendleton Marines Deploy To Middle East For Embassy Security

Sept. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Congress has mandated additional security guards to serve at U.S. embassies, and roughly 100 Camp Pendleton Marines and Sailors have deployed in recent days to serve in that capacity.

Arpaio, Women's Group Clash Over Outreach Effort

Sept. 20
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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has long had a fraught relationship with Latinos, and it has come to head again after reports that a women's group rejected the agency's attempt at outreach.

Study Finds Mixed Results For Back Braces To Treat Scoliosis

Sept. 20
Nancy Shute / NPR
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For decades, doctors have been recommending that children with scoliosis wear a back brace so that the sideways curve of the spine doesn't get worse.

Will The U.S. Grant A Visa To Sudan's Indicted Leader?

Sept. 20
Michele Kelemen / NPR
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As the host of the United Nations, the U.S. is supposed to let everyone come to the annual U.N. General Assembly, not just the people it likes.

New Scandinavian Cooking: The Sweetest Cheese

Sept. 20
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In this episode, Andreas visits the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, home to the Norwegian delicacy known as brown cheese. Andreas combines this versatile ingredient with roasted goat and a sweet caramel ice cream.

San Diego County Unemployment Rate Dips To 7.4 Percent

Sept. 20
City News Service
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 7.4 percent, down from a revised 7.8 percent in July, and below the 9.2 percent recorded in August 2012.

Roundtable: Three Progressives Talk Filner; Barrio Logan's New Plan; Dangers Of Assisted Living

Sept. 20
By Pat Finn, Alison St John
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Was the ouster of Bob Filner a well-orchestrated, carefully planned plot? Not really. Barrio Logan's new community plan has residents breathing easier. And assisted Living is supposed to care for and protect seniors, not kill them.

Tech Week That Was: New iOS Design And Grand Theft Auto

Sept. 20
Elise Hu / NPR
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It's time for the weekly roundup of what happened here on All Tech and on our airwaves, and a look back at the big conversations in technology.

MARTHA BAKES: Angel Food Cake

Sept. 20
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Follow along as Martha shares her tips and tricks for making light-as-air angel food cake, then learn how to vary the flavors with a few simple additions. Martha bakes a classic version, a coconut variation with Swiss meringue and mini brown-sugar cakes. As a bonus, she shares a recipe for espresso ice cream to serve alongside.

Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine With Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Sept. 20
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"Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine with Lissa Rankin, M.D.," is based on the 2013 New York Times bestselling book, "Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself" by Lissa Rankin, M.D. It is a meticulously researched explanation of the critical role our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs play in our health and well being – and how we can harness the power of our minds to enjoy great health and longevity with specific, easy-to-do steps.

California Jobless Rate Increases To 8.9 Percent

Sept. 20
Associated Press
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California's unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in August, the second consecutive monthly increase, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

Food Stamp Fight: Great For GOP Base But Not For Outreach

Sept. 20
Frank James / NPR
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The Republican-controlled House's vote to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program is just the latest example of how the GOP balance of power has shifted rightward over the past decade.

House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare

Sept. 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government funded but its "continuing resolution" comes with a poison pill to defund the Affordable Care Act that Democrats have vowed is dead on arrival in the Senate.

In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

Sept. 20
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Syria has submitted the first details of its chemical arsenal to an international watchdog in the Netherlands that monitors compliance with agreements on such weapons.

Following The Money In The Race For San Diego's Mayor: Who's In The Lead?

Sept. 20
By Deb Welsh, Joe Yerardi
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Our media partner inewsource brings us an update on who has received the most $1,000-plus contributions in the race for San Diego's next mayor.

City Heights Pleads Its Bike-Share Case

Sept. 20
Bianca Bruno
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DecoBike holds a workshop in City Heights to gauge community interest, but will the bike-share company stay?

Adventurous Music At Carlsbad Music Festival

Sept. 20
By Angela Carone
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Getting top-notch musicians to San Diego is a little easier when you can offer a beachside perch. For 10 years, the Carlsbad Music Festival has featured cutting-edge composers and musicians from Southern California and around the country.

Obamacare For Californians: It's Not That Confusing. We Promise.

Sept. 20
By Megan Burks
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Use this easy, click-through web application to find out how the Affordable Care Act impacts you, your family and your business.

Review: 'A Single Shot'

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando
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If crime thrillers teach you anything it’s this: If you find stolen money don’t take it. It only leads to bad things. “A Single Shot” (opening September 20 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters) explores what happens when you don't follow this advice.

Calif. OKs New Water Monitoring Order For Farmland

Sept. 20
Associated Press
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State water regulators have adopted an order for farmers to monitor and clean up groundwater in California's Central Valley, home to some of America's most contaminated aquifers.

Behind The Scenes: 'Logan Heights'

Sept. 20
Evening Edition
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Last weekend, playwright Josefina Lopez had two plays running in San Diego, the politically charged "Detained in the Desert" at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Shank Theater and the highly personal "Logan Heights" at Onstage Playhouse. The productions reveal the role community theater plays in telling these stories.

13 People Shot In Chicago; 3-Year-Old Most Seriously Wounded

Sept. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A work week that began with a mass shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 12 victims dead concludes with a mass shooting in Chicago in which 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, were wounded.

Female Fans Love 'Grand Theft Auto V', Hate It Demeans Women

Sept. 20
NPR
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Grand Theft Auto made video game history this week -- the latest addition to the game had a record $800 million in sales on its first day. As with past versions of the game, it's generating controversy over its alleged glorification of violence, drugs and its demeaning portraits of women.

Female Fans Love New 'Grand Theft Auto' Despite Demeaning Content

Sept. 20
Laura Sydell / NPR
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Grand Theft Auto made video game history this week: The latest version of the game had a record $800 million in sales on its first day. As with past versions, the game is generating controversy over its glorification of violence and drugs, and its demeaning portrayal of women.